COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WESTMIFFLIN met in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time for the purpose of reorganizing and swearing-in the newly elected Officials of the Borough Of West Mifflin.
Mayor Kelly administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Councilmembers Steve Marone and Michael Moses. He reported that Robert Kostelnik had been sworn in earlier in the day.
Mr. Kostelnik stated that he relinquished his two (2) year term and was sworn in for the four (4) year term. Mayor Kelly called the meeting to order with a moment of silent prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. AGENDA ITEMS:
- 1. Mayor Kelly opened the floor for nominations for President of Coun Motion by Andzelik seconded by
Olack that Regis Stephenson be nominated for President of Council. Hearing no other nomination, Mayor Kelly declared the nominations closed and requested a Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Mr. Regis Stephenson was declared President of Council for the ensuing term.
- 2. Mayor Kelly opened the floor for nominations for Vice President. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack that Michael Moses be nominated for Vice President. Hearing no other nomination, Mayor Kelly declared the nominations closed and requested a Roll Call: Six ayes, no nay Motion carried.
Mr. Michael Moses was declared Vice President of Council for the ensuing term. Mayor Kelly relinquished the Chair to Council President Regis Stephenson.
Mr. Stephenson thanked all of Council for their support; he also welcomed Mr. Marone and Mr. Moses as new
Council members. Mr. Stephenson also congratulated Mr. Moses for being elected Vice President. Mr. Stephenson stated that with the opening of the seat for the 2 year term he would ask for Council’s support to advertise for candidates for that seat to be interviewed before making a decision on that appointment.
- 3. M Stephenson opened the floor for nominations for Borough Solicitor. Mr. Andzelik nominated the law firm of Evashavik, DiLucente & Tetlow, LLC. Hearing no other nominations, Mr. Stephenson declared the nomination closed and requested a motion. Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Moses to retain the law firm of Evashavik, DiLucente& Tetlow, LLC as Borough Solicitor. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- 4. M Stephenson opened the floor for nomination for Borough Engineer. Mr. Marone nominated Chester Engineering. Mr. Andzelik nominated NIRA Engineers. Hearing no other nominations, Mr. Stephenson declared the nominations closed and requested motions for each firm. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to appoint Chester Engineering as Borough Engineer. Roll Call: Two ayes, four nays (Andzelik, Kostelnik, Moses, Stephenson). Motion failed. Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Moses to appoint NIRA Engineering as Borough Engineer. Roll Call: Four ayes, two nays (Marone, Olack). Motion carried in favor of NIRA Engineering.
- 5. Motion for the appointment of Borough Treasure Mr. Stephenson explained that this item would be put on hold until the January 17th Meeting in order that PNC Bank provide the name.
- 6. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to appoint the law firm of Dodaro Matta Cambest & Associates as
Solicitor for the Planning Commission. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- 7. Motion by Olack, seconded by Moses to appoint the law firm of Dodaro Matta Cambest & Associates as
Solicitor for the Zoning Hearing Board. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- 8. Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Olack to appoint the Law Offices of Patricia McGrail as Solicitor for the
Civil Service Commission. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- 9. Motion for appointment of official Borough newspaper (s). M Stephenson explained on the advice of the
Solicitor, Council is not required to appoint an official newspaper and would not be doing so at this time.
- 10. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to retain all non-union full-time and part-time paid personnel of the
Borough. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Mr. Stephenson reported that on December 29, 2011 Mayor Kelly submitted a document indicating his desire to veto the Tax Ordinance pertaining to the2012 Budget. Solicitor DiLucente remarked that the veto is premature and that the Borough can’t accept the document until this coming Friday, which according to law would be after it has been on public display for the 10 day period. Solicitor DiLucente also explained that if the veto is passed the Borough Manager would have to advertise by February 5th and Council would have until February 15th to amend the budget. Mr. Stephenson remarked that he would not support the Mayor’s veto however Council has the right to re-open the budget which he would support, however if the budget were to be re-opened he said he would not vote to raise taxes.
Mr. Stephenson read a chronology of budget discussions during the past year which reflected savings in healthcare, an early retirement package, contracting out certain services, reducing school crossing guards, eliminating dispatchers, raising taxes and implementing service fees. He stated that the final two scenarios were
a budget with a 2.23 mil increase and the other with layoffs. He stated that the majority of Council chose the staff cutting option to balance the 2012 Budget. He recommended that at each Caucus Meeting starting in January each department supervisor would be responsible for presenting their budget, line item by line item to try to find savings. He said this would take until June and beginning in July Council would begin to discuss the budget for the next year. Mr. Stephenson also explained the details of the early retirement option offered to the union employees stating that it was a one time offer that expired on December 31, 2011 and the Teamsters Union did not approve the offer. He said had this been approved it would have reduced the number of layoffs. He did however state that there has been a savings due to an administrative employee and three police officers retiring on December 31, 2011.
Mr. Stephenson listed the following items to be discussed at future Caucus Meetings: public safety; insurance coverage for the Borough; the collection of delinquent taxes; the dilapidated Police Station; 911 Dispatch pros and cons; Part-time Police Officers, Federal Forfeiture Fund; Police overtime and availability. Mr. Stephenson thanked the Mayor and Council for their support and called for a motion to adjourn.
Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Olack the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m. prevailing time. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried.