LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016
Mayor Wolford called the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council to order at 6:32 P.M.
Mayor Wolford asked all to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Wolford asked all for a moment of silence to honor and remember our good friend Oland “Dodo” Canterna.
Mayor asked the Canterna family to come forward for Council to present a proclamation for Oland “Dodo” Canterna. (see attachment “G”)
The City Secretary read Roll Call:
Eric Bartels - absent
John Murtha – present
Trisha Caldwell-Cravener – absent
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; Michael Gray, Working Foreman for Public Works; John Brasile, Fire Chief; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer.
Mr. Murtha moved to adopt the June 13, 2016 minutes, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 4-0.
BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT
Total Expenses $432,632.54
Total Payroll 95,333.04
GRAND TOTAL $527,965.58
See attachment “A”
See attachment “B”
See attachment “C”
See attachment’s “D”
See attachment’s “E”
See attachment “F”
Mr. Murtha moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 4-0.
Finance Committee– Bisi, Wolford.
Public Safety and Public Works Committee– Bartels, Forish
Personnel Committee– Caldwell-Cravener, Murtha, Wolford
Events Committee– Baldonieri, Caldwell-Cravener, Murtha.
Mr. Murtha reported that a meeting was held to discuss the Christmas lite-up. Mr. Baldonieri stated there was a meeting regarding the Banana Split Festival.
Parking Committee– Bartels, Baldonieri, Forish.
Mr. Forish reported there was a meeting to discuss moving forward to sell a piece of a parking lot and is now in the hands of the Parking Authority.
GLSD Student Showcase Committee - Bisi, Caldwell-Cravener, Murtha
Julie Bisi is to call the GLSD Superintendant around the end of July.
Public Works Department - Michael Gray reported that a new employee was hired for the Street Department and will start Monday the 18th.
Police Department– Chief Bumar reported that the department helped with the Air Show, had Drug Task Force Roundups in different jurisdictions, had their first DUI checkpoint on Depot Street, and had a drug checkpoint prior to Thunder in the Valley. Chief reported that the 4th of July Celebration went well with no problems and thanked the Street Department, EMS and the Fire Department for all their hard work.
Fire Department– None.
Code Enforcement - None.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Resolution for the approval of the Act 537 Plan Revision entered into between the City of Latrobe, Latrobe Municipal Authority, Township of Unity, Unity Township Municipal Authority, Township of Derry, Derry Township Municipal Authority, and Borough of Youngstown. Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 4-0.
Mr. Murtha made a motion to enter into a written agreement with Derry Township for the joint paving of James Street and Wood Street, with each municipality to pay for their proportional share of the projects expense.
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Amending Municipal Waste Disposal Rates. Mrs. Wolford moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Murtha. Vote 4-0.
Approving the purchase and financing of a 2016 Ford F-550 Truck. Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Murtha. Vote 4-0.
An Ordinance of the City of Latrobe authorizing the issuance by the city of General Obligation Bonds, series of 2016, in the principal amount of $3,115,000, for the purpose of providing for (1) refunding, on an advance refunding basis, a portion of the City’s General Obligation Bonds, Series of 201, consisting of all the bonds maturing August 1, 2017 through and including August 1, 2034; and (2) to pay the costs of issuing the bonds; stating that realistic cost estimates have been obtained for the project and approving the private negotiated sale of the bonds to the underwriters; fixing the form, numbers, date, interest rates, and maturities thereof; pledging the general revenues and continuing the levying of any necessary tax for payment of debt service changes; authorizing the execution , sale and delivery thereof; pledging the repayment of the series of 2016 bonds; approving the payment of the issuance cost; appointing a sinking fund depository and paying agent; authorizing and directing the insuring of the series of 2016 bonds; establishing a 2016 clearing fund, a 2012 bonds escrow deposit fund, and series of 2016 bonds sinking fund; approving the preliminary and final official statements; and authorizing the filing for approval of said nonelectoral debt with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and authorizing the payment of the required filing for therefore. Mr. Forish made a motion to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Baldonieri. Vote 4-0.
Mr. Tom Lynch from Lynch & Lynch spoke to council about refinancing the bonds.
Alisha Reesh spoke to council about the savings from refinancing the general obligation bonds.
OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS
Paul J. Volkmann of 1544 Ligonier complimented Mr. Gray of the Public Works Department and his crew that did a fantastic job with fixing the street below his alley.
Mr. Volkmann also stated he published a book and gave the Mayor a complimentary signed copy.
Paul Houck of 11 W. Tacoma Avenue stated he is still opposed to boarding of chickens in Latrobe and said it is not in the best interest of property owners.
Solicitor Kansler stated it is already a permitted ordinance since at least 1996 and we are now setting parameters to control the keeping of domesticated animals.
Chief Bumar complimented Wayne and Zach for refinancing the bonds. Chief said he is proud to be an employee here with this management.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Wayne Jones reported that with Mr. Baldonieri’s help the city has someone that will take the old tower down for free. Mr. Jones thanked Gerry. Mr. Jones also reported that the city is 50% on track with the budget. He reported that Sherry Heining, the new clerical employee, has completed her probation and is worked out very well with Administration and Public Works Departments.
Discussion ensued regarding Transfer Station. May stay open on a weekday and advertise more.
Mayor Wolford thanked Fire Chief Brasile and Police Chief Bumar for their work during the 4th of July Celebration. Mayor stated there were a lot of people in town and the parade route was three to four people deep. She said we have the Banana Split Festival coming up, so watch the Bulleting and Tribune Review for events. Mayor thanked all staff for all they do.
Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to adjourn, second by Mr. Forish. Vote 4-0.
Regular Meeting of Council adjourned at 7:22 P.M.
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary