LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
Mayor Wolford called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council to order at 6:35 P.M.
Mayor Wolford asked all to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Wolford asked all to remain standing for a Moment of Silence in memory of Lt. Eric Eslary
Mayor Wolford asked all Latrobe Police Officers present to stand. Mayor Wolford said on behalf of citizens of Latrobe and Council she extends our sympathy for the loss of their brother and friend Lt. Eric Eslary. Mayor said every day you put your lives on the line and we do not say thank you enough. Mayor Wolford said “God Bless you and keep you safe.”
The City Secretary read Roll Call:
Fabian Giovannagelo - absent
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.
Ms. Bisi moved to adopt the April 13, 2015 minutes, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $246,236.40
Total Payroll 94,690.99
GRAND TOTAL $340,927.39
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Mr. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue asked what the payment of $29,850.00 to Park and Recreation was for.
Secretary explained it is the city’s second half of contribution to Park and Recreation for the year.
Finance Committee – None.
Public Safety Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported that the next Neighborhood Watch meeting is scheduled for June 1st at 6:30, and there will be a speaker on personal safety and security. Mr. Baldonieri said they are still looking for help. He stated from now on all meetings will be the first Monday of the month and there will not be a meeting in September due to Labor Day.
Personnel Committee– Mr. Skapura reported that the committee is getting ready to work on the Police Contract.
Public Works Committee– None.
Community Development Committee – None.
Mr. Skapura asked Solicitor Kelley about the Act 537 progress.
Mr. Kelley said the codicil to 1973 agreement has been drafted and circulated, and has been submitted to Unity Township Municipal Authority for comments. He said the comments do not seem to be opposite, so at this point they are finalizing the draft of the codicil, and hopefully a vote can be taken at the June meeting.
Public Works -Public Works Director Joseph Bush reported that the E-Waste Collection is this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and located at the American Legion Lot.
Police– Chief Bumar thanked the Mayor and Council for the recognition of the Police Department. Chief Bumar said it is very appreciated by the Officers and himself. He said it was a bad time this past week for law enforcement and the Latrobe Department as Eric Eslary was close and dear to our department. Chief Bumar commended our Officers for the way they stepped up. He said Officer Derk, Officer Rummell, Officer Keslar, and Detective Sleasman spent most of the past week in Ligonier helping the Ligonier Departments and Eric’s family deal with the tragedy and to grieve. He said all the officers worked extra and filled shifts so all could pay their respects. He stated the newest officers worked double shifts so our officers could participate in the funeral serves. The School Resource Officer Daerr worked the prom Friday night at Nemacolin, came in, and worked a twelve-hour shift on Saturday so the other officers could attend the funeral. Chief Bumar said the City of Latrobe has always known what a knowledgeable and professional police department they have, but the caring and compassion shown by our department this past week makes him more proud and humbled than he has ever been. He said thank you to all officers. Chief said he is grateful and he knows Eric is grateful.
Fire – Fire Chief Brasile is attending services for an Honorary Member of the Fire Department who passed away.
Code Enforcement– None.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Amending Investment Management Agreement between the City of Latrobe, (formerly Latrobe Borough) Council and Commercial Bank and Trust of Pennsylvania (formerly Commercial National Bank of Westmoreland County)
Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to authorize the Solicitor to prepare and advertise an ordinance establishing (1) one hour parking on street meters in the downtown area, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Approve Association Member Services Agreement with FIRSTLAB for drug/alcohol testing of city CDL drivers. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Establishing a handicap/disabled Veteran Van accessible parking space at 320-322 Chestnut Street. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Approving contract with Piper’s Lawn Care for mowing and related services. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell. Vote 6-0.
Mrs. Smith made a motion to authorize the City Manager or his designee to advertise and seek bids for the 2015 Paving Program, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Skapura stated that a few months ago Chief Brasile talked about pet oxygen masks and the Fire Department received a generous grant to purchase several masks. Each fire station received three sets that included small, medium and large, and other items used for pet breathing. Mr. Skapura said one of the requirements was that the department members be trained; so a group came from Westmoreland County and trained over twenty members. Derry Borough also received a grant and training. The pet rescue masks are now on our fire apparatus. Mr. Skapura thanked James Miller who was part of the generous donors that made it possible to obtain these masks.
Mayor Wolford asked Mr. Skapura to explain about the ISO. Mr. Skapura said it is a rating given to Fire Departments based on many factors such as response time, training, equipment, etc., and the rating is used by insurance companies for pricing. He said Latrobe ISO rating has improved.
City Manager Jones stated the rating has gone from a 4 to a 3. Mr. Jones said he spoke to Mr. Gray from Latrobe Municipal Authority. The ISO rating requirements also include fire hydrants, which are related to LMA. Mr. Jones thanked Fire Chief Brasile and Mr. Gray and the Fire Departments for their work to get the rating down.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener touched on (3) major sources; Police, Fire Department and EMT. She said they have been going to schools and that is a positive for the children to see and hear good about these departments.
Mayor Wolford stated she loves the part of her job that recognizes employees. Mayor said the employees are great and they make her job and council’s job easy. Mayor stated the employees know their jobs, they are dedicated to the community and we are fortunate to have them.
Mayor read certificates of recognition for: Darla Anderson – 25 years, Joseph Angus – 25 years, Robert Rummell – 25 years, Ann Powell – 20 years, Terry Penrose – 25 years. Mayor handed them their certificates and achievement awards.
Mayor also read certificates of recognition for those not in attendance. Jeffrey Bell – 15 years, Todd Dalton – 15 years, and John Brasile – 15 years.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
James Bolton of 225 Irving Avenue was disappointed not to see John Brasile here tonight. Mr. Bolton was glad that Mr. Skapura brought up the ISO report although he does not think the insurance companies will lower rates. Mr. Bolton said we are fortunate to live in a safe community. He said because of the tragic accident where an officer was killed he noticed other communities trying to kill officers and receiving national recognition on the news. Mr. Bolton believes what went on in Ligonier should be national news.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue thanked Mr. Skapura for comments on the donation. He said the Latrobe Airport Authority gave a nice donation. Mr. Miller thanked the Boy Scout Troop 304 from Holy Family and St. John’s for their help with distributing pamphlets for the Neighborhood Watch Program. The Boy Scout Troop will be helping again to distribute pamphlets from Kuhn’s Electric on out this week. Mr. Miller said the Neighborhood Watch presentation will be geared towards senior citizen safety.
Mr. Miller stated that since we approved Piper’s Lawn Service maybe they can go to 125 E. 4th Avenue that has been vacant for forty years and cut down the dangerous leaning tree. He said we can then bill the homeowner or put a lean against the property.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones reported that he met with the hospital and the plan on having quarterly meeting to coordinates things going on in the city.
Mr. Jones reported on the LED program. He said the ambulance bay is brighter and next will be the fire engine room.
Mayor stated she reported throughout the meeting.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to adjourn the regular meeting of council, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener.
Regular Meeting of Council adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary