COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WESTMIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, March 15, 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.
Mr. Stephenson welcomed everyone to Student Government Day and thanked Dr. Janet Sardon, Dr. Dan Castagna, Dr. Mark Hoover, High School Principal; Mr.Thomas Nassida, Social Studies Teacher and Tony DiCenzo, Dean of Students for alltheir help coordinating the program. He also thanked the Solicitors from the School District and the Borough for providing the meal, everyone involved in the presentations and Magistrate Olasz. He introduced and thanked the following students for participating: Zachary Zapf, Brian Philip, Aliecia Anderson,
Vicki Collier, Jon Hess, Abby Boytos, Chris Tennies, Joe Baldinger, Thea Lucas, Andrew Geisman, Amber Netherton, Kellee Judy, A.J. Rotella, KellyCochrane, Brett Wilson, Nick Dzuka, Brittany Fagan, Lauren Fagan, Kristie Roskoand Michelle Pollak.
Magistrate Olasz swore in the students as Public Officials for the Meeting.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
Jim Jasinski, 4100 Home Street, questioned Agenda Item E. Mr. Hess stated that the Agenda Item is to purchase security cameras at the Public Works Facility from ZTEK, Inc. located on Marigold Street, Munhall, PA. Mr. Jasiniski also questioned Agenda Item F. Mr. Anthony explained that it is to advertise to amend and strengthen the Zoning Ordinance to add conditions for oil and gas developments.
Duane Norton 116 Castle Drive commented on Agenda Item F. He proceeded to read an article regarding the effects of the Marcellus Shale drilling and said he hopes that Council passes the conditions for oil and gas developments.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik that the Minutes of the January 18, 2011 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the agreement with Duquesne Light Company, which involves usage of light poles in conjunction with the Bettis Traffic Signal Project. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Popovich, seconded by Falce to approve closing the Building Fund Account and transfer balances as of January 1, 2010. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Popovich, seconded by Olack to approve restructuring of banking accounts at PNC and PLIGT, which will include but not be limited to transferring of funds from PLIGT into PNC, realigning sweep account and transferring select business checking accounts to money market accounts. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- D. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the donation of15 unused and obsolete cell phones and accessories to Womansplace. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nay Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Andzelik to approve the contract with ZTEK, Inc., to purchase and install eight (8) new color outdoor weatherproof CCTV Cameras and connect them to the existing system at the Public Works Facility at a cost of $7,868. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- F. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Falce to approve advertising of a Zoning Ordinance to provide conditions and definitions for Oil and Gas Development. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nay Motion carried.
- Motion by Popovich, seconded by Andzelik to name the unnamed right-of-way from Pleasant Avenue to Monroe Avenue; Fillmore Alley, in honor of the 13th President Millard Fillmore. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
CommunityDevelopment………………………………………………….. Walter Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of February 2011. Police……………………………………………………………………………….. Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department report for the month of February 2011. PublicWorks……………………………………………………………………. James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works report for the month of February 2011. Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Lance Maha
Mr. Maha reported that Community Day would be September 10, 2011 at the Allegheny County Airport and he stated that volunteers are needed.
Mr. Maha reported that the Easter Party would be on April 16, 2011 at10:30 a.m. at the West Mifflin Area High
School. He said that volunteers are also needed for this event.
Mr. Maha reported that the West Mifflin Community Park would open for the season on May 14th. EMS………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the period February 12, 2011through February 28, 2011.
Chief Plunkett thanked Mr. Hess and the Public Works Employees for their help in setting up Room 205 for the EMS quarters. He also reported two (2) new vehicles with West Mifflin logo are both in and should be up and running next week.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly reported the official opening of Life Span would be Monday, April 4th at 9:00 a.m. He stated that the hours would be 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Mayor Kelly thanked everyone involved with helping set up this program.
Mayor Kelly reported that the West Mifflin Soccer Complex would be breaking ground soon. He stated that the complex is being funded by a $154,000grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources.
Mayor Kelly reported that after discussion at the Caucus Meeting that Council agreed to pursue action on delinquent real estate taxes. He reported that a procedure would be set up.
Mayor Kelly stated he is honored to report that West Mifflin School District graduate Vincent Hoover who has been awarded the Silver Star would be inducted into the Hall of Valor at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Pittsburgh on March 27, 2011 for saving lives when he threw a grenade from his vehicle during his deployment in Iraq.
Mayor Kelly congratulated Coach Lance Maha for leading the West Mifflin High School Basketball Team into the
Mayor Kelly stated that he would like to go on record that the votes taken at this Meeting on Motions are the wishes of the actual Council members.
Mayor Kelly thanked the Police Department and everyone else involved in the efforts they have put in on Midway Drive. He reported that they were put on notice last year that the continued behavior of drug dealing and violence is not acceptable. He stated that he is asking for a petition with the District Attorney’s Office to seize the property and have an occupation company put in place so the residents can live there safely without fearing for their life.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
The Solicitor’s office reported they have edited and revised conditions and definitions for the new gas and oil drilling ordinance. They reported that the final draft is being advertised for a Public Hearing and consideration by Council at the April meeting.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Rober’s report included the following: negotiations are continuing on the Bettis Traffic Signal Project; Mr. Jeff Fliss of Pa DEP was contacted on March 11th to confirm the exact requirement for funding reimbursement on the Webster Avenue project; the Blueberry Street gas leak responsibility to monitor the homes for gas will change from Equitable Gas Company to Pa DEP effective March 21, 2011.
REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf’s report included the following: to date $426,970.24 has been collected in Real Estate Taxes; with the approval of Agenda Items B and C the bank accounts will be restructured resulting in an annual savings of approximately $4,800 in fees and additional interest earnings; Room 106, which will be occupied by LifeSpan has been re-carpeted; the lease for SAIC will expire April 30, 2011 and a new lease is being negotiated.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll
Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Jim Jasinski, 4100 Home Street, requested that Mr. Hess look at the intersection of First Avenue and Home Street to attempt to level the street. Mr. Jasinski also questioned whether the Borough Manager was pursuing any grants. Mr. Kamauf replied that there has been a lot of cutting of grant funds, however he is looking into what is available.
Steve Marone, 441 Livingston Road, requested more information on the Soccer Complex and he remarked that he would like to be involved with the new Soccer Complex. Mr. Marone also said he is still waiting for year end reports on the previous years Solicitor and Engineering costs. Mr. Kamauf stated he would get that information to Mr. Marone.
Tom Merritt, 411 Spring Valley Road, questioned when Verizon FIOS would be coming to West Mifflin. Mayor Kelly stated that the problem with them not coming is not related to any action of this Council. He said that information from the Verizon Manager is that they are waiting to recoup some of the cost they have put up front for installing the lead wires in other communities and that the Corporate Headquarters makes the decision in late spring every year which direction they will go with FIOS. Mr. Stephenson said his last contact was 6months ago and he was told it probably wouldn’t be until 2012.
Kristie England 543 Edgewood Avenue said she was here a year ago regarding the ATV’s in her neighborhood. She noted that they are illegally driving dangerously on the street and also on private property and she is concerned about accidents. She also complained that the noise is intolerable and asked if there is any help. Chief Davies responded that the Police are doing everything they can and they would continually respond proactively to her calls.
Mr. Stephenson once again thanked all the students for their participation and the excellent job they did this evening.
Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Falce that the Meeting be adjourned. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m. prevailing time.