LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013
Mayor Griffin called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City 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 - 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.
Mr. Forish moved to adopt the March 11, 2013 minutes, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 7-0.
Total Expenses $218,288.08
Total Payroll 93,649.73
GRAND TOTAL $311,937.81
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Mrs. Wolford moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue expressed his desire for Council to allow citizens comments throughout the meeting.
Sheila Danielle of 1750 Raymond Avenue stated to Council that a child staying at her home robbed her. Mrs. Danielle was not satisfied with Police Chief Bumar’s handling of her situation and that there was no follow-up.
Chief Bumar stated he spoke to the accused child’s parent and they were going to take care of it. When questioned by Council as to whether he advised Mrs. Danielle to file a formal complaint, Chief Bumar stated there is usually not an official complaint for a $46.00 de minimis amount.
Jim Bolton of 225 Irving Avenue asked Council to do more to publicize the request for the new garbage contract. Mr. Bolton thinks the containers will be burdensome to customers. Mr. Bolton talked about the Transfer Station and the city plans to eliminate using our trucks and moving the drivers to the Street Department. He said there will be no income to pay them and it will kill the commercial business.
Angelo Caruso of Irving Avenue addressed Council regarding the L & L Quik Lube that his son operates and stated that the business provides a service to the community. Mr. Caruso asked Council what the big plan is for the small parcel of land by the creek bank that his son asphalted and parks vehicles there for his
business. This parcel is currently being leased from the City.
Mr. Baldonieri stated there has been no discussion about any plans for that parcel.
Mr. Forish stated it was never discussed on the Council Floor.
Sheila Danielle congratulated Council on Latrobe becoming historically known for the First Banana Split.
Mayor Griffin read and presented a Proclamation to Carpenter Technology – Latrobe Specialty Metals for their 100-year anniversary. Rich Tinsman, Vice President of Latrobe Operations and Jesse Eyer, Director Human Resources accepted on behalf of the Steel Company. (Proclamation copy is permanently on file in the City Administration Office).
Mayor Griffin read and presented a Proclamation to the Greater Latrobe Ice Hockey Team the Icecats for winning the WPIHL Championship. (Proclamation copy permanently on file in the City Administration Office).
Charley Moff of the Latrobe Municipal Authority informed Council the Chairman of the LMA is in a Nursing Facility. Mr. Moff has taken over as Chairman for Warren.
Mrs. Wolford reported that April 22 is the start date for the Playland rebuild and they are still looking for volunteers. Contact Parks and Recreation to volunteer.
Police Chief Bumar reported that the Police Department was approved and received $10,000 grant for the K-9 program from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation and that puts the K-9 fund fundraising at $70,000. Chief Bumar reported that Officer Michael Wigand attended an accreditation seminar and the Department is a lot further along than other Departments that started at the same time. He explained that 82 out of 1400 are accredited.
Chief reported that on April 17, 2013 at the Latrobe Elementary School at 6:00 P.M. a Drug Awareness Summit will be held. It was put together by the Latrobe Police Department and the Westmoreland County Task Force.
Fire Chief John Brasile reported on recent fires in town.
Public Works Director Joseph Bush reported that since the change in weather Public Works started cleanup of downtown including pouring concrete on sidewalks, patching alleys and streets and requested the public to give them a couple weeks before calling in complaints.
Establishing Handicap Parking Space. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Authorizing disposition of public records set forth on attached schedules for disposition of the records Office/Department of the City of Latrobe. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Approving Land Development and Land Consolidation plans of the Westmoreland County Community College. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 7-0.
Mr. Baldonieri asked for an update on the crosswalks.
Solicitor Kelley stated end of next week.
Mr. Jim made a motion to honor Timothy Hewitt, a local attorney, who won the International Championship of the Iditarod race, which is 1000 miles through the Northwest Territories in the Yukon, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 7-0.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Mr. Graziani stated his report is as written. He stated the Waste Contract prebid meeting is next Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. at the Transfer Station.
He reported to Council that he is ordering a security camera system for the garage.
Mr. Graziani reported that Excela Health has submitted about 200 signatures asking Council to oppose the building of a Post Acute Medical Center facility in Unity Township, as it presents competition, and wants Council to tell the Unity Township Supervisors to not support the building of this facility.
Mr. Jim made a motion to amend the agenda to add a motion for action in support of the petitions, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 7-0
Mr. Jim made a motion to agree with petition by Excela Health employees to urge Unity Township Supervisors to not approve building a Post Acute Medical Facility in the Township, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 6-1 (Skapura)
Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr.
Skapura. Vote 7-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary