LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, AUGUST 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 - absent
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.
Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt the July 8, 2013 minutes, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Total Expenses $213,684.99
Total Payroll 94,685.36
GRAND TOTAL $308,370.35
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Mr. Baldonieri moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 6-0.
Butch Burkey of Mailey’s Bakery at 335 Main Street had a complaint regarding three parking tickets he received. Mr. Burkey stated he spoke to the Meter Attendant as to why he got the ticket when he has a parking pass. She told him she did not see it hanging from the rear view window. Mr. Burkey was adamant that he had it displayed and questioned the meter attendants training. Mr. Burkey had a complaint about the Mozart House, stating that the past nine months there has been no lighting, weeds are high, and owner does not give a rap. He hopes there is no fire as it is a tinderbox.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Accepting proposal of Mullin & Lonergan Associates, Inc. to extend the contract between it and the City for updating maps and tables from the 2010 Comprehensive Plan, Planning, and Redevelopment Planning. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Jim. Vote 6-0.
Extending paid time off benefits for non-union part time employee. Mayor Griffin moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 4-Yes, 2-No (Giovannagelo, Forish)
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Mr. Jim made a motion to amend proposed Resolution for Transfer Station rate up to 200 lbs be $12.00 instead of $10.00, second by Mrs. Wolford. Vote 6-0.
Amending Transfer Station rates. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 6-0. (as amended).
Authorizing the City Manager to accept the allocation from the Westmoreland County 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Authorizing the City Manager to sign reimbursement request form (#9) and acceptance certificate documents for the Penn DOT Safe Route to School Project. Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Baldonieri stated the voting for this does not mean we approve of the work done; we just are not able to prove the work did not meet the set standards. Mr. Baldonieri stated that Gibson-Thomas obtained a price on an inexpensive coating and would like to do (1) crosswalk to see how it turns out.
Mrs. Wolford made a motion to amend the agenda to add items 4 and 5 under Public Works to accept and award CDBG and Paving Contract, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 6-0.
Acceptance of bid and awarding contract for the 2013 Community Development Block Grant Paving Program. Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Acceptance of bid and awarding contract – Paving. Mrs. Wolford moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0.
Establishing a handicap/disabled veteran van accessible parking space on East Second Avenue. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Jim discussed proposed police contract with St. Vincent and the negative attitude by Unity Township. Mr. Jim stated we thought we need their approval and the State Police approval. Mr. Jim recommends entering into consolidation with St. Vincent, Latrobe School, and Adelphoi. He said we can offer them police protection. He stated that we provide St. Vincent with water, wastewater, recreation, library, fire training and fire coverage, and lending through Industrial Development Authority monies to rebuild.
Mr. Baldonieri addressed the article in the Latrobe Bulletin regarding Unity Township Supervisor O’Barto’s comments about telling them what to do, not funding anyone else’s budget, and mergers with the City have not been good. Mr. Baldonieri stated that St. Vincent College came to the City asking for our help and as a private employer, they are entitled to secure their own security police, and if they want to contract with us, they are able to do so. Mr. Baldonieri stated they need to remember what is good for the town is good for the township and what is good for the township is good for the town. He stated that as far as merger that was mentioned Mr. O’Barto must mean Latrobe Unity Parks and Recreation, which has been responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars for Unity Parks.
Mrs. Wolford said it is important to note that the State Police are doing a great job and that our Latrobe Police assist them and they assist us. Mrs. Wolford stated that the Latrobe Police do not stop at our border if Unity needs our help. She also reiterated previous comments that St. Vincent came to us and we are trying to be a good neighbor.
Agenda item for resignation of the Emergency Management Coordinator has been rescinded.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Mr. Graziani stated his report is as written (see attachment G). Mr. Graziani commended the State Police and Local Police regarding the Lloyd Avenue Standoff. He extended lots of thanks to the volunteers that gave hours and people that donated. Mr. Graziani recommended that Council consider a commendation at a future meeting for Officer King, who was injured in the standoff. Mr. Graziani stated that borders go away when there is a need.
Mayor Griffin thanked the Police and Fire Departments and Volunteers for a wonderful job.
Mrs. Wolford made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary