LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012
Mayor Griffin called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council to order at 6:33 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; James Bumar, Police Chief.
Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt the January 3, and January 9, 2012 minutes, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 7-0.
Total Expenses $213,807.73
Total Payroll 99,109.38
GRAND TOTAL $312,917.11
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Mrs. Wolford moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue expressed his concern in regards to Latrobe Police going to Unity Township for services. He thinks the city should think long and hard about whether it is feasible based on cost of service and benefit to City.
Mr. Jim asked who is doing the inspection for the Parking Garage. City Manager Alex Graziani said the Authority has not named any additional engineers, but are exploring this matter. They may assign another engineer upon Parking Authority meeting on February 23, 2012.
Mr. Jim stated the job is self-inspection.
Mr. Baldonieri pointed out that this year $10,000 was budgeted for overtime in the Public Works Department and we have only spent $1,455; $66,500 was budgeted for deicing and we spent only $10,600; and $15,000 was budgeted for snow and ice removal with only $400 spend. Mr. Baldonieri stated the mild winter has been financially beneficial for the City.
Mayor Griffin recognized Police Chief James Bumar on his first year anniversary on February 14, 2012 as Chief. She stated his accomplishments have been the K-9 unit, Community Service Officer, two new vehicles; sick day usage declined, began accreditation process, Criminal Justice Club at St. Vincent, and hired two new officers. She continued with the fact there have been no labor problems or grievances, and he has established contact with outside agencies for contracting Police Services.
Chief Bumar thanked the Mayor for the recognition and stated nothing would be possible without Council support, and Alex Graziani lighting a fire under him. He stated that the secretarial staff has been great, his department has had no personnel problems, believes things are headed in the right direction, and all the officers have been supportive of him.
Mr. Skapura asked Joseph Bush for an update about the traffic light on Ligonier and Main Street.
Mr. Bush said all repairs are complete and Allegheny power will turn the light on this Thursday.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
ORDINANCE 2012-3 Amending Chapter 12 of the Code of Ordinances, Contracts and Competitive bidding to increase the threshold amount for which bids must be sought from $15,000.00 to $18,500.00; and to increase the threshold amount for seeking quotations from $4,000.00 to $10,000.00. Mr. Skapura moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 4-Yes, 3-No (Giovannagelo, Baldonieri, Forish)
RESOLUTION 2012-12 Ratifying prior actions of the city to establish depository account and treasury management services with PNC Bank N.A. for proceeds of series 2012 General Obligation Bonds. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 7-0.
ORDINANCE 2012-4 Amending Chapter 256, Vehicles and Traffic; Section 256-17, establishment and or removal of handicap parking spaces; section 256-50, Schedule IV: Stop intersections, Section 256-51., Schedule V: Parking prohibited at all times; and, Section 256-55., Schedule IX, on-street metered parking facilities. Mrs. Wolford moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 7-0.
RESOLUTION 2012-13 Appointing member to Latrobe Parking Authority. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 7-0.
RESOLUTION 2012-14 Appointing member to Latrobe Planning Commission. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Alexander Graziani recognized two members of the audience, his sons Seth and Phillip, Seth being a Life Rank Boy Scout, and Phillip a Star Rank Boy Scout. Alex said both are here to fulfill the requirement for Citizenship in Community Merit Badge.
Mr. Graziani stated it is a pleasure to work with Chief Bumar and credits Council for doing what they did to make Jim Chief. Mr. Graziani continued by stating that since Jim took over sick days are down by 60%, and it is not easy to lead when advancement evolves from the ranks. His entire force has confidence in him. Jim is about vision and his mission is that Latrobe will be one of the best small town Police Forces. Mr. Graziani stated the taxpayers should be proud of their Police, and he congratulated Jim on a great first year as Chief.
City Manager Report stands as submitted. (see attachment “G”)
Mr. Graziani reported that the surveyor continues to work on the draft of the 537 plan for Latrobe Municipal Authority and Unity Township Municipal Authority.
Mr. Graziani commended Public Works Director Joe Bush and Code Officer Ann Powell for resolving the abandoned mobile home situation that was a hazard. The city has been paid by the property owner for our expenses.
Alex has submitted the grant request for drawdown of ARCAP funding from Senator Ward for 1.7 million to go towards the downtown garage reconstruction. This does not guarantee approval or payment.
Mr. Graziani stated the staff is busy and we hit 2012 with stride.
Mr. Skapura directed a question to City Manager in regards to Sixth Ward drainage problem.
Mr. Graziani said he met with Conservation District and in the spring, Public Works Director will divert the water so it does not go down the one alley parallel to Mary Street. He also commented that the Verizon poles should be removed soon.
Mrs. Wolford asked the City Manager about a Professional Development Scholarship he received.
Mr. Graziani replied that he is the recipient for a scholarship of $1,000.00 for the Association of Municipal Manager in Pennsylvania to attend the Regional or National Conference. He was nominated for Governor’s Excellence in Planning for Local Government and will find out in April if he is the choice for the scholarship.
The Shuttle service is not performing to our expectations, so we will give it two more weeks, and if ridership is still less than ten riders, we will pull the plug.
Mayor Griffin thanked the City Manager for a great job.
Mayor added that the Police Chief started a Police website and face book.
Solicitor Kelley is to prepare a complaint in regards to the crosswalks.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 7-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:00P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary