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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.

 

ROLL CALL: Andzelik – Present, Munsie – Present, Kostelnik- Present Olack Present, Marone – Absent

Stephenson – Present, Moses – Present

 

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

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

None.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik that the Minutes of the November 20, 2012, December 18, 2012 and January 15, 2013 Council Meetings be approved. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Andzelik to approve the transfer of property identified as Lot &

Block No. 240-C-93 to the West Mifflin Sanitary Sewer Municipal Authority, at no cost consideration to the Borough; and authorizing the Council President to execute the Deed Transfer. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.

 

  1. B. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Olack to approve annual dues to CONNECT, Congress of Neighboring Communities in the amount of $1,4700. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik to approve purchase of 2009 Ford Expedition from Baldwin EMS for the West Mifflin Police Department in the amount of $16,000.00 with funds from the Federal Forfeiture account. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

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

 

Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of January 2013.

 

Mr. Anthony reported he has received the drawings for the Westwood Plan and they will be on the Planning Commission Agenda for tentative approval at the March 4, 2013 Planning Commission Meeting. He explained that they would still have to come back for final approval. Mr. Anthony stated that Phase I consists of 16 units.

 

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

 

Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of January 2013.

 

Chief Davies reported that the Police Department has taken delivery of the two marked Police Patrol Units that were purchased with Asset Forfeiture funds, and they are being placed into service.

 

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

 

Mr. Hess read the Public Works Report for the month of January 2013.

 

Mr. Hess reported there was a record 105 ton of recycling for the month of January and the proceeds and savings amounts to $5,406.00. He also reported that the cost of road salt and manpower for the month amounts to $81,000.00.

 

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

 

Mr. Keron reported that the McKeesport Daily News published an article on February 11th featuring the

Recreation Department sponsored Walk Live Aerobics Class which has been very successful.

 

Mr. Keron reported the Annual Easter Party would be March 23rdat the West MifflinHigh School.

 

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

 

Chief Plunkett reported the following: due to the inclement weather the response time had been elevated throughout the month of January. The new ambulance is in service at this time. The EMScrews assisted at a special wrestling match at the high school on February 9th. He read a thank you letter from the Howard family for their assistance on January 17th for their mother. The second mailing for the annual fund drive has gone out and the response is good.

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

No report.

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

 

Solicitor DiLucente reported his firm has been working on a tremendous amount of issues that are reserved for

Executive Session.

 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

 

Mr. Jovanovich reported the following: his firm has been continuing work on the soccer complex. He met with the contractor and Mr. Hess regarding the road micro surfacing program. He has reviewed the Westwood drawings and issued a review letter on February 4th and he attended the February 4th Planning Commission Meeting. The Dollar General revised plans, performance bond and the developer’s agreement have been forwarded to the Borough. He gave reviews and issued letters for two proposed rezoning properties requested by the West Mifflin Area School.

 

REPORT OF THE MANAGER:

 

Mr. Kamauf reported he has forward to Council the final 2012 General Fund Expenditure and Revenue Report. He summarized the report by stating that expenditures show 3.7% under budget; however, there is approximately $190,000 in real estate appeals to be settled this year and taking this into account the figure would be 1.7% below budget which amounts to a $22,691 surplus.

 

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

 

Motion by Munsie, seconded by Olack that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll

Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Motion by Stephenson, seconded by Munsie to approve US Assets as the investment management firm for the Employee’s Uniform and Non-Uniform Pension Plans. Under remarks, Mr. Andzelik stated he believes they are acting too quickly since the interviews only took place the prior Wednesday. He remarked that he had personal concerns about the performance of the company in the past. Mr. Kostelnik said he believes the company is a good choice based on its performance managing the retirement funds for West Mifflin Sanitary Sewer

Municipal Authority. Mr. Jay Goonetilleke member of the Pension Committee stated he thought another company would be better suited for the Borough’s needs. Roll Call: Four ayes, two nays (Andzelik, Olack), one absent (Marone). Motion carried.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

 

Harry Thompson 6669 Adams Avenue stated that the Solicitors for the Zoning Hearing Board are the same Solicitors that were dismissed from the School District and his opinion is that they were not doing a good job with the situation at the former PRISM Health Service property. Mayor Kelly said that Mr. Thompson was out of line with his comments. Mr. Munsie stated that the direction Judge James has given in this case is for the Borough Solicitor, Zoning Solicitor and the attorney for the property owner to come to an agreement. Mr. Anthony stated that this is in litigation and should not be commented on.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik that the Meeting by adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m. prevailing time.