Council Meeting Minutes – May 7, 2017

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

SOLICITOR:
Jack Cambest, Esquire

MOMENT OF SILENCE: In Memory of Alexis Barnett, who sadly passed away one year ago today.

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 April 6, 2017, regular meeting of the Washington City Council.

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:

Bruce Null- ASAP Bail Bonds Inc: Asked if the City would permit him to advertise his business on the City Parking Meters in front of the Washington County Prison. Wants to advertise with banners larger than what are being used on the streets currently. Mayor Putnam explained that the advertising of banners on meters isn’t being done because the meters are made to hold advertising and that the City is under contract with CGI for next two years. Mr. Null left his business card with the City Clerk who will get him in touch with CGI to advertise.

Neal Isiminger- Isiminger Towing: Presented both the City Police Department and City Fire Department with checks for $500 each and told the Chiefs to use the money as the departments see fit.

CLOSED TO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve the following payments to:
a. Travelers in the amount of $1,836.70 for the insurance deductibles for Jan V. Ondra
and Richard Royal Jr. CHARGE: 01.60/486-350.
b. Widmer Engineering, INC in the amount of $4,060.00 for Claire Drive NPDES. CHARGE: 01.43/430-313.
c. Widmer Engineering, INC. in the amount of $1,822.50 for 2017 March Items. CHARGE: 01.43/430-313.
d. R. West Holding LP in the amount of $630.26 for refund-New assessment value. CHARGE: 01.00/301-010.
e. Witmer Public Safety Group, Inc. in the amount of $412.00 for a Rescue too Fast Lok Mounting Kit. CHARGE: 99.00/410-700 PEMA GRANT.
f. CT Consultants in the amount of $367.73 for Invoice # 1328402-12. CHARGE: LSA C000062885.
g. CT Consultants in the amount of $4,713.96 for Invoice # 1328402-14. CHARGE: Paid from LSA C000062885.
h. North Central Highway Safety in the amount of $12,132.33 for Reimbursement #4. CHARGE: 90.00/489.00 (NCHS GRANT.)
i. North Central Highway Safety in the amount of $8,759.59 for Reimbursement #5. CHARGE: 90.00/489-000 (NCHS GRANT.)
j. North Central Highway Safety in the amount of $6,098.28 for Reimbursement #1. CHARGE: 90.00/489-000 (NCHS GRANT.)
k. Advent Communications Systems in the amount of $3,200.04 for Annual Phone Maintenance. CHARGE:01.23/407-320
l. Dodaro, Matta & Cambest, P.C. in the amount of $7,827.50 for Invoice # 15337. CHARGE: 01.13/404-310.
m. Coolspring Stone Supply, Inc. in the amount of $3,928.80 for Invoice # 161576. CHARGE: 01.42/438-210.
n. Interstate Pipe and Supply in the amount of $1,960.62 for Invoice #5599543. CHARGE: 01.42/438-210.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Williams, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve the following transfers:
a) $86.00 from 73.00/492-900 (Fire Department Capital Equipment Fund) to 99.00/392-900 (PEMA GRANT FUND.)
b) $6,098.28 from 01.70/492-990 (General Fund) to 90.00/392-900 (North Central Highway Safety Grant.)

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and unanimously carried to approve the FINAL READING of ORDINANCE No. 1894 BILL No. 9 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 267 BROOKSIDE AVE.

A motion was made by Mayor Putnam, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve the Civil Service Eligibility List for Rank of Sergeant and Lieutenant.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve payment of $1,000.00 for the (2) day rental of an excavator with mulching attachment from Bobcat of Pittsburgh, Meadowlands. CHARGE: 52.00/454-240 Washington Park Development Fund.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Williams, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Washington and the International Firefighters Local 2218 retroactive to January 1, 2016 and effective until December 31, 2019.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to authorize a transfer of $2,918.00 from the Mass Transit Operating Assistance Fund (28.00/492-900) to the Purchase of Buses and Equipment Grant Fund (27.00/392-900) as additional local match for the purchase of buses.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to authorize a transfer of $3,898.00 from the Mass Transit Operating Assistance Fund (28.00/492-900) to the Purchase of Buses and Equipment Grant Fund (27.00/392-900) as additional local match for the Connect Card web portal project.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to pay Baiano Construction $25,000 for the Phase III Project CHARGE: 66.00/446-610.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 5 of 2017 to continue the sponsorship of the Community Traffic Safety Grant for FY 2017/18 with North Central Highway Safety.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to enter into an agreement with Skelly and Loy Engineers – Proposal No R15-0195.P04 for the City of Washington 2013-2018 MS4 Permit Application Renewal Services in the amount of $55,450.00.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Council Westcott, and unanimously carried to advertise for RFQ proposals for the Public Improvements in the Washington Park.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 6 of 2017 to submit the 2017 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant for the Washington Park Main Pavilion project.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to approve payment to Commonwealth Financing Authority in the amount of $100 for the application fee for the 2017 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant for the Washington Park Main Pavilion project. CHARGE: 01.14/406-240.

A motion was made to approve the FIRST READING of BILL NO. 10 ORDINANCE NO. 1895
AN ORDINANCE OF THE OF THE CITY OF WASHINGTON
(WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA)
ENACTED JUNE 8, 2017 AND NUMBERED BILL NO. 10 ORDINANCE NO. 1895

FORMAL ACTION CONSTITUTING A DEBT ORDINANCE
UNDER THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT DEBT ACT
AUTHORIZING THE INCURRING OF NONELECTORAL DEBT BY THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR CAPITAL AND REFUNDING PURPOSES; COVENANTING TO PAY, AND PLEDGING ALL AVAILABLE TAXING POWER OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT FOR THE PAYMENT OF, THE BONDS; ESTABLISHING A SINKING FUND AND APPOINTING A SINKING FUND DEPOSITORY; FIXING THE FORM, INTEREST RATES, MATURITY, REDEMPTION AND OTHER PROVISIONS FOR THE PAYMENT THEREOF; AUTHORIZING THE ACCEPTANCE OF A PROPOSAL FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE BONDS; AUTHORIZING A FILING OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; RATIFYING AND DIRECTING CERTAIN ACTIONS OF OFFICERS; AND MAKING CERTAIN OTHER COVENANTS AND PROVISIONS IN RESPECT OF THE BONDS.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 7 of 2017.
RESOLUTION NO. 7 OF 2017

THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WASHINGTON RESOLVES AND CERTIFIES THAT IT WILL PROVIDE THE WASHINGTON COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY LOCAL FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $93,408.00 TO MATCH STATE MATCH FUNDS PROVIDED PURSUANT TO 74 PA. C.S. SECTION 1513 IN FISCAL YEAR 2017-18. FURTHER, THE WASHINGTON CITY COUNCIL RESOLVES AND CERTIFIES THAT THE REQUIRED AMOUNT OF LOCAL MATCHING FUNDS WILL BE PROVIDED NOT LATER THAN THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR, JUNE 30, 2018.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and unanimously carried to pay Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP in the amount of $9,104.48 for legal services. CHARGE: 01.13/404-314.
A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to recommend to the Washington County Commissioners the re-appointment of Councilman Joe Manning as one of the City representatives on the Washington County Transportation Authority Board, for a five year term ending in May of 2022.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Mayor Putnam, and unanimously carried to refund dye test fee of $225.00 for property at 102 Wilson Avenue to Judy Cook, as fee was submitted in error.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to forgive 2016 Real Estate Taxes assigned to 240 Donnan Avenue, Washington PA Parcel #720-009-00-02-0022-00 presently owned by the Citywide Development Corporation in the amount of $601.02.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to forgive 2016 Real Estate Taxes assigned to 443-445 Donnan Avenue, Washington PA Parcel #770-002-00-01-0006-00 presently owned by the Citywide Development Corporation in the amount of $768.80.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to renew health care coverage through Cigna PPO Network and to retain Millennium Administrators as the third party administrators.

Councilwoman Williams: No Report
Councilwoman Graham:
A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Manning and unanimously carried to approve the purchase of a pool pump (Bell & Gosset E1531-5BD) in the amount of $2,473.30. CHARGE: 77.00/454-700 Capital Improvement Fund.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Graham, seconded by Councilman Westcott and unanimously carried to approve using Zambelli Fireworks for the July 4, 2017 Fireworks Display in the amount of $3,500.00 made payable to Washington Area Fireworks Committee.

Councilman Westcott: No Report

Councilman Manning:
A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams and unanimously carried to pay Howell Rescue Systems, Inc in the amount of $11,095.00 for Invoice 170751PI. CHARGE: 99.00-411-700 PEMA GRANT.

Mayor Putnam: No Report

The next regular meeting of the Washington City Council will be held on Thursday,  May 4, at 1:00 pm in Council Chambers. The Agenda Meeting will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

The City Building will be closed on Friday, April 14, 2017 in observance of Good Friday. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

The City Wide Clean Up will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. All who participate are invited to attend the Miles for Smiles BBQ at the Lion’s Pavilion at the Washington Park immediately afterward.

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