MINUTES
City Council Meeting
City of Butler, Pennsylvania
November 17, 2016

Mayor Donaldson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Mayor Donaldson and Council members Walter, Kline, Bonus and Roche were present. The pledge of allegiance to the flag followed an invocation given by Pastor Jeff Harris, Crossroad Community, Inc.

PRESENTATIONS:

Neighborhood Pride Award:   Dennis and Dianna Herrit, 609 N. McKean Street

Motion by Mayor Donaldson with second from CM Walter to approve the minutes of Regular meeting of October 27, 2016. All voted aye.

The following took place at the City’s Forum Meeting held on November 16, 2016:

A Public Hearing was held at 6:35 PM. The ARC of Butler County requested conditional use of property at 200 Broad Street for philanthropic institution (sheltered workshop) and offices.

Motion by CM Walter to approve conditional use as presented by the ARC of Butler County with the following conditions and recommendations (as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission).

Conditions:

  1. All activities in the accessory building be kept inside the building.
  2. Normal work activities occur between the hours of 7 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, excluding drop off and pick up and occasional social functions.
  3. The ARC provides an engineering report to the City for the entrance to the parking lot being constructed over the box culvert.
  4. Installation of R-4 aggregate at the bottom of the stone wall on the property near the stream to prevent scour and the possibility of the wall falling into the stream.
  5. Providing storm water management for the proposed parking lot.

Recommendation: 1. City Council consider installing “residential parking only” signs within the neighborhood with the exception of streets immediately adjacent to the building.

Second by CM Roche.

CM Walter and CW Kline voted aye. CM Bonus, CM Roche and Mayor Donaldson voted no.  Motion not approved.

MONTHLY & ANNUAL DEPARTMENT REPORTS

(Note: Department Reports Distributed to Council at Tuesday’s Forum Meeting for Review)

Motion by Mayor Donaldson with a second from CW Kline to acknowledge receipt of the monthly minutes from RACB, including the CDBG/HOME Program activities. All voted aye.

Department reports for the month of October were approved by individual, unanimous votes.

COUNCIL REPORTS/ACTION

Councilman Walter

  1. Motion to approve a proposal submitted by Caruso & Spencer, PC, Certified Public Accountants for monthly auditing services for Fiscal Year 2016 as outlined in their engagement letter of January 1, 2016 and to authorize the City Clerk to sign said letter on behalf of City Council. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  2. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1735, an ordinance of the City of Butler fixing the tax rate for Fiscal Year 2017. Second by CM Roche.  All voted aye.
  3. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1736, an ordinance of the City of Butler adopting the annual budget and appropriating specific sums estimated to be required for the specific purposes of the City government as set forth therein during Fiscal Year 2017. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  4. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1737, an ordinance of the City of Butler fixing the wages and salaries of employees of the City in conformance with the budget for Fiscal Year 2017. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  5. Motion to direct the City Clerk to seek proposals from financial institutions for a 2017 Tax Revenue Anticipation Note in the amount of $1,000,000.00. Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.

Councilman Bonus

  1. Motion for the second reading and adoption of City Ordinance No. 1734, an ordinance amending the ordinance establishing, modifying and reenacting an earned income tax. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to rescind the resignation of Charlie Savannah from the Butler Transit Authority. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  3. Motions to approve a bid submitted by and award the Fiscal Year 2017 contract for supply of the City’s asphalt materials to:

Wiest Asphalt Products & Paving, Inc. as follows:

9.5MM Superpave Wearing Course FOB; $65.00 per ton and 19MM Superpave   FOB; $59.00 per ton.

Russell Standard Corporation, as follows:

E-3 Emulsion Placed; $1.79/gallon;$17,900.00

Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.

  1. Motion to approve a bid submitted by and award the Fiscal Year 2017 contract for supply of the City’s limestone materials to Allegheny Mineral Corporation, as follows: Unit Price Delivered at Job Site: #2A – 17.90 per ton; #4 – $19.10 per ton; #8 – $22.10 per ton; #57 – 18.35 per ton. Second by Mayor Donaldson.  All voted aye.
  2. Motion to reject the bids submitted for the Fiscal Year 2017 contract for supply of the City’s petroleum products. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.

Mayor Donaldson

  1. Motion to approve payment to Gateway Engineers in the amount of $4,329.50 for the engineering of the Centre City Parking Garage. LIN 43 463 010.   Second by CM Roche.  All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve payment to Thomas Construction, Inc. in the amount of $260,293.69 for the construction of the Centre City Parking Garage. LIN 43 463 020. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.
  3. Motion to approve payment to Merrit Electrical Group, Inc. in the amount of $37,440.00 for the construction of the Centre City Parking Garage. LIN 43 463 020. Second by CM Roche.  All voted aye.
  4. Motion to approve payment to Reno Bros., Inc. in the amount of $21,543.48 for the construction of the Centre City Parking Garage. LIN 43 463 020. Second by CM Roche.  All voted aye.
  5. Motion to approve Pennsylvania Heart & Lung Act benefits for Sergeant Benjamin Spangler beginning on October 24, 2016 for a work-related injury he sustained on October 21, 2016. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  6. Motion to approve City Council’s 2017 meeting schedule, a copy of which will be published in a local newspaper to comply with the Sunshine Act and attached to the minutes of this meeting. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  7. Motion to enter into an agreement with the County of Butler to provide parking spaces to jurors at the rate of four dollars ($4.00) per car per day. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.

The City Treasurer presented a Monthly Intake Report for October, 2016.

The City Controller presented bills for payment as follows: from the general fund – $126,478.48; from the parking fund – $483.64; from the capital projects fund – $11,874.50; from the liquid fuels tax fund – $23,974.61; and from the 2015-Series Bond Proceeds – $331,006.67 for a grand total of $493,817.90. Motion by Mayor Donaldson with second from CM Bonus to approve payment of bills as presented.  All voted aye.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • WISR City Hall – Mayor Donaldson and Councilman Bonus
  • City Building will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
  • Small Business Saturday – November 26th
  • Spirit of Christmas Parade; Christmas Trees and Memories – 5:30 PM on November 26th
  • Free parking at meters; November 23rd – 27th and December 16th – December 25th (except Centre City Garage and permit only garages)

Mayor Donaldson adjourned the meeting at 7:24 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

Share →

Butler Downtown is a grassroots revitalization initiative involving local citizens and people from business, education, government and community organizations throughout the region.

Butler, PA was named one of the Best 20 Small Towns in America by Smithsonian Magazine.

Did you know the jeep was born here? Butler also hosts the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, which in 2011 broke the Guinness World Record for most jeeps in a parade.