LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013
Mayor Griffin called the Regular Meeting of 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 - absent
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.
Mr. Skapura moved to adopt the December 10, 2012 minutes, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Total Expenses $250,051.03
Total Payroll 94,540.61
GRAND TOTAL $344,591.64
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Mrs. Wolford moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
James Bolton of 225 Irving Avenue stated he has read over the city budget report and wanted to personally commend the City Manager and staff for a job well done. Mr. Bolton noticed the city has to tap into $103,000 to balance and he thought we would need a quarter of a million to balance. He hopes that ten months from now, we do not have to tap another $100,000 from the general fund, but he thinks we will need to, and if the city stays at the current millage rate we may be $300,000 short.
Mark Scarpo of 519 Main Street told council there is no ordinance in Latrobe against jake brakes and when trucks come down Main Street in the early a.m. and use them it rattles the windows in his house. Mr. Scarpo would like a law passed against using these jake brakes.
City Manager Graziani and Council will look into the issue and discuss at the agenda session on the 28th.
Police Chief Bumar reported that he met with the Latrobe School Board and Elementary School Management regarding an Active Shooter Response Plan. Chief Bumar thanked the Mayor and Council for supporting the Police Department.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Approving purchase of various items for the Latrobe Parking System. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Reaffirming agreement with Latrobe Municipal Authority. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 5-Yes, 1-Abstain (Jim).
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Approving tentative agreement with the Latrobe Police Department for a Collective Bargaining Agreement to extend from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015. Mr. Baldonieri move to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 6-0.
Establishing wages, hours and fringe benefits of positions of the City of Latrobe for fiscal year 2013. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Fixing the tax rate for general city purposes and other purposes for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2013, and ending December 31, 2013. Mrs. Wolford moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Amending Chapter 256, Vehicles and Traffic; Section 256-17, Establishment and or removal of handicap parking spaces; Section 256-19, Loading and unloading; Section 256-51, Parking prohibited at all times; Section 256-53, Two hour parking limit for all vehicles; Section 256-54, Permit parking; and, Section 256-55, On- street metered parking facilities. Mr. Baldonieri moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 6-0.
Mayor Griffin nominated Don McGuire for appointment to the Latrobe Municipal Authority.
Appointing member to Latrobe Municipal Authority. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 5-Yes, 1-Abstain (Jim).
Mayor Griffin nominated James Miller for appointment to the Latrobe Zoning Hearing Board.
Appointing member to the Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Mayor Griffin nominated Don Albert for appointment to the Planning Commission.
Appointing member to the Planning Commission. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 6-0.
Mayor Griffin nominated Debra Sardello for appointment to the Planning Commission.
Appointing member to the Planning Commission.
Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Mayor Griffin nominated Joseph Dietrick for appointment to the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority.
Appointing member to the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Mayor nominated A. Roger Wigle M.D. for appointment to the Latrobe Parking Authority.
Appointing member to Parking Authority. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Mayor Griffin nominated Thomas B. Long., Jr. for appointment to the Latrobe Parks & Recreation Commission.
Appointing member to Park and Recreation Commission. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Skapura questioned the status of the sewage line installation at the Transfer Station.
City Manager Graziani explained that after the last field-view, the snow came and he was unable to look at the results.
Solicitor Kelley is to look at the crosswalk issue and proposed Mutual Aid Agreements.
Mrs. Wolford reported that the Planning Summit held last Friday night and Saturday morning was a great success with about seventy people in attendance. She commended Alex Graziani and Jarod Trunzo for putting it all together and organizing a wonderful evening. Mrs. Wolford said the keynote speaker was Tom Hylton who is the author of published book “Save our Towns Save our Land. Mrs. Wolford said there was a lot of energy in the room.
City Manager Graziani said the meeting was recorded and is available on Latrobe.TV, and there are handouts available here at the City Building.
City Manager Graziani stated that traffic control signs will go up tomorrow to give notice of closure of Bank Lane to allow for demolition for the future Westmoreland County Community College site.
Mr. Graziani reported that the 981-bridge replacement has four different design options with three on one side of the bridge and fourth on railroad trackside. They may have the detour to redirect through Second Ward or have the new bridge offline and keep old bridge open. Penn DOT will have a public meeting, detailing the options, at City Hall for public attendance and comment. The plan is for years 2015 to 2016 for construction.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Mr. Graziani stated that as an at-will-employee he would like to thank Council for passing the Salary Ordinance and for the privilege and opportunity to work in Latrobe. Mr. Graziani stated his report stands as written (see attachment “G”). He pointed out that the December 2010 year-end balance was $38,211.00, the 2011 year-end balance was $457,551, and the 2012 year-end balance was $567,751. He concludes the factors contributing to the surplus are past and current fiscal management, and the windfall of business at the Transfer Station due to the March 2011 hailstorm that generated new customers. These benefits were muted by bleeding of Parking System when the garage closed in 2010. Mr. Graziani said when the new mechanisms are installed in the parking meters the new rates can take effect. We will watch the budget closely as we may need to make critical decisions in July. Mr. Graziani thanked the participants of the Summit meeting, and encourages all citizens to go on-line and take advantage of the transparency of decision-making and welcomes volunteerism.
Mayor Griffin stated that her sister who lives in Wyomissing love the Flower Gardens and whenever she visits Latrobe she always says if it were up to her, she would live here.
Mrs. Wolford gave recognition to Jack the camera operator.
Mr. Baldonieri stated that Excela plans to build a health facility in Unity Township and is pleading the case to everyone that if they take physicians out of this town we will be hit like never before. He stated it is very important to keep the doctors in town. We need to appeal to their sense of community.
Mayor Griffin announced her appointments to committees.
Personnel (Baldonieri, Wolford, Jim)
Finance (Wolford , Skapura, Forish)
Residential Garbage & Recycling (Jim, Giovannagelo, Forish)
Mrs. Wolford made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:40 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary