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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.

 

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

Stephenson – Absent, Moses – Present

 

Five members present, absent two (Olack, Stephenson). Mayor Kelly absent.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

Diane Stanesic 2803 Glenny Lane Extension commented that Agenda Item A does not specify the tax rate. Mr. Kamauf replied that it is 8.02 mills which indicates a .75 mill increase and that customarily this is not printed in the title. She said she feels it is irresponsible to raise the millage when as previously stated Mr. DiLucente has had a 98% rate of winning assessment appeals. She said this could potentially require refunds to taxpayers. Mr. Kamauf said the Borough will make adjustments if necessary. Solicitor DiLucente stated that every

municipality is facing the same difficult issue and West Mifflin should not be compared with other municipalities. He said that there is a greater uncertainty in West Mifflin due to the large number of commercial appeals and he also said that the Borough would most likely not have a windfall.

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  1. ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, A MUNICIPALITY OF THE COUNTYOF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; FIXING AND REENACTING THE REAL ESTATE TAX RATE FOR THE YEAR 2013 AND IMPOSING DISCOUNTS, PENALTIES AND INTEREST THEREON.

 

Solicitor DiLucente read the ordinance and opened the floor for public comments. Hearing no comments he turned the ordinance over to Council for adoption.

 

Motion by Munsie, seconded by Andzelik the ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1183.

 

  1. B. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY,PENNSYLVANIA, SETTING FORTH THE COMPENSATION OR SALARY FOR THE OFFICE OF THE ELECTED TAX COLLECTOR; SETTING FORTH THE METHOD OF PAYMENT OF SAID SALARY; AUTHORIZING ACTUAL NEEDFUL EXPENDITURES; AUTHORIZING THE PERCENTAGE OF BOND PREMIUM; SETTING FORTH REGULATIONS FOR THE COLLECTION OF PAYMENTS.

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1254.

 

  1. Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to approve Hosack, Specht, Muetzel, & Wood LLP as Auditors to conduct the Borough Audit for the 2012 year at a cost of Fifteen Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty-Five Dollars ($15,825.00). Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Marone, seconded by Munsie to approve reappointment of William P. Bennett Jr., to the Civil Service Commission. Term: January 23, 2013 – January 23, 2019, term of six (6) years. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.
  2. E. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Marone to ratify the below reference insurance contracts for the

 

Borough of West Mifflin for year 2013.

 

Travelers Insurance for all commercial and police coverage at an annual cost of Two Hundred

Nine Thousand Dollars ($209,000.00).

 

Housing and Redevelopment Insurance Exchange as Workers Compensation carrier at an annual cost of Four Hundred Eighteen Thousand Seventy Three Dollars ($418,073.00).

 

Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

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

 

Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of December 2012 as well as a yearly report for 2012.

 

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

 

Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of December 2012 as well as a yearly report for

2012.

 

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

 

Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of December 2012.

 

Mr. Hess reported that plans are underway for a Beautification Project in conjunction with the West Mifflin

Lions Club and the West Mifflin AreaSchool District.

 

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

 

Mr. Keron reported that the Annual Easter Party would be held on March 23rd at the West Mifflin Area High School from 10:30 a.m. –12:00 noon. He also reported that Community Day would be September 7that the Allegheny County Airport.

 

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

Chief Plunkett reported that the new ambulance is in service. He stated that it was a total cost of $185,000.00. Chief Plunkett reported that there has been a very good response to the2013 Subscription Drive; however a

seconded mailing will be going out this weekend to encourage more residents to participate.

 

Chief Plunkett recognized several EMSstaff members and two Police Officers who received a thank-you email from a resident on Lisa Drivefor going above the call of duty during their response to a call on New Year’s Eve.

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

No report.

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

 

Solicitor DiLucente reported his firm has reviewed and analyzed the Police Mutual Aid Agreement that

SVCOG presented and he will be meeting with Council for discussion before it is adopted.

 

REPORT OF ENGINEER:

 

Mr. Antonelli reported that the Soccer Field Project is ongoing.

 

REPORT OF THE MANAGER:

 

Mr. Kamauf reported he would have the year end figures for Council at next month’s Council Meeting.

 

Mr. Kamauf reported that the Borough received a refund check from the worker’s compensation carrier for

$40,732.00.

 

Mr. Kamauf reported he received a thank you letter from Central Blood Bank for use of the Council Chambers for their recent Blood Drive.

 

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

 

Motion by Munsie, seconded by Marone that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Munsie approving a $1.00 per hour increase in the hourly rate of the Walk Aerobics Instructor from $12.50 to $13.50 per hour. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Olack, Stephenson). Motion carried.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

None.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m. prevailing time.