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March 2012

LATROBE CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA

 

Mayor Griffin called the TEFRA Public Hearing to order at 6:32 P.M. The purpose of this public hearing is to satisfy the requirements of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982, which requires a public hearing to be held by the organizing municipality of Latrobe Industrial Development Authority, the municipality in which the project is located, and LIDA.

Mayor Griffin asked all to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

The City Secretary read Roll Call:

Fabian Giovannagelo - absent

Richard Jim - present

Rosemarie Wolford – present

Michael Skapura - absent

Deputy Mayor Kenneth Baldonieri - absent

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; James Bumar, Police Chief; John Brasile, Fire chief; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer.

Mr. Jim moved to adopt the February 13, 2012 minutes, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 4-0.

BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT

Total Expenses                      $250,746.38

Total Payroll                            90,246.03

 

GRAND TOTAL                   $340,992.41

 

 

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICERS FROM FEBRUARY 2012

Treasurer’s Report

See attachment “A”      

Police Report

See attachment “B”

Public Works Report

See attachment “C”

Fire Report

See attachment’s “D”

Code Report

See attachment’s “E”

Tax Collector’s Report

See attachment “F”

 

Mrs. Wolford moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 4-0.

 

Solicitor for the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority Robert Lightcap stated the LIDA project would be a development of a $6,000,000.00 construction project that will furnish and equip 12 duplex cottage independent living retirement units for the Bethlen Home of the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America. Approval is required from the government unit on behalf of which an issue of Industrial Authority notes is to be issued in order to be federally tax exempt from IRS.

 

No public comment.

Public Hearing closed at 6:45.

Regular meeting of Council called to order.

 

Thomas Gray of the Latrobe Municipal Authority gave a history summary about the LMA leading up to introducing Ken Orie, the Project Engineer from Gibson-Thomas Engineering. Mr. Orie gave a presentation regarding Latrobe Municipal Authority’s Act 537 Plan. This plan is to comply with DEP requirements for wet weather overflows. LMA’s plan includes constructing an underground tank and pump station that will receive flow from Unity Township Municipal Authority, Derry Municipal and LMA, with a total construction cost of $6,851,300.00 and an increase in customer rate costs of $3.90 per month.

 

CITIZENS’ REQUESTS

None.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None.

 

BOARD/AUTHORITY REPORTS

None.

 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT

 

RESOLUTION 2012-15 Approving the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority Bethlen Home Project. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 4-0.

RESOLUTION 2012-16 Ratifying prior action of the City Manager in accepting a Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) grant through the Early Intervention Program. Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 4-0.

RESOLUTION 2012-17 Approving agreement with Delta Development Group, Inc., for Professional management Consulting and Financial Planning Services. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 4-0.

                                   

RESOLUTION 2012-18 Approving agreement with PANGO Shyyny USA, LLC to provide Pay-by-Phone Services. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 4-0.

Mrs. Wolford made a motion to authorize the City Manager to send a letter to the Department of Community and Natural Resources in support of a request by the Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation Commission for a grant to complete Phase III of the Cardinal Park Project, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 4-0.

 

RESOLUTION 2012-19 Approving contract for professional services between the City of Latrobe and Mullin & Lonergan Associates, Inc., for Planning Consultant Services. Mr. Jim moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 4-0.

 

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

RESOLUTION 2012-20 Ratifying prior action of the City Manager in accepting the allocation from the Westmoreland County 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 4-0.

 

Mr. Jim made a motion to eliminate Section 3 portion of the proposed resolution amending Chapter 256, Vehicles and Traffic; until a plan is presented by Public Works Director, second by Mayor Griffin. Vote 3-Yes, 1-No (Forish).

RESOLUTION 2012-21 Amending Chapter 256, Vehicles and Traffic, Exhibit 256-53, Two-hour parking limit for all vehicles; exhibit 256-54, Permit Parking; and Exhibit 256-55 on street metered parking facilities. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. (As amended) Vote 4-0.

Mr. Forish made a motion to ratify the action of the City Manager in seeking bids for exterior painting of the Municipal Building, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 4-0.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Solicitor Kelley is still working on the issue of crosswalks.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

                                                                       

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

Alexander Graziani stated his report stands as submitted (see attachment “G”).

City Manager Graziani reported that the Volunteer Fire Company dinner was held at Huber Hall and he was amazed that some men were volunteers for fifty, sixty, and even seventy years. The Fire Department also had the first female reach her twentieth year as a volunteer fire person.

Mr. Graziani recognizes a Boy Scout in attendance of tonight’s meeting. He was introduced as Stephen Carbone of Troop 204.

 

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Griffin reported she attended the American Legion Dinner celebrating their 93rd Birthday, and she missed the Fire Department’s Dinner.

 

Mr. Forish made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 4-0.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara J. Buck, Secretary

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