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

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with Vice President Michael Moses presiding.

 

Council Vice President Moses requested a moment of silence in honor of Council President Regis Stephenson who passed away earlier in the day.

 

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

 

Six members present, absent none.  Mayor Kelly present.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

None.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Motion by Munsie, seconded by Olack that the Minutes of the April 17, 2012 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  1. RESOLUTIONOF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY,PENNSYLVANIA, AUTHORIZING THE PROPER DISPOSALOF CERTAIN RECORDS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE RETENTION AND DISPOSITION SCHEDULE FOR RECORDS OF PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS.

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik the resolution be adopted. Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried.  Resolution given No.1245

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to approve a six month contract extension for cleaning services of the Borough Building with General Cleaning at the current monthly rate of One Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty-Three Dollars ($1,853.00) per month.

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

 

  1. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve purchasing and installation of a Dispatch Voice Recording System for the West Mifflin Police Department at a cost of Nine Thousand Four Hundred Ninety-Five Dollars($9,495.00) under COSTARS Contract #003-268 Vendor #152919.

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

 

  1. D. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve participation in the SHACOG Joint Police Testing at a cost of

One Thousand Dollars ($1,000).

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

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the request from Lloyd & Donna Talkington for a consolidation of a two (2) lot plan for their property located at 5812 Interboro Avenue, West Mifflin, PA 15122 as recommended  by the Planning Commission.

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

 

  1. F. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to schedule a Public Hearing for a Conditional Use authorization requested by Giant Eagle for the construction of a Get Go Fueling Station to be constructed at the Kennywood Shoppes located on Hoffman Blvas recommended  by the Planning Commission.

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

 

  1. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve the tentative(preliminary) Site Plans for the Get Go Fueling Station to be constructed at the Kennywood Shoppes located on Hoffman Blvd. as recommended  by the Planning Commission.

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

 

  1. H. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to approve a Five Hundred Dollar ($500) donation to West Mifflin Metro

Basketball League.

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

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve a Five Hundred Dollar ($500) donation to West Mifflin Youth

Basketball Association.

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

 

  1. J. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve a Five Hundred Dollar ($500) donation to West Mifflin Youth

Soccer.

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

 

  1. K. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to approve a summer intern position in the Borough Administration Office through the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, pending completion of clearances. Under remarks, M Andzelik remarked that there would be no cost to the Borough and Mr. Moses added that the student would receive college credits for their participation.

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

 

  1. L. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik for approval of the Borough Purchasing Card Policy. Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nay Motion carried.

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

CommunityDevelopment………………………………………………….. Walter B. Anthony

 

Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Department Report for the month of April 2012. Police……………………………………………………………………………….. Chief Ken Davies

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

 

Chief Davies reported that today is National Police Memorial Day and asked that everyone remember the officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

 

PublicWorks……………………………………………………………………. James Hess Mr. Hess read the Public Works report for the month of April 2012. Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Steve Keron

Mr. Keron reported that the Summer Program at West Mifflin Community Park will begin on June18th and run through

July 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00pm. Monday through Friday.

 

Mr. Keron reported that plans are progressing for Community Day on September 8th.

 

Mr. Keron reported that the three new Recreation Board Signs would be installed within the next few weeks at no cost to the Borough.

 

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

 

Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of April 2012.

 

Chief Plunkett reported that the remodeling of the EMS station in the Borough Building is complete and he invited everyone to stop in to see their area.  He said that their Capital Funds were used to pay for the project.

 

Chief Plunkett reported that the EMS participated in an Aircraft Accident Seminar at the Pittsburgh International Airport conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board.

 

Chief Plunkett also reported that they participated in the Pittsburgh Marathon, the West Mifflin High School  5K Run, the

Lions Club 5K Run and also a monthly blood pressure and CPR program for Lifespan.

 

REPORTOF THE MAYOR:

 

Mayor Kelly reported the following:

 

The Memorial Day Program would be held Saturday, May 26th at 10:00 a.m. at Mitchell Paige Memorial Park.

 

The Hometown Heroes Soldier Banners have been set up on the telephone poles surrounding Mitchell Paige Memorial

Park and will be displayed each year from Memorial Day until Veteran’s Day.

 

The Tuskegee Airman 70th Year Anniversary Program is being held at the Allegheny County Airport on Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd.

 

Mayor Kelly met with several potential businesses who may consider locating in the Borough pending a plan for tax credits.  He recommended that the Finance Committee meet to draft a tax credit plan.

 

Mayor Kelly proposed meeting with Lamar Advertising regarding a plan they had submitted to the Borough for an electronic billboard at the Borough Building and requested a Motion for a proposal for the billboard.

 

Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to authorize Mayor Kelly to negotiate with Lamar Advertising for proposals to present to Council pending legal matters with the Solicitor for an electronic billboard at the Borough Building.

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

 

Mayor Kelly spoke about the situation at Mon View Heights a privately owned, for profit organization which reneged on a promise to install video monitoring, increase lighting for safety, clean up and make repairs, hire quality security and prosecute individuals for trespassing.  He stated that with the retirement of several Borough Police Officers and Council’s choice to not replace them there has been a measurable increase in crime.  He stated that in his opinion Council made a poor decision when passing this year’s budget and that real discussions are needed to come up with ways to generate revenue.

 

Mr. Marone remarked that he was involved in going to court for a fire department case and stated that there is postponement after postponement in court cases which causes extra wages being paid and that greatly affects the Borough’s budget.  After considerable discussion Mayor Kelly and Solicitor Evashavik agreed that there is a problem with the system that is causing an immense financial drain on municipalities.  Solicitor Evashavik recommended that Chief Davies gather information about the wages lost and the impact that unnecessary trips to court have on the number of police on the street. He said the problem should be revisited by reaching out to the District Attorney, the President

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas and the Allegheny County Borough’s Association.

 

REPORTOF THE SOLICITOR:

 

Solicitor Evashavik reported he received the final copy of the Borough Codification and a motion is required to advertise for the adoption of the Borough Codification.

 

Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to advertise for the adoption of the Borough Codification. Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried.

 

REPORTOF THE ENGINEER:

 

Mr. Antonelli reported he has conducted a review regarding there-zoning application filed by GBT Realty for the property on Pennsylvania Avenue, the site of the former Emerson Elementary School.

 

Mr. Antonelli reported he is working on the completion of the annual report to the DEP regarding the Borough’s MPDS

for storm water discharge.

 

Mr. Antonelli reported he is working with officials at LaFarge to prepare a legal description of the property to be conveyed to the Borough for the proposed development of the soccer complex.

 

REPORTOF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:

 

Mr. Kamauf read the Financial Report for the month of April.  He noted that finances are 2.6% under budget at this time.

 

PAYMENTOF BILLS:

 

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

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WESTMIFFLIN, ALLEGHNEY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING THE

PROMULATION IN CONJUNTION WITH ALLEGHENY COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN TOAPPROVE,  ADOPT AND PLACE INTO IMMEDIATE EFFECT THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN OF THE BOROUGH  OF WEST MIFFLIN.

 

Motion by Marone,  seconded by Munsie to approve the resolution.

Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried.  Resolution  given No. 1246.

 

Motion by Munsie, seconded by Olack to appoint James Baker to fill the vacancy on the Zoning Hearing Board.  Term to expire December 31, 2013.

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

 

Mr. Kamauf reported that there is still a position open on the Planning Commission due to a resignation.

 

Mayor Kelly questioned whether a motion would be in order to advertise for the vacant seat on Council due to Mr. Stephenson’s passing.  He remarked that it is his understanding that there is only a 30 day period to fill the vacancy. Solicitor Evashavik confirmed that it must be filled in 30days, however it is not required that it be advertised and that it is Councils choice to advertise if they so wish.

 

Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise for the vacancy on Borough Council as well as advertise a Special Legislative Meeting for the appointment of a Council person.  Under remarks, Mr. Moses stated that following the meeting specific dates would be discussed to be placed in the advertisements.

Roll Call: Five ayes, one no vote (Andzelik), no nays. Motion carried.

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve a Two Hundred Fifty Dollar ($250.00) donation to West Mifflin Titan

Baseball.

Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, one abstention(Kostelnik).  Motion carried.

 

Mr. Marone commented that this past weekend he spent many hours dealing with emergencies along with all emergency personnel.  He said that everyone worked together including the Mayor and Council and he thanked everyone for doing a great job.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

 

Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue said his appeal to the Zoning Hearing Board regarding the former PRISM property on Buttermilk Hollow Road has been denied and he is requesting that Council ask the Solicitor to review his files. Solicitor Evashavik stated that the Zoning Hearing Board is a separate and completely independent entity and that Council has no authority to overrule their decision and he advised that Mr. Thompson appeal to the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.  He also said if Council feels that there is a legal concern they could direct him to file an appeal with Court of Common Pleas.

 

James Baker 305 Camp Hollow Road thanked Council for appointing him to the Zoning Hearing Board.  Mr. Baker also requested that the Code Enforcement Officer look into the situation regarding a mobile medical office that is setting up business in the Holiday Inn Parking lot to see if such a business is permitted.  He said his intention is to avoid a problem before it starts and referred to an incident where a patron of the mobile unit was using his parking lot.  Mr. Kamauf assured him that the Borough would take care of the situation.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Olack that the Meeting be adjourned.  Meeting adjourned at 7:15p.m. prevailing time.

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