Council Meeting Minutes – August 1, 2019

ROLL CALL:
Councilman Matt Staniszewski, – Present
Councilwoman Monda Williams – – Absent
Councilman Ken Westcott – Present
Councilman Joe Manning – Present
Mayor Scott Putnam – Present


SOLICITOR:
Jack Cambest, Esquire

MOMENT OF SILENCE: For everyone affected by the house explosion at 100 Park Avenue yesterday.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG


A motion was made by Councilman Staniszewski, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and carried unanimously to approve the minutes of the July 11, 2019 Regular Meeting of the Washington City Council.

A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Staniszewski, and carried unanimously to approve the minutes of the July 11, 2019 Demotion Hearing 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 individual’s 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:

Tom Hincy- 2147 Shawnee Drive Washington: Thanked Councilman Staniszewski and Council for moving forward to have pickleball courts permanently placed by the tennis courts at the Washington Park.
Kerry Felicetty-44 East Prospect: Asked that the City do something about the speeding on Prospect Avenue and place speed limit signs on the street. One sign is not visible.


CLOSED TO PUBLIC COMMENT

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

  1. Skelly & Loy in the amount of $9,139.25 for Invoice #76639 EIP/MS4. CHARGE: 53.00/436-682 (Reimbursement back from EIP GRANT)
  2. United Industrial in the amount of $4,076.35 for Invoice #NSSI-13900. CHARGE: 77.00/454-700.
  3. Municipal Consulting Services in the amount of $3,682.50 for Invoice 3585. CHARGE: 01-34-413-240
  4. Municipal Consulting Services in the amount of $36,198.32 for Invoice 3743. CHARGE: 01-34-413-240
  5. Fire Chasers in the amount of $6,990.00 for Battery/Electric Fans. CHARGE: 99.00/400-260.
  6. Widmer Engineering in the amount of $180.00 for Duncan Avenue
    Stormwater Project. CHARGE: 53.00/436-682.
  7. Widmer Engineering in the amount of $2,257.50 for 2019 MS4. CHARGE: 53.00/436-682.
  8. Widmer Engineering in the amount of $90.00 for 2019 June Items.
    CHARGE: 53.00/436-682.
  9. Sylint Group Inc. in the amount of $21,250.00 for Invoice # 12018.
    CHARGE: 96.00/407-000.
  10. Sylint Group Inc. in the amount $19,014.50 for Invoice #12224. CHARGE: 96.00/407-000.
  11. Ideal Integrations in the amount of $3,797.50 for Ticket Items Invoice #
    A37382. CHARGE: 96.00/407-000.
  12. Public Partners in the amount of $1,049.00 for Payment #8- 5 Year Financial Management. CHARGE: 96.00/489-000.
  13. Dodaro, Matta & Cambest in the amount of $5,468.50. CHARGE: 01-13- 404-310

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

  1. Ninety W. Chestnut Prop. LCC/New Mar Grubb K. Knight Frank in the amount of $403.00 for Value change effective July 3, 2019/ PARCEL: 720-001-00-00-0001-02. CHARGE: 01/301-020.
  2. Dipaolo & Russo in the amount of $225.00 for duplicate dye test request for 401 Burton Avenue. CHARGE: 01/361-652.

FIRST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 1922 BILL NO. 5 of 2019
ORDINANCE NO. 1922 BILL NO. 5 of 2019

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 ADD 1 HANDICAP PARKING SPACE AT 615 ADDISON STREET AND ADD 1 HANDICAP PARKING SPACE AT 830 BROAD STREET.

***NO VOTE REQUIRED***

 

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and carried unanimously to approve the subdivision for Barbara Nicolella 234-244 S. Main Street.

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

  1. To enter into a 60 Month Agreement with Ideal Integrations for Cloud Hosting at the cost of $2,674.40 per month. CHARGE: 96.00/407-000.
  2. To enter into a 60 Month Agreement with Ideal Integrations for 1GB
    Connectivity at the cost of $1,532.00 per month CHARGE: 96.00/407-000.
  3. To enter into a 60 Month Agreement with Ideal Integrations for Managed Services at the cost of $2,253.00 per month. CHARGE: 96.00/407-000.
  4. To enter into a 60 Month Agreement with Blue Bastion for SECaaS at the cost of $1,943.60 per month. CHARGE: 96.00/407-000.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and carried unanimously to approve payment of $7,250.00 to Ideal Integrations for setup costs associated with Cloud Hosting, and 1GB Connectivity. CHARGE: 96.00/407-000

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A motion was made by Councilman Staniszewski, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and carried unanimously to approve submission of the PennDOT 2019 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TAP) grant application by CT Consultants for the Jefferson Avenue Betterment Project.


A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilman Staniszewski, and carried unanimously to approve Amendment No. 1 to ME 300-1379 RACP grant for the TRIPIL YWCA Rehabilitation Capital Project to allow for an increase of $1,500,000 producing a total grant amount of $3,000,000.

A motion was made by Councilman Manning, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and carried unanimously to approve payment of $7,600.00 to Blue Bastion for setup costs associated with SECaaS. CHARGE: 96.00/407-000.

A motion was made by Councilman Staniszewski, seconded by Councilman Manning, and carried unanimously to approve the purchase and installation of eight (8) mobile routers for the police department, amount not to exceed ($10,000.00) Ten Thousand Dollars. CHARGE:  77.00/410-700 Capital Improvement Fund. 


A motion was made by Councilman Westcott, seconded by Councilman Manning and carried unanimously to approve the residential LERTA for 112 Gibson Avenue.


A motion was made by Councilman Staniszewski, seconded by Councilman Manning, and carried unanimously to advertise for bids to proceed with four (4) permanent courts Pickleball Project at Washington Park.


A motion was made by Councilman Staniszewski, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to accept the resignation of Chriss Marshman from the Park Department, effective immediately, pay all monies due and amend the salary ordinance accordingly.


A motion was made by Councilman Staniszewski, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to promote Michael Kita to Park Foreman at an hourly rate of $25.64 pending signing an employment understanding as prepared by the solicitor and Park Director, and amend the salary ordinance accordingly.


A motion was made by Councilman Staniszewski, seconded by Councilman Manning, and unanimously carried to advertise for two (2) full time park maintenance employees at an initial rate of $12.00 per hour.

A motion was made by Mayor Putnam, seconded by Councilman Westcott, and carried unanimously to promote City Police Officer Matt Karlowsky to the rank of Corporal from the Certified (09-13-18) Police Corporal Eligibility List, effective August 4, 2019, and amend Salary Ordinance accordingly.

A motion was made by Mayor Putnam, seconded by Councilman Manning, and carried unanimously to promote City Police Canine Officer Toni to the rank of Corporal effective August 4, 2019.


Mayor Putnam and Chief Robert Wilson swore in recently hired City Police Patrolman William Dennison and Patrolman Nicholas Powell.

A motion was made by Councilman Staniszewski, seconded by Councilman
Manning, and unanimously carried to go into executive session at 1:27 p.m.

A motion was made by Mayor Putnam, seconded by Councilman Staniszewski, and unanimously carried to come out of executive session at 1:37 p.m.

OFFICIAL REPORTS:

Councilman Staniszewski: Prayers for Debbie Braden at 100 Park Avenue. Thanked the first responders for all of their hard work. Thanked Tom Hincy for bringing the information to the City regarding the Pickleball Courts and also thanked City Council for being open to this park improvement. Stated that revenue is down 1% from last year but he expects to close the season on target.
Councilwoman Monda Williams: Not Present
Councilman Ken Westcott: Thanked the 1 st Responders and stated, “The City is blessed to have a career fire and police department.” Announced that the street department’s roller is down and they are attempting to rent one to complete paving jobs.
Councilman Joe Manning: Sent his best thoughts to everyone involved with the house explosion on 100 Park Lane and thanked the 1 st responders for everything they did.
Mayor Putnam: Thanked the first responders for all that they did yesterday during the house explosion in North Franklin Township.

The next regular meeting of the Washington City Council will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:00 P.M. in Council Chambers. The Agenda Meeting will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.

City offices will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 in observance of Labor Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 8:30 A.M.

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