LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012
Deputy Mayor Baldonieri called to order the Regular Meeting of Latrobe City Council at 6:30 P.M.
Deputy Mayor Baldonieri 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 - absent
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; Joseph Bush, Public Works Director.
Mr. Skapura moved to adopt the May 14, 2012 minutes, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0.
Total Expenses $272,276.16
Total Payroll 93,072.36
GRAND TOTAL $365,348.52
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Mrs. Wolford moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 6-0.
Jim Bolton expressed concerns over many projects going on with one being the county buying up a whole block and he questioned if a traffic study was to be conducted. Mr. Bolton thinks the alley located on this block is not to be given away and is worth $150,000.00. Mr. Bolton stated that the alley in the Sixth Ward Project that is requested to be vacated is worth $30,000.00.
Jim Deleva of 129 Avenue E expressed concerns regarding Latrobe Steel property at 150 Avenue E. He stated that scrap, wire tubs, barrels of unknown content, unkempt grass, construction worker vehicles, and dust are all within view of residents. He also complained about the dust stating it is impossible to have windows open and is concerned about the air quality. The equipment used to try to sweep up the dirt creates a gigantic dust cloud that tunnels up Avenue Either in Northeast or Northwest direction for over a block obscuring vision of buildings across the street. Mr. Deleva requested if a manmade barrier could be constructed to obscure dust, trash, noise etc.
Mrs. Wolford stated she will look into the situation and said that the new owners of Latrobe Steel are very neighbor friendly and someone will get back to Mr. Deleva.
Mr. Richard Jim reported that there was a meeting of below management level personnel from Unity Township Municipal Authority and Latrobe Municipal Authority regarding Act 537. Mr. Jim stated there was no negative action from the meeting and there is intent for another meeting.
Fire Chief Brasile stated use of fireworks is prohibited within city limits up to $600.00 per offense. Chief Brasile thanked the Police and fire Departments for assistance at Legion Keener Playland fire. He stated there are a lot of angry people that expressed their displeasure at the act of vandalism at Playland.
Director of Public Works Joseph Bush reported that paving bids are to be opened June 26th at 1:00 P.M. and CDBG Paving bids to be opened July 3rd at 11:00 A.M. and results will be available for July meeting
Mrs. Wolford made a motion to amend the agenda to include under Planning and Development C. 2 a resolution to add Cardinal Park to Tobacco Free Resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Forish made a motion to amend the agenda to include under Fire Department D. 1 an update to the Emergency Operation Plan, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to authorize the donation of the sum of $240.00 to Westmoreland Cleanways for our participation in the Hazardous Materials Cleanup Program, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 6-0.
RESOLUTION 2012-36 Authorizing and ratifying the actions of the City Manager to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement for the fireworks display for the Fourth of July Committee. Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
ORDINANCE 2012-6 Accepting, Dedicating and bringing into the City Street System various alleys within the corporate limits of the City of Latrobe. Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0.
Mrs. Wolford made a motion to authorize the City Manager or his designee to advertise for the purchase additional roll-off boxes, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to authorize the City Solicitor to prepare and advertise an ordinance to vacate a portion of an alleyway located behind the property of Lawrence and Kathy Henry, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 6-0.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Solicitor Kelley read a proposed resolution to approve the Land Development Plan of Adelphoi USA, Inc., to erect a school building in the sixth ward of the City of Latrobe.
Mrs. Wolford made a motion to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri.
Mr. Jim made a motion to table the proposed motion, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 5-Yes, 1-No (Baldonieri)
RESOLUTION 2012-37 Amending Resolution Number 2012-31 to include an addition Park and Recreation Area as tobacco free. Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0
RESOLUTION 2012-38 Updating the Emergency Operations Plan for the City of Latrobe. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Alexander Graziani stated his report is as submitted. (See attachment “G”) City Manager reported that the fire at Legion Keener Playland has resulted in a remarkable outpouring of community support. This creates a stewardship issue and it is incumbent upon the city to do right by all the people that are offering assistance, money, and time to help rebuild the Playland destroyed by arson. Mr. Graziani stated this is an example of a bad situation turning into a positive situation.
Mr. Skapura questioned if there was insurance on the property.
City Manager Graziani replied there was not insurance on the equipment, only liability insurance.
Deputy Mayor Baldonieri urged all property owners to keep up their property by cutting grass, putting garbage out at correct time, cutting weeds on curb strips, and remove weeds from street gutters. He also reminded residents not to blow grass onto the streets.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:25 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary