LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2015
Mayor Wolford called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council to order at 6:32 P.M.
Mayor Wolford asked all to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Wolford asked all for a moment of silence to honor the memory of former Fire Chief Earl G. Dalton who passed away on August 4, 2015.
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; John Brasile, Fire Chief; James Bumar, Police Chief; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer.
Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt the July 13, 2015 minutes, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 5-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $412,509.59
Total Payroll 94,335.89
GRAND TOTAL $506,845.48
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Ms. Bisi moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 5-0.
City Manager Jones gave a summary report on costs and revenues that were unexpected, and stated that the General Obligation Bond was paid this past month, and at 44% total budget left that puts us ahead.
City Manager Jones stated that this is his one-year anniversary.
Finance Committee – None.
Public Safety Committee– Mr. Baldonieri reported that the next Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held September 21st in City Council Chambers.
Personnel Committee– None. City Manager Jones reported that we may have reached an agreement with the Police.
Public Works Committee– None.
Community Development Committee – None.
Public Works –None.
Police– Chief Bumar thanked everyone who participated in National Night Out. Chief Bumar stated it was a huge success and1800 to 2000 people participated. He thanked CSO Beth Straka for an excellent job organizing the event.
Fire – Fire Chief Brasile said the Steelers Fest was good this year, and they only had a couple brush fires.
Code Enforcement– Ann Powell reported on the turtle logo storm drain markers that are being placed near all the storm drains to warn people that what goes in, drains to the creek and could endanger the wildlife.
Authorizing the City Manager to sign Penn DOT 2016 impaired driving grant documents. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 5-0.
Mayor Wolford asked, in response to a citizen’s question, what if the cost exceeds the granted amount of $35,000. Chief Bumar said that it cannot go in excess and has to be budgeted. He said the amount does not include court costs.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Amending Chapter 256, Vehicles and Traffic; Section 256-51, Schedule V: Parking prohibited at all times; Section 256-54, Permit parking, Subsection 256-16, Permit parking; Section 256-51, usage restrictions on certain streets and Section 256-35, Parking and storage of unlicensed and uninspected vehicles in streets and alleys restricted, and Section 256-36, Dismantled vehicles not to be stored or parked on streets and alleys. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 5-0.
Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to reject, retroactive to July 27, 2015, all hot mix street paving bids for the 2015 paving program and authorize the City Manager, or his designee to seek bids again for the 2015 paving program, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 5-0.
Acceptance of bid and awarding contract for the 2015 Community Development Block Grant Paving Program – Laveen Street. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 5-0.
Solicitor Kelley stated the paving bid opening was August 13, 2015 and he advertised the Special meeting for Monday at 6:30 to award the bid.
Ms. Bisi made a motion to authorize a banner across Ligonier Street, requested by Tony Shepler from Battaglia’s Creekside Restaurant and Bar for the Donnie Iris Concert scheduled for this summer at the B&D Creekside Activity Center, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 5-0.
Mayor Wolford asked for an update on the Fairmont/Walnut Street property.
Ann Powell said they have three days left to move the vehicles and Joe Bush said, as of today, one vehicle is gone.
Ms. Bisi asked about the house itself.
Ann Powell said it will be dealt with as soon as everything else is done.
Solicitor Kelley said we are taking it one step at a time.
Jarod Trunzo, Executive Director of LCRP, said DCNR called him a little over a week ago regarding a $30,000 façade application that his predecessor filed. Mr. Trunzo said that numerous façade renovations have been completed, including Dollar General, Rose Style Shoppe, and the old Troutman’s Building. Mr. Trunzo said the application was incomplete and he is working hard to complete it and obtain $50,000 instead of the $30,000. To accomplish this, the DCNR are requiring property owners that are a taxing non-profit to apply. He needs two agreements, one stating the City is liable to state, and one that LCRP holds City harmless. Mr. Trunzo explained is there is a misuse of fund the city is liable, but the agreement will make LCRP liable and not the city. Mr. Trunzo stated there has never been an issue of ineligibility.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
Charles McDowell Jr., Captain of Co. #2 said that in recent passing of Chief Earl Dalton a request is being asked if a trolley sign with Earl G. Dalton Way could be placed at the end of the parking lot at the Municipal Building. It was also discussed to put a new sign up stating No Thru Traffic.
Mayor Wolford said we can dedicate the new sign per Charles’s request.
Kim Dominick of East Harrison Avenue stated they are having a problem with the garage on Grant Street with drinking and driving, and no plates on cars.
Solicitor Kelley said the ordinance we just passed tonight opens south side and makes the entire block permit parking.
Mrs. Dominick said she is behind the garage on Harrison and they go behind the garage in the alley.
Mayor Wolford said we can put permit parking on Harrison.
Joseph Fry of 106 S. Grant Street said he parks in back of his house because he is sick of dealing with these people. Last Monday he was cleaning up around his yard and one of the guys at the garage backed up and hit into him. Mr. Fry said the man did not know he had hit him. Mr. Fry said he called the Police and they came and arrested the man on a DUI and driving with a suspended license. Mr. Fry’s concern is the area has become dangerous.
Mayor Wolford and Solicitor Kelley suggested reviewing all the affected streets to see which ones permit parking would be beneficial and pass one ordinance. Residents on these streets would receive two permits per residence.
Public Works Director Bush said he will be able to install the approved permit parking signs within approximately forty-five days.
Mrs. Smith asked if the city’s Meter Attendant could use the city vehicle and go there to ticket.
The Meter Attendant does not check resident permit parking.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones reported that he is looking into a banner and sign ordinance and is designing a sign that will be consistent throughout town.
Mayor Wolford reported that the end of this month is the Banana Split Festival and said to get involved and enjoy.
Mayor called an Executive Session immediately following adjournment of the Regular Meeting for personnel issues.
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to adjourn, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 5-0.
Regular Meeting of Council adjourned at 7:33 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary