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February 2013

LATROBE CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013

LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA

 

Mayor Griffin called the TEFRA Public Hearing to order at 6:31 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; James Bumar, Police Chief; John Brasile, Fire Chief; Ann Powell, Code/Zoning Officer.

 

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.  City of Latrobe Solicitor James E. Kelley, Jr. introduced Dan Hudock who is representing the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority.  Mr. Hudock explained that this public hearing is for a reissuance of tax-exempt bonds of $17,000,000.00 with up to five million of new money.  St. Vincent is refinancing for lower interest rates and the project will be to renovate dormitories on campus.

Solicitor Kelley asked for public comment.

No public comment.

Mayor Griffin closed the Public Hearing at 6:37 P.M.

 

Mayor Griffin called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council to order at 6:38 P.M.

 

 Mr. Jim moved to adopt the January14, 2013 minutes, second by Mr. Giovannagelo.  Vote 7-0.

 

BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT

Total Expenses                       $361,836.03

Total Payroll                             100,897.06

 

GRAND TOTAL                   $462,733.09

 

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICERS FROM JANUARY 2013

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”

Mr. Baldonieri moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mrs. Wolford.  Vote 7-0.

CITIZENS’ REQUESTS

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None.

BOARD/AUTHORITY REPORTS

Mrs. Wolford distributed a copy of 2012 Annual Report for Parks and Recreation Commission.

Police Chief Bumar reported that it is his second year anniversary as Chief and thanked everyone who supported the Police Department and helped make the Department as successful as they have been these last two years.  He thanked staff in Administration, the City Manager, Mayor Griffin, and City Council.  Chief Bumar thanked City Manager Graziani, Mayor Griffin, City Council, Police Officers in the Collective Bargaining Unit and the City’s Personnel Committee for reaching a collective agreement and contract.  Chief Bumar stated that is such an important step in alleviating stress within the working environment and continuing a cohesive relationship between City Administration and the Police Department.  Chief Bumar would like the Mayor, Council and City Manager never to forget that the men and women that put their badges on, and serve and protect the City appreciate your unanimous support of the Police Department.  He stated that Administration, Council and Police all have a common goal to make Latrobe a safe, secure and livable city.

Director of Public Works Joseph Bush reported that this past month had no large snowfalls but was still a busy month with nuisance snows.  Highway Department put down 245 ton of salt this past month and used a quarter of the budgeted salt material.  Mr. Bush stated that the Public Works Department is installing new signs to replace the 3-Way and 4-Way with All-Way signs.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

RESOLUTION 2013-11

 Approving the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority, Saint Vincent College Project.  Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo.  Vote 7-0.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Mayor Griffin nominated Jason Weiss for appointment to Latrobe Planning Commission.

RESOLUTION 2013-12

Appointment of Jason Weiss to the Latrobe Planning Commission.  Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri.  Vote 7-0.

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Jim mentioned that Mr. William McCabe is in the audience and is a potential judge nominee.

Mrs. Wolford reported that a press release from Governor Corbett’s office will be released informing the City of Latrobe is receiving one million dollars for the Parking Garage.  Mrs. Wolford thanked Senator Ward and Representative Petrarca for their help and hard work in obtaining this grant.

Mr. Baldonieri reported that a letter was received by the City from Wade Stoner of White Rose Investments commending Karen Meholic for her exceptional performance in dealing with him concerning properties he rents that his tenants were delinquent with their sanitation bills.

Mr. Baldonieri stated that we filed a claim with our insurance company concerning the sidewalk issue.                      

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

Mr. Graziani stated that the performance of Ms. Meholic was nothing exceptional; it is typical of the courteous service that all the departments provide to customers.  What was a typical was the recognition in writing by a person receiving the service.

Mr. Graziani reported that last Tuesday night Gary Kibe Sr. of the Public Works Department observed young people and foot tracks going from car to car.  Mr. Kibe informed Sergeant Nunzio Santo Colombo and the suspects were apprehended in the act of breaking into cars.  City Manager Graziani credits Gary and Joe Bush and the Police for their service.

Mr. Graziani reported that a staff recognition program for years of service is underway.

Mr. Graziani is investigating entering into a formal relationship with Latrobe, Australia. 

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Griffin stated she is in agreement with Greensburg City Administrator Sue Trout that sharing services with Parks & Recreation is the way to go.

Mayor Griffin reported that Saint Vincent did a wonderful job with the 50th observance of the fire at the school.  Former Latrobe Fire Chief Earl Dalton and Fire Chief Hutchinson from Greensburg were observed.

Mayor also stated that on February 20t at the Performing Arts Center at Saint Vincent a town hall meeting will be held concerning health care reform by Excela Health.

 

Mr. Skapura made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr. Giovannagelo.  Vote 7-0.

Meeting adjourned at 7:00 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara J. Buck, Secretary

 

 

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