COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the
Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.
Seven members present, absent none. Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve the purchase of a 2015 Ford Super Duty F-350 SRW 4WD with Western 8.5 Ultra Mount Pro plus plow for Public Works at a cost of $36,530.80 from Hondru Ford under Costar Contract #25-006. Roll Call:
Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- B. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the Borough Manager to sign Hold Harmless Indemnification with the Allegheny County Airport to utilize the Allegheny County Airport’s Main Parking Lot on Saturday, August 16, 2014 for a hard to recycle eve Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve recalling of the two (2) Park Wardens for the West Mifflin Community Park to start May 1, 2014. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Davis, seconded by Kostelnik to approve appointing John Inglis to the Parks and Recreation Recommendation Committee. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- E. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve 9 Windows 7 Pro Upgrades for the Police XP Laptops, with installation and configuration of computers to Response Computer Services, Inc., at a total cost of $3,600.0 Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Community Development…………………………………………………. Walter Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of February 2014.
Mr. Anthony reported that the Westwood Plan Residential Development and Sub-division is on the Agenda for the April 7, 2014 Planning Commission Meeting. Mr. Anthony also reported that the demolition projects for 2014 should begin within the next month.
Police ………………………………………………………………………………. Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of February 2014.
Chief Davies commended the following staff for their superior dedication and vigilant response to a home invasion involving firearms on Duquesne Avenue which resulted in two arrests: Lieutenant Ragan, Officer Kintigh, Officer McCulloch, Sergeant Husfelt, K9 Rico, Officer Scruggs, Detective Sergeant Topolnak and Detective Skillpa.
Chief Davies reported that work is scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 27, 2014 for the replacement of the bridge structure on Lebanon Road (SR885).
Public Works …………………………………………………………………… James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of February 2014.
Mr. Hess reported that Public Works started street sweeping today and will continue until all the streets are swept.
Mr. Hess reported he attended a seminar on new Federal Regulations on signage. He stated that all Stop signs are required to be replaced with high reflectivity signs and the Borough should have them all replaced by early 2015.
Mr. Hess reported that March 19, 2014 is National Kick Butt Day to raise awareness of smoking. Mr. Hess said that No smoking signs are posted in all the Borough parks and plays areas.
Recreation ……………………………………………………………………….. Tony DiCenzo
Mr. DiCenzo reported that through March 31st the Macy Foundation will match any donations to the Ryan Hacke Memorial Playground in West Mifflin Community Park. He said donations are being accepted at Macy’s in Century III Mall and the Waterfront.
Mr. DiCenzo reported Jump Start Sports will start a six week instructional flag football league for elementary age youngsters on June 2nd at Filo field at a cost of $60 per person.
Mr. DiCenzo reported that the First Annual WMYSL Benefit Softball Tournament would be held at the West Mifflin Baseball Complex on June 7, 2014 starting at 9:00 a.m. He said that the tournament is being sponsored by Pittzarella and Diane’s Lamps and Gift’s with proceeds going to the Make A Wish Foundation. He stated that further information can be obtained by calling George Reganick at 412-469-8307 or by calling the Borough Office at 412-466-8170 ext. 114.
Mr. DiCenzo reported that the Annual Easter Party would take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the West Mifflin High School.
EMS ………………………………………………………………………………… William Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of February 2014.
Chief Plunkett introduced new Assistant Chief Brian McCaffrey, a 19-year veteran of Baldwin
EMS promoted after Marty Mayer retired in December.
Chief Plunkett reported that EMS moved the West Mifflin operations on March 5th into the new
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly reported that there is a new series coming on TV called American Heroes which will feature West Mifflin resident Bob Harbula on March 31st at 10:00 p.m. He said the segment is called Against All Odds and it will feature Mr. Harbula’s company in Korea. Mayor Kelly
also stated that there is still time to order Soldier Salute Banners to be hung up before the Annual
Memorial Day Tribute at Mitchell Paige Park.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITIOR:
Solicitor DiLucente reported that his firm has been authorized by Council to contact companies to provide an analysis to sell the former Borough Building. He stated he has received one such detailed analysis at this point from Kuzneski & Lockard Incorporated of Indiana County. He stated that they believe the building could sell in the range of 1.7 to 1.9 million dollars. He reported that this is the first of at least three analyses he intends to get for the building.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER
Mr. Jovanovich reported that due to snow and wet site conditions, LaFarge has not brought any additional fill material to the site since late January. He said to date, approximately 12% of the total fill required has been transported and that LaFarge will resume transport of the fill when the site is in a drier condition.
Mr. Jovanovich reported that they are currently reviewing revised drawings for the PDR for compliance with the Subdivision/Land Development and Zoning Ordinances.
Mr. Jovanovich reported that they completed the CITF applications and forwarded it to the Borough for two (2) projects: Curry Hollow Road Storm Sewer Replacement/Upgrade ($152,592) and Curry Hollow Road Storm Sewer Replacement/Upgrade at the Sewage Pump Station ($200,065).
Mr. Jovanovich reported that they reviewed the condition of the Avon Road Bridge at the intersection with Greensprings Avenue and per their letter dated February 21, 2014 they recommended that the bridge be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic due to a penetration through the bridge deck.
REPORT OF THE MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of February 2014.
Mr. Kamauf reported that with the help of Legal Tax Service the Borough was successful in completing two Sherriff Sales on March 3, 2014. He said that one property is located at 840
Thompson Run Road which the Borough has not seen any taxes since 2007 and the second is
3314 Virginia Avenue which has not seen any taxes since 2003 as well as the property being taken off the demolition list. He stated that they are now in place to allow the properties to be put back on the tax roll.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Davis that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to authorize NIRA Engineering to prepare the specs for the 2014 Paving Project. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Lawrence Noll 4336 June Drive commented on June Drive. Mr. Noll’s comments were not audible, however the subject was discussed at the February 18, 2014 Council Meeting and at this time Mr. Anthony replied that the Solicitor should be directed to review and perhaps change the Ordinance in the Code of Ordinances to amend that particular section of the code. After considerable discussion Solicitor DiLucente was instructed to begin the process.
James Wilson 511 Victoria Street commented on the poor condition of Victoria Street and requested that Council drive on the road to see the condition. Mr. Hess and Mr. Kostelnik replied that they were on the road the previous Saturday and the problem is that water lines were replaced and the road hasn’t been maintained properly by the water company until they repave the road. Mr. Hess said he would contact them to cold patch it until they pave curb to curb.
John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street commented that he has noticed streets lights that are out and questioned whether the Police Officers continue to monitor them. Chief Davies replied that the steady night turn Officers check 5 to 15 streets per week and fax the list to Duquesne Light Company.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned the status of the Contractor’s Yard Ordinance. Mr. Anthony stated that the Ordinance is passed and he is expecting a Conditional Use Application which must be filed 21 days prior to the Planning Commission Meeting from Mr. Rodgers to comply with the Ordinance and go before the Planning Commission in May.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Davis that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. prevailing time.