LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016
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 in honor and memory of Joseph Bush our longtime Public Works Director who was a dear friend and dedicated worker.
The City Secretary read Roll Call:
Eric Bartels - absent
John Murtha – present
Trisha Caldwell-Cravener – present
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; Zachary Kansler, Solicitor; James Bumar, Police Chief; Ann Powell, Code and Zoning Officer; Michael Gray, Working Foreman for Public Works.
Mr. Forish moved to adopt the February 8, 2016 minutes, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $241,574.18
Total Payroll 151,781.96
GRAND TOTAL $393,356.14
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Mr. Murtha moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0.
Mayor Wolford formed and appointed council members to the following committees.
Health Committee– Bisi, Wolford.
Parking Committee– Bartels, Baldonieri, Forish.
Finance Committee– Bisi, Wolford.
Public Safety and Public Works Committee– Bartels, Forish.
Personnel Committee– Caldwell-Cravener, Murtha, Wolford.
Events Committee– Baldonieri, Caldwell-Cravener, Murtha.
Mayor stated that if residents are interested in serving on these committees to let Barb or Wayne know.
Police Committee – Chief Bumar reported that the renovation at City Hall is the last leg of the accreditation process.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Ratifying and approving the creation of the Working Foreman position in the Department of Public Works and the appointment of Michael Gray to the Working Foreman position. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
An Ordinance increasing the indebtedness of the City of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, by the issue of a General Obligation note in the amount of $211,524.00 for sundry purposes; fixing the form, number, date, interest, and maturity thereof; making a covenant for the payment of the debt service on the note; providing for the filing of the required document; providing for the appointment of a sinking fund depository for the note; and authority execution, sale and delivery thereof. Mr. Baldonieri moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Murtha. Vote 6-0.
Approving the purchase and financing of a street sweeper machine. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
Authorizing the City Manager to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement for the fireworks display for the Fourth of July Committee. Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Ratifying and approving the determination to convene the February 8, 2016, Executive Session in accordance with the provisions of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, 65 Pa. C.S.A. subsection 707(A). This executive session was to discuss personnel issues. Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Ratifying and approving the determination to convene the February 22, 2016, Executive Session in accordance with the provision of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, 65 Pa. C.S.A. subsection 707(A). This executive session was to discuss litigation. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Establishing a handicap parking space on Harrison Avenue. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener made a motion to authorize the Police Department to advertise the sale of used police uniforms owned by the Department that it no longer has any use for, second by Mr. Murtha. Vote 6-0
Adopting the Pennsylvania Municipal Records Manual, dated December 26, 2008 and authorizing the disposition of public records by the Police Department of the City of Latrobe. Mr. Murtha moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0.
Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener made a motion to authorize the Police Department to enter into an External Memorandum of Understanding with St. Vincent College, the Pennsylvania State Police, Excela Health, and the Blackburn Center with the purpose of improving the prevention of, and responses to, sexual assault occurring both on the Saint Vincent College campus and at off campus locations involving Saint Vincent College Students, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
Appointing Kathleen Kelley to the City of Latrobe Planning Commission. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
Appointing Ed Kubicek to the City of Latrobe Planning Commission. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt this resolution, second by Ms. Bisi. Vote 6-0.
Mr. Murtha asked about honoring the State Champions in our School District and having them either in the 4th of July parade or the Christmas parade.
Mayor Wolford would like to Council to develop a program, once a quarter recognize a student from GLSD, and have them speak at a council meeting. Mayor stated she invited the International Jr. Miss, Victoria Pickett, to speak at the May 9th meeting. Mayor said that Victoria’s mother was a GLSD graduate.
Mayor Wolford announced formation of a GLSD Student Showcase Committee and appointed Ms. Bisi, Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener, and Mr. Murtha as members. This committee will develop criteria for nominations of these students. Mayor stated it will not just be for athletes, but include all academic avenues.
Mr. Forish stated that he was approached by some First Ward residents who questioned why some garbage pickups are on the streets and other pickups in alleys.
Mayor Wolford explained that alleys are in bad condition and garbage trucks would make them deteriorate quicker.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
Jim Bolton of 225 Irving Avenue stated several months ago action by council made him remember a show on television about a couple that won the lottery and within a year or so was broke. Mr. Bolton said council spent $200,000 for a handful of people that could have been used for purchase of a street sweeper. He said the street sweeper borrowing will add interest to the cost and why not use that $200,000 and eliminate that payment.
Mayor Wolford explained to him that the appraisal for just the property was $177,000 and the additional $200,000 appraisal was for the Dek Hockey and other playground equipment located on the property. The extra $200,000 was paid to help replace the Dek Hockey. Mayor said that the money is in an interest bearing account and none has been spent yet. She also explained that the Lincoln Trail was paid by state grant money and the matching funds were from numerous contributors, and the trail is being used by a lot of residents.
Mr. Bartels arrived at 7:16 P.M.
Mayor Wolford stated that the city has a budget and we all work hard to stay within that budget.
Mr. Bartels commented that to keep people interested in living here we need to have the facilities they want.
Mr. Bolton asked the Solicitor if it is legal for tax money to be used to maintain or improve private property.
Solicitor Kansler said he would need more specific information to answer that broad of a question.
Ron Sinemus of 308 Cherry Street stated that the Lincoln Avenue Trail is the best thing we ever did. He said just the presence of people has deterred hoodlums from congregating there, as they were before.
Mayor Wolford said she has people tell her they use it all the time, and that only $35,000 of city tax dollars went towards the trail. Mayor stated that the next generation is interested in walkability and exercise. She said we have an outstanding police force, park facilities, public works and you get what you pay for.
Mr. Sinemus asked about the tenant/landlord registration the city has talked about.
Mayor Wolford said we are looking into at this time and would like to have a register catalog of landlords and tenants. She said the Solicitor is researching at this time. Mayor stated that Act 54 would give teeth into the blighted properties so we would be able to enforce against repeat offenders that do not fix their properties.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones reported that he is currently putting together information for bond refinancing and the open part-time clerical position has been advertised.
Mayor Wolford reported that we have had a rough couple of weeks and thanked the Bulletin for advertising the closure of the City Offices for Joe Bush’s funeral. She thanked Mary Pickels from the Tribune for writing a lovely article about Joe, and she thanked Stacey Federof who was a Tribune reporter for many years for the touching email about missing Joe’s laugh. Mayor thanked all for their support when we closed the city that day.
Mayor reported that she attended the 75th anniversary of the Latrobe Lion’s Club. She said it is a wonderful agency whose members humbly and quietly serve the community. She encouraged anyone seeking to volunteer to join the Lion’s, as they are a true symbol of volunteerism.
The Mayor reported that she attended the Fireman’s Banquet, along with Mr. Bartels. The Mayor said she was overwhelmed with the number of firefighter's who have served, with some up to sixty years of service. She stated that Robert (Stuffy) Forish organized the event and did a great job.
Mr. Bartels said he was blown away by the selfless volunteers in this community.
Mayor Wolford said that Representative Joe Petrarca was in attendance and sat at the same table as they did.
Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to adjourn, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Regular Meeting of Council adjourned at 7:35 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary