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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WESTMIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Regis Stephenson presiding.

 

ROLL CALL:            Andzelik – Present, Moses – Present, Kostelnik – Present, Munsie – Present, Marone – Present, Olack  – Absent, Stephenson – Present

 

Six members present, absent one (Olack). Mayor Kelly present.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Motion by Munsie, seconded by Moses that the Minutes of February 21, 2012 and the March 20, 2012 Council Meetings be approved.

 

Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent(Olack). Motion carried. CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

None.

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  1. RESOLUTIONOF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY  COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING EMERGENCY ENTRY ONTO PROPERTY; OPEN ABANDONED MINE; ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE; EMERGENCY SAFETY HAZARD; REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FROM PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BUREAU OF ABANDONED MINE RECLAMATION.

 

Solicitor DiLucente read the resolution. Mr. Kamauf explained that it was a very dangerous situation and it was acted upon immediately and there is now no access to the mine.

 

Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to ratify the resolution voted and adopted at Emergency Session April

11, 2012.

 

Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.  Resolution given No. 1243.

 

  1. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Marone to approve renewal of one year lease extension agreement to Science

Applications International Corporation(SAIC), effective as of May 1, 2012 and expiring April 30, 2013 for Suites 102and

103 located on the first floor of the Borough Building at a rate of Three Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty-Five Dollars

($3,825.00) per month.

 

Roll Call:  Six ayes  – no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik to approve ADP as third party vendor for payroll processing beginning on or about July 1, 2012.

 

Roll Call: Three ayes, three nays (Marone, Moses, Munsie), one absent (Olack). Motion tied.

 

Solicitor DiLucente stated that the Mayor would now vote to break the tie.  Under remarks, Mayor Kelly requested that there be a discussion on the pros and cons since he was not aware that there would be a tie vote.  He also remarked

that during the Caucus Executive Session this was discussed and that he was under the assumption that everyone was in favor of passing the motion.  Mr. Marone replied that it was not unanimous stating that there were three members not in favor. After considerable discussion on the pros and cons, Mayor Kelly requested that the vote be held off until a

later time during the meeting.

 

  1. D. Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik to approve advertising of open part-time bookkeeping and administrative position in the Borough Office.

 

Under remarks, Mr. Marone remarked that he is against any hiring at this time. Mr. Kostelnik stated that this is not creating a new position but filling the position of the part-time person who left. Mayor Kelly remarked that the return ratio of the person who had been in this position far exceeded the position’s salary.

 

Roll Call:  Four ayes, two nays (Marone, Moses), one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the hiring of Mark A. Lazzaro, Sr. to the newly created position of Code Enforcement Officer in the Community Development Department at an annual salary of Thirty Eight Thousand Dollars ($38,000.00); pending successful completion of background search.

 

Under remarks, Mr. Anthony explained that Mr. Lazzaro would be required to maintain his certifications to perform duties when he would not be available and that the salary for the newly created non-union position is under budget for the salaries in his department.

 

Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

 

  1. F. Motion by Marone, seconded by Moses to approve the hiring of Thomas Palko for the part-time, seasonal opening at the West Mifflin Community Park at a rate of Ten Dollars and Sixty-one cents ($10.61) per hou

 

Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the recalling of two (2) Public Works Employees as of May

1, 2012, pending successful completion of Medical Physical and Drug Screen; employees will be recalled in the reverse order of layoff, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

 

Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

 

  1. H. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Marone to approve the Solicitor to begin Title Searches for properties listed on the 2013 Demolition List.

 

Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Munsie to approve the purchase of Ex Mark Zero Radius from Jefferson Hills Lawn Equipment, Incorporated at a cost of Five Thousand Five Hundred Nineteen Dollars ($5,519.00) under Costar State Bid Contract #2420-01.

 

Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

 

  1. J. Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Munsie to accept the resignation of Recreation Director Lance Mah Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent(Olack). Motion carried.
  2. K. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Andzelik to approve appointing Steve Keron to Recreation and Parks Director at

an annual salary of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) per year. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent(Olack). Motion carried.

 

  1. L. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve a Five Hundred Dollar ($500.00) donation to West Mifflin

Air Force JROTC.

 

Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays.  Motion carried.

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

Community Development………………………………………………….. Walter Anthony

 

Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Department Report for the month of March 2012. Police……………………………………………………………………………….. Chief Ken Davies

Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of March2012. Chief Davies highlighted the following items in his report:

The Police Department is actively participating in The Buckle Up and The Aggressive Driving Traffic Details.

 

Officers Bobick and Sabol have completed and passed the North American Standard Commercial Vehicle Inspection

Training.

 

The Homeville Road Bridge rehabilitation project is to begin April 16, 2012 and should be completed within 6 weeks. The bridge will be open to one lane alternating traffic during project hours.

 

The Police Department has received complaints regarding ATV/Motorbike riding in the areas of Mifflin Hills and

Edgewood Avenue. Officers will be monitoring these locations again for illegal activities.

 

The Police Department has received complaints regarding garbage picking which is prohibited as it is unlawful to haul, transport, collect or remove any solid waste from public or private property within the Borough and they will be monitoring the community.

 

The Police Department has been notified by the PA State Police that they no longer are permitted to run the registrations of vehicles through the Borough specifically for the Community Development Department.

 

Public Works……………………………………………………………………. James Hess

 

Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of March2012.

 

Mr. Hess reported that proceeds from recycling for the month of March are $2,985.00 from the recycling company and

$2,240.00 savings at the landfill, totaling $5,225.00 for the month.

 

Mr. Hess reported that PA American Water Company will be making improvements on the following streets within the Borough: Monroe Avenue, Elmwood Avenue, Polk Avenue, Wilson Street, Daye Drive, Streets Run Road, Homestead- Duquesne Road and Clairton  Road.

 

Mr. Hess read a letter from a resident, Ms. Barks commending the Public Works Department for their hard work during the winter season.

 

Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Steve Keron

 

Mr. Keron thanked everyone involved in another successful Easter Party held on March 31, 2012.

 

Mr. Keron reported that donations are coming in for Community Day, to date $1,250.00 has been donated. EMS………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett

Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of March 2012.

 

Chief Plunkett reported that their 2011 Audit has been submitted to the Mayor and Council.

 

Chief Plunkett also reported that they have recently certified 120 ROTC students in CPR and First Aid at the High School. He said another program at the High School that they participated in was the Mon Yough Prosperity Fair which was well attended.

Chief Plunkett reported that they have two meetings with Kennywood Park in preparation of the upcoming season. Chief Plunkett reported that they had a presentation at the Homeville Volunteer Fire Company along with Allegheny

County Arson for the Girl Scouts.

 

Chief Plunkett reported that the new ambulance introduced last month was inspected by the Department of Health and it is now in service.

 

Chief Plunkett said they are attending Operation Runway Overpass on April 20th through April 22nd at Fort Indiantown Gap Military Installation.  He said it is a State wide drill which would simulate an accident at the Allegheny County Airport involving domestic terrorism.

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

Mayor Kelly requested that Council send a letter to the West Mifflin Area School Board endorsing the ROTC Program at the High School.  He said he realizes that there are some programs that are on the chopping block and this is probably the most pro-active program with 168 student members.  It was recommended that a letter of support be sent to the School Board.

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

 

Solicitor DiLucente reported he made the recommendation that emergency action had to take place with the abandoned mine situation and he prepared Resolution #1243 for tonight and he commended Council for taking immediate action.

 

Solicitor DiLucente reported he would begin the Title Searches for properties listed on the 2013 Demolition List.

 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

 

Mr. Jovanovich reported NIRA has been working on the following projects:

 

The Talkington Consolidation Plan on Interboro Avenue; reviewed and issued a recommendation letter with respect to

Sub-division, Land Development and Zoning Ordinance.

 

The proposed flashing warning devices and school zone signals at Homeville Road and Commonwealth Avenue; visited site.

 

The Bettis Traffic Signal Project; reviewed contract closeout documentation and made a recommendation that the

Borough process the final payment.

 

Ball Avenue Timbering Site; visited site and provided PennDOT recommendations on bonding of roads. Greensprings Avenue Slope; visited and made recommendations for the Public Works Department.

Geographic Information System; CAD Technician made revisions to the GIS mapping to indicate the zoning districts in

color.

 

REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:

 

Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report as of April 17, 2012.  He also reported that the Borough received $413, 812.27 for the 2012 Liquid Fuels Allocation.

 

Mr. Kamauf reported that Applebee’s Restaurant has extended an invitation to Mayor and Council to the ribbon cutting of their Grand Opening of their newly remodeled restaurant which will take place on April 25that 6:00 p.m.

 

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Moses that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Andzelik to approve a Five Hundred Dollar ($500.00)donation to West Mifflin Senior

Citizens who meet regularly at Homeville Fire Hall.

 

Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

 

Mr. Stephenson re-read Agenda Item C (Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik to approve ADP as third party vendor for payroll processing beginning on or about July1, 2012.) and explained that the vote was tabulated as three ayes, three nays (Marone, Moses, Munsie), one absent .  He then asked for any further discussion. Hearing no further discussion he called for the Mayor’s vote. Mayor Kelly voted aye. Motion carried.

 

Mr. Andzelik said he recently read a newspaper article regarding US Steel relocating their Pittsburgh offices from the city to the suburbs.  He suggested that they be notified that West Mifflin would welcome them into the Borough since there are properties such as the former GM Plant along with others that are available. Mayor Kelly said in the past it was discussed that a TIF program be implemented to draw in businesses. He said that the program was never finalized, however the letter should include that Council would entertain this option.

 

Mr. Kostelnik said as the liaison between Council and the Sanitary Sewer Authority he would like to give an update.  He stated that at the Sewer Authority Board Meeting he made a motion to repeal the increase in sewage ratesand service fee implemented in 2010 that increased the service fee by $1.00every year for infinity.  He said that the current fee for

2012 is $17.00 and in 2013 it would be $18.00 and so forth.  He said that the motion was tabled for further discussion. He said that he will keep Council posted on the outcome.

 

Mr. Moses suggested a motion be put on the floor to put a freeze on any future hiring and any capital expenditures.  Mr. Stephenson stated that there is only $110,000 remaining in the Capital Project Fund and he agrees that it should be frozen. Solicitor DiLucente advised against passing a motion. He stated if there would happen to be an item that was needed for emergency purposes it would be a problem and he suggested instead of freezing expenditures that before any item be placed on the Agenda it would be discussed before being voted on which would prevent any unnecessary spending.  Mr.Andzelik suggested that there be more discussion at the next Caucus Meeting.

 

Mr. Munsie reported that the Personnel Committee met this morning and progress is being made on the job descriptions.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

 

David Knapton 605 Nordeen  Drive complained about the speeding and failure to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Nordeen Drive and Dawson Drive. Mr. Stephenson stated that the Safety Committee will review the area and make recommendations.

 

Mark Frick 606 Nordeen Drive reiterated Mr. Knapton’s  concerns.

 

Diane Stanesic 2803Glenny Lane Extension said that the Public Hearing for the liquor license transfer to Kennywood Park should have been advertised in the Daily News and not the Valley Mirror because it is not a wide read newspaper.  She stated that she objects to liquor at Kennywood and would have attended the hearing if she had seen the advertisement. Mr. Stephenson and Solicitor DiLucente remarked that by State Law a hearing is not required, however Council held the hearing as a courtesy. Solicitor DiLucente stated that Council was making a determination if it would adversely affect

the Borough and that the LCB has complete control and must act on it. Mr. Stephenson reported that on March 22,

2012 there was a meeting with Mr. Gibas, General Manager of Kennywood Park and in attendance was Mr. Kamauf, Mayor Kelly, Mr. Andzelik and himself. Mr. Andzelik said that Mr. Gibas was up front regarding all their detailed concerns. Mayor Kelly remarked that Mr. Gibas came to the meeting with appropriate answers. Mayor Kelly addressed Mrs. Stanesic regarding the placement of the advertisement stating that it is the most fiscal responsible place to advertise and there have been other times that it has been used. Mrs. Stanesic requested that in the future all advertisements be put on the website also.

 

Doug Shields Ceasefire PA spoke to Council regarding House Bill 1523.  He invited Council to join him for a briefing on the Bill on April 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Munhall Borough Building.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Marone that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 8:20p.m. prevailing time.

 

Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.