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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.

 

ROLL CALL: Andzelik – Present, Munsie –  Present, Kostelnik – Present, Olack – Present, Marone – Present, Stephenson – Present, Moses – Present

 

Seven members present, absent none. Mayor Kelly present.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

Diane Stanesic 2803 Glenny Lane Extension questioned whether the appraisal is for this building or the Police Station under Item G. Mr. Kamauf replied that it is this building. She then questioned whether the building is being sold. Mr. Kamauf replied that Council is looking into consolidating the Police Department and Administration and the possibility of moving both to a different building which would require an appraisal of this building.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone that the Minutes of the February 19, 2013 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  1. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve advertising the approved street list for Micro

Surfacing and Cape Sealing RFP prepared by the Borough Engineer. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

  1. B. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve the auction of the following Work Vehicles: D-7 1981 Mack VIN# 1M2N165COBA083754

D-15 2001 Chevrolet VIN# 1GBJK34G41F129899

 

Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

  1. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve purchase of 2013 Fleet Ford Super Duty F-550 DRW 4WD Reg Cab 141 WB for the West Mifflin Public Works Department from Hondru Ford CoStars State Contract Number 25-006 in the amount of $72,952.80.

Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve purchase of 2013 Fleet Ford Duty F-550

DRW 4WD Reg Cab 141 WB DEMO Vehicle for the West Mifflin Public Works Department from

Hondru Ford CoStars Contract Number 25-006 in the amount of $69,340.00. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

  1. E. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Munsie to approve the financing of the Public Works Vehicles in Motion C and D with Kensington Capital Corporation; 3 year lease purchase agreement at an annual percentage rate of 9%.

Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

  1. F. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve updating and codify 2012 approved Ordinances in the Borough Code Book at a cost not to exceed $2,580.00. Under remarks, Mr. Andzelik stated that the Borough paid a substantial amount in the past for this and would like Mr. Kamauf to explain what this fee i Mr. Kamauf explained that the original cost of the codification was $15,000 and that this is a minimal fee to update the 2012 Ordinances to incorporate them into the official Codification manual and add them to the website.

Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

  1. G. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve an appraisal of the West Mifflin Borough Building Lot & Block N 311-K-00200 & 00200-0-1 at a cost of $3,000 to be completed by Kelly, Rielly, Nell, Barna Associates.

Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

  1. H. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve scheduling and advertising for a Public

Hearing for Westwood & Associates, LLC residential development, Public Hearing to be held on April

10, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the Borough Building Council Chambers. Under remarks, Mr. Marone questioned whether the plans are available to the public. Mr. Anthony stated that the plans are in his office and open to the public.

Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the Post Construction Storm Water Management Plan and the Operation and Maintenance Agreement for the Dollar General Store located at 1830 Pennsylvania Avenue, West Mifflin, PA 15122.

Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Munsie to approve participation in the Mon Yough Area Prosperity Fair on Thursday, April 11, 2013, to be held at the West Mifflin Area High School at a cost of $75.00.

Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

  1. K. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve the purchase of 30 Taser X26P 2013 devices and accessories for the West Mifflin Borough Police Department at a total cost of $32,508.65, with funds from the Police Federal Forfeiture Account.

Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

  1. L. Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the following donations:

 

  1. a. West Mifflin Senior Citizens (Homeville VFC #1) – $500 b. West Mifflin Area High School Junior ROTC – $100.00
  2. c. West Mifflin Youth Basketball – $500.00

 

Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

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

 

Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of February 2013.

 

Mr. Anthony also reported that the Steel Valley Council of Governments Demolition Program has begun for this year’s demolitions.

 

Mr. Moses requested that Mr. Anthony explain the process of the Westwood Development project. Mr. Anthony summarized the process by explaining that in the PRD process a Public Hearing is required prior to Council voting on the tentative approval. He remarked that the Public Hearing has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m., April 10th prior to the Caucus Meeting. He also reported that the sewage plans are being worked out between the West Mifflin Sanitary Sewer Municipal Authority and the developer.

 

Police……………………………………………………………………………….. Chief Ken Davies Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of February 2013. Public Works……………………………………………………………………. James Hess

Mr. Hess read the Public Works Report for the month of February 2013.

 

Mr. Hess reported that it was discussed at the Caucus Meeting that backup beepers be installed on any vehicle that does not already have one. He stated that has been done and that the cost is $30.00 per vehicle.

 

Mr. Hess reported that the Public Works crew is now using cold patch to repair potholes and as soon as the asphalt plant opens they will begin repairing curbs and potholes with hot patch.

 

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

 

Mr. Keron reported that the use of New Emerson Elementary Gym for Walk Aerobics has been approved for next year.

 

Mr. Keron reported that the annual Easter Party would be on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:30am until noon. He reported that residents should bring their own camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny.

 

Mr. Keron reported that Community Day would be held September 7th and letters have gone out to the local businesses requesting donations.

 

EMS………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett

 

Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of February 2013.

 

Chief Plunkett reported that Baldwin EMS would once again be donating $5000 for playground safety as they did last year. He also reported that under the safe children’s program that was started last spring

 

Chief Plunkett reported that a two year, $600,00 pilot paramedic program has been announced by Pitt’s Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT). He stated that the program is a partnership between CONNECT, Highmark, UPMC, Allegheny County EMS Council, and the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania and they will provide customized care to residents who are struggling to manage chronic

 

diseases such as diabetes, asthma and chronic heart disease. He said that the project would be starting as soon as mid-2013.

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

Mayor Kelly reported that he along with the members of the Finance Committee are planning to contact businesses to make them aware that we are interested in bringing in additional businesses by perhaps offering tax increment funding .

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

Solicitor DiLucente reported that per Council’s request an ordinance was drafted dealing with pawn brokers. Solicitor DiLucente reported an appeal has been filed with the DEP regarding the Clairton Sewage Plant;

however the appeal was withdrawn after further research.

 

Solicitor DiLucente and Mr. Kostelnik reported on the status of the property that had been on Baldwin’s tax roles which is in West Mifflin Borough. Mr. Kostelnik stated that he has been in contact with the Deputy Recorder of Deeds and at the present time the property line drawings are being corrected. Solicitor DiLucente stated that this would probably be at least two months until it is finalized.

 

Solicitor DiLucente stated that Council requested an opinion regarding the creation of a billboard tax and upon researching the subject he stated that there is nothing in the local tax act that would prevent the Borough from imposing such a tax. He stated that his recommendation is to pursue and prepare the ordinance accordingly.

 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

 

Mr. Antonelli prepared and submitted the bid documents for the soccer complex to the Solicitor for review. He also stated that the deed transfer of the property is progressing but at this time not complete.

 

Mr. Antonelli reported that NIRA has recommended the granting of the tentative approval for the Westwood

Village PRD.

 

REPORT OF THE MANAGER:

 

Mr. Kamauf read the Financial Report for the month ending January 31, 2013. He also reported that Attorney General’s Uniform and Non-Uniform Pension Audits are in the process now and the 2012 Borough Audit will begin on Thursday.

 

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

 

Motion by Munsie, seconded by Marone that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to remove PNC Bank, as the Trustee of the Pension Plans on March 19,

2013 and appoint West Mifflin Borough Council as Trustees on March 19, 2013. Roll Call: Six ayes, one nay

(Andzelik). Motion carried. Resolution given No.1255.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

Faith Edwards 1740 Pennsylvania Avenue and Leslie Judy 701 Willow Drive represented the School Crossing Guards to request that Council approve a raise for the Crossing Guards which would be greatly appreciated.

 

Diane Stanesic 2803 Glenny Lane Extension questioned whether the Crossing Guards could monitor the playgrounds. Mr. Andzelik stated that there are no longer playground instructors at the neighborhood playgrounds. He said that there are two instructors at the Community Park for four weeks during the summer along with two maintenance men for the park. Mrs. Stanesic questioned whether the Borough has an agreement to reduce the tax rate for the PIA School. Mr. Kamauf explained he did in fact have a meeting with PIA and

that the PIA School is applying for tax exemption since their assessment has increased substantially. He explained to them that they could participate in a pilot program such as the Bettis Plant and several other tax exempt properties do where they voluntarily send the Borough a set dollar amount in lieu of taxes. Solicitor DiLucente also remarked that the PIA solicitor said that all the other PIA locations in other states are not taxed as they are in this county and they said they would close their doors if they have to pay such huge taxes. After considerable discussion, Mrs. Stanesic then asked if Westwood Village must submit a sewage plan prior to final approval of the project. Mr. Anthony stated that there is already an approved plan.

 

Tiffany Bartczak 1125 Lawrence Street remarked that the increase in the Borough millage rate along with the

2013 Allegheny County Assessment is in violation of Act 71. Mr. Munsie explained that we still do not have final assessment numbers because there are 500 commercial appeals outstanding.  He said Council decided to err on the side of caution and use last years lower assessment numbers because the higher assessment numbers for this year are not yet final. He stated that the Borough is required by law to submit a balanced budget by a certain date and to do this last years numbers which we know are good numbers were used and that required a

¾% increase in millage. He said at the end of 2013 if the Borough does violate Act 71 the millage would be adjusted for 2014.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m. prevailing time.