LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014
Mayor Wolford called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council to order at 6:30 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
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.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt the December 9, 2013, January 6, 2014, and January 13, 2014 minutes, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 5-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $363,476.52
Total Payroll 98,237.65
GRAND TOTAL $461,714.17
See attachment “A”
See attachment “B”
See attachment “C”
See attachment’s “D”
See attachment’s “E”
See attachment “F”
Mr. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 5-0.
Mayor Wolford read a proclamation for Mrs. Doris Herald, a former member of Council who recently passed away. (see attachment “G”).
Harry Albert of 878 Main Street asked if all the candidates are present for appointment to the vacancy on council.
Mayor Wolford said all the candidates spoke at the Agenda Meeting, and can be introduced again tonight.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue stated in regards to the appointment of the new council member that it is important to remember that prior representatives were very prepared and hopes Council keeps this in mind when voting. Mr. Miller stated he is glad to hear of the second period for public comments. Mr. Miller welcomed the County Commissioner Mr. Courtney. Mr. Miller reminded council that people who worked for the city prior to appointment should refrain on voting on salary items and such.
Mayor Wolford introduced and welcomed Commissioner Tyler Courtney.
Commissioner Courtney said it is important as a Commissioner to meet with each municipality and he and the County are supportive of the Latrobe community.
Mayor Wolford stated she would like to wait until we have a full contingent of Council before establishing committees. She said she would like citizen participation with two council and two or three community members on each committee.
Public Works -
Director Joseph Bush thanked the Mayor, Council, and the City Manager for their support of the Public Works department the past several weeks. Mr. Bush reported that we had seventeen days below ten degrees, double snow averages, and equipment breakdowns. He reported that thirty-seven of the last forty-one days we had some type of precipitation and we had street crews out seventeen times since January 1st. Mr. Bush stated we are over budget in salt and overtime with each time out costing approximately $3,000.00.
Mayor Wolford commended the Public Works Department and said they are doing a great job.
Police – None.
Fire – None.
Code Enforcement – None.
Mayor Wolford introduced the five candidates for the vacant position on council. Mayor stated she spoke with all the candidates and they agreed to serve on a committee if not appointed to council. Each candidate then introduced themselves.
Robert Forish – former Council Member
Eric Bartels – Teacher at Norwin High School
Jack Murtha – former Council Member
Madalyn Smith – Retired
Mayor Wolford opened the floor for nominations.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener nominated Madalyn Smith.
Mr. Skapura nominated Robert Forish
Mayor Wolford nominated Eric Bartels.
Mayor Wolford asked three times for any other nominations.
Mayor Wolford closed the nominations.
Roll call vote:
Mr. Skapura – Robert Forish
Mr. Baldonieri – Madalyn Smith
Ms. Bisi – Madalyn Smith
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener – Madalyn Smith
Mayor Wolford – Eric Bartels
Solicitor Kelley said majority vote for Mrs. Madalyn Smith.
Appointment for vacant office of Council Member. Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 5-0.
Mayor Wolford adjourned Council to an Executive Session at 6:50 P.M.
Mayor Wolford reconvened Council at 7:20 P.M.
Mayor Wolford stated the Executive Session was for personnel matters.
Solicitor James E. Kelley, Jr. acting as Notary administered the Oath of Office to Madalyn Smith.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Establishing wages, hours and fringe benefits of positions of the City of Latrobe for fiscal year 2014. Mr. Skapura moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Amending Chapter 256, Vehicles and Traffic; Section 256-17, Establishment and or removal of handicap parking spaces; Section 256-19, Loading and unloading; Section 256-51, Parking prohibited at all times; Section 256-53, two hour parking limit for all vehicles; Section 256-54, Permit parking; and, Section 256-55, On-Street metered parking facilities. Ms. Bisi moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Mayor Wolford appointed Linda Box to the Latrobe Planning Commission.
Appointment to the Latrobe Planning Commission. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Mayor Wolford re-appointed Charles Moff to the Latrobe Municipal Authority.
Appointing member to Latrobe Municipal Authority. Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
Susan Leonard of Chestnut Street asked if there has been any movement on a previous request for tenant registration.
City Manager Graziani stated that the city is looking at a Rental Registration Program and in November had a meeting with the largest landowners. He stated that a new council has just started and will look at drafting an ordinance and use property maintenance code, update zoning code, rental registration and property maintenance. Wants to form a committee of property owners and start with property owners that have dozens of properties.
Mayor Wolford stated she has plans to form a new Community Development Committee with two Council members and three residents to work with Ann Powell and Alex Graziani, and the committee will make recommendations to Council.
Sue Leonard said her second question is have we started a Neighborhood Watch Program.
City Manager Graziani said that Chief Bumar met with staff and the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program. He stated that Ms. Bisi is working with Nick Felice and Chief Bumar to establish the Neighborhood Watch and will need recruits.
Rae Ann Tronetti of Weldon Street next to the Oxford House is happy that Linda Box was appointed to the Planning Commission. Ms. Tronetti stated she has spoke to Alex about her concerns with the Oxford House and related safety concerns. She is glad the Neighborhood Watch and tenant registration is starting. Ms. Tronetti stated one of her concerns is we do not know who is living in the Oxford House as it has a revolving door of people. She said she has spoken to Commissioner Courtney and the Office of the Inspector General in regards to the Oxford House and informed the council that they are not allowed to solicit funds, as they are not a non-profit. She stated that things should be monitored, but appreciates the police patrol.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue believes there is already a tenant registration program with a form to complete and list tenants for city garbage collection. He thinks all tenants should pay taxes.
City Manager Graziani stated that the registration is for sanitation and landlords are responsible for paying the garbage bill. The responsible party at the Oxford House would be the Group Leader. He commented that a revolving door is the nature of what they do and there would be no need to register anyone if they are not responsible for the garbage bill.
James Miller asked if Zoning Hearing Board members could be on the Planning Commission.
Solicitor Kelley stated he does not think so.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Alexander Graziani stated his report is as written (see attachment “H”). Mr. Graziani reported the weather has had an effect on the budget. He extended credit to Public Works Director Joe Bush for around the clock monitoring during the weather events. He said Joe has managed the salt well.
Mr. Graziani reported that Ken Rice of KDKA news has filmed a report on PANGO, so stay tuned.
Mr. Graziani reported that the Auditors have started work on the city’s audit.
Mr. Skapura asked if the closing of Baldridge Bridge is having an effect on the Transfer Station.
Public Works Director Joseph Bush replied that with the weather situation it is hard to tell, but PennDOT did a good job with the detour signs.
Mayor Wolford gave thanks to Joe, Chief Bumar, and the employees. She stated that they are dedicated people and the city is fortunate to have these committed employees. Mayor reported the city is in the process of updating the website and will include new email addresses for herself and Council Members. She said to please email questions, concerns, and anything positive the public would like to express. Mayor asked the residents to be patient with the ice problems as we are doing the best we can. Mayor Wolford said ten years ago she was the only woman on council, and look at us now.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:50 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary