LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014
Mayor Wolford called the Public Hearing to order at 6:30 P.M. This public hearing is to allow public comment on a proposed ordinance authorizing the Comcast Cable Agreement.
Solicitor Kelley asked for public comment.
No public comment.
Public Hearing closed at 6:31 P.M.
Mayor Wolford called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council to order at 6:32 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 - present
Madalyn Smith - present
Trisha Caldwell-Cravener – present
Deputy Mayor Michael Skapura - absent
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; James Bumar, Police Chief.
Ms. Bisi moved to adopt the March 10, 2014 minutes, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $227,705.85
Total Payroll 89,173.11
GRAND TOTAL $316,878.96
See attachment “A”
See attachment “B”
See attachment “C”
See attachment’s “D”
See attachment’s “E”
See attachment “F”
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0.
Jim Bolton of 225 Irving Avenue spoke about the hiring of another police officer. Mrs. Bolton said after last month’s meeting he was against it until he spoke with his wife and she disagreed with him. He blames parents for school problems today. He said that today you have to deal with cyber bullying that destroys kids on the internet. He said that parents need to have control. Mr. Bolton questioned hiring one safety officer to cover five schools. He also said we would need $80,000 for another officer, which includes a car and other items. Mr. Bolton stated we are spending too much money and reminded us that an advisor said we were going to hit the wall in 2015. He stated the ice storm gave us another couple of years. Mr. Bolton stated that security for the school should be the School Boards problem as they can spend ten million for an athletic complex. He also stated the school needs to have professional enforcers.
James Miller of 127 East 4th Avenue agrees with Mr. Bolton on most items including it should be the schools responsibility on safety. Mr. Miller said we do not know what is in this contract; we do not know costs, benefits, etc. He said the contract should be on the website. Mr. Miller also said that Latrobe needs to sit down and figure out if we want to cover Latrobe or be regional.
City Manager Graziani stated that a new police officer will make approximately $21.00 hour and conservatively with benefits about $24.03. The MMO effect not until 2015. Mr. Graziani stated the city would be reimbursed by the school $180,000 over three year contribution. He stated the city would limit expenses by fundraising as they do for the K-9 fund that has realized approximately $120,000.00
Public Safety Committee– Julie Bisi reported that the meeting last week for the public Neighborhood Watch Program had a good turnout. The next meeting will be May 19th here at 6:30 P.M.
Mr. Baldonieri reminded the public about the Citizen Drug Complaint Form. He said if you have a suspicion, you can report it anonymously.
Ms. Bisi stated there are six regions in the Watch Program and they need at least three citizens for each region.
Public Works Committee– Gerry Baldonieri reported that he toured the Transfer Station and that Harry Albert and Steve Tulenko will join the committee.
Madalyn Smith stated that residents should go and see what we have out there at the Transfer Station.
Community Development Committee – Trisha Caldwell-Cravener reported that they had a meeting to bring new ideas and anyone wishing to participate to please sign-up.
Mayor Wolford stated that there is Ordinance issues related to the Code Office, such as yard trash etc. type violations that keep occurring, due to not having teeth in the current ordinance. She would like to see that after a violator receives a third letter from the Code Office, they are fined.
Director Joseph Bush reported that the 2014 proposed paving project is not complete yet. He reported that the County cut the CDBG again and the liquid fuel amount is $209,384 this year. Joe reported that he gauges the paving based on the liquid fuel amount and it is up $26,304 from last year and will continue to go up until 2017. Mr. Bush reported that he and the Code Officer have been working with the Gas Company to share cost of paving work on Grant Street to Anderson Street. Mr. Bush reported that we have some unhappy people at the Transfer Station due to no room for recycling. He said the Loyalhanna Watershed stopped receiving recyclables and now everyone that used that facility is now coming to the Transfer Station.
Police Chief Bumar reported that there is a very important proposal on the agenda with the Greater Latrobe School District to place a Latrobe Police Officer in the School District as a School Resource Officer and he or she will service five schools. Chief Bumar thanked GLSD for approaching him and it was a privilege to work with the Solicitor. Chief Bumar explained to Council and the citizens that the school district received a grant to cover a School Resource Officer (SRO) that will be armed and will patrol the grounds and have all police power. This SRO will also be proactive role model and be able to speak to students privately to gain information that may deter problems or tragedies. This SRO will be part of the curriculum and blend with faculty and students. They will show students that authority figure should be respected not feared. If this SRO saves one student from drugs, bullying, etc. the presence will be well worth it. As Chief, he stated he will keep costs to a minimum and will monitor closely.
Chief Bumar thanked Council and all the people that attended the Neighborhood Watch.
Fire – None.
Code Enforcement– None.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Authorizing execution of a cable franchise agreement between the City of Latrobe and Comcast of Pennsylvania II, LLC. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Authorizing the purchase and financing of a 2015 Mack GU713 Refuse on/off highway straight truck. Mrs. Smith moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
Authorizing the City Manager to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement for the fireworks display for the Fourth of July Committee. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Authorizing entering into an agreement with the Greater Latrobe School District to provide a School Resource Officer/School Police Officer. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to authorize the City Manager to advertise and take those required actions pertaining to the Civil Service Commission to hire a new police officer, and further move; we ratify any actions previously taken by the City Manager, or his designee, with regard to the actions so authorized, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Authorizing approval of broad framework for LMA/Latrobe/DTMA/Derry/UTMA/Unity agreement regarding Act 537 update. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
James Millers asked the Solicitor if the School Resource Officer will be employed by the School District.
Solicitor Kelley stated because of statutory requirements the time worked while school is in session the SRO will be an employee of the School District and during summer months will be a City employee. Mr. Kelley said the City has liability for the officer regardless.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Alexander Graziani stated his report is as written (see attachment “H”), and includes details regarding expenses for the first quarter.
Mr. Graziani requested an Executive Session.
Mayor Wolford reported that she and Alex traveled to Harrisburg for a day and a half to lobby for the City. Mayor Wolford thanked Senator Kim Ward and State Representative Joseph Petrarca for spending time with them. Mayor Wolford said the talked about project that are in our sight of vision, and encouraged all of Council to get out there and do a lobby day.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener informed everyone to watch a special on the Golf Channel covering a documentary about Arnold Palmer tonight at 10:00 P.M. and Tuesday at 4:00 P.M. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener said it highlights our area and is on channel 33 with Comcast, and Channel 218 on Direct TV.
Mayor Wolford called an Executive Session immediately following the adjournment of the Regular Council Meeting regarding Personnel issues.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:35 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary