2015-09-08 Work Session Minutes

MINUTES
HAZLETON CITY COUNCIL
WORK SESSION
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

Council met for a work session on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in Council Chambers. The work session began at 6:00 p.m.

In attendance were Council President Jack Mundie, and Council Members Jeff Cusat, Jean Mope, and David Sosar. Council Member Keith Bast was absent.

Police Chief Frank DeAndrea spoke regarding the parking study he performed. He stated parking within 50 feet of a railroad crossing is illegal in accordance with the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. He indicated the railroad tracks are parallel to the street, therefore, it is not considered a crossing. So, only two parking spaces in the City will be eliminated and those individuals who parked there will now be parking in two permit parking spaces. DeAndrea said two meters also need to be removed because they are too close to the railroad crossing. Sosar asked that DeAndrea look at Broad Street in the block near Poplar Street. Sosar said the arrows currently point to merge into the inside lane, and feels there will be an accident there because of this. He suggested changing it to merge into the outside lane instead. DeAndrea said this was not his area of expertise and it would be up to PennDOT to change those markings. This is PennDOT’s design. He said he will send an email to them regarding this matter.

Steve Sasko of the Olson Aircraft Company spoke regarding his company’s move into the Hazleton Regional Airport. The company is 27 years old. They turn piston aircrafts into turbines. He feels that by his company moving into the Airport, it will attract business and bring in jobs to the area. The use Rolls Royce jet propulsion aircraft motors, and they are considering expanding their business to include turning piston engines into diesel engines. They will then be a full services repair center. Sasko lives in the Poconos. His company will be open either 8:00 am-4:00 pm or 7:00 am-3:00 pm, but they are available 24 hours, seven days a week, for emergencies on the ground. The only motors they work on at this time are the P210 and the Sesna 340. Sasko said the business will begin with 22 employees who are currently working for the company, but he hopes to expand it to 30 employees within the first 12 months of operation. After all the repairs and remodeling to the Airport, it will be moving 200 flight operations and this will increase area sales. Sosar asked if the Airport is can take care of its own finances, or will it become a financial burden to the taxpayers. Dominic Yannuzzi, City Engineer, said the Airport became self-supporting in 2011. They have begun to reimburse the City for the Airport’s costs and administrative fees, which were paid from the general fund. Yannuzzi stated the Airport is “economically viable.” He felt this will impact the City in a positive way. He will be going over administrative costs with the Bureau of Aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration this week.

Mundie adjourned the work session at 6:30 pm.