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May 2012

LATROBE CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012

LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA

 

 

Mayor Griffin called to order the Regular Meeting of Latrobe City Council at 6:32 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 - absent

Robert Forish - present

Mayor Barbara Griffin - present

 

 

Also present were the following: Alexander J. Graziani, City Manager; James E. Kelley, Solicitor; James Bumar, Police Chief; John Brasile, Fire Chief; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer.

Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt the April 9, 2012 minutes, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 6-0.

BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT

Total Expenses                       $408,797.43

Total Payroll                           92,943.90

 

GRAND TOTAL                     $501,741.33

 

 

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICERS FROM APRIL 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 6-0.

 

CITIZENS’ REQUESTS

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None.

 

BOARD/AUTHORITY REPORTS

None.

Chief of Police James Bumar reported that his department obtained a grant to install new photo and fingerprinting system to enable a central location for other departments to share information. Chief Bumar is also working on a new security system for the city building.

Fire Chief John Brasile reported that his department is upgrading the communication system to comply with federal regulations at an approximate cost of $84,000 that will be funded by the department at no cost to taxpayers or the city. Chief Brasile stated a new rescue truck is being purchased for Co #2 in an approximate amount of $288,000.00 that will also be funded by department, not the taxpayers or the city. The recycling bin that has always been located at the Police Station parking lot has been relocated to Hose Co. #1 at 390 Oak Street. Chief Brasile reported that the First Ward Fireman Fair would be June 4 through 9, 2012.

 

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

RESOLUTION 2012-29 Authorizing second extension of municipal waste disposal service contract between the City of Latrobe and Greenridge Waste Services, LLC. Mr. Jim moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 6-0.

 

RESOLUTION 2012-30 Approving the purchase of de-icing salt by the City of Latrobe from the Indiana/Westmoreland Council of Governments. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.

 

Mr. Skapura made a motion to authorize the City Manager, or his designee, to advertise and seek bids for the 2012 street-paving program, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 6-0.

 

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

RESOLUTION 2012-31 Adopting a policy to establish Tobacco Free Park and Recreation Areas. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 6-0.

RESOLUTION 2012-32 Ratifying actions of City Manager and authorizing application for a grant for implementation of the Comprehensive Plan and Sustainability Programs. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0

 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Mrs. Wolford made a motion to approve the contribution of $250.00 from the general fund to the Latrobe Foundation for the support of the mini garden project throughout the City, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 6-0.

RESOLUTION 2012-33 Approving agreement with Campbell, Durrant, Beatty, Palombo & Miller PC for collective bargaining matters relative to the Latrobe Police Department. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.

Item #3 is pulled from agenda per the Solicitor, as we may not need to do anything. City Manager stated Pango is to draft a dispute and cancellation policy between them and the customer.

 

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

RESOLUTION 2012-34 Authorizing entering into contract with Allstate Tower Inc. for inspection and report on Saint Mary’s Cemetery Tower. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 6-0.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

RESOLUTION 2012-35 Appointing member to Latrobe Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0.

 

Solicitor Kelley reported that he is looking into Mutual Agreements with surrounding communities in correlation with our Emergency Management Coordinator Carl Bollinger and will prepare the agreements and send with a letter to the Solicitors of Unity Township, Derry Borough, Ligonier Township and Borough and Youngstown Borough.

 

NEW BUSINESS

None.

                                                                       

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

Alexander Graziani stated his report is before council. City Manager stated there is still a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission and we need someone to fill this position to move forward with administering tests to Officers.

Mr. Graziani commended Chief Bumar with Central Booking.

Mr. Graziani reported that Code Officer Ann Powell prepared maps related to alleys into street systems. He stated she put in a lot of hours and hard work and thanked her. This adds about nine (9) miles to the street system.   The closing for Co #2 fire truck will be the first week in June. New website is under construction and Mr. Graziani welcomes any comments from council and is always available to meet.

 

Mr. Skapura questioned Solicitor about the crosswalks. Mr. Kelley replied there is no hurry, but he is working on the matter.

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Griffin thanked Jim Miller for accepting the appointment to the Zoning Hearing Board. Mayor reported that the First Ward Fireman’s Fair is set for June 4 through 9th. The school picnic is in June.

Mayor congratulated Ann Powell for completing training and becoming certified as an ASFPM Flood Plain Manager.

 

Mr. Skapura made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 6-0.

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara J. Buck, Secretary

 

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