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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 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, absent none. Mayor Kelly present.

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

Lou Weber 309 Castle Drive said he was opposed to Agenda Item A.

Jim Jasinski 1 Cameron Drive wanted more information on Agenda Item C. Mr. Kamauf said this information will be discussed later in the meeting.

Jim (last name inaudible) Skyport Drive commented on Agenda Item A. He said that a lot of people repair their cars in their driveway to get them road worthy.

Joseph Parkinson Skylark Avenue commented on Agenda Item A. He said he owns several plots of land in which he pays taxes on these properties and he wants to park vehicles on his properties. Mr. Marone said that the law states that there must be a livable structure along with the property to park vehicles and that you cannot have just a piece of land to park uninspected and unregistered vehicles.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Motion by Stephenson, seconded by Olack that the Minutes of the August 18, 2015 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

AGENDA ITEMS:

  1. ORDINANCE ALLOWING FOR THE STORAGE OF UP TO TWO UNREGISTERED AND UNINSPECTED VEHICLES OR ONE RECREATIONAL VEHICLE ON PRIVATE PROPERTY; AMENDING THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY AND MAINTENANCE CODE HERETOFORE ORDAINED IN ORDINANCE NO. 1156; REPEALING ANY ORDINANCE OR PARTS THEREOF INCONSISTENT HEREWITH__________________________________

Solicitor DiLucente opened the Public Hearing. Harry Thompson of 6679 Adams Avenue questioned the term “storage”. Mr. DiLucente said that a resident can store a vehicle on their property. Mr. Anthony will have discretion on whether or not the vehicle is in an unsafe position. Joe Parkinson of Skylark Avenue questioned if this would pertain to the Pull a Part business to which Mr. DiLucente said that this ordinance pertains to residential properties. Another citizen commented about exposed gas tanks. Mr. DiLucente stated that Mr. Anthony would be called if this seemed like a dangerous situation. Debbie Weber of 309 Castle Drive asked about vehicles left in an alley behind Worton Blvd. Mr. DiLucente said this would be handled by the Police Department. She also asked about the fine for the violation. Mr. DiLucente said the fine is $600.00 per day under the discretion of the magistrate. Nikki Thielet 1949 Anna Avenue wanted to know how the Community Development Department can manage this ordinance. Mr. DiLucente explained because this is residential, Mr. Anthony will have the authority to enforce this code. John Koczka of 4333 Everlawn Street wanted to know what the prior code about unregistered vehicles stated. Mr. Anthony said no unregistered and uninspected vehicles were permitted on the property. John Vukovic of 206 Skyport Drive questioned about the license plate and registration and was told these are two separate items. Mr. Moses said this has nothing to do with the State Vehicle Motor Code. Mr. DiLucente ended the discussion by saying this ordinance insures all residences to have two unregistered vehicles on their property as long as it does not cause a safety hazard and is in major disrepair and disassembly. Hearing no further questions or comments, Solicitor DiLucente declared the Public Hearing closed.

Motion by Davis, seconded by Marone that the ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Six ayes, one nay (Stephenson). Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1197.

  1. ORDINANCE ADOPTING AND ACCEPTING ALL BENEFITS AND RIGHTS AS CREATED BY THE LEGISLATURE IN ACT 90 IN SESSION IN 2010; INCLUDING ANY AND ALL AMENDMENTS______________________________

Solicitor DiLucente opened the Public Hearing. Mr. DiLucente briefly explained this ordinance gives the Borough the ability to obtain other assets of a property owner when the fine is more than the value of the property. He said that Act 90 is State approved. Hearing no questions or comments, Solicitor DiLucente 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. 1198.

  1. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack
    to approve Conditional Use Authorization for the property located at 2000 Clairton Road, West Mifflin for Johnson’s Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., with the following conditions:
  1. For purposes of the approval only, the below terms shall have the following respective meanings:
    1. “General Business Offices” shall mean any office, business, facility or location where personal services other than Medical and Health Services and Professional Services are provided, such as, but not necessarily limited to, advertising, credit services, credit counseling, general non-retail and the like.
    2. “Medical and Health Services” shall mean the examination or treatment of ills and afflicted human outpatients provided by, but not limited to, physicians, dentists, orthodontists, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and the like;
    3. “Medical Offices” shall mean any office, business, facility or similar clinic providing Medical and Health Services;
    4. “Professional Offices” shall mean any office, business, facility or location where Professional Services and Medical and Health Services are provided;
    5. “Professional Services” shall mean the provision of services requiring specialized training, professional certification or licensing, by, but not limited to, accountants, appraisers, attorneys, architects, engineers, surveyors, stockbrokers, financial analysts, or financial advisors, insurance agents, real estate agents/brokers, and the like.

      Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one abstention (Stephenson). Motion carried.

  • Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve advertising for an Ordinance providing for adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code. Roll Call: Six ayes, one nay (Stephenson). Motion carried.
  • Motion to approve a request from Panda Garden for an 8 month extension of Conditional Use Authorization. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
  • Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to approve Public Works Paver to be taken and sold at Perryopolis Auto Auction. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
  • Motion by Stephenson, seconded by Olack
    to approve to condemn the properties located at 613 and 615 Laura Avenue, West Mifflin, deem the structures thereon to constitute nuisances and hazards and approve the written adjudications and recommended razing. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays, Motion carried.
  • Motion by Davis, seconded by Kushner to approve the leasing of the following vehicles for a period of 3 years from Sturman & Larkin Ford:

    2016 Ford Fusion at a cost of $244.42 per month

    2016 Ford Escape at a cost of $295.45 per month

    Mr. Stephenson questioned who would be using these vehicles. Mr. Kamauf explained that the Zoning and Building Inspectors would be the primary users of the vehicles. Roll call: Six ayes, one nay, (Stephenson). Motion carried.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

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

Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of August 2015.

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

Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of August 2015.

Chief Davies encouraged the public to lock their vehicles, remove valuables and try to park in a well-lighted area to avoid break ins. Mr. Marone had a question about the speed sign along Commonwealth Avenue. Chief Davies said this sign will be there indefinitely.

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

Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of August 2015.

Mr. Stephenson asked Mr. Hess if he would take a look at the alley behind Sylvan Avenue. He said he had received many complaints on the condition of this road. Mr. Hess said he would look at it.

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

Mr. DiCenzo gave a report to council of the financial breakdown of Community Day.

Mr. DiCenzo said the annual Halloween Party will be held on Saturday October 24th at the High School.

Jumpstart sports has released their fall schedule of Flag Football and Soccer leagues.

The Walk Alive Program will be held at Emerson Elementary School.

Mr. DiCenzo said the ROTC program at the High School approached him about creating an “adopt a park” program at the Community Park.

Mr. DiCenzo said that he has received a letter from the West Mifflin Youth Football and Cheer Organization requesting a $500.00 donation to support their league for the 2015 season.

Mr. DiCenzo said there will be outside tournaments at the Camden Girls Softball Complex over the next two weekends. All proper paperwork and documentation has been submitted by the Pittsburgh Riot team. He is currently still waiting for the High School team to submit their proof of insurance.

Mr. DiCenzo said plumbing maintenance was done last week at the Camden Softball Complex. The work was done by Allegheny Plumbing Company for $1,500.00.

Mr. DiCenzo said he has been approached by the University of Pittsburgh PittServes office. This office is coordinating a community service day where 42 students will participate in a service project.

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

Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of August 2015.

Chief Plunkett said the Free Flu Shot Clinic will begin October 1. The schedule of dates and times is found on the EMS and West Mifflin’s website.

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

Mayor Kelly commended the Recreation Department and members of Council for a successful Community Day.

Mayor Kelly said he and Chief Davies met with Allegheny County District Attorney who has strongly recommended the use of body cameras for the Police Department.

Mayor Kelly asked Solicitor DiLucente who selects the towing for the Borough. Mr. DiLucente said it is up to Council to choose. He also said we are reviewing costs and storage. The operators of the towing company has to be willing to abide by our policies.

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

Mr. DiLucente said he has been busy with the Ordinances and the rest of his report is reserved for the Executive Session.

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

Mr. Antonelli reported the 2015 road paving project should be completed shortly.

Mr. Antonelli reported NIRA’s crew surveyed the basketball courts at the Community Park. Preparation of the specifications have begun for the work to be publicly bid.

Mr. Antonelli reported that PAWC’s contractor was on site at the Curry Hollow Road Storm Sewer Replacement Project and the Borough’s contractor, Niando will resume work at the site on September 28th.

Mr. Antonelli reported he is awaiting laboratory test results from the core samplings at the Public Works Building.

REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:

Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of August 2015.

Mr. Kamauf said that he, Mayor Kelly, along with members of Bettis, met with representatives from the DEP about a study they conduct every ten years regarding waterways from the plant that run under the Community Park. He reported that there were no findings.

Mr. Kamauf reported the grant has been closed for the recycling truck that was purchased last year and that the funds have been deposited back to the general fund.

A question was asked whether the Soccer Field will be reseeded this fall or next spring. Mr. Kamauf replied that he will meet with Mr. Hess and give the recommendation.

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

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

NEW BUSINESS:

Motion by Davis, seconded by Marone that a donation of $500.00 be made to the West Mifflin Youth Football and Cheer Organization. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

Jim Jasinski 1 Cameron Drive requested a sign be placed on Home Street to alert drivers of an autistic child. Mr. Hess said the family of the child would need to contact us. Mr. Jasinski had a question about a telephone pole that juts out on Bull Run Road. He stated this is a narrow curve and he is concerned that during the winter that someone may end up in the creek. He suggested that the road be widened a few feet. Council recommended that the state should be contacted to possibly install a guardrail at this site. Mr. Jasinski also commented on the poor road conditions of Duquesne Avenue and Oak Street. Mr. Olack explained this issue was caused by numerous water main breaks from increased water pressure and condition of the pipe. Mr. Kamauf further explained that PAWC will fix the pipes and pave the roads. Until then the Borough will only patch holes.

John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street addressed Mr. Hess about the location of a fire hydrant and a pole near Glencairn and Outlook Drives. He believes this pole is an obstruction. Mr. Hess said he would look at it.

Jeanne Vogt 412 Commonwealth Avenue wanted to thank anyone who was responsible for filling in the massive potholes in front of her home. Within days of her complaint last month, she said the holes were filled and Vascar signs were installed on Commonwealth Avenue. She also had a question about school buses but was referred to Dr. Hoover at the School District.

ADJOURNMENT:

Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m. prevailing time. Motion carried.