Council Meeting Minutes – December 8, 2016

Here are the Regular Council Meeting Minutes for the City of Washington, PA for December 8, 2016.

ROLL CALL:
Councilwoman Monda Williams – Present
Councilwoman Tracie Graham – Present
Councilman Ken Westcott – Absent
Councilman Joe Manning – Present
Mayor Scott Putnam – Present

SOLICITOR:
Jack Cambest, Esquire

MOMENT OF SILENCE
For those in need this holiday season

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the November 10, 2016, regular meeting of the Washington City Council.

Mayor and Council had an executive session prior to the meeting regarding pending litigation. No decisions were made at that time.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Individuals or group representatives who have signed in prior to the meeting, will have 5 minutes of microphone time to address Council during the public participation portion of the meeting. We prefer if there is a group, a representative be chosen to speak. Audience comments will not be permitted following the public participation portion of the meeting; therefore, we ask that you please review the agenda for any item(s) you may wish to discuss. We have, in the past, had individuals direct comments to Mayor and Council that were not correct or could not be documented. For that reason, we ask that your information be to the point and factual. Although we may not be able to answer your question at this meeting, we will refer your request or recommendation to the proper department for any necessary action.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
Mike Jones, 88 Acheson Avenue, requested that Council consider him an applicant for the Citizen’s Library Board when a position becomes available. He has experience serving on South Fayette Library Board. He provided a letter of interest in the packet of information for the board. He has approval from his employer to serve on the board. Has been a resident of the City of Washington for more than two years. The position that they are considering would be to complete Councilwoman Grahams current term that expires at the end of 2017.

CLOSED TO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to approve the following payments to:

a. Baiano Construction Inc. in the amount of $1,019.60 for Pay Estimate #6 PHASE III. CHARGE: 66.00/446-310 (CATFISH CREEK.)
b. Baiano Construction Inc. in the amount of $37,451.52 for Pay Estimate # 006-TAP. CHARGE: 46.00/465-531 (REIMBURSEMENT FROM TAP FUNDS.)
c. Baiano Construction Inc. in the amount of $6,159.40 for Pay Estimate #006. CHARGE: PAID FROM LSA-C0000062885.
d. Baiano Construction Inc. in the amount of $830.00 for Pay Estimate #6. CHARGE: PAID FROM LSA C000052500.
e. CT CONSULTANTS INC. in the amount of $5,970.04 for Pay Estimate #6 Invoice 1328402-8. CHARGE: PAID FROM LSA C-000062885.
f. STAHL SHEAFFER in the amount of $14,251.83 for Pay Estimate #6 Invoice 15-303-4. CHARGE: PAID FROM LSA-C000062885.
g. Traffic Control Equipment & Supplies Co., Inc. in the amount of $596.50 for replacing bad NOVAX pushbutton on the south west corner of Main and Beau.
h. Widmer Engineering in the amount of $720.00 for February Items 2016. CHARGE: 01.43/430-313.
i. Widmer Engineering in the amount of $1,260.00 for 2016 October items. CHARGE: 01.43/430-313.
j. Widmer Engineering in the amount of $1,170.00 for 2016 STORMWATER INLET PROJECT. CHARGE: 01.43/430-313.
k. AMERIHEALTH Casualty Services in the amount of $8,591.00 for final 2016 premium balance. CHARGE: 01-60-484-195
l. Dodaro, Matta & Cambest, P.C. in the amount of $3,093.25 for monthly invoice. CHARGE: 01.13/404-310.
m. Travelers in the amount of $784.90 for Jan V. Ondra and Richard Royal Jr. CHARGE: 01.60/486-350
n. Skelly & Loy in the amount of $2,370.65 for Engineering Feb 14-Sept 2016. CHARGE: 66.00/446-310 (CATFISH CREEK.)
o. Hill International in the amount of $2729.68 for Firetruck #54 Engine Repair. CHARGE: 01.33/441-370.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to approve the following transfers:

a) $254.90 from LSA FUNDS 85.00/100-000 to CATFISH CREEK PROJECT FUNDS 66.00/100-000.
b) $592.66 from LSA Funds 66.00/100-000 to CATFISH CREEK PROJECT FUND 66.00/100-000.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Mayor Putnam, and unanimously carried to approve the 2017 Washington County Housing Authority Police Patrol Contract.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to remove G.B., Firefighter, from Heart & Lung Benefits effective
November 22, 2016.
A motion was made by Councilwoman Williams, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve FINAL READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 1881 BILL NO. 6 of 2016

ADOPTING AN AMENDMENT TO THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF THE WASHINGTON-EAST WASHINGTON JOINT AUTHORITY. WHEREAS, THE BOARD OF THE AUTHORITY DESIRES TO INCREASE THE TERMS OF EXISTENCE OF THE AUTHORITY. WHEREAS, THE BOARD OF THE AUTHORITY ADOPTED A RESOLUTION ON MAY 23, 2016 TO INCREASE THE TERM OF THE EXISTENCE OF THE AUTHORITY BY INCREASING TO A DATE FIFTY (50) YEARS FROM THE DATE OF APPROVAL OF THESE ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT BY THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried to approve FINAL READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 1882 BILL NO. 7 OF 2016

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1356,
CHAPTER 1, PART 2, APPOINTED OFFICERS AND
EMPLOYEES FOR THE YEAR 2017.
(Salary Ordinance)

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to approve FINAL READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 1883 BILL NO. 8 OF 2016

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO 1356, CHAPTER 24, PART 5, LEVYING A TAX AND FIXING A TAX RATE FOR ALL CITY PURPOSES ON THE VALUATION OF SUCH PROPERTY AS HAS BEEN OR MIGHT HEREAFTER BE ASSESSED AND SUBJECT TO
TAXATION FOR THE YEAR 2017.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Williams, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve FINAL READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 1884 BILL NO. 9 OF 2016

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AND APPROPRIATING SPECIFIC SUMS ESTIMATED TO BE REQUIRED FOR THE SPECIFIC PURPOSES FOR THE CITY GOVERNMENT HEREAFTER SET FOR THE YEAR 2017.
(Budget Ordinance)

Comment: Councilman Manning thanked Susie Koehler for the fantastic job she did again this year putting the budget together. Also thanked the department heads and council members for their help and work on the budget.
A motion was made by Councilwoman Williams, seconded by Councilman Manning and unanimously carried to approve FINAL READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 1885 BILL NO. 10
AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1774, CHAPTER 15, PART 4, SECTION 407 – SPECIAL PURPOSE PARKING ZONES ESTABLISHED; PARKING OTHERWISE PROHIBITED TO INCLUDE 1 HANDICAP PARKING SPACE AT 545 ALLISON AVENUE; 1 HANDICAP SPACE AT 72 WEST HALLAM AVENUE; AND 1 HANDICAP SPACE AT 635 BROAD STREET; LIMITING HANDICAP PARKING SPACES TO TWO (2) HANDICAPPED SPACES PER CITY BLOCK.

A motion was made to approve FIRST READING:
ORDINANCE NO. 1887 BILL NO. 2 of 2017
AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1774, CHAPTER 15, PART 4, SECTION 407 – SPECIAL PURPOSE PARKING ZONES ESTABLISHED; PARKING OTHERWISE PROHIBITED TO INCLUDE 1 HANDICAP PARKING SPACE AT 340 TERRACE AVENUE; AND 1 SPACE AT 282 NORTH FRANKLIN STREET; LIMITING HANDICAP PARKING SPACES TO TWO (2) HANDICAPPED SPACES PER CITY BLOCK.
** (No Vote Required)**

A motion was made to approve FIRST READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 1888 BILL NO. 3 of 2017
AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 1774, CHAPTER 15, PART 4, SECTION 407 – SPECIAL PURPOSE PARKING ZONES ESTABLISHED; PARKING OTHERWISE PROHIBITED TO REMOVE 1 HANDICAP PARKING SPACE AT 480 SHIRLS AVENUE.
** (No Vote Required)**

A motion was made to approve FIRST READING:

ORDINANCE NO. 1886 BILL NO. 1 of 2017
POLICE OFFICER/FIRE FIGHTER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY:

IF A CITY OF WASHINGTON POLICE OFFICER OR CITY OF WASHINGTON FIRE FIGHTER WOULD BE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, THE CITY OF WASHINGTON WOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE AT NO COST, EMPLOYEE HEALTH INSURANCE TO THE WIDOW OR WIDOWER UNTIL THE TIME THAT THEY WOULD REMARRY, DECLINE COVERAGE, OR THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDI-CARE. THE CITY OF WASHINGTON WOULD ALSO PROVIDE AT NO COST, EMPLOYEE HEALTH CARE TO ANY DEPENDANT CHILD OR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18.

(EXCLUDED: SUICIDE)
WIDOW OR WIDOWER- SHALL MEAN THE WOMAN OR MAN
THAT THE POLICE OFFICER/FIRE FIGHTER WAS MARRIED TO
AT TIME OF THEIR DEATH.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve a revised Lease Agreement with the Washington County
Transportation Authority for the Transit Center located at 50 East Chestnut Street,
Washington, Pennsylvania.

A motion was made by Mayor Putnam, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve the PNC Bank 2017 Tax Anticipation Note at a rate of 1.39%. The value of the note is $800,000.00.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to approve the following Resolution:

RESOLUTION NO. 8 OF 2016

NOTE RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A TAX AND REVENUE ANTICIPATION NOTE, SERIES 2017 WITH THE TERMS SET FORTH IN THE FOREGOING AND ATTACHED CERTIFICATE AND TRANSMITTAL; APPROVING A FORM OF NOTE; AUTHORIZING DESIGNATED OFFICERS TO EXECUTE AND DELIVER THE NOTE; AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE FILING OF PROCEEDINGS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT AND SECURITY OF THE NOTE; MAKING CERTAIN FEDERAL INCOME TAX COVENANTS IN RESPECT OF THE NOTE; ACCEPTING THE PROPOSAL OF PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE NOTE; AND REPEALING INCONSISTENT RESOLUTIONS.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Williams, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to authorize a refund of $25.00 to Patrick Carr of 139 Fox Chase Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317, for duplicate payment of a parking citation.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to allocate 2017 CDBG funds as follows: $230,000 Central Business
District Revitalization bond payment, $167,000 fire truck payment, $173,500 Home
Rehabilitation.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Mayor Putnam, and unanimously carried to reject all 2016 Storm Inlet Project Bids. (Contract #3895-CE-16-A)

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to extend the contract of Brandon Dalesio for one year effective from January 1, 2017 until December 31, 2017.

Elected Officials:

Councilwoman Monda Williams: No Report

Councilwoman Tracie Graham:

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning and unanimously carried to hold an executive session regarding Library Board Position at 7:33 p.m.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to end the executive session at 7:53 p.m.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried to approve Resolution 9 of 2016:
RESOLUTION 9 of 2016

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, COUNTY OF WASHINGTON, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, APPROVING THE TRANSFER OF RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSE NO. R-18477 INTO THE CITY OF WASHINGTON FROM NORTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried to support the Washington Senior Citizen’s Grant Application, requesting funds to finance the installation of an elevator in the building located at 69 West Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301. The Washington Senior Citizen Center has used the building for thirty-nine years and it is anticipated that the Washington Senior Citizens Center will continue using this facility for the next ten years.
Comment: Mayor Putnam advised that the city owns the building where the Senior Citizen’s Center is located and Council is supporting the request to install an elevator.

Councilman Ken Westcott: Absent

Councilman Joe Manning: No Report

Mayor Scott Putnam: No Report

The next regular meeting of the Washington City Council will be held on Thursday,
January 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers. The Agenda Meeting will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

The City Building will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2016 in observance of the Christmas Holiday. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8:30 A.M.
The City Building will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017 in observance of the New Years Holiday. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 7:57 p.m.

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Scott J. Putnam, Mayor

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Michelle R. Sperl, City Clerk