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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.

 

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

 

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

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

None.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie that the Minutes of the May 15, 2012 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Andzelik).

Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the removal of Mockenhaupt Benefits Group as plan actuaries for the Borough of West Mifflin Uniform and Non-Uniform Pension Plans and appoint Milliman Incorporated as the Borough of West Mifflin Actuaries of the aforementioned Pension Plans.

 

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

 

  1. B. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Olack to approve the appointment of Hosack, Specht, Muetzel

& Wood LLP to perform the completion audit of the Bettis Traffic Sensor Project No. C000038503.

 

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

 

  1. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Olack to approve the lease agreement with the West Mifflin Area School District for lease of office space located on the third floor of the Borough Building; at a yearly rate of Ninety Thousand Dollars ($90,000), $84,000 in cash and $6,000 of in-kind services from the West Mifflin Area School District. The in-kind service would be provided by shared Information Technology service and support. Under remarks, Mr. Stephenson stated that he has been advised to abstain from the vote in as much as he is employed by the School

District.

 

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

 

  1. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve filing of the 2010 Municipality Approved Budget Form with the Public Utility Commission (PUC), in accordance to Act 13 Natural Gas Impact Fee Revenue.

 

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

 

  1. E. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve submission of the grant application for the

2012 PA DEP Recycling Grant Program 902.

 

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

 

  1. F. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Olack to approve the appointment of Sergeant Richard Bandik to the Borough of West Mifflin Safety Committee as the West Mifflin Police Officers representative.

 

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

 

  1. G. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve the Adams Lot Consolidation plan located at 4122 Inland Avenue as recommended by the Planning Commissi

 

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

 

  1. H. Motion by Marone, seconded by Munsie to approve the Preliminary and Final Site Plan for the

375 square foot addition to the existing Applebee’s Restaurant as recommended by the Planning

Commission. The proposed expansion is for an addition to the dining room. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Andzelik). Motion carried.

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to schedule and advertise a Public Hearing for the purpose of a request to re-zone a parcel of land “12.5702 acres” that formerly housed the “Old Emerson School” along Pennsylvania Avenue and to also include the following properties; 1800,

1804 and 1806 Pennsylvania Avenue in this request. The request is to change the zoning district from R-2 Medium Density Residential to C-1 General Commercial.

 

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

 

  1. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve the advertisement and sale of two (2) Police vehicles taken out of service:

 

Unit #236 2005 Chevrolet Impala VIN #2GIWF55K519369894

 

Unit #204 2001 Chevrolet Impala VIN #2G1WF55K519356430

 

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

 

  1. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve the hiring of Mary Spanitz for the part-time Summer Recreational Program at a rate of $7.47 per hour, pending successful completion of a background and clearance check.

 

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

 

  1. K. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve the hiring of Kelly Theiss as part-time Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant to the Administration Borough Office, pending successful completion of background and clearance reviews, at a rate of $12.00 per hour during a probationary peri Upon successful completion of a probationary period the hourly rate will increase to $13.00 per hour. Under remarks, Mr. Marone questioned the time of the probationary period. Mr. Kamauf replied that it is 90 days.

 

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

 

  1. L. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve an amendment to the Rock Salt purchase agreement with Cargill Inc., to extend the time which the Borough of West Mifflin has to meet the minimum eighty (80%) purchase requirement from June 30, 2012 to December 31,

 

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

 

  1. M. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve the donation of Pavilion #4 to the Balanced and Restoration Justice Program supervised by Wendy Graham, Juvenile Probation Officer for use July 25, August 1, August 8 and August 15, 2012 from 3:30 m. – 6:30 p.m., pending formalized approval from the Juvenile Court.

 

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

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to approve a Five Hundred Dollar ($500.00) donation to the Titan Hoops Boosters. Under remarks, Mr. Moses stated that this concludes the donations for 2012. Mr. Stephenson reported that he has been contacted by the Boosters stating that they had never received the 2011 donation that had been approved. Mr. Keron replied that he would research the 2011 Minutes for the approval date and report back to Council.

 

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

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

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

 

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

 

Mr. Anthony reported that if possible the Public Hearing for the re-zoning request for the Old Emerson School would be scheduled prior to the July 11th Caucus Meeting.

 

Mr. Anthony reported that the property owner on Buttermilk Hollow has appealed the Zoning Hearing Board decision to the Court of Common Pleas.

 

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

 

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

 

Chief Davies reported that the Borough is participating in the South Hills Area Council of Governments Joint Civil Service Entry Level Police Test. He stated that the applications are being accepted until 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2012 and a physical agility and written test are scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2012.

 

Chief Davies reported that the U.S. Attorneys Office Western District of Pennsylvania is hosting a Prescription Drug Abuse Seminar for parents, educators and concerned citizen on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the Washington & Jefferson College from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Chief Davies read a letter of thanks to the Police Department from the “Out of the Furnace” film productions cast and crew extending their gratitude for their outstanding service of keeping them safe on location.

 

Chief Davies reported that the Asset Forfeiture Fund received an additional $265,395 which should bring the total to approximately $590,000 in that account.

 

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

 

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

 

Mr. Munsie reported that he spoke to the Assistant Public Works Director of the City of McKeesport who informed him that the Greenstar recycling plant should hopefully be ready for September of this year.

 

Mayor Kelly questioned the status of the property at 400 Commonwealth Avenue. Mr. Anthony replied that it is an abandoned property and would hope someone would take it over through the Allegheny County Vacant Property Program. Mr. Hess replied that the public works employees have cleaned the property in the past.

 

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

 

Mr. Keron reported that the three new Recreation Board signs would be installed later this week. He added that the signs were sponsored by local businesses and there was no cost to the Borough.

 

Mr. Keron reported that the Summer Playground dates are June 18th – July 16th. He also said there is a Movie

Night at the West Mifflin Baseball Complex on Saturday, June 23rd at dusk.

 

Mr. Keron reported that to date the Borough has received $1,750 in donations for Community Day on

September 8, 2012.

 

Mr. Kostelnik read a letter from the Healthy Active Living Organization requesting sponsorship for their summer and winter activities program. He stated that the letter would be distributed to Council and they would discuss it at the July Caucus Meeting.

 

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

 

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

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

Mayor Kelly presented a revenue savings proposal to Council asking them to consider purchasing abandoned properties to refurbish them and resell the properties to get them back on the tax rolls and improve the neighborhoods. Solicitor DiLucente advised that it is not legal for a municipality to get involved in such sales.

 

Mr. Kostelnik read a prepared statement which was a rebuttal to the Mayor’s comments at the May Council Meeting about the 2012 Budget causing hardships on the Police Department and that public safety is compromised. Mayor Kelly responded saying that at every meeting he brought money saving ideas to the table and they were pushed aside because he suggested them. After considerable discussion President Moses moved the meeting forward.

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

 

Solicitor DiLucente reported there was a postponement today on the hearing for 4023 Kennywood Blvd. and rescheduled for September 25, 2012. He also reported that his office has also reviewed agreements with Larmar Advertising, the West Mifflin Baseball League Lease and the Cargill agreement. Mayor Kelly questioned what the next step is with the Larmar agreement. Solicitor DiLucente replied that it is still in the negotiating phase and that the Borough Manager has been provided with a list of questions that need answered and he will

proceed accordingly.

 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

 

Mr. Jovanovich reported NIRA has been working on the following projects: the LaFarge Soccer Complex; the annual report for the DEP Storm Sewer Permit (MS4 Program); the proposed GetGo on Hoffman Blvd; the Adams Consolidation Plan; and the Applebee’s Dining Room Addition.

 

REPORT OF THE MANANGER:

 

Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the current period as of June 19, 2012. He reported that compared to the 2011 totals at this time last year we collected 2.8% in revenue however, expenditures are down 17.9% compared to this time last year.

 

Mr. Kamauf reported that the Borough received $90,280.95 as part of the grant reimbursement for the Webster Wall Grant, $4,263.75 from Allegheny County for the Airport Hazard Zoning Ordinance and $30,000 from Dravosburg Borough for their portion of the Bettis Traffic Signal Project.

 

Mr. Marone said he was approached by the West Mifflin Soccer League regarding a reimbursement check for the survey of the LaFarge property in the amount of $2,000. Mr. Kamauf explained that he was not here at the time and has no knowledge of the agreement however he would research it.

 

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

 

Motion by Munsie, seconded by Marone that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be approved.

 

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

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Mr. Marone submitted the Emergency Management Report to Council.

 

Mr. Kamauf reported he received a request from Mr. Marty Lichner of the West Mifflin Reunion Committee to place signs around the Borough right-of-ways and islands advertising the reunion picnic at West Mifflin

Park. Mr. Munsie remarked that the Borough should stay consistent with the Ordinance against posting signs on Borough property. Mr. Stephenson suggested posting the information on the recreation signs, he also said that he spoke with Mr. Lichner and suggested they place their posters at local businesses.

 

Mr. Kostelnik reported that the Whitaker Field Lease would be signed next month.

 

Mr. Moses reported that the Software RFP’s have been received and would be reviewed at the July Caucus Meeting. He also stated that Council would discuss the purchase of laptop computers for the Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

 

Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue said that the owner of the property on Buttermilk Hollow road which was formerly PRISM is consistently in violation and requested that something be done. Solicitor DiLucente stated that Council is doing everything they can and everyone must be patient during the appeal process.

 

Kristie England 543 Edgewood Avenue said she has been complaining for 6 years about the problem with illegal ATV’s and motor bikes in her neighborhood near the US Steel gas pipeline. She said that in addition to the noise from morning until night it is also a safety issue. Mayor Kelly advised Chief Davies to arrange a meeting with security officials from US Steel.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. prevailing time.

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