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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers of Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.

 

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

 

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

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

None.

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  1. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS WITH THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THE APPLICATION IS FOR YEAR 39 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT.

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik).

Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1247.

 

  1. B. RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, DEMOLITION, SLUMS AND BLIGHT RESOLUTIO WHEREAS, THERE ARE SEVERAL VACANT AND DILAPIDATED STRUCTURES LOCATED WITHIN THE MUNICIPALITY OF WEST MIFFLIN. SUCH STRUCTURES CONSTITUTE A HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARD TO OUR RESIDENTS. SUCH STRUCTURES IDENTIFIED FOR DEMOLITION WILL UNDERGO CONDEMNATION PROCEEDINGS OUTLINED WITHIN LOCAL ORDINANCE AND ARE IN DECLARATION OF THE PROPERTY AS A PUBLIC NUISANCE AND AS BEING IN A HAZARDOUS OR DANGEROUS CONDITION.

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik).

Motion carried.

Resolution given No. 1248.

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to approve advertisement of the Code Adoption

Ordinance.

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

 

  1. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to authorize the Solicitor to prepare an ordinance amending the Zoning Map, Engineer to prepare a new Zoning Map and advertise the

Ordinance. Amended zoning is related to the “12.5702 acres” that formerly housed the “Old Emerson School” on Pennsylvania Avenue along with 1800, 1804 and 1806 Pennsylvania Avenue from Zoning District R-2 Medium Density Residential to C-1 General Commercial. Under remarks, Mr. Andzelik remarked that the proposed developers of the property would have to comply with all of the PENNDOT requirements. Mr. Moses stated that the sale of the property is contingent upon the rezoning and the PENNDOT requirements. Mr. Anthony explained that the site plan would also come before Council

and that this is a motion for rezoning only.

 

Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik), one abstention (Stephenson). Motion carried.

 

  1. E. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to approve a request from Jericho Road Ministries, Incorporated for use of the Gary L. Parker Memorial Playground for the Ministries 9th Annual Community Day on Saturday, July 28,

 

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

 

  1. F. Motion by Olack, seconded by Andzelik to approve a sponsorship donation in the amount of

$150 to the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce for sponsorship at their annual golf outing August

3, 2012 at Westwood Golf Club.

 

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

 

  1. G. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve application, distribution and use PNC Easy Procurement Visa Card in accordance with the Borough Credit Card Policy. Under remarks, Mr. Kamauf explained that Council has developed a very stringent policy regarding the use of the car  He said this would be used to purchase items or services from companies that do not accept a Purchase Order such as ordering an item over the internet. He also stated that cards would be issued to Department Supervisors only and would need authorization before using it.

 

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

 

  1. H. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Olack to approve changes/additions to the following fee schedule:

 

Accessibility/Building/Mechanical/Plumbing/Energy, all occupancy types at $.25 per square foot of floor area of proposed occupancy. With a minimum charge of $200.00.

 

Fire Suppression System of Hood System & Fire Alarm Systems $200.00.

 

Pre-Occupancy inspection of existing Commercial buildings in which a new tenant wishes to occupy should meet with Plan Examiner to determine occupancy requirements of $100.00

 

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

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve old traffic lights currently stored at the Public

Works Garage to be sold at auction.

 

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

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to approve appointment of Council President Michael

Moses to the vacant Police Pension Board seat, term to expire December 31, 2014. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik).

Motion carried.

 

  1. K. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to condemn the following properties, deem the structures thereon to constitute nuisances and hazards, and approve the written Adjudications and recommended razing:

 

3725 Grant Street, West Mifflin, PA 15122

Lot & Block 181-G-376

 

3540 Lebanon Church Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122

Lot & Block 311-H-108

 

503 Edgewood Avenue, West Mifflin, PA Lot & Block 305-A-61 15122
 

506 Edgewood Avenue, West Mifflin, PA Lot & Block 305-A-133

 

15122

 

514 Edgewood Avenue, West Mifflin, PA Lot & Block 305-A-129

 

15122

 

516 Edgewood Avenue, West Mifflin, PA Lot & Block 305-A-128

 

15122

 

310 Elmore Avenue, West Mifflin, PA 15122

Lot & Block 305-F-228

 

3119 Virginia Avenue, West Mifflin, PA 15122

Lot & Block 181-B-305

 

4300 Greensprings Avenue, West Mifflin, PA 15122

Lot & Block 238-J-62

 

4114 Outlook Drive, West Mifflin, PA 15122

Lot & Block 237-P-400

 

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

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

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

 

Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Department Report for the month of June 2012.

 

Mr. Anthony reported that the repairs to the Borough Building sign are extensive and he is requesting that Council give him verbal authorization to get proposals to replace the sign with a new more economical sign. It was agreed that he should act upon this.

 

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

 

Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of June 2012.

 

Chief Davies reported that the Borough is participating in the SHACOG Police Test to be administered on August 11, 2012. He stated that application would be available and accepted until 4:30 p.m. July 20th at the SHACOG.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mr. Andzelik reported a “Night at the Movies” was held on June 23rd at the Little League Baseball

Complex. He also reported that the new Recreation signs have been installed throughout the Borough.

 

Mr. Andzelik reported that preparations for Community Day on September 8th are underway with flyers and banners distributed throughout the Borough.

 

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

 

Assistant Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of June 2012.

 

Assistant Chief Plunkett reported that Baldwin EMS received from Senator Brewster a Certificate of Recognition for participation in the Mon River Vaccine Fleet Initiative. He stated that dates would be forthcoming for this year’s clinic.

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

Mayor Kelly reported that the Annual Crime Watch Parade would be held in conjunction with Community Day on September 8th.

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

 

Solicitor DiLucente reported his law firm performed ten condemnations which Council has acted on

tonight. He also reported his firm reviewed a consulting contract and has recommended changes to be acted upon by the Borough Manager. Solicitor DiLucente said that Council is attempting to be very proactive and has requested his law firm to do extensive research on the possibility of tax abatement for new businesses that come into the Borough.

 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

 

Mr. Antonelli reported that the site survey for the LaFarge Soccer Complex was completed in late June 2012 and he is presently in the process of preparing the site grading plan which should be completed in the next few weeks. Mr. Antonelli said he would prepare a time line for the project and he said he feels there is more than enough time to get the construction done before the grant deadline.

 

Mr. Antonelli reported his office has reviewed a storm sewer at 204 Shaker Drive and determined there is a need to upgrade the existing storm sewer.

 

Mr. Antonelli reported there is some discrepancy on the boundaries of the Merante property on Streets Run Road and at this point there is no definitive answer as to whether the building is in Baldwin Borough or West Mifflin Borough.

 

REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:

 

Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report as of July 17, 2012. He stated that expenditures are down approximately

22%; however he remarked that this may be misleading in as much as the Borough is still obligated to purchase

$207,000 in salt and the Pension contribution for the year is $1,244,224 and the bond payment is $675,000. He said that averaging in these payments we would currently be at 2.3% under budget year to date.

 

Mr. Kamauf reported he has begun end of year projections and a preliminary budget for next year.  He stated that he would like to begin discussion sometime in the beginning of August.

 

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, one absent (Kostelnik).

Motion carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Mr. Marone reported that the Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Skyview

Volunteer Fire Hall.

 

Mr. Olack questioned the status of the Pension Plan RFP. Mr. Kamauf stated that within a month the RFP

would be ready.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

 

Mr. Richard Hagbloom 2040 Oregon Avenue explained that there is a parking issue he would like

resolved. He said that a new resident is blocking access to his driveway. Mr. Moses stated that the situation will be looked into.

 

Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned whether there was a cease and desist order issued regarding the problem with the new property owner of the former PRISM property. Mr. Anthony reported that he spoke

to the owner and was verbally told to cease the work he was doing. Solicitor DiLucente explained that a citation has been issued and it’s in the courts hands.

 

Bob Kranack 232 Bellwood Road questioned the meaning of the Pre-Occupancy Inspection motion that was passed this evening. His question related to whether a Pre-Occupancy Inspection would be required for a commercial building if the space changed from one tenant to another without changing use of the space. Mr. Anthony stated that if the use is the same there is no Pre-Occupancy Inspection required, however an inspection for an Occupancy Permit would be required. Mr. Moses also stated that the Pre-Occupancy is not required and that the Borough is offering this service in instances when for example an architect would request one.

 

Maureen Stefko 4719 Poplar Street said that in early July she called and was put on a list to have trees trimmed on a Borough easement and has since been told that the Borough no longer maintains these properties. Mr. Hess explained that it is an unopened alley that has sanitary sewer and storm sewer lines. Mr. Anthony stated that a lengthy discussion took place at the Caucus Meeting and Council asked for a legal opinion as to what happens

to these paper streets which are actually called a right of way. Solicitor DiLucente replied that after a period of

21 years an undeveloped paper street is no longer the Borough’s property or the Borough’s

responsibility. Solicitor DiLucente recommended that if Ms. Stefko feels this is inaccurate she should write a formal letter addressed to the Borough Manager explaining why she feels the easement should be taken over by the Borough. Mr. Antonelli added that there is a legal presumption under these conditions that the adjoining property owners own to the center of the right of way.

 

Rege Legge 4017 Lebanon Church Road said that years ago the Borough trimmed trees from the alley behind his house that were overhanging his property also in February there were two downed trees and the Borough cut them up. He stated that he now has a large branch over his roof that is interfering with his satellite dish and would like to have the Borough take care of it. Mr. Moses explained that this falls under the same situation as the previous resident and suggested that Mr. Legge follow the same advice and write a letter for Council to respond to. Mr. Antonelli also suggested that the residents provide a copy of their deed along with the request.

 

Nikki Thielet 1949 Anna Avenue remarked that she has seen a number a new businesses come into the Borough and questioned whether there were any numbers as to how many businesses are new and how many left the Borough. Mr. Kamauf explained that it is not an easy ongoing process since businesses do not necessarily send notices that they are going out of business.  Ms. Thielet questioned whether the Borough is in better financial condition than it was at this time last year. Mr. Kamauf stated that on the expenditure side we have cut back but on the revenues we are behind where we were at this point last year.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Olack that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m. prevailing time.

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