LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 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 - present
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: Wayne B. Jones, City Manager; James E. Kelley, Solicitor; Joseph Bush, Public Works Director; James Bumar, Police Chief; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer.
Ms. Bisi moved to adopt the August 11, 2014 minutes, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 7-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $227,023.45
Total Payroll 88,414.23
GRAND TOTAL $315,437.68
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Mr. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
Jim Schmucker of 334 James Street asked Council to decline the encroachment request for 1636 Ridge Avenue and ask the property owner to remove the fence from city property. He stated the tax map shows their property to be 26 feet wide at the rear and the fence is 30 feet 4 inches making it four feet over into the alley. James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue agrees that the encroachment request should be denied and the City is giving away too much of Latrobe property. Mr. Miller stated that Mr. Fenton should be approved for the Latrobe Municipal Authority position as he is an engineer and would be greatly appreciated and helpful in issues with the Water Authority. Mr. Miller said it could be helpful that Mr. Fenton lives in Unity Township to help build relations. Mr. Miller questioned a $39,000 payment to CB Tracy as to who they are and what the payment is for. Mayor Wolford explained that CB Tracy is the company that handles the health insurance plan for the employees.
Kylie Pavlik at 1636 Ridge Avenues asked if the two feet her fence is on the city’s property would be maintained by the city or should they continue to cut the grass.
Solicitor Kelley stated that property owners are not responsible to cut grass in alleys.
Public Works Director Joseph Bush replied it would be impossible for city employees to cut all the city properties that adjoin private properties.
Justin Pavlik of 1636 Ridge Avenue stated that the bushes against the fence were there when he moved in and that there are other bushes encroaching on city property.
Mr. Schmucker stated that a fence is a permanent fixture and they should have put the fence on the property line as instructed by the city.
The Pavliks had a permit to install the fence since May.
Finance Committee - None.
Public Safety Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported that the committee is still working to get people to join the Neighborhood Watch Program. He stated there will be a meeting next week on September 15 at 6:00 p.m. with pizza being served.
Personnel Committee– Mr. Skapura reported the committee is working on getting a meeting scheduled with AFSCME Staff Agent to start negotiations on the contract that ends this year.
Public Works Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported he is waiting on a man from Norfolk/Southern to get back to him. In regards to the Transfer Station Plan, Mr. Baldonieri reported that the City Manager had met with SCORE for a meet and greet.
Community Development Committee – None.
Public Works Director Joseph Bush reported that the 2014 Paving Program is complete and everything ran smooth with no problem list. He is satisfied with Derry Constructions work. Mr. Bush told council that Peoples Gas went in with us on Grant Street and LMA also contributed towards the paving cost. Mr. Bush stated that after five years the crosswalks now look as planned since they have been stained
Police Chief Bumar reported that Rocky is home and doing well. He had an infected cyst on his kidney and had part of the kidney removed. Rocky should be back to work soon. Chief Bumar stated that next Wednesday is the Reality Tour and Thursday is the Citizen’s Police Academy. Chief asked Council if anyone has a problem with the Red Cross parking their Assist Trailer in the City’s parking lot. He said it signifies that it is available.
Fire – Fire Chief Brasile reported he also was approached by the Red Cross regarding the Assist Trailer and he does not have a problem with it. He stated that the Fire Department is partnering with the Red Cross on a Safe Program that will give smoke detectors to people who cannot afford them. Chief Brasile reported that on October 8th at Family Video the Fire Department will be holding an Open House from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. as part of Fire Prevention Week.
Code Enforcement– None.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Renewal of communication agreement with EarthLink Business on behalf of themselves or the subsidiary or subsidiaries of EarthLink Inc. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 7-0.
Solicitor Kelley read a proposed motion authorizing the City to become the Applicant for a DCNR grant for the Athletic Field Revitalization Development Project and authorizing the City Manager to sign the Grant Agreement.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to table the proposed resolution for the DCNR grant application change to the September 22, 2014 Special Meeting, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Repeal of current housing code provisions and adoption of International Property Maintenance Code. Mr. Skapura moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
Discussion ensued amongst City Council and residents who are property owners.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMNET
Mr. Skapura made a motion to authorize the City Manager, or his designee, to post the position of mechanic according to the provisions of the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement. Further, if no bidding occurs from a union member or an individual who may bid the job is not a qualified candidate then, and in that event, the City Manager or his designee, is further authorized to advertise for this position. Lastly, if the mechanic position is filled by a current employee who has bid upon the same, then and in that event, the City Manage or his designee is authorized to advertise for a potential candidate to fill the current employee’s position, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
Authorizing the donation of seven hundred (22) gallon recycling containers to Westmoreland Cleanways. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 7-0.
Designating a certain fifteen-foot alleyway as Trolley Lane. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 7-0.
Authorizing encroachment license agreement with Justin M. Pavlik and Kylie D. Pavlik. Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 5-Yes, 2-No (Giovannagelo, Skapura).
Council approved allowing the Red Cross Trailer to be parking in the City parking lot.
Mayor Wolford stated she take the nomination for appointment to Latrobe Municipal Authority and all Board/Authorities very seriously. She stated a member does not have to be a resident of the city and clarified how the appointing process works. Mayor stated she nominates and Council votes, and if the vote fails the Mayor does not have to nominate anyone else.
Mayor Wolford nominated Neal Fenton for appointment to Latrobe Municipal Authority.
Ms. Bisi made a motion to adopt a resolution to appoint Neal Fenton to the Latrobe Municipal Authority, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 3-Yes (Bisi, Baldonieri, Wolford), 4-No (Skapura, Giovannagelo, Caldwell-Cravener, Smith)
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
Jeffrey Miller of 416 Fairmont Street told Council he has a rat problem due to two properties at 415 Fairmont and 415 Walnut and requested reimbursement for his losses because of this rat problem. He submitted an invoice and pictures of the damages to the Solicitor.
Betsey Ross of 1409 Truman Avenue stated she also has rats due to these properties.
Other residents also told council about the properties in question that have a boat, RV and high weeds on the property.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones reported that the RACP grant application has been approved and the next step would be an audit of the project documents.
Mr. Jones told council that energy audit groups would like to address council. He also reported that the Minimum Municipal Obligation for 2015 will be $315,091 and is up about $4,000 from last year. He stated that the state aid calculation is down a little from last year and the cost to the city after state aid will be $156,301.00.
Mayor Wolford reported the Halloween Parade will be held October 25 at 2:00 p.m. and Trick or Treat will follow from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Mayor said the Lions Club is hosting the parade. Mayor thanked Secretary Buck for all her work on the RACP grant. Mayor thanked Public Works Director Joe Bush for the rehab on the crosswalks. Mayor Wolford encourages participation in the Neighborhood Watch and Citizens Police Academy Programs.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 7-0.
Meeting adjourned at 8:08 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary