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COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.

 

ROLL CALL:AndzelikPresentMunsie           Absent
KostelnikPresentOlack              Present
MaronePresentStephenson     Present
Moses Present

 

Six members present, absent one (Munsie).  Mayor Kelly present.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:

 

Diane Stanesic 2803 Glenny Lane Extension questioned whether there is a list of streets that are to be resurfaced under Agenda Item A.  Mr. Antonelli read the list of streets. Mayor Kelly also reported that numerous other streets would be paved by the water company due to water lines being replaced.  Mr. Moses stated that once the bid is accepted the list can be published.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik that the Minutes of the March 19, 2013 and the April 16, 2013 Council Meeting be approved.  Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

  1. A. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to accept the bid from Suit-Kote and award the 2013 Borough of West Mifflin Road Resurfacing Contract, Contract N44-08-12 to Suit-Kote, which was represented by the lowest bid of Two Hundred Thirteen Thousand Eight Hundred Forty-Six Dollars and Twenty-Seven Cents. ($213,846.27).  Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried

 

  1. B. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve advertising an ordinance of the Borough of West Mifflin providing for the regulation and registration of Pawnbrokers and Dealers in second hand g  Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays,

one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

  1. C. Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to approve terminating Heart and Lung Benefits for Borough Employee #72.  Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carrie

 

  1. D. Motion by Olack, seconded by Andzelik to accept the resignation of Robert Wrobleski from the Borough of West Mifflin Police Civil Service C Under remarks, Mr. Moses thanked Mr. Wrobleski for more than 17 years of dedicated service to the community.  Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

  1. E. Motion by Olack, seconded by Andzelik to approve advertising the open seat on the Borough of West Mifflin Police Civil Service C Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

  1. F. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the Mutual Aid Agreement between the West Mifflin Police Department and the Steel Valley Council of Governments, pending final approval from the Solicitor. Under remarks, Mr. Moses reported that the other communities are Braddock Hills, Clairton, Dravosburg, Homestead, Munhall, Elizabeth, West Homestead and Whitaker. Mr. Olack questioned other surrounding communities such as Duquesne.  Chief Davies replied that this is the first step and he is planning to go to all the other surrounding communities and have agreements with them as we Mr. Marone questioned whether there was such and agreement with the fire companies from

 

 

 

the other communities.  Mr. Kamauf stated that he wasn’t certain, but he would research this. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

  1. G. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Olack to approve the West Mifflin Public Works Vehicle Recycle #1 VIN #1FVACWCS24HM41121, to be taken to the auction to be   Under remarks, Mr. Kamauf explained that part of the conditions to receive the grant for the new truck is to sell this truck and use the proceeds toward the new one. Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie). Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Andzelik seconded by Olack to approve the following donations in the amount of $500.00:

West Mifflin Youth Soccer

West Mifflin High School Basketball

West Mifflin High School Cheerleaders

Under remarks, Mr. Marone reported that he attended the Youth Soccer Meeting

and took the drawings for the Soccer Complex and reported that the organization is quite happy about it. Roll Call:  Five ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie), one abstention (Stephenson).  Motion carried.

 

  1. Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve waiving the pavilion fee for the St. Agnes School Second Grade Class, for use of Pavilion #3 on Thursday, June 6, 2013.  Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS:

 

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

 

Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Department Report for the month of

April 2013.

 

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

 

Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of April 2013.

 

Chief Davies read a letter from Christine Denne commending Officers Haines, Pawling and Booth for their assistance and compassion shown to her mother when her stepfather suffered  respiratory arrest on Friday, March 29th.

 

Chief Davies reported on May 14th the Police Department assisted in planning and participating in a joint emergency exercise at Kennywood Park.  He thanked Kennywood for allowing them to use their facility for an invaluable inner agency training. He also thanked the FBI, Baldwin EMS and Allegheny County Emergency Management for their assistance and guidance in planning this event.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mr. Keron reported that Community Day would be held on September 7, 2013 at the

Allegheny County Airport.

 

Mr. Keron reported a movie is scheduled for Friday, May 24th at the Baseball Complex. He said the movie will begin at dusk.

 

Mr. Keron reported a community service project is scheduled for June 17th at West Mifflin Community Park.  Volunteers from the high school basketball, football and baseball teams are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  He also stated that anyone interested is welcome to join them.

 

 

 

Mr. Keron reported that the Solicitors are working on leases for the Baseball Complex and the Girls Softball Complex.

 

Mr. Keron said he would have a playground report at next month’s meeting.  He also reported that the Borough is researching the possibility of having a senior citizens park which would be located at the Kansas Avenue playground.

 

Mr. Keron reported that the Annual Memorial Day Service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Mitchell Paige Memorial Park.

 

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

 

Assistant Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of April 2013.

 

 

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR:

 

No report.

 

REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:

 

Solicitor DiLucente reported that a substantial amount of time was spent working on the Council of Governments Mutual Aid Agreement and also an ordinance dealing with pawn brokers.  He said that that the remainder of his report is reserved for Executive Session.

 

REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:

 

Mr. Antonelli reported that a revision was required for the Soccer Complex Subdivision Plan and has been completed.  He said that signed documents have been submitted to the appropriate State and County agencies and are awaiting permits.

 

Mr. Antonelli reported that the issue involving the boundary issue between West Mifflin Borough and Baldwin Borough on the Merante property located on Streets Run Road has been resolved and will now be assessed to West Mifflin.

 

REPORT OF THE MANAGER:

 

Mr. Kamauf read the Financial Report for the month of April 2013.

 

Mr. Kamauf reported that the Borough has received the 2013 Liquid Fuels Allocation in the amount of $407,110.45.

 

Mr. Kamauf reported that the Borough has posted on the website information for the

2013 Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program.  Mayor Kelly suggested that

Mr. Kamauf contact Allegheny County to see if there is a list of the properties that qualify.

 

PAYMENT OF BILLS:

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack that all bills properly approved by the Finance

Committee be paid. Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, on absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to negate the previous Motion on March 19,

2013 to approve financing of the Public Works Vehicles with Kensington Capital Corporation.  Under remarks, Mr. Kamauf explained that after reviewing the lease the Solicitor recommended another lease with a lower finance rate.  Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

 

 

Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the financing of the Public Works Vehicles referenced and approved at the March 9, 2013 Council Meeting with PNC Bank for a 3 year lease purchase agreement at an annual percentage rate of 2.55%.  Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the Agreement of Sale pursuant to terms negotiated between Trumbull Corporation and the Borough of West Mifflin for purchase of land and property located at 1020 Lebanon Road, Lot and Block Numbers

245–H–40, 60 and 70 for $3,627,400.00 contingent on the Borough Solicitors final approval of the agreement.  Under remarks, Mr. Kamauf explained that the Borough is in need of a new Police Station which is a large factor in the consideration of this property. He stated that all offices would be moved to this location as well as offering the West Mifflin School District space if they so choose to move there.  He reported that after a cost analysis, it has been determined that by consolidating the buildings there would be a cost savings as well as generating revenue from the tenants that occupy the third floor, which combined would be approximately $100,000 per year.  He also said there was a negotiated sales agreement which represents a 27% reduction of the original asking price and that the sale price includes all renovations that would be made.  He remarked that in the future the Borough may wish to locate the Public Works Department to space in the rear of the property.  Diane Stanesic of 2803 Glenny Lane Extension questioned if it is the building across from the Get Go, what is the purchase price, how long has Council been looking into this, how it would be financed and what would happen to the existing buildings.  Mr. Kamauf stated that it is the property across from Get Go and the total

purchase price with renovations is the $3,627,400.  Several Council members replied that the subject of moving the Police Station has been discussed and researched for several years.  Mr. Kamauf explained that there are options of using Federal Forfeiture Funds for the Police Department and also the Capital Projects Fund and if money has to be borrowed for the entire purchase price that even after making the payment we are still making over $100,000 a year and that would be before selling the current building.

Harry Thompson of 6679 Adams Avenue questioned whether the old Middle School would be a better choice.  Mr. Kamauf responded that it was all looked at and a rough estimate would be 8 million to purchase and renovate that property.  Jay Goonetilleke

404 Dennison Drive questioned if the loan would be a fixed interest rate.  Mr. Kamauf stated that there are different options and this would be discussed in the near future.  Roll Call:  Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Munsie).  Motion carried.

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS:

 

Lorrie Struff 811 Beech Street remarked about a vacant lot on School Street

behind her property that she is having a problem with.  She stated that a tree fell on her fence and damaged it.  She stated that she was advised by Mark Lazzaro of the Community Development Department to take pictures and take the complaint to the Magistrate which she did and she also contacted an attorney and was advised that it would cost her $4,000 to $5,000 in fees to pursue the problem.  Solicitor DiLucente replied that it is a problem between two private property owners and that she can make the repairs and file a civil complaint at the Magistrates Office for costs incurred.

 

Mike Briston 807 Beech Street remarked that two stop signs on Beech and Dory Streets are not visible enough for drivers to see.  Mr. Hess stated that he is currently going through the Borough and replacing signs and he will take care of it.  Mr. Briston also requested a “No Outlet “sign on the street.

 

Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned the status of the lawsuit against the owner of the former Prism Health Services Property.  Solicitor DiLucente stated that it is still under review by the judge.

 

Curt Ramsey 1027 Highland Avenue, PortVue offered his services of picking up appliances and e-waste.  Mr. Hess replied that the Public Works Department is responsible for picking up appliances and that an e-waste recycling day is scheduled with Goodwill Industries at no cost.

 

 

 

Jay Goonetilleke 404 Dennison Drive commented that the group that purchased Century III Mall looks like a financially solid company.  He questioned whether the Borough would be going after any back taxes.  Mayor Kelly reported that all taxes are current, however there is a tax assessment appeal pending and the new owners would follow-up with that.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik that the Meeting be adjourned.  Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. prevailing time.