COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.
Six members present, absent one (Olack). Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Kushner that the Minutes of the April 15, 2014 Council
Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, A MUNICIPALITY OF THE COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; AMENDING CHAPTER 274-2 OF THE CODE ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR REVISING, CHANGING AND AMENDING TRAFFIC CONTROL AND PARKING REGULATIONS.
Solicitor DiLucente explained that this ordinance will prevent Council, the Police Chief and Mr. Anthony from having a Public Hearing every time they decide on a beneficial change pertaining to traffic devices, stop signs and other things for the public’s safety. Solicitor DiLucente opened a Public Hearing at this time. Hearing no questions at this time he closed the Public Hearing.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik the Ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1187.
- B. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN TO BE INCLUDED IN THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK
GRANT AND HOME PROGRAMS FOR THE THREE YEARS 2015, 2016, AND
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays. Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1276.
- RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, IN SUPPORT OF THE MON VALLEY/FAYETTE ROUTE 51 NORTH PROJECT.
Motion by Davis, seconded by Kushner the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1277.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis to approve the donation of Shelter #1 at the West Mifflin Community Park to LifeSpan on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- E. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve a support agreement with Dagostino Electronic Services, Inc. for support services for voice and data hardware installed at the West Mifflin Police Department and Borough Building; contract is for 5
years at a cost of $14,935.80. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- F. Motion by Kushner, seconded by Stephenson to approve purchase of a 2014 Caterpillar
924K Wheel Loader for the Public Works Department at a cost of One Hundred Forty- Nine Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Five Dollars ($149,785.00) from Cleveland Brothers under COSTAR Contract #440011420. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- G. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve purchase of Loadmaster Excel-31
Yard Rear Loader and One Mack GU813 Chassis from A&H Equipment under COSTAR Contract #25-044 at a total cost of One Hundred Ninety-Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Dollars ($194,740.00) for the Public Works (Garbage Truck). Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Kushner, seconded by Kostelnik to approve purchase of a 2015 Ford 4 Wheel Drive Three Quarter Ton Pickup Truck with Plow and Spreader package from A&H Equipment under COSTAR Contract #25-006 at a cost of Thirty-Four Thousand Five Hundred Eighty-Six Dollars and Thirty-Seven Cents ($34,586.37) for the Community Development Department. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis to approve a quote from DNR Signs for removal of the wall signage at the 3000 Lebanon Church Road Building at a cost of $1,275.00. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Stephenson to approve the donation of the following computer equipment to Pittsburgh Information Technology in West Mifflin: two computer towers, one broken monitor, one printer and one server (all hard drives have been removed and will be retained by the Borough). Motion carried.
Community Development…………………………………………………. Walter B. Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of April 2014. Mr. Anthony reported that there have been numerous permits issued for Door to Door
Solicitation and he explained that there is a fee of $75.00 per individual for a 2 week period.
Mayor Kelly questioned if religious groups pay for the permit. Mr. Anthony explained that all religious organizations are exempt from the fee.
Mrs. Kushner questioned the status of an individual demolition project. Mr. Anthony reported
he has not heard back from GOG and will touch base with them tomorrow. He said it is a matter of developing a bid for one individual home and advertise since it is separate from this year’s contract. Mrs. Kushner questioned if there was any Borough money allocated for such a project. Mr. Anthony replied that there is no demolition money in the budget.
Mayor Kelly questioned whether the Borough could move on placing an abandoned home on Commonwealth Avenue up for Sherriff Sale. Mr. Anthony replied that the property he is referring to is on a list being prepared for Legal Tax Service to pursue the sale which moves quicker than going through the Allegheny County process. He also said that there have already been four or five properties sold and put back on the tax rolls, such as the Neal’s Restaurant and G&K Banquet Hall properties.
Police ………………………………………………………………………………. Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of April 2014.
Chief Davies reported that the Police Department moved into the new building on May 12th and there have been only a few minor transition issues which have been resolved.
Mr. Marone thanked the Police Department, EMS and the Fire Companies for a job well done during a recent bomb scare incident.
Public Works …………………………………………………………………… Richard Marecic
Mr. Marecic read the Public Works Department Report for the month of April 2014.
Mr. Marecic reported that brush is now being taken to Jefferson Memorial in conjunction with
SHACOG and will now be eligible for the Recycling Performance Grant.
Mr. Marecic reported that PA American Water Company has been completing paving projects on streets throughout the Borough that have previously had new water lines installed.
Mr. Kostelnik questioned the status of a private water line project at Riverview Homes. Mr. Anthony replied that the repair of the line is complete and they are required to repair the section of Maryland Avenue from curb to curb.
Recreation ……………………………………………………………………….. Anthony DiCenzo
Mr. DiCenzo reported the following:
- The Annual Memorial Day Ceremony would be held on Saturday, May 24th at 10:00 a.m. at the Mitchel Paige Park.
- There will be a Community Movie Night on Saturday, May 31st at the West Mifflin
Baseball League Complex. The movie will begin at dusk and refreshments will be sold.
- The Summer Recreation Program at the West Mifflin Community Park will begin on Monday, June 16th and will end on Friday, August 1st. The program will feature arts and crafts and activities for children of all ages.
- The Titan Nation signs are in the process of being made and will be installed upon completion. To date there are 15 sponsors totaling 29 signs. The Recreation Department provided lunch to the Graphic Arts Department for their role in designing the sign. Also there are 100 Titan Nation lawn signs ordered at a cost of $4.00 each to be sold to the High School Booster Club.
- Century III Mall has agreed to donate $5,000.00 for Community Day.
- The Macy’s Heart Your Park Program raised $5,249.00 which was presented prior to the Meeting. In cooperation with the Hacke family the Recreation Department is reviewing options for the use of the money at the West Mifflin Community Park.
EMS ………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of April 2014.
Chief Plunkett reported that the EMS covered the following events over the past month:
- Opening Day of West Mifflin Girls Softball.
- Opening Day of West Mifflin Little League Baseball.
- West Mifflin High School Titan Dash.
- Drill at Bechtel Bettis.
- Drill at Jefferson Hospital.
- Drill at Kennywood Park.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly thanked PENNDOT for their quick response when he called and requested that the litter on Kennywood Boulevard be taken care of. He said that it has been a few years of abusive littering and their action was quick and it was cleaned up before the Kennywood Park season began.
Mayor Kelly stated that he has the authority through Moonbeam Capital, owner of Century III Mall to announce that they have a contract with Carmike Theaters to construct a 14 to 18 screen movie theater that will be connected to the mall. He said that part of the Macy’s Furniture space
along with part of the deck will be demolished this fall with completion expected in the fall of
- He said they also have a contract with Ulta Beauty as well as letters of intent from numerous restaurants and a women’s boutique. He also said they are hot patching, painting, and making other cosmetic improvements.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Solicitor DiLucente reported that his firm has been working on the Ordinance that was passed earlier in the meeting. He also said they have been involved in updating the Pension Plan and all new codes are up to date and the work is nearing completion.
Mr. Kostelnik questioned the status of the old building. Mr. Kamauf replied that the realtor has had a very positive response with 8 or 9 inquiries and they have also been showing the building.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Jovanovich reported that only one load of fill has been delivered to the soccer field since late January. He said it is 18% of what is needed and work cannot proceed until it is at 50%. He reported that it is prime time construction season and he is expressing some concern and he recommended talking with Mr. Baker from LaFarge Construction and explain the Borough’s situation with DCNR.
Mr. Jovanovich reported that bids are due June 6th for the Road Paving Project and they can be accepted at the June 2014 Council Meeting which he projects work can be done in July or August. He also reported that he is continuing to work with Mr. Anthony on the Flood Plain Ordinance.
REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Financial Report for the month of April 2014.
Mr. Kamauf reported that on Friday, May 16, 2014 he met with the Allegheny County Economic Development Committee to review the Borough’s Grant application for the storm water repair on Curry Hollow Road. He stated that the Grant request was approved for the full amount of
Mr. Kamauf reported that Duquesne Light Company has received approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to begin a Pilot Program to replace High Pressure Sodium Street Lights with new LED Cobrahead fixtures. He said he and Mr. Hess have a meeting scheduled on June 3rd with a Duquesne Light representative to locate areas to start the process. Mayor Kelly questioned whether this is a free program. Mr. Kamauf said there is a
$100.00 fee per light; however the energy cost savings per light is $30.00 per year with a life expectancy of 20 years per light.
Mr. Kamauf reported that the Borough received a reimbursement from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for the emergency repairs done at Curry Hollow Road last year; the reimbursement was in the amount of $54,396.80.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner that all bills properly approved by the Finance
Committee be paid. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to approve a leave of absence and authorize the continuation of full benefits and make-up pay difference for
Employee #79 during his call to active duty for the United States Air Force Command from May 31, 2014 to June 14, 2014. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis to approve the salary of Michael Caterino, Borough Computer Systems Administrator at $14.00 per hour. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Davis, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the Community Park Summer Program Monitor’s hourly rate at $10.00 per hour. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
John McClaren 200 Whitaker Way, Whitaker Pa took this opportunity to introduce himself and
he referred to a letter he had submitted to Mayor and Council from Mac’s Auto Service regarding towing services they would like to provide for the Borough.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue said he received a notice regarding an upcoming Public Hearing regarding the R&B Contracting property on Buttermilk Hollow Road and he said he has some questions. Mr. Anthony replied that Mr. Thompson would have to attend the Hearing to ask his questions.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Davis that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at
6:58 p.m. prevailing time.