LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, MAY 9, 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 in Honor and Memory of Mary Stynchula and Dow Carnahan.
The City Secretary read Roll Call:
Eric Bartels - present
John Murtha – present
Trisha Caldwell-Cravener – present
Robert Forish - present
Deputy Mayor Gerald Baldonieri - present
Julie Bisi - absent
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; John Brasile, Fire Chief.
Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt the April 11, 2016 minutes, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $334,629.72
Total Payroll 96,464.62
GRAND TOTAL $431,094.34
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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 said she is honored to have International Jr. Miss Victoria Piekut who will speak later in the meeting.
Mr. Bartels made a motion to amend the agenda to include accepting and awarding contract
for 2016 paving program, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Finance Committee– Bisi, Wolford.
Public Safety and Public Works Committee– Bartels, Forish
Mr. Forish requested an outline for their meetings on Public Safety.
Personnel Committee– Caldwell-Cravener, Murtha, Wolford
Health Committee– Bisi, Wolford.
Mayor Wolford reported that Wayne and she met with the AFSCME and FOP unions to make a proposal regarding the city medical insurance coverage, and is now waiting for an answer.
Events Committee– Baldonieri, Caldwell-Cravener, Murtha.
Mr. Baldonieri reported that the Committee is cancelled a Christmas Event meeting, but did have a meeting last Wednesday for the Banana Split Festival that he was unable to attend.
Parking Committee– Bartels, Baldonieri, Forish.
Mr. Baldonieri reported there has not been a parking meeting yet.
GLSD Student Showcase Committee - Bisi, Caldwell-Cravener, Murtha
Mayor Wolford reported that we are looking at starting in September to start a plan to recognize one student each quarter for their accomplishments.
Fire Department– Fire Chief Brasile reported that on April 23rd he attended a State Certified Railway Preparedness Class. He stated that thirty to sixty trains pass through Latrobe each day. He reported that the evacuation points are a mile to a mile and a half from a hazardous material spill.
Code Enforcement– Ann Powell reminded residents not to deposit grass clippings on streets, sidewalks, etc.
Mayor Wolford asked about the new Street Sweeper.
Solicitor Kansler stated that we received the financing documentation after the state approval. He said some did not comply with Pennsylvania law and made minor changes and returned the paperwork to them. They are now holding onto the paperwork.
City Manager Jones stated that they are to get together tomorrow regarding the paperwork.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Mr. Murtha made a motion authorizing the Solicitor to prepare and advertise an ordinance amending Chapter 58 to address the keeping of domesticated chickens and bees, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 6-0.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Designation of Agent Resolution. Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Bartels. Vote 6-0.
Approving the Roadway Lighting Agreement, Agreement No. M12556700, concerning roadway lighting on the State Route 0981 Bridge Reconstruction Project. Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0.
Acceptance of bids and awarding contracts-Paving. Mr. Bartels moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Caldwell-Cravener. Vote 6-0. (see bid tab attachment “G”).
Mr. Forish asked about the 1st Ward garbage pick-up on streets and alleys.
City Manager Jones said the garbage company has set it up that way, but he will look into the matter further.
Trisha Caldwell-Cravener stated she is working with Dan Schmidt from Gibson-Thomas on planning an open house at their building for the company’s 100th anniversary.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
Mayor Wolford read a Proclamation honoring Public Works Director Joseph Bush (see attachment “H”). Mayor said we will all miss Joe and his laugh. There will be a street sign dedicated in his name at the Transfer Station, and the city will let everyone know when.
Mayor stated that the Relay for Life in on June 4th and that she had received a call from their representative asking if City Council and/or employees could do the starting lap at the Stadium.
Mayor Wolford said the the Mr. Rogers statue dedication will be held on June 11th and Roger/McFeely Memorial Park. She said Daniel Tiger will be there, along with a puppet show held by the Cabaret Theatre and encouraged everyone to participate.
Mayor Wolford introduced International Jr. Miss Victoria Piekut and said that Victoria’s Mother Chris Rubino had graduated from Latrobe the same year as she had. Mayor said that Chris’s Dad had been the President at Teledyne Vasco on 981. Miss Victoria Piekut will be the first of many young people being recognized at the city for their accomplishments and it is a positive thing to celebrate those individuals that are doing great things.
Victoria then addressed the audience by introducing herself as the 2015 International Jr. Miss Teen, an opera singer, professional model, and that she has Hypermobility Ehler-Danlos Syndrome and a form of Dysautonomia called Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS. She stated that what would be a disability to most, she has risen above to excel and has had an opportunity to touch the lives of many around the world. Victoria stated that EDS and POTS greatly affect her quality of life and ability to perform daily tasks. She said that EDs is a connective tissue disorder that causes joints, ligaments, and muscles to be loose. POTS also has many symptoms that most people could not perform or pursue big goals outside of their comfort zone. She decided she could either lay sick on her couch or go out and do things that she likes and live. She chose living. Victoria said she plays the piano and sings and began to model professionally, and started participating in pageants at sixteen years old. Various pageants propelled her to her current reign as 2015 International Jr. Miss Teen. She sang opera for the talent competition. Since obtaining this title, she has travelled to NY Fashion Week, London, Paris, and across the country. She volunteers with Ronald McDonald, POTS Foundation, Salvation Army, Go Red for Women, and sang the National Anthem at multiple events. She is also the Youth Ambassador for DYNA the Dysautonomia Youth Network of America that is committed to care, diagnosis and research. Victoria stated she is honored to be recognized by Latrobe City Council as Latrobe is like a second home to her. Although she grew up in Pittsburgh, her Grandparents Robert and Josephine Rubino lived here and her Mother graduated from GLSD. Victoria plans to continue her education at the University of Pittsburgh for Business Administration and hopes to earn her master’s degree in music so she can open a vocal performance conservatory for kids. She would like to see children have the opportunities that she has had. Victoria wants to remain a Youth Ambassador for DYNA, keep her hand in pageantry, and continue to model. She hopes her story helps to spread awareness and understanding of the illness that has affected so many and she hopes to be an inspiration to others struggling with these or other chronic illnesses.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones reported that on Thursday the Land Bank throughout PA will have a Tour of the City at 2:00 P.M. for a twenty-minute walk.
Mayor Wolford adjourned to an Executive Session at 7:15 P.M. for Personnel and litigation issues.
Mayor Wolford reconvened the Regular Council Meeting at 7:58 P.M.
Mayor stated her reports were throughout the meeting.
Mr. Bartels made a motion to adjourn, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 6-0.
Regular Meeting of Council adjourned at 8:00 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary