TURTLE CREEK VALLEY COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS REGULAR BOARD MEETING April 24, 2014 VOTING DELEGATES: Timothy Bridge, Max Spencer, William Price, Peter McGinty, Steve Arnold, Robert Parker, John Prucnal, John Dusek, ALTERNATE DELEGATES: Joe Costa, Bill Pfoff, STAFF: Amanda Settelmaier, Barb Fallon, and Liz Kozub MEETING CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:30 APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Motion by Robert Parker, seconded by Max Spencer to approve the March 27, 2014 Minutes and Treasurer’s Report. Motion passed unanimously. CDBG Update Jack Exler. Deputy Director of the Allegheny County Economic Development department, came to last COG directors meeting on April 8th and provided an update on CDBG funding. He advised that the COG will likely sustain its budget this year but he is concerned about the budgets in the years to come. He feels a $3.3 billion budget at the federal level is needed to sustain the program. However the President’s budget is only $2.8 billion and there is a budget circulating in the House of Representatives for only $1.6 billion. Therefore Jack is asking every town to pass a resolution supporting increased funding in 2015 for the CDBG program. A template of the resolution was handed out to the delegates. There is also a template letter to Congress. He is asking that municipalities send those to Congress and notify him when they have done so. Steve Arnold asked if this resolution was related to the documents received from the County Executive’s Office earlier in the year. Amanda advised those documents were a different and pertained to municipalities’ option to opt-in or opt-out of the CDBG program. Those documents may have been a little confusing because they appear like you need to pass a resolution but in reality it is not needed. However this new resolution handed out tonight is different. Pete McGinty asked if these templates can be sent to the managers. Amanda agreed that was a good idea and she will send those soon. For those municipalities who do pass the resolution please let Jack and Amanda know. DIRECTOR’S REPORT: Amanda went over the Director’s Report (attached). The Director’s report is a good way of showcasing what the COG is doing for its members. Amanda provided an update on Land banking. She advised we are working through the acquisition and disposition policies but it is a very challenging process. All of our efforts thus far have been paid for through foundation grants and we are continuing to form partnerships around the issue of blight. The Police Chief meeting this month with District Attorney Stephen Zapalla was a particularly successful meeting. A lot of issues were discussed. He is starting a Public Integrity Unit in the region. This will involve the unit verifying the police acted accordingly in certain incidents such as police use of deadly fire. In short, the COG is really busy and we have a lot of good things happening. Amanda and Tim spoke about an update with the Vactor program. Unfortunately there are some mechanical damages to the truck that we need resolve. The program was scheduled to be up and running this month but unfortunately it is being delayed. We will know more about the extent of the problem tomorrow. The problems are being assessed by the Cleveland Brothers in Cranberry. We are committed to the program but we need to consider the costs as we move forward. If the vactor operator, Ray, has made an appointment with your community he has been calling to reschedule. We may be looking at 2-3 weeks of repairs from what we are understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience that will cause. OTHER NEWS: Tim thanked everyone for their help at the ALOM conference at Seven Springs. A lot of good networking occurred and people seemed to really enjoy the hospitality room. Lucky asked about the summer schedule for the COG board meetings. Tim responded that the board typically meets through June and motions to suspend meetings until September. This has been the practice since some CD projects may need to be approved at the June meeting. Motion to adjourn by Robert Parker, seconded by William Price.