COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.
ROLL CALL: Andzelik –Present, Munsie – Absent, Kostelnik – Present, Olack – Present, Marone -Present
Stephenson – Present, Moses – Present
Six members present, absent one (Munsie). Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
Jay Goonetileke 404 Dennison Drive thanked everyone who participated in the Pension Meeting and he congratulated Jim Hess for his new position as President of the Pension Board. He also complemented Brian Kamuaf for the great job he is doing for the Borough as the Manager.
- RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, ADOPTING THE GENERAL FUND, CAPITAL PROJECT AND LIQUID FUEL BUDGETS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2013 AND ENDING ON DECEMER 31, 2013 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BOROUGH CODE FOR THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Andzelik the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Five ayes, one nay
(Stephenson), one absent (Munsie). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1251.
- B. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY,PENNSYLVANIA, FIXING AND ESTABLISHING THE SALARIES AND WAGES OF VARIOUS EMPLOYEES OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN FOR THE PERIOD COMMENCING WITH THE FIRST PAY PERIOD IN JANUARY 2013 AND CONTINUING FORWARD UNTIL OTHERWISE AMENDED BY BOROUGH COUNCIL.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1252.
- RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A TAX AND REVENUE ANTICIPATION NOTE, SERIES 2013 IN THE AMOUNT OF TWO MILLION ($2,000,000.00) AT A FIXED RATE OF 1.69% ACCEPTING PROPOSAL OF PNC BANK.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1253.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the employment and benefit agreement for the Borough of West Mifflin Borough Manager. Under remarks, Mayor Kelly thanked Mr. Kamauf for the phenomenal job he has been doing for the past two years by going over and above his duties and he said it has been a pleasure working with him. Mr. Andzelik commented that by hiring a financial person and allowing him to become a Borough Manager was a wise choice and all of Council is in agreement that it was a good decision. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.
- E. Motion by Marone, seconded by Andzelik to approve Occupancy Permit, Garbage and
Miscellaneous Fee Schedules. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.
- F. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve request from West Mifflin Area School Districtto waive two (2) $500.00 application fees for rezoning request Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, one abstention (Stephenson), one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.
- G. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve/appoint the following persons to the open boards/committees/commission/authorities:
Zoning Hearing Board – James Dorney, term Jan. 1, 2013-Dec. 31, 2015
Planning Commission – Audrey Pavuchak, term Jan. 1, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2016
Planning Commission – Michael Olack, term Jan. 1, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2016
Sanitary Sewer Authority – David H. Tartler, term expires first Monday 2018
Vacancy Board– Anthony F. DiCenzo, III term Jan. 1, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2013
Alternative Member of Civil Service Commission – John Andzelik term
Jan. 1, 2013– Dec. 31, 2015
Pension Committee – Frank L. Stupar Jr., term Jan. 1, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2013. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.
- H. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve request of a re-subdivision of the Delwar Plan #2
Parcel 2, this parcel of land consists of 3.158 acres into two proposed lots, as recommended by the Planning Commission. Under remarks, Mr. Moses stated that the property is the parking lot behind Applebee’s Restaurant. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve the annual Mon Yough Chamber of Commerce
Dues in the about of $195.00. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve and advertise the 2013 Council Meeting calendar (Special note Legislative Meeting for May 2013 will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013). Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.
- K. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the donation of Pavilion #3 on July 18, 2013 to the West Mifflin Area School District Life Skills Support Program for students participation in the extended school year program. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one abstention (Stephenson), one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.
- L. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve the agreement with Duquesne Light Company (DLC) providing access to DLC structure Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.
- M. Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the Borough Manager to authorize and execute the Solid Waste and Recycling Contract from approved list and future contracts in conjunction
with the Borough’s Solid Waste and Recycling Fee Schedule. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent
(Munsie). Motion carried.
Community Development………………………………………………….. Walter B. Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of November 2012.
Mr. Anthony reported he notified Council that the Westwood project had been tabled by the Planning Commission until future information is submitted. He also reported that rezoning for the school properties would most likely be discussed at the February meeting. Mr. Anthony also reported that the hazardous structure on Avon Roadhas been demolished and after sewer inspection the project will be completed.
Police……………………………………………………………………………….. Chief Ken Davies Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of November 2012. Chief Davies reported that the entire 885 project is completed as of this morning.
Chief Davies reported that there have been 26 burglaries this past month and that residents are encouraged to be vigilant throughout the holiday season. He said that to date there have been four arrests.
Mr. Kostelnik questioned the status of the dirt bike problem in the Polish Hill area of the Borough. Chief Davies replied that he is trying to coordinate the matter with US Steel and he has been keeping the resident who complained abreast of the progress.
Public Works……………………………………………………………………. James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of November 2012.
Mr. Hess reported that the Recycling Program has been very successful and with the end of the year coming the Borough should have a $60,000 savings with proceeds from recycling and the landfill savings.
Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Steve Keron
Mr. Keron reported the next session of Walk Aerobics will begin at 6:00 pm-7:00pm on January 3rd at New Emerson. He also reported that the Annual Easter Party is scheduled for March 23rd with the location to be announced at a later meeting. He reported that Community Day would be held September
EMS………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of November 2012.
Chief Plunkett reported a new 4WD Ambulance would be in service by mid January 2013.
Chief Plunkett reported that all EMS companies in Allegheny Countyare participating in a new program promoting seat belts. He stated that all their seat belts will have orange stripes so it is noticeable that Public Safety Workers are using their seat belts. Mr. Marone requested a supply of the stripes for the Fire Department Vehicles.
Chief Plunkett reported that they participated in the December 4thPolar Plunge Fund Raiser for Special
Olympics. He stated that the EMS raised $16,900 and the total raised was $350,000.00.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly thanked Chief Plunkett for their participation in the Special Olympics Fund Raiser.
Mayor Kelly thanked everyone for their help with another successful Annual Christmas Light Up Night held on November 29th.
Mayor Kelly thanked Council for their cooperation in working together to turn finances from a negative to a positive, which enables the Borough to recall 4 furloughed employees and plan to hire additional Police Officers.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Solicitor DiLucente reported his firm has reviewed the SVCOG Demolition Bids. He also reported they are handling a substantial amount of assessments which he stated they have won 98% of them. He reported that they have also reviewed the Solid Waste Contract provided to them by the Borough Manager. He stated that they also prepared and submitted the Tax Anticipation Loan document.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Jovanovich reported that their work on the Soccer Field Project is continuing. He said they sent the grading design drawings to LaFarge along with the quantity of fill material required. He said LaFarge reported that the DEP’s approval of the closure plan of the slag facility should happen by the end of December and NIRA would be proceeding with the subdivision plan for the parcel to be transferred to the Borough. He stated that NIRA is proceeding with preparation of storm water applications to DEP and an erosion and sedimentation control plan to Allegheny County Conservation District.
Mr. Jovanovich reported he attended the Planning Commission Meeting on December 3rd and stated that the Westwood Project had been tabled pending receipt of additional information from the developer.
Mr. Jovanovich reported that regarding the Dollar General Store they have been working with the developer and the Borough Solicitor on the Developer’s Agreement, the Performance Bond and the Storm Water Management Operation and Maintenance Agreement.
REPORT OF THE MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf thanked the Mayor and Council for their kind words and he also stated that he would like to recognize and extend his appreciation to the staff for their dedication and help that makes it all work.
Mr. Kamauf reported that the General Fund Balance as of December 18thstands at $2,049,767.79. He said that although it is a large amount there are additional bills to be paid by the end of the year, one of which is the final MMO payment totaling almost $800,000.00. At this time he said he believes there will be a small surplus at the end of the year.
Mr. Kamauf reported that the 2010 Recycling Grant was received in the amount of $20,965.00.
Mayor Kelly turned over a $1,000 check from the Attorney General for a Community Day Grant that
Mrs. Kelly had applied for.
Mr. Stephenson questioned how many tenants are paying rent in the Borough Building and if there are any tenants that are delinquent with their rent. Mr. Kamauf replied that there are 3 tenants at this point and all rent payments are current.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Marone, seconded by Andzelik that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
Harry Thompson 6669 Adams Avenue suggested that an Ordinance should be adopted to revoke an Occupancy Permit if the applicant violates the permitted use of that permit. Solicitor DiLucente stated that the situation Mr. Thompson is referring to is under litigation to have this resolved and that the judicial branch is hearing this. He also stated that once a permit is granted you are given rights and must go through the judicial system.
President Moses thanked everyone involved in making it a good year. He remarked that sacrifices have been made this year and it was greatly appreciated which will now allow the Borough to move forward.
Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting Adjourned at 7:00 prevailing time.