COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.
Seven members present, absent none. Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Davis that the Minutes of the January 21, 2014, February 18,
2014 and March 18, 2014 be approved. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve participating in the 2014 SHACOG Joint Police Test. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- B. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Stephenson to approve the Borough Manager to hire summer help in the Public Works Departme Employees selected will work no more than a total of 7680 hours and the summer help rate will be $8.00 per hour. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner to approve Kuzneski and Lockard Incorporated as listing agents for the property located at 3000 Lebanon Church Road, West Mifflin,
PA pending the Borough Solicitors final approval of the Listing Agreement. Under remarks, Mr. Kostelnik questioned whether there has been any interest in the property. Solicitor Evashavik replied that there has been some interest but no reasonable offer. He stated that this motion is giving him the authority to finalize the terms of the agreement with Kuzneski and Lockard and the agreement will come back to Council for final approval. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Stephenson to approve the advertising of an ordinance amending Chapter 274-2 of the Code Ordinance providing for revising, changing and amending traffic control and parking regulations. Under remarks, Mr. Marone
questioned if this motion is to correct the problem on June Drive. Mr. Moses replied that this will enable Council to take action on the matter. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- E. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the Fialkovich Subdivision as previously approved by the Planning Commiss Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- F. Motion by Stephenson, seconded by Olack for approval of the Westwood Village PRD Subdivision Plan to include the easement through the developer’s property for the proposed emergency access road from Commonwealth Avenue to the Clubhouse parking lot. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nay Motion carried.
- G. Motion by Olack, seconded by Stephenson for final approval of the Master Plan for the
Westwood PRD, subject to the conditions outlined by the engineer as follow:
- The plans be revised to provide a two (2) foot wide grass strip between the curb and the sidewalks on each side of Clubhouse Drive.
- The plans be revised to reflect the locations and construction details for ADA
compliant curb ramps at corners and crosswalks.
- The Developer submits a letter formally requesting the Borough Council grant a modification to §506.1L of the Borough’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance limiting the length of cul-de-sac streets to 400 feet. (The proposed cul- de-sac is 900 feet long).
- The Developer makes any required changes to the width of the emergency access
road as recommended by the Borough’s Emergency Management Coordinator.
- The location of the proposed fire hydrants be approved by the appropriate
Borough fire official.
- The Developer submits to the Borough a copy of a letter from PennDOT approving the connection of the proposed Clubhouse Drive to Commonwealth Avenue.
Solicitor Evashavik opened the meeting to a Public Hearing. He stated that this PRD has been in the works for a long time and there have been prior Public Hearings and technically this is not required however to be cautious and to demonstrate total transparency by this Council a public hearing would be held at this time.
John Koczka 4333 Everlawn question who the developer is. Mr. Anthony replied that the developer is Mr. Mark Latorre.
Hearing no other comments, Solicitor Evashavik closed the Public Hearing. Solicitor Evashavik also commented that the Planning Commission Minutes and Recommendation is also officially made a part of this record.
Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack for final approval of the Phase 1 of the
Westwood Village PRD consisting of 20 units with the following conditions:
- The Developer enters into a Developer’s Agreement with the Borough and provides the required financial performance security, insurances and engineer’s cost estimate.
- The Developer provides the required building elevations/perspective drawings for each type of building to be constructed.
- The Developer submits to the Borough a copy of a letter from PA DEP approving the Sewage Facilities Planning Module for the project.
- The Developer submits to the Borough a copy of a letter from the West Mifflin Sanitary Sewer Municipal Authority approving the design of the sewage collection system serving the plan.
- The Developer submits to the Borough a copy of an executed Developer’s Agreement with the West Mifflin Sanitary Sewer Municipal Authority for the construction of the proposed sewage collection system serving the plan.
- The developer submits to the Borough a copy of a letter from PA DEP or the Allegheny County Conservation District approving the erosion and sedimentation control plan and the NPDES Permit for the construction site storm water controls.
- The Developer submits to the borough a copy of a letter from PennDOT
approving the proposed driveway access to Commonwealth Avenue.
Mayor Kelly commended Mr. Latorre for sticking with the project for the past 5 years. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Community Development…………………………………………………. Walter B. Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of March 2014.
Mr. Anthony reported that he and NIRA Engineers are working on a Flood Plain Ordinance required by FEMA.
Police ………………………………………………………………………………. Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of March 2014.
Chief Davies reported that the Titan Dash is scheduled for May 3, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. which in the past required the closing of Commonwealth Avenue however, this year they will be holding it entirely on school property.
Chief Davies reported that the moving date for the Police Department has been set for May 12,
Mayor Kelly stated that he understands that one of the towing companies that the Borough uses is going out of business and questioned whether the Chief has a plan for towing. Chief Davies replied that he has only heard a rumor of this and has not officially been notified. Mr. Olack stated that he heard it first hand from the owner that he will no longer do towing starting May 1,
- After considerable discussion it was decided that Council and the Solicitor would review the old version of the Resolution for towing to negotiate a fee schedule.
Public Works …………………………………………………………………… James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of March 2014.
Mr. Hess reported that Public Works has started their spring projects which include picking up litter on Borough right-of-ways, brush program, street sweeping, yard repairs and pulling in salt boxes. He also said they are in the process of acquiring materials for the Soccer Complex and as soon as LaFarge is done delivering the fill Public Works will be ready to move on with the project.
Mr. Stephenson commended Mr. Hess and the Public Works Department for the fine job they have done throughout the winter season with snow removal. He remarked that he has received many positive comments from residents.
Mr. Kostelnik said that he and Mr. Hess have been discussing adding an extra camera on the Public Works property in order to identify and fine people who are illegally dumping on the property. Mr. Kostelnik questioned whether a motion was necessary to purchase the equipment and was advised that it was not necessary and Mr. Kamauf replied that he would get a quote and report back to Council.
Recreation ……………………………………………………………………….. Anthony DiCenzo
Mr. DiCenzo thanked Council, the High School TLC and everyone else involved in helping with the Annual Easter Party. He reported that after donations and volunteer help the cost to host the event was approximately $1,100.
Mr. DiCenzo reported that with the help of the Recreation Committee and Mr. Hess, he completed a tour of all the Borough playground sites and they would be putting together a plan that will list all the areas to enhance as well as some that could be eliminated due to lack of use or to the condition of the area.
Mr. DiCenzo reported he has been contacted by a representative from Macy’s regarding the results of the Heart Your Park Program and the representative said that they are planning on making a press release in the upcoming weeks with the total of all contributions. Mr. DiCenzo said they would be invited to the May Council Meeting along with the Hacke family for the check presentation.
Mr. DiCenzo reported that West Mifflin Baseball and West Mifflin Youth Softball Leagues will be hosting their annual Opening Day Ceremony on Saturday, April 26th at 10:00 a.m. at the Baseball Complex. He also reported that softball and baseball games would be played
throughout the day on Saturday, May 3rd beginning at 11:00 a.m. for the “Camden Kick-off” at the WMYSL Complex. Mr. DiCenzo also reported that Scott Walker, President of WMBL and WMYSL has submitted the registry for the leagues and that he has made all of the coaches aware that they need to acquire Act 33 and Act 34 Clearances which is mandated in their lease.
Mr. DiCenzo reported that the next Recreation Department event would be Community Movie
Night on Saturday, May 31st at the WMBL Complex beginning at dusk.
Mr. DiCenzo reported that flyers will be distributed next week to the schools as well as a link on the Borough Website to register for the Flag Football League that is sponsored by Jump Start Sports. He said the league will run from June 2nd – July 7th at Filo Field with a registration fee of
$60 per players for boys and girls from grade K-6.
Mr. DiCenzo reported that the department is continuing to solicit businesses and corporate sponsors for the Titan Nation signs that will be placed throughout the community.
EMS ………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of March 2014.
Chief Plunkett reported that approval has been given for the purchase of a new ambulance at a cost of approximately $150,000. He said that delivery would be in July 2014.
Chief Plunkett presented an anonymous $5,000 donation for safety improvements in the Borough
Parks. He remarked that it is the third such donation in three years.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly reported that he has proclaimed May 4th – 10th as Childhood Cancer Awareness
Mayor Kelly reported that the Annual Memorial Day Service would take place on May 24th. He also said that there is still time to order a banner for the Soldier’s Tribute through the application process on the Borough Website.
Mayor Kelly reported that he has received a response from acting Allegheny County Airport Authority Executive Director James R. Gill that they are willing to meet to discuss his letter requesting the possibility of utilizing the County Airport for commercial airlines.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Mr. Evashavik reported that all of his items are to be discussed at an Executive Session.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Antonelli reported that LaFarge hasn’t delivered any additional fill material to the Soccer Complex since late January. He said they expect to resume transporting the fill during the week of April 21st, providing the site is not too wet.
Mr. Antonelli reported he attended the April 7th Planning Commission Meeting during which the revised PRD for the Westwood Village was reviewed and conditionally approved.
Mr. Antonelli reported he has done the field review of the roads designated to be re-paved this year and he is currently preparing the drawings and specifications. He projects that the job can be advertised for bidding in early to mid-May.
REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of March 2014.
Mr. Kamauf reported that the final Lease Agreement with the West Mifflin Area School District has been finalized and signed and they will be moving into their offices on July 1, 2014.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Stephenson, seconded by Olack that all bills properly approved by the Finance
Committee be paid. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Stephenson to sign a month to month Lease Agreement with Leidos, formerly known as Science Applications International Corporation for the premises consisting of 2500 rentable square feet of office space located at 3000 Lebanon Church Road at a base rate of $3,285.00 per month. Under remarks, Mr. Kamauf stated that the rate is the same as they are currently paying. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to authorize 4 (four) Police Vehicles to be sold at auction. Under remarks, Chief Davies stated that they are Units 235, 237, 241 and 242 and have all been stripped of both identification decals and mechanical parts. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned whether the Borough had received money owed for taxes on a property that was incorrectly being paid to Baldwin Borough. Mr. Kamauf replied at this time we had not received the money and that he has just inquired about the back taxes and should have an answer later this month. Mr. Stephenson questioned the amount owed. Solicitor Evashavik replied that it had been estimated to be $20,000. Mr. Thompson questioned whether Mr. Rogers has applied for his permit. Mr. Anthony replied that to date he has not applied. Mr. Thompson also commented about a property that is up for sheriff sale and complained that it is not producing any taxes for the Borough.
John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street questioned which towing company was being discussed under the Police Department Report. Mayor Kelly replied that it would not be proper to reveal the company at this time because the bill has not be authenticated and also he said he only brought it up for discussion in order to set rules and parameters. Solicitor Evashavik agreed with the Mayor. Mr. Koczka questioned whether the summer help would be residents. Mr. Kamauf stated in the past it was residents and would continue to be high school and college students from the Borough. Mr. Koczka questioned why a company from Indiana was chosen to sell the
former Borough Building. Mr. Kamauf replied that they are the best qualified.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Stephenson that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. prevailing time.