COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, June 21, 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 – Present, Stephenson – Present
Seven members present, absent none. Mayor Kelly – present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
Jim Jasinski 4100 Home Street questioned Agenda Item B. Solicitor Evashavik explained that this program is run by Allegheny County which the Borough has the option to participate. He said that if a resident has a delinquent property next to them that is vacant and for a reasonable expense the resident can apply and the County would clear the title. He stated that as part of the process the County wants to know if the applicant has any relationship to any member of Council and the County requires that the Borough draft a specific form to be completed by the members of Council acknowledging whether they are related. Mr. Kamauf explained that all the information is on the Borough website. Mr. Jasinski also questioned whether the fire companies have been notified of the details under Agenda Item E. Mr. Anthony reported there was a Public Hearing and it has been recommended by the Planning
Commission and approved by the FAA.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned where the location of the equipment would be installed under Agenda Item E. Mr. Anthony stated that it is in the 885 vicinity where there are other towers.
Diane Stanesic 2803 Glenny Lane Extension questioned why the nepotism resolution that was discussed at the Caucus is not on the Agenda. Solicitor Evashavik reported that there was some fine tuning to be done and it would be ready for next month.
John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street requested an explanation of Agenda Item F. Mr. Anthony explained that it is recommendation to add an additional third party company to the list of providers for the Borough at no cost to the Borough.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Popovich that the Minutes of the April 19, 2011 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve installation of West Mifflin Baseball
League (WMBL) billboard outside the gates of WMBL/West Mifflin Public Works located at
750 Saint Agnes Lane. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- B. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to approve and adopt a Conflict of Interest Process Form, in conjunction with the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nay Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Popovich to approve Jericho Road Ministries, Inc. request for use of Gary L. Parker Memorial Playground, Saturday July 30, 2011 for their 8th Annual Community Day Event. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Popovich to approve West Mifflin Lions Club request for use of the #1 Pavilion at West Mifflin Community Park, for installation of new officers on June
3, 2012. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- E. Motion by Olack, seconded by Falce to grant a Conditional Use Authorization for the construction of a 130’ monopole for telecommunication equipment location on a parcel of land leased by the Allegheny County Airport Authority. The following conditions are attached to this authorization:
- Memorandum of lease to be recorded with Allegheny County for the purpose of real estate taxes on the structure.
- FAA letter approving this location and height of this monopole.
- Compliance with MS Engineers letter of recommendation dated June 1, 2011.
- Geo Mechanical Engineers soils report letter of approval to be submitted with the
Building Permit application for the foundation design.
Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- F. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to add Allegheny Building Consultants, LLC, to the list of authorized 3rd party Uniform Construction Code Inspection companies for the Borough of West Mifflin. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nay Motion carried.
- G. Motion by Olack, seconded by Popovich to approve Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement with the Members of Steel Valley Council of Governments (SVOG); agreement is in regard to the purchase and use of portable truck scale Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- H. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to approve the extension of Wigham Street, total cost of project to be less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000). Roll Call: Seven ayes, no
nays. Motion carried.
Community Development………………………………………………….. Walter Anthony Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of May 2011. Police……………………………………………………………………………….. Chief Ken Davies Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of May 2011.
Public Works……………………………………………………………………. James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Report for the month of May 2011.
Mr. Hess reported that the paving program is moving along smoothly. He stated that Corbin Street, Fidelity Drive, McGowan Avenue and Elwell Avenue have been paved and the paving program as well as patching is continuing.
Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Lance Maha
Mr. Keron reported that the Playground Program started on June 13th and is going well. He also reported that Community Day is September 10th at the Allegheny County Airport. Mr. Andzelik stated that there is a need for a banner advertising Community Day. Mayor Kelly said that it could possibly be donated and he would give Mr. Keron some contacts. Mr. Andzelik said that if it is not donated it would be ok to purchase it.
EMS………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of May 2011.
Chief Plunkett reported that they received a letter from West Mifflin Area School District appointing them as sole provider at sporting events and school functions such as graduation. He reported that they participated in training programs at the Bechtel Bettis Lab and they would also be involved in giving flu shots at no charge later this year. Chief Plunkett said donation letters went out in May and thanked the community for a good response so far.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly thanked everyone for attending the Memorial Day Service and also thanked the Public
Works Department for their preparations.
Mayor Kelly reported that the Soccer Complex is ready for the engineer to get started, however the Borough has yet to receive the deed and he would like to have the deed in hand before drawing down on the money. Mr. Rober was in agreement with the Mayor.
Mayor Kelly reported that a complaint that was brought up at last month’s meeting over a fire that
Skyview VFC #4 responded to has been resolved.
Mayor Kelly stated that he has received limited feedback on the delinquent real estate tax status and will proceed with trying to make recommendations with the approval of Council. Council voiced no objections to his request.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Solicitor Evashavik reported that he is working with Mr. Kamauf on a RFP for pension actuary services and it would be finalized for final review next month.
Solicitor Evashavik reported he is working with Mr. Anthony on an amendment to the Political Sign Ordinance and he is reviewing it for Council’s approval next month. He said they also have been working on the condemnation of 5 properties and a Public Hearing would be scheduled for the end of July.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Rober reported that a meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 23rd at 10:00 a.m. with the contractor on the Bettis Traffic Signal Project. He thanked Representative Kortz for his help and involvement in the project
REPORT OF THE MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Financial Report for the month of June 2011.
Mr. Kamauf reported that a tax refund will be paid this month to Century III Associates for $195,142.79 for both 2010 and 2011. He said the previous value of the property was 58 million dollars and the new assessment is $30,610,000 which results in an exoneration of $27,390,00.00. Mr. Olack commented that just a few years ago Century III’s assessment value was 120 million dollars and that the Borough has lost an astronomical amount of money just on this one reassessment which is a very large
problem. Mr. Kamauf reassured Council that the refund money is in escrow.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Mr. Stephenson reported that a meeting took place with the Borough’s auditor on June 15th to discuss the 2010 final audit. He stated that the auditor reported it is a clean audit with no major findings or major issues and that this is the earliest the audit has been completed in several years. He said that the auditor reported there were several minor issues that management had already addressed and implemented new procedures and Mr. Stephenson commended Mr. Kamauf for the fine job he is doing. He also reported that the pension fund had increased over 1.2 million dollars and that the debt level is especially low for a Borough the size of West Mifflin. Mr. Stephenson did note that the
expenditures were $160,000 over the original budget and wanted the public to be aware that the surplus is not there and there is a rough road ahead.
Mr. Stephenson read a letter drafted by the Solicitors regarding the stray gas situation on Blueberry Street stating that the Borough has no authority whatsoever to intervene or take action with this situation. Mr. Stephenson then introduced Mr. Mark Purcell, representative from Mr. Kortz’s office who read a statement from the DEP explaining that their plans are to mitigate the stray gas with a vent system and the DEP is currently securing funding approval for the system and they plan to continue to monitor area conditions. Mr. Stephenson said that a letter requesting the DEP meet with the residents would be sent out and everyone involved would be notified of the meeting date and time.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
The following residents voiced their concerns and comments on the natural gas leak on Blueberry Street:
Al Manning 1125 Lebanon School Road
Brian & Shannon Willard 1141 Lebanon School Road
Diana Carlstrom 717 Blueberry Street Robert Frank 709 Blueberry Street Lori Ballog 839 Blackberry Street Gene Staudt 716 Blueberry
Steve Marone 441 Livingston Road
Jim Jasinski 4100 Home Street
Steven Marone 441 Livingston Road questioned when the Volunteer Fire Companies would receive their funding. Mr. Stephenson said it would be available in July or August.
Jay Grossic 1610 Greenspring Avenue questioned whether the WMSSMA would be responsible for repairing the road in the vicinity of 1612 Greensprings Ave where they had a project. Mr. Hess said that Greensprings Avenue is a county road and does not fall under the Borough Ordinance; however he
would contact the WMSSMA regarding the problem. Mr. Grossic also said that after the Avon Road Wall Project was complete there has not been a clean up of the debris that originally caused the collapse. Mr. Rober reported that there was debris there prior to the wall collapse that the contractor was not responsible for, however he would look into it and contact Mr. Grossic.
Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m. prevailing time. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.