LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 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 - 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, Director Public Works, Fire Chief; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer.
Mrs. Smith moved to adopt the October 13, 2015 minutes, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Mayor Wolford announced that Council held an Executive Session after the October 26, 2015 Agenda Prep Meeting for Real Estate Matters.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $517,087.76
Total Payroll 98,944.39
GRAND TOTAL $616,032.15
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Mr. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Finance Committee – Mr. Skapura reported that the committee has reviewed the proposed 2016 budget that the City Manager presented and after questions were answered, we are on track for approval at the December Council Meeting.
Public Safety Committee– None.
Personnel Committee– Mr. Skapura reported that the contract for Police Chief Bumar is on tonight’s agenda to vote on. Mr. Skapura reported that the Solicitor position has been advertised to accept applications.
Public Works Committee– None.
Community Development Committee – None.
Public Works –None.
Fire – None.
Code Enforcement– None.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Authorized Official Resolution Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to ratify the actions of the City Manager in advertising for resume and application for position of City Solicitor. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to ratify the actions of the City Manager in sending a letter to the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for the purpose of removing the parking garage elevator costs from the RACP Grant reimbursement calculation, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener made a motion to authorize the City Secretary to advertise for vacant positions for City Boards, Authorities, and Commissions, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
Approving letter of understanding – Chief of Police. Ms. Bisi 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 ordinance, amending Chapter 256, Vehicles and Traffic to establish all street parking meters as two-hour meters, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 6-0.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Establishing policies, rules, regulations and fees for the erection of directional signs and banners. Mrs. Smith moved to enact this ordinance, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
Amending Section 3-48 of Chapter 3 of the Administrative Code, fee schedules, specifically schedule “A”, miscellaneous fees and costs, subsection C, miscellaneous. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 5-Yes, 1-No (Skapura)
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Defining a “Blighted Area/Slum Area” and identifying such area in the City of Latrobe for the purpose of seeking grant funding and program assistance for redevelopment. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Skapura made a motion to authorize the City Manager, and/or his designee to take necessary actions to seek acquisition of a Bridge and to seek a grant for cost of acquiring and erecting the bridge over the Loyalhanna Creek at the intersection of Unity Street Extended. Final approval of acquisition and funding to be acted upon by City Council, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 4-Yes, 2-No (Caldwell, Baldonieri).
Authorizing encroachment easement agreement with the Cabaret Theatre, Inc. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Mayor Wolford stated that the November 23, 2015 meeting is rescheduled for November 30th as a Special Meeting followed by the Agenda Prep Session. Solicitor Kelley will advertise the meeting change.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener asked about the Scotty G’s parking problem.
City Manager Jones said that things are quiet now.
Mayor Wolford said that someone needs to figure out a solution to the problem regarding placement of the dumpster in the alley.
Mr. Skapura asked about the problems with the property on Walnut Street.
Code Officer Powell stated there are no rodents and they got rid of the illegal vehicles.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener stated that Miller Street by the sewage plant is a safety issue due to cars parked on both sides of the street making it hard to pass through.
Public Works Director Bush stated he will get together with Police Chief Bumar and look at the situation.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue asked if the Special Meeting on November 3, 2015 would be regarding the city property that may be sold to the school district.
Solicitor Kelley said the meeting advertisement will be specific.
Community Service Officer Beth Straka reported that the City will hold its First Annual Neighborhood Christmas on Friday, November 27, 2015. She stated there will be a parade presented by Valley Dairy Restaurant, a Neighborhood Light up, a bonfire at the Athletic Field with food and music, together with Santa in the Park hosted by WCNS. Beth said there will also be a North Pole mailbox located at the City Municipal Building for children to mail their letters to Santa.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones reported that Council has seen the proposed 2016 budget, and we will advertise this week that it is available for public inspection. Mr. Jones reported that capital purchases would include a lease/purchase of a street sweeper, and a $15,000 payment towards a truck for the Fire Department with them paying the balance. He stated that wages increases are contractual for union workers and a 3% increase for Administrative staff employees.
Mayor Wolford reported that there will be a Veteran’s Day Parade at 10:00 a.m. followed by a ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial.
Firefighter Jack Murtha reported that there will be a Memorial Ceremony on November 18th at 6:30 for Chief Earl Dalton who passed away on August 4, 2015. Mr. Murtha said they will dedicate the Earl G. Dalton Way sign by Fire Station #2 and will be serving drinks and light refreshments.
Mayor Wolford recognized Mary Pickles as the new reporter that will be replacing Stacy who is moving on. Mayor Wolford wishes Stacy the best and welcomes Mary.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener made a motion to adjourn, second by Mr. Skapura. Vote 6-0.
Regular Meeting of Council adjourned at 7:15 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary