MINUTES
City Council Meeting
City of Butler, Pennsylvania
May 25, 2017

Mayor Donaldson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Mayor Donaldson and Council members Walter, Kline, and Bonus were present. The pledge of allegiance to the flag followed an invocation given by Pastor Ben Ogle, Community Life Church.

NEIGHBORHOOD PRIDE AWARD:

Lorraine DiDomenico – 371 North Main Street

PERSONS TO BE HEARD:

Lois M. Geibel voiced concerns over the farm animals in the city of Butler and requests that council creates an ordinance to limit the number permitted by each resident.

Chad Rensel, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #32, asked council for support in hiring the 23rd officer in the police department.

PRESENTATION:

Mayor Donaldson presented Kenny Bonus a “key to the city” along with a proclamation in honor of his receiving the Junior Distinguished Service Award.

Motion by Mayor Donaldson with a second from CW Kline to approve the minutes of Regular meeting of April 27, 2017. 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

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

COUNCIL REPORTS/ACTIONS

Councilman Walter

  1. Motion to approve payment to USBank in the amount of $102,643.77 for interest due on General Obligation Bonds Series B-2015. LIN 01 472 800. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve payment to USBank in the amount of $5,572.50 for interest due on General Obligation Bonds, Taxable Series A-2015. LIN 01 472 800. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.

 

Councilman Bonus

  1. Motion to reappoint Michael Preston to the Zoning Hearing Board for a three year term ending June 30, 2020. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to reappoint Robert Dandoy to the Zoning Hearing Board for a three year term ending June 30, 2020. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to reappoint Joe Caparosa to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a four year term ending on June 30, 2021. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to waive the building permit fees required for the needed upgrades in the Tier parking offices for use by the RACB. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  5. Motion to approve payment to A P Wise Excavating in the amount of $6,050.00 for the demolition of 208 Ridge Avenue contingent upon final inspection and approval by the Code Enforcement Officer. LIN 18 427 221. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  6. Motion to approve payment to A P Wise Excavating in the amount of $8,025.00 for the demolition of 134 Third Avenue contingent upon final inspection and approval by the Code Enforcement Officer. LIN 18 427 221. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  7. Motion to approve payment to A P Wise Excavating in the amount of $67,095.00 for the demolition of 339 Center Avenue contingent upon final inspection and approval by the Code Enforcement Officer. LIN 01 499 401. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  8. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1744; an ordinance of the City of Butler amending Chapter 260, the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Butler to rezone tax parcel 565-42-64, which is currently zoned in an R-2 zoning district, to re-zone said parcel to a C-2 commercial zoning district. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.

Councilman Walter

  1. Motion to waive the shelter rental fee for the Butler Area Public Library to use the Miller Shelter at Memorial Park for a summer reading program. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve the agreement with Grace Youth & Family Foundation to provide a summer recreation program for the City. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.

Mayor Donaldson

  1. Motion to accept the resignation of Bill May from the City Shade Tree Commission.   Second by CM Walter.  All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve City Resolution 2017-05-25;a resolution that adopts the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Section 3 plan of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and designates the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Butler as the Section 3 Compliance Officer. Second by CM Walter.  All voted aye.
  3. Motion to approve payment to Gateway Engineers in the amount of $270.00 for the            engineering of the Centre City Parking Garage.  LIN 43 463 010.  Second by CM Bonus.  All voted aye.
  4. Motion to approve payment to Thomas Construction, Inc. in the amount of $121,717.38 for the construction of the Centre City Parking Garage. LIN 43 463 020. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.
  5. Motion to extend the cooperation agreement for the Farmers’ Market with Butler Downtown until December 31, 2017. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.
  6. Motion to remove Arthur G. Cordwell as the Certifying Officer and replace this position with the Executive Director/Acting Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Butler for the Environmental Review process associated with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME grant, and/or any other grant obtained by the Redevelopment Authority on behalf of the City. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
  7. Motion to make written application to the Civil Service Board for a certified list of     candidates to fill the vacancy created by the termination of Sergeant William Mayhugh            to return staffing to 23 officers. Second by CM Bonus.  CW Kline voted no.  CM Walter,        Bonus and Mayor Donaldson voted aye.

Boards and Authorities Appointments:

Donna Luffy Smith has been appointed to the City Shade Tree Commission to replace Diane Christie for a three year term ending on June 30, 2020.

In the absence of the City Treasurer, CM Bonus presented the Monthly Intake Report for April, 2017.

The City Controller presented bills for payment as follows: from the general fund – $261,497.78; from the parking fund – $141,970.95; from the capital projects fund – $0.00; from the liquid fuels tax fund – $8,152.73; and from the 2015-Series Bond Proceeds – $121,987.38 for a grand total of $533,608.84. 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
  • City Building closed: Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day and Wednesday, June 14th in observance of Flag Day.
  • The Lions Club, along with the City Police will distribute free bike helmets, Saturday May 27th from 10:00 AM until noon at Father Marinaro Park.
  • Downtown Butler BeerFest will be held on June 24th from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM on the roof of the Centre City Parking Garage.

Collective Bargaining Agreements between the City and the FOP, Lodge #32, IAFF Local #114 and AFSCME Local No. 757 expire December 31, 2017. Council had reached out to all three unions to suggest a one year extension.  Unions were not all in agreement, so CM Walter announced that the city will begin the collective bargaining process.

Mayor Donaldson adjourned the meeting at 7:37 PM.

 

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