LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014
Mayor Wolford called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council to order at 6:33 P.M.
Mayor Wolford asked all to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Wolford asked all for a Moment of Silence.
The City Secretary read Roll Call:
Fabian Giovannagelo - absent
Madalyn Smith - present
Trisha Caldwell-Cravener – present
Deputy Mayor Michael Skapura - present
Gerald Baldonieri - present
Julie Bisi - present
Mayor Rosemarie Wolford - present
Also present were the following: Alexander J. Graziani, City Manager; James E. Kelley, Solicitor; Joseph Bush, Public Works Director; Ann Powell, Code/Zoning Officer; James Bumar, Police Chief.
Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt the February 10, 2014 minutes, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $222,373.85
Total Payroll 94,614.06
GRAND TOTAL $316,987.91
See attachment “A”
See attachment “B”
See attachment “C”
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See attachment’s “E”
See attachment “F”
Mr. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0.
James Miller of 127 East 4th Avenue asked what the legal expenses were for, and if there will be any amendments to the agenda.
Mayor Wolford stated there will be no amendments to the agenda and the legal expenses fall under personnel issues for special counsel.
Mayor Wolford established the following committees:
Public Works – (Gerald Baldonieri, Madalyn Smith)
Public Safety – (Julie Bisi, Gerald Baldonieri)
Community Development – (Julie Bisi, Trisha Caldwell-Craver, and Fabian Giovannagelo)
Finance – (Mike Skapura, Madalyn Smith)
Personnel – (Mike Skapura, Trisha Caldwell-Cravener)
Mayor Wolford encourages anyone to sign up for these committees and said they do not have to live in town. Mayor stated next month there will be reports from the committees if applicable.
Public Safety Committee – Julie Bisi reported regarding the Neighborhood Watch Program. Ms. Bisi stated there was an article in the paper about the program. She said the committee is moving forward with advertising. They are looking for people in various zones to serve as a Neighborhood Representative. The Program is open to the public so anyone interested in serving please apply. At the meeting, they will establish ground rules and responsibilities.
Personnel Committee – Mike Skapura reported that the committee met last week to discuss personnel items and the legal expenses. He reported that a replacement for a position that is open due to an employee retiring is currently being review for advertising and budgeting purposes. Committee is working with PA Careerlink for this Meter Attendant Position.
Director Joseph Bush reported that public works is now patching potholes, and when they are finished with the streets, they will start addressing potholes in the alleys. After finishing patching potholes, they will then start cleaning up the town. He advised the public to call the Transfer Station to report potholes.
Police Chief Bumar reported that on February 13, 2014 we hosted a Westmoreland County Drug Task Force Roundup. He reported that eight departments served twenty-one arrest warrants. Chief Bumar stated there was four months of investigations and controlled buys, and twelve of the twenty-one were residents of the city and were from drug buys made in the city.
He reported that on August 23, 2014 the Citizens Bank Robbery has been solved with cooperative effort of the FBI and the Police Department. He stated two male actors are in custody.
Chief reported that a Drug Box for take back of prescription drugs is now in the Police Lobby Area. When the box is full, the drugs are inventoried and place in evidence until the Department obtains a court order, and then our department and the County destroy the drugs.
He reported that this past Saturday night our K-9 Officer Rocky and Handler Officer Derk received the American Legion Civic Award at the Post 514 Legion Banquet.
Fire – None.
Code Enforcement– None.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener made a motion authorizing the Solicitor to prepare and advertise an Ordinance approving a new multi-year Franchise Agreement with Comcast Cable, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to authorize the City Manager to seek a request for qualifications for an energy services company (ESCO), second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
City Manager explained the purpose of this ESCO is to use the funds from the energy savings for long-term capital project expenses.
Repealing Resolution Number 2013-66, Main Street and Enterprise Zone Program. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0
Seeking funds from the New Communities Program for the Latrobe Community Revitalization Façade Improvement Program. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0
Seeking final year funding from the Keystone Communities Program for the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program. Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Approving Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement and memorandum of understanding between the Westmoreland County Land Bank and the City of Latrobe. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0.
City Manager Graziani explained that the Land Bank deals with nuisance properties such as properties that the landowner does not pay the taxes and we have to maintain the property and then file a lien against the property owner. Mr. Graziani stated that we need demolitions and in some cases rehab money, and the communities that play nice with the County and enter this program will be the communities for which funding for demolition and other programs will be funneled towards. The goal is to return these properties to the tax rolls and we can exclude non-profits.
Solicitor Kelley stated that the Land Banks are not constrained to sell to low bidders.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
James Millers asked if the two arson properties in Latrobe were purchased by non-profits.
City Manager Graziani said that 509 Main Street by Truman is in possession of the landowner and 901 Ligonier Street was acquired and taxes are paid on the land.
Mr. Miller questioned what the $8,000 expense was to Piper’s Lawn Care.
City Manager Graziani explained that our contracted snow removal company Barkley did not show up and Piper’s Lawn Care was available to help the city with snow removal.
James Miller asked if the City had any available building for Comcast to install a tower because an installation request at the High School was turned down.
City Manager Graziani thought the Transfer Station might be a good location for a tower, and explained it is Verizon looking for the installation, not Comcast.
Solicitor Kelley was asked by Mr. Miller is he could serve on committees or is there a conflict as he is on the Zoning Hearing Board.
City Manager Graziani acknowledged an individual in the audience as Clayton who is from the Boy Scout Troop 304 and in attendance working on a badge.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Alexander Graziani stated his report is as written (see attachment “H”), and is available on-line. Mr. Graziani stated that the April 14th agenda should include an agreement with the Greater Latrobe School District for a Safety Resource Officer, and we will be looking to lease/purchase a new roll-off truck.
Mayor Wolford encouraged everyone to volunteer for a committee. Mayor thanked Joe Bush and the Public Works Department employees and congratulated Chief Bumar and all the Officers on the Round-up.
Mayor Wolford stated that she and Alex Graziani are looking at developing projects to seek funding. Mayor stated we all need to work together as a community in and outside of city offices.
Mayor Wolford adjourned council to an Executive Session at 7:28 P.M.
Regular Meeting of Council was reconvened at 8:54 P.M.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Meeting adjourned at 8:55 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary