COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.
ROLL CALL: Andzelik – Present, Munsie – Present, Kostelnik – Absent, Olack – Present, Marone -Present
Stephenson – Present, Moses Present
Six members present, absent one (Kostelnik). Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
Harry Thompson of 6679 Adams Avenue questioned Agenda Item A. Mr. Anthony explained that an Occupancy Permit would now be required when a home is being purchased to inspect the home for safety issues. Mr. Thompson questioned what the fee would be. Mr. Anthony replied that it is set at $75.00.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone that the Minutes of the October 16, 2012 be approved. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHNEYCOUNTY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY ADDING CHAPTER 291; PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF OCCUPANCY PERMITS AND MANDATORY ISSUANCE OF AN OCCUPANCY PERMIT PRIOR TO A CHANGE OF OCCUPANCY OR USE OF LAND OR A STRUCTURE: PROVIDING FOR INSPECTIONS, FEES PENALTIES AND ENFORCEMENT.
Solicitor DiLucente read the ordinance and opened the Meeting for a Public Hearing. Hearing no questions from the public Solicitor DiLucente closed the hearing.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone the Ordinance be adopted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik). Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1182.
- B. Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Olack to adopt Civil Service Commission Resolution 1 of
2012 amending Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations. Under remarks, Mr. Kamauf explained that the State is now requiring the Commission to have 3 alternate members and is requiring that 3 members be present for meetings. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to authorize the Solicitor to conduct a property title search on Lot & Block 181-H-36, property owner Mary Eileen Sullivan requesting to donate property to the Borough. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve Premier Power Solutions, LLC as energy broker for the Borough and approving 12 month pricing terms with Duquesne Light Energy. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- E. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve final site plan for the Dollar General Store located at 1802 Pennsylvania Avenue as recommended by the Planning Commission, subject to the following conditions of the Planning Commission and Borough Engineer:
- Letter from the utility companies stating service is available
- Receipt of Highway Occupancy Permit from PennDOT for driveway and connection to
PennDOT storm sewer
- Execution and recording of a Stormwater BMP Maintenance Plan and Agreement
- Execution of a Developer’s Agreement including posting of required financial performance security and payment of inspection fees incurred by the Borough
Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- F. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to approve advertising for the following openings on Boards/Committees/Commissions/Authorities (1) Zoning Hearing Board, (2) Planning Commission, (1) Sanitary Sewer Authority, (1) Vacancy Board, (3) Alternative Members of the Civil Service Commissi Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- G. Motion by Marone, seconded by Munsie authorizing the Civil Service Commission to arrange for Oral Interviews of the Police Officer Candidates, as described in the Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulati Under remarks, Mr. Marone questioned how many candidates would be interviewed. Mayor Kelly stated that 33 candidates passed the written test and they are all entitled to an interview. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik). Motion carried.
Community Development………………………………………………….. Walter B. Anthony Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of October 2012. Police……………………………………………………………………………….. Chief Ken Davies Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of October 2012.
Chief Davies reported the Borough received an additional $173,000 for the Asset Forfeiture Account.
Public Works……………………………………………………………………. James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of October 2012.
Mr. Hess reported that the Borough is working with Goodwill Industries to come up with a plan for pick up dates for electronics since they cannot be sent to the landfill after December 31, 2012.
Mr. Hess reported that the Leaf Recycling Program does not require that brown bags be used any longer. He stated that they can be placed with the normal trash pick-up.
Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Steve Keron
Mr. Keron thanked everyone involved for another successful Halloween Party held this year at
Homeville Elementary School.
EMS………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett
Assistant Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of October 2012. He also reported that the
2013 Subscription Drive has been mailed out this month.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly reported that the Annual Light Up Night would be held November 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the
Mayor Kelly congratulated the West Mifflin High School Football Team for an outstanding season and said to support the Titans by wearing blue and gold this Friday for the 8:00 p.m. playoff game at Heinz Field.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Solicitor DiLucente reported that the Dollar General Store Developers Agreement has come to a conclusion and ready for execution.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Antonelli reported he attended an informal meeting on October 18thwith PA DEP personnel regarding the La Farge property to discuss site stormwater control issues and he forwarded a project cost estimate to the Borough. Mr. Moses questioned the status of having the deed transferred. Mr. Antonelli replied that he sent them a letter today which raises that question.
Mr. Antonelli reported he reviewed the proposed re-subdivision of the Trumbull Corporation Delwar
Road Plan No. 2 with respect to the Borough’s Zoning and Subdivision/Land Development Ordinances.
Mr. Antonelli reported he inspected the condition of the abandoned house at 220 Avon Roadand issued a letter to the Borough recommending that the house be demolished.
Mr. Antonelli reported he is in the process of reviewing the Westwood Village PRD plans and stated
that the development is scheduled to be on the Planning Commission’s Agenda on December 3, 2012 for tentative Plan Approval.
REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report as of November 19, 2012. He also reported he is working on the
Tax Anticipation Note for 2013 which will be on the Agenda for December along with the 2013 Budget.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Marone, seconded by Munsie that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Kostelnik). Motion carried.
Harry Thompson 6669 Adams Avenue commented on the former use of the property he has been disputing on Buttermilk Hollow Road. He stated that Court records of 1981 states that the building was a testing laboratory and offices and doesn’t state that it was a manufacturing facility which is contrary to what he had previously been told.
Diane Stanesic 2803 Glenny Lane Extension questioned which Solicitor is attending the property assessment appeal hearings? Solicitor DiLucente stated that his firm is instructed from time to time to attend the appeals. She then questioned if the tax payers are paying both the Borough Solicitor and the School District Solicitor to attend the same appeals. Mr. Munsie stated that Council discussed that sending the Borough Solicitor is in the best interest of the taxpayers because of the turnover of five Solicitors’ for the School District within the last few years. Mr. Moses stated that there has never been a case where both Solicitors attended a hearing therefore there is no double billing of tax dollars. Mayor Kelly stated that in the last few years we had never won a case and at this time we have won 20 out of 27 cases of commercial property, he also stated that the School District has been invited to join the Borough. Mrs. Stanesic also requested that Trick of Treat be changed back to 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the future.
Nikki Thielet 1949 Anna Avenue questioned what the standard is among other municipalities in the area regarding Solicitor representation at appeal hearings. Mr. Moses stated that there are no standards and every community deals with it in their own fashion.
Pamela Amicarella said she had contacted Mr. Kamauf and Mr. Hess regarding a small colony of 6 feral cats that are located at the Borough Public Works Department and she would like to offer a TNR Program (Trap, Neuter and Release) which involves coming onto the property to trap, spay, neuter, vaccinate and ear tip each of the cats for identification that they are a fixed cat and she would also provide food and care. She is requesting that she be permitted to place 2 or 3 winter shelters along with a small feed station as a humane way to keeps these cats under control. She also stated that she is willing to sign a Release of Liability if Council would permit her to follow up with this program.
Rise Chontos of In Care of Cats, Inc. spoke in support of Pamela Amicarella’s program.
Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Olack that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m. prevailing time.