COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. prevailing time with President Regis Stephenson presiding. ROLL CALL: Andzelik Present Munsie Present
Falce Present Olack Present
Kostelnik Present Popovich Present
Seven members present, absent none. Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZEN COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
Mark English Chief of PRISM Health Services referred to Agenda Item D and said he wished to follow up on information he previously made available to the Mayor and Council Members. He remarked that the documentation contained information that PRISM Health Services has come to an agreement to secure EMS services in conjunction with Jefferson Hills Ambulance Association which would address all of Council’s previously voiced concerns stating that service would continue at its current level and he encouraged Council to not seek proposals from other EMS companies. Mr. Stephenson stated that Council has received his correspondence, however after making a few inquiries he has concerns that there is an inaccuracy which he shared with Council. He stated that the majority of Council feels that it would be a good idea to move on the RFP’s and that PRISM has the opportunity to submit a proposal.
Daniel Fitzhenry Attorney for Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association stated that the only thing that Jefferson Hills Ambulance has talked to PRISM about is providing service to their area should they go under. He stated that there is no merger talk and that merger is not an issue. Mayor Kelly asked for a clarification as to whether there was discussion about consolidating bases, combining work forces and forming one business office. Mr. Fitzhenry replied that the board was approached by PRISM about the possibilities of a merger which Jefferson Hills looked at all the pros and cons and said they are not interested in merging for numerous reasons; however they are willing to offer EMS services to the Borough. Mayor Kelly remarked that he appreciated Mr. Fitzhenry stepping up with this information. He commented that he feels that he and Council have been misled and based on the information he stated that he is now in support of advertising for proposals.
Doug Pasco Chief of Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Association stated that there was some talk about how costs could be cut if there was a consolidation; however there were no plans to move forward without commitment from the Borough.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue stated he has been pleased with PRISM’s services; however he feels that they have to find new ways to cut costs.
William Smith 2013 Ohio Avenue questioned what would happen when you call 911 and nobody responds. Mr. Munsie stated that the State requires a 90 day notice that their intent is to close. He also said that if there is a sudden closure the State would step in and designate a surrounding provider that would have to comply with response times.
John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Avenue spoke in favor of PRISM Health Services and commented that he didn’t feel Council’s budgeted amount of $97,500 was enough and the Borough should find money for them.
Diane Stanesic 2803 Glenny Lane Extension questioned whether Agenda Item C was the final process. Solicitor
DiLucente replied that if the ordinance is adopted it is the final process. She also questioned Agenda Item O questioning where the position is located. Mr. Hess replied that it is at the Public Works Garage.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie that the Minutes of the November 16, 2010 Council Meeting be approved. Roll
Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA CERTIFYING THE BOROUGH IS WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ENERGY CONSERVATION MEASURE (ECM) RETROFIT PHASE AS PART OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY’S ENERGY PROGRAM FINANCED BY A BLOCK GRANT THROUGH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY.
Solicitor DiLucente presented the resolution. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik that the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1233.
- RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A TAX AND REVENUE ANTICIPATION NOTE, SERIES 2011 IN THE AMOUNT OF TWO MILLION FIVE-HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2,500,000) AT A FIXED RATE OF 1.52%, ACCEPTING PROPOSAL OF PNC BANK.
Solicitor DiLucente presented the resolution. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik that the resolution be adopted. Under remarks, Mr. Olack requested that the Borough Manager explain why the loan is needed this year. Mr. Kamauf explained that in the past there were reserve funds and this year funds would be needed to cover expenses prior to any
2011 revenue coming in. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1234.
- ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, THE ORDINANCE AUTHORIZES THE INCURRENCE OF LEASE RENTAL DEBT TO THE PENNSYLVANIA INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AUTHORITY, EVIDENCED BY THE GUARANTEED REVENUE NOTE IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $1,237,000. PRINCIPAL AMOUNT TO BE AUTHORIZED AND ISSUED BY THE WEST MIFFLIN SANITARY SEWER MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY (“AUTHORITY”) IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION ALTERATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SEWER SYSTEM FACILITIES LOCATED IN AND ABOUT THIS BOROUGH.
Solicitor DiLucente read the ordinance and opened a Public Hearing for comments. Hearing no comments
Solicitor DiLucente closed the Public Hearing.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Popovich the ordinance be enacted. Under remarks, Mr. Kostelnik stated he has been advised by the Solicitor to abstain from voting since he sits on the WMSSMA Board. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one abstention (Kostelnik). Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1172.
- D. Motion by Olack, seconded by Popovich to solicit Requests for Proposals (RFP) for EMS Services, which will be provided to the Borough of West Mifflin. Roll Call: Six ayes, one nay (Munsie). Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Popovich to enter into Agreement with South Hills Area Council of Governments (SHACOG) to provide Civil Service Exams starting in August 2011 for a flat fee of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000). Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- F. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve the change work order in the amount of $432.69 to replace existing school restricted hour signs at Homeville Elementary Schoo Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Falce to authorize the Solicitor to draft an updated ordinance for the Police Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Under remarks, Mr. Andzelik and Mrs. Popovich stated they have been advised by the Solicitor to abstain from the vote since Mr. Andzelik is a retired Police Officer and Mrs. Popovich is the spouse of a retired Police Officer. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two abstentions (Andzelik, Popovich). Motion carried.
- H. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve monthly meetings of the Recreation Board, which will occur on the second Monday of every month beginning February 14, 2011. Under remarks, Mayor Kelly questioned where and when the meetings would be held. M Stephenson stated they would be the second Monday of the month and they would take place in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Borough Building at 6:30 p.m. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Falce, seconded by Olack to accept the contract of Hosack, Specht, Muetzel & Wood LLP as Auditors for 2011. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- J. Motion by Olack, seconded by Popovich to approve Steel Valley Council of Government Dues for 2011. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nay Motion carried.
- K. Motion by Olack, seconded by Falce to approve a Five Hundred Dollar ($500) donation to the West Mifflin Senior
Citizens. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- L. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to accept the copier proposal of CCA Solutions. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nay Motion carried.
- M. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve the change work order for $947.00 with Dagostino Electronic
Services, Inc. (DES) in conjunction with the new phone system. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- N. Motion by Olack, seconded by Falce to appoint Earl McClain as a substitute School Crossing Guard. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Falce to eliminate the Night & Weekend Watchman position. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Community Development………………………………………………….. Walter Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of December 2010.
Mr. Anthony reported that the demolition company has started on the last structure which is on Webster Avenue and when completed it would finish their contract.
Police……………………………………………………………………………….. Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of December 2010.
Public Works……………………………………………………………………. James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Report for the month of December 2010.
Mr. Hess reported proceeds from recycling totaled $2,958 for the month of December 2010 which also amounted to
$2,231 landfill fee savings.
Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Lance Maha
Mr. Keron reported that plans are underway for Community Day to be held September 10, 2011 at the Allegheny County
Mr. Keron reported that the Recreation Board will be holding monthly meetings on the second Monday of each month in Room 201. He said the first scheduled meeting would be February 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly reported that the meeting scheduled with Lifespan has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict on their behalf and as soon as there is a new date he will notify the Borough Manager.
Solicitor DiLucente reported Mr. Evashavik met with the DEP regarding Webster Avenue and after reviewing documents he will report to Council.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Rober reported there have been continued negotiations with the contractor on the Avon Wall Project over change orders and he stated that there is a mutual agreement on Change Order #1 in the amount of $6,192.83. He also said that he anticipates a final concrete pour within the next week or two and that would bring the contract to completion.
Mr. Rober reported on the ongoing traffic signal projects. He said that outstanding issues regarding the Bettis signal have been successfully resolved. He also said that Representative Kortz would be setting up a meeting with Bettis to discuss their financial participation in the project. Regarding the Commonwealth Avenue signal he reported that he anticipates the delivery of the controller equipment in 45 days for the completion of the project. He also said he submitted a project cost summary spreadsheet for all of the ongoing projects for Council’s review.
Mr. Rober reported that a meeting took place on Monday, January 10th with PaDEP to discuss potential funding opportunities for further improvements to the Webster Avenue landslide area. He stated that he would be working with Mr. Hess and the Solicitor to make sure work agreements are properly and legally prepared to obtain funding for the project. Mr. Rober stated that with the funds available he anticipates doing drainage improvements as well as grading work in the slide area.
REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf reported he received financial information from PNC which closes out 2010 and he can now begin the 2010 audit process. He also stated that the funds would be available from the Tax Anticipation Loan by this Friday, January
21st. He also reported that the 2010 Bond has been completed and the refund of $127,552.92 has been received and
deposited into the General Fund along with a $4,800 refund for the bond ratings. Mr. Andzelik thanked Mr. Kostelnik for bringing the refinancing issue to Council.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik that the meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m. prevailing time. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.