COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.
Five members present, absent two (Olack, Stephenson). Mayor Kelly absent.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Davis, seconded by Kostelnik that the Minutes of the June 17, 2014 and July 15,
2014 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve the updated Police and Non- Uniform Pension Plans. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
- B. Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis to approve and accept the bid for Rock Salt from Cargill, Inc., as submitted to the SHACOG Purchasing Alliance at a cost of $79.29 per ton, terms of agreement shall be in effect from August 19, 2014 until June 20, 2015. Under remarks, Mr. Davis stated that this is a 40% increase from last yea Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve the Site Plan as recommended by the Planning Commission for Pull-A-Part located at 1457 Lebanon School Road with the conditions of items in the Borough Engineers letter to be completed. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis to approve the Site Plan as recommended by the Planning Commission for Keywell Metals located at 890 Noble Drive, with the condition of relocation of the existing sewer line. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
- E. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve the Site Plan as recommended by the Planning Commission for Tube City IMS, LLC located at 516 Delwar Roa Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
- F. Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner to approve the second application participating in the Duquesne Light LED Municipal Cobrahead Street Light Conversion Pilot Program at a cost of $1,526. Cost is for removal and replacement of 14
Streetlights on Commonwealth Avenue to LED Streetlights. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
- G. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve the final invoice from Tupper for moving the West Mifflin Police Department computer system to the new facility at a cost of $5,000. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carr
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis to approve advertising of an Ordinance amending Article I, Chapter 246 of the Code of Ordinances; providing for time-lines when street openings will be made and when restorations following street openings
must be completed. Roll Call: Five aye, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Kushner to approve advertising of an Ordinance establishing a process for enforcing distraints to enable the Borough to collect Real Estate Taxes; establishing civil penalty for tenants in possession who refuse to comply with a distraint notice. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis to approve/ratify the hiring of Andrew Quayle as Information Technology Coordinator at a salary of $40,000 per year and as a Class I employee under the Pension and Personnel Plans. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
- K. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve the Elevator Maintenance Agreement with Schindler Elevator Corporation at an annual cost of $1,920, pending the Borough Solicitor’s final approva Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
- L. Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the Volunteer Fire Company Funding Agreement pending final review of the Solicit Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
Community Development…………………………………………………. Walter B. Anthony Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of July 2014. Police ………………………………………………………………………………. Chief Ken Davies Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of July 2014.
Chief Davies reported that he received notification from the Department of Justice that the Police
Department has been awarded a grant for $8,137.00 to replace 24 bullet proof vests.
Public Works …………………………………………………………………… James Hess
Mr. Marecic read the Public Works Department Report for the month of July 2014.
Mr. Marecic reported that the Hard-to-Recycle Event held this past Saturday at the Allegheny
County Airport was very successful.
Mr. Marecic reported that the Soccer Complex is currently being hydro seeded by Woehler
Recreation ……………………………………………………………………….. Anthony DiCenzo
Mr. DiCenzo reported the following:
The fall session of Walk Aerobics will start Thursday, September 4th at Emerson
Elementary on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. The session is
12 weeks at a cost of $25.00.
The summer Arts and Crafts Program at West Mifflin Community Park ended on August
1st. Mr. DiCenzo thanked Audrey Miklusko and Michelle Brill for another successful summer program.
Jump Start Sports will be running a Fall T-Ball League that will coincide with the
WMBL Fall League. The T-Ball League will be for boys and girls ages 3 and 4 and will
be on Tuesday evenings beginning September 9th through October 14th. The cost is
$60.00 per player.
We were recently informed that we were not selected at this time for the Kaboom Playground Grant. We were told by Kaboom that this is a very competitive process and applicants are selected from all over the country and that we should not be discouraged by this news as our application will remain with them and we are encouraged to continue to apply in the future.
The Titan Nation signs have been delivered to the Borough and we are in the preliminary stages of seeking locations for the signs to be placed throughout the Borough.
Pull-A-Part has generously donated $4,000. 00 to this year’s Community Day Event. On behalf of the Borough Mr. DiCenzo thanked Pull-A-Part and specifically Joe Bistes and Steve Levetan.
Community Day will be Saturday, September 13th at Century III Mall from 12:00 noon –
8:00 p.m. The event will coincide with Froggy Radio’s Country Concert Tour featuring local and national artists performing throughout the day. The event will also feature local businesses, food vendors, booster groups, churches, children’s activities and will
conclude with Zambelli Fireworks.
EMS ………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of July 2014.
Chief Plunkett reported that through a donation of $1,500.00 we have been able to acquire an Automated External Defibrillator for the Borough Building which has been positioned in the hallway near the elevator.
REPORT OF MAYOR:
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Solicitor Nick Evashavik reported that he has sent a letter to Patton Radio Company indicating that it is the Borough’s position that they are in breach of the License Agreement due to their failure to allow the Borough free access to the tower to install its own communication equipment. He said as a result of that breach the Borough has the power to revoke the lease at any time.
Solicitor Evashavik also reported he attended two property assessment appeals today and provided a summary of the details to Council for their approval.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Antonelli thanked the volunteer efforts of PJ Dick/Trumbull Corporation for the placement, grading and compaction of the fill material for the Soccer Field Project which has been completed. He said he is working with the fence and concrete contractors to attempt to have their work completed as soon as possible. He remarked that the fence should be installed in the next three weeks. He also reported that the Borough Public Works Department will see to the completion of the seeding, fertilizing and mulching of the site as well as installation of the storm drains, construction of the parking lot and driveway, paving and marking of the handicap
parking area and the erection of the project sign. He also said that there has been discussion with the Borough Manager about getting temporary construction fencing to prevent any problems.
Mr. Antonelli reported that the paving contractor, Peter J. Caruso & Sons plans to start work on Thursday, August 21st on Parkside Drive and Ashwood Court. He said no work will be performed on Friday, August 22nd, however work will resume on Monday, August 25th. He said the contractor plans to continue work through Friday, August 29th and any uncompleted work will be completed following Labor Day through Friday September 6th. He reported that the
contractor will be notifying all residents within the various work areas via hand delivered notices at least 48 hours in advance of starting any construction and they have been instructed to
maintain a lane of traffic during the construction and not to delay or detour any school bus traffic.
Mr. Antonelli reported on the status of 1722 Iowa Avenue. He stated that the specifications for demolition had been delivered to SHACOG on July 23rd and the bidding process should begin soon. He said it would still be a two to three month process.
REPORT OF THE MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of July 2014.
Mr. Kamauf reported that he provided Council as well as the Mayor with an end of the year forecast projection and it appears it is on target for this year. He also said that a preliminary budget for 2015 has been created and would be sent to Council and the Mayor by the end of August and would be ready for discussion for the September Caucus Meeting.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to purchase temporary fencing at a cost of approximately $1,800 to provide security at the Soccer Complex. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis to approve the resignation of Public Works Employee
#77 effective Friday, August 15, 2014. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
Larry Howells 3417 Duquesne Avenue commented on a property at 3412 West Street that has had a fire and is in poor condition. He said the owner of the property would like to turn it over to him and he requested that Council have Public Works tear down the remaining structure and exonerate the liens in order for him to take over the property. Mr. Anthony recommended that Mr. Howells go through the Allegheny County Vacant Property Program process. Mr. Howells replied that the County Program is a long process and that the structure is about to fall on his property. Solicitor Evashavik said that a private property cannot be exonerated by any taxing body. He did state that if the property owner donated the property to the Borough and the Borough would accept it they could strike their own liens; however that would not cover the School District or Allegheny County liens. He said this process could lead to an auction where Mr. Howells could bid on the property. Solicitor Evashavik advised that the Borough do a title search before any action is taken. Solicitor Evashavik stated that if the structure is in an imminent state of collapse or threat to the public the Borough could send a crew in and demolish it. It was decided that the Borough Engineer would advise on the condition of the property.
The following residents spoke regarding crime issues in the Duquesne Annex neighborhood:
Laura Momich 1401 Maryland Avenue
Indea Aclair 1401 Maryland Avenue
Faith Edwards 1740 Pennsylvania Avenue
Angel Stipanovich 705 Willow Drive
Chief Davies replied that the number of incidents investigated by Borough Police dropped from
19,420 in 2011 to 16,169 in the same period this year. Chief Davies reported his officers patrol
the entire Borough which is 415 streets over more than 90 miles. He told those in attendance
that when they see something to call the police and also he would look into the matter that Angel Stipanovich reported which was that her husband had called the police to report a problem with marijuana smoke coming from a neighbor’s house but no officer responded.
Debbie Kostelnik 106 Saniel Drive questioned what the criteria are to have a street put on the paving list. Mr. Kamauf explained that there are 68 miles of Borough maintained roads and that each street is evaluated yearly by the Engineer and the Public Works Director. She explained that her street is a cul-de-sac and there are storm sewer drains that are caving in and dangerous. Mr. Kamauf said the storm sewers are another issue that can be corrected and he instructed Mr. Marecic to look into it as soon as possible. Ms. Kostelnik also spoke about high growth in her neighborhood. Mr. Anthony stated that the property she is referring to has been going through the citation and hearing process.
John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street requested an explanation of Agenda Item I. Solicitor Evashavik explained that there is a State Statute that allows Municipalities to direct a tenant of a property that is delinquent in real estate taxes to send the rent to the Borough in lieu of sending it to the landlord until the property taxes are paid in full and this Ordinance would enforce the Statute.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at
7:50 p.m. prevailing time.