MINUTES
City Council Meeting
City of Butler, Pennsylvania
June 22, 2017

 
Mayor Donaldson called the meeting to order at 7:01 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 Ben Ogle, Community Life Church.

PERSONS TO BE HEARD:

Patricia W. Kriley requested the metered parking space by her driveway at 224 N. Washington Street be removed to allow the proper footage for use of her driveway.

Carrie List spoke about the animal ordinance in the city. She feels it is adequate and doesn’t feel that residents should be limited to a certain number of animals.

Mark Krenitsky commended the police department on a quick response to a call concerning drug dealing but he questioned why three police vehicles, one fire truck and one ambulance were all needed for an overdose that occurred ten minutes later in the city, when one ambulance would have been sufficient.

Jamie Goerhing spoke about the upcoming Bicycle Rodeo to be held July 9th.  She thanked everyone who has helped and asked for help in getting the word out as well as participation by everyone who is able to be there.

Motion by Mayor Donaldson with a second from CM Walter to approve the minutes of Regular meeting of May 25, 2017. All voted aye.

PUBLIC HEARING:

A Public Hearing concerning 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, took place at the City’s Forum Meeting held on June 20, 2017 from 7:00 PM until 7:35 PM.

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 May were approved by individual, unanimous votes.

COUNCIL REPORTS/ACTIONS

Councilman Walter

  1. Motion for the approval and adoption of City Resolution No. 2017-06-22, a resolution of the City of Butler authorizing the destruction of records maintained by the Office of the City Clerk pursuant to the Municipal Records Manual of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Second by CM Bonus.  All voted aye.
  2. Motion to pay the final installment of the 2016 small borrowing loan to NexTier in the amount of $105,859.95. $105,000.00 – LIN 01 472 913 – Principal: $859.95 – LIN 01 472 914 – Interest. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to approve an Addendum to the existing Agreement between the City of Butler and the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Butler dated February 26, 2013 to extend the time for payment of funds due to the City to March 31, 2018. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to direct the parks department foreman to ask for quotes for painting and re-glazing windows at the city building for the 2018 budget. (Capital Projects Fund). Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  5. Motion to approve a payment in the amount of $1,006,588.83 to PNC Bank for the 2017 Tax Revenue Anticipation Note. $1,000,000.00 Principal (LIN 01 472 601) & $6,588.33 Interest (LIN 01 472 600) – maturity date is June 30, 2017. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.

Councilwoman Kline

  1. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1745; an ordinance of the City of Butler, Pennsylvania amending chapter 135 of the codified ordinances of the City of Butler entitled “Emergency Services Cost Recovery Fees” by repealing the current ordinance and by providing for recovery of the cost of emergency services, setting forth the rate schedule for said services and authorizing billing through a third party. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.

Councilman Bonus

  1. Motion for the second reading and adoption 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. CM Walter, CW Kline, CM Roche and Mayor Donaldson voted aye. CM Bonus voted no.  Motion passed.
  2. Motion to direct the municipal engineer to request bids for storm sewer improvements at Jefferson, Kittanning and Monroe Streets. (Capital Projects Fund) Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.

Mayor Donaldson

  1. Motion to enter into a five (5) year agreement with SimplexGrinnell at a cost of $1,000 annually for maintenance of the fire alarm system, the extinguishers/portable     system, the sprinkler system (wet sprinkler and backflow) and the emergency light      system in the Tier Parking Garage. Second by CM Bonus.  All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve payment to PSx, Inc. in the amount of $19,950.00 for the kiosks and gates in the Centre City Parking Garage.  LIN 43 463 020. Second CM Roche.  All voted aye.
  3. Motion to authorize the Chief of Police to solicit quotes and purchase a vehicle to be used as a canine vehicle at a cost not to exceed $9,000 to be paid from the canine fund.       Second by CM Walter.  All voted aye.
  4. Motion to declare certain firearms held by the Police Department to be surplus            property having a value of less than $1,000 and to authorize the Purchasing Officer, or                      her agent, to sell the firearms for the best price obtainable or to trade said firearms to            another police department in exchange for other personal property. Second by CM                 Bonus.  All voted aye.

The City Treasurer presented the Monthly Intake Report for May, 2017.

In the absence of the City Controller, the City Clerk presented bills for payment as follows: from the general fund – $1,544,254.26; from the parking fund – $6,130.81; from the capital projects fund – $14,075.00; from the liquid fuels tax fund – $8,664.97; and from the 2015-Series Bond Proceeds – $19,950.00 for a grand total of $1,593,075.04. 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 closed on July 4th in honor of Independence Day
  • Friday, June 30th is the last day to pay taxes at face amount.
  • Councilwoman Kline has announced Safety Light Up Nights, which will be every Saturday that follows the city council meeting through September.
  • Bicycle Rodeo – Farmers’ Market, July 9th from 1 PM – 5 PM
  • Mayor Donaldson announced that he has withdrawn his lawsuit concerning the fire department promotions.

Mayor Donaldson adjourned the meeting at 7:39 PM.

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