LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 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 – absent
Trisha Caldwell-Cravener – absent
Deputy Mayor Michael Skapura - present
Gerald Baldonieri - present
Julie Bisi - absent
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.
At this time, the Solicitor of the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority Attorney Robert Lightcap gave a brief synopsis of the proposed resolution for the IDA St. Anne Home Project that is on tonight’s agenda.
Solicitor Lightcap explained the project cost is 16.3 million and is for the rehabilitation of the facility with 15.2 million towards the rehab and 1.1 million towards the existing bond issue. He stated the facility houses thirty-nine Latrobe residents, employs twenty-eight Latrobe residents, and uses forty-one active vendors from Latrobe. He stated there is no obligation to the city nor does it reduce the city’s borrowing power. IDA also has no obligations.
Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt the August 10, and August 17, 2015 minutes, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 4-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $216,406.42
Total Payroll 139,159.97
GRAND TOTAL $355,566.39
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Mr. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 4-0.
Mr. Paul Volkmann of 1544 Ligonier Street addressed Council and stated he lived here for forty-one years. He stated he is the Public Relation and Publicity Director for the Neighborhood Watch, along with Susan Leonard and James Miller. The Neighborhood Watch meetings have had very informative speakers but not many residents attended. Mr. Volkmann thinks the citizens do not understand what the program does and how it is conducted. He said they are groups of volunteers that detect suspicious activities and call 911 for police response. He said he has received criticism from a resident that he has to do more than write stories and needs to spread the news by word of mouth. Mr. Volkmann encourages everyone to get the word out that the volunteers of Neighborhood Watch need more members. He said that by joining the Neighborhood Watch it is his hope that as members assisting the Police Department it will keep our Tourist Community safe for many years to come. At the next meeting, PA State Constable Keith Lewis will speak on the Castle Doctrine.
Susan Leonard of Chestnut Street and President of the Neighborhood Watch reiterated Mr. Volkmann’s comments and said they do not have enough members even after offering free pizza and refreshments. She explained she does not know where to go from here and that they cannot continue without more feedback from the citizens. She said the next meeting would be held September 21st at 6:30.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue and Vice President of Neighborhood Watch said they gave out flyers at the Banana Split Festival and the Neighborhood Watch held at the Stadium. He said he is hoping to get an October speaker on safety items from an insurance company, and that insurance rates will go down if crime goes down. In November, they plan to have a speaker from the Westmoreland County Child Services regarding guarding against child predators.
Finance Committee – None.
Public Safety Committee– None.
Personnel Committee– None.
Public Works Committee– None.
Community Development Committee – None.
Mayor Wolford reported for the Park and Recreation Committee. Mayor Wolford said that Jeanne Ashley is retiring and they are advertising for a replacement so there will be a smooth transition.
Public Works –Public Works Director Joseph Bush reported that the CDBG paving project on Laveen Street is underway. He stated a water line is being replaced by LMA and is almost complete. Mr. Bush reported that the City Paving Project starts Monday the twenty-first. He apologized that there may be some inconvenience on Spring Street from Jefferson to Alexander. Mr. Bush reported that the next E-Waste collection is scheduled for October 24th from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the school stadium.
Fire – None.
Code Enforcement– James Miller reported that the Zoning Hearing Board meeting is tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. here in Council Chambers.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Approving the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority, St Anne Home Project. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 4-0.
Approving agreement with Westmoreland County Transit Authority. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 3-Yes, 1-Abstain (Wolford).
Appointment to position of Sergeant in the Latrobe Police Department. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 4-0
Appointment to position of Sergeant in the Latrobe Police Department. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 4-0.
Authorizing small borrowing for capital purposes under Section 8109 of the Local Government unit debt act (LGUDA) (Purchase of 2016 Dodge Charger Police AWD Vehicle). Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 4-0.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Giovannagelo. Vote 4-0
Approval of American Cancer Society use of a fire department bay for “Stand up Pet Photo”. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 4-0.
Mr. Giovannagelo asked if the barricade at WCCC is still up and if the study was done.
Mayor Wolford said wait until the dedication on Thursday and we will see how it is going.
Mr. Skapura asked if anything new was happening with the Act 537.
Solicitor Kelley stated we are progressing.
Mayor Wolford stated that Halloween will finally be celebrated on October 31st and the parade, sponsored by the Lions Club and CNB, will be at 2:30 followed by Trick or Treat from approximately 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue spoke about property at 125 E. 4th Avenue. Mr. Miller stated that Officer Santo-Colombo suggested it be boarded up. Mr. Miller said while Officer Colombo was there he fell through steps and it is a good thing we did not have a worker’s compensation injury. Mr. Miller stated it behooves Council to put pressure on getting the place boarded up. He also complained about a 40 to 50 foot pine tree that he said is going to fall and tear down wires and could injure someone. Mr. Miller said he had the Fire Chief look at the situation.
Fire Chief Brasile said he stopped and looked at the tree and it is on vacant property, is leaning toward the street, and is in the wires. Fire Chief stated that one or two good storms could bring the tree down into the power lines.
Mayor Wolford asked if WPP could trim the tree.
City Manager Jones said he would contact WPP.
Jim Bolton of 225 Irving Avenue asked when the street between the college and Railroad will be reopened. Mr. Bolton claimed the city tried to threaten L&L Quik Lube with eminent domain.
Mayor Wolford stated that in the meetings she attended, there was not a mention or threat of eminent domain and as far as reopening the alley, we need to look at the issue again. She stated it was closed for construction and currently the college is in discussion with the Railroad.
City Manager Jones stated there are issues with the Railroad as to who owns the alley.
Mayor Wolford said the college and the idea for a new elementary school are great benefits for the community.
Mr. Bolton wanted to know how much we are charging the school district for the athletic field property. He stated he agrees we need a new elementary school.
Mayor Wolford said it will attract young families, and create walkability for in town students. She stated the city would get an appraisal and review options.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones reported that we are working on a Christmas parade and Light-up-Night in connection with Santa in the Park.
Mayor Wolford told everyone to be safe on Halloween and thanked the Fire Department in advance for keeping the kids safe. Mayor Wolford congratulated Joseph Angus and Robert Rummell on their promotion to Sergeant.
Mr. Giovannagelo made a motion to adjourn, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 4-0.
Regular Meeting of Council adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary