LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, MARCH 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 – present
Deputy Mayor Michael Skapura - present
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.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt the February 9, 2015 minutes, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 7-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $249,767.67
Total Payroll 96,407.23
GRAND TOTAL $346,174.90
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Mr. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 7-0.
Finance Committee – Mr. Skapura reported the city is running heavy on salt purchases.
Public Safety Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported that brochures will be assembled at the next Neighborhood Watch meeting in April and distributed throughout the city.
Personnel Committee– Mr. Skapura reported there will be a negotiation meeting on March 18th with AFSCME union.
Public Works Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported they had a meeting with SCORE regarding the Transfer Station. Mayor Wolford reported the Summit Meeting with SCORE included council members, SCORE representatives and city employees. They spent four hours talking about the Transfer Station and it was very informative. Mayor Wolford thanked all that attended.
Community Development Committee – None.
Representatives from Latrobe – GLSD Park and Recreation and Revitalization Program gave a presentation regarding the Lincoln Avenue Trail.
Richard Rauso, the Landscape Architect for the project, presented a slideshow on the Lincoln Trail project. The DCED grant awarded is for $250,000 with a $250,000 match. He reported on some specifics of the project including, using pervious asphalt for the walking trail that will be 1.6 miles in length. By using pervious asphalt, they will not have to use storm water retention or salt applications in the winter. There will be trailheads with one beginning at Weiss Furniture. The trail will consist of mounding and curves with benches and decorative lighting. A paved parking area will be located at the Athletic Field with a trailhead, and another trailhead with a circular path at the end of the trail by Route #982. Where the path intersects with streets bollards will be installed for safety. Park and Recreation employees will handle all maintenance on the path.
Jeanne Ashley, Executive Director of Latrobe-GLSD Parks & Recreation stated she is not sure yet how the snow will be removed from the path, but she is looking into a broom to attach to the tractor. Ms. Ashley stated that lighting may be in two phases, with an additional grant request for $72,000 assisting in the purchase. She reported that solar lighting fixtures are $2500.00 each.
Revitalization Program Executive Director Jarod Trunzo stated that this path would increase walk ability, increase property values, and provide traffic calming.
Mayor Wolford would like the city to commit more revenue to this project, although she stated that the budget for 2015 does not provide any contribution.
City Manager Jones will look into the possibility of contributing to this project.
Mayor Wolford stated that Unity Township dropping out of the Intergovernmental Agreement with Park & Recreation has hurt the revenue stream, but Latrobe – GLSD Parks & Recreation will survive as they always have.
Public Works -Public Works Director Joseph Bush reported that the salt that has been purchased could carry over into the fall. He reported we have approximately 250 ton and should not have to spend anymore this year. He reported that he purchased 4,000 gallons of liquid calcium that filled the tank, and will not have to purchase any next year. Mr. Bush reported that pothole patching will begin soon, and they will target the main streets first, then secondary streets, then alleys. After pothole patching they will begin cleaning up the entire town.
Mayor Wolford commended Joe and the Public Works staff on how well they have worked this year with plowing and salting. Mayor Wolford said she did not receive any complaints from residents.
Police– Chief Bumar reported that the new officers will begin on March 16th, and one of the officers on leave will be back on March 17th. He reported that a conditional offer has been made to the new School Resource Officer pending Act 120. Then we will be down only one officer.
Fire – None.
Code Enforcement– None.
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to amend the agenda to include Ligonier Street Rentals LLC encroachment easement under Public Works Item #3, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Ratifying the action of the City Manager in signing an Electric Supply Agreement with Constellation New Energy, Inc. for electricity generation for metered accounts and street light accounts of the City of Latrobe. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 7-0.
Approving grant agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Keystone Recreation Park and Conservation Fund for the replacement of the Adam’s Memorial Library Roof. Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
Ms. Bisi made a motion that the City contribute the sum of $300.00 to sponsor a golf outing flag for the WCCC Education Foundation scholarship fund, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to authorize the Solicitor to withdraw the Act 537 Update Appeal filed on behalf of the City before the Environmental Hearing Board, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
Establishing a handicap/disabled veteran van accessible parking space at 233 Loyalhanna Avenue. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to authorize the City Manager, or his designee, to take those steps necessary to file an application for a DUI Task Force Grant, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to authorize the City Manager, or his designee, to purchase LED light bulbs for the municipal building and to seek a state rebate towards the purchase of these bulbs, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 7-0.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener made a motion to authorize the City Manager, or his designee, to sell by bid, public sale or auction approximately 200 unused parking meter heads, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.
Authorizing encroachment easement agreement with Ligonier Street Rentals, LLC. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 7-0.
Mayor Wolford commended Chief Bumar and the Police Officers for their sacrifices the last several months to make sure all shifts were covered and the citizens are safe and protected. Mayor Wolford wanted them to know it did not go unnoticed.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue questioned council about the State Police Officer being hired to serve as a School Resource Officer for Latrobe. Mr. Miller asked if the city will have savings on medical insurance since the officer is retired from the State Police and probably has coverage.
City Manager Jones stated the new officer would be eligible for the same benefits as all Latrobe Police Officers.
Jim Bolton of 225 Irving Avenue stated that this past Saturday was the annual Fire Department dinner and he thought Council should have been there.
Mr. Baldonieri stated that he did respond to the invitation.
Mr. Bolton told City Manager Jones that he must have a sharp pencil as he had listened in the past to others that we were having a deficit budget until Wayne came and we now show $8,000.00 surplus. Mr. Bolton stated he thinks grants such as the one for the Lincoln Trail Project should be eliminated and then we would not have so many taxes. He stated that the new trail will be crossing several streets and may have brick crosswalks, so he wanted to know who will maintain these crosswalks. Mr. Bolton went on to say he remembers when parks were free and now everything has a price tag. He asked if we are short the money from Unity Township bailing out, how can we keep doing projects?
Mayor Wolford stated her theory on grants is if they are giving the money to some municipality, she wants it to be our community. Mayor Wolford told Mr. Bolton if he has a problem with grants he needs to contact his State Representatives. Mayor Wolford stated we need to apply for the grants and invest in the future to keep the town clean, fresh, and new. She said we need to keep up with the times and move forward.
Public Works Director Joseph Bush introduced Brian Dworkin, President and CEO of Castle CoPackers, LLC. Mr. Dworkin said the New Kensington plant closed at the end of last year and they moved here to Latrobe. The workforce is currently approximately 100-100 employees and he hopes to expand that to 150-160. Mr. Dworkin stated they are a contract manufacturer and responsible for producing high-end bottled products.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones reported that he was approached by West Penn Power regarding their donating $500 dollars to a City cleanup project.
Mayor Wolford adjourned the regular meeting of council at 7:45 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary