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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, July 19, 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 – Absent, Stephenson – Present

 

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

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

Steve Marone 441 Livingston Road asked for an explanation of Agenda Item B. Mr. Stephenson replied that the Solicitor will give an explanation when the motion is put on the floor.

 

Jim Jasinski 4100 Home Street asked for an explanation of Agenda Item G. Chief Davies explained that it is a traffic monitoring sign. Mr. Jasinski then asked for an explanation of Agenda Item E. Mr. Kamauf reported that it is the new name given to several Chambers’ of Commerce that have

merged. Mr. Jasinski questioned where the property is located under Agenda Item A. Mr. Munsie said it is property on 7th Avenue.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie that the Minutes of the May 24, 2011 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Popovich). Motion carried.

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  1. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN APPROVING THE ACQUISITION AND SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION OF NUMEROUS PARCELS OF VACANT PROPERTY KNOWN AS LOT & BLOCK NUMBER; 181-S-277 WOULD BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE MUNICIPALITY.

 

Solicitor DiLucente read the resolution. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie that the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Popovich). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1236.

 

  1. B. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve advertising the Political Sign Ordinance; establishing the permissible usage and procedures for exhibition of political signs within right-of-way and on public property. Under remarks, Solicitor DiLucente explained that there will now be a fee which will be forfeited if the signs are not taken down and also it needed to be update Mr. Stephenson explained that this motion is required to be passed prior to setting the fee. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Popovich). Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Falce to approve the Rubbish/Garbage/Recycling Agreement for use by the Borough of West Mifflin. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Popovich). Motion carried.
  2. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik to approve an Anti-Nepotism Policy of the Borough of West Mifflin. Under remarks, Mr. Kostelnik read the Policy. Mr. Stephenson thanked Mr. Kostelnik and Mr. Munsie for initiating this Policy. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Popovich). Motion carried.

 

 

  1. E. Motion by Olack, seconded by Falce to approve joining the Regional Chamber

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

 

  1. F. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve advertising a Request for Proposal for Actuary Services for the Borough of West Mifflin Uniform and Non-Uniform Pension Pla  Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Popovich). Motion carried.

 

  1. G. Motion by Olack, seconded by Falce to approve the purchase of a traffic notification sign, “The Shield” from All Traffic Solutions at a cost of Five Thousand Five Hundred Eighty- Five Dollars ($5,585.00) with funds from the Asset Forfeiture F Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Popovich). Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

Community Development………………………………………………….. Walter B. Anthony Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of June 2011. Police………………………………………………………………………………. Chief Ken Davies Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of June 2011.

Mr. Andzelik questioned the status of hiring an IT person. Mr. Stephenson replied that he would like to proceed with this and it should be a topic for discussion at the next Caucus Meeting.

 

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

 

Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of June 2011.

 

Mr. Hess reported that the paving of Fidelity Drive, McGowan Avenue, Elwell Avenue, Buchanan Avenue and Addison Avenue have been completed in June. He also reported that they are paving Hazel Street now and Home Street would be the last street to be paved this year.  He reported that there was 30 feet of Curry Hollow Road washed away with the recent storm and they will be making repairs there.

 

Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Lance Maha

 

Mr. Andzelik reported that everything is on schedule for the Crime Watch Parade and Community Day on September 10th.

 

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

 

Assistant Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of June 2011.

 

Assistant Chief Plunkett read a thank you letter from Mrs. Bernie Herman for their caring response when they transported her husband to Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

Mayor Kelly deferred his report until the August Council Meeting.

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

 

Solicitor DiLucente has been asked by Council for a legal opinion as to whether an agreement signed by Council is necessary between the Police and the School District regarding a policy to intervene if needed at the Schools. He stated that Chief Davies has the authority to sign such a policy.

 

Solicitor DiLucente stated that he prepared a resolution regarding slums and blighted properties and it would be presented under New Business.

 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

 

Mr. Rober reported that his report for this month has been distributed to Council and there is nothing further to report.

 

REPORT OF THE MANAGER:

 

Mr. Kamauf reported that the Budget is at 48% or 2% below the budgeted amounts.

 

Mr. Kamauf reported that over the last 30 days, with the help of our new part-time assistant the Borough has been able to collect $9,500 in delinquent Business Privilege Tax.

 

Mr. Kamauf reported that household chemicals are being collected at the South Park Wave Pool Parking Lot on October 1, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for safe disposal through an Allegheny County Program.

 

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

 

Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Popovich). Motion carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING DEMOLITION FOR SLUMS AND BLIGHT

 

Mr. Falce read the resolution. Motion by Falce, seconded by Olack the resolution be adopted. Roll

Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Popovich). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1237.

 

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING THE CONCURRING RESOLUTION TO RESOLUTION NO. 1237.

 

Solicitor DiLucente explained that the purpose of this resolution is to have a form on file to record who the applicant is and how the grant is to be used. Motion by Falce, seconded by Olack the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Popovich). Motion carried. Resolution given No.

1238.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

 

Susan Frank 709 Blueberry Street thanked the Borough Manager, Council and the Police Chief for hosting a very informative meeting with the DEP regarding the stray gas problem in her neighborhood.

 

Steve Marone 411 Livingston Road thanked the Police Department, Public Works and EMS for helping the fire company with 3 separate incidents in the last month.

 

Jim Jasinski 4100 Home Street thanked Council for the help they provided for the residents involved with the stray gas leak.  Mr. Jasinski questioned whether the Police Department has been looking into purchasing license plate scanners. Chief Davies said that is not being considered at this time. Mr. Jasinski requested that Council draft an ordinance that parents alert authorities if a child is

missing. Solicitor DiLucente replied that state law pre-empts anything Council could do but they certainly could voice their concerns.

 

Representative Kortz explained that legislation has been drafted and work is commencing in

Harrisburg regarding a law notifying authorities if a child is missing.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Olack that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m. prevailing time. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried.