City of Monessen, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Monessen as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Municipal authorities — See Ch. 5.
Boards, committees and commissions — See Ch. 12.
City Council — See Ch. 17.
Fire Department — See Ch. 39.
Fiscal affairs — See Ch. 45.
Personnel policies — See Ch. 80.
Police Department — See Ch. 83.
Purchasing — See Ch. 89.
Parks — See Ch. 275.
Plumbing Code — See Ch. 285.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 340.
[Derived from Ch. I, Part 3, of the 1964 Code of Ordinances of the City of Monessen]

§ 28-1 Assignment of executive and administrative powers, duties and authority to departments.

The executive and administrative powers, authority and duties of the city, to be performed by the several departments of the city government, as fixed by Act of Assembly, are hereby assigned and distributed as follows:
A. 
Department of Public Affairs. The Department of Public Affairs shall be under the supervision of the Mayor, and he as head of such Department shall have management and control of the city police and other powers vested in him by law. The Mayor shall have the authority, at all times, to call upon any official of the city or heads of departments as to any information on affairs under their control and management as he may require. He may likewise report upon any and all matters of the city government as frequently to City Council as he deems conducive to the interest and welfare of the city. This Department shall be known and designated as "Department No. 1."
B. 
Department of Accounts and Finance. The Department of Accounts and Finance shall be under the supervision of the member of Council designated for said purpose, who shall perform and discharge the several duties imposed by law. Said Department shall have the charge, control, management and supervision of the assessment and collection of all sources of revenue, except where otherwise specifically provided by law or ordinance, and shall have the general supervision over all subordinate officers whose duties pertain to the collection and paying over of any of the moneys and revenue of the city, excepting any duties pertaining thereto which are or may hereafter be conferred upon any other person or persons by law or ordinance. The City Treasurer, City Controller and City Assessors shall be attached to this Department. This Department shall be known and designated as "Department No. 2."
C. 
Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety shall be under the supervision of the designated member of Council and shall have the charge, management, control and supervision of all matters and things pertaining to the Health Officer, Zoning Administrator and Housing Administrator; the public charity and poor affairs of the city, insofar as the same may be vested in and administered by the city; the administration and enforcement of the Plumbing Code;[1] all matters pertaining to telegraph, telephone and electric lights and all other electrical matters (except insofar as any part of such electrical matters may be committed to any other department); the location, inspection and maintenance of all cables, wires and billboards; food inspection; the removal and disposal of garbage and refuse;[2] and the various fire companies now or hereafter comprising the Fire Department of the city.[3] This Department shall be known and designated as "Department No. 3."
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 285, Plumbing.
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 331, Solid Waste.
[3]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 39, Fire Department.
D. 
Department of Streets and Public Improvements. The Department of Streets and Public Improvements shall be under the supervision of the members of Council designated for said purpose and shall have charge, control, management and supervision of streets and highways and all new work and repairs thereto, including sidewalks and the removal of obstructions therefrom, thereover or thereunder and the prevention of nuisances thereon; sewers, their construction, reconstruction and repair; bridges, all public utilities that have anything to do in, over or under the public streets or highways; the City Engineer, together with his assistants and employees, and the Street Commissioner, together with his assistants and employees, are attached to this Department, including the charge, control and management of the Sewage Disposal Plant; the Superintendent of Garage and all mechanics and mechanical work shall be attached to this Department. Moreover, all the officers, employees, agents and servants presently assigned to the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Parks and Public Property shall now come under the exclusive jurisdiction and supervision of the Department of Streets and Public Improvements and shall constitute a labor pool for assignment to the various departments of said city as the Director of said Street Department may see fit to assign from time to time for the efficient and economical operation of said city government. The various vehicle equipment, other personal property and supplies now assigned to the Department of Safety and the Department of Parks and Public Property shall and are hereby transferred, assigned and set over to the Department of Streets and Public Improvements for the assignment and use to the various departments of said city as the Director of the Department of Streets and Public Improvements may see fit for the economical operation of said city government and shall likewise constitute a pool for the economical operation of said city government. This Department shall be known and designated as "Department No. 4."
E. 
Department of Parks and Public Property. The Department of Parks and Public Property shall be under the supervision of the member of Council designated for said purpose and shall have all the duties and powers by ordinance heretofore vested in said Department. Excluding, nevertheless, the control, management and supervision of the officials and employees of the city formerly assigned to said Department as well as the vehicle equipment, other personal property and other supplies thereto formerly assigned. This Department shall be known and designated as "Department No. 5."

§ 28-2 Department heads subject to Council.

Except where otherwise directed by law, the Director of each of the above departments shall exercise his powers, authorities and duties, subject to the direction and control of the Council.

§ 28-3 Departmental employees.

The Director of each department shall have authority to hire such employees and laborers as may be necessary to the proper and rightful performance of the duties of each respective department; but such employment shall always be subject to the approval and control of the Council.

§ 28-4 Department heads may be directed to assist other department heads.

The Council may by resolution, at any time, appoint and direct the Director of any department (except the Mayor) to assist the Director of any other department in the performance of the duties in the latter department, and the person so appointed and directed shall act only as an assistant or deputy and shall be under the direction of the Director of the department to which he is temporarily appointed for service.

§ 28-5 Purchase of materials and supplies.

All materials and supplies to be purchased by or for any of the departments shall be purchased in accordance with the provisions of the ordinance governing purchasing for the city.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 89, Purchasing.

§ 28-6 Determination of conflicts as to departmental functions.

If, in the exercise of any of the powers, authority and duties as herein or hereafter assigned and distributed, there shall appear to be a conflict or difficulty in determining to which department the matter or thing in controversy belongs, the question shall be settled and determined by resolution of Council.

§ 28-7 Rules and regulations; warrants.

The Director of each department shall make and enforce such rules and regulations not inconsistent with law or ordinance as may be deemed necessary to secure efficient service in his department or the business in charge thereof and shall countersign all warrants for the payment of the salaries and compensation of all the officers and employees for all work done under supervision and control and for all materials and supplies furnished his department.
[Adopted 11-30-1966 by Ord. No. 641]

§ 28-8 Department established.

A. 
There is hereby established in the City of Monessen a Department of City Planning and Urban Development.
B. 
The Department shall be under the Department of Public Affairs of the City of Monessen.

§ 28-9 Function.

The function of said Department shall be:
A. 
The Department shall have the responsibility of coordinating the Comprehensive Master Plan for the City of Monessen between all governmental and private agencies whose sphere of activity is encompassed by any aspect of the Comprehensive Master Plan.
B. 
The Department shall advise and report to City Council on all aspects of current planning proposals, the capital budget and capital improvement projects contemplated or initiated by any government or private agency which affect the Comprehensive Master Plan.
C. 
The Department shall be responsible for the periodic submission of the Workable Program required by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
D. 
The Department shall be responsible for the administration of the Housing Code, Building Code, Zoning Code, Health Code, Fire Code, Plumbing Code and other related codes.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Chs. 247, Housing Standards, 153, Building Construction, 375, Zoning, 224, Fire Prevention, and 285, Plumbing, respectively.
E. 
The Department shall be responsible for the administration and coordination of all planning and development programs and projects undertaken by the City Council of the City of Monessen involving grants or loans from the United States government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any other governmental or private source.
F. 
The Department shall be responsible as a liaison office for advising and reporting to City Council concerning planning proposals and projects undertaken by any governmental or private agency upon which official action of any kind is required by City Council.

§ 28-10 Composition.

The Department of City Planning may consist of the following officers and employees:
A. 
Director.
B. 
Administrative Assistant to Director.
C. 
Department Secretary (two).
D. 
Chief Building and Housing Inspector.
E. 
Building and Housing Inspectors (two).
F. 
Zoning Officer.
G. 
Health Officer.
H. 
Planning Intern.
I. 
Registered Engineer.
J. 
Plumbing Inspector.
K. 
Fire Marshal.

§ 28-11 Director.

The Director shall be in charge of the administration of the Department and shall supervise the duties and activities of all officers and employees of the Department. The Director shall be a planner certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

§ 28-12 Appointments; requirements.

Appointments to all positions in the Department of City Planning and Urban Development shall be made by City Council from time to time as the vacancies occur. The Director of the Department shall advise City Council concerning educational and experience requirements for the officers and employees of the Department.

§ 28-13 Compensation.

The compensation to be paid to all officers and employees of the Department shall be established from time to time by City Council of the City of Monessen.