COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the
Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday June 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.
Six members present, one absent (Marone). Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Davis that the Minutes of the May 21, 2014 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve lease/purchase agreement with First National Bank for the two (2) Public Works Vehicles approved in May (2014 Caterpillar and 2014 Mack Garbage Truck) total vehicle cost $344,525.00. Lease agreement is 5 year term with annual interest rate of 3.1%; annual payments will total $73,175.11. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.
- B. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kushner to approve installation of metal plug mold in the
Police Department locker rooms by Hickman Electric, Incorporated at a cost of
$3,523.00. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve advertisement for Flood Plain Ordinance revision for the July 15, 2014 Legislative Meeting. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Davis to approve advertising for a Public Hearing for Conditional Use for B&R Holdings for July 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.
- E. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve the following Public Work Vehicles be taken to Perryopolis Auto Auction:
- 1995 Ford Garbage Truck Vin#1FDZY90L4SVA47709
- b. 1997 Ford 350 Pick Up Truck Vin# 1FTJW36HXVEC12562
Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.
- F. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve and award the Borough’s 2014
Road Program bid to Peter J. Caruso & Sons, Inc., in the amount of $199,950.00. Roll
Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.
- G. Motion by Davis, seconded by Kushner to approve the sales agreement with FROGGY Radio in the amount of $2,200 for advertising of Community Day concert and eve Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.
- Motion Olack, seconded by Davis to approve participating in Duquesne Light LED Municipal Cobrahead Street Light Conversion Pilot Program at a cost of $1,090. Cost is
for removal of current HPS Street Light fixtures. Initial Pilot Program will be for replacement of 10 Street Lights. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.
Community Development…………………………………………………. Walter B. Anthony Mr. Lazzaro read the Community Development Report for the month of May 2014. Police ………………………………………………………………………………. Chief Ken Davies Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of May 2014.
Chief Davies reported the SOAR (Safe Operations Are Your Responsibility) operation would take place on Saturday, June 21st at the ALL-State Career School 1200 Lebanon Road. He reported that various area Police agencies would participate in a day of training and education performed by Motor Carrier Enforcement Teams. He stated that it is not an enforcement event and that it is free training to truck operators, small towed trailers, landscape companies, owner operators and large trucking firms.
Chief Davies reported that on May 20th the police participated with the FBI, Allegheny County Police and the City of Pittsburgh Police in a joint Active Shooter Drill at Century III Mall. He said the drill occurred overnight as to not disrupt the business of the mall.
Chief Davies reported that we are once again participating in the joint SHACOG entry level Police testing. He said applications are due at the SHACOG Administrative Office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014 and the test will take place Saturday, August 9, 2014.
Public Works …………………………………………………………………… James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of May 2014. Mr. Hess read the following paving list:
Micro paving: Peter Caruso & Sons
Outlook Drive (Vista View to Water company repair near Glencairn) Conlin Street (Worton Blvd. to Homestead-Duquesne Rd.)
Fidelity Drive (Dashbaugh to Park area) Irwin Run Road (Vale to Noble Drive Joyce Drive
Asphalt Paving & Milling: Peter Caruso & Sons
Parkside Drive (Repair) Ashwood Court
Intersection of Noble Drive & Irwin Run Road
Asphalt Paving: Borough Employees
Community Park entrance
Sharp Avenue (in front of High Rise) Old Lebanon Church Road
Glencairn (Irene Street to Vista View) Spring Street
Elm Street (Whitaker Street to Cedar Street) Victoria Street
Mr. Hess also reported that the following streets have been paved by PA American Water
Company which has saved the Borough a million dollars: Glencairn Street (Vista View to end) Roberta Drive
Beech Alley Foster Road Patton Avenue Hazel Street Michael Avenue Terrace Avenue
Center Street (Terrace to Michael) Bull Run Road
Recreation ……………………………………………………………………….. Anthony DiCenzo
Mr. DiCenzo reported that $5,603 total was raised and received from Macy’s Heart Your Park Program to go toward parks and playgrounds. He stated that he has spoken with Tom Hacke and he and his wife a looking into having a monument made that will be placed at the Ryan Hacke Memorial Playground in their son’s honor. He also thanked Macy’s for their donation of a gas grill for the Borough.
Mr. DiCenzo thanked Mr. Kamauf, Mr. Hess, Mr. Macy, D.J. Carter and Whitaker Councilman Ed Morrissey for participating in a conference call regarding a grant application with KABOOM to have them fund the building of a new playground facility at West Street which is off of Duquesne Avenue. He said the application has been moved forward to the next step of the process and the building of the playground is anticipated to take place in October.
Mr. DiCenzo reported that Froggy Radio has been approved to host a country concert that will coincide with Community Day.
EMS ………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of May 2014.
Chief Plunkett reported that the EMS participated in the Memorial Day Services at Mitchell Paige Park. He said they also ended the school year with a safety program at Homeville Elementary and also attended the High School Graduation.
Chief Plunkett reported that the 3 year PA Dept. of Health Inspection took place on May 15,
2014 and they have been approved for 3 more years.
Chief Plunkett reported that EMS has been participating in the SHACOG training for water emergencies. He said that they have also received a $15,000 grant for equipment to handle any rescues involving flooding.
Chief Plunkett reported they received a $2,000 check from the McKeesport Hospital Foundation for the 2014 Flu Shots.
Chief Plunkett reported that the Project Readiness Capital Campaign is doing very well and he thanked everyone that participated.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly thanked everyone involved in a successful Memorial Day Service at the Mitchell
Mayor Kelly reported that this year at Community Day there would be an award presented to the
Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year.
Mayor Kelly said he read the article in the Monday, June 16, 2014 edition of the McKeesport Daily News referring to Century III Mall as an abyss and he said they did a disservice to this community by publishing the article. He said that people don’t realize the extended service that we’ve been working with collectively. He reported that they have put millions of dollars in the infrastructure that has to be completed first. Mr. Moses also commented that Moonbeam Capital has bent over backwards going above and beyond to keep the Borough in the loop as to what their plans are and for an article such as the Daily News published to come out at this time is certainly a disservice. Mr. Stephenson, Mr. Kostelnik and Mr. Davis also commented on the positive progress Moombeam Capital is making and that they support Mayor Kelly’s comments.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Solicitor DiLucente reported his firm has been working on agreements with Froggy Radio for advertising Community Day and Schindler Elevator for the elevator in this building. He also reported that he has been working with Mr. Kamauf, Mayor Kelly and Chief Davies on the Temporary Modified Duty Policy for Police Officers. He also said they have reviewed the Floodplain Ordinance with the Borough Engineer.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Antonelli reported that since the last Borough Council Meeting, LaFarge has transported only 23% of fill to the site which is unacceptable since it would not allow the project to be completed by the grant expiration day of June 2015. He said he hopes to get additional manpower to remedy the situation.
Mr. Antonelli reported that a single bid for the road paving project was received on Jun 6th from
Peter J. Caruso & Sons, Inc., which was awarded this evening.
Mr. Antonelli reported that the revised Floodplain ordinance has been approved by the State however the Solicitor has made revisions that must be submitted back to the State and Mr. Antonelli stated that he anticipates no problems with the revisions.
REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of May 2014.
Mr. Kamauf reported that the realtor for 3000 Lebanon Church Road has received several calls regarding interest in the property and they are working with them on negotiations.
Mr. Kamauf reported that there are 6 Sheriff Sales scheduled. Mayor Kelly requested that Legal Tax Service attend the next month Caucus Meeting to explain the Sheriff Sales, he also requested that the Century III Mall manager be given a time slot to speak at the next meeting.
Mr. Kamauf reported that all taxes have been paid on the Merante property except for 2010. He explained that this is the property that was incorrectly being taxed through Baldwin Borough.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Davis that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Stephenson to approve Jericho Road Ministries 10th Annual Community to be held at the Gary L. Parker Memorial Playground on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Marone). Motion carried.
Lawrence Noll 4336 June Drive questioned whether there is a solution reached regarding the safety issue on June Drive. Mr. Kamauf reported that a resolution to resolve the situation has been drafted and is in front of the Solicitor for review to be placed on the Agenda for the next Council Meeting.
Regis Andres 1414 Lower Bull Run Road complained about vacant property next to his property that he would like to purchase to put back on the tax rolls. Mr. Kamauf explained that the property can be purchased through Allegheny County Vacant Property Program. Mr. Andres
also said he believes that someone is dumping sewage into the creek every week on Saturdays. Mr. Kostelnik said he would request that the West Mifflin Sewer Authority test the water and would take action if needed.
Larry Howells 3417 Duquesne Avenue also complained about vacant property at 3412 West Street. Mr. Kamauf said he would send the Building Inspector to access the property and perhaps start the condemnation process if legally possible.
Diane Stanesic 2803 Glenny Lane Extension spoke regarding Century III Mall and said that whoever owns the road from Route 885 into the mall should repave it. She also said that the area considered the right-of-way on Glenny Lane Extension is crumbling and should be paved and
also a gully on Webster Avenue. She also questioned whether the police response time has changed since moving to the new building. Mayor Kelly and Chief Davies said that they respond from their patrol zone, not the building so nothing has changed. She also requested that the meetings be changed back to 6:30 p.m.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue spoke about the B&R Holdings property on Buttermilk
Hollow stating that he feels it is zoned wrong.
Robert Kranack 232 Bellwood Road questioned why the Borough is not using Copart, located in the Borough for the vehicles they send to the auction. Mr. Hess replied that he was not aware that they auctioned vehicles there and he said he appreciates the information.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Davis that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m. prevailing time.