LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2014
Mayor Wolford called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council to order at 6:31 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: James E. Kelley, Solicitor; Joseph Bush, Public Works Director; James Bumar, Police Chief; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer.
Mr. Skapura moved to adopt the July 14, 2014 minutes, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $480,907.59
Total Payroll 92,920.37
GRAND TOTAL $573,827.96
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Mr. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue would hope Council not approve the proposed agreement letter for an internal audit unless we suspect any wrongdoing.
Finance Committee - Mr. Skapura reported that particulars were given to DeBlasio, and after speaking to them, it was concluded there is nothing they would find new that would not be coming up in January’s audit next year.
Public Safety Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported that many people attended the National Night Out and signed up for the Neighborhood Watch Program. He thanked all who helped and stated the next Neighborhood Watch Meeting is scheduled for September 15 at 6:00 P.M. here and they will be serving pizza.
Personnel Committee– Mr. Skapura reported that as an agenda item Council will be voting to hire a new City Manager.
Public Works Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported we are starting to pave streets. He reported that he is trying to get a hold of someone at Norfolk/Southern to get the platform fixed at the Train Station. Mr. Baldonieri hopes to get together with Public Works Committee and start working on the Transfer Station Business Plan.
Community Development Committee – None.
Mayor Wolford reported that Unity Township will not be participating in LUP&R after the end of this year. The Commission will be sending a letter soon to the press and will announce in the brochures the fee structure changes.
Public Works Director Joseph Bush reported that the 2014 Paving Program started today and first the milling will be done and after a few days, the paving will be done. Mr. Bush reported that on July 19, 2014 the E-Waste collection at City Hall was a huge success. Mr. Bush thanked Ellen Keefe, Ann Powell, Gerald Baldonieri, Detective Sleasman, Bill Barr, and John Waggel for giving up time on their Saturday to help. He stated they hand loaded 27,520 in six hours. He will schedule another collection in the fall, but at a different location.
Police Chief Bumar reported that the events last week including the Steelers Fest and National Night Out all went well. Chief Bumar commended all the Police Officers, the Fire Department, and the Fire Police. Chief Bumar commended Community Service Officer Beth Straka for planning the National Night Out Event. Chief thanked the community for participating.
Fire – None.
Code Enforcement– None.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Approving contract for the Office of City Manager and Director of Planning and Development. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
Mayor Wolford introduced Wayne B Jones as the new City Manager.
Mr. Jones took his seat at the Council Meeting.
Mayor Wolford asked for a motion authorizing DeBlasio & DeBlasio Associates to perform an Exit Audit.
Mayor Wolford asked for this motion three (3) times.
Item fails due to lack of motion.
Mayor Wolford invited all applicants for the vacancy on the Latrobe Municipal Authority to introduce themselves.
Mr. Charles Chamberlain stated he has been a resident for forty-five years, an educator and administrator for forty years, a football referee for forty-six years, a Lector at St. Johns Church for a number of years, and served on the Civil Service for eight or nine years. He said he is retired and has time to give by serving on the Latrobe Municipal Authority.
Mr. Neal Fenton stated he would like to serve out of a sense of civic duty. He stated he has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and an MBA and thinks he could handle the technical side and business side of the Water Authority. He said Latrobe is unique and the water is a very good natural resource that supports major industries in Latrobe, such as City Brewing and the new startup that is making juices. Mr. Fenton would like to continue the relationship the City has with Latrobe Municipal Authority. Mr. Fenton asked council if they had any questions. Mr. Skapura asked if he is a city resident. Mr. Fenton stated he lives in Unity Township and works in Latrobe.
Mr. John Gera stated he has been a resident for forty-five years, and is a member of the School Board, served on City Council, is a Fireman in Mutual, belongs to the Knights of Columbus and is a Masonic member. He stated he can give back to the community. He stated he is a cancer survivor and a walking miracle.
Mr. John Kuhns and Mr. John Murtha are both on vacation.
Mr. Lane Mullen stated he has lived here all his life and a member of the Fire Department for thirty years. He stated he has been President of Company #5 for over twenty years. He said he has solved a lot of problems and works with the community. He has done grants for Company #5. He stated he has a Liberal Arts Degree from WCCC and Political Science from St. Vincent. Mr. Mullen is self-employed distributing industrial supplies. He serves on the Board of Director at a credit union and oversees an audit of over ten million. Mr. Mullen stated he would be proud to serve on the Water Authority.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
Janet Smith of 332 Cherry Street stated she has lived across from the Athletic Field for twenty-three years. She is concerned over things she has seen at the playground this summer. She said a large group of mostly teenagers spends eight hours a day at the playground, smoking and littering the ground with cigarette butts, using bad language, and taking over the playground equipment. Ms. Smith has called the Police and they respond and talk to the teenagers and the residents. She said we need to have creative solutions to discourage the people we do not want there all the time everyday and have positive things for people otherwise to do there.
Mayor Wolford stated that the Police and Park and Recreation need to sit down and come up with a solution.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue spoke regarding the playground situation, asking have we sat down with the parents of these kids that are handing out there. Mr. Miller said he would like to know about the new City Manager.
Paul Brigode of 130 Fowler Lane in Unity Township stated he owns property in Latrobe on Thompson Street and needs assistance or ideas regarding the sidewalks. He stated that during the 1960’s renewal program the City planted trees within the sidewalks that now need repaired and is the homeowner’s responsibility. He believes it should not be at his cost since the city program caused this problem.
Mayor Wolford stated it is the homeowner’s responsibility and knows of no recourse.
Jeff Miller of 416 Fairmont Street complained about 415 Fairmont, which is a vacant house across the street that is full of rats and bats. He stated that last Saturday he had his basement attacked by rats. He said everyone from the city has been great.
Mayor Wolford said maybe the County Land Bank would be able to help with this vacant property.
John Gera of 800 Chestnut Street had a request from a championship figure skater that would like to establish an ice skating rink in the Latrobe area, and is looking for help to bring the rink and business into Latrobe.
James Bolton of 225 Irving Avenue is glad everyone is using their microphones. Mr. Bolton understands the sidewalk problem. Mr. Bolton stated that smoking in today’s society, they are probably smoking pot that will be legal next year in Pennsylvania. He said there are no places for young people to go in town today.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
New City Manager Wayne Jones stated he is a CPA, worked with Ross Township as Manager for six years, at Wilkinsburg for four years, and is involved in the redevelopment of Herminie. Mr. Jones stated he would like to bring his experience to Latrobe. He sees this town has a lot going for it and would like to be actively involved in moving it forward.
Mayor Wolford commended and congratulated the Fire Department, the Fire Police and the Police for their work with the Steelers Fest and the National Night Out. She said it was encouraging to see people involved. Mayor Wolford welcomed the new City Manager Wayne Jones and said he will have a lot of work to do, and it is budget time.
Mayor reminded everyone that Friday August 22 is the Banana Split Festival and there will be events all week.
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary