LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, DECEMBER 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 – 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; James Bumar, Police Chief; John Brasile, Fire Chief; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer.
Ms. Bisi moved to adopt the November 9 and November 30, 2015 minutes, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $196,868.58
Total Payroll 91,436.89
GRAND TOTAL $288,305.47
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Mr. Skapura moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 7-0.
Finance Committee – Mr. Skapura reported that the committee worked and reworked the proposed 2016 budget that the City Manager presented and council will vote on it tonight. Mr. Skapura said there is no reason for holdups as it is a balanced budget and there is no increase in taxes.
Public Safety Committee– None.
Personnel Committee– Mayor Wolford reported that interviews were held for the Solicitor position and there were nine candidates. Mayor said council will meet in Executive Session to discuss the position. Mr. Kelley is retiring from the position January 31, 2016.
Public Works Committee– None.
Community Development Committee – None.
Public Works –None.
Police– Chief Bumar thanked Council for renewing his contract for the next three years. Mr. Bumar thanked and commended everyone working on the Holiday projects. He said he has received a lot of compliments. Chief thanked Public Safety, Fire, Mutual Aid and Street Departments.
Mayor Wolford thanked Jim for sticking around a couple more years and said we are lucky to have him.
Fire – Chief Brasile reported that he also received many good comments. He gave special thanks to Beth Straka who put the festivities together.
Mayor Wolford commended Beth, John Chief Bumar, Public Works and everyone that helped. Mayor said that for year one it was fantastic. She said we should form a committee next year so as to not overburden any one particular person. Mayor reported that the Business Owner Event that was held before ours was also successful.
Code Enforcement– None.
Mayor asked about Frogtown Lane around Legion Keener Park as to what we are doing with the mess down there.
Code Enforcement Officer Powell said we can clean it up and bill the owner. If not paid we will place a lien on the property and recoup our money when the property is sold.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Adoption of Budget for fiscal year 2016. Mr. Baldonieri moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0. Deputy Mayor Skapura said it is a balanced budget with no tax increase.
Authorizing a line of credit from Commercial Bank & Trust of PA in an amount not to exceed $200,000.00; establishing a maturity date for the revolving line of credit note of December 31, 2016 authorizing officers to draw down on the line of credit, and to sign and issue the note and to make payments as required by the revolving line of credit note. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
Authorizing disposition of public records set forth on attached schedules for disposition of the records of office/department of the City of Latrobe. Mrs. Smith moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 7-0.
Mr. Skapura made a motion authorizing the City Manager, in conjunction with the Park and Recreation Commission, to send a letter to DCNR to switch the park designated for the grant from the Old Athletic Field/Fifth Ward Playground to the Third Ward Playground, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 7-0.
Authorizing and approving an amended Cooperation Agreement between the City of Latrobe and the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program (LCRP). Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0.
Approving Hoffman’s Boarding Kennels Contract. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 7-0.
Amending the Police Policy Manual reckoning period. Mr. Skapura moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 7-0.
Authorizing free public parking during the December Holiday Season. Mr. Giovannagelo moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 7-0
Mayor Wolford thanked Eric Bartels and his wife for the idea to give free on-street parking during December.
Deputy Mayor Skapura asked for an update on the RACP grant.
City Manager Jones reported that the gentleman doing the audit came up with another issue. We are going to remove another cost from the overall cost, but will still have enough for the $1,000,000 return.
Solicitor Kelley said he will have next year’s Council Meeting and Work Session dates ready to advertise after the next agenda work session.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
Susan Leonard, Neighborhood Watch President, regretfully informed Council that the Latrobe Neighborhood Watch has ceased to exist due to lack of attendance. Susan thanked Chief Bumar, James Miller, Terry and Gerry Baldonieri, and Paul Volkmann for their participation.
Mayor Wolford thanked them all for their effort.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue and Vice President of Neighborhood Watch thanked other people who helped, including Susan Leonard, Dawn from Park and Recreation, Barbara Buck, Paul Volkmann, Meeting Speakers, Representative Petrarca and his staff, and the Businesses in town. Mr. Miller reported the program had a $600 dollar balance left in the account that they donated ½ to LVFD and ½ to Parks and Recreation.
James Bolton of 225 Irving Avenue asked if there is a cost for the $200,000 line of credit.
Mayor Wolford explained there is no cost, and the line of credit is established in case of an emergency. The City as far back as anyone can recall has not used this line of credit.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones stated that Mr. Skapura stole his thunder regarding the budget and no tax increase for 2016.
Mayor Wolford thanked the outgoing Council. She thanked Deputy Mayor Skapura for his eight years of service and being a superb Deputy Mayor who was always available.
She thanked Fabian Giovannagelo for many years on Council and said she know he loves this town. She thanked Madalyn Smith for stepping in to fill an open term and said it was great having her knowledge and experience from the many years that Madalyn worked for the City’s Tax Department.
Deputy Mayor Skapura thanked Council, Department Heads and City worker and the citizens who previously voted for him.
Mayor Wolford adjourned Council to an Executive Session at 7:12 P.M.
Mayor Wolford reconvened the regular meeting at 7:29 P.M.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener made a motion to adjourn, second by Mrs. Smith. Vote 7-0.
Regular Meeting of Council adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary