LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014
Mayor Wolford called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council to order at 6:34 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 (arrived 6:45)
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; John Brasile, Fire Chief.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt the May 12, 2014 minutes, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $271,644.64
Total Payroll 89,114.57
GRAND TOTAL $360,759.21
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Mr. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Mayor Wolford read a Proclamation honoring former Solicitor Gene McDonald. Gene McDonald’s daughter Joanne Congelio accepted the Proclamation. (see attachment “G”).
Ron Weimer of 858 Spring Street addressed Council regarding the no smoking in the park issue. Mr. Weimer stated that something needs to be done such as a small fine or create a designated area in the parking lot and place an ashtray there for smokers.
James Miller of 127 East 4th Avenue stated he understands this UPMC medical coverage increase is 32 % and asked how many employees are in the group and how close are we in number of members that would require us to enroll in the Affordable Care Act plans that would jump the increase to 70%.
Mayor Wolford explained we are not ready to vote on this and will strike it from the Agenda. She stated we are grandfathered for one more year in our current plan.
Mr. Miller questioned disbursements on legal issues related to the slander lawsuits.
Mayor Wolford stated we are not in a position to publicly discuss this while we are in pending litigation.
Mr. Miller wanted to know why the City is paying for legal fees if it may not be an official lawsuit under official business.
Solicitor Kelley stated we have not used an attorney on this issue since the last meeting of council.
Finance Committee - None
Public Safety Committee– Ms. Bisi reported that a meeting is scheduled for June 30th for team captains and herself, Mr. Baldonieri and Nick Felice.
Personnel Committee– Mr. Skapura reported that we are in the process of reviewing fourteen potential candidates for the City Manager position and have met with Mike Foreman from DCED. The candidates have been narrowed down to six and will conduct interviews by the end of the month.
Public Works Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported that paving bids are out and we are waiting for bids to come in.
Community Development Committee – Trisha Caldwell-Cravener reported that the committee met with Code Enforcement Officer Ann Powell regarding Property Maintenance Code. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener stated the Code Officer needs more teeth for code violations.
Mayor Wolford reported that LMA Board Member Warren Marckioni passed away and has created a vacancy that will be advertised and filled.
Director Joseph Bush reported that paving bids are let out and advertised. The bid opening is scheduled for June 20, 2014 at 10:30 A.M.
Police Chief Bumar complimented the Fire Department on the professional way the First Ward Fair was conducted.
Chief Bumar recommends that Council approve the hiring of the School Resource Officer this evening. He reported that the Civil Service Commission and the Police Department have conducted physical agility test and those that passed went on to take a standardized written test scored by an independent firm. The top three scores were interviewed by himself and school representatives. Chief Bumar recommends hiring Frank Tempo as the School Resource Officer and introduced him to Council and the audience.
Chief Bumar reported that due to the generosity of some private individuals and boards the department will be receiving a fully equipped police cruiser at no cost to the taxpayers.
Fire – Fire Chief Brasile reminded the public that fireworks are prohibited by Ordinance. He reported there have been very few open burning complaints. Chief Brasile stated he met with the Relay for Life and will have a couple fire trucks at the event. He reported that this year they are honoring Superheroes and the Police and Fire Departments are to do the lead lap.
Code Enforcement– None.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to authorize the Solicitor to prepare and advertise an Ordinance to authorize entering into a Lease Purchase Finance Agreement with First National Bank in an approximate amount of $153,262.10 and to advertise for a public hearing for the July 14, 2014 council meeting, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
Approving settlement of CCP Properties LLC Tax Assessment Appeal. Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 7-0.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to amend the agenda to add a motion appointing liaison to Berkheimer for receipt of confidential information, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
A resolution of the governing board of the City of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania authorizing, empowering and directing the proper officer of the governing board to appoint a liaison between it and Berkheimer, the duly appointed collector of local taxes for the District, for the express purpose of sharing confidential tax information with the district for official purposes. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion authorizing the Solicitor to prepare and advertise the necessary Ordinance to eliminate public parking spaces on the Southside of Depot Street between Ligonier Street on the East and Jefferson Street on the West: and to eliminate public parking spaces on the Westerly side of Jefferson Street from Spring Street on the North to Chestnut Street on the South, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
Mrs. Smith made a motion to authorize the Solicitor to prepare and advertise the necessary Ordinance to ban smoking from all City parks and recreational facilities and to establish fines and penalties for violation, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 2-Yes (Smith, Wolford), 5-No (Bisi, Skapura, Giovannagelo, Caldwell-Cravener, Baldonieri). Motion defeated.
Authorizing and approving the hiring of Officer Frank Tempo as the School Resource Officer for the Greater Latrobe School District. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Authorizing inclusion in the Westmoreland County Community Development Block Grant Program. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-Yes, 1-Abstain (Giovannagelo).
Approving amendment to CDBG Cooperation Agreement of June 13, 2002. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
Approving unbudgeted Capital expenditure. Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 7-0.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to authorize the Solicitor to prepare and advertise an Ordinance to establish a City policy for erection of private citizen signs and fees to be charged therefore, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to table numbers 5 & 6 under Public Works approving directional sign requests until a policy is established, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 7-0.
Mayor Wolford asked for a motion to approve a request from Latrobe Early Care and Education for pedestrian signs on Ligonier Street.
Mayor Wolford asked for a motion three times.
Fails due to lack of motion.
Ms. Bisi made a motion to permit banners of Relay for Life to be installed by the Public Works Department at locations to be approved by the Director of Public Works, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Approving Land Development Plan requested by LESCO Federal Credit Union. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to permit the Medicine Shoppe at its sole cost and expense to remove a City tree that is discharging sap in one of its parking lots, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 3-Yes (Skapura, Smith, Giovannagelo), 4-No (Baldonieri, Bisi, Caldwell-Cravener, Wolford).
Mr. Skapura made a motion to accept, with regret, the resignation of Pete Buchan from the Civil Service Commission and authorize the City Secretary to advertise for the filing of the vacancy created by Mr. Buchan’s resignation as well as any other vacancy on any Board, Commission, or Authority, second by Giovannagelo. Vote 7-0.
Mayor Wolford thanked Mr. Pete Buchan for his service and hates to see him go.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
James Miller of 127 East 4th Avenue suggested when posting vacancies to possibly post the alternate on the Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Miller reported that we lost Gene & Boots. Mr. Miller suggested next time we have Employee Recognition possibly the cake could come from a bakery in the City of Latrobe.
New School Resource Officer Frank Tempo addressed council and the audience with a brief background of his accomplishments and stated he is happy to be a part of Latrobe.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Mayor Wolford declared June 13, 2014 as “Paint the Town Purple Day” in preparation of Relay for Life that is this weekend. Mayor Wolford said it is such a wonderful event and we are lucky to have it in our town. She reported that the 4th of July festivities are coming up and there are a lot of good things going on in Latrobe.
Mr. Baldonieri spoke about going to see the Polka Band last Tuesday, and in passing Irving Avenue playground he saw kids playing Frisbee, and there were people playing volleyball at the courts and the baseball fields were full.
Mayor Wolford said the Art Center had the Westmoreland County Community College Jazz Ensemble Band for a fundraiser and it was a great time and they are a great band.
Mr. Baldonieri asked drivers to please stop at stop signs; it is not slow and go. He said that 25 mph is the typical speed limit in town.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:42 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary