LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2015
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 – absent
Deputy Mayor Michael Skapura - absent
Gerald Baldonieri - present
Julie Bisi - present
Mayor Rosemarie Wolford - present
Also present were the following: Wayne B. Jones, City Manager; James E. Kelley, Solicitor; Joe Bush, Public Works Director; James Bumar, Police Chief; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer; John Brasile, Fire Chief.
Ms. Bisi moved to adopt the January 12, 2015 minutes, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 5-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $288,667.81
Total Payroll 93,932.27
GRAND TOTAL $382,600.08
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Mr. Baldonieri moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 5-0.
Finance Committee – None.
Public Safety Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported that the next Neighborhood Watch meeting will be March 2 at 6:30 and they plan to assemble information packets. The packets are to be placed at each residence when the committee goes door to door.
Personnel Committee– Mayor Wolford reported for the Personnel Committee by stating that the Civil Service Commission is working to fill the police position. Chief Bumar reported that eight people passed the written and physical tests and the top three are to be interviewed.
Public Works Committee– None.
Community Development Committee – None.
Revitalization Program Executive Director Jarod Trunzo presented a report on projects completed and ones underway. He reported on a façade project that is currently in progress that offers dollar for dollar up to $5,000 for renovations at in town businesses. He reported that may trees have been planted with some replacing old trees that were not appropriate for urban settings. Shrubs have been removed at the Post Office and will be replaced with a bench, trees and flowers. Mr. Trunzo reported that Rogers Park will have improvements including a Mr. Rogers historical marker. The Promotions Committee is looking at ways to promote shopping local in the downtown. Mr. Trunzo said plans for in the future are new street signs, a trail from St. Vincent to Latrobe, Lincoln Avenue trail that will provide traffic calming in addition to many other benefits, Phase III completion of Lloyd Avenue project, and pedestrian lights and trees placed in the parking lot across from city hall. Projects that have been completed and happen annually are Farmers Market, Steelers Fest and the Banana Split Festival. The new Greater Latrobe Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce will now manage the Steelers Fest and Banana Split Festival.
Public Works - None.
Fire – None.
Code Enforcement– None.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Amending Section 3-48 of Chapter 3 of the Administrative Code, Fee schedules, specifically Schedule “A”, miscellaneous fees and costs. Ms. Bisi moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 5-0.
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to authorize the City Manager to take any and all action, and sign any and all documents necessary to implement the lowest bid for the supply of electric energy to city metered and unmetered accounts which will result in a savings to the city, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 5-0.
Appointing Tax Collection Committee Delegates pursuant to the earned income tax act, Act No 32 of 2009. Mrs. Smith moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 5-0.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Reapproving subdivision request of Edward T. Carfang and Annette Carol Carfang. Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 5-0.
Mayor Wolford reported that the Latrobe Hazard Mitigation Plan has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and we are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance.
Mayor Wolford nominated Don Clair for appointment to the Latrobe Municipal Authority.
Appointing member to Latrobe Municipal Authority. Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 4-Yes, 1- No (Giovannagelo).
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
Paul Houck of 121 W. Tacoma Avenue commented that the Revitalization Program presentation by Mr. Trunzo gave a very detailed explanation of the projects going on and thanked him for the presentation. Mr. Houck asked if Revitalization Program could speak to the Railroad concerning the underpasses. Jarod said it could be revisited, but from past experience the Railroad requested four million in insurance coverage. Solicitor Kelley said the past agreement requires the City to maintain the lighting.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Mayor Wolford encouraged everyone to help Jerry and his group on March 2 at the Neighborhood Watch meeting.
Council will hold an Executive Session immediately following adjournment of the regular meeting for matters of litigation.
Mayor Wolford adjourned the regular meeting of council at 7:20 P.M.
Meeting adjourned at 7:22 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary