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October 2016

LATROBE CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016
LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA

Deputy Mayor Baldonieri called to order the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council at 6:30 P.M.

Deputy Mayor Baldonieri asked all to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Deputy Mayor Baldonieri asked all for a moment of silence to honor and remember “Ice Cream Joe” Gruebel and Arnold Palmer.

The City Secretary read Roll Call:

Eric Bartels - present
John Murtha – present
Christine Weller - present
Robert Forish - present
Deputy Mayor Gerald Baldonieri - present
Julie Bisi - absent
Mayor Rosemarie Wolford - absent

Also present were the following:  Zachary Kansler, Solicitor; James Bumar, Police Chief; Michael Gray, Director of Public Works; Ann Powell, Code Enforcement Officer.

Deputy Mayor Baldonieri adjourned Council to an Executive Session at 6:35 P.M. for legal matters.

Deputy Mayor Baldonieri reconvened the Regular Meeting at 6:48 P.M.

Mr. Forish moved to adopt the September 12, 2016 minutes, second by Mr. Murtha.  Vote 5-0.

BILLS PRESENTED FOR PAYMENT

Total Expenses                        $197,877.53
Total Payroll                            101,256.14
GRAND TOTAL                     $299,133.67

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICERS FROM SEPTEMBER 2016

Treasurer’s Report

See attachment “A”      

Police Report

See attachment “B”

Public Works Report

See attachment “C”

Fire Report

See attachment’s “D”

Code Report

See attachment’s “E”

Tax Collector’s Report

See attachment “F”

Mr. Murtha moved to approve the reports and bills presented for payment, second by Mr. Bartels.  Vote 5-0.

CITIZENS’ REQUESTS (related to agenda)

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Finance Committee– Bisi, Wolford.

No report

Public Safety and Public Works Committee– Bartels, Forish

No report

Personnel Committee–  Murtha, Wolford

No report

Events Committee– Baldonieri, Murtha.

Mr. Murtha reported that they held a meeting a week and a half ago to prepare for the upcoming Town Light-up and Holiday parade.

Parking Committee– Bartels, Baldonieri, Forish.

Mr. Forish reported that the Parking Authority held a meeting to discuss the disbanding of the Authority.  Mr. Forish believes they have reached an agreement to disband and turn the operation over to the city.  This will help with the financial situation since we can use the City Solicitor and City Auditor to cut costs.  Mr. Forish said there are minor details yet to be worked out.

GLSD Student Showcase Committee -  Bisi, Murtha

None.

BOARD/AUTHORITY REPORTS

None.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Public Works Department -  Public Works Director Mike Gray reported that Russell Standard Company has completed the shot and chip paving program with only a few minor complaints from residents.  Mr. Gray said his crew will street sweep again this week and will do it again after a week and a half.  Mr. Forish commended Mike and his street crew for a good job with keeping the dust and debris down.

Police Department– Chief Bumar reported that the department is preparing for the Christmas festivities in town.  He said the officers are using up vacation days right now during hunting season.  Chief Bumar thanked Council and the participants of the Agenda work session when the students that volunteered in Haiti were recognized and honored.  He said the parents and the school administration thanked council. 

Fire Department– No report.

Code Enforcement  - No report.

Council member Forish made a motion to amend the agenda to include #5 under Administration and Finance Department to amend Chapter 311 of the Code of Latrobe, second by Mr. Bartels.  Vote 5-0.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

                                                                        RESOLUTION 2016-36

                                                                        Approving Hoffman’s Boarding Kennels Contract. Mr. Bartels moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mrs. Weller.  Vote 5-0.

 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT

                                                                        RESOLUTION 2016-37

                                                                        Approving agreement with Westmoreland County Transit Authority.  Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Murtha.  Vote 5-0.

                                                                        RESOLUTION 2016-38

                                                                        Approving the applications for traffic signal approval requested by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation relating to their replacement of traffic signals on State Route 0981.  Mr. Forish moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Bartels.  Vote 5-0.

Mr. Bartels made a motion to consent to the request of the City’s insurance provider, National Casualty Company, to authorize the settlement of the matters docketed at Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas docket number 736 of 2014, 2671 of 2014, and 5056 of 2014, and to authorize the Deputy Mayor to execute all documents necessary to memorialize the City’s consent, second by Mr. Forish.  Vote 5-0.

 

Mr. Murtha made a motion to authorize the City Solicitor to settle the tax assessment appeals of CCP Properties, Inc. at Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas docket number 7164 of 2012, 7165 of 2012, and 7166 of 2012, for the tax years 2013 through 2016, second by Mrs. Weller.  Vote 5-0.

 

                                                                        ORDINANCE 2016-9

                                                                        Amending Chapter 311 of the Code of Latrobe requiring the inspection of private sanitary sewage laterals upon the sale, transfer or assignment of real property.  Mr. Forish moved to enact this ordinance, second by Mr. Bartels.  Vote 5-0.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Murtha reported that he attended a Blue Mass held at St. Vincent and thanked Arch Abbott Nowicki and Father Joe Adams for a very nice mass to honor Police Officers.  He said that Former Governor Tom Corbett gave a speech after the Mass.

Mr. Forish stated he has received complaints about a property below 106 Avenue D that the residents had moved out, the grass was high, and there is a bad smell.

OPEN FORUM FOR CITIZENS REQUESTS

Ron Strayer of 739 Highland Avenue stated in regard to comments about a lack of participation, that people were here last evening for the council meeting.  He stated it should have been on the website calendar.  He complained that people in Latrobe are hogtied in respect to internet and cable providers.  He said that in today’s age we have the right to buy from anybody, except here in Latrobe.  He said we should have a choice for these services.

Deputy Mayor Baldonieri we do have choices such as Direct TV and Dish.

Mr. Strayer said he spoke to Citizens Cable and they would install lines and offer service in Latrobe if there was enough interest.

Deputy Mayor Baldonieri said we do have a franchise fee agreement with Comcast, but that we will check into the options of other cable companies.

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

None.

MAYOR’S REPORT

Deputy Mayor Baldonieri said he would like to see more people coming to the meetings.  He stated that we do not know what people want if they do not come and address council.

Mr. Murtha made a motion to adjourn, second by Mrs. Weller.  Vote 5-0.

Regular Meeting of Council adjourned at 7:30 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary

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