LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 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. Jim moved to adopt the May 13, 2013 minutes, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 7-0.
Total Expenses $237,164.06
Total Payroll 97,690.99
GRAND TOTAL $334,855.05
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Mr. Baldonieri moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
Solicitor Kelley advised a temporary adjournment for the Public Hearing.
Mrs. Wolford made a motion to adjourn to the Public Hearing, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 7-0
Public Hearing called to order at 6:32 P.M.
Solicitor Kelley stated the Public Hearing has been advertised and is required by TEFRA Act and involves two projects including the refinancing of bonds for Seton Hill and issuance of bonds to build a Science Center. Mayor Griffin is to sign off as applicable representative of the City.
Solicitor Kelley asked for public comment three times.
No public comment.
Public Hearing closed at 6:35 P.M.
Council agreed with no objection to move Seton Hill IDA Refinancing Project and Rebuilding Senior Center Resolutions under Administration to vote on at this time.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Approving the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority, Seton Hill University Refinancing Project. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 7-0.
Approving the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority, Seton Hill University Science Center Project. Mr. Jim moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 7-0.
Bob Maggiore of 132 East Tacoma Avenue commented on refuse and Transfer Station agenda referring to it as “Let’s make a Deal”. Mr. Maggiore said that Mrs. Wolford and Mr. Baldonieri have won him over as they are uncomfortable at this time and think more information is needed before making changes. Mr. Maggiore stated why contract out at all as we run well now with competent people. He stated that twenty-seven percent of the city revenue is from the Transfer Station and much more can be brought in.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue commented that he notice the Zoning Hearing Board is appointing Tom Horwat to the Board that has not had a meeting for over a year. Mr. Miller believes the Zoning Hearing Board could be utilized by finding areas that need corrected such as dilapidated houses, high grass, etc. Mr. Miller again requested that Council allow citizens to speak when the agenda is amended or additions made. He added that employee’s children up to age 26 being added to city eye and dental plan should have been negotiated and should be talked about more as to the future cost to the city.
Casey Stubbs of 747 Forever Lane, Ligonier, stated that he sent a letter to the City Manager on May 31st regarding a proposed Rental Inspection Ordinance. He agrees that everybody hates dilapidated properties, but instituting a rental inspection will cause more harm. Mr. Stubbs stated it punishes the good landlords to target the bad ones. He stated that Jeannette has rental inspections and it does not work for them. He also stated that rental inspections violate the U.S. Constitution. He stated the solution is to punish the offenders by enforcing the code. Mr. Stubbs owns property at 337 Miller Street in Latrobe.
Don Greiner, the Representative for AFSCME union employees, stated his message to the city and council is to postpone the vote on the garbage contract as it relates to the Transfer Station. Mr. Greiner stated that the Labor Relation Act states for subcontracting the employer must seek out and announce its intention to the union and provide all relevant information and to negotiate in good faith before awarding a contract. He said the Union received no formal notice. Mr. Greiner stated the union made a demand for negotiations on May 31, 2013 and have not received a response yet. Mr. Greiner went on to explain that we do not know how this change will impact the union members, who will be working on Saturday’s, where money will be transferred to Highway budget from, and how it affects safety of employees. Mr. Greiner said we do know the city will lose revenue and will not be able to guarantee same day roll-off service to the community. He stated that the City should keep the responsible worker they now have and not replace them with subcontractors from who knows where.
Mr. Jim asked Mr. Greiner if he spoke to the City Manager.
Mr. Greiner stated the City Manager did not respond.
Mr. Jim stated the Transfer Station is not being leased out, just the trucking and disposal. Mr. Jim stated that the EIP Delta Development Company determined the City was headed towards bankruptcy and advised council to select the contract low bidder for a last best chance to have no layoffs.
Mrs. Wolford said she would like to see us grow the business, as it is our only revenue-generating source. She stated we need to be cost competitive and grow the business.
Mr. Jim stated under the current method we need to gross $627,000 before the Transfer Station makes money. The contract we are looking at the figure reduces that figure to $279,000. Mr. Jim said we would make $51.50 per ton after reaching that amount and then we could grow the station.
Mr. Baldonieri stated we should reject the contract because we are in violation of National Labor Relation Board, and the low bid has mathematical error and omissions.
John McGoran of Greenridge and Republic Services stated he is proud to have served this community for the past twelve years. He commented this is the first time the Transfer Station is included in the bid specifications. Mr. McGoran stated that Republic is the only responsible bidder and has cost control. He explained that safety is responsibility of the Hauler and this is about more than just trucking, as they would also have the responsibility at the compactor. Mr. McGoran stated that Republic’s bid includes safety and maintenance requirements and the other bidder did not even follow simple instructions in its submission of the bid. He asked that Republic be awarded the bid.
Brian Simmons, Attorney for Advanced Disposal said he reviewed Republics letter that stated inaccuracies of Advanced Disposals bid. Mr. Simmons said the five issues are technical and trivial issues and not a material defect. He said the contractor will honor the bid that is $920,000 less than Republics bid. Mr. Simmons stated that Advanced is unquestionably a responsible bidder and best for the public.
Mrs. Wolford stated she is not concerned with the legal details; the problem she has is the whole structure involved. She stated that she is sure both bidders are responsible.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
An ordinance of the City of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, providing for entering into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the County of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, for the purpose of the County of Westmoreland inspecting parking meters for the City of Latrobe. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
Discussion ensued among council regarding a proposed resolution allowing children of employees up to age twenty-six to be included in the city’s eye and dental plans.
Mr. Jim made a motion to table the proposed resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 3-Yes (Jim, Forish, Griffin), 4-No (Giovannagelo, Skapura, Wolford, Baldonieri). Motion to table fails.
Renewing City Healthcare Plan with UPMC. Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to approve this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
Mayor Griffin called a five-minute recess at 7:50 P.M.
Mayor Griffin called Regular Meeting back to order at 7:55 P.M.
Approving Electric Supply Agreement with First Energy Solutions Corp (FES) for electricity generation for metered accounts of the City of Latrobe. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 7-0.
Approving Electric Supply Agreement with Champion Energy Services for street lighting electricity generation. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Waiving subdivision requirement for Westmoreland County Community College and acceptance of deed of dedication. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 7-0.
Approving encroachment and restricted encroachment license agreement with Fairview Dairy Inc., for Valley Dairy property at the intersection of Jefferson and chestnut Street. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 5-Yes, 2-No (Forish, Giovannagelo)
Mr. Forish pointed out for public record possible damage to alley after couple of years of use.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Solicitor Kelley read a proposed resolution for Waste Disposal Contract.
Mr. Jim made a motion to table awarding the Waste Disposal Contract until after meeting with the Union or until the next Council Meeting, whichever is sooner.
Mayor Griffin asked for a second three (3) times.
No second to the motion.
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to adopt proposed Resolution 2013-34 acceptance of bid for Municipal Waste Disposal Contract, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 3-Yes, 4-No (Skapura, Baldonieri, Wolford, Griffin). Motion fails.
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to authorize Solicitor to prepare and advertise an Ordinance amending various rates charged by Sanitation Department, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 3-Yes, 4-No (Baldonieri, Wolford, Skapura, Griffin). Motion fails.
Prohibiting the use of engine brake retarders on certain streets within the City of Latrobe. Mrs. Wolford moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 6-Yes, 1-No (Baldonieri)
Establishing handicap parking space on East Second Avenue. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-Yes, 1-No (Baldonieri)
Mrs. Wolford stated she is embarrassed over the Waste Contract rebid so many times. She stated that we have taken something simple and made it complicated. Mrs. Wolford urged Council to get this resolved and let the people have what they want whether it is bags or stickers.
Appointing to the Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Mr. Graziani stated his report is as written (see attachment G). He stated that he enjoyed helping out at the Fireman’s Fair. Mr. Graziani stated he is encouraged with the large attendance at tonight’s meeting and invites everyone back to next month’s meeting.
Council to hold an Executive Session for litigation matters immediately following adjournment of Council meeting.
Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 7-0.
Meeting adjourned at 8:35 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary