LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015
Mayor Wolford called the TEFRA Public Hearing to order at 6:32 P.M.
The purpose of this public hearing is to satisfy the requirement of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982, which requires a public hearing to be held by the organizing municipality of Latrobe Industrial Development Authority, the municipality in which the project is located, and LIDA. Mayor Wolford introduced Attorney Robert Lightcap who is the Solicitor representing the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority.
Attorney Lightcap informed Council that this project is for the Mt. Macrina Manor located at 520 W. Main Street, Uniontown in Fayette County, and is a 501C3. He stated the projects totals fifteen million, and $10,800,000.00 is the principal amount of the tax-exempt facility revenue note.
Deputy Mayor Skapura asked what they do at Mt. Macrina.
Solicitor Lightcap introduced Mary Lynn Myers from Mt. Macrina, who addressed council and explained that they are a Skilled Long-term Care Facility that accepts regular insurance as well as Medicare. She said the facility handles long-term care or rehab, hospice and dementia care. She stated they are the #1 rated choice of nursing homes in their area.
Mayor Wolford asked if there are any public comments.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue asked if funds from LIDA are being utilized.
Attorney Lightcap stated no, that all loans are from the bank and it is a non-recourse note.
Mayor asked for any further comment.
There being no further comment, Mayor Wolford closed the TEFRA public hearing at 6:43 P.M.
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 for a moment of silence.
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; John Brasile, Fire Chief.
Mr. Skapura moved to adopt the May 11, 2015 minutes, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $226,182.46
Total Payroll 95,304.17
GRAND TOTAL $321,486.63
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Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Finance Committee – None.
Public Safety Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported that the next Neighborhood Watch meeting is scheduled for July 6th at 6:30, and there will not be a meeting in September.
Personnel Committee– Mr. Skapura reported that the committee is being proactive and looking into the Police Negotiations.
Public Works Committee– None.
Community Development Committee – None.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue asked for an explanation as to why we are amending unlicensed vehicle ordinance.
Chief Bumar explained that there is a problem with the current ordinance that refers to violations under the PA code that pertain to moving vehicles. Chief said if a violation goes to court the rule would be in favor of the defendant. We need to take PA vehicle code out of the equation.
Public Works -Public Works Director Joseph Bush reported that the E-Waste Collection this time outdid itself. City took in twenty ton in five hours.
Mr. Bush reported that paving this year will include eight streets or locations. He gave his list to the City Manager and the Mayor and would like to put out to bid. Mr. Bush reported that we do not have a price yet on salt from COSTARS.
Police– Chief Bumar thanked John Brasile and the Fire Department for an excellent job fighting the fire on Main Street this past week. Chief said traffic control was already taken care of when he came in at 7:00. He said the police were able to make an arrest.
Chief Bumar told Council he is glad that Sergeant Santo Colombo will be back to work in about a week from a medical leave.
Fire – Fire Chief Brasile thanked the Police for their help with the Main Street fire. Chief Brasile also thanked Kelly Smith from Mutual Aid. Chief reported that the fire department lost water at the hydrant on corner of Main and that made it hard to fight the fire. Chief Brasile reported about the ISO that was discussed at the previous Council Meeting. He said a lot goes into it with about 60% from the Fire Department. He thanked Joe Bush and the Public Works crew for keeping the Vehicle maintenance records up to date.
Code Enforcement– None.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Approving the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority Mt. Macrina Manor Project. Mrs. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener made a motion to authorize the Solicitor to prepare an Amendment to the Code of Ordinances regarding expired registration or unregistered vehicles, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Approving amendments to the Civil Service rules and regulations for the Borough of Latrobe. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Approving the purchase of de-icing salt by the City of Latrobe from COSTARS. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0.
City Manager Jones stated the RACP grant is approximately 80% ready.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener reported that the 1st Ward Fair was a great success this year and that the fair has been celebrated close to 100 years.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue asked if we are keeping up with the two prior arsons.
Police Chief Bumar said they are still open and under investigation. He has no comment.
Fire Chief Brasile said same as Chief Bumar and they are at the County level and still ongoing investigation.
Jim Bolton of 225 Irving Avenue asked when the street behind L&L Quik Lube will be open.
City Manager Jones said we are waiting for the school to finish their work.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones reported that the Public Official Insurance costs went up by $2,000 due to recent exposure, and healthcare insurance costs rose by 20%. Mr. Jones said we are OK budget wise. Mr. Jones reported the city has been exonerated from the Murphy Bridge lawsuit as the accident was on the Unity Township side and not Latrobe’s side
Mayor Wolford thanked John Brasile and team for putting the fire out on Main Street. She said it was quick response, life saving efforts and teamwork.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to adjourn the regular meeting of council, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Regular Meeting of Council adjourned at 7:12 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary