MINUTES
City Council Meeting
City of Butler, Pennsylvania
December 21, 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 Steve Ogle, Community Life Church.

  • NEIGHBORHOOD PRIDE AWARD

 

Thomas Murphy and Cindy Sabish, 219 East Pearl Street

  • PRESENTATION:

Firefighters Dean Selfridge and Jonathon Feicht presented a fireman helmet to Councilwoman Kline in honor of her 12 years of public service to the City.

Motion by Mayor Donaldson with a second from CM Walter to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held on November 16, 2017 with the following correction. All voted aye:

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.

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. All voted aye.

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

COUNCIL REPORTS/ACTIONS

Councilman Walter

  1. Motion for the second reading and adoption of City Ordinance No. 1747, an ordinance of the City of Butler fixing the tax rate for Fiscal Year 2018. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  2. Motion for the second reading and adoption 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 Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  3. Motion for the second reading and adoption 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 CM Bonus. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to accept a proposal submitted by PNC Bank for a 2018 Tax Revenue Anticipation Note in the amount of $1,000,000.00 at an annual interest rate of 1.99% percent per annum and to adopt the Note Resolution as prepared by PNC Bank.   Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  5. Motion to approve City Resolution 2017-12-21, a resolution of the City of Butler authorizing the issuance of a Tax Revenue Anticipation Note Series 2018 in the amount of $1,000,000.00. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.

Councilwoman Kline

  1. Motion to accept the resignation of Michael Preston from the Butler County-City Connoquenessing Creek Flood Control Authority as of January 1, 2018.  Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to appoint John H. Reddick to the Butler County-City Connoquenessing Creek Flood Control Authority for a four year term which expires January 1, 2022.  Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.

Councilman Bonus

  1. Motion to change “No Parking Nov. 1 – Apr. 1” on the north side of American Avenue to “No Parking Dec. 1 – Apr. 1” on the south side of American Avenue on a 90-day trial basis. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to install a “Handicapped Parking Only” sign in front of 350 North Main Street on a 90-day trial basis. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to approve the conditional hiring of Thomas C. Stoughton for the position of Truck Driver in the Streets Department. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to appoint Lance Calvert to the Butler Transit Authority for a five year term which expires December 31, 2022. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  5. Motion to accept the bid from A. P. Wise Excavating, LLC in the amount of $8,040.00 for the demolition of 718 West Penn Street. LIN 18 427 221. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  6. Motion to make Broad Street 2-way between W. Brady St. and W. New Castle St. on a 90-day trial basis. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.

Councilman Roche

  1. Motion to appoint John Vissari to the Parks, Recreation, Grounds and Facility Authority to fill the term created by the resignation of John Mossman which expires January 1, 2022. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.

Mayor Donaldson

  1. Motion for the second reading and adoption 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 CM Bonus. All voted aye.
  2. Motion for the introduction and first reading of City Ordinance No. 1751, an ordinance of the City of Butler withdrawing from the Butler Transit Authority as a member of the Authority pursuant to the Municipal Authorities Act of 1945. Second by CM Walter. All voted aye.
  3. 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. No second. Motion dies.
  4. Based on recommendation from his chain of command and satisfactory completion of his probationary period, motion to grant permanent employment status as of December 5, 2017 to Patrol Officer William R. Dobson. Second by CM Walter. All voted aye.
  5. Based on recommendation from his chain of command and satisfactory completion of his probationary period, motion to grant permanent employment status as of December 5, 2017 to Patrol Officer Andrew M. Niederlander.   Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
  6. Upon the satisfactory completion of her 90-day probationary period, motion to grant permanent employment status to Valerie Sura, Parking Violation Monitor, Butler City Police. Second by CM Walter. All voted aye.
  7. Motion to enter into an agreement with Butler Old Stone House Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Inc. for possession and custody of the 1941 Jeep BRC and the 1909 Huselton. Second by CM Walter. All voted aye.

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

The City Controller presented bills for payment as follows: from the general fund – $317,438.38; from the parking fund – $35,607.70; from the capital projects fund – $85,505.04; and from the liquid fuels tax fund – $33,254.13; for a grand total of $471,805.25. 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 December 25, 2017 and January 1, 2018.
  • First Responder Light Up Night – Saturday, December 22nd.

Mayor Donaldson adjourned the meeting at 7:31 PM.

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