Council Meeting Minutes – October 6, 2016

Here are the Regular Council Meeting Minutes for the City of Washington, PA for October 6, 2016. 

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

SOLICITOR:
Jack Cambest, Esquire
MOMENT OF SILENCE

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the September 15, 2016, 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:

1. Bob Gregg, thanked the mayor and city council for their support for the City Mission. Tomorrow the City Mission will celebrate their 75th Jubilee. Mr. Gregg expressed, as the unofficial spokesperson for the City Mission, that the support that they receive from the city is greatly appreciated.
Mr. Gregg also expressed gratitude on behalf of the Pony League World Series to the City of Washington. He stated that the City of Washington Street Department and Park Staff were tremendously helpful and did a wonderful job. The Pony League also wanted to thank city council for their support of the Pony League World Series. This year was the 65th year of the Pony League World Series and the support from the city has been invaluable in keeping the Word Series in Washington.

2. Joe Thomas, Washington City Transit, advised that the Transit has doubled in rider-ship since the merger 15 months ago and since the new Transit Center was built. He stated that the Transit Center has played a role the increased rider-ship. Mr. Thomas stated that Freedom Transit can now connect riders in Washington, PA with trips to the Pittsburgh Airport, Waynesburg, PA and Morgantown, WV. A connection can be made with Mountain Line Transit at the Beau St. Park & Ride. Beginning Monday October 3rd, the service to Pittsburgh will leave Morgantown; stop at Waynesburg PA, Washington PA and on to Pittsburgh Airport and Pittsburgh Greyhound. Arrival times in Washington will be at 9:05 AM northbound and 11:05 AM southbound on the morning trip. On the evening trip it will arrive at 6:35 PM northbound and 9:45 PM southbound. The bus will service the Park & Ride on East Beau Street. Complete schedules, fares and additional details for these new services can be found at www.ridegreyline.org or by calling 304-296-3869.

3. Georgianna Farkas, 395 West Chestnut Street, stated that she had asked council to place microphones on the council table at agenda meetings in September. She was unable to attend the last meeting but was advised that this was not done at the October 3, 2016 meeting. Mayor Putnam asked Lynn Galluze to respond. Ms. Galluze advised that the city looked into adding microphones and they were ordered. She hopes that they will be in before the November Meeting.
Ms. Farkas also stated that she has been told that she is not permitted to attend the 8th Ward meetings and as an advocate for the citizens of the 8th Ward and city she asked Mayor Putnam to look into this. Mayor Putnam stated that they would continue the fact-finding mission into this situation.

4. Kerry Kryder, HMT & Associates, presented documentation requested by Ron McIntyre on Pathos.

CLOSED TO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

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

(a) Courson Custom Graphics in the amount of $3,625.00 for City Street Signs.
CHARGE: 77.00/433-700.
(b) North Central Highway Safety in the amount of $8,971.08 for reimbursement #8 (2016). CHARGE: 90.00/489-000. (NCHS GRANT)
(c) North Central Highway Safety in the amount of $10,841.97 for reimbursement #9 (2016). CHARGE: 90.00/489-000. (NCHS GRANT)
(d) Baiano Construction in the amount of $1,000.00 to pay Estimate No. 2. CHARGE: Paid from TAP Funds.
(e) Baiano Construction in the amount of $48,524.22 to pay Estimate No. 2 Drawdown No. 2. CHARGE: 66.00/446-310.
(f) Stahl Shaffer Engineering LLC in the amount of $19,057.94 to pay for PHASE III Inspection Invoice # 15-303-1 and 15-303-2. CHARGE: Paid from LSA Funds C000062885.
(g) CT Consultants Inc. in the amount of $23,780.60 for Invoice # 1328402-4/1328402-5/ 1328402-6. CHARGE: Paid from LSA Funds C000062885.
(h) CIT Finance LLC in the amount of $9,500.00 for phone lease buyout. CHARGE: 01.52/409-320.
(i) Robert C. Burns Company in the amount of $3,550.00 for Concrete Plug Sinkhole on Railroad Street. CHARGE: 03.001/438-210 (Liquid Fuel.)
(j) DJ Ross Denman in the amount of $300 for services rendered at Washington Park Community Days Event. CHARGE: 21.00/426-240.
(k) Selective Insurance Company in the amount of $10,000.00 for the deductible obligation for claimant, Brandon Thomas. CHARGE: 01.60/486-350.
(l) Cliff Jobe Consulting, LLC in the amount of $2,417.50 for research, review and expert opinion (RE: Jerry L. Ray v Michael Cain.) CHARGE: 01.13/404-314.
(m) Verizon in the amount of $620.91 for JetPacks (Police Car Computer Project.) CHARGE: 96.00/410-000.
(n) Widmer Engineering in the amount of $900.00 for 2016 Stormwater Inlet Project. CHARGE: 01.43/430-313.
(o) Widmer Engineering in the amount of $3,040.00 for 2016 August Items. CHARGE: 01.43/430-313.
(p) A&H Equipment in the amount of $3,300.00 for Stainless Steel Undertailgate Spreader for freightliner. CHARGE: 01.42/430-251
(q) Laurel Aggregates in the amount of $1589.05 for Log Cabin Drive. CHARGE: 01/446-000 (Low Volume Road Grants.)
(r) Dodaro, Matta & Cambest, P.C., in the amount of $4,017.60 for services rendered. CHARGE: 01.13/404-310.

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

(a) Transfer $12,131.05 from LSA Funds (85.00/100-000) to Catfish Creek Project Fund
(66.00/100-00.)
(b) Transfer $1,500.00 from Tennis Supplies (53/454-214) to Swimming Pool Supplies (53/454-211.)
(c) Transfer $4,500.00 from Playground Maintenance (53/454-380) to Swimming Pool Supplies (53/454-211.)
(d) Transfer $300.00 from Professional Services-Instructor (53/454-310) to Park Office Supplies (53/454-210.)
(e) Transfer $500.00 from Playground Maintenance (53/454-380) to Misc. Operating Expenses (53/454-240.)
(f) Transfer $300.00 from Special Event Services (53/454-459) to Repairs and Maintenance (53/454-379.)
(g) Transfer $500.00 from Special Event Services (53/454-459) to Park Shelter Supplies (53/454-210.)

A motion was made by Councilwoman Williams, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously approved to support the Greater Washington Incubator application for LSA Funds.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve the sub-division application from Travis Marko for East Wheeling Street/Ross Way. 2 Lots, 30,000 SQ. FT. Each single-family dwelling.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to Support the Pathways Foundation LSA application for the installation of exterior safety cameras at their 655 Jefferson Avenue location.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to advertise the 2016 Storm Water Inlet Project.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to authorize Widmer Engineering to prepare permitting relating to the Emergency Access Roadway and possible usage of land regarding the PennDot I-70 Project. CHARGE: 52.00/454-240.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to advertise the RFP for the Washington Park Trail Project
Phase I and Phase II.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to submit the 2016 FEMA Grant application.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve Change Order #2 for Phase III in the amount of $438.03 to Cappelli Industries, Inc. for wall demolition to be paid from LSA Contract C000062885.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and unanimously carried to approve the FINAL READING of BILL NO. 5 of 2016, Ordinance No. 1837.

BILL NO. 5 of 2016
Ordinance NO. 1837

AMEND AND EXTEND THE “LOCAL TAX ECONOMIC
REVITALIZATION TAX ASSISTANCE ACT OF THE CITY
OF WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA,” RETROACTIVE TO AUGUST 8, 2015 AND
EXTENDED UNTIL AUGUST 8, 2020.

A motion was made by Councilwoman Williams, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve placing Gary Baker, Firefighter Local #2218, on Heart and Lung effective September 12, 2016.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to authorize the sale of the used 2005 Ford Explorer Police and Code Enforcement vehicle through the Public Surplus auction website, with a minimum bid price of $120.00.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to authorize payment to BNYMellon of up to $40,245.63, to be paid no later than November 15, 2016. (This sum is the interest payment due November 15, 2016 on the Bond Issue for Construction of the Crossroads Parking Garage.) CHARGE: 17/445-245.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and unanimously carried to authorize Treasurer King to pay-off the 2016 TAN loan to Pittsburgh National Bank in the amount of: Principal $800,000.00, charge: 01.90/471-600 & Interest (as per payoff quote.) CHARGE: 01.90/470-600.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to approve having solicitor research the title searches for the following five properties on the demolition list:
380 Hillside Avenue 780-006-00-03-0013-00
551 West Chestnut St 780-009-00-02-0040-00
24 ½ Gibson Avenue 730-008-00-01-0016-00
141 Lawrence Avenue 770-030-00-04-0015-00
1025-1039 Allison Avenue 770-027-00-04-0010-00 &
770-027-00-04-0008-00

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilwoman Williams, and unanimously carried to the hiring of Brandon Dalesio of ARC Human Services as an independent contractor for custodial work effective October 6, 2016. Contractor shall be paid at the rate of $7.25 per hour for fifteen (15) hours per week not to exceed $108.75 per week, paid every two weeks in accordance with city payroll practices.

Elected Officials:

Councilwoman Monda Williams: No Report

Councilwoman Tracie Graham: Absent

Councilman Ken Westcott:

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to support the Brownson House LSA Grant Application.

Councilman Joe Manning: No Report

Mayor Scott Putnam: No Report

The next regular meeting of the Washington City Council will be held on Thursday,
November 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. The Agenda Meeting will be held on Monday, October 7, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.

The City Building will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2016, in observance of Veteran’s Day. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

The City Building will be closed on Thursday, November 24, 2016 and Friday, November 25, 2016 in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 8:30 am.

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

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Scott J. Putnam, Mayor

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Michelle R. Sperl, City Clerk