MINUTES
City Council Meeting
City of Butler, Pennsylvania
December 22, 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 Steve Ogle, Community Life Church.

 

PERSONS TO BE HEARD:

Mark Krenitsky voiced concerns about the police and fire departments, parking and pending lawsuit.

Motion by Mayor Donaldson with second from CM Roche to approve the minutes of Regular meeting of November 17, 2016.   All voted aye.

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 CM Bonus to acknowledge receipt of the monthly minutes from RACB, including the CDBG/HOME Program activities.  All voted aye.

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

COUNCIL REPORTS/ACTIONS

Councilman Walter

  1. Motion to pay the first installment of the 2016 small borrowing loan to NexTier in the amount of $106,209.60. $105,000.00 – LIN 01 472 913 – Principal: $1,209.60 – LIN 01 472 914 – Interest. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion for the second reading and adoption of City Ordinance No. 1735, an ordinance of the City of Butler fixing the tax rate for Fiscal Year 2017. Second by Mayor Donaldson.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion for the second reading and adoption 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 Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  1. Motion for the second reading and adoption 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 Bonus. All voted aye.
  1. Motion for the first reading and introduction of City Ordinance No. 1740 amending Chapter 235 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Butler, Taxation, granting an exemption to any person whose total income from all sources is less than $10,000.00 per annum from the payment of per capita tax. Second by CM Bonus.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion to accept a proposal submitted by PNC for a 2017 Tax Revenue Anticipation Note in the amount of $1,000,000.00 at an annual interest rate of 1.34% percent per annum and to adopt the Note Resolution as prepared by PNC Bank. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  1. Motion to approve City Resolution 2016-12-22, a resolution of the City of Butler authorizing the issuance of a Tax Revenue Anticipation Note Series 2017 in the amount of $1,000,000.00. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.

Councilwoman Kline

  1. Motion to reappoint Rick Uhl to the Bicycle Advisory Commission for a 4-year term which expires January 1, 2020. Second by CM Walter. All voted aye.
  1. Motion to reappoint Connie Downs to the Bicycle Advisory Commission for a 4-year term which expires January 1, 2021. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.

CW Kline made a motion to table #10 and #11.  Second by Mayor Donaldson.  All voted aye.

  1. Motion to appoint Bill May to the Bicycle Advisory Commission to fill the remaining term of Rick Carr which expires January 1, 2019.
  1. Motion to appoint Steve Walters to the Bicycle Advisory Commission to replace Andrew Manfred for a 4-year term which expires January 1, 2021.

Councilman Bonus

  1. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1739, an ordinance of the City of Butler, Pennsylvania amending the City’s traffic control schedules contained in Chapter 245 of the codified ordinances of the City of Butler by making permanent experimental regulations previously adopted by city council on a 90-day trial basis. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  1. Motion to reject all bids received for the City’s petroleum products for the Fiscal Year 2017, based upon advice from Penn Dot confirming that fuel that is purchased on an “as needed” basis is not subject to the bidding requirements. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.

Councilman Roche

  1. Motion to enter into an agreement with the Butler Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association to lease the Memorial Park Field to use as a lacrosse field for four months commencing March 16, 2017 through June 23, 2017. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  1. Motion to reappoint Frank Cicco to the City of Butler Parks, Recreation Grounds & Facilities Authority for a 5-year term which expires January 1, 2022. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  1. Motion to appoint Robert Graham to the City of Butler Parks, Recreation Grounds & Facilities Authority to replace William Criley for a 5-year term which expires January 1, 2022. Second by Mayor Donaldson. CM Walter and CW Kline voted no. CM Roche, CM Bonus and Mayor Donaldson voted aye.  Motion passed.

Mayor Donaldson

  1. Motion to approve payment to Gateway Engineers in the amount of $5,659.75 for    the engineering of the Centre City Parking Garage.  LIN 43 463 010.   Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion to approve payment to Thomas Construction, Inc. in the amount of   $124,821.90 for the construction of the Centre City Parking Garage.  LIN 43 463 020. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion to approve payment to Merit Electrical Group, Inc. in the amount of $37,536.13 for the construction of the Centre City Parking Garage.  LIN 43 463 020. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion to approve payment to Reno Bros., Inc. in the amount of $90.60 for the construction of the Centre City Parking Garage.  LIN 43 463 020. Second by CM Bonus.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion to approve payment to Secure Technical Solutions, Inc. in the amount of     $12,390.00 for the construction of the Centre City Parking Garage.  LIN 43 463 020. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion to approve payment to Community Development Corporation of Butler County in the amount of $36,137.46 for the engineering of the Centre City Parking    Garage.  LIN 43 463   020. Second by CM Walter.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion to approve Change Order No. 1 with PSX, for the Centre City Parking          Garage kiosks and gates, in the amount of $7,000.00 increase from $177,036.00 to     $184,036.00. Second by CM Walter.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion to approve Change Order No. 2 with PSX, for the Centre City Parking          Garage kiosks and gates, in the amount of $13,282.00 increase from $184,036.00 to   $197,318.00. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1738; an ordinance of the City of Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania, amending Chapter 189            Parking to add additional residential parking areas in Section 189-3.A.   Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion to approve the Addendum to Lease between the City of Butler and Covenant             United Presbyterian Church for use of the church parking lot on a month to month          basis. Second by CM Walter.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion to reappoint Dr. Henry Sinopoli to the Civil Service Board for a 4-year term  which expires December, 2020. Second by CM Bonus.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion to enter into an Exclusive Right to Lease Agency Contract with Hanna             Langholz Wilson Ellis to advertise for the lease of 4,000 square feet of office space in           the Morgan Center area of the Washington Street Tier Garage Second by CM Bonus.  All voted aye.
  1. Motion to approve the resignation of Patrol Officer Jason Gueck, effective January             16, 2017. Second by CM Walter.  All voted aye.

The City Treasurer presented a Monthly Intake Report for November, 2016.  Last day to pay taxes is January 3, 2017 at 4:30 PM.

The City Controller presented bills for payment as follows: from the general fund – $308,550.52; from the parking fund – $60,401.58; from the capital projects fund – $470.41; from the liquid fuels tax fund – $22,788.04; and from the 2015-Series Bond Proceeds – $214,879.34 for a grand total of $607,089.89. 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 Walter
  • City Building will be closed on December 26th and January 2nd.

Mayor Donaldson adjourned the meeting at 7:31 PM.

 

 

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