Connellsville Township Supervisors
I. Call to order Chairman Richard Adobato called to order the monthly meeting of the
Connellsville Township Supervisors on Thursday, July 14th 2011, at 7:00 PM, in
II. Pledge of Allegiance Conducted by Chairman Adobato.
III. Roll call The Secretary conducted roll call. The following persons were present:
Chairman Adobato, Vice-Chairman Tom Cesario, Secretary/Treasurer Leah Brothers &
Solicitor Benjamin Goodwin.
IV. Approval of minutes Motion made by Mr. Cesario to approve the previous months
meeting minutes. Second by Chairman Adobato, all in favor, motion carried. A second
motion was made by Chairman Adobato to approve the special meeting minutes from
the Wednesday, June 29th meeting. The purpose of this meeting was for awarding the
2011 Paving Project to a prospective bidder. Second by Mr. Cesario, all in favor,
V. Public Participation Mr. Charles Crossen would like the Board’s help in making the
intersection at Breakneck Ave & East Crawford Ave safer for the bus traffic. He has
spoken with the School Board on numerous occasions & has a petition signed by
residents of the area to have something done about the traffic at the intersection. He
would like the Board to work along with the City Officials & School Board to try and
come up with a plan of action for the intersection. Bus traffic is heavy especially when
school lets out & the buses have to pull out onto Breakneck Ave. This intersection is
shared by the city & township but it is a State Route. PennDOT will not conduct a
survey without the approval of the Board of Supervisors. Possibly a three way stop sign
could be installed to slow down traffic?
VI. Treasurer’s & Secretary’s Report Reporting end of the month PNC Bank balances
of: General Fund $1098.72, Zoning Fund $3770.00, Planning Commission $719.18,
Light & Water Fund $6330.14. SBT: Municipal Sewage Savings $36,972.50. PLGIT
Accounts: General Fund (Savings) $1.61, State Liquid Fuels Fund $106,674.91,
Municipal Sewage Fund $7715.17, Fire Loss Escrow Account $450.72. Motion to
accept the treasurer’s report by Mr. Cesario, second by Chairman Adobato, all in favor,
The Secretary is reporting on the road closure requested filed by Conn Area Catholic.
She spoke with PennDOT to find out what all needs to be done to complete the permit.
It needs to be approved by the Board of Supervisors, have a letter attached to it from
the Board & also a parade route map & detour schedule. All of this information needs
to be forwarded to the Permits Department at PennDOT for approval. The $100,000.00
building construction loan has been secured and direct deposited into the township’s
General Fund at PNC. DCED sent a notice to the office that the $5000 garage door
grant will be direct deposited into the General Fund in the near future. A separate
account needs to be created to transfer this grant to. (See New Business Section for
VII. Authorization to accept the bills Motion made by Chairman Adobato, second by Mr.
Cesario, all in favor, motion carried.
VIII. Correspondence Request for a Road Closure Permit for a parade from Conn Area
Catholic. The request is for the school to have a parade on Sunday, August 21st. They
will be coming up East Crawford Ave from the Immaculate Conception parking lot into
Geibel Catholic High School. A permit has to be obtained from PennDOT & the
municipality to close a state route.
IX. Committee Reports Mr. Goodwin reporting that the 2010 audit is completed &
mailed to the DCED. All of the books were reviewed & no problems were found. The
Secretary explained that the significant deficit of expenditures over revenues was
because of the building/office construction starting early and the loan was not deposited
yet to cover the pay apps submitted by the general contractor. Now that the loan has
been secured, the money will be placed back into the General Fund to cover those
No Roadmaster report was given due to the absence of Mr. Carson.
X. Unfinished Business The discussion continued in regards to the East Blake Ave &
East Crawford Ave intersection. A motion was made by Chairman Adobato to have the
Solicitor pen up a one way street ordinance for East Blake Ave at the East Crawford
Ave intersection. This will make the roadway turning off of East Crawford Ave one
way going into Poplar Grove. Second by Mr. Cesario, all in favor, motion carried.
Chairman Adobato made a motion to appoint Scott Wagner to the Zoning Hearing
Board as an alternate. He was the only township resident that submitted a letter of
interest. Second by Mr. Cesario, all in favor, motion carried.
XI. New Business Chairman Adobato made a motion to table the decision to purchase a
municipal office road sign & message board until the next meeting for the reason of
calling around to get pricing on raised lettering for the side of the building facing the
roadway instead of a sign on posts. Second by Mr. Cesario, all in favor, motion carried.
Mr. Cesario made the motion to allocate the $100,000.00 loan money to a construction
fund created through PLGIT. $48,000.00 will go into this fund with the remaining to
stay in the General Fund to cover the bills that were paid for in 2010 out of that fund
for the construction of the office building. Second by Chairman Adobato, all in favor,
A motion was made by Chairman Adobato to create a Garage Fund through PLGIT for
the purpose of depositing the $5000 DCED Grant into. Second by Mr. Cesario, all in
favor, motion carried.
Three quotes were received for three garage doors for the township garage. Quotes in
no specific order were: Terry Firestone Garage Doors for $6783.00, Alliance Garage
Doors for $6953.00 & Mark Bryner Doors for$ 7365.00. Motion made by Chairman
Adobato to purchase the doors from Terry Firestone Garage Doors in the amount of
$6783.00, second by Mr. Cesario, all in favor, motion carried.
Chairman Adobato made a motion to apply for Fayette County Aid from the Board of
Commissioner’s in the amount of $5000 to cover the repairs to Buttermore Blvd from
the mine subsidence damage. Second by Mr. Cesario, all in favor, motion carried.
XIV. Adjournment At 7:50 PM, Motion made by Mr. Cesario, second by Mr. Adobato,
all in favor, motion carried.
Submitted by:_____________________ Approved by:__________________________