City Council Meeting
City of Butler, Pennsylvania
August 24, 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 Alden Towberman, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
NEIGHBORHOOD PRIDE AWARD:
Elmer & Mary Ratica – 456 North Bluff Street
PERSONS TO BE HEARD: (Limited to 5 Minutes)
Bridget Gold – secretary of the 2017 Fall Festival requesting an “open consumption” permit from the City.
John A. Pro – Pres. B.O.S.H. Region – requesting the Historical Society’s Bantam Jeep be turned over to the City and the City giving permission for the Jeep to be housed at the B.O.S.H. Region.
Jeff Harris – spoke about his concerns for the safety/privacy of women and children in our land should the City adopt a (“bathroom bill”) Human Relations Commission.
Motion by Mayor Donaldson to direct the city solicitor to investigate requesting the Butler County Historical Society to return the Bantam Jeep back to the City. Second by CW Kline. CM Walter, CW Kline, CM Roche and Mayor Donaldson voted aye. CM Bonus abstained.
Motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held on July 27, 2017 with the following correction:
Motion by Mayor Donaldson with a second from CM Walter 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. All voted aye.
The following action took place at the City’s Forum Meeting held on August 22, 2017
- Tim Morgus, Maher Duessel, attended the Forum meeting and briefed Council on the audit report for Fiscal Year 2016.
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 July were approved by individual, unanimous votes.
- Motion to approve City Resolution No. 2017-08-24; the City of Butler’s Fair Housing Resolution. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
- Motion to designate Veronica Walker as the City’s Fair Housing Officer for 2017. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
- Motion to direct the City Clerk to prepare and release a request for proposals (RFP) for traffic signal maintenance for the years 2018 and 2019. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
- Motion to approve a payment in the amount of $24,952.76 to Wells Fargo Bank for an interest payment for the General Obligation Refunding Bond Series of 2005. LIN 01 472 700. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
- Motion to pay Scott Longdon the difference between firefighter wages and lieutenant wages for the period May 28, 2017 to July 22, 2017 in the amount of $276.00 (base wage), $8.96 (longevity pay) and $110.09 (overtime) for a total of $395.05 due to his promotion that was approved at the July 27, 2017 meeting. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
- 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 to be paid from the Fire Escrow Account. This motion supersedes the July motion which directed that this payment be issued from LIN 01 499 401 instead of the Fire Escrow Account. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
- Motion to authorize the City Clerk to begin the hiring process to fill the vacancy created by the transfer of Jason Gallagher to the parks department. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
- Motion to direct the City Clerk to prepare and release an RFP for refuse collection for the years 2018 through 2020. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
- Motion to support Foodie Friday’s by giving permission to expand to the N. Main Street lot on Friday, August 25th, Friday, September 29th and Friday, October 13th from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, with no additional costs for police coverage. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
- Motion to accept a bid from Gargiulo Landscaping in the amount of $7,990.00 for the W. Penn Street bridge repairs. LIN 18 427 770. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
- Motion to approve an agreement between the City of Butler and the US Army Corps of Engineers for the Sullivan Run Local Flood Protection Project PL 84-99 Rehabilitation Project due to the flood on July 5-6, 2017 contingent upon review and approval by the city solicitor. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
- Motion to approve the promotion of Roderick Huey to Parks Department Foreman effective August 6, 2017. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
- Motion to approve the transfer of Jason Gallagher from the Streets Department to the Parks Department effective August 27, 2017. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
- Motion to approve a Playground Agreement with the Butler YMCA for use of the Memorial Park football field for a NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition to be held from 12:30 PM until 4:30 PM on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
- Motion to approve an agreement with the Butler Midget Football League for the 2017 season. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
- Motion to approve an alcohol permit for the Fall Festival contingent upon the sponsor filing the proper paperwork and meeting all the requirements from the LCB and providing proof thereof to the City at least 5 days PRIOR to the event. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
- Motion to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Butler County, Butler Township and the Butler Transit Authority for the purpose of setting the terms and conditions of the withdrawal and joinder of members consistent with the Municipal Authorities Act of 1945, 53 P.S. §5604. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
- Motion to approve a three-year extension of the cooperation agreement between the City and the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Butler for administration of the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program Funds, HOME Program funds and other State and Federal funds with such extension running through October 1, 2020. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
- Motion by Mayor Donaldson to approve and not oppose an economic development liquor license in the center of the city after review by the city solicitor. Second by CM Walter. All voted aye.
CM Bonus, in the absence of the City Treasurer, presented the Monthly Intake Report for July, 2017.
The City Controller presented bills for payment as follows: from the general fund – $421,322.58; from the parking fund – $33,218.21; from the capital projects fund – $11,898.90; and from the liquid fuels tax fund – $7,421.52; for a grand total of $473,861.21. Motion by Mayor Donaldson with second from CW Kline to approve payment of bills as presented. All voted aye.
Mayor Donaldson made the following statement in reference to the Human Relations Commission:
“This entire topic has brought nothing but disruption and division to our city. This needs to end once and for all! It’s time to stand up for morality and integrity. Sodom and Gomorrah was not a fairy tale! I still have my moral and Spiritual upbringing. God’s laws were here since the beginning of time and man has been fighting God since the fall in the Garden of Eden. Man is still wrong! God is always right and unwavering.”
Mayor Donaldson adjourned the meeting at 7:43 PM.