MINUTES
City Council Meeting
City of Butler, Pennsylvania
September 28, 2017
 
Mayor Donaldson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Mayor Donaldson and Council members Walter, Kline, and Roche were present. The pledge of allegiance to the flag followed an invocation given by Pastor Tara Lynn, Grace At Calvary Church.

NEIGHBORHOOD PRIDE AWARD:

Jeffrey & Valerie Cooper – 204 Brown Avenue

Kenneth J. Kastelic – 200 Brown Avenue

James & Donna Smith – 114 Brown Avenue

PRESENTATION:

Jim Thompson presented a check in the amount of $1,000.00 from Grace At Calvary Church for payment in lieu of taxes.

PERSONS TO BE HEARD: (Limited to 5 Minutes)

John A. Pro; Butler Old Stone House Region AACA spoke to council about being caretaker for the 1941 Bantam Jeep currently under ownership by the Butler County Historical Society.

Mark Krenitsky voiced concerns about the garbage contract, the $1 million ladder truck and police car purchase. Rental properties are picked on, but Rotary Park has been good.

Ralph Pincek voiced concerns about the lower end of Lincoln Avenue and Reo Street being in desperate need of repairs. He also would like a picnic table to be put back into Father Marinaro Park to replace the one that had been vandalized.

Motion by Mayor Donaldson with a second from CW Kline to approve the minutes of Regular meeting of August 24, 2017.

The following actions took place at the City’s Forum Meeting held on September 26, 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:  718 W. Penn Street  Motion by Mayor Donaldson. Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.
  2. Motion to appoint Cherie Readie to the Parks, Recreation, Grounds and Facility Authority to fill the term created by the resignation of Frank Cicco, Jr. which expires January 1, 2022.  Motion by Mayor Donaldson. Second by CW Kline.  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 Walter to acknowledge receipt of the monthly minutes from RACB, including the CDBG/HOME Program activities.

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

 

COUNCIL REPORTS/ACTIONS

Councilman Walter

  1. Motion to approve the annual lease payment to PNC Equipment in the amount of $23,259.07 for the Pelican Street Sweeper. LIN 35 430 429. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve the 2018 Minimum Municipal Obligations for the City’s three pension plans as follows: for the Firefighters Pension Plan – $145,818 and for the Police Pension Plan – $167,806 and the Officers and Employees Pension Plan – $35,231.  Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to approve distribution of 2017 State Aid for pension plans as follows: to the Firefighters Pension Plan – $180,294.32, to the Police Pension Plan – $199,135.72 and to the Officers’ & Employees’ Pension Plan – $39,062.06, with the total amount of 2017 State Aid distributed to pension plans being $418,492.10. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to enter into an agreement with Benefits Network for COBRA administration through Infinisource. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  5. Motion to accept the Balanced Fund Proposal from Accurate Investment Solutions, Inc. presented by Steve Gierl to the pension board and council on July 25, 2017. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  6. Motion to change the city’s dental insurance carrier from MetLife to the dental program offered by Municipal Benefit Services (MBS) effective January 1, 2018 contingent upon final review by AFSCME Local No. 757, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #32, and the International Association of Firefighters Local 114. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.

Councilwoman Kline

  1. Motion to request the appointment of Christopher Marlar as the City of Butler’s Emergency Management Coordinator. Second by Mayor Donaldson. CM Walter made a motion to table the motion. There was no second, original motion proceeded.  CM Walter voted no.  CW Kline, CM Roche and Mayor Donaldson voted aye.  Motion carried.

Mayor Donaldson

  1. Motion to approve payment to Bauer Excavating in the amount of $5,800.00 for the Sullivan Run bank improvements. LIN 18 427 305. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to reappoint Kerry Dowdy as the city’s Section 504/ADA Officer. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to promote Wayne Geibel from a category 3 to a category 2 in the streets department with an effective date of August 31, 2017. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye,
  4. Motion to approve payment to 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.
  5. Motion to authorize the city clerk to advertise for bids for sale of the 1997 Ford F-700 Streets Department truck. Second by CM Walter. All voted aye.
  6. Motion to direct the City Clerk to seek proposals for limestone and asphalt for Fiscal Year 2018 with such proposals due not later than 2:00 PM on November 13th. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  7. Motion to direct the City Clerk to prepare and release Supplemental Bid Specifications for the RFP for refuse collection that was released in August. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.

Councilman Roche

  1. Motion to approve the resignation of Frank Cicco, Jr. from the Parks, Recreation, Grounds and Facility Authority. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve the resignation of John Mossman from the Parks, Recreation, Grounds and Facility Authority. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to waive the fee for police coverage at the Butler Area Midget Football League games held at Butler Memorial Park. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to approve a playground agreement for a Hay Ride event to be held in Butler Memorial Park on October 29, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  5. Motion to approve the request from the Bicycle Commission to install eight (8) “Locking Bike Trac” bicycle racks in the Centre City Parking Garage. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.

Mayor Donaldson

  1. Motion to enter into an agreement with SimplexGrinnell for the sprinkler system in the Tier Parking Garage contingent upon review by the city solicitor. Second by CM             Roche.  All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve an agreement with County Festivals, LLC for a festival to be held in 2018.  Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye.

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

The City Controller presented bills for payment as follows: from the general fund – $706,836.64; from the parking fund – $32,611.99; from the capital projects fund – $19,089.57; and from the liquid fuels tax fund – $28,960.76; for a grand total of $787,498.96. Motion by Mayor Donaldson with second from CM Walter to approve payment of bills as presented.  All voted aye.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • Trick or Treat – October 31st from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Leaf dump to open October 14th through the end of November.
  • First Responder Light Up Night – Saturday, September 30th

Mayor Donaldson adjourned the meeting at 7:41 PM.

 

 

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