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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the

Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.

 

 

 

ROLL CALL:AndzelikPresentMunsieAbsent
KostelnikPresentOlackPresent
MaronePresentStephensonPresent

Moses Present

 

 

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

 

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

 

None.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack that the Minutes of the May 21, 2013 Council Meeting be approved.  Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

 

  1. A. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the request from John Halblieb for the consolidation of 2 lots located at 4121 Francis Street as submitted on a plan from J.R. Gales & Associate Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

 

  1. B. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to schedule and advertise a Public Hearing for a Conditional Use request from Oasis Ministries to locate a church at the former Knights of Columbus Building at 2017 Pennsylvania Avenue. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried

 

 

  1. C. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Borough of West Mifflin and the City of Duquesne to share the cost equally of the resurfacing and paving project to be completed on Hoffman Boulevar Under remarks, Mr. Kamauf explained that the road would be paved from Route 837 up to the entrance to the Kennywood Shops. Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.

 

 

  1. D. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve the hiring of Michael Caterino as a summer intern for the computer and information technology for the Borough, at a rate of

$10.00 per hour, with a maximum allotted hours of 150 for the summer.  Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

 

  1. E. Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Marone to approve the creation of the Borough of West Mifflin Parks and Recreation Recommendation Committee. Under remarks, Mr. Kamauf explained that Council is creating a committee of 5 or 7 members to focus on more community involvement by making recommendations to Council for new idea Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.

 

 

  1. F. Motion by Marone, seconded by Andzelik to approve advertising for volunteers to sit on the Borough of West Mifflin Parks and Recreation Recommendation Committee. Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. G. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, WHEREAS THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN IS WITHDRAWING ITS MEMBERSHIP IN

THE STEEL VALLEY COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS.

 

 

 

Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack the resolution be adopted.  Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.  Resolution given No. 1258.

 

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to make a conditional offer of employment as a Borough of West Mifflin Police Officer to Richard Marone, contingent upon the successful completion and passing of medical/physical and psychological examinations. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, one abstention (Marone), one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.

 

 

  1. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to make a conditional offer of employment as a Borough of West Mifflin Police Officer to Timothy Kintigh, contingent upon the successful completion and passing of medical/physical and psychological examinations. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Stephenson to make a conditional offer of employment as a Borough of West Mifflin Police Officer to Tyler Scruggs, contingent upon the successful completion and passing of medical/physical and psychological examinations. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.

 

 

  1. K. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to make a conditional offer of employment as a Borough of West Mifflin Police Officer to Stephen McBride, contingent upon the successful completion and passing of medical/physical and psychological examina Under remarks, Mayor Kelly requested that the motion include that it would also be contingent upon completion of Act 120. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.

 

 

  1. L. Motion by Olack, seconded by Andzelik authorizing the recalling of one (1) Public Works Employee, contingent upon successful completion and passing of medical/physical and drug and alcohol examina Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

 

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

 

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

 

 

No report.

 

 

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

 

 

Chief Davies read the Police Department report for the month of June 2013.

 

 

Chief Davies reported that on June 14th the Police Department along with EMS, Allegheny County Police SWAT division and Department of Emergency Services participated in an Active Shooter Drill at CCAC.  He stated that a new response technique has been implemented that has now been incorporated into procedures utilized by the Pittsburgh office of the FBI SWAT Team.

 

Mr. Marone thanked everyone involved with their assistance during the storm on July 10th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Davies responded to Mr. Kostelnik’s request to explain the existing ordinance that pertains to the blocking of roadways with items such as basketball hoops.  Chief Davies said that any

item that would be placed on the road and would inhibit the free movement of traffic is not permitted.  Solicitor Evashavik stated that his opinion is that the Borough also has the legal authority to remove anything on a right-of-way causing a problem.  Solicitor Evashavik recommended that the property owner be contacted and if they do not comply then their property should be tagged and the owner given several days to comply and after that time period if they still haven’t complied then the Borough can remove the item.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Mr. Hess reported that one Public Works Employee would be attending a Pesticide Class on

August 20th.

 

 

Mr. Hess reported that a tentative start date for the road resurfacing project is July 31st.

 

 

Mr. Hess reported that the e-waste Recycling date is July 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and will take place at the old Middle School.

 

 

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

 

 

Mr. Keron reported he would be meeting with the Solicitor on July 31st to review the new leases for the Baseball and Softball Complexes.  He also reported he met with Century III Mall to review plans for Community Day.

 

 

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

 

 

Lieutenant McCaffrey read the EMS Report for the month of June 2013.

 

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

 

Mayor Kelly thanked everyone involved with helping during the recent storm and he noted that

Administration had a tremendous volume of phone calls to handle.

 

 

Mayor Kelly commended the Police Department for a job well done during the first half of the year and he said he is especially pleased that Council voted to hire 4 new Police Officers.

 

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

 

 

No report.

 

 

Mr. Kostelnik questioned the status of Baldwin Borough reimbursing the Borough for taxes that were incorrectly being paid to Baldwin.  Mayor Kelly reported that the request for reimbursement is currently being processed.

 

 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

 

 

Mr. Antonelli reported that he now has the signed Subdivision Plan for the Soccer Fields and he has made arrangements for the Solicitor to have the County Community Development Department sign and seal it and then have it delivered to the Recorder of Deeds Office for

 

 

 

 

recording.  He also reported that the Deed has been prepared and needs to be recorded.  He stated that he is waiting for the final approval from DCNR to begin construction.

 

 

Mr. Antonelli said he has executed the Contract and Notice to Proceed to Suit-Kote Corporation on June 19th for the 2013 Road Paving Program.

 

 

Mr. Antonelli reported that estimates were forwarded to the Borough on June 24th for the relocation of existing school zone signs from Route 885 and Commonwealth Avenue to Homeville Road and Commonwealth Avenue.  He said there are also estimates which could be as costly as $80,000 for the provision of new equipment.  Council discussed issues such as the

placement of equipment and who would be responsible for the cost of the equipment and decided that there is a need for further discussion.

 

 

REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:

 

 

Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of June 2013.

 

 

Mr. Kamauf reported that a Blood Drive would take place in the Borough Building Council

Chambers on July 31st from 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

 

 

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

 

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik that all bills properly approved by the Finance

Committee be paid.  Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack authorizing a $100 donation to the MonYough Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing.  Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

 

Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue remarked that he objects to being cited for having vehicles on his property that do not have current registration and inspection stickers.  He said he feels that it is his private property and that the Ordinance pertaining to this should be changed. Mayor Kelly said he would request a sample ordinance from the Borough’s Association to compare their ordinance with the Borough’s.  Mr. Stephenson said he would like to discuss the citation with Mr. Anthony when he returns to work from vacation.

 

 

Bob Kranack 232 Bellwood Road questioned whether the Borough is selling the current Borough Building.  Mr. Kamauf replied that this is the intention in the future but it is not currently for sale.  Mr. Kranack questioned whether there is a recent appraisal and if so is it public information.  Mr. Kamauf stated that the building was recently appraised and he believes that releasing the appraisal would fall under the Right-to-Know law.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Marone that the Meeting be adjourned.  Meeting adjourned at

7:10 p.m. prevailing time.