January 2016LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2016
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:
Eric Bartels - present
John Murtha – present
Trisha Caldwell-Cravener – absent
Robert Forish - present
Deputy Mayor Gerald Baldonieri - present
Julie Bisi - present
Mayor Rosemarie Wolford - present
Also present were the following: Wayne B. Jones, City Manager; James E. Kelley, Solicitor; Zachary Kansler, Solicitor; James Bumar, Police Chief; John Brasile, Fire Chief.
Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt the December 14, 2015 minutes, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $253,648.83
Total Payroll 94,863.96
GRAND TOTAL $348,512.79
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Mr. Murtha moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0.
James Miller of 127 E. 4th Avenue thinks it would be a good idea for the City Manager, if there were an overage or underage, to say what those items are. Mr. Miller assumed the $400,000 for the Athletic Field is considered in the reserves and asked what the reserves are as of December 31, 2015.
Mayor stated the city did not receive the money yet.
City Manager Jones said he estimates 1.2 million reserves for end of 2015.
Mayor Wolford said we are to skip the Committee Reports this month due to the new council and she wants to discuss forming new committees at the next work session.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Fixing the tax rate for general city purposes and other purposes for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2016, and ending December 31, 2016. Mr. Forish moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Establishing wages, hours and fringe benefits of positions of the City of Latrobe for fiscal year 2016. Mr. Bartels moved to enact this ordinance, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
An ordinance of the City of Latrobe, a Home Rule Charter Municipality, relative to the establishment and maintenance of employee’s pension, annuity, insurance, and benefit fund or funds, to amend certain provisions of the pension plan or program applicable to the police employees of said city. Ms. Bisi moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Murtha. Vote 6-0.
Establishing a reserve account for a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Fifth Ward Playground/ Old Athletic Field for the relocation of the Dek Hockey Structure and other playground equipment and sports equipment. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Bartels. Vote 4-Yes, 1-No (Forish), 1-Abstain (Mayor Wolford as member of P&R Commission).
Appointing of City Auditor. Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Amending Chapter 256, Vehicles and Traffic; Section 256-17, establishment and or removal of handicap parking spaces. Mr. Murtha moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0.
Mayor nominated Carl Bollinger for appointment to Latrobe Municipal Authority.
Appointing member to Latrobe Municipal Authority. Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0
Mayor nominated Rick Fritz for appointment to Latrobe Zoning Hearing Board.
Appointing member to Latrobe Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Bartels. Vote 6-0.
Mayor nominated Anita Manoli for appointment to the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority.
Appointing member to Latrobe Industrial Development Authority. Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
Mayor nominated Thomas Long for appointment to the Latrobe Parks & Recreation Commission.
Appointing member to Latrobe-GLSD Parks and Recreation Commission. Mr. Murtha moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Bartels. Vote 6-0.
Mayor Wolford asked people to apply for the opening on the Commissions and Board. She said the Planning Commission is very important and we need to have a quorum. Mayor also told the public we need a Zoning Hearing Board Alternate, and there are openings on the Civil Service Commission and two openings on the Industrial Development Authority counting Mr. Dominick’s position that he continues to serve until someone else is appointed.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
Jim Bolton of 225 Irving Avenue questioned something said in the last few minutes about; we do not have money from the school but have already spent one-half of the money from sale of the Athletic Field.
Mayor Wolford and the City Manager clarified that it is a reserve set up for when we do receive the money.
James Miller of 227 E 4th Avenue said he would like to serve on other Boards but has been told he cannot be on Planning and Zoning Hearing Board at the same time.
Mayor Wolford and City Manager Jones both said that the Zoning Board is a legal entity and Mr. Miller would not be allowed on Planning Commission and Zoning Board.
Mr. Miller asked about the Civil Service Commission.
Mayor Wolford requested Solicitor Kelley to look into this request and see if Mr. Miller can serve on Zoning and Civil Service Commission.
Nicole Kelley of 340 W. 1st Avenue questioned how the city is advertising for these openings to attract youth.
Raymond Markiewicz questioned when the sale of the Athletic Field would be finalized.
Solicitor Kelley said that no date has been set, but it will be forty-five days from the date the agreement is signed.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones reported that we were busy last year and have started this year out the same. He reported the city save $16,000 last year and $6,000 savings on insurance by contracting with another carrier for the same coverage.
Mayor Wolford presented Solicitor James E. Kelley, Jr. with a proclamation and retirement mementos.
Mr. Kelley told everyone he was attending council meetings when they were being held at the Mozart House. Jim said he has made many friends and enjoyed representing the City. He said it has always been a team effort with all city employees, and there are a lot of great people here at the City.
Mayor Wolford said Mr. Kelley will still be the Solicitor at one more meeting, but we wanted to celebrate at this meeting. Mayor Wolford thanked Jim and appreciated his knowledge and experience. Mayor said he will be greatly missed, but he will still be in town.
Mr. Bartels made a motion to adjourn, second by Deputy Mayor Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Regular Meeting of Council adjourned at 7:23 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary