LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014
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 - absent
Madalyn Smith - absent
Trisha Caldwell-Cravener – present
Deputy Mayor Michael Skapura - present
Gerald Baldonieri - present
Julie Bisi - present
Mayor Rosemarie Wolford - present
Also present were the following: James E. Kelley, Solicitor; Joseph Bush, Public Works Director; James Bumar, Police Chief; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer.
Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt the April 14 and April 28, 2014 minutes, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 5-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $238,872.91
Total Payroll 130,472.69
GRAND TOTAL $369,345.60
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Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 5-0.
James Miller of 127 East 4th Avenue suggested, regarding the Moment of Silence, the City have a different Ministers come to the meetings to give a prayer. Mr. Miller asked if the agenda item for the Robert Ketterer Charter School is for the School Resource Officer. He asked if the SRO is one special officer or can other officers go to the school. Mr. Miller commented that he thought the smoking ban in parks was already an ordinance. He also asked how much has been paid toward negotiations on pending lawsuits.
Mayor stated that approximately three years ago a Young Lungs at Play Resolution was passed, but not a non-smoking ordinance.
Chief Bumar answered the SRO question stating that it is the same person all the time, and in regards to the Robert Ketterer agenda items it is for a Mutual Aid Agreement.
Mayor Wolford advised Mr. Miller that approximately $12,000 has been expended for Professional Services.
Finance Committee - None
Public Safety Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported that there will be a meeting next Monday for the Neighborhood Watch Program and encouraged residents to bring friends and neighbors.
Personnel Committee– No report. Mr. Skapura stated there are on-going labor issues.
Public Works Committee– Gerry Baldonieri reported they are awaiting paving bids and will begin looking at a Business Plan for the Transfer Station.
Community Development Committee – Trisha Caldwell-Cravener reported that the committee would be meeting with the Code Enforcement Officer Ann Powell.
Director Joseph Bush reported he is waiting for cost estimates from Gibson-Thomas and has a long list of streets that need paved. He will choose from the lists the streets most in need of repair. Mr. Bush reported the Committee should have something for the Agenda Session.
Police Chief Bumar reported that this past Saturday the physical agility test for the SRO were conducted and of the ten that applied eight showed up and seven passed. Chief Bumar reported that the written test for the SRO will be held this Saturday.
Chief Bumar reported that he and Mr. Bush met with the Parking Authority to address some illegal parking spaces. He reported that a new Meter Attendant, Marsha Maher, was hired and is doing a good job.
Chief thanks the girls in the office for coming together to train Ms. Maher.
Chief Bumar stated the Neighborhood Watch Program is a community project, but the Police will be available to set guidelines and to assist. He reported that the no-smoking ban, although he despises smoking, would require the Police to respond to people smoking in Parks. He stated they will have very little teeth to enforce and thinks it is non-sensical.
Mayor Wolford asked if it could help the situation by having the Police involved during regular round.
Chief Bumar stated they will challenge the Police and say they can smoke. It will be difficult to enforce.
Solicitor Kelley stated the reporting person needs to be willing to testify.
Fire – None.
Code Enforcement– None.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Ms. Bisi made a motion to authorize the Director of Administration and Finance to sign any and all documents necessary to renew the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Origination Agreement with Commercial Bank and Trust of Pennsylvania, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 5-0.
RESOLUTION 2014-28 Designating temporary signatories in the absence of the City Manager. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 5-0.
Approving entering into a memorandum of understanding between the City of Latrobe Police Department and Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 5-0.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to remove from the agenda the motion to advertise a ban on smoking in parks, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 5-0.
Approving the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the City of Latrobe and the Latrobe Police Department Collective Bargaining Unity. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 5-0.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to authorize the Director of Public Works to advertise for bids for the 2014 street-paving project, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener.Vote 5-0
Deputy Mayor Skapura reported that a good meeting was held regarding the RACP grant. He stated there a few issues to be worked out on our end and issues on the end of the contractors that are out of our control.
Mayor Wolford said the key is to obtain information from the contractor. She explained that a conference call was made to the contractor giving them a two-week deadline.
Deputy Mayor Skapura said we have tried for a long time to get the information from the Contract and the Sub-contractors.
Mayor Wolford stated there are many things going on in the absence of the City Manager, such as Mr. Baldonieri attended a DCED meeting at IUP, and a new group, Building One will have their first forum on May 16th that Ann Powell will be attending. Mayor stated this new group comprises different municipalities that discuss sustainability issues.
Employee Recognition Program.
Mayor Wolford presented recognition awards to Karen Meholic for her twenty years of service, Detective John Sleasman for twenty years of service, and Sergeant Jeffrey Regula for twenty-five years of service.
Mayor Wolford welcomed the City’s new Meter Attendant Marsha Maher.
Mayor thanked Ann Powell for working with Peoples Natural Gas and obtaining $25,000.00 from them to help defray costs of paving Grant Street from Ligonier to Harrison Avenue. Mayor also thanked Ann for obtaining a $2,391.00 grant entitled Pet Way Stations and Rain Barrels Program. The Rain Barrel Program is scheduled for later this summer.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
James Miller of 127 East 4th Avenue asked about the Eagles Building and when will it be complete.
Code Officer Ann Powell stated that Raimondo is on vacation out of state, but has a meeting tomorrow with attorneys and the building should be completed by July 1st. Mr. Miller told Council they made a wrong decision on allowing Department Heads to sign documents and there should be two signatures on payments.
City Secretary explained to Mr. Miller that two signatures are still required on checks, one appointed and one elected, and gave some examples of daily documents that require signatures.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Mayor Wolford reported there will be a Neighborhood Watch meeting on May 19th, and although she would not be in attendance, she wholeheartedly supports the program and will attend when her schedule permits. She congratulated everyone involved for getting this far.
Mayor invited everyone to stick around after the meeting for cake.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 5-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:16 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary