COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. prevailing time with President Scott Stephenson presiding.
ROLL CALL: Kushner Present Olack Absent
Marone Present Davis Present
Stupar Present Kostelnik Present
Six members present, one absent (Olack). Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
Jim Jasinski 4100 Home Street questioned Item C in regards to Home Depot. Mr. Anthony explained Home Depot is creating 5 separate parcels for tax purposes. Mr. Jasinski questioned why Lowe’s Home Improvement signs and crosswalks listed in Item E were not completed before the opening of the store. Mr. Anthony explained it was missed on the original plans and is being amended tonight.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik that the Minutes of the December 20, 2017 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to approve removal of Chester Engineers as Borough Engineers. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Davis to approve the appointment of Mackin as the Borough Engineers. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner to approve request from RPAI West Mifflin Century III L.P. for the approval of a 5 lot sub division plan; located at 9971 Mountain View Dr.; Home Depot’s lease has expired and is optioning to purchase the parcel. All existing easement and parking agreements will remain in place. A variance was granted by the Zoning Hearing Board as it relates to the required side yard setback. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Davis, seconded by Kostelnik to approve request from Lawn Patrol for site plan approval for the use of the newly created lot which has 2 structures on it; located at 1215-1217 Lebanon Road. The structures were a restaurant and convenience store. The applicant is proposing using the existing buildings and land to operate a landscape supply operation at this site. The applicant is not proposing any expansion construction to the existing structures. They are proposing the installation of concrete supply bins for the sale of bulk supplies. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner to approve request for Lowes for approval of amended site plan which includes the installation of stop signs and crosswalks. Roll Call: six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to ratify and approve the Borough of West Mifflin Insurance renewals with Travelers including:
Property, Inland Marine, General, Law Enforcement, Public Entity, Employment, Auto and Cyber Liabilities, Auto Damage and Umbrella Coverage at an annual cost of Two Hundred Fifty Seven Thousand Seven Hundred Forty-Six Dollars, ($257,746).
Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to ratify and approve the Borough insurance renewal with Excalibur Insurance Management Services, LLC for Workers Compensation and Employment Liability Insurance at an annual cost of Four Hundred Eighteen Thousand Nine Hundred Thirty-One Dollars, ($418,931). Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Stupar to approve lease agreement between the Borough and West Mifflin Baseball League, for use of the fields at the incinerator. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve lease agreement between the Borough and West Mifflin Youth Softball Association for use of the fields at the Camden Complex. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner to approve fee schedule for recreation facilities; which includes field costs for Kenny, Winklevoss & Bost Fields and the Basketball Courts at the Community Park. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis, to approve the Borough Fitness Center Usage Policy. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the termination of agreement with TurnKey Taxes. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, SETTING FORTH THE COMPENSATION OR SALARY FOR THE OFFICE OF THE ELECTED TAX COLLECTOR; SETTING FORTH THE METHOD OF PAYMENT OF SAID ANNUAL SALARY; AUTHORIZING ACTUAL NEEDFUL EXPENDITURES; AUTHORIZING THE PERCENTAGE OF THE BOND PREMINUM; SETTING FORTH REGULATIONS FOR THE COLLECTION OF PAYMENTS OF TAXES.
Prior to Roll Call, Mr. Richard Allen, Livingston Drive wanted to address Item M. Mr. Allen is the current Tax Collector for the Borough of West Mifflin. Mr. Allen wanted to more closely examine the Resolution. It was noted that this Resolution needed to be voted on before February 15 as required by law. Mr. Kamuaf explained if this is not voted on tonight the salary structure would remain the same for the next four years. Mr. Allen said he has not read the Resolution in full. Mr. Kamauf said the Resolution is exactly the same as it was four years ago and the salary structure is for the elected Tax Collector, not Mr. Allen personally. Mr. Allen accepted this explanation.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone that the Resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1304.
Community Development……………………………………………………Walter B. Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the year end 2016.
Police……………………………………………………………………………Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of December 2016 as well as the year end for 2016.
Chief Davies said on December 20, 2016 a burglary was reported at a local sports store where 7 rifles along with ammunition were stolen. On December 21, 2016 after a search and arrest 6 of the 7 rifles were recovered.
Public Works………………………………………………………………….…….James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Report for the month of December 2016.
Mr. Hess reported that Duquesne Light will be doing some tree trimming along power lines. They will notify residents if they need to go on their property.
Mr. Hess noted that several of his employees have received CPR training by the EMS.
Mr. Keron said tickets for the annual Father/Daughter dance will go on sale Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Borough Buidling.
Mr. Keron said that 40 have signed up for Walk Aerobics.
Mr. Keron said Community Day has been changed to August 12, 2017.
EMS………………………………………………………………………Chief Todd Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of December 2016 along with the year-end report.
Chief Plunkett said a new ambulance will be arriving beginning in March.
Mayor Kelly reminded everyone that the EMS Department was the Number One EMS Service of the Year in the State.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly reported on the Little Libraries that was discussed at last month’s meeting. He said these are stand- alone small boxes that will be placed throughout the Borough. Response from the residents has been well received. Mayor Kelly also said he has applied for a Grant from the State for this project in the amount of $10,000.00.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Mr. DiLucente reported he has reviewed the lease agreements for the West Mifflin Baseball and Softball Leagues.
Mr. DiLucente reported he has reviewed the Usage Policy for the Borough Fitness Center.
Mr. DiLucente said the remainder is reserved for Executive Session.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Balewski said most of his report has already been discussed earlier on the plan reviews.
Mr. Balewski thanked Council for his reappointment of Borough Engineer.
Mr. Stupar asked if the new Soccer Complex was up to regulations. Mr. Marone said he will meet the President of the Soccer Association next week to measure the field and will have the information for next month’s meeting.
REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of December 2016.
Mr. Kamauf said he will have the year-end report as soon as checks clear and he is preparing for the 2016 audit. He also said the Borough has approximately a 4% surplus.
Mr. Kamauf said in passing the insurance renewals, there will be a savings on the insurance for 2017.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Davis, seconded by Kushner that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Mr. Davis asked if there was a total on the damage done to the backhoe at the Community Park. Mr. Hess said he had no real total yet but he believed it to be about $3500.00.
Mr. Davis asked Mayor Kelly about the Ribbon Cutting at the new Lowes Home Improvement. Mayor Kelly said it was a very nice ceremony. The Borough is very excited to have them here and Lowes contributed $2500 to Clara Barton Elementary School.
Mr. Marone wanted to mention that Skyview Fire Company donated a 1976 ladder truck to a fire department in the State of Tennessee to help in the fight of wildfires that have recently occurred there.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue wanted to know if there was any interest in the old Borough Building. Mr. DiLucente said there has been some interested parties in the Building along with a few walk thru’s but no formal offers. He added that hopefully this coming spring will bring in more interested offers.
Mr. Thompson suggested that sheriff sales in the Borough should somehow be advertised, possibly on the Borough’s Website. Mr. Kamauf said we can advertise as far as the law permits. Mr. Anthony added these properties are listed every Monday in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mr. Stephenson said this is a good idea and will be discussed further in the future. Mr. Kostelnik asked if it is legal to list delinquent taxes owed on the Borough’s Website. Mr. DiLucente said whoever collects the Borough’s delinquent taxes can publish a list and we can request that list to publish on the website.
Jim Jasinski 4100 Home Street wanted to know what is going on with the old Homeville Elementary School on Greensprings Avenue. Mr. Anthony said he is not aware of anything. Mr. Jasinski said a lot of work is going on there and possibly if someone from the Borough can look into it.
Mr. Jasinski asked if the Mon Valley Expressway plans are eliminated. He said he heard that the funds for the project were rescinded. Mr. Davis said plans are still going forward and a meeting is scheduled for April of this year. No one will know for sure until the year 2020.
Mr. Jasinski asked if High Street can be paved this summer. Mr. Hess said he will look into it.
Mr. Jasinski commended the Mayor for new development in the community. He wondered if any new businesses will come here from the Waterfront since their lease is shortly coming to an end. Mayor Kelly agreed that the tax increment funding at the Waterfront is winding down and the developer is actively researching new business locations. Mayor Kelly has been in contact with the developer of the Waterfront. He said things are moving ahead here in the Borough.
John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street wanted to know why we have a new engineering firm for the Borough. Mr. Balewski said he now works for Mackin Engineering that is located in Findlay Township.
Mr. Koczka wanted to know who the insurance agent is for the Borough. Mr. Kamuaf said the agent for the past four years is Paul Fisher.
Mr. Koczka commented on the high absenteeism of Council members at the Council meetings. He said if they can’t be at every meeting they should not run for office. Mr. Stephenson thanked him for his opinion.
George Mattingley 305 Edgewood Avenue expressed concern that the playground located in his neighborhood is being closed. He said he was told two years ago that this playground was not going to be closed. He wanted a list of playgrounds. Mr. Kamauf said there was list published a while ago when it was part of the Agenda. The Board made the final decision of the playground closings. Mr. Mattingley said he along with some neighbors will cut grass and maintain the playground. Mr. Kamauf said due to liabilities this cannot be done. Mr. Kamauf said there was a Public Hearing and a study of children in the playground areas. He added the Borough cannot financially support all of the 23 playgrounds throughout the Borough. A lot of the equipment in these playgrounds does not meet current safety requirements. Mr. Kamauf said we are looking for different amenities that attract a wide group of people along with children. He mentioned the new fitness park that will accommodate adults as well as children. Mr. Mattingley wanted to know what will be done with the closed playgrounds. Mr. Kamauf said these properties will be advertised and publicly sold. He also stated that unfortunately the days where there was a playground in every neighborhood are over, but improvements are always being made for recreation throughout the Borough. A list of the closed playgrounds will be listed on the Borough’s website.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m. prevailing time.