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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Scott Stephenson presiding.

 

ROLL CALL:    Kushner    Present        Olack        Absent

            Marone    Present        Davis        Present                

            Stupar        Present        Kostelnik    Present    

Stephenson    Present

 

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

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street wanted more information regarding the resignation of employee Ted Cale. Mr. DiLucente responded by saying that under law, this is all the information that can be provided. Mr. Koczka asked why this employee is still entitled to his pension if he is being terminated. Mr. Stephenson said this employee resigned. Mr. Kamauf said any employee can receive their pension if they are vested.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis that the Minutes of the January 19, 2016 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays. One absent (Olack).

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  1. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHEY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA TO APPROVE THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY VACANT PROPERTY RECOVERY PROGRAM APPLICATION FOR LOT & BLOCK NUMBER 180-R-147 (3320 CHERRY STREET).

     

    Motion by Marone, seconded by Stupar to approve the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program Application for Lot & Block #180-R-147. (3320 Cherry Street) Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1297.

     

  2. Motion by Davis, seconded by Marone to approve the update of the Borough Code Book by General Code, codifying Ordinance Nos. 1191, 1193, 1194, 1195, 1196, 1197, 1198 and 1199, cost not to exceed $2,190. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

     

  3. Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner to approve advertisement of an Early Retirement Ordinance. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

     

  4. Motion by Kushner, seconded by Davis to approve donation of Shelter #3 at the Community Park to the Life Skills Program at the West Mifflin High School. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, one abstention (Stephenson), one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

     

  5. Motion by Marone, seconded by Stupar to approve the Lease Agreement between the Borough and West Mifflin Baseball League. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

     

  6. Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner to approve the Lease Agreement between the Borough and West Mifflin Youth Softball Association. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

     

  7. Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner to approve and accept the resignation of employee Theodore Cale. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

     

  8. Motion by Stupar, seconded by Marone to approve the advertisement for a full-time West Mifflin Police Department Telecommunications Officer (Dispatch). Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

     

  9. Motion by Kushner, seconded by Davis to approve the advertisement for a part-time summer watchman position at the West Mifflin Community Park. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

     

  10. Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner to approve the appointment of Dan Davis to the West Mifflin Planning Commission. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

     

  11. Motion by Kushner, seconded by Davis to approve the purchase and installation of a bed and lift gate of Public Works Appliance Vehicle by J & L Truck Bodies and Fabrication at a cost of $4,975.00. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

 

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

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

 

Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of January, 2016.

Mr. Anthony also noted the movie theater in Century Square should be opening sometime in March. In regards to Lowe’s Home Improvement, Mr. Anthony had no information. When asked about Pull-a Part, Mr. Anthony said this is still in the works.

 

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

 

Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of January, 2016.

 

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

 

Mr. Hess read the Public Works Report for the month of January, 2016.

 

Recreation………………………………………………………………..……Anthony DiCenzo

 

Mr. DiCenzo reported the following:

    The newly created Recreation Department website is now live. The site address is

    www.westmifflinrecreation.com. There is also a link on the Borough’s website.

    The annual Father/Daughter dance will be held Saturday, February 20th at Westwood

    Golf Club.

The annual Easter Event will be held Saturday, March 26th at the high school from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

 

    Jump Start Sports will be hosting a Basketball League for boys and girls ages 3-6.

 

Mr. DiCenzo was asked if there will be a Recreation Department Table at the school’s Community Night. Mr. DiCenzo said he will look into that and hopefully will have a table that night.

 

EMS………………………………………………………………………….Chief Todd Plunkett

Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of January 2016.

Chief Plunkett said February is Infectious Control month. All personnel will be doing annual testing. His department is working on CPR training for numerous organizations as well as the Fire Departments. Chief Plunkett also said his department will have a table at the school’s Community Night.

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

No report.

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

Mr. DiLucente reported his items were reserved for Executive Session.

Mr. DiLucente reported on Lot 386-G-80 which was addressed at last month’s meeting. This property was found not to be on any Borough property. The Borough does not have a right nor can they assist in the problem that was mentioned last month. Mr. Anthony added that after reviewing the survey and the Borough’s records, this was determined to be a private road.

 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

No report due to the Engineer being out of town.

 

REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:

Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of January, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

 

Motion by Kushner, seconded by Marone that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays. Motion Carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to purchase a new bucket truck under the COSTAR plan 25-146 for the amount of $93,820.00 through Mobile Lifts Inc. Under remarks, Mr. Kostelnik said this truck was under budget. Mr. Hess added this truck can go about 6 feet higher than the previous truck which was 16 years old. Since the trade- in value was not sufficient, Mr. Hess said this vehicle will probably be put up for auction or a neighboring municipality has shown interest in it. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.

 

Mr. Marone asked where the Borough stands on the Towing Ordinance. Mr. DiLucente responded by saying the Public Hearing was held and the Ordinance was passed. The next step is Council needs to decide if they want to advertise an RFP or just require current towers to supply certain required information pursuant to the Ordinance. Mr. Stephenson said that Council does not have to make any changes since the Ordinance is approved. This will be further discussed this month.

On another note, Mr. DiLucente said that Speedway has pulled out of the sales agreement and that due to legalities that is all he could say.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

 

Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned the resignation of employee Ted Cale and why Mr. Cale will get his pension. Again, Mr. DiLucente replied due to legalities, he cannot further discuss this matter. Mr. Thompson wanted an explanation of Borough Ordinances and the assigned numbers that are given to each Ordinance. He said he has a problem with cross referencing the Ordinances and the Codes. Mr. Anthony then explained the procedure how this works. Mr. Thompson said he was satisfied with Mr. Anthony’s explanation. Mr. Thompson asked if there was any truth to structural deficiencies at Century III Mall. He also heard business leases were not being renewed. Mr. Anthony said he knows of no structural deficiencies other than the parking garage having issues. As far as the lease renewals, this would be a business decision between the mall and the business owners. Mr. Marone commented the group in which he is involved just signed a two year lease with the mall. A lot of information about the mall is hearsay.

 

John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street asked why the new Engineer who was not in attendance did not have a backup like the previous Engineering Company did in the past. Mr. Kamauf replied by saying the Engineer gave his report last month and this month there was nothing to report on. Mr. Koczka said in his opinion he believed the previous Engineering Company was better.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 6:52 p.m. prevailing time. Motion carried.