Council cleans up various items of business

Warren City Council rejected an agreement with the Warren County School District and was updated on a number of informational items at their July 15 meeting.

An agreement with the school district to clear growth on an embankment on school district property along Conewango Ave. failed to get even a motion for approval after concerns were raised by city staff that wording placed liability at the site on the city in perpetuity.

Work at the site has been handled by volunteers in the past.

“I would suggest volunteers offer their services directly to the school district,” City Manager Nancy Freenock said.

Council was informed an agreement for sale of a retired city streetsweeper had been reached.

The sweeper, which was approved for offer for sale by council in January at a price of $25,000, received no offers at the city’s asking price.

Director of Public Works Mike Holtz said the negotiated offer on the table, $17,500, was the highest received.

Council approved the sale at the negotiated price unanimously in the absence of council member Sam Harvey.

Police Chief Raymond Zydonik announced his department had been awarded accredited status for another three years.

Zydonik reported 11 arrests were made and 121 citations were issued. Detective Anthony Chimenti investigated six sexual assault incidents leading to one arrest, investigated a missing juvenile and made a domestic dispute arrest.

Zydonik reported his department participated in a number of special events during the month including the Warren General Hospital Gala, a Flag Day ceremony at the Elks Club and the Joggin with Jordan run. Community Service Officer Brandon Deppen graduated 215 Warren Area Elementary School students from the Stay On Track program. City police also participated in a Click it or Ticket mobilization effort.

Fire Chief Sam Pascuzzi reported his department responded to three fires within the City of Warren in June. The incidents included an office/warehouse fire on Pennsylvania Ave. West, a residential garage fire on Biddle St. and a fire at a multiple tenant residence on East Street. Pascuzzi reported the department also responded to 127 EMS calls and 21 community service calls.

The city fire department provided CPR and first aid training for city playground staff and met with representatives of the Warren County School District to develop a K-2 fire safety curriculum.

In accordance with time limits set forth in the fire department’s collective bargaining agreement, Pascuzzi announced a vacancy for a full-time firefighter had been filled.

Department of Public Works Director Mike Holtz reported 1,227 square feet of utility cut restoration was done; 15 trees were removed and100 feet of storm lines, 20 catch basins and all storm runs were cleaned by his department. The department also completed calibration of parking meters, installed “no parking” signs near the entrance to Betts Park, mowed Mulberry hill, repaired the gate at the Midtown Parking Lot, continued replacement of traffic signs and replaced light bulbs and timers at the basketball courts at Beaty Park in addition to routine maintenance.

City Code Officer Alan Gustafson the recently formed Uniform Construction Code Joint Board of Appeals held it’s organizational meeting on June 19.

Gustafson reported ten certificates of occupancy, 31 nuisance violations, two property maintenance violations and two building code violations were issued by the code department and a stop work order was issued for a property in Mead Township.