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November 2016


Mayor Wolford called to order the Regular Monthly Meeting of Latrobe City Council 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.

The City Secretary read Roll Call:

Eric Bartels - present
John Murtha – present
Christine Weller - present
Robert Forish - absent
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; Michael Gray, Working Foreman for Public Works; John Brasile, Fire Chief.

Mayor Wolford read Proclamations honoring Joseph E. “Ice Cream Joe” Greubel, and Arnold D. Palmer. (See attachments “G” and “H”)

Mr. Baldonieri moved to adopt the October 11, 2016 minutes, second by Mr. Bartels.  Vote 6-0.


Total Expenses                        $464,701.88
Total Payroll                            102,796.83
GRAND TOTAL                     $567,498.71


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 Ms. Bisi.  Vote 6-0.

CITIZENS’ REQUESTS (related to agenda)

Executive Director of Latrobe Community Revitalization Program Jarod Trunzo gave a presentation outlining everything they have worked on and what will come in the future.  Mr. Trunzo stated this outline is approximately one-third to one-half of everything they are doing.  He referred citizens to look on their website and Facebook page.  Mr. Trunzo said eleven building facades are currently being worked on.  He then went into detail of each building that is receiving new logos, paint, etc., and stated that one-half of the cost is covered by the grant.  Revitalization committee helped the expected Penn DOT 981 Kennametal Bridge replacement project design that is to start in 2017.  The design will use eight balusters instead of jersey barriers.  He stated that the Mr. Rogers Trolley Street signs are one of their projects and the signs are paid from people donating in memory or honor of someone.  Mr. Trunzo gave credit to Public Works for the erection of these signs.  He stated that all these things come together with help from the Foundations, Rotary, Mini Garden Group, and Revitalization.  He said his presentation tonight is just a snapshot.  He introduced Chad Ruffner, who was in attendance, and stated that Mr. Ruffner has carried the torch with Ron Weimer on the Lloyd Avenue Project.  Mr. Trunzo stated that 4.82 million in improvements have been done and that many of the materials are from local companies, such as the benches that are cast at K. Castings and street signed that are made at Special Lite.  Currently they are working at the Post Office with a $27,000 investment from 30 sources.  Mr. Trunzo said that after the 981 bridge is complete, they will look at expanding the mini garden at the point to really make it pop.  Mr. Trunzo said they are starting a Business Incubator program on the third floor of the Quatrini Rafferty Building to help new businesses with their start-up.  They are applying for a federal grant to start this program.  He stated that Revitalization is moving away from events and moving towards economic development.  He said that Revitalization Program in Latrobe has received national accreditation and ranked third best in state for local program.  Mr. Trunzo commented that millennial's and families are positioning based on safety, recreation and school districts.

Mayor Wolford stated that eighteen new businesses have started in the last three years.

Mr. Trunzo stated we are just getting warmed up. 

Mayor Wolford said that stated funding is about to end, so they need to find funding to continue moving forward.



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.

City Manager Jones reported that the Christmas Neighborhood Parade will start at 11:00 a.m. on Friday the 25th, followed with Santa in the Park, and a bonfire in the evening.

Parking Committee– Bartels, Baldonieri, Forish.


GLSD Student Showcase Committee -  Bisi, Murtha

Mr. Murtha congratulated Derry Trojans for their great season.




Public Works Department -  No report.

Police Department–  No report.

Fire Department– No report.

Code Enforcement  - No report.


                                                                        RESOLUTION 2016-39

                                                                        Authorizing an encroachment easement agreement with Janine Bumar.  Ms. Bisi moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Baldonieri.  Vote 6-0.

Mr. Baldonieri made a motion to amend the agenda to add for action a resolution declaring the city’s intention to amend the Zoning Code to address the cellular phone towers and to hold public hearings, second by Mr. Bartels.  Vote 6-0.

Mayor Wolford opened up the agenda for public discussion or questions reading the cellular tower motion since it was not listed on the agenda.

No public comment.

                                                                        RESOLUTION 2016-40

                                                                        A resolution of the City of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, declaring its intention to amend the Zoning Code to address phone towers and to hold public meetings.  Mr. Bartels moved to adopt this resolution, second by Mr. Murtha.  Vote 6-0.

Mr. Bartels made a motion to amend the agenda for review of the Land Development plan for the Greater Latrobe School District, second by Ms. Bisi.  Vote 6-0.

Mr. Bartels made a motion to approve the Development plans set for the GLSD, including conditions as set forth by the Latrobe Planning Commission, second by Mr. Baldonieri.  Vote 6-0.


Mr. Murtha made a motion authorizing the advertisement of openings on City of Latrobe Boards and Authorities, second by Mr. Bartels.  Vote 6-0.


The proposed ordinance for burning in Latrobe will be discussed at the Agenda Work Session.


Mayor Wolford read a Proclamation declaring November 17the as “World Pancreatic Cancer Day”.


Ron Strayer of Highland Avenue addressed Council again this month regarding Internet Providers in Latrobe.  Mr. Strayer stated he read over Comcast’s agreement with the city and stated it is non-exclusive and the city receives a franchise fee.  He puts the blame on Administration and Council that it is not representing businesses and citizens by not looking for an alternative to have another provider.

Mayor Wolford said she herself has tried to get other internet providers and cannot.

City Manager Jones said other providers are welcome to come and install cable.  He said the city would then initiate an agreement with them.


City Manager Wayne Jones reported to Council that the Police Department supplied DUI Task Force Statistic that showed forty-four DUI arrests and nine were in Latrobe.  Mr. Jones reported that the budget is available for public review and Council will vote on the budget at the December Regular Meeting.


Mayor Wolford recognized the Veteran’s and paid tribute to all that are living or gone.

Mayor Wolford reported that the Christmas in the Neighborhood starts next Friday with Santa, reindeer, and a parade.  Mayor reported that the Turkey Trot will be Thanksgiving morning.

Mr. Bartels made a motion to adjourn, second by Mr. Baldonieri.  Vote 6-0.

Regular Meeting of Council adjourned at 7:20 P.M.


Respectfully submitted,
Barbara J. Buck, Secretary


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