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April 2015

LATROBE CITY COUNCIL

MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015

LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA

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.

Public Hearing called to order at 6:32 P.M., to hear public comment on a proposed amendment to fee/rates for Municipal Roll-off Box Services.

James Miller of 127 E. 4t5h Avenue asked how we are doing with income at the Transfer Station compared to the last couple of years.

City Manager Jones stated that business is picking up now.

No further public comment.

Public Meeting closed at 6:35 P.M.

 

Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt the March 9, 2015 minutes, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 7-0.

BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT

Total Expenses                      $234,626.16

Total Payroll                            137,258.26

 

GRAND TOTAL                    $371,884.42

 

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICERS FROM MARCH 2015

Treasurer’s Report

See attachment “A”      

Police Report

See attachment “B”

Public Works Report

See attachment “C”

Fire Report

See attachment’s “D”

Code Report

See attachment’s “E”

Tax Collector’s Report

See attachment “F”

Mr. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener.  Vote 7-0.

Mayor Wolford read a Proclamation recognizing National Osteopathic Medicine Week of April 19 through April 25, 2015.  (see attachment “G”)

Mayor Wolford read a Proclamation for Equal Pay Day on April 14, 2015.  (see attachment “H”)

 

CITIZENS’ REQUESTS (related to agenda)

James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue asked about the agenda item under Planning and Development authorizing to board up a structure at 509 Ligonier Street.  Mr. Miller requested an explanation of the cost to the city.

City Manager Jones explained that it is to be boarded up due to the safety issue of bricks falling down.  The structure needs to be secured, the city is paying, the owner is getting rid of the property, and it will be taken care of and demolished.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Finance Committee – Mr. Skapura reported the city is currently through one quarter of the year with the budget.  Mr. Skapura asked what the aspirations are as to how we are progressing through spending and income.

City Manager Jones stated we are a little ahead on revenue stream and in line with expenses.  He said last year we show revenues over expenditures by about $150,000, which puts us in a good position.

 

 

Public Safety Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported that the next Neighborhood Watch is scheduled for May 4th, and they are still looking for volunteers to join.

 

Personnel Committee– Mr. Skapura reported there is a tentative agreement with AFSCME employees.  Mr. Skapura said the committee did a fine job in bringing this agreement to us tonight.

Mayor Wolford said Wayne did most of the work.

 

Public Works Committee– None.

 

Community Development Committee – None.

 

 

BOARD/AUTHORITY REPORTS

Mr. Skapura reported that the Act 537 meeting held in New Stanton, that the Solicitor and the City Manager attended along with him, resulted in an agreement between the entities involved.  Mr. Skapura stated the agreement needs to be finalized by the end of June.  He stated that the Unity Township Supervisors have now agreed to an agreement, and the city will have to adopt a resolution to approve.

Mayor Wolford asked Council to discuss at the May agenda prep meeting if we have the funds to assist Parks and Recreation with the Lincoln Avenue Trail.  Mayor stated they are short funds as they were expecting another $35,000.00 from the city.  Mayor Wolford said we could spread a contribution over two years, maybe $10,000.00 this year and $10,000.00 next year.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Public Works -Public Works Director Joseph Bush reported there is a concrete plan for May 16, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for an Electronic Waste Collection at the Stadium; same as last time.  Mr. Bush reported the city accepted a contract with Pipers Lawn Service for three years for grass cutting.  Mr. Bush stated our street crew will have Ligonier’s street sweeper and will start cleaning the streets.

Mayor Wolford asked if a schedule could be posted in the Bulletin.  Joe Bush said it could.

Mayor Wolford commented that Latrobe Revitalization Program has installed the first new designed street sign and is located by Frederick Funeral Home.  She said Dale Frederick paid for this one, and that other businesses or residents can purchase a street sign in memory of loved ones.  All signs will be purchased on a donation basis with no tax money being used.

 

Police– Chief Bumar reported that he, Officer Wigand, and Officer Preston were approached to participate in a pro-police video.  Chief Bumar said the video is three minutes long and has been well received.  He said he is very proud of it and the message that comes across.  The video is on the Facebook page.

Fire – Fire Chief Brasile reported that he was called to 509 Ligonier Street by a neighboring property owner due to a 12 to 18” bow in the brick wall.  Chief Brasile said there were small children playing there and it was a public safety issue, so he turned it over to Public Works Director Joseph Bush and Code/Zoning Officer Ann Powell to have the structure secured.  He said the wall collapsed the following day.

Code Enforcement– Ann Powell reported the same as Fire Chief Brasile.

 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT

                                                                        ORDINANCE 2015-5

                                                                        Amending Section 3-48 of Chapter 3 of the Administrative Code, fee schedules, specifically schedule “C”, Municipal waste disposal fees/rates.  Mr. Giovannagelo moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mrs. Smith.  Vote 7-0.

                                                                        RESOLUTION 2015-12

                                                                        Approving collective bargaining agreement between the City of Latrobe and AFSCME, AFL-CIO, Council 83, Local 629.  Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener.  Vote 7-0.

Mayor Wolford thanked the members of the negotiating committee, City Manager, Jones, and Council for the work involved on this agreement.  Mayor Wolford stated when both parties walk away not real happy or sad, then everyone got a good deal.  Mayor thanked the AFSCME employees for ratifying this agreement.

                                                                        RESOLUTION 2015-13

                                                                        Authorizing the City Manager to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement for the fireworks display for the Fourth of July Committee.  Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi.  Vote 7-0.

Mayor Wolford thanked Lehigh Specialty Metals for the use of their property.

 

Mr. Skapura made a motion to authorize the City Manager to place an advertisement for the City Transfer Station in the Greater Latrobe/Laurel Valley Chamber Book for the cost of $300.00, second by Mrs. Smith.  Vote 7-0.

City Manager Jones said it will be an advertisement for the Transfer Station that is now referred to as the Recycling and Refuse Center.

                                                                        RESOLUTION 2015-14

                                                                        Authorizing City Manager to sign an agreement with Municipal Publications for city map.  Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri.  Vote 7-0.

 

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to authorize the City Manager, or his designee, to take all appropriate action to board up and secure the structure located at 509 Ligonier Street, Latrobe PA, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener.  Vote 7-0.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS

James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue stated he was glad to hear the buildings that are dilapidated we are now taking action.  He stated Council was to look over the zoning ordinance so we can take stronger action.  He said 145 E. 4th Avenue has a pine tree that is fifty-feet high and leaning further every year, and hopefully no kids are there when it comes down.  Mr. Miller stated the city cannot take it down, but he thinks it is our responsibility if related to safety.  Mr. Miller said this is one of the areas that the Neighborhood Watch gets involved in.  He said is they see hazardous areas they are supposed to report.  He said again the tree is a real safety hazard.

Mayor Wolford stated there has been some movement with the Land Bank that we joined a couple of years ago.

Code Officer Powell said two dilapidated properties are in process with the Land Bank

Mrs. Smith asked who owns the creek bank property.  She stated a tree fell on the bank.

Public Works Director Bush stated it is our responsibility along the creek bank, and this particular issue was reported to him last week by City Code Officer Powell.

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

City Manager Wayne Jones reported that the city received $500 from West Penn Power to buy supplies for city projects.  Mr. Jones reported that LED lights will be installed in the next week or two in Fire Station and Mutual Aid within the city building.  The city will receive $1,650 rebate and costs will be paid off in two one/half years from saving in energy and the rebate.

Mr. Jones reported that the Police Pension Committee meeting is scheduled for April 21st at 8:00 a.m. and consists of CB&T officers, one Police Officer, two Council and two City Officials. 

Mr. Jones reported that Electronic Sign revenue so far is $200, which is slow but starting.

Mayor Wolford stated she likes knowing when the next hoagie sale will be.

Ms. Bisi stated her employer, The ARC, advertised an event they held at the Library on the sign.

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Wolford thanked newspaper reporters Chris and Stacy for the great coverage they always give the City.  Mayor said we appreciate both of them being here and of the write-ups in the paper.  Mayor said they are unsung heroes. 

Mayor Wolford and Councilman Baldonieri thanked MARCO’S Pizza for donating pizza at the last Neighborhood Watch meeting.

Mayor announced there will be an Executive Session immediately following the adjournment of the Regular Meeting to discuss Personnel matters.

Mayor Wolford adjourned the regular meeting of council at 7:30 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara J. Buck, Secretary

 

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