LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012
Mayor Griffin called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council to order at 6:30 P.M.
Mayor Griffin asked all to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.
The City Secretary read Roll Call:
Fabian Giovannagelo - present
Richard Jim - present
Rosemarie Wolford – present
Michael Skapura - present
Deputy Mayor Kenneth Baldonieri - present
Robert Forish – present
Mayor Barbara Griffin - present
Also present were the following: Alexander J. Graziani, City Manager; James E. Kelley, Solicitor; Joseph Bush, Public Works Director; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer; John Brasile, Fire Chief.
Mr. Skapura moved to adopt the December 12, 2011 minutes, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
Total Expenses $187,150.01
Total Payroll 93,109.19
GRAND TOTAL $280,259.20
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Mrs. Wolford moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
Mrs. Wolford, City Representative to Adam’s Memorial Library, reported that Unity Township is planning to cut funding creating an impact on services the Library provides. She will keep everyone updated as further information arises.
Chair of the Parking Authority Martin Molina reported that the parking garage rehab will begin the end of February and the Parking Authority will be holding a meeting on January 24, 2012.
City Manager Alexander Graziani reported that the parking garage financing closing date is set for January 18, 2012.
Chairperson of the Latrobe Municipal Authority Charley Moff reported that a problem exists with Unity Municipal Authority regarding the Act 537 sewage plan. He stated that LMA and UTMA Engineers are not in agreement and Department of Environmental Resources will make the final decision.
Director of Public Works Joseph Bush replied to Mr. Baldonieri’s question, regarding the new police cars, stating the vehicles are in Johnstown at present for servicing; one will be in service at the end of the week and the other at the end of next week.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Mr. Jim made a motion to change the date of the agenda work session from the fourth Monday to the last Monday of the month, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 1-Yes (Jim), 6-No. Motion fails.
Mr. Skapura made a motion authorizing the City Solicitor to prepare and advertise an Ordinance amending the City Competitive Bidding Ordinance to establish the amount of $18,500.00 as the threshold requiring competitive bids, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 5-Yes, 2-No (Giovannagelo, Baldonieri)
ORDINANCE 2012-1 Fixing the tax rate for general city purposes and other purposes for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2012 and ending December 31, 2012. Mr. Baldonieri moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 7-0.
ORDINANCE 2012-2 Establishing wages, hours, and fringe benefits of positions of the City of Latrobe for fiscal year 2012. Mrs. Wolford moved to enact this Ordinance, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
Mr. Jim asked if we could look at the Fire Chief’s salary and life insurance for a possible increase.
RESOLUTION 2012-4 Amending Chapter 256, Schedule 256-54, V: Permit Parking. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 7-0.
RESOLUTION 2012-5 Appointing Fire Chief/Director of the Fire Department. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 7-0.
Mayor Griffin nominated Thomas Casey for appointment to Latrobe Municipal Authority.
RESOLUTION 2012-6 Appointing member to Latrobe Municipal Authority. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 6-Yes, 1-Abstain (Jim abstained as Solicitor for LMA).
Mayor Griffin nominated Ellen Keefe for appointment as Derry Representative to Latrobe Municipal Authority.
RESOLUTION 2012-7 Appointing member to Latrobe Municipal Authority. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-Yes, 1-Abstain (Jim abstained as Solicitor for LMA)
Mayor Griffin nominated James Holler for appointment to Zoning Hearing Board.
RESOLUTION 2012-8 Appointing member to Latrobe Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
Mayor Griffin nominated Thomas Sylvester for appointment to Latrobe Industrial Development Authority.
RESOLUTION 2012-9 Appointing member to Latrobe Industrial Development Authority. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 7-0.
Mayor Griffin nominated Martin Molina for appointment to Latrobe Parking Authority.
RESOLUTION 2012-10 Appointing member to Latrobe Parking Authority. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
Mayor Griffin nominated Mrs. Wolford as Council Liaison to Park and Recreation Commission.
RESOLUTION 2012-11 Appointing member to Latrobe, Unity, Youngstown Parks and Recreation Commission. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-Yes, 1-Abstain (Wolford abstained as Park & Recreation Council Liaison.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Alexander Graziani reported to council the monthly report (see attachment “G”) he presented to them stands as written. Mr. Graziani stated this is the first meeting of the New Year that begins with vision and mission, and we need to stay focused on our mission. He reported the highlight is budget overview for 2011 (see pie chart portion of attachment). Mr. Graziani anticipates strong revenue from the Transfer Station again this year. He has been working with Joe Bush regarding meters and looking at replacing the old meters with electronic ones. He is working with the Community College regarding negotiations to further acquire three more properties. Mr. Graziani submitted the grant for the Early Intervention Program, which is a five-year financial wellness plan for the city. He reported that he recorded another video blog that can be viewed on LatrobeTV.com and the city website. He also included in his written report the 2011 summary budget. Mr. Graziani told council that he always welcomes their input. In closing his report, he stated the shuttle is now free so as to attract more riders.
Mayor Griffin thanked the City Manager for his report and budget update. Mayor stated she talked to High Rise residents who told her they are appreciative of the new parking meters on Jefferson Street.
Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:20P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary