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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WESTMIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Regis Stephenson presiding.

 

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

 

Seven members present, absent none. Mayor Kelly present.

 

Mr. Stephenson welcomed everyone to Student Government Day and thanked Dr. Daniel Castagna, Dr. Mark Hoover, High School Principal Mr. Philip Woods, and Social Studies Teacher Mr. Thomas Nassida for all their help coordinating the program.  He also thanked Borough Manager Brian Kamauf and all of Council, Mayor, Solicitor, Engineer, Department Supervisors, Secretary, Tax Collector, School Board Members, Magistrate Olasz, Constable Stillwagon, and Representative Kortz for participating in this event. He introduced and thanked the following students for participating: Anna Slobodnyak, A.J. Szul, Casey Squires, Brittany West, Lindsay Holoman, Jenna Michalcin, Alexis Rossey, Rebecca Schorr, Joe Surmick, Austin Zitelli, Brittany Williams, Robert Donahoe, Abbie Kulhanek, Corey McDonough, Katie Slater, Adam Maloney, Catie Ruscak, Courtney McCartan and Darrell Burroughs.

 

District Judge Richard D. Olasz, Jr. administered the Oath of Office to the students as Public Officials for the Meeting.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

None.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik that the Minutes of the January 3, 2012 Reorganization Meeting and the

January 17, 2012 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried. AGENDA ITEMS:

  1. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve the new fee schedule for the West Mifflin Community Park

Pavilion Rentals as follows:

 

Pavilion#1 Lions Pavilion    $100

 

Pavilion#2, 3, 4                      $ 75

 

Refund of $25 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the contract/agreement and rate/fee schedule with NIRA

Engineers for 2012engineering work for the Borough of West Mifflin. Roll Call:  Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Marone to approve the annual dues payment to the Steel Valley Council of

Government (SVCOG) in the amount of Twenty-Five-Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighty-Eight Dollars ($25,988.00). Roll Call:  Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

  1. D. Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Olack to approve Disability Retirement Benefits for West Mifflin Police Officer

Kenneth Mahoney.

 

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

 

  1. Motion by Moses, seconded by Olack to approve the purchase of six(6) HP Compaq 6005 Professional Desktop computers to replace unresponsive computers used by the Patrol Division at a COSTARS cost of $481.14 each or a total of $4,255.14.  The purchase capital for the computers is a $4,255.14 grant provided by Mr. Stephen Zappala, Allegheny County District Attorney.

 

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

 

  1. F. Motion by Marone, seconded by Moses to approve a donation in the amount of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00)

to the West Mifflin Girls Softball Association. 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 2012.

 

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

 

Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of February 2012.

 

Chief Davies thanked the West Mifflin Area School District for graciously allowing the Police Department as well as surrounding departments to use the old Middle School for Incident Command and Active Shooter training. He also thanked Chief Plunkett and personnel for assisting with recertification of First Aid/CRP/AED training for the Police Department.

 

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

 

Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of February 2012.

 

Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Lance Maha

 

Mr. Keron reported that the Annual Easter Party would be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the West Mifflin High

School from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. EMS………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett Chief William Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of February2012.

Chief Plunkett presented a $5,000 donation to the Borough from an anonymous benefactor for the Safe Kids

Pennsylvania Program.

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

Mayor Kelly reminded residents of the Borough’s new Soldier Salute Program honoring local veterans who served in the armed forces.  He said that the cost is $40 to have a tribute featuring a picture of the veteran to be posted at Mitchell Paige Memorial Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year.

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

 

Solicitor DiLucente reported that Council had requested he research implementing a Hotel Tax. He stated that there is

State law that would prohibit the Borough from imposing a separate tax.

 

REPORT OF ENGINEER:

 

Mr. Antonelli reported he is continuing the feasibility study of moving the Police Department to the Borough Building. He also reported that he has consulted with PENN Dot regarding the installation of flashing warning devices and school zone speed limit signs for the Homeville Road entrance to the Middle School.  He stated that the signs at the Camp Hollow Road location would not be reusable because they do not meet the current standards for reflectivity.

 

REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:

 

Mr. Kamauf read the Financial Report as of March 1, 2012 and reported that compared to the 2011 totals at this time last year revenue is 18% less, however expenditures are down 20% compared to the totals this time last year.

 

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

 

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

NEW BUSINESS:

 

None.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

Jay Grossic 1610 Greensprings Avenue complained that there are still rocks on the hillside behind his house that fell off Avon Road and he had previously been told that it would be taken care of. Mr. Hess responded that the remaining rocks are supporting the hillside and he also said that Mr. Rober who was the engineer at the time said he was content with the situation. Mr. Stephenson requested that Mr. Antonelli reassess the situation.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Marone that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 6:35p.m. prevailing time.

 

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