MINUTES
City Council Meeting
City of Butler, Pennsylvania
November 16, 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 Deacon Mitch Natali, St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

  • NEIGHBORHOOD PRIDE AWARD

John & Nancy Fleeger – 240 E. Patterson Avenue

7:05PM PUBLIC HEARING   Art Cordwell, of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Butler – to brief Council and the public on the 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application.

PERSONS TO BE HEARD: (Limited to 5 Minutes)

John A. Pro requested the City take back title of the Bantam Jeep from the Historical Society.

Kimberly Hepler voiced concerns over parking on American Avenue from November through April when the parking moves to the other side of the street to accommodate the snow plows.

Darrell Kamerer spoke about the history of the Butler Old Stone House Region.

Motion by Mayor Donaldson with a second from CM Bonus to approve the minutes of Regular meeting of September 28, 2017.

The following actions took place at the City’s Forum Meeting held on November 14, 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: 220 Fifth 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 October were approved by individual, unanimous votes.

COUNCIL REPORTS/ACTIONS

Councilman Walter

  1. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1747, an ordinance of the City of Butler fixing the tax rate for Fiscal Year 2018. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
  2. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1748, an ordinance of the City of Butler adopting the annual budget and appropriating specific sums estimated to be required for the specific purposes of the City government as set forth therein during Fiscal Year 2018. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  3. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1749, an ordinance of the City of Butler fixing the wages and salaries of employees of the City in conformance with the budget for Fiscal Year 2018. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to direct the City Clerk to seek proposals from financial institutions for a 2018 Tax Revenue Anticipation Note in the amount of $1,000,000.00. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
  5. Motion to approve City Resolution No. 2017-11-16 approving the City’s Community Development Block Grant Application for FY 2017. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.

Councilman Bonus

  1. Motion to approve payment to Strange Corporation Contractors in the amount of $15,978.99 for the change order for the Monroe & Kittanning Storm Sewer Improvements. LIN 18 427 305. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve payment to Strange Corporation Contractors in the amount of $6,024.00 for retainage due. LIN 18 427 305. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to approve payment to A. P. Wise Excavating, LLC in the amount of $5,050.00 for the demolition of 609 (AKA 607) Peach Street contingent upon final inspection of the Code Enforcement Officer. LIN 18 427 221. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  4. Motions to approve a bid submitted by and award the Fiscal Year 2018 contract for supply of the City’s asphalt materials to:

Wiest Asphalt Products & Paving, Inc. as follows:

9.5MM Superpave Wearing Course FOB; $61.00 per ton and 19MM Superpave   FOB;   $54.00 per ton. Total Contract: $92,000.00.

Russell Standard Corporation, as follows:

            E-3 Emulsion Placed; $2.10/gallon; Total Contract: $21,000.00.

Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.

  1. Motion to approve a bid submitted by and award the Fiscal Year 2018 contract for supply of the City’s limestone materials to Allegheny Mineral Corporation, as follows:

Unit Price Delivered at Job Site: #2A – 18.10 per ton; #4 – $18.80 per ton; #8 – $22.30 per ton; #57 – 18.65 per ton.     Total Contract: $77,850.00.  Second by CM Roche.  All voted aye.

Councilman Roche

  1. Motion to appoint John P. Vissari to the Parks, Recreation, Grounds and Facility Authority fill the term created by the resignation of John Mossman which expires January 1, 2022. Second by Mayor Donaldson. Motion to table by Mayor Donaldson.  Second by CW Kline.  All voted aye. Motion tabled.
  2. Motion for city council to send a letter to the Allegheny Aquatic Alliance to show support for two potential canoe launches along the Connoquenessing Creek within the City of Butler. Second by Mayor Donaldson.  All voted aye.

Mayor Donaldson

  1. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1750, an ordinance of the City of Butler vacating the unnamed alley running parallel to Hickory Street and extending west from Cupps Way. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve City Resolution No. 2017-11-16A approving the City’s support of legislative efforts to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to assign the decennial task of both legislative and congressional redistricting to an independent citizens redistricting commission. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to approve City Council’s 2018 meeting schedule, a copy of which will be published in a local newspaper to comply with the Sunshine Act and attached to the minutes of this meeting. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to begin the process for the return of the Butler County Historical Society’s Bantam Jeep to the City of Butler and in turn to entrust the vehicle to the Butler Old Stone House Region AACA. Second by CM Walter.  CM Walter, CM Roche and Mayor Donaldson voted aye.  CW Kline voted no.  CM Bonus abstained.  Motion passed.
  5. Based on recommendation from his chain of command and satisfactory completion of his probationary period, motion to grant permanent employment status as of   November 7, 2017 to Patrol Officer Kevin M. Novak.  Second by CM Roche.  All voted           aye.
  6. Based on recommendation from his chain of command and satisfactory completion of his probationary period, motion to grant permanent employment status as of   November 7, 2017 to Patrol Officer Corey R. Wendel.  Second by CM Roche.  All       voted aye

In absence of the City Treasurer, Councilman Bonus presented the Monthly Intake            Report for October, 2017.

In the absence of the City Controller, the City Clerk presented bills for payment as follows: from the general fund – $528,784.38; from the parking fund – $419,958.01; from the capital projects fund – $22,002.99; and from the liquid fuels tax fund – $4,305.59; for a grand total of $975,050.97. Motion by Mayor Donaldson with second from CM Bonus  to approve payment of bills as presented. All voted aye.    

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • City Building will be closed November 23rd and November 24th.
  • First Responder Light Up Night – Saturday, November 18th.
  • Saturday, November 25th:

Small Business Saturday

            Candy Land Activities; 12-4:30 PM

New Castle Street Plaza Activities; 12-4:30 PM

Skating Rink; 12-5:00 PM

Butler City Spirit of Christmas Parade; 5:30 PM

Mayor Donaldson adjourned the meeting at 7:47 PM.

 

2018 Schedule of City Council Meetings

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