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March 2013


MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013


Mayor Griffin called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council to order at 6:34 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; Joseph Bush, Public Works Director; James Bumar, Police Chief. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt the February 11, 2013 minutes, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.


Total Expenses                       $218,116.27

Total Payroll                                90,357.24


GRAND TOTAL                   $308,473.51


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. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Giovannagelo.  Vote 6-0.




Mr. Jim reported on behalf of the Garbage Committee.  He stated they have held several meetings and will have another meeting tomorrow to meet with the second hauler.  Mr. Jim reported it is the consensus of the committee to rebid the garbage contract together with the hauling and disposing contract.  The committee considered all possibilities and objections and arrived at keeping procedures as current by retaining billing, not leasing the Transfer Station, continuing recyclable containers and bags with stickers, with inclusion of the transportation and disposal of all garbage from the Transfer Station that we currently haul with city trucks, and allow use of our 3.2 acres below the gate (unpaved portion).  Mr. Jim stated there are three parameters including, no interference of present operation, they cannot violate our DEP permit, and cannot be in competition with the City.  He wants to rebid for a ten-year contract and stated there will be no impact on staff, as we will move the current landfill garbage drivers to street crew.

Mrs. Wolford questioned Public Works Director Joe Bush on his recommendation.  Mr. Bush stated he thought they were still in process of meeting with haulers.  He stated the haulers could utilize the lower gate to leave but trucks still would have to go across scales to be weighed.  He stated the City still holds the permit and is liable regardless.  He is glad the city will retain same staffing.

Mrs. Wolford is not comfortable with the numbers and asked if designing bid to be attractive to one hauler.

Mr. Jim stated it is designed for all haulers.

City Manager Graziani said we should have numbers that are needed when contract specifications goes out.  We could possibly replace the street sweeper and purchase a leaf machine/chipper shredder.

Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to amend the agenda to include a motion to prepare and advertise specifications for the garbage contract, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 5-Yes, 1-No (Wolford).

Mr. Jim made a motion to authorize and direct the City Manager and Solicitor to prepare and advertise the specifications for Residential/Commercial Waste and Roll off Contract bid to be received and opened before the May meeting and awarded at June or July meeting, second by Mr. Giovannagelo.  Vote 5-Yes, 1-No (Wolford).


Dani Shavit from PANGO gave an update for Parking Authority.  Mr. Shavit thanked the City for the opportunity to provide services.  He stated that Latrobe was the first City in the United States to provide PANGO.  Mr. Shavit said he sends monthly reports to the City Manager.  He stated usage has increased substantially this year.  He is in preparation of a street team in response to the new parking rates and will have a merchant promotion to offer coupons to users of PANGO.

Mrs. Wolford reported for Latrobe Unity Parks and Recreation in regards to the Playland rebuild.  She stated they need volunteers for 3 shifts a day, 80 people per shift for April 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28.

City Manager Graziani stated each employee has opportunity to help volunteer.  The Public Works, Police and Fire will be doing a lot as well.


Police Chief Bumar reported that the Police Department implemented a drug report form that is available at City Hall.  Citizens can report tips while remaining anonymous, and there is a self-addressed stamped envelope with the report for your convenience.

Chief Bumar reported that a private citizen donated $4,000.00 to implement a Camera Security System at the City Building.  He reported that Westmoreland County Drug Task Force is conducting a Drug Awareness Summit on April 17, 2013 at 6:00 P.M., and numerous agencies will have presentations.  It is free and open to the public, and guests will have a chance to win five $100.00 gift cards.

Mr. Skapura made a motion to amend the agenda to include three items under Administration and Finance and Unfinished Business;  a resolution to purchase de-icing salt through COSTARS, a resolution authorizing the City Manager to seek DCNR grant for Revitalization of Lincoln Avenue Corridor, and a resolution to approve Mutual Aid agreement with Unity Township, second by Mr. Jim.  Vote 6-0.



Adopting an Investment Policy Statement for the City of Latrobe Police Retirement Fund.  Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura.  Vote 6-0.



Urging elected officials and the Department of Transportation to continue support of the Amtrak Pennsylvanian for Western Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo.  Vote 6-0.


Approving the purchase of de-icing salt by the City of Latrobe.  Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Jim.  Vote 6-0.


Approving the submission of an application by the City of Latrobe to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for a Revitalization grant for the Lincoln Avenue Corridor Project.  Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura.  Vote 6-0.

City Manager stated city is partnering with Latrobe/Unity Parks and Recreation and applying for a $500,000.00 50/50 matching grant with the city’s contribution at $35,000.00



Approving and authorizing entering into a Mutual Aid Agreement for Emergency Services with Unity Township.  Mr. Jim moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish.  Vote 6-0.

City Manager Graziani requested an Executive Session for Personnel matters.

Council adjourned to an Executive Session at 7:45 P.M.

Council reconvened the Regular Meeting of Council at 7:55 P.M.


Mr. Giovannagelo stated that Josephine Street is on the paving program, and thanked Public Works Director Joseph Bush.

City Manager stated that Josephine Street is the number one priority.  He stated that the Liquid Fuel expected amount is $192,000.00 for this year and the City will use it for street lighting and de-icing materials.


Mr. Graziani stated his report is as written.


City Manager stated that he and Mayor Griffin attended a Testimonial Banquet for Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department, and it is remarkable that ninety-four members have over twenty years of service each for a total of 3400 years.

Mayor Griffin reported that she attended the American Legion Banquet and gave a Commendation to Daniel Stumpf who is ninety-five years old.

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 P.M.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara J. Buck, Secretary













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