Council Meeting Minutes – June 4, 2015

A regular meeting of Washington City Council was held Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7PM in Council Chambers, 55 West Maiden Street, Washington, Pennsylvania.  Mayor Brenda Davis, presiding, opened the meeting.

ROLL CALL:     Councilwoman Tracie Graham — Present

Councilman Kenneth Westcott — Present

Councilman Joseph Manning — Present

Councilman Terry Faust — Present

Mayor Brenda Davis — Present

SOLICITOR:      John F. Cambest, Esquire — Present

MOMENT OF SILENCE

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the minutes of the May 7, 2015 regular meeting of Washington
City Council.

Mayor Davis then opened the public participation portion of the meeting.  Those signed in to speak were as follows:

  • Ron McIntyre, Code Enforcement Officer, gave the May report. There were 130 calls for service, 47 violation notices mailed out, 57 citations issued, and total revenue taken in for the month was $4,764.70

 

  • Chief Linn Brookman, Fire Department, gave 2 reports for the month of May. For the Building Department there were 11 permits issued with total month’s revenue collected at $2,076.  Total year-to-date there were 58 permits issued with $8,275.78 collected.   For the month of May for the Washington Fire Department there were 213 calls.  The Firemen and the Red Cross installed smoke detectors (free of charge) in the neighborhoods in the City.  A letter will be sent back by the residents to the Fire Department when the residents will be available to have up to 3 smoke detectors per home installed.  So far 200 have been installed.

 

  • Chyane Naraskivitch spoke with concern regarding the high accident volume at the intersection on Allison and Henderson Avenues. She said that she has lived
    at this area for 7 years and has personally witnessed accidents.  Her son has witnessed accidents as well.  She said that she took it upon herself to go get signatures from multiple neighbors who agree with her concern – she has a total of 27 signatures, which include 18 homes on the street with 6 no answers.  In the past several years several accidents have occurred at this spot with the drivers not being able to pull out safely into traffic.  This is because they have to cross over to Henderson Avenue that is very busy and has become increasingly busier.  In the street merging into Jefferson Avenue the residents have seen a large increase in the cut-through traffic on the 13 hundred block of Allison Avenue.  Many of these drivers are coming from the main roads creating traffic delays and in excessive speeds – certainly over 25 miles per hour.  Most are not stopping at the stops signs at Allison Avenue and McAdam Avenue.  This is clearly an issue for us because of the many children on this block, elderly, and the Brownson House sports events, the nearby playground and even a church.  Also, there are disabled children in that area – there are no signs stating such.  We would really like something addressed regarding this intersection.  Chyane stated that she has copies for anyone who wishes one.
  • Chief Chris Luppino, Washington City Police, gave the May report as follows: there were 915 calls for service, 9,700 miles patrolled, 81 traffic citations issued, 51 non-traffic citations, and 45 criminal arrests.  Total money collected on reports, forms, fingerprinting and permits is $975.

 

  • Nancy McGruder spoke regarding 220 Linn Avenue. She brought pictures for Mayor and Council to see what she sees everyday.  Nancy said that people have been working at this house – they were there this past Tuesday and again last evening.  She spoke to the gentleman who was at this house last evening and took him to the side of the house where weeds were growing.  He said that he was not aware that that particular area needed to be cleaned up.  He said that the man who bought this property is paying him $100.00 to clean it up.  He is purchasing it off of him for $75,000.00 and is planning on tearing the house down and build another one.

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott asked what the amount was that this property is being sold for.

 

Councilwoman Graham responded, “$75,000.”

 

Nancy responded, “he is buying the land and the house for $75,000.00 to tear the
house down and build another one.”  Nancy asked if a house can be built that
close to her house.

 

COMMENT:  Ron McIntyre, Code Enforcement Officer, responded, “no.”

 

Nancy said that there is no lien letter, dye test, building permit.  Nancy said that
she mentioned this to the man who was cleaning at the house.  The man asked if
he could get fined for this.   Nancy said that she was told that Billy Jo Sanders
owns this property.

 

COMMENT:  Ron McIntyre said that he had just got back
from vacation.  Captain Coleman and he are
aware of this issue.  Ron said that he will make sure that
this property gets in compliance with the necessary permits.

Before any demolition occurs he would have to obtain a
demolition permit.

 

Nancy said that she has been fighting this for 10 years.

 

COMMENT:  Ron McIntyre stated that this owner has
acquired this property since January of this year.

 

Nancy said that she was told that the owner has had this property for a long time.

 

COMMENT:  Ron McIntyre said that he will get in touch
with Mr. Sanders to get this resolved as soon as possible.

 

  • Phyllis Waller spoke regarding business encroachment. She, along with the neighbors in her area, do not want encroachment in their residential area.  She assumes that the Mayor, Council or Zoning or who ever makes that decision can make this decision now – no matter what the business is.  Also, last Saturday a tractor trailer with cars on it for Budd Baer went down Pine and turned right onto Erie and almost hit Nancy’s car and then tried to turn up Linn Avenue.   They do not need this either.  They accept that there is a business on Murtland Avenue – as long as it does not affect their neighborhood.  Also, whatever decisions are made in regards to their neighborhood – they want to know ahead of time.  Decisions should be made in writing regarding Budd Baer.  She speaks for herself and in that way they will believe it.  She wants their community to remain a good one.

 

  • Georgianna Farkas spoke regarding the recent home invasion where a utility person, who supposedly was representing the Water Company, actually stated that the water bill was over the limits and then asked to check this resident’s water meter inside her home. While this resident took this person to her basement and the robbery occurred.  Georgianna said that she thought it would be a good idea to place occurrences like this on our billboards to let the community know.  No matter if this home invasion was a hit or miss or planned – it affects everyone.  Georgianna asked if it is possible for our billboards to relay information like this, and even for school closings, road detours, bank robberies, anything that affects the residents.  She wanted to know if there is anything in place like this for our billboard usage.

 

COMMENT:  Mayor Davis said that it is her understanding that the billboard company likes to be informed 60 days prior to wanting an advertisement placed.  She said that she does not know about emergency situations.

 

  • Georgianna asked if emergency situations could be addressed with the billboard company. She said that this would be an awesome idea for utilizing the billboards in emergency situations.   She said that perhaps Mr. Isiminger would be interested in getting on board to let the community know things.  There are other business billboards, even the small kiosk ones, in our City that could be contacted as well.

 

  • John Hritz, President of the FOP, thanked Mayor and Council for their time – then stated, “he is sure that all are aware by now . . . the City of Washington Police Department has been working without a contract for the past 6 months – it expired at the beginning of the year. And, due to the current Mayor’s loss in the primary election, her recent retaliatory actions towards the Police Department, and then the now general lack of confidence that they can reach a contract settlement amicably” . . . he would like to request that the remaining members of Council step in and sit in on their negotiations, perhaps take the lead if possible.  He said, “I understand that the same situation was taking place with some of the other unions, and that you guys have now taken over some of the negotiations for the SEIU Contract as well.”  He continued by saying, “So, I just simply ask that the FOP gets the same consideration and they would like to come to terms as soon as possible since we have been out now for 6 months now.  Thank you.”

 

COMMENT:  Mayor Davis stated, “can you explain why for the last 4 months we’ve been asking for an arbitrator to be picked, but you all chose not to pick an arbitrator . . . can you answer that question?”

 

John Hritz responded, “Can I answer why we don’t have an arbitrator?  I can not,
I know that our attorney was working on it.”

 

COMMENT:  Mayor Davis said, “for the last 4 months.”
John Hritz replied, “I couldn’t tell you how long it takes.”

 

COMMENT:  Mayor Davis said, “it doesn’t take 4 months
when the City has been moving forward on that.  So it
seems that someone else has been dragging their feet, not
me.”

 

  • John Golna asked why his alley was not being fixed. He said that it worse now than in the winter.  It is tore up and he has asked 3 times but no one has come.  He said that he heard that John (Stout) is angry at him and that this is the reason it is not being fixed.  He then presented pictures of his alley to Mayor and Council.  John said that his alley is not scrapped in the winter.  He said that there have been good men in this department before and he never had this problem.  The young lady that lives behind him had to shovel the alley in order to get out of her driveway.  He said that this is just not right.

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said that when he talked to John the batch plants had not opened yet, and that as soon as the batch plants opened his alley would be repaired – his alley is on the list.

 

John said that he will be back if it does not get done.

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said, “come on back.”

 

  • Clara Harper said that she is a long-time resident of the Linntown area/Poplar Street/Erie/Linn Avenue. She read the article in the paper this morning.  When she was growing up there – there were all homes.  When did this area get re-zoned?  When did this part of town become business?

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said that the zoning map that he saw back in 2004 and prior to that had Murtland Avenue as general business as it is today.

 

Clara said, “yes, but coming down into Poplar and Linn and where . . .”

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott asked, “do you mean
where Budd Baer’s collision shop is?”

 

Clara said that is where Budd Baer’s has a repair shop on Poplar.  Then he put a
parking lot behind that.  His maintenance people park there.  That is around where
Rhonda Dungee’s house is.

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said that when he
talked to the Media tonight that the lot that they built up on
Murtland Avenue was is in compliance.  When he
talked to Mrs. Dungee and to Budd Baer – that lot has been
around for many years.  He never came to the City of
Washington to utilize that lot, so that lot may not be in
compliance.

 

Clara asked which lot that is.

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said, “the lot that is
right behind Mrs. Dungee’s house.”

 

Clara replied, “where they park their cars and bring extra cars.”

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said, “yes maam.”

 

Clara said that she said that she finds it hard to believe with our economy here he
can sell 1,200 cars per day.  What she sees coming in – no one can afford it.

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said that Mrs. Dungee
has a legitimate issue when it comes to the water run-off on
that property.

 

Clara asked what about the other – on top of Linn where there was homes
there and on the other side – she knows he acquired . . .

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said that he couldn’t
answer that.  He was looking at the other property.  They
will definitely look into it and find out what had happened
in the meantime.  We can do that.

 

Clara said, “okay, thank you.”

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said his concern was
the water run-off that was damaging Mrs. Dungee’s
property – that is the major concern right now.

 

Clara said that Mrs. Dungee has a sump pump in.  Her sister lives on the other
side of Mrs. Dungee.  When the trucks come down – Mrs. Dungee called my
sister and made a complaint and asked if she saw them come down in your yard
because the alley is horrible.

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said that recently
Widmer Engineering gave the City an engineering plan that
Mr. Baer had applied for.  The plan is to build a wall back
there with water retention and water run-off on those 2
lots.  He wants to put some buffering in with some plants
and some other foliage.  He said that he knows that this
does not help now, but his concern is the water run-off that
is damaging her property.  This needs to be addressed as
soon as possible.

 

Clara asked if Mr. Baer was going to cut nicer because when you look at Mrs.
Dungee’s property and the other strip that he owns . . . she thinks that he swishes
through because she takes care of her property and Reverend Davis gets
his property mowed very nicely.

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said that he told Mrs.
Waller that Mr. Baer wants to meet with the residents.  If
you are okay with meeting with him – he will be glad to
organize that so you can voice your concerns to him.

 

Clara asked, “what about the other properties that was residential – are they
planning on making them commercial?”

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said that that is why
he wants you all to meet with Mr. Baer so you can better
understand what his plans are.  Mr. Baer still has to come
before the City of Washington if he wants to expand.

 

Clara said not in there area.  She just can’t imagine 1,200 cars a day.

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said that Mr. Baer
would like to meet and talk with you.  Unfortunately, he
said that he gets phone calls but no one leaves a message.

 

Clara said that she just wants to keep that area all residential.

 

COMMENT:  Councilman Westcott said that all of them
sitting up here agree with you.  Mayor and Council need to
protect the neighborhood.

 

Clara said that since they classify their area as high crime rate . . . does he want to
bring all of those brand new cars down there?  That is like putting a fox in a hen
house.

 

Clara then spoke to Ron McIntyre about a house that needs the grass cut.

 

There being no further public participation, Mayor Davis closed this portion of the meeting.

 

 

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve to rescind the following previously approved motion due to error made in this motion and approve corrected motion:

RESCIND:   A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and unanimously carried, to approve the payment to Traffic Control Equipment & Supplies Co., Inc. in the amount of $2,241.25 for materials and replacement of 3-way signal that was hit and damaged.  CHARGE 03.00/433-378 (Liquid Fuels Fund – Traffic Signal Maintenance.  (This amount will be reimbursed to City.)   (WRONG CHARGE LINE #)

 

            CORRECT:  Approve payment to Traffic Control Equipment & Supplies Co., Inc. in the amount of $2,241.25 for materials and replacement of 3-way signal that was hit and damaged.  (City received Insurance check in this amount.)

 

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve to rescind the following previously approved motion due to

error made in this motion and approve corrected motion:

 

RESCIND:   A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve Firefighter Dustin Danley from Heart & Lung Disability Benefits and return him to full duty status effective retroactive to April 12, 2015.   (THE WORDS “TO REMOVE” WERE OMITTED FROM THE MOTION.)

            CORRECT:  Approve to remove Firefighter Dustin Danley from Heart & Lung Disability Benefits and return him to full duty status effective retroactive to April 12, 2015.

 

 

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and carried, to approve to remove from Table the following motion:

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilman Faust, and
carried, to table the motion to approve and authorize to waive $6,000.00 from the lease rental amount of $12,000.00 for 2015 Washington Youth Baseball, Inc.’s (WYB) Agreement with the City of Washington for lease of the eight (8) baseball fields.

ROLL CALL:     Councilwoman Tracie Graham — Yes

Councilman Kenneth Westcott — Yes

Councilman Joseph Manning — No

Councilman Terry Faust — No

Mayor Brenda Davis — Yes

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and carried, to approve and authorize to waive $6,000.00 from the lease rental amount of $12,000.00 for 2015 Washington Youth Baseball, Inc.’s (WYB) Agreement with the City of Washington for lease of the eight (8) baseball fields.

ROLL CALL:     Councilwoman Tracie Graham — Yes

Councilman Kenneth Westcott — Yes

Councilman Joseph Manning — Yes

Councilman Terry Faust — No

Mayor Brenda Davis – Yes

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve payment to Wash Arts in the amount of $6,750.00 for Parklette on E. Wheeling – Renovation.  CHARGE 77.00/454-700 (Capital Improvement)

 

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve payment to AKF Court Reporting & Trial Technologies in the amount of $772.45 for certified transcript, exhibit, color copies and ground delivery – RE:  Jerry
Ray Case.  CHARGE 01.60/486-350 (Misc. Expenditures – Insur. Liability, Etc.)

 

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve payment to AKF Court Reporting & Trial Technologies in the amount of $566.85 for certified transcript – RE:  Jerry Ray Case.
CHARGE 01.60/486-350 (Misc. Expenditures – Insur. Liability, Etc.)

 

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve payment to Widmer Engineering in the amount of $2,775.00 for April items.  CHARGE 01.43/430-313 (Engineering Services)
 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve payment to Skelly & Loy in the amount of $4,050.08 for engineering from March 15th through April 11, 2015.  CHARGE 66.00/446-310 (Catfish Creek)
 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve payment to Dodaro, Matta, and Cambest, P.C. in the amount of $8,688.90 for services rendered through 5/18/2015, includes monthly retainer and AFK Court
Reporting Invoices.   CHARGE 01.13/404-310 (Solicitor Professional Services)
 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve payment to Briggs Tire Service in the amount of $4,834.52 for 8 new tires, disposal, deposit and service call – Invoice 84093.
CHARGE 01.33/411-251 Fire – Tires & Chains

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve refund to Settlement Engine in the amount of $225.00 for Dye Test that was paid for twice for property at 975 Jefferson Avenue.  CHARGE 01.00/361-652  (Dye Test Fees)

 

 

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve budget transfer of $1,750.00  FROM  85.00/100-000 (LSA)
TO  77.00/100-000 (Capital Improvement)

 

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve budget transfer of $200,000.00  FROM  94.00/100-000 (Growing Greener Plus)  TO  96.00/100-000 (Marcellus Shale Impact)
A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve budget transfer of $1,012.52  FROM  85.00/100-000 (LSA Funds)  TO  66.00/100-000 (Catfish Creek Project Funds)

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve payment to Washington Business District Authority in the amount of $4,592.39 for the 2015 Special Services District Assessment.
CHARGE 01.60/400-430 (Miscellaneous Expenditures – Special Business District             Assessment)

 

 

A motion was made by Mayor Davis, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to authorize and approve the Washington City Police Department’s current Civil Service Commission list.

COMMENT:  Mayor Davis stated that Ray Natili was unable to attend this evening to present this list due to health reasons.  Because of the community involvement, well over a year ago in wanting to understand the Civil Service process and the recruitment process, we worked harder than we have in the past on the recruitment efforts to make sure we expanded the outreach that we were seeking.  We advertised in the Southwestern region and it proved to be very fruitful.  We received a very diverse list of candidates that came through that wanted to be Police Officers.  So, because of all the hard work we were able to put into it — to make sure that the recruitment efforts were what they were in seeking the individuals.  I am very proud of the list that will be in effect for 2 years.  In the top ten, alone, we have 1 Hispanic, 3 females and 1 African American.  It has been a long time since we have a very diverse Police Department Civil Service list to go off of.  This will remain in effect for 2 years.  I am really proud of the Civil Service and the hard work they put into it.   I would like to thank the NAACP for coming out and observing when the testing was occurring so that they could be very informed and part of the process as well.

 

 

A motion was made by Mayor Davis, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and unanimously carried, to authorize and approve for the Washington City Police Department to accept the next three (3) names provided on the Police Civil Service list.

COMMENT:  Mayor Davis stated, “I have that list here.”

 

A motion was made by Mayor Davis, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to authorize and approve for the Washington City Police Department to hire
one (1) Police Officer, being the first one on the list, Joseph T. Moore, pending his
physical examination at an annual salary of $40,868.36 and amend the Salary Ordinance
accordingly.  Hire date:  June 22, 2015.

 

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and unanimously carried, to approve payment to PNC Bank in the amount of $624,427.17 for ACT 205 Distressed Pension Collections through 5/28/2015.
CHARGE 79.00/483-000 (Pension Contributions)

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and unanimously carried, to approve Tax Collection Agreement between the City of Washington and
the Washington School District, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

 

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve Transit budget transfer of  $61,974  FROM  Mass Transit Operating Assistance Fund (28.00/492-900)  TO  Purchase of Buses and Equipment Grant Fund (27.00/392-900) — this amount is reimbursement from State Capital Grant for transit center
construction (WASH-14-15-113-2) based on Phase II invoices submitted for May 2015 which
PennDOT released and wired into the Mass Transit Operating Assistance Fund May 29, 2015; amount needs to be transferred to Purchase of Buses and Equipment Grant Fund from which transit center construction payments are made.

 

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to approve Transit budget transfer of  $3,000  FROM  LSA Fund (85.00/447-000)  TO  Purchase of Buses and Equipment Grant Fund (27.00/392-900) — transfer consists of City Local Match of $2,000 required for $300,000 State Transit Center Construction Grant (WASH-14-15-113-2) and Local Match of $1,000 required to match Federal Grant of
$100,000 and State Grant of $24,000 for Transit Center Furniture and Equipment Purchases.

 

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to MV Transportation, Inc. in the amount of $43,250.98 for contracted public transit fixed route services performed in May 2015, to be paid from the Mass Transit Account upon verification by the Finance Department that the
stated transit funds are available.   CHARGE 28.00/447-455

 

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to Washington County Transportation Authority in the amount of $12,033.13 for contracted public ADA paratransit services performed in April 2015, to be paid from the Mass Transit Account upon verification by the Finance
Department that the stated transit funds are available.   CHARGE 28.00/447-455
A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to Coen Oil Company in the amount of $8,902.34 for the purchase of fuel for the public transit vehicles in May 2015, to be paid from the Mass Transit Account upon verification by the Finance Department that the stated transit funds
are available.   CHARGE 28.00/447-231

 

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to WEWJA in the amount of $11.30 for sewage usage at the ITF in May 2015, to be paid from the Mass Transit Account upon verification by the Finance Department that the stated transit funds are available.   CHARGE 28.00/447-359

 

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to PA American Water in the amount of $367.32 for water usage including Late Fees, in April at the ITF in May 2015, to be paid from the Mass Transit Account upon verification by the Finance Department that the stated transit funds are available.   CHARGE 28.00/447-359
A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to West Penn Power Company in the amount of $1,500.00 (est.) for electric usage including Late Fees in May 2015 at the ITF, to be paid from the Mass Transit Account upon verification by the Finance Department that the stated transit funds are available.   CHARGE 28.00/447-359
A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to Comcast in the amount of $103.63 for internet service in May 2015, including Late Fees for transit’s farebox networking, to be paid from the Mass Transit Account upon verification by the Finance Department that the stated
transit funds are available.   CHARGE 28.00/447-359

 

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to Verizon in the amount of $420.15 for service charges for May 2015 at the ITF, to be paid from the Mass Transit Account upon verification by the Finance Department that the stated transit funds are available.
CHARGE 28.00/447-359
A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to WJPA Radio in the amount of $600.00 for advertising during the Baseball/Softball Playoffs May 2015, to be paid from the Mass Transit Account upon verification by the Finance Department that the stated transit funds are            available.   CHARGE 28.00/447-310
A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to Quality Quick in the amount of $133.80 for B&W Metro Schedules, to be paid from the Mass Transit Account upon verification by the Finance Department that the stated transit funds are available.  CHARGE 28.00/447-310
A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to Hickson’s in the amount of $106.95 for Transit Office Supplies to be paid from the Mass Transit Account upon verification by the Finance Department that the stated transit funds are available.  CHARGE 28.00/447-210
A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to Jack Larson in the amount of $350.00 for Annual Test & Cert for backflow valve at the ITF, to be paid from the Mass Transit Account upon
verification by the Finance Department that the stated transit funds are available.
CHARGE 28.00/447-210

 

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to Fleeher Contracting, LLC #2 in the amount of $29,147.76 for contracted services performed on PHASE II of the ITF through May 2015, to be paid from the funds generated from the REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

 

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to Allegheny City Electric, Inc. #1 in the amount of $7,641.93 for Electrical contracted services on Phase II of ITF performed through May 2015, to be paid from the funds generated from the REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

 

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to Allegheny City Electric, Inc. #1 in the amount of $16,118.07 for Electrical contracted services on Phase II of ITF performed through May 2015, to be paid from the Buses & Equipment Account upon verification by the Finance
Department that the stated transit funds are available.  CHARGE 27.00/447-743

 

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Graham, and
unanimously carried, to approve the Transit payment to Waller Corporation #20 – (FINAL PAYMENT AGAINST PHASE I – less retainer) in the amount of $12,235.00 for contracted services for ITF performed through May 2015, to be paid from the Buses & Equipment Account
upon verification by the Finance Department that the stated transit funds are available.
CHARGE 27.00/447-743

 

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and unanimously carried, to authorize City Transit to proceed to purchase furniture and office
equipment for the new Transit Center in an amount not to exceed $125,000.

 

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

RESOLUTION NO. 7 OF 2015

 

CITY OF WASHINGTON

                                WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA TO PROVIDE EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND ($85,000) DOLLARS IN LOCAL MATCHING FUNDS TO THE WASHINGTON COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY.

FIRST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 1867 BILL NO. 3 OF 2015

AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, ADOPTING A STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN PURSUANT TO THE PENNSYLVANIA STORMWATER MANAGEMENT ACT (ACT 167), PROVIDING FOR STORMWATER MANAGEMENT STANDARDS, ESTABLISHING FEES AND EXPENSES AND PROVIDING FOR THE ENFORCEMENT THEREOF.

                                          ** No Vote Required **

 

 

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to enter into a camera maintenance agreement to cover software upgrades,
24/7/365 monitoring service and monthly maintenance of cameras with Community Networks, LLC.  Annual cost is $6,330.  CHARGE 96.00/407-000 (Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Fund)
 

 

ELECTED OFFICIALS:

Councilman Tracie Graham – No Comment.

 

Councilman Kenneth Westcott – No Comment.

 

Councilman Joseph Manning – No Comment.

Councilman Terry Faust stated that he is disappointed on his colleagues for his oversight in his department.  That being said and moving on . . . the annual event, Art In Action is scheduled at the Stone Pavilion on Sunday, June 7th, from 11AM to 7PM.  There will be an artesian demonstrating their art.  This will occur rain or shine.  There will be activities for the children.  This has been very successful in the past.  The Fiddler On The Roof is this year’s annual play at the Main Pavilion.  If you would like to call:  724-222-5596 for ticket information.  The dates are June 24th through June 28th and the play begins at 8PM.  The website is: www.washingtoncommunitytheatre.org   There will be no tennis programs to be held this summer because of the renovations scheduled at the court.  We are going to work with the school district.  They have their tennis going on in August.  We are going to have a RFP go out for the tennis courts within the month so when we get that back and schedule that and bring that back to the community.  Just a note here – the people that the City employs, and even though they are under my direction at the Park, they are solely devoted to trying to get everything ready for the pool.  It is a big ordeal.  Every year we look at it and actually overcome whatever because we don’t know what is going on.  But, we have it up and running. We had it opened on Monday, May 25th.  Basically the weather was poor that day – we did $260.  The following day we did $650.00 and then on Memorial Day we did $2,420.  I would like to commend the Park employees in getting the pool ready even though the weather did not cooperate with us.  This is revenue to the City, unlike giving some other revenue away.  We have streets to pave, storm sewers that we have to repair, and they want to give money away.  I don’t understand that, I really don’t.  There are priorities here and that’s not one of mine.

Mayor Brenda Davis – No Comment

The Washington City Building will be closed on Monday, June 15, 2015 in observance of
Flag Day holiday.  Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at
8:30AM.

 

The Washington City Building will also be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of Independence Day holiday.  Regular office hours will resume on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 8:30AM.

 

 

The next regular meeting of Washington City Council will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7PM in Council Chambers.  The Agenda Meeting will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 6PM, also in Council Chambers.

 

 

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried, to adjourn meeting.

 

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Brenda Davis, MAYOR

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Christy S. Thomas, CITY CLERK