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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.

ROLL CALL:    Davis        Present        Marone    Present

            Kostelnik    Present        Olack        Present

            Kushner    Present        Stephenson    Present

Moses    Present

Seven members present. Mayor Kelly absent.

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

None.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Motion by Olack, seconded by Stephenson that the Minutes of the November 18, 2014 be approved. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

AGENDA ITEMS:

  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2015 AND ENDING ON DECEMBER 31, 2015 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BOROUGH CODE FOR THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN.________________________________________________________________

Budget –                 $14,745,842.00

Liquid Fuels Budget –         $ 467,763.14

Capital Projects Budget –         $ 300,000.00

Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack that the resolution by adopted. Roll Call: Seven

ayes, no nays. Motion carried. Resolution given No.1282.

  1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, FIXING AND REENACTING THE REAL ESTATE TAX RATE OF 7.55 MILLS FOR THE YEAR 2015 AND IMPOSING DISCOUNTS, PENALTIES AND INTEREST THEREON.____________________________________

Solicitor DiLucente opened the Public Hearing for comments. Hearing no questions or comments he declared the Public Hearing closed.

Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik that the ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1192.

  1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, RESCINDING ORDINANCE NO. 1165 REGARDING FIREARMS.______________________________________________________________

Solicitor DiLucente opened the Public Hearing for comments. Jay Grossic of Greensprings Avenue requested further clarification about what was being repealed to which Solicitor DiLucente explained the repeal. Hearing no further questions or comments he declared the Public Hearing closed.

Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack that the ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1193.

  1. AN ORDINANCE REGULATING PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY IN THE BOROUGH; ADDING CHAPTER 247 TITLED AS RIGHT-OF-WAY; PROVIDING FOR PLACEMENT OF DEVICES AND OBJECTS IN PUBLIC-RIGHT-OF-WAY; PROVIDING CONDITIONS AND CRITERIA; PROVIDING FOR PERMITS; SEVERABILITY; REPEALER.______________________________________________

Solicitor DiLucente opened the Public Hearing for comments. Hearing no questions or comments he declared the Public Hearing closed.

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack that the ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1194.

  • A RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, FIXING AND ESTABLISHING THE SALARIES AND WAGES OF THE BELOW LISTED AND VARIOUS EMPLOYEES OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN FOR THE PERIOD COMMENCING WITH THE FIRST PAY PERIOD IN JANUARY 2015 AND CONTINUING FORWARD UNTIL OTHERWISE AMENDED BY BOROUGH COUNCIL.__________________________

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Stephenson that the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1283.

  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, FOR THE DEMOLITION OF SLUMS AND BLIGHT THROUGH THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ECOMONIC DEVELOPMENT FOR YEAR 41 APPLICATION._____________________________

Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik that the resolution by adopted. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1284.

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kushner to approve the final site plan as recommended by the engineer and Planning Commission for the renovations and additions to the Sturman Larkin Ford car dealership located at 900 Regis Ave. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the final site plan as recommended by the engineer and Planning Commission, this plan is a request from the Port Authority for an expansion of the Vehicle Maintenance area, with the replacement of 17 lifts and site work with the construction of a retaining wall. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

  2. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve the insurance renewals:

    Travelers-Including Property, Inland Marine, General, Law Enforcement, Public entity, Employment, Auto and Cyber Liabilities, Auto Damage and Umbrella Coverage at an annual cost of $252,007.

Excalibur Insurance Management Services, LLC-Workers Compensation and Employment Liability Insurance at an annual cost of $478,608. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve appointments to the following boards/committees/authorities:

    Zoning Hearing Board – Dale Pavlik, term Jan.1, 2015-Dec. 31, 2017

    Sanitary Sewer Authority – Robert Kostelnik, term expires first Monday of 2019

    Vacancy Board – William Bennett Jr., term Jan. 1, 2015- Dec. 31, 2015

    Civil Service Commission – David Marshall, term Jan.1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2020

    Planning Commission – Stephen Keron, Joan Mills, and J. Douglas Resetar, terms expires Dec. 31, 2018

    Parks and Recreation Recommendation Committee – David Szanca and John Inglis, term Jan.1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2016

    Solicitor DiLucente wanted to make clear for the record that Councilman Kostelnik is permitted to vote other than the Sanitary Sewer Authority. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Councilman Kostelnik abstained from voting for the Sanitary Sewer Authority. Motion Carried.

  2. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to adopt and approve advertising the 2015

    Meeting Calendar. Mr. Kamauf stated that two of the meeting dates will not fall on normal days due to Election Day and Veteran’s Day, but there will be advertising of the change. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

  • Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve payment, recommended by the engineer to Peter J. Caruso & Sons, Inc. in the amount of $199,991.96 for Paving and road work completed. Question was brought up about the paving of Irwin Run Road to which Mr. Hess remarked that he was very happy with everything that was done. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve donation of $500 to West Mifflin Youth Basketball Association. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.


DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

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

Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of November 2014.

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

Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of November 2014.

Chief Davies reminded everyone to be safe and take extra precautions during the Holiday Season. Chief Davis thanked Chief Plunkett for his service.

Mr. Kostelnik questioned about an ongoing problem with parked cars on Ford Street to which Chief Davis said he will look into.

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

Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department for the month of November 2014.

A question was brought up about how the Borough will save on gasoline to which Mr. Hess replied that the price of diesel fuel has remained the same.

Mr. Moses questioned if the recycling will go back to the Hazelwood Plant to save on fuel costs to which Mr. Kamauf replied that he has an RFP for the engineer to review.

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

Mr. Keron reported the following:

    The annual light up night was a huge success. We had a large turnout for the ceremony

    at the Borough Building and the Skyview Fire hall. Special thanks to those Council

    members and to Mrs. Kelly for all the help for this event.

    Council is giving a donation of $500 to the West Mifflin Youth Basketball Association.

    The Recreation committee will be hosting its first Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance

    Saturday. February 7, 2015 at the Westwood Golf Course. For additional information

    contact Tony DiCenzo, the Recreational Director.

    The next Walk Aerobics will begin January 5, 2015 at Emerson Elementary.

Mr. Davis reminded everyone about the January renewal for the Softball and Baseball leases. This would need to have as an issue for voting.

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

Before Chief Plunkett read his report Mr. Moses acknowledged that this would be Chief Plunkett’s last session and presented him a watch and thanked him for his years of service and dedication.

Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of November 2014.

Chief Plunkett reported a 6% increase for the fund drive from this time last year. He expects to exceed last year’s total.

Chief Plunkett read a letter from Mrs. Hunter of Shara Drive commending the EMS for their quick response and kindness for a call to her home in November.

Chief Plunkett ended his report by saying that the success is to the benefit of the community is when public safety and public officials work hand and hand as one.

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

No report.

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

Solicitor DiLucente read the Solicitors report for the month of November 2014.

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

Mr. Antonelli reported that the remaining work on the Soccer Field includes placement of stone to complete the parking lot, line stripping and signage for the handicap accessible parking spaces and installation of the project sign. When asked about signage for directions to the Soccer Field,

Mr. Hess replied that we need permission from the City of Pittsburgh. So far there are no plans for directional signage.

Work has been completed for paving at Noble Drive and Joyce Drive.

The design plans and specifications are complete for the Curry Hollow Road Storm Sewer Project. We are waiting for the permit from the DEP. As soon as the DEP issues the permit, we can advertise for bidding.

Mr. Antonelli reported that a Notice to Proceed was issued for the demolition of 1722 Iowa Avenue.

A recommendation of conditional approval was issued for the consolidation of five townhouse lots on Parkside Drive into one residential lot.

A letter recommending approval was issued for the Sturman and Larkin Ford Site Plan Review.

Mr. Antonelli reported the review letter recommending approval was issued to Port Authority of Allegheny County – West Mifflin Garage Site Plan Review.

REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:

Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of November 2014.

Mr. Kamauf thanked Chief Plunkett and everyone for a successful year.

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

Motion by Olack, seconded by Davis that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.


NEW BUSINESS:

Mr. Marone gave a brief summary of a Fire, Police and EMS call taken on November 28th. A man on Nordeen Drive was firing a gun. He shot several transformers and after he was apprehended and the gun removed he stated that he rigged the house to explode. Police, Fire and EMS evacuated the area. Kerosene was poured in the house along with the pilot light left on and trip wires were found. Allegheny County Bomb Squad along with the Fire Marshall were called. All utilities were turned off and the house was ventilated.

Mr. Marone said that the Police, Fire and EMS worked flawlessly to avoid a potential catastrophe. Everyone returned home safe to their residences. Good job done by all that day.

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

Mr. Larry Howells 3417 Duquesne Avenue questioned about the vacant lot on 3412 West Street. He wanted to know what will happen to the property. Mr. Kamauf explained that it will continue like any property that is vacant. If back taxes are owed anyone can procure it through the Vacant Property Recovery Program through Allegheny County. Mr. Moses said that the Borough had many lots turn over though this program in the past several years. He also explained that Mr. Howells will have priority to acquire the property since it’s adjacent to his property. Mr. Kamauf said that it is still the owner’s responsibility to maintain the lot.

Mr. Jay Grossic 1610 Greensprings asked about the future plans for the Avon Bridge. Mr. Kamauf said the bridge is being removed, a turn around, and fencings will be installed along with safety features to prevent anyone from crossing or going into the culvert. It is being removed because it is unsafe. Mr. Grossic asked if any money was available to rebuild it. Mr. Kamauf said the Borough has applied for several grants, Penn Dot has been approached with no success. Mr. Grossic asked if by removing the bridge, it would be that much harder to replace. Mr. Moses said that the bridge would have to be removed to be replaced and the Borough will continue to seek funding and keep it as safe as possible.

Mr. Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue said that Mr. Kamauf had already answered the question he had in regards to the old Borough Building. He then questioned about the status of B&R Holdings property on Buttermilk Hollow Road. Mr. Kamauf replied that he already has it covered and six months will by January 10th and a reminder letter has already been sent. Solicitor DiLucente explained that Mr. Anthony who is the head of Community Development has handled this property. Mr. Anthony explained that there is a list of ten items and inspection will occur before January 10 and after that he will report back to Council. Mr. Moses will provide Mr. Thompson the list of ten items. This is a matter of Public Record.

Mr. John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street questioned in regards to the Ambulance Service and Medicare. Chief Plunkett replied that Medicare covers a portion. And there are many different levels of care from the Ambulance Services. Therefore it would be wise for a resident to become a member of the Ambulance Service. Mr. Koczka asked Chief Davies what to do if someone is stealing your gutters. Chief Davis said to call the Police.

Before adjournment Mr. Moses thanked everyone for a good and productive year.

ADJOURNMENT:

Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:11 p.m. prevailing time. Motion carried.