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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.

 

 

 

ROLL CALL: Andzelik Present Munsie Present
Kostelnik

Marone

Absent

Present

Olack

Stephenson

Present

Absent

Moses Present

 

 

 

Five members present, absent two (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Mayor Kelly present.

 

 

 

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue remarked that in the future he would like to see specific addresses under such Items as G, H and I.  Mr. Kamauf replied that he followed the format that Allegheny County submitted to the Borough.

 

 

 

Dan Connelly 2105 Vermont Avenue remarked under Agenda Item A that his opinion is that every house on the block is going to lower in value and he added that if he knew a church was going to move in he wouldn’t have bought his house in 2006.  He also said that everyone is going to lose in this because it would now be a tax exempt property. Mayor Kelly stated that he respects Mr. Connelly’s opinion however he doesn’t feel that a church would lower property values any more than when it was a social hall.

 

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone that the Minutes of the June 18, 2013 and July 16, 2013 be approved.  Roll Call:  Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Motion carried.

 

 

 

AGENDA ITEMS

 

  1. A. Motion by Olack, seconded by Andzelik to approve the Conditional Use Authorization request from Oasis Ministries for the use of the former Knights of Columbus building located at 2017 Pennsylvania Avenue for the purpose of using the property as a place of wor Under remarks, Mr. Anthony stated that one condition is that there is a 299 person occupancy limit.  Roll Call:  Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Motion carried.

 

  1. B. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA TO RATIFY THE APPROVAL AND AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS WITH THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR YEAR 40 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT.

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone the resolution be adopted.  Roll Call:  Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Motion carried.  Resolution given No. 1259.

 

  1. C. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUINTY, PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING DEMOLITION FOR SLUMS AND BLIGHT.

 

 

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack the resolution be adopted.  Roll Call:  Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Motion carried.  Resolution given No. 1260.

 

  1. D. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to approve a five year contract extension between Baldwin EMS and The Borough of West Mifflin for full-time emergency medical service Under remarks, Mayor Kelly commented that this is one of the most progressive moves that the Public Safety Committee has made and that the service has been outstanding. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson). Motion carried.

 

  1. E. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to advertise an ordinance for Registration of Vacant Property and providing for the Regulation of Abandoned Real and Personal Property. Roll Call:  Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Motion carrie

 

  1. F. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to condemn the following properties, deem the structures thereon to constitute nuisances and hazards, and approve the written adjudications and recommended razing:

 

600 Kenny Street, Lot & Block 238-P-160

109 Avon Road, Lot & Block 181-B-344

3314 Virginia Avenue, Lot & Block 181-C-126

4001 Home Street, Lot & Block 181-H-366

 

Under remarks, Mayor Kelly questioned whether there is a limit to how many properties can be applied for.  Mr. Anthony stated that these four properties are remaining from last year’s list and that he has applied for 15 demolitions for next year. Roll Call:  Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Motion carried.

 

  1. G. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING THE ACQUISITION AND SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION OF NUMEROUS PARCELS OF VACANT PROPERTY KNOWN AS LOT AND BLOCK NUMBER 182-L-002 WOULD BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE BOROUG

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack the resolution be adopted.  Roll Call:  Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Motion carried.  Resolution given No. 1261.

 

  1. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING THE ACQUISITION AND SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION OF NUMEROUS PARCELS OF VACANT PROPERTY KNOWN AS LOT AND BLOCK NUMBER 180-R-361 WOULD BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN.

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack the resolution be adopted.  Roll Call:  Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Motion carried.  Resolution given No. 1262.

 

  1. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING THE ACQUISITION AND SUBSEQUENT DIPOSITION OF NUMEROUS PARCELS OF VACANT PROPERTY KNOWN AS LOT AND BLOCK NUMBER 305-P-137 WOULD BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN.

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack the resolution be adopted.  Roll Call:  Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Motion carried.  Resolution given No. 1263.

 

 

 

  1. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve a leave of absence and authorizing the continuation of full benefits and the make-up pay difference for Employee #79 during the employees Call to Active Duty as part of the United States Air Force

Reserve Command.  Roll Call:  Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson). Motion carried.

 

  1. K. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Andzelik to approve the Agreement between the Borough of West Mifflin and Century III Mall for the use of Mall property for the West Mifflin Community Day. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Motion carrie

 

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

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

 

Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of July 2013.

 

 

 

Police ………………………………………………………………………………. Chief Ken Davies

 

Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of July 2013.

 

Chief Davies thanked and commended everyone involved in their efforts to assist during the recent severe weather conditions.

 

Chief Davies reported that the department participated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Aggressive Driving Detail.

 

Chief Davies reported that on July5, 2013 the Police Department participated in a DUI Checkpoint on Route 837 in West Mifflin.  He said it resulted in 13 DUI arrests and 1 drug arrest as well as 44 traffic and non-traffic citations as well as 1 warrant served.

 

 

 

Public Works …………………………………………………………………… Richard Marecic

 

Mr. Marecic read the Public Works Report for the month of July 2013.

 

Mr. Marecic reported that 5 trucks were filled with electronic waste at the recycling event held on July 20th.

 

Mayor Kelly commented that after touring the streets that were paved he feels that the company that was hired to do the paving should not be paid at this time because of the unsatisfactory job. Mr. Marone replied that there was discussion prior to the meeting regarding how Council’s expectations with the new process were higher and that the engineer is scheduled to inspect the streets next Tuesday before any payment would be issued.

 

 

 

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

 

Mr. Keron reported that plans are being finalized for Community Day.  He also stated that it would now start at 10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

EMS ………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett

 

Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of July 2013.

 

Chief Plunkett reported that Mobile Data Terminals have been installed in all the vehicles through a grant from a local foundation.

 

Chief Plunkett reported that on August 3rd the EMS participated in transporting injured Marine Sergeant Doug Natale from the Allegheny County Airport to his new smart home in Peters Township.  He reported that there was a 200 vehicle motorcade.

 

 

 

Chief Plunkett reported that the John Heinz History Center opened a new 3 month display called

“Hero Dogs” which Search and Rescue K-9 Bandaid was invited to participate on August 4th.

 

 

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

Mayor Kelly congratulated resident Gina Englert, a Records Specialist at Allegheny County for receiving the Allegheny County Exemplary Employee Award.

 

Mayor Kelly reported that the Annual Community Day would be totally “green”.  He said that solar power would be used and also a backup generator that runs on used vegetable oil would be available if needed.

 

Mayor Kelly stated that several businesses have been interested in properties on Buttermilk Hollow Road and also the new Property Manager at Century III Mall has been keeping in contact and moving in the right direction.

 

Mayor Kelly recognized that Sergeant Veinovich was in the audience and he commended him for his years with the Borough and also the great job he did with the DEA.

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

 

Solicitor DiLucente reported that his firm has been working on the ordinance to register vacant property which would be voted on at the next Council Meeting.  He also said a tremendous amount of work has been done working with Mr. Anthony on the demolition and condemnation proceedings. Regarding the Oasis Ministries parking concerns he reported that everything has been thoroughly looked into and he doesn’t feel there is an issue with parking.

 

 

 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

 

Mr. Jovanovich reported the following:

 

Borough Soccer Field – The subdivision was recorded on August 7th and LaFarge is currently in the process of transferring the property.  Received a letter last week from DCNR that it is ok to proceed.  Recommended that Council advertise for bids for concrete sidewalks and fencing.

 

United Rentals – Approved the Stormwater Management Plans.

 

CCAC Proposed Driveway for Baseball Field – Upon the review of the Transportation Impact Assessment there were no exceptions to the recommendations and issued a letter to the Borough dated July 18, 2013.

 

2014 CDBG Demolitions – Prepared a location map and Engineer’s certification of the cost estimate.

 

REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:

 

Mr. Kamauf read the Financial Report for the month of July 2013.

 

Mr. Kamauf stated that he has set up meetings with the Department Supervisors to begin the process of preparing the 2014 Budget.

 

 

 

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

 

Motion by Munsie, seconded by Marone that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid.  Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Motion carried.

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to advertise for bids for the concrete sidewalks and fencing for the Borough Soccer Field Project.  Roll Call:  Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kostelnik, Stephenson).  Motion carried.

 

Mr. Marone reported that the Public Safety Committee is working on finalizing the Fire Department Audits and once they are completed a Public Safety Meeting will be set up in September.

 

 

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

 

Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue asked Mayor Kelly what type of businesses are interested in locating to Buttermilk Hollow Road.  Mayor Kelly said one would be offices and another is a small personal type business. On another matter Mr. Thompson said he would like to see the ordinance relating to uninspected vehicles have an addition to it stating that it would be cited if it is a hazard or dangerous to the public.

 

 

Bob Kranak 232 Bellwood Road said he applied for a copy of the appraisal of the Borough Building and was denied and would like an explanation.  Solicitor DiLucente explained that Solicitor Evashavik made the ruling and he told Mr. Kranak that he has the right to appeal.  Mr. Kranak stated that he has not received anything in writing.  Mr. Kamauf replied that he has the written explanation ready for him and explained that the appraisal is currently being used in an assessment litigation and it is considered a privileged document.  He explained that once the litigation is complete it would be available to him.

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

 

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Marone that the Meeting be adjourned.  Meeting adjourned at

7:05 p.m. prevailing time.