LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 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 - present
Madalyn Smith – present
Trisha Caldwell-Cravener – present
Deputy Mayor Michael Skapura - present
Gerald Baldonieri - present
Julie Bisi - absent
Mayor Rosemarie Wolford - present
Also present were the following: Wayne B. Jones, City Manager; James E. Kelley, Solicitor; John Brasile, Fire Chief; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer.
Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt the September 8 and September 22, 2014 minutes, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $222,531.45
Total Payroll 90,211.46
GRAND TOTAL $312,742.81
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Mr. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
James Miller of 127 East 4th Avenue questioned a bill of $44,000.00 payable to The City of Latrobe. Secretary Buck stated it is for the payroll deposit to Commercial Bank.
Mr. Miller questioned the authorization reducing parking discount to zero.
City Manager Jones stated the Parking Authority needs to collect more revenue to meet their expenses.
Mr. Miller asked if the Electronic Message Center to be purchased is on the outside of the building.
City Manager Jones stated the sign will be on the outside of the building and will be paid for by the Comcast donation to the city.
Florence Pluta of 321 Northview Drive stated she lives on a short street and across from her it is always blocked with parked cars due to 314 Northview relatives and hospital employees. She stated there has been up to twenty-one cars parked and she could not get out of her drive. Mrs. Pluta requested permit parking only signs to be put back up.
Mayor Wolford stated the Public Works Director and the Police Chief will look into the situation.
Mrs. Pluta also reported a sinkhole at the end of her street.
Mayor Wolford stated the Public Works Director will look into this problem.
Finance Committee – Mr. Skapura reported that he and Madalyn Smith are reviewing the proposed budget.
Public Safety Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported that the next Neighborhood Watch meeting will be next Monday at 6:30 and they will elect officers and zone captains.
Personnel Committee– City Manager Wayne Jones reported that the city has received three resumes of qualified individuals for the open Mechanics position.
Public Works Committee– Mrs. Smith reported that she spoke with the Public Works Director Joseph Bush and the 7th Avenue situation is fixed.
Community Development Committee – None.
Mayor Wolford reported that Latrobe Municipal Authority appointment will wait until the January meeting since the open position expires the end of January anyways.
Fire – Fire Chief Brasile reported that the Red Cross participated in the annual Fire Prevention Week. One thousand door hangars explaining about the 100 free smoke detectors were distributed throughout the neighborhood. People can sign up for the smoke detectors at the Fire Department Watch Desk and can also obtain the application at the City Administration Office. Applicants will be required to sign a waiver to allow personnel to install the unity in their homes.
Code Enforcement– None.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Mr. Skapura made a motion to authorize the Solicitor to prepare the necessary resolution to amend Chapter 256, Vehicles and Traffic, Section 256-58., Schedule XII, Permit Parking Rates, Subsection A. (2) to reduce the resident discount for any permit pass (excluding downtown resident pass) from 35% to 10%, second by Mrs. Caldwell Cravener. (As amended) Vote 6-0.
Mayor Wolford made a motion to amend 35% to 10% instead of 35% to 0%, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Approving agreement with Westmoreland County Transit Authority. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 5-Yes, 1-Abstain (Wolford as a member of WCTA).
Authorizing purchase of electronic message center. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Authorizing disposition of public records set forth on attached schedules for disposition of the records of office/department of the City of Latrobe. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr.Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Amending on temporary basis, Chapter 256, Section 256-19, Loading and unloading for space number 42 adjacent to National Church Residences, Laurel Highlands Village. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Skapura questioned the status of the downed parking light at Main and Ligonier. City Manager Jones stated the city is waiting on a pole.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
James Miller of 127 East 4th Avenue stated the 2006 information that is being disposed take a lot of our peoples time to go through to see if there are social security numbers is extensive and cost prohibitive. He asked why not burn all. Secretary Buck explained that we know the boxes that contain personal information such as social security numbers and the ones that do not contain personal information and can just be dumped in the compactor.
Mr. Miller said the new sign should be higher since at eight feet kids could tear into it.
City Manager Jones stated this was the recommended height and he thinks that is high enough. The City also has outside security cameras.
Mr. Miller stated that at the last meeting a motion to accept Mr. Fenton to the Latrobe Municipal Authority, with his qualifications, should be brought up again in January. Mr. Miller asked about the union contract situation.
City Manager Jones stated he will be bringing up the union contract subject under the City Manager’s Report.
Mr. Miller stated we should be very cautious with increases.
Sam Withrow of 221 Spring Street stated he moved here two years ago, is a resident with a blue parking pass that allows him to park only in yellow banded spots. He was not aware of the yellow spaces, but has learned since receiving tickets. He explained that he purchased an October pass on September 25th and the office took his September pass. The Meter Attendant upon seeing his use of the October pass during September explained to him the October pass cannot be out until October and gave him a ticket. Mr. Withrow stated the Meter Attendant was rude and unprofessional and kept telling him “whatever”. The City will look into the matter.
Ron Weimer of 858 Spring Street stated the City needs to look at the smoking problem in the parks and create a designated area, as this is a fire safety issue.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones reported that the Auditors have completed the audit report and have two findings. The city does not have an Act 34 Governmental Accounting Standard Board Capitalization Policy and the asset list need updated. The GASB Act 34 Policy is to be on the next meeting agenda and the asset list is being updated.
Mr. Jones reported that the kick-off meeting for the Union negotiations will be on the 15th, and the negotiation team for the City is to be Wayne Jones, Mayor Wolford, Deputy Mayor Mike Skapura and Trisha Caldwell-Cravener.
City Manager Jones reported that three resumes were received for the open mechanic position in the Public Works Department.
Mayor Wolford reported that Wednesday, October 15, 2014 the Reality Tour will be held here in Council Chambers at 6:00 P.M., and she encouraged everyone to attend. She also encouraged everyone to join the Neighborhood Watch Program, with the next meeting on October 20th. Mayor Wolford reported that she attended the Citizens Police Academy and said it is a great program. 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.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener stated that her son attended the open house at Family Video and it was awesome. She thanked Fire Chief Brasile and Police Chief Bumar for their work with this event.
Mr. Skapura stated that the Community Revitalization Programs Autumn Fest will be this weekend and the Fire Department will have a truck on display.
Mayor Wolford reported that the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program is this year’s charity recipient of Taste the Good Life at DiSalvo’s Station.
Mayor Wolford adjourned the Council to an Executive Session at 7:31 P.M. for items of litigation.
Mayor Wolford reconvened the Regular Council Meeting at 7:58 P.M.
Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting of Council, second by Mr. Skapura.
Meeting adjourned at 7:59 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary