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September 2013

LATROBE CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013

LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA

Mayor Griffin called the Public Hearing to order at 6:30 P.M.  The purpose of this Public Hearing is to allow public comment regarding the cable franchise for the City held pursuant to Section 626 of the Federal Cable Act.  The current franchise agreement will expire February 11, 2014.

Solicitor Kelley stated the hearing is now open for public comment.

Casey Stubbs stated he has an office in the Quatrini Building and questioned council if the City only allows Comcast in the town.

Solicitor Kelley stated the City is not mutually exclusive and others could come in.

Mr. Stubbs relayed his dissatisfaction with Comcast by stating that he was to move in to his office at the Quatrini Building around February 15 and was not able to move in until April 4th due to Comcast not being able to get him set up.

Mr. Jim asked if the transfer of assignment, which is 9.8 of contract, states provided that such consent shall not be unreasonably withheld to a transfer, as he is not fond of the provision.  Solicitor Kelley said interpretation is up to the individual and in his opinion some logical basis we would not give in to a transfer.

Solicitor asked for any other comments.

No further comments.

Solicitor Kelley declared the Public Hearing closed at 6:36 P.M.

Mayor Griffin called the Regular Council Meeting to order at 6:37 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 – absent

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 Enforcement Officer.

Mr. Jim moved to adopt the August 12, 2012 minutes, second by Mr. Giovannagelo.  Vote 6-0.

BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT

Total Expenses                       $221,126.03

Total Payroll                                92,656.00

 

GRAND TOTAL                   $313,782.03

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICERS FROM AUGUST 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 Mr. Skapura.  Vote 6-0.

CITIZENS’ REQUESTS

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None.

BOARD/AUTHORITY REPORTS

None.

Fire Chief Brasile reported that the investigations of six fires in Latrobe are complete by the State Police and still underway by an outside agency.  He stated the report in the newspaper was incorrect.

Public Works Director Joseph Bush reported that paving would begin the end of September with Josephine Street.  He reported that eight catch basins would be installed to eliminate water problems.  Mr. Bush said beginning of October they will begin paving five streets in First Ward using CDBG funding.

Mr. Skapura made a motion to amend the agenda to add under Administration and Finance #7., authorizing entering into an agreement with Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission for a $5,000.00 grant, second by Mr.Baldonieri.  Vote 6-0.

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT

ORDINANCE 2013-6

An Ordinance of the City of Latrobe relative to the establishment and maintenance of city employees pension, annuity, insurance and benefit fund or funds, to amend certain provisions of the pension plan or program applicable to the Police of the City of Latrobe and to restate in its entirety such pension plan or program.  Mr. Giovannagelo moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Forish.  Vote 6-0.

RESOLUTION 2013-47

A resolution of the City of Latrobe relative to the procurement of professional services for the municipal pension system (s) sponsored by the city based on the requirements of Act 44 of 2009.  Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri.  Vote 6-0.

RESOLUTION 2013-48

Adoption of a policy relating to potential conflicts of interest.  Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish.  Vote 6-0.

Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to approve application for a Pennsylvania DCED grant for software updates and development of a Transfer Station Business Plan.  Mayor asked for a second three times.

Motion fails due to lack of a second.

RESOLUTION 2013-49

Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract with Nationwide Payment Solutions, LLC for customized electronic payment processing.  Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 6-0.

RESOLUTION 2013-50

Authorizing disposition of public records set forth on attached schedules for disposition of the records of office/department of the City of Latrobe.  Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Jim.  Vote 6-0.

RESOLUTION 2013-51

Approving WPPSEF Energy Audit Grant Agreement with Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission.  Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura.  Vote 6-0.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

RESOLUTION 2013-52

Second amendment to Transfer Station rates.  Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri.  Vote 6-0.

RESOLUTION 2013-53

Acceptance of bid for Municipal Waste Disposal Contract.  Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri.  Vote 6-0.

Mr. Jim made a motion to approve nunc pro tunc to authorize the City Manager to prepare and advertise for Waste Contract bids , second by Mr. Forish.  Vote 6-0.

(Amendment to motion made by Mr. Jim at October 14, 2013 meeting to include in these September minutes that at the June 10, 2013 meeting a motion was not made to authorize the City Manager to advertise bids for the garbage contract, second by Mr. Giovannagelo, with a unanimous vote by Council.)

POLICE DEPARTMENT

RESOLUTION 2013-54

Establishing a handicap/disabled veteran van accessible parking space.  Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish.  Vote 6-0.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Mr. Baldonieri verified with Fire Chief that State Police have completed their investigation of the recent fires in Latrobe.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

Alexander Graziani stated his report stands as submitted (see attachment “G”).  The report is also available on-line.

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Griffin thanked everybody for support of the Banana Split Festival.

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara J. Buck, Secretary

 

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