COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Moses presiding.
ROLL CALL: Davis Present Marone Present
Kostelnik Present Olack Absent
Kushner Present Stephenson Present
Six members present, one absent (Olack). Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
Adam Slate of World Strides introduced himself to Council as the director of the Roller Coaster Race. He stated that the race will be held June 6, 2015. He stated the race will begin about 8:40 a.m. and will last about 1 ½ hours rain or shine. The race will begin in Kennywood Park and will continue onto Hoffman Boulevard. He expects about 1000 runners.
John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street questioned Agenda Item C as to what the minimum bid is on the old Borough Building? Mr. Moses replied the minimum bid has been established and is not for public consumption due to the auction. Mr. Koczka stated that this is not fair to the citizens of the Borough who have paid for the building. Mr. DiLucente stated the building will not be sold for less than the appraised figure. Mr. Koczka asked who the appraiser is. Mr. Kamauf did not have that information with him.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned where Kansas Park is located under Agenda Item L. Mr. Kamauf replied that this park location is on Kansas Street behind Jim’s Hot Dog.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner that the Minutes of the March 17, 2015 Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carries.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis to approve advertisement of LERTA Ordinance; which provides for temporary exemption from real property taxation, for specified time periods for certain increases in assessed valuation of improvements including repairs. Construction or reconstruction, made on industrial, commercial or business property in deteriorated areas in the Borough. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis to approve the Caruso Consolidation plan on Homestead Duquesne Road. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis to approve advertisement for auction property at 3000 Lebanon Church Road. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Stephenson, seconded by Marone to approve participating in the 2015 SHACOG Joint Police Test. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Kushner, seconded by Marone to approve the recalling of Ferdinand Sauer and Thomas Palko as Park Wardens for the West Mifflin Community Park at a wage of $11.00 per hour. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Stephenson, seconded by Marone to approve the hiring of William Joyce as a Park Warden for the West Mifflin Community Park at a wage of $11.00 per hour, upon successful completion of background and clearance checks. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Davis, seconded by Kushner to approve the recalling of Audrey Miklusko and Michelle Brill for the Park Summer Program at a wage of $10.00 per hour. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner to approve a leave of absence and authorize the continuation of full benefits and make up pay difference for Employee #79 during recall to active duty for the United States Air Force Command from May1-May 17, 2015. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Kushner, seconded by Marone to approve donation in the amount of $500.00 to the West Mifflin Area High School ROTC. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis to approve donation in the amount of $120.00 to the Mon Yough Chamber of Commerce for their 2015 Annual Golf Classic. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner to approve the hiring of Mr. Ronald Biagiarelli as a substitute School Crossing Guard pending clearance and appropriate background check. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Davis, seconded by Marone to ratify a Resolution applying for a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for a park revitalization project at Kansas Park. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Community Development……………………………………………….…Walter B. Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for March 2015.
Mr. Kostelnik questioned who oversees the demolition of the middle school. He was concerned that this is a safety hazard and should be fenced in. Mr. Anthony replied that this has been addressed to the school district and has been told that there are no requirements and the contractor has complied with the UCC Codes. Mr. Anthony agreed since the Borough had issued the permits this needs to be further addressed
Police…………………………………………………………………………Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of March 2015.
Chief Davies read a letter from EMS Chief Todd Plunkett praising Officer Scruggs for the quick response for the accident on April 1st at the end of the Rankin Bridge at Route 837.
Public Works…………………………………………………………………..……James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of March 2014.
Mr. Hess received confirmation from Allegheny County that the Homeville Bridge project will begin August 7th. The EMS, Fire and Police will be given two weeks’ notice to make sure they have in order how to respond with the closure.
Mr. Hess reported that he has been working with the engineer for completing the paving project to have out for bid in May.
Mr. Kostelnik questioned if the Homeville Bridge will be a complete shut down and how long this will be closed. Mr. Moses replied that this will be for at least a year and the detour route has been approved. He also stated that the Sewer Authority and Public Works will still have access. Mayor Kelly questioned if Port Authority will have a shuttle bus for over the bridge. Mr. Hess said that he has heard of this but has never seen it in writing.
Mr. DiCenzo thanked Council and the Mayor for their help at the Easter Event which was another successful event.
Mr. DiCenzo reported on Saturday, April 25th, Cub Scout Pack 31 will be participating in an Earth Day Event in West Mifflin
Mr. DiCenzo reported the Community Park will be open to the public beginning Friday, May 1st.
Mr. DiCenzo reported the annual community movie night will be held on Saturday, May 30th at 8 p.m. at the West Mifflin Little League Baseball Complex.
Mr. DiCenzo reported the Borough will be donating $500.00 to the JROTC group at West Mifflin High School.
Mr. DiCenzo reported on Saturday, April 25th at 10 a.m., the West Mifflin Youth Softball League will be hosting their annual opening day ceremonies at the Camden Complex and would like to extend an invitation to all of Council and the Mayor to attend. Included in the ceremonies will be a dedication made in Rege Stephenson’s honor that will include a sign that will hang at the complex that thanks Rege and recognizes his many years of service to the softball organization.
Mr. Kostelnik remarked that the back side of the softball complex is in dire need of a cleanup. Mr. DiCenzo said a community wide cleanup day is in discussion.
EMS………………………………………………………………….…….Chief Todd Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS report for the month of March 2015.
Chief Plunkett reported the American Heart Association awarded the unit with the Silver Award for Excellence. The EMS unit is one of 400 in the country that has received this award.
Chief Plunkett also reported that he has received delivery of a new ambulance which will be stationed in West Mifflin.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly reported that the annual Memorial Day Service will take place on May 23rd at 10 a.m. and he invited everyone to participate. He also said that we are in need of a speaker for this event. Mayor Kelly said there is still time for the Soldier’s Banners to be up before Memorial Day.
Mayor Kelly said he would like to thank Andy Quayle with his website for the Borough and the Police.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Mr. DiLucente reported that all of his items are to be discussed at the Executive Session.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Antonelli reported the Curry Hollow Road Storm Sewer Replacement is currently on hold. With information received from PAWC, there is an interference between the proposed replacement storm sewer and an existing underground water line. Construction of the replacement storm sewer will remain on hold until PAWC performs the water line relocation.
Mr. Antonelli reported in regards to the house demolition at 1722 Iowa Avenue, the site has been inspected and a letter has been sent to SHACOG confirming satisfactory completion of the project.
Mr. Antonelli reported the revised Caruso Consolidation Plans received April 6th and April 9th have been reviewed per a question from a West Mifflin Planning Commission member regarding zoning of the property.
REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of March 2015.
Mr. Kamauf reported the Department of Environmental Protection, (DEP), Mine Subsidence Insurance Program will be sending out notices over the next weeks to residences in Allegheny County, including West Mifflin, to alert them of abandoned coal mines beneath their property. Information will also be on our website and at the Borough Building.
Mr. Kamauf reported the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recover Program will be accepting applications to acquire vacant properties. Again, the information regarding this program is on the Borough website, along with a link to the program.
Mr. Kamauf reported the Borough had the State Pension Audit along with Mayor Kelly for the close out review. The review is not finalized yet but the auditor noted that there were no observations. Any issue on the pension has been cleaned up.
Mr. Kamauf reported that with the help of the Solicitors, we have the final agreement for the Recycling Plant. We should have the agreement signed and executed to use the Recycling Plant in Hazelwood.
Mayor Kelley questioned how much notice is needed to give Waste Management. Mr. Moses replied that we are not under contract with Waste Management so none is needed.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Stephenson, seconded by Davis that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Stephenson, seconded by Marone to approve road closing of Hoffman Boulevard, on June 6, 2015 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., for the 10k Roller Coaster Race, sponsored by Kennywood Park. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Stephenson to approve Resolution and Adoption of the Borough of West Mifflin Emergency Operation Plan. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1289.
Motion by Davis, seconded by Stephenson to recall Employee #656 pending drug testing and physical. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned when the new hearing for B&R Holdings is scheduled since the original has been cancelled. He also expressed his displeasure since the hearings are not open to the public. Mr. DiLucente replied that the hearing should be rescheduled in 30 – 60 days and will be published. Mr. Thompson asked if the owner of B&R will be permitted to participate in the LERTA program. Mr. Kamauf said that if the owner is in the zone, any property can qualify. However, there is an application process and not a guarantee.
Before adjournment Mr. Moses took the time to thank all elected officials present along with all the departments in the Borough for an outstanding job for the past few years.
Motion by Davis, seconded by Marone that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m. prevailing time.