2013-9-3 Council Minutes

MINUTES
HAZLETON CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

Call to Order:  Council met in regular session on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 in Council Chambers. The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.

Silent Meditation and Pledge of Allegiance:  A silent moment was taken followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call:  Bast-present; Mope-present; Mundie-present; Schadder-present; Perry-present

Minutes of Previous Meetings:  The minutes of the August 14, 2013 regular meeting were approved unanimously.

Proclamations/Communications:  None.

Courtesy of the Floor:  Dee Deakos, 43 West Mine Street, Hazleton commented on Resolution 2013-86. She asked that Council keep this Resolution tabled because it is not the right time to be recodifying the City Code. She suggested waiting until the end of the year after everything has been finalized.

Sylvia Thomas, 409 West 6th Street, Hazleton commented that we are already paying a sewer bill and a sewer transmission fee, and she thought some of that money was going towards the maintenance of the sanitary and storm sewers. She commented that it seems that the taxpayers are paying a lot of money every year, and asked what is being done with that money. Thomas said that the runoff water helps keep the sewers open. She asked that Ordinance 2013-13 not be passed because there are too many bills to pay the way it is.

Grace Cuozzo, 948 James Street, Hazleton commented on Ordinance 2013-13 said that a fee was never established for this. She commented that a lot more work needs to go into this Ordinance before it can be enforced. There are too many questions that still need to be answered. Cuozzo said that last year’s sewer transmission fee is coming in this year for the work. She asked that Council vote no on this Ordinance.

Judy Yurcho, 21st and Locusts Streets, Hazleton commented on Ordinance 2013-13. She asked where all the money is going. Yurcho stated that money should have been put aside to maintain the sanitary and stormwater sewers years ago. She felt she was being penalized. She asked Council to vote no on this Ordinance. Yurcho commented that Council should let the Administration find the money to repair the sewers. She also commented that City Ordinances are always being amended, and this is a waste of time.              

Old Business:

ORDINANCES

Ordinance 2013-13 An Ordinance of the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania Establishing a Stormwater Collection and Management Plan (2nd Reading)

Presented by Bast. Seconded by Perry.

On the Question:   Schadder asked Hahn what is the role of the Stormwater Management Board and what the fee will be. Hahn read from the Ordinance what the duties of the Board would be. He said the fees would be determined by the Administration. An Ordinance regarding the fee would then be presented to Council for a vote. Schadder said that this is basically a plan to address stormwater issues, and to determine the areas of need first. Hahn agreed with this statement and added that this Ordinance was reviewed by the City Solicitor. Mundie commented that money from the collection of sewer fees should have been put aside for repairs and maintenance. He suggested that the money may have been used inappropriately. Perry said that this is a fee for the specific use of maintenance and repair to storm sewers. He commented that “the books were audited and there was no mismanagement of funds” by anyone. Mope said the Mayor was on Council at the time, and he is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the City. Perry thanked the members of the Sewer Authority for coming to tonight’s meeting. He asked one of them to come to the podium to address some questions. Gary Veneroso from the Sewer Authority came to the podium. Veneroso said he was invited to be here by Mope and Mundie. He said the Sewer Authority accepted the lines in 2009, but it did not become official until January 31, 2013. Veneroso said it was not their choice to take over the lines. It was “thrust on them” by the DEP and the elected officials. He read from a paragraph three of Ordinance 2009-8. The storm sewer lines and inlets that were already separated were excluded from the agreement. Veneroso the ownership of some of the lines is still in question. Bob Dougherty has been mapping these over the past four years. Veneroso said that as of right now, the greater “onus” is on the Authority and not the City. He said the research is ongoing and the findings change quite frequently. Chris Carsia of the Sewer Authority also came to the podium. He said well over $100,000 has already been spent on research. He said the Authority “inherited” the City’s Corrective Action Plan, but they were not able to obtain Hazle Township’s Corrective Action Plan. Mope asked if the agreements with the other municipalities were different. Veneroso said the City’s agreement is the same as West Hazleton. Mope asked about the cost of equipment. Carsia said $1 million in equipment will be purchases, and some of these things were mandated by DEP. Veneroso said some work will be performed by subcontractors. Carsia said they spent $3.2 million on engineers, which does not include RJD Engineering. Mope asked if they are taking care of West Hazleton’s inlets. Veneroso said everything that is not separated belongs to the Authority. Perry asked what happens once the lines are separate, and Veneroso replied that they will be turned back over to the City. Perry said that the public will be paying one way or another. Mope commented that the public is already paying a sewer transmission fee, and they should not have to pay another fee. Veneroso said in 2009 the Sewer Authority had planned on a $35 million plan upgrade. Then this was presented to us by DEP. He said that unfortunately they never thought about the stormwater lines. Veneroso said they never budgeted for the stormwater because at that time it was not mandated by DEP, and it never came up in discussion with them. Mope said that our system is an antiquated combined system. Schadder said he was under the impression that this was the Sewer Authority’s responsibility. Carsia stated that he addressed this issue with Harrisburg, and the separation is mandated for the stormwater lines. Schadder said that the sewer transmission fee did not go where it should have. He asked if this is just for inlets, and Hahn replied “not necessarily.” Perry said we are responsible for what is on the surface, so we are still responsible for the inlets. Mope said that Dominic Yannuzzi told her the combined lines belong to the Authority. Veneroso agreed. Bast said this was given to Slusser last Friday, and Slusser told him the City is responsible for all inlets as per Bob Dougherty’s statement made to him in 2009. Hahn commented that there are still a lot of unanswered questions about who owns what. Mope said that it is in the agreement that the Authority is responsible for the inlets. Carsia said everyone is welcome to come and discuss this with them at any time. He said the Authority was pulled into some litigation with the City and also named as a defendant in some cases. He commented that they tried to be as thorough as possible. Carsia said that one way or another someone is going to have to pay. He added that they just want to make sure the money is used properly. Hahn added that we also need to know about street sweep with regard to these inlets. Mope said the taxpayers already pay for street sweeping. She added that we are responsible for the Terrace section. She commented that street sweeping is a “side benefit” for the storm sewer inlets. Veneroso said prior to taking over the lines, if we dug up the ground and found anything broken, we did not call the City. Instead we fixed it ourselves. Perry commented that we are all here to help out the citizens and work together. Schadder said he does not see anything in the agreement about stormwater. Mope said she does not believe separating the lines is feasible at this time. Schadder commented that before anything is signed, we should know all of the specifics first, and Mope agreed. Schadder said that he commends the Authority for all its hard work, but the people cannot be blamed for these problems. Perry commented that just because we do not know what is happening underground, it does not dissolve the citizens of the burden. Hahn said a number of items will need to be resolved as time goes on. Mundie asked for the total number of inlets in the City. Bob Dougherty of RJD Engineering said their studies were just focused on sanitary sewers, and that is about 400. Mundie asked for the number of manholes, and Dougherty responded less than one-third were identified. Veneroso commented that we all need to work together to get this right as soon as possible. He added that we do not have enough information yet to determine who is responsible for what. Andy Nowak commented about a sinkhole that was at Oak and Church Streets. It was combined, so the Authority did the work and the City did the street repairs. Mundie stated that it should be one way or another, either we own all the lines or the Authority owns them. He asked how this works in other municipalities. Carsia said other cities are strictly responsible for storm lines. Mundie said there is $500,000 in the budget for stormwater, and he asked what happens if we receive a substantially lower amount. Hahn replied it will have a “negative impact” on the budget. Perry thanked the Sewer Authority officials for coming to the meeting, and he stated he looks forward to working with them in the future. Schadder said the title of this Ordinance needs to be changed. Mope said we do not need a board because our City is too small to need one. There are too many people “in the mix” the way it is. She said we need to work with Vito to get this done. Mundie asked where the $500,000 is coming from. Schadder asked if this Ordinance will be to for the maintenance and repair of the storm lines and inlets only. Hahn said the Corrective Action Plan is in the name of the City only. Veneroso stated that the Authority adopted the Corrective Action Plan when they took over the sewer lines. Schadder asked how everything is going with the Plan, and Carsia said we have “hit some milestones” with it so far. Schadder made a motion to change the name of the Ordinance to “An Ordinance of the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania Establishing a Stormwater Collection and Management Plan,” and Perry seconded the motion.

1st Motion to Amend:

Presented by Schadder. Seconded by Perry.

Roll Call (on 1st Motion to Amend):  Bast-yes; Mope-no; Mundie-no; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

1ST MOTION TO AMEND PASSES 3-2

Back on the Question:

Mope made a motion to entirely remove the Board from the Ordinance. Mundie seconded the motion.

2nd Motion to Amend:

Presented by Mope. Seconded by Mundie.

Roll Call (on 2nd Motion to Amend):  Bast-no; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-yes; Perry-no

2ND MOTION TO AMEND PASSES 3-2

Back on the Question:

Schadder made a motion to add Section 4 stating that an annual report on what has been repaired or replaced regarding this matter be presented to the public online and in the newspaper. Perry seconded the motion.

3rd Motion to Amend:

Presented by Schadder. Seconded by Perry.

Roll Call (on 3rd Motion to Amend):  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

3RD MOTION TO AMEND PASSES

Roll Call (as amended):  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-no; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes 

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Ordinance 2013-13 An Ordinance of the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania Establishing a Stormwater Collection and Management Plan (3rd Reading)

Presented by Perry. Seconded by Bast.

Roll Call (as amended):  Bast-yes; Mope-no; Mundie-no; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

ORDINANCE PASSES 3-2 AS AMENDED

             

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution 2013-86 Authorizing the Mayor to Enter into an Agreement with General Code Publishers for Recodification of the City Code

Motion to Remove from Table:

Presented by Bast. Seconded by Perry.

Roll Call (on Motion to Remove from Table):  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-no; Perry-yes

MOTION TO REMOVE FROM TABLE PASSES 4-1 RESOLUTION REMOVED FROM TABLE

Motion to Table:

Presented by Bast. Seconded by Perry.

Roll Call (on Motion to Table):  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

RESOLUTION TABLED

             

New Business:

ORDINANCES

Ordinance 2013-16 Modifying Consolidated Plans for CDBG Program Years 2010-2012-2013 (1st Reading)

Presented by Perry. Seconded by Schadder.

  On the Question:

Mope asked why this is being changed. Fermin said that the change is needed to finish construction on the Locust Street property and to fix the coping in front of the home. Fermin added that they went over the allotted budget amount for this.

Roll Call:  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

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Ordinance 2013-17 An Ordinance Approving the CDBG Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2014 (1st Reading)

Presented by Bast. Seconded by Perry.

On the Question:

Schadder stated that there are people who have received citations for code violations, but they do not have the money to correct them. He asked Fermin if there is anything in Community Development to help these people. Fermin replied that the funds only allow for roofs, heating systems, etc. Schadder asked if Fermin is looking for any grants, and she replied yes, but she did not receive a sponsor from the bank yet. Schadder said he would like to see if there is any money out there to rehabilitate homes for people in financial need.

Roll Call:  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

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Ordinance 2013-18 An Ordinance of the City of Hazleton to Require Permits for Yard Sales, to Regulate the Number of Yard Sales Permissible, to Establish a Time of Removal of Yard Sale Signs, and to Provide Penalties for Violations Thereof (1st Reading)

Presented by Perry. Seconded by Bast.

On the Question:

Mope said she has heard complaints from the community about people having yard sales all the time, and she understood what DeAndrea was trying to accomplish. Mope said that there is only a small amount of people that abuse this, and everyone else is being penalized. She understood about requiring permits, but felt the time frame was unfair. DeAndrea said he copied the Ordinances of West Hazleton and Hazle Township, but changed a few things. He changed the number of allowed signs from one to five, removed the jail time, and lowered the fines. He added a $5.00 permit fee to cover the City’s cost for the paperwork and permit. DeAndrea said Hazle Township charges a fee, but West Hazleton does not. He also said he changed it so that the yard sales can be held all year round, instead of just a portion of the year. Mope said we are telling people they cannot hang signs on telephone poles, but a lot of our street signs are on these poles. DeAndrea said we cannot hang signs on PPL’s poles without permission, but maybe permission was received. Mundie said he knows there is a problem with people using yard sales as a year-round business. DeAndrea said there is nothing in the City Code that prevents anyone from doing that. He did his research and spoke with the Solicitor when preparing this Ordinance. Mundie felt there should be no more than three yard sales in a year. DeAndrea said we need some type of regulation to govern this. Mundie said the police should be enforcing this problem. DeAndrea said the police will not enforce because this is mostly a Code issue. Mundie said that Code and Health are “strapped” for help. Schadder suggested having a community yard sale. Schadder suggested including the Fire Department as one of the departments enforcing this Ordinance. DeAndrea agreed. Perry said he would like the permit to be free. DeAndrea said the police are not primary on this Ordinance, but they still can enforce it if they need to. Schadder said this will give them the opportunity to stop and ask to see a permit. Mope felt this Ordinance is not necessary, because it only pertains to a small amount of people. She added that she felt the people of Hazleton are “being regulated to death.” DeAndrea said he received quite a few phone calls about this matter. Mope suggesting citing the violators for something else, such as blocking a driveway, etc. DeAndrea said that he is trying to clean up the City, and certain areas are worse than other. This will help with that. Schadder asked if there is any way to regulate yard sales right now, and DeAndrea responded no. Mundie disagreed. Mundie made a motion to amend the Ordinance to have a limit of five yard sales per year with the first three being free, and the fourth and fifth would have a charge of $5.00. Perry seconded the motion.

1st Motion to Amend:

Presented by Mundie. Seconded by Perry.

Roll Call (on 1st Motion to Amend):  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

1ST MOTION TO AMEND PASSES

Back on the Question:

Perry made a motion to amend the Ordinance to include all Fire Department members as enforcement agents of this Ordinance. Bast seconded the motion.

2nd MOTION TO AMEND PASSES 3-2

2nd Motion to Amend:

Presented by Perry. Seconded by Bast.

Roll Call (on 2nd Motion to Amend):  Bast-yes; Mope-no; Mundie-no; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

Roll Call (as amended):  Bast-yes; Mope-no; Mundie-no; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

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Ordinance 2013-19 Amending Ordinance 95-18, Control of Animals; Ordinance 98-24, Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia; Ordinance 95-18, Fireworks and Firearms; Ordinance 95-18, City Parks Curfew Ordinance; Ordinance 95-18, Disturbing the Peace; Ordinance 2005-12, Prohibiting Smoking at Playgrounds; and Ordinance 2004-15, Prohibiting Alcoholic Beverages in Public by Providing for, Amending, and Opposing Penalties for Violations Thereof  (1st Reading)

Presented by Perry. Seconded by Bast.

On the Question:

Mope asked why this is being done. DeAndrea said ordinance citations are similar to parking citations. Instead of a non-traffic citation, the police can cite on a City ordinance. DeAndrea said the fees were increased to cover the costs of going court. He added that with these changes, the fees are less but the City will be receiving all of the money it is owed. He commented that the community is better off if the fees are lessened, and this is a way to enforce these laws without incurring court costs. Bast asked if this will eliminate court time for the officers. DeAndrea replied yes and that it is more “field expedient.” Ordinance citations will stand in in lieu of filing a report. DeAndrea said these changes will save the community $243,000 in court costs. He added that the police will still have the opportunity to do non-traffic violations for flagrant offenders. Mope asked if each offense will be considered a separate offense, and DeAndrea replied yes. The Ordinance concerning drug paraphernalia is the only exception. DeAndrea said there is a typographical error that needs to corrected. On page two, section 17-18, paragraph (a) should read $50.00 and not $40.00. Mundie asked what happens after 10 days if they do not pay the fine. DeAndrea said the fine will not change, but filing fees will be added on to the total amount. Mundie felt 10 days was too short, and DeAndrea said that 10 days is the standard in Pennsylvania. Mundie suggested changing it to 15 or 20 days. DeAndrea said this would limit the ability to get it to the magistrate in a timely fashion in accordance with the statute of limitations. Schadder asked if it is $50.00 for one citations, and DeAndrea replied yes. Mope asked what would happen if someone gets fined under several different violations. DeAndrea stated that they would get a $50.00 fine for each one. Bast made a motion to amend the Ordinance to correct the typographical error mentioned above. Perry seconded the motion.

Motion to Amend:

Presented by Bast. Seconded by Perry.

Roll Call (on Motion to Amend):  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

MOTION TO AMEND PASSES

Roll Call (as amended):  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

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Ordinance 2013-20 An Ordinance of the City of Hazleton Rescinding Ordinance 2006-14 Entitled an Ordinance to Authorize the Erection of Various Signs and the Changing of Garibaldi and Manhattan Courts to One-Way to Facilitate the Re-Opening of the “Castle” School Building at Wyoming and Ninth Streets (1st Reading)

Presented by Perry. Seconded by Schadder.

On the Question:

Mundie asked what this is all about. DeAndrea said the School District contact him because they would like to change the traffic pattern around the school so that students have to enter on the 9th Street side to go through the metal detectors. He felt this was the only safe way to do this. DeAndrea said it was changed in 2006 when the “Castle” reopened. Schadder felt this was a good idea for safety reasons. He asked DeAndrea to talk to Hazleton Public Transit so they could reroute their buses around this area. DeAndrea stated he would do that. He added that this change will not affect any of the businesses surrounding the school. Mope asked where the students are dropped off, and DeAndrea said in front of the school at Garibaldi and 9th Streets. Also, Manhattan Court is a two-way street. Mope asked how the residents of the neighborhood feel about this, and DeAndrea said he has not heard any complaints. DeAndrea said temporary signs have been placed around the school in the school in the interim because it is an emergency safety issue. Perry asked if the Arthur Street School is involved, and DeAndrea said no. This is the only school that has an ordinance like this.

Roll Call:  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

             

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution 2013-93 A Resolution Approving an Agreement with Catholic Social Services as the Developer for Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Disposition of Real Property in Conjunction with the HOME Investment Partnerships Program Grant

Presented by Schadder. Seconded by Bast. On the Question:

Schadder said he spoke to Mr. Oberto about this. He said Catholic Social Services is looking to rehabilitate some Cranberry Street propertied, and they are working with families to provide low interest loans. Mope asked if there is any type of agreement with the hospital. Fermin replied no, and this is just for marketing purposes only.

Roll Call:  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

RESOLUTION PASSES

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Resolution 2013-94 Authorizing the City of Hazleton to Enter into a Sub-Recipient Agreement with Catholic Social Services

Presented by Perry. Seconded by Schadder.

Roll Call:  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

RESOLUTION PASSES

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Resolution 2013-95 Resolution authorizing the attached list of Hazleton Area School District Security Officers and Police/SRO Officers to Enforce the Parking Laws and Codes of the City of Hazleton within a two (2) block radius of Hazleton Area Schools located within the City of Hazleton

Presented by Schadder. Seconded by Perry.

On the Question:

Schadder asked why McAdoo and Drums are not listed. DeAndrea said this is only for Hazleton Area School District property and the stadium. He asked for this because these officers move around a lot, and may not be able to enforce anything if in another building. Schadder felt this was a good idea. DeAndrea said usually the violators are the parents, and the school district would not issue tickets. This Resolution gives them the authority to do so, and will save the police department from having to issue them. Schadder said this could be a safety issue as well. Perry asked if the parents are going to forewarned about the issuance of parking tickets. DeAndrea replied there will be signs placed that say no parking, etc., and everyone will know where they can and cannot park.

Roll Call:  Bast-yes; Mope-yes; Mundie-yes; Schadder-yes; Perry-yes

RESOLUTION PASSES

             

Comments from the Audience:  Dee Deakos, 43 West Mine Street, Hazleton said she is surprised that the Stormwater Ordinance passed because there are too many questions that still need to be answered. She said the penalties section should really be looked at carefully. Deakos commented that we are trying to get rid of our debt, but this is just going to create more debt.

Bill Lockwood, no address given, questioned the collection of the earned income tax. He said he has received calls from some of his clients that they are receiving tax bills for teenagers, deceased people, retirees, etc., and some of them are paying these bills. He added that the front of the bill says there is a $50.00 penalty, but the back says it is $25.00. Lockwood said the method Berkheimer is using to collect this tax is not working. He asked if there is a way to clear this up. Perry said that Hahn could help with that. Mundie asked Hahn to contact Berkheimer about this. He said they may not be cross checking with the state. Mundie asked Sam Galski from the Standard Speaker to put in the newspaper that this tax is only for people that work. He suggested writing on the bill retired, deceased, etc., and sending it back to Berkheimer so they can correct it. He said some people probably paid this by mistake. Mundie asked Hahn to see how much of the earned income tax Berkheimer has collected so far. Schadder asked Lockwood to give Hahn a list of names of the people he spoke to about this. Lockwood added that Berkheimer will not give an extension to anyone for payment of this tax.

Grace Cuozzo, 948 James Street, Hazleton commented about the Community Development budget, and said some of storm lines and inlets may have to be relocated. Fermin said that when it becomes an issue, she will address it. She added that it depends on what issues we find. Cuozzo commented on Ordinance 2013-19, and said she does not believe it is legal to amend more than one ordinance with only one ordinance. Perry said the Ordinance was submitted to the Solicitor by DeAndrea for review, and he was okay with it. Cuozzo said the inlets are the City’s responsibility. Perry said that the Sewer Authority will work with the City to work this out. Mope said that the combined lines belong to the Sewer Authority. Cuozzo said that whoever drew up the agreement with the Sewer Authority should have reviewed it first. Carsia said the deeds are still in the process of being transferred. The transfer for the two pump stations already took place, and they were issued permits through the DEP. Carsia said the gas generators were transferred as well. Mundie asked about the evactor, and Carsia said that was transferred too. Mundie asked Carsia if their equipment could be used for one day to remove debris from McKinley Street by the Firehouse. Carsia said he will talk to the Board about this. Cuozzo asked when the pump stations were taken over by the Sewer Authority. She also asked why the City is paying electric bills for January, February and March. Hahn said the pump stations were taken over on March 31, 2013, so we still had to pay the electric bills for those three months.

Judy Yurcho, 21st and Locust Streets, Hazleton said the Sewer Authority looked at the sewer system and said it had been neglected. She commented that because it was neglected, the City should be responsible for it. This should have been addressed years ago by the previous Councils, Mayors, etc. She said now it is the taxpayers’ burden. Mope said that everyone has been paying a sewer transmission fee for many years, yet no maintenance or repairs were ever done. Perry said he cannot answer for past Councils or Mayors, but we are now trying to look forward. Yurcho commented that the taxpayers do not need more taxes and fees. She commented that she is being taxed right out of her home. Yurcho said she likes her neighborhood and wants to stay there, so please take care of this problem immediately.

Comments from Mayor or City Administrator:  None.

Comments from Council:  Mundie said he reviewed the invoices from Alfred Benesch and he would like to know what the $43,000 was for. Dominic Yannuzzi of Alfred Benesch said he would look into it after the meeting. Mundie asked if Hahn knew what this was for. Hahn said he would need to look into it. Schadder asked about the line item for engineering under contracted services. Hahn said $70,000 was budgeted and $25,000 was spent, and there is a little over $20,000 in the Airport fund. Some also goes through Code Enforcement. Hahn said these amounts are “charged off” to the customer.

Mope thanked everyone for coming and also thanked the Sewer Authority for their hard work and consideration to us. She said the Authority was not responsible for the lines in the past, but they still did the work on them. Mope said Council needs to hear from the public about its concerns. She said everyone has been honest and forthright. She stated that we listened to everyone’s problems and we will do our best to help. Mope said that the Mayor is in charge of the departments and the daily operations. Council is strictly legislative.

Schadder commented that if there is no one here to oversee what the administration is doing, then who does the checks and balances. He said that we are all here trying to save the City, and we all have a responsibility to everyone in town. Schadder said that things have been neglected but we are working to rectify these problems. He said that there will be an electronic recycling program on September 14, 2013 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If anyone needs help getting their items to the recycling event, they may contact either him or Perry about it. Schadder thanked the Sewer Authority for coming to tonight’s meeting.

Bast said the problems with the sewers and storm drains have been put aside for too long, but we are now trying to address it as best we can. It is not the easiest solution to come up with. Bast said we need to see what the administration is doing. If they are going to make contradicting statements, then they should remember what they said.

Perry thanked everyone for coming, and he also thanked the Sewer Authority. He said he looks forward to working with them. He also encouraged people to come out to Funfest.

Adjournment:  Perry motioned to adjourn the meeting with Bast seconding the motion. Meeting adjourned.