MINUTES
City Council Meeting
City of Butler, Pennsylvania
July 27, 2017

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 Mary Kitchen, East/North Butler Presbyterian Church.

Mayor Donaldson presented a proclamation to Institute Hill Pharmacy.

NEIGHBORHOOD PRIDE AWARD:

David and Katherine Craig – 141 Lincoln Avenue

PRESENTATION:

Denny Offstein presented a recap of the Bicycle Rodeo which is attached to these minutes.

Motion by Mayor Donaldson with a second from CM Walter to approve the minutes of Regular meeting of June 22, 2017. All voted aye.

The following action took place at the City’s Forum Meeting held on July 25, 2017

  1. City Council, acting as the Board of Health, and under the provisions of the Third Class City Code, Section XXIII, (b) Abatement of Public Nuisances, Section 2321, finds the following subject structure detrimental to public health and orders its removal by demolition: 609 (aka 607) Peach Street

Motion by Mayor Donaldson. Second by CM Bonus.  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 CW Kline to acknowledge receipt of the monthly minutes from RACB, including the CDBG/HOME Program activities.

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

 

COUNCIL REPORTS/ACTIONS

  1. Motion to approve City Resolution 2017-7-27; a resolution opposing elimination of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to accept the proposal for Option #1A for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) Services ($399 per month) and $1,499 appliance fee as well as Sonic Wall Service ($89 per month) from PSI, Inc. for the City of Butler city building servers and work stations. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.

Councilwoman Kline

  1. Motion for the second reading and adoption 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 Bonus. All voted aye.
  2. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1746; an ordinance of the City of Butler, Pennsylvania amending Part 1; Chapter 6 of the codified ordinances of the City of Butler, Authorities – to add the City of Butler Human Relations Commission. Second by CM Walter. CM Roche made the motion to table. Second by CW Kline.  CM Walter, CW Kline, CM Bonus and CM Roche voted aye.  Mayor Donaldson voted no.  Motion tabled.
  3. Motion to promote Firefighter Scott Longdon to the rank of Lieutenant within the Bureau of Fire due to the retirement of Lieutenant Donald C. McCoy, Jr. Second by CM Walter. CM Walter, CW Kline, and CM Roche voted aye.  CM Bonus and Mayor Donaldson voted no.  Motion approved.

Councilman Bonus

  1. Motion to approve Family Medical Leave for Barb Foster, said leave to run concurrently with her paid leave. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve payment to A.P. Wise Excavating, LLC in the amount of $7,500.00 for the demolition of 332-334 East Brady Street contingent upon final inspection of the Code Enforcement Officer. LIN 18 427 221. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to approve payment to A.P. Wise Excavating, LLC in the amount of $5,800.00 for the demolition of 111 South Street contingent upon final inspection of the Code Enforcement Officer. LIN 01 499 401. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to award the contract to Strange Corporation for the Monroe & Kittanning Street Storm Sewer Improvements Phase 3 Project in the amount of $59,682.00 contingent upon review by the municipal engineer. LIN 18 427 305. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  5. Motion to approve payment to Pat McGrady in the amount of $2,640.00 for the West Brady Street Bridge cleanup due to the July 5, 2017 flooding. LIN 01 499 402. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  6. Motion to approve payment to A.P. Wise Excavating, LLC in the amount of $340.00 for the West Brady Street Bridge cleanup due to the July 5, 2017 flooding. LIN 01 499 402. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.

Councilman Roche

  1. Motion to approve the retirement of Bobby McAnallen from the Parks Department after 35 years of service, Effective August 6, 2017. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to authorize the City Clerk to begin the hiring process to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Bobby McAnallen. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to approve the planning of improvements for the large playground in Memorial Park to honor the memory of Bentley Miller proposed by AM Rotary/Bentley’s Army/AK Steel. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to approve a Park Agreement with the Sims Family for use of the Memorial Park for a 5K to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.

Mayor Donaldson

  1. Motion to ratify a revision to the City’s Civil Service Rules and Regulations governing the promotions of police officers as adopted by the Civil Service Commission. Second                      by CM Walter.  All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve the conditional hiring of Valerie Sura for the Meter Violation            Monitor position. Second by CM Roche.  All voted aye.
  3. Motion to approve Pennsylvania Heart & Lung Act benefits for Deputy Chief Dave Adam beginning on July 25, 2017 for a work-related injury he sustained on March 26,           2014. Second by CM Bonus.  All voted aye.
  4. Motion to make written application to the Civil Service Board requesting civil service            testing to be scheduled for entry-level police officers. Second by CM Roche.  All voted               aye.
  5. Motion to approve spending $2,000.00 (if funds are available in the 2017 budget) towards the purchase of 8 desktop computers in the police department. (Balance to be paid by the County D.A. Drug Enforcement Funds.)  Second by CM Bonus.  All voted          aye.

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

The City Controller presented bills for payment as follows: from the general fund – $355,105.95; from the parking fund – $60,150.74; from the capital projects fund – $142.50; from the liquid fuels tax fund – $9,669.56; and from the 2015-Series Bond Proceeds – $75.00 for a grand total of $425,143.75. Motion by Mayor Donaldson with second from CM Walter to approve payment of bills as presented.  All voted aye.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • CW Kline thanked everyone for all their help for the flood victims.

Mayor Donaldson adjourned the meeting at 7:47 PM.

Mission Statement of the Denny Offstein Bicycle Rodeo July 9th 2017 held at the Farmers Market in the Island Neighborhood is a Totally FREE Event Religion Father Harry Bielewicz of St Paul`s Church Blessed all the bicycles & kids Love Fun Food Giveaways Mentoring Antidrug information showing city Kids Adults do Care in a Safe Environment bringing the Entire Community together for one reason to SAVE the KIDS The Main Attraction is a Free Bicycle Giveaway through a fair registration {2 Rules} Butler City Kids only age 5 to15 eligible for bicycles The Joy for me is seeing the Smiles on all the kids faces when they pick out their new used or new bicycle of their choice & ride away Donors never refused to participate in the Bicycle Rodeo because it is for the Less Fortunate Kids in the City of Butler & has a Pristine Reputation of Zero Scandals or Fraud Donated bicycles are Accepted by the Generous People of Butler County Carl Slupe a retired Armco employee volunteered at his home garage many hours of hard work repaired safety checked all the used 175 bicycles + the new bicycles every child received a bicycle {{GOD`s}} Intervention selected this Date & the Farmers Market Location to hold this community event in advance of the Flood in the West End of Butler {{GOD}} works in Wonderful Ways & knew there was a need for something {Positive to Happen} to {Put Smiles on the Kid`s Faces} Financial Contributions Giveaways Food Beverages for kids to be distributed Free When the Bicycle Rodeo is over all donated beverages food giveaways everything left in the past were donated to Father Harry at St. Paul`s Church also to the church who has the next community meals All contributions donated that exceed expenses were returned to donors Denny Offstein has no funds food beverages giveaways or anything in his possession that was donated in good faith for the Bicycle Rodeo event of that day Denny Offstein pays for most of the expenses involved in any Community Events he has held over the many years Donors who contributed funds to purchase food beverages giveaways etc. receipts for expenses of the amount of the donation were given to the donors in the past The Denny Offstein Bicycle Rodeo July 9 2017 set up a free checking bank account # 7301398017 at the First Commonwealth Bank Butler Commons Butler, Pa. 16001 $30 was deposited to start the bank account Monetary Donations from donors totaled $1550 were Deposited I received & I returned a donors check after the event was over it was not needed for expenses The bicycle rodeo bank account will be deleted of funds & the checking account terminated after all expenses are dispersed to the following The Butler Eagle $240 for a display ad Minuteman Press $291.77 printing of posters & flyers Mr John $125 for a Porto John Melody Kamerer $240.19 & Jamie Goehring $436.01 purchases at Walmart for expenses incurred for food safety bicycle helmets Kmart $222.56 after a 40% discount the balance of donations contributed I spent for 14 new bicycle safety helmets given to Butler City Police Chief Ron Brown to replace some of the safety helmets the City Police provided The total amount of paid expenses $1555.53 incurred with the Bicycle Rodeo July 9th 2017 at the Butler City Farmers Market Denny Offstein Appreciated all the Cooperation Coordinating making Safe The Bicycle Rodeo at the Farmers Market with Butler City Police Chief Ron Brown Deputy Chief Dave Adams + getting some confiscated bicycles & blocking Race & Shore streets for safety LTD. Chad Rensel who acquired donated new bicycle safety helmets & the City Police fitted them for the kids Sgt Dave Vilotti K-9 Blade & Ltd Brian Grooms did a K-9 demonstration The Butler Fire Department were Friendly Interacted & spayed water on the kids Ellen Obrien Gaiser Center passed out antidrug literature Butler Lions Club Butler registered the kids for the bike giveaway served pizza & cookies all 3 made Check donations Butler Ambulance Service Butler Beauty School did face painting My Mission was to have a Safe Fun filled day showing the Less Fortunate City Kids of Butler Adults do Care hoping all the kids get a bicycle at this event which they all did Thank you to Jamie Lee Goehring a true concerned person who really cares she put her heart & soul making this community event a 1000% Success Carl Slupe volunteered who safety checked all the bicycles has health issues The big worry holding an event on that day is rain or bad weather Expenses for Newspaper Display Advertising Printing Posters, Flyers & Expenses of Food Supplies Giveaways Safety Helmets etc. needed for a major event You never know how many people will attend to plan for Volunteers Planning Praying Coordinating Cooperation is a Priority The Liability Responsibility & Expenses are All On Me This is My Last Community Public Bicycle Rodeo Event I will still give bicycles away Free at my business Denny Offstein Auto Sales 418 Hazel Ave. Butler Mayor Thomas P Donaldson Thank You for the use of the Farmers Market for holding the Bicycle Rodeo July 9th 2017 respectfully Denny Offstein Thursday July 27th 2017 at a regular Butler City Council Monthly Meeting

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