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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, December 21, 2016 at 6:24 p.m. prevailing time with President Scott Stephenson presiding.

 

ROLL CALL:    Kushner    Absent        Olack        Present

            Marone    Present        Davis        Absent

            Stupar        Present        Kostelnik    Present

Stephenson    Present

 

Five members present, two absent (Kushner and Davis). Mayor Kelly present.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

 

Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned Item B regarding the Borough Real Estate Tax. He wanted to know if this was an increase from last year. Mr. Stephenson said this rate is the same as last year.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik that the Minutes of the November 15, 2016 Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

 

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2017 AND ENDING ON DECEMBER 31, 2017 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BOROUGH CODE FOR THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN.

     

    Budget –                $14,791,444.00

    Liquid Fuels Budget –            $ 550,000.00

    Capital Projects Budget –        $ 300,000.00

     

    Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack that the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1303.

 

  1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, FIXING AND REENACTING THE REAL ESTATE TAX RATE OF 7.88 MILLS FOR THE YEAR 2017 AND IMPOSING DISCOUNTS, PENALITIES AND INTEREST THEREON.

     

    Solicitor DiLucente opened the Public Hearing for comments. Hearing no questions or comments, he declared the Public Hearing be closed.

     

    Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack that the ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1205.

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the two (2) Lot Consolidation Plan for 4315 Kennywood Boulevard, conditioned on the sale of the property to Speedway, as recommended by the Planning Commission. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

     

  2. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve the preliminary and final site plan for the construction of a Speedway convenience store with accessory fuel pumps to be located at 4315 Kennywood Boulevard, with the following conditions:

     

    1. Obtaining PENNDOT HOP for access to Kennywood Boulevard.
    2. Obtaining approval from Allegheny County Conservation District for the storm water management plan.
    3. Approval is subject to sale of the referenced property to Speedway; any other buyer or user would need Council approval.


Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve addition of third axel installation on Public Works Garbage Truck G-2 by Ray’s Spring Shop, LLC at a cost of $6,637.47. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

     

  2. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve the purchase of 2005 International Dump Truck with Plow and SS Salt Spreader from the Township of Upper St. Clair at a cost of $29,000.00. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

 

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve advertising meeting dates for the 2017 Caucus and Legislative Meetings. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

     

  2. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the hiring of Sandra Scott as a substitute Crossing Guard at a wage of $11.22 per hour, pending successful completion of a background check and clearances. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the hiring of Tracey Howell as a substitute Crossing Guard at a wage of $11.22 per hour, pending successful completion of a background check and clearances. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

     

  2. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve the appointment to Zoning Hearing Board, James Baker, term January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019. Roll Call: Four ayes, no nays, one abstention (Kostelnik), two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

 

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the appointment to Planning Commission, Audrey Pavuchak, term January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2020. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the appointment to West Mifflin Sanitary Sewer Authority, Michael Moses, term expires first Monday of January 2021. Roll Call: Four ayes, no nays, one abstain, (Kostelnik), two absent, (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve the appointment to Vacancy Board, David Marshall, term January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

 

Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve appointment to Civil Service Commission, James Jasinski, term January 23, 2021. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent, (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

 

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

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

 

Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of November 2016.

 

Mr. Anthony gave an in depth explanation of the solar panels that are being installed throughout the Borough. The hold-up is between Duquesne Light and the solar panel company. The Borough issues the permit. The rest is up to Duquesne Light to switch out the meters. The Borough has nothing else to do with this.

 

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

 

Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of November 2016.

Chief Davies reminded everyone to be aware of their personal safety especially during the holiday season.

Mr. Marone commended the Police and Fire Departments for their action at the recent fire in Munhall.

 

 

 

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

 

Mr. Hess read the Public Works Report for the month of November 2016.

 

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

 

Mr. Keron reported the following:

 

The Borough was awarded a $20,000 grant from Duquesne Light to support the lighting project on the new basketball courts at the Community Park. The lights should be installed this spring.

Community Day will be held next year on August 19th.

The Annual Father/Daughter dance will be held on Saturday, February 18th at Westwood Golf course. Tickets will go on sale in mid-January. The cost will be $60 per couple and $15 per each additional guest.

Walk Aerobics will begin in January. The sessions will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at Emerson Elementary School with a fee of $35.

 

EMS………………………………………………..…………………….Chief Todd Plunkett

 

Chief Plunkett read the EMS report for the Month of November 2016.

Chief Plunkett said he will have year-end totals for next months’ meeting.

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

Mayor Kelly said the Lowes Home Improvement store will open on January 12th, 2017.

Mayor Kelly said he would like to start a Little Library Project in the Borough. These are small boxes that would be scattered throughout the neighborhoods. It would be a “take a book, leave a book” system. He said this practice is done in other communities with minimal theft. He said if anyone would like to join him in this project he would welcome their assistance.

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

 

Mr. DiLucente said this was a busy month with the easement agreements between Speedway and West Mifflin Borough. He explained this agreement is developed to protect the Borough, the tax payers and Speedway.

Mr. DiLucente said anything else was reserved for executive session.

 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

 

Mr. Balewski reported that he has assisted with the review of the Speedway Consolidation Plan on Kennywood Boulevard, the Speedway Site Plan also on Kennywood Boulevard and the Century Plaza Subdivision.

 

Mr. Balewski responded to Mr. Marone’s question about the measurements of the new soccer fields. He said the plans state the fields are 100 yards x 60 yards. Mr. Marone said he was told the width was not 60 yards, but he will measure it himself.

 

REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:

 

Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of November 2016.

 

Mr. Kamauf thanked everyone for a successful year.

 

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack that all bills properly approved by the finance committee be paid. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the Salary Resolution for the 2017 year for non-union employees of the Borough of West Mifflin. Resolution given No. 1304.

Before Roll Call, Jim Jasinski, 4100 Home Street asked if this Resolution will be available to the public for viewing. Mr. Kamauf said this will be available. He explained this is done every year for non-union employees. Unlike the Police Department and Public Works Department who are under contract, this Resolution for non-union employees is done on an annual basis.

Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Kushner, Davis). Motion carried.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

 

Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue made a comment that citizens like himself are on a fixed income and do not get an annual raise in income. Mr. Thompson said the parking lot here at the Borough Building needs more lighting. Mr. Kamauf said money has been budgeted next year to switch to LED lighting which should light the parking lot better.

 

Jim Jasinski 4100 Home Street thanked Mr. Anthony and his department for the demolition of the home on Second Avenue.

Mr. Jasinski asked if the new Fitness Center for the Police Department is completed. Mr. Stephenson said it will be very soon.

Mr. Jasinski wanted clarification on the starting time for next month’s Council Meeting. Mr. Stephenson said the starting time which will need to be advertised will be 6:30 p.m. and will be posted on the Borough’s Website.

Mr. Jasinski asked Mr. Hess if salt for the upcoming winter season will work on the streets that were micro paved this past summer. Mr. Hess said the salt actually works better on the micro paving.

Mr. Jasinski wanted to know about replacing older police cars. Mr. Kamauf said vehicle replacement is in budget for 2017 as it is for every year. Chief Davies said he is looking at lease options as well. Chief Davies also said that every retired police car goes out to auction.

 

David Marshall 2220 Ruben Drive said he thinks the Mayor’s suggestion about the free Library is a great idea and he said that he, along with other members of the Recreation Committee would like to volunteer their time for this project.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m. prevailing time.