Council

2019-01-16 Regular Meeting

HAZLETON CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2019

6:00 PM

A. Call to Order

B. Silent Meditation

C. Pledge of Allegiance

D. Roll Call: ____ Barletta; ____Colombo; ____Mope; ____Perry; ____Gavio

E. Approving Minutes of Previous Meetings – December 27, 2018 Regular Meeting

F. Presentations/Proclamations/Communications – None

G. Bid Opening –  None

H. Courtesy of the Floor (ON AGENDA ITEMS ONLY):

I. Old Business:

ORDINANCES:

Ordinance 2018-48 An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 2018-37- Modifying Consolidated Plan for CDBG Program Year 2018 (2nd READING; call for comments or questions; roll call) (3rd READING; call for comments or questions; roll call)

RESOLUTIONS:

None

J. New Business:

ORDINANCES:

None

RESOLUTIONS:

Nominations - Hazleton City Authority Vacant Seat (1) (call for nomination(s); second(s))

Resolution 2019-1 Appointment to the Hazleton City Authority- (call for comments or questions; roll call)

Nominations - Health Services Authority Vacant Seat (1) (call for all nomination(s); second(s))

Resolution 2019-2  Appointment to the Health Services Authority- (call for comments or questions; roll call)

Nominations - Sewer Authority Vacant Seat (1) (call for all nomination(s); second(s))

Resolution 2019-3  Appointment to the Sewer Authority- (call for comments or questions; roll call)

Resolution 2019-4  Resolution to Approve Entering into a Contract with Innotek Computer Consulting Inc. (call for comments or questions; roll call)

K. Discussion

(1)Comments from the Audience

(2)Comments from the Mayor

(3)Comments from Junior Council

(4)Comments from Council

L. Adjournment

2018-12-27 Regular Meeting

HAZLETON CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2018

6:00 PM

A. Call to Order

B. Silent Meditation

C. Pledge of Allegiance

D. Roll Call: ____ Barletta; ____Colombo; ____Mope; ____Perry; ____Gavio

E. Approving Minutes of Previous Meetings – December 5th & December 17th, 2018 Regular Meetings

F. Presentations/Proclamations/Communications – Recognizing Greater Hazleton’s Jazz Band, Cellar Dwellarzz, for their recent performance at the White House.

G. Bid Opening –   2018-2019 Bid Proposal for Bulk Road Salt

H. Courtesy of the Floor (ON AGENDA ITEMS ONLY):

I. Old Business:

ORDINANCES:

None

RESOLUTIONS:

None

J. New Business:

ORDINANCES:

Ordinance 2018-48  An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 2018-37- Modifying Consolidated Plan for CDBG Program Year 2018 (1st READING; call for comments or questions; roll call)                                                                          

RESOLUTIONS:

Resolution 2018-85  Contract Awarding Road Materials for 2018-2019 (call for comments or questions; roll call)                            

Resolution 2018-91  Council Meetings for the Year 2019 (Call for comments or questions; roll call)           

K. Discussion

(1)       Comments from the Audience

(2)       Comments from the Mayor

(3)       Comments from Junior Council

(4)       Comments from Council

L. >Adjournment

2018-12-17 Regular Meeting

HAZLETON CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018

6:00 PM

A. Call to Order

B. Silent Meditation

C. Pledge of Allegiance

D. Roll Call: ____ Barletta; ____Colombo; ____Mope; ____Perry; ____Gavio

E. Approving Minutes of Previous Meetings – December 5, 2018 Regular Meeting

F. Presentations/Proclamations/Communications – None

G. Bid Opening –      None

H. Courtesy of the Floor (ON AGENDA ITEMS ONLY):

I. Old Business:

ORDINANCES:

Budget Ordinance 2018-43   An Ordinance Providing for the Appropriation of Specific Amounts Estimated as Required for the Various Departments of the Government of the City of Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania for and during the Fiscal Year, Dating from January 1, 2019 and Ending December 31, 2019 (2nd READING; call for comments or questions; roll call) (3rd READING; call for comments or questions; roll call)      

Ordinance 2018-44  Re-Enacting Ordinances 1931, 1932, and 1933, which Continue in Force and Effect for the Period January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, Imposing the Real Estate Transfer Tax, Earned Income Tax, Per Capita Tax, and Resident Tax, Respectively (2nd READING; call for comments or questions; roll call) (3rd READING; call for comments or questions; roll call)      

Ordinance 2018-47   An Ordinance of the City of Hazleton Fixing the Tax Rate   of Real Estate Located in the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, for All City Purposes for the Fiscal Year 2019, Beginning January 1, 2019 and Ending December 31, 2019 (2nd READING; call for comments or questions; roll call) (3rd READING; call for comments or questions; roll call)                                                                       

RESOLUTIONS:

None

J. New Business:

ORDINANCES:

None

RESOLUTIONS:

Resolution 2018-86   A Resolution Authorizing the City of Hazleton to apply for a Luzerne County Local Share Account Grant for the City’s Parks and Recreation (call for comments or questions; roll call)                                            

Resolution 2018-87  A Resolution Requesting Local Share Account Funds for the Hazleton Regional Airport (call for comments or questions; roll call)

Resolution 2018-88  A Resolution Requesting Local Share Account Funds for the City of Hazleton’s Fire Department Station (call for comments or questions; roll call)

Resolution 2018-89  A Resolution Requesting Local Share Account Funds for the Purchase of One Multi-Purpose/Utility Vehicle for the Hazleton Fire Department (call for comments or questions; roll call)  

Resolution 2018-90  A Resolution Requesting Local Share Account Funds for the Purchase of Equipment for the City of Hazleton’s Police Department (call for comments or questions; roll call)

K. Discussion

(1)       Comments from the Audience

(2)       Comments from the Mayor

(3)       Comments from Junior Council

(4)       Comments from Council

L. Adjournment

2018-10-10 Council Minutes

HAZLETON CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018

6:00 PM

A. Call to Order

B. Silent Meditation

C. Pledge of Allegiance

D. Roll Call: ____ Barletta; ____Colombo; ____Mope; ____Perry; ____Gavio

E. Approving Minutes of Previous Meetings – September 26, 2018 Regular Meeting

F. Presentations/Proclamations/Communications – Alter Street Streetscape Project Presentation- Barry Isett & Associates, Inc.

G. Bid Opening –  None

H. Courtesy of the Floor (ON AGENDA ITEMS ONLY):

I. Old Business:

ORDINANCES:

None

RESOLUTIONS:

None

J. New Business:

Ordinance 2018-36  An Ordinance Approving The Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2019 (1st READING; call for comments or questions; roll call)    

Ordinance 2018-37 Modifying Consolidated Plan For CDBG Program Year 2018 (1st READING; call for comments or questions; roll call)    

Ordinance 2018-38  Modifying Consolidated Plan For CDBG Program Year 2018  (1st READING; call for comments or questions; roll call)                                                                                                                                                                                       

RESOLUTIONS:

Resolution 2018-70  Appointments to Junior Council (call for comments or questions; roll call)

Resolution 2018-71   IN MEMORIAM -LOUIS J. PILATI (call for comments or questions; roll call)

K. Discussion

(1) Comments from the Audience

(2) Comments from the Mayor

(3) Comments from Council

L. Adjournment

2018-08-16 Special Meeting

HAZLETON CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018

6:00 PM

A. Call to Order

B. Silent Meditation

C. Pledge of Allegiance

D. Roll Call: _Barletta; _Colombo; _ Mope; _Perry; _Gavio

E. Courtesy of the Floor to Audience Regarding the Business at Hand Only

F. Business at Hand:

Old Business:

None

New Business:

ORDINANCES:

                                                                       

Ordinance 2018-31  An Ordinance Amending Section 2 of Ordinance 2018-6, to Increase the Percentage of Tax Imposed on the Earned Income of Both Residents and Non-Residents of the City of Hazleton 11701.101 ET. SEQ.) (1st READING; call for comments or questions; roll call)

RESOLUTIONS:

None

G. Comments from the Audience

Adjournment

***PLEASE BE ADVISED NO OTHER BUSINESS WILL BE CONDUCTED DURING THIS MEETING,   AND COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE WITH REGARD TOANY MATTERS NOT ON THIS AGENDA WILL NOT BE HEARD AT THIS TIME. THOSE COMMENTS CAN BE MADE AT THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 AT 6:00 P.M. ***

2018-06-13 Regular Meeting

HAZLETON CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2018

6:00 PM

A. Call to Order

B. Silent Meditation

C. Pledge of Allegiance

D. Roll Call: ____ Barletta; ____Colombo; ____Mope; ____Perry; ____Gavio

E. Approving Minutes of Previous Meetings – May 23, 2018- Regular Meeting

F. Presentations/Proclamations/Communications – Presentation of Certificates of Award to Junior Council

G. Bid Opening – Purchase of Real Estate, in the City of Hazleton:

  1. 1. 241-247 East Chestnut Street, Hazleton (PIN # 710-T8SW34-002-10A)
  2. 2. 57 North Cedar Street, Hazleton (PIN # 71-T8SW31-005-001-000)
  3. 3. 298 East Broad Street, Hazleton (PIN # 71-T8SW31-007-002-000)
  4. 4. 244 East Mine Street, Hazleton
  5. (PIN # 71-T8SW34-002-010B-000)

H. Courtesy of the Floor (ON AGENDA ITEMS ONLY):

I. Old Business:

ORDINANCES:

Ordinance 2018-20   An Ordinance Approving the Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2018 (2nd & 3rd READINGS; call for comments or questions; roll call)

Ordinance 2018-21   An Ordinance of the City of Hazleton, County of Luzerne, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Approving the Act 47 Financial Recovery Plan for the City of Hazleton as Prepared by the Act 47 Coordinator Pursuant to the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act (53 P.S. §§ 11701.101 ET. SEQ.) (2nd & 3rd READINGS; call for comments or questions; roll call)

RESOLUTIONS:

None

J. New Business:

ORDINANCES:

Ordinance 2018-22    An Ordinance of City of Hazleton, Luzerne County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Electing To Withdraw the Pension Plan of the Hazleton Transit Authority from the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System Pursuant to Article IV of the Pennsylvania Retirement Law (1st READING; call for comments or questions; roll call)                                                                            

                                                                 RESOLUTIONS:                                                                   

Resolution 2018-52  Resolution Certifying the Local Match for State Operating Financial Assistance for Fiscal Year 2018/2019 (call for comments or questions; roll call)

Resolution 2018-53  Recommendation of Award for Hazleton Active Adult Center Project (call for comments or  questions; roll call)

K. Discussion

  1. Comments from the Audience
  2. Comments from the Mayor
  3. Comments from Junior Council
  4. Comments from Council

L. Adjournment

2018-06-05 Special Meeting

HAZLETON CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018

6:00 PM

A. Call to Order

B. Silent Meditation

C. Pledge of Allegiance

D. Roll Call: _Barletta; _Colombo; _ Mope; _Perry; _Gavio

E. Courtesy of the Floor to Audience Regarding the Business at Hand Only

F. Business at Hand:

Old Business:

None

New Business:

ORDINANCES:

                                                                       

Ordinance 2018-21  An Ordinance of the City of Hazleton, County of Luzerne, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Approving the Act 47 Financial Recovery Plan for the City of Hazleton as Prepared by the Act 47 Coordinator Pursuant to the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act  (53 P.S. §§ 11701.101 ET. SEQ.) (1st READING; call for comments or questions; roll call)

RESOLUTIONS:

None

G. Comments from the Audience

Adjournment

***PLEASE BE ADVISED NO OTHER BUSINESS WILL BE CONDUCTED DURING THIS MEETING,   AND COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE WITH REGARD TOANY MATTERS NOT ON THIS AGENDA WILL NOT BE HEARD AT THIS TIME. THOSE COMMENTS CAN BE MADE AT THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 13, 2018 AT 6:00 P.M.***

2017-03-28 (Special Meeting)

HAZLETON CITY COUNCIL

SPECIAL MEETING

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017

6:00 PM

Call to Order: Council met in special session on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in Council Chambers. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm.

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

Roll Call: Cuozzo-present; Gavio-present; Mope-present; Sosar; present; Mundie-present

Proclamations/Communications: None.

Courtesy of the Floor - (ON AGENDA ITEMS ONLY): None.


Business at Hand:

RESOLUTIONS

Resolution 2017-39   Resolution Reconsidering and Overriding the Mayor’s Veto of Ordinance 2017-7 Modifying Consolidated Plan for CDBG Program, 2012

On the Question:

Cuozzo stated Mayor Cusat is going to do a study on the playgrounds. She stated that leaving the money in the grant for this reason is foolish. She said there are two skate parks- Beech and Pine Sts. She said they are all available for the children to use. She questioned if the city has the funds and is currently maintaining the skate parks. She said the Hazleton Area school district does not allow the children to utilize these skate parks during school. She also questioned the insurance cost for a skate ramp. She said moving the money to housing is more advantageous than a skate park. Sosar said there is no school, in the district, for safety reasons, that allows children to play at these skate parks. Mope asked how many people are on the waiting list for housing repairs. Fallon Fermin, Community Development director, said there    are currently 19 people on the list. Mundie asked Fermin what kind of repairs the houses need. She said the majority are roofing improvements. Sosar asked Fermin if they all meet the criteria. Fermin said yes. If they don’t meet the criteria, the residents do not go on the waiting list. Fermin said more residents register for the program in either October or November. Mope        said using the funds for housing is more important than for a skate park.

Gavio said both programs are good for the community. He said the playgrounds need to be patrolled by the police. He said the playgrounds are important in providing activity for the children. Mope stated before the city invests in equipment, the playgrounds need fencing. She said the streets department should open up the playgrounds in the morning and then close the playground in the evening. She also said recent drug activity at the playgrounds is ruining the programs for the younger children. She also said the police could be better utilized somewhere else than patrolling the playgrounds. Mope asked Fermin where the grant money is for the East End playground. Fermin stated the grant request was sent in August, 2016 and received October, 2016. She said it is going to be installed in 2017. She said the DCNR grant will also go towards the East End playground project. She said she does not know when the project will be started. Fermin said Alfred Benesch is the director of this project. Fermin said the total grant money for the East End project is $90,000. She said there is $7,000 left in the East End CDBG fund account. Gavio said the seniors and the youth utilize the school district track for exercising. He said the school district leaves it open for the public and is great for the community. Mope said it would be nice for an area in the community for the seniors to walk. Cuozzo stated there are two skate parks in the city. Mundie said the council should discuss, with the school district, utilizing the paved parking lots for skate parks. Gavio stated the town of Beaver Meadows has a beautiful playground set up. He said it is patrolled by the police.

Presented by Cuozzo. Seconded by Sosar.

Roll Call:   Cuozzo- yes; Gavio- no; Mope- yes; Sosar- yes, Mundie- yes          

RESOLUTION PASSES 4-1


Comments from Council: Cuozzo asked Fermin what money is available in CD’s for the city street repairs. She said about $30,000 is left in the fund. She said when the 2017 money is received, she said it will be over $100,000 for 2017. Fermin said she is waiting for the allocation amount and then approval of the budget. Mope asked if there will be money in CD’s for paving. She said yes, once the budget is approved. Fermin said the city cannot use the money for potholes but can be utilized for paving. Fermin stated $155,000 is budgeted for the 2017 Street Improvement Project.

Sosar stated with the recent blizzard, the potholes have increased. He said he wants to see the city utilize the street machines using the milling to fill the potholes. Mope said the city has a pothole machine that uses recycled paving material. She said the water, sewer and gas departments has the leftover material. She said the machine was purchased with grant money. Mope said the streets are in poor shape. She said using the pothole machine is beneficial in street pothole repairing. She said the city of Kingston also uses the same machine with positive results.

Cuozzo said she requested, from Mayor Cusat and city administration, the bid bond in purchasing additional heavy equipment for removing snow but council did not receive this. Council asked Eileen Matenkoski, city clerk, to obtain the contract for the bid bond to reduce the cost to the city. She stated she will send a letter to the mayor and administrators for the contract.


Adjournment: Mundie motioned to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned.

Council Meeting Dates

Hazleton City Council Meeting Dates 2019

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Work Sessions will follow all city council regular meetings.

REGULAR MEETINGS

January 9, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. - CANCELLED

January 16, 2019 at 6 p.m.

January 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

February 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

February 27, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

March 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

March 27, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

April 10, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

April 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

May 8, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

May 22, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

June 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

July 10, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

August 14, 2019 at 6: 00 p.m.

September 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

September 25, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

October 9, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

October 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

November 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

November 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

December 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

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