COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Scott Stephenson presiding.
ROLL CALL: Kushner Present Olack Present
Marone Present Davis Present
Stupar Present Kostelnik Present
Seven members present. Absent none. Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Davis that the Minutes of the August 16, 2016 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the Marzec-Buttermilk Hollow Enterprises Subdivision as recommended by the Planning Commission and Engineer. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to advertise for a public hearing on Wednesday, October 9th 2016 at 6:00 p.m. for the conditional use authorization for Lamar Advertising for a free standing Electronic Billboard on Lebanon Church Road at the Extra Space Storage unit property. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve a maintenance agreement with J&B Mechanical in the amount of $3,288.00 per year for HVAC at the Borough Building at 1020 Lebanon Road to commence October 1, 2016. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve the purchase of a salt spreader for a Ford truck at the Borough Building and Street Department from A&H Equipment in the amount of $4,248.00. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner to approve a 3 year lease with CCA Solutions for lease of Kyocera Mita Digital Color Copier for the Community
Development Office at a cost of $75.36 per month. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the updating of the Borough Codification Book, which includes codifying Ordinance Nos. 1201, 1202, 1203, and 1204 with General Code at a cost not to exceed One Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty-Five Dollars ($1,725.00). Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the hiring of Robert M. Dithrich as a substitute Crossing Guard at a wage of $11.22 per hour, pending successful completion of background check and clearances. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve a change order with Vigliotti Landscape & Construction Inc., for additional asphalt for the West Mifflin-Basketball Courts Project at a cost of Three Thousand Five hundred Dollars ($3,500.00), as recommended by the Borough Engineer. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Stupar to approve the closing of the following parks: Mifflin Street Park, Fidelity Drive Park, Orchard Drive Park, McGowan Avenue Park, Edgewood Drive Park, and Nordeen Drive Park. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement for sale of the Borough of West Mifflin 2001 Chevrolet Bucket Truck, VIN #3GBKC34F41M107653 to the City of Duquesne for Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00). Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Community Development…………………………..…………………….Walter B. Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the Month of August 2016.
Mr. Stupar asked for an update on the Speedway Site Plan. Mr. Anthony said the plans are still in review and construction should begin early 2017. Mr. Stupar asked about the retaining wall on the site of the old Sears Building. Mr. Anthony said he has been in talks with the owner’s attorney about ownership of the wall and after some research it is determined the wall belongs to the owner of the building and not the Borough. Mr. Davis asked if the home on Homestead-Duquesne Road which was damaged from a wreck is livable and why it is roped off. Mr. Anthony said the home is livable and the reason for the rope is a dispute between insurance companies. Mr. Olack asked if the old Roomful Express Store at Century Square will soon be leased. Mr. Anthony said he hasn’t heard anything, however he has met with the new owners of the shopping center and they are pursuing new tenants.
Police……………………………………………………………………………Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the Month of August 2016.
Mr. Davis commented on the vehicle break-ins throughout the Borough. Chief Davies said he is trying to increase Police Patrol and reminded residents to lock their vehicles and remove valuables.
Public Works………………………………………………………………………….James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Report for the Month of August 2016.
Mr. DiCenzo reported the following:
- Mr. DiCenzo thanked members of Council, EMS, Police and the Mayor for a successful Community Day.
- The final review was received from DCNR for the Soccer Complex.
- The Halloween Event will be held October 29th from 10-noon at the Community Park.
- Trick or Treat will be Monday, October 31st from 6-7:30 p.m.
Mr. Stupar commended Mr. DiCenzo and Public Works for the installation on new water fountains at Winklevoss Field and the Community Park. Mr. Marone said he submitted paperwork in regards to expanding Shelter #2 at the Community Park to the Borough Engineer.
EMS…………………………………………………………………………Chief Todd Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the Month of August 2016.
Chief Plunkett submitted a list for the Flu Shot Clinics beginning October 1st. He added his department will submit flu shots for shut-ins. Call for more information.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly congratulated the recently retired Borough Employees for their years of employment and dedication.
Mayor Kelly and Mr. Kamauf met with the Allegheny County Airport Authority over some changes to the fulltime presence of the fire department. Discussion was held about charter flights to Cuba. He asked the Authority to consider twice a week flights from this location. Mayor Kelly believes this would generate business.
Mayor Kelly, Mr. Kamauf and Mr. Davis met with PA Turnpike Commission about plans for the Mon Valley Expressway. Mayor Kelly asked for something that can be placed online showing how this would affect properties in the Borough.
Mayor Kelly and Mr. Kamauf met with Lowes on their planned opening which will be the first week of December.
Mayor Kelly talked to the owner of Turnkey Solutions who collects delinquent taxes. They said they were very pleased with the accurate record keeping of the Borough.
Mayor Kelly said he is planning to attend the award ceremony for the EMS Department who is receiving an award for EMS of the Year in large scale calls.
Mayor Kelly said he was very pleased with the new owners of Century Square Shopping Center.
Mayor Kelly said after some delay we will be implementing the Narcan program on the first of the month. This will be of no cost to the Borough.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Mr. DiLucente said any matters are in litigation.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Balewski reported all work on the Basketball Court is expected to be done the first week of October.
Mr. Balewski said the survey on the Adult Fitness Park will be done this Friday. Public Works should begin grading this winter and construction will begin next spring.
REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of August 2016.
Mr. Kamauf said discussion on next year’s budget will begin at the next caucus meeting.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Mr. Stupar said since we are closing several parks, Council should consider a park plan to improve the existing parks. Mr. Marone commented that we also need a plan for the new Basketball Court to fully utilize it.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue wanted to know if there was any new information on the old Borough Building. Mr. DiLucente said there was some interest but nothing formal as of yet. He said there will be more information when Mr. Davis meets with members of the Mon Valley Expressway Committee to see which way the route is proposed.
Patty Kolesar 2608 Homestead-Duquesne Road told Council she lives next door to the home that was hit by a car on July 31st. She is asking for police presence in that area to slow down speeders. She said since the Homeville Bridge is closed, her street has doubled in traffic. She has contacted County Councilman Robert Macey who is supposed to place some signage on the road. She also commended the Police Department for the good work towards her and her neighbors after the wreck.
Mr. Olack asked if there was any update on the completion of the Homeville Bridge. Mayor Kelly said he believes it should be around the middle of November.
Jim Jaskinski 4100 Home Street asked Mr. Anthony if the property on 2nd Avenue is scheduled for demolition. Mr. Anthony said they have the permit and now it is up to the contractor to go forward.
Mr. Jaskinski wanted to know if the Borough has been named in a lawsuit from the airplane crash at the Allegheny County Airport. Mr. DiLucente said we have not been named a party in this lawsuit.
Mr. Jasinski asked when the water company will begin work on Home Street. Mr. Hess said the gas company is there now and the water company should begin in the next two weeks.
Mr. Jasinski said since UPMC will not be building a hospital in Pleasant Hills, have they expressed any interest in the Century III Mall location. Mayor Kelly said he is very disappointed in the owners of the mall and there has been no talks in regard to UPMC.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Stupar that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m. prevailing time.