COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.
Prior to the Council Meeting Mayor Kelly conducted the swearing in of three newly hired Police Officers, Richard Marone, Timothy Kintigh and Tyler Scruggs. Mayor Kelly also presented a Recognition and Appreciation Plaque to retiring Office Raymond Leive for his 25 years of distinguished service.
Mayor Kelly was required to leave.
Seven members present, absent none. Mayor Kelly absent.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
Jay Goonetilleke 404 Dennison Drive questioned Agenda Item A. Solicitor DiLucente explained that there would be a Public Hearing prior to voting on the ordinance and that Mr. Goonetilleke would be able to address his questions at that time.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik that the Minutes of the August 20, 2013 and the
September 17, 2013 be approved. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Solicitor DiLucente opened the Public Hearing for questions and comments.
Mr. James McCarthy of Piper Jaffray, the underwriter for the Bond Issue said that he is happy to report that as a result of Mr. Kamauf’s hard work the rating from Standard & Poor’s has been upgraded from an A to A-plus, which is outstanding. Mr. McCarthy explained that Series A in the amount of$4,090,000 is tax exempt and callable in 5 years and would go toward the new Borough Building. He explained that it wraps around existing debt and adds approximately
$172,000 in new debt service. He said that Series B in the amount of $1,940,000 is a refunding of the remaining 2007A bonds generating cash savings of approximately $108,000, which will be used to offset the $4 million deposit to the project fund. He then explained that Series C in the amount of $8,250,000 is taxable and separate from the first which are tax exempt. He explained that Pension Bonds must be issued taxable. He stated that the debt service on this bond is $$680,000 and is callable in 10 years. At this time Solicitor DiLucente introduced Mr. Rayl, Bond Counsel from the law firm Campbell & Levine for any comments. Mr. Rayl stated that in order to legally implement the ordinance Council is required to approve the ordinance for the State and also the Department of Economic Development. Solicitor DiLucente thanked both gentlemen and at this time stated that if anyone in the audience would like to speak that they could come forward.
Mr. Dave Marshall 2220 Reuben Drive questioned whether there was any other debt that could possibly be refinanced at a lower percentage. Mr. Moses replied that the Series B Bond is the total of all debt callable at this time.
Mr. Jay Goonetilleke 404 Dennison Drive asked for an explanation of the Series C Bond. Mr. Kamauf explained that it is to help the Borough catch up on pension obligations and reduce future obligations. He stated that it is an obligation that the Borough already owes. He explained that the Minimum Municipal Obligation is $1.35 million this year and would be $1.36
million in 2014. Mr. Moses added that the plans were 67% funded and with the bonds it brings it up to 100% while lowering the MMO to roughly $680,000 over the next 20 years and stabilizing the payment which is a savings that the Borough plans to escrow. Mr. Goonetilleke asked if the information would be available on the Borough Website. Mr. Kamauf replied that the ordinance has been advertised in the newspaper and on the website and that the legal requirements have been met and nothing further would be on the website.
- A. ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, A MUNICIPALITY OF THE COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; AUTHORIZATION FOR THE BOROUGH TO INCUR NON-ELECTORAL DEBT IN AN AGRREGATE AMOUNT NOT IN EXCESS OF $14,280,000
INCLUDING THREE BOND ISSUES:
- Series A of 2013 ($4,090,000 Building/Capital Project)
- Series B of 2013 ($1,940,000 Refunded Bonds)
- Series C of 2013 ($8,250,000 Pension Bond)
Hearing no further comments Solicitor DiLucente closed the Public Hearing.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Munsie the Ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1185.
- B. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN APPROVING THE ACQUISITION AND SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION OF A PARCEL OF VACANT PROPERTY KNOWN AS LOT AND BLOCK NUMBER; 181-S-118
WOULD BE IN ACCORD WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE
BOROUGH. (PROPERTY ADDRESS HOME STREET, WEST MIFFLIN).
Motion by Munsie, seconded by Olack that the resolution be adopted. Under remarks, Mr. Andzelik stated that he would abstain upon recommendation of the Solicitor. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one abstention (Andzelik). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1265.
- C. Motion by Olack, seconded by Andzelik to approve the Cable Television Agreement between the Borough of West Mifflin and the West Mifflin Area School Distric Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one abstention (Stephenson). Motion carried.
- D. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the hiring of Michael Caterino as part-time IT Tech for the Borough of West Mifflin at a rate of $10 per hour. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nay Motion carried.
- E. Motion by Olack, seconded by Andzelik authorizing the Solicitor to draft a RFP for the sale of Borough property located at 3000 Lebanon Church Roa Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- F. Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie to approve the purchase of a new server, licensing and backup solution from CDW G at a total cost of $11,359.50; under COSTARS Contract #003- Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- G. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve renewal for UPMC Healthcare, with a new renewal date of December 1, 2013. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nay Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the final Site Plan as submitted by KAG Engineering for the construction of a secondary access road to the Community College of Allegheny County off of Route 885 (Clairton Road) as recommended by the Planning Commission. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Kostelnik to approve advertising for a Public Hearing for the conditional use authorization for Pull A Part, Incorporated for operation of a facility at 1451 Lebanon School Road. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Andzelik authorizing the recalling of one Public Works Employee, contingent upon successful completion and passing of medical/physical and drug and alcohol examinations. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Community Development…………………………………………………. Walter B. Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of September 2013
Police ………………………………………………………………………………. Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of September 2013.
Chief Davies reported that the Police Department is involved in a regional Motor Carrier Safety Assurance Program and that 135 trucks and heavy vehicles have been inspected this year which resulted in 254 violations and 22 vehicles were taken out of service.
Chief Davies reported that Trick or Treat will be celebrated October 31st from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and to please turn on outside lights and please drive safely.
Public Works …………………………………………………………………… James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of September 2013.
Mr. Hess reported he met with Pennsylvania American Water Company and he agreed to draft a letter on their letterhead and distribute it to residents affected by the problems on the roads that they have not completed.
Mr. Hess reported that the Public Works has received the order of new recycle bins and that anyone that needs them can call 412-461-5300 and they will be delivered.
Mr. Hess reported that the new recycling truck is expected to be in by the end of December or early January.
Recreation ……………………………………………………………………….. Steve Keron
Mr. Keron reported that the Annual Halloween Party would be Saturday, October 26th from
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the West Mifflin High School. He also stated that a meeting would take place next week with the newly formed Recreation Board.
Mr. Keron reported that 52 people registered for the Walk Aerobics Class this session.
EMS ………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of September 2014.
Chief Plunkett reported that a two day program sponsored by University of Pittsburgh and UPMC simulating two emergencies took place at the former New England Elementary School. He thanked the West Mifflin Area School District for offering the site.
Chief Plunkett reported that the new ambulance has been inspected by the Department of Health and is now on the road.
Chief Plunkett reported that the Borough participates in the CONNECT Program which received a $600,000 grant through UPMC/Highmark for a 2 year program to provide specialized services to the community.
Chief Plunkett reported that his crews will participate in December’s Polar Plunge into the Ohio River near Heinz Field on behalf of Special Olympics. He reported that there are 75 members participating and last year they raised $16,000.00 from their group.
Chief Plunkett reported that they are in the middle of the Flu Shot Program and there has been terrific participation. He said that one more clinic would be held in the Borough Building on Friday, October 18th from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. He also said that if there is anyone who can’t get out they should call and they will come to them.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Solicitor DiLucente reported that the Cable TV Agreement with the School District’s public channel has been finalized. He also reported that his firm has reviewed NIRA’s report on the application for Condition Use for the 1451 Lebanon School Road property and the firm agreed that everything is in compliance. He said lastly that the firm put a tremendous amount of time on the Bond Issue Ordinance.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Antonelli stated that he had submitted his report at the Caucus Meeting and at this time he has nothing additional to report.
REPORT OF THE MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of September 2013.
Mr. Kamauf reported that the 2014 Preliminary Budget has been prepared and distributed to
Council and the Mayor for review.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Munsie, seconded by Marone that all bills properly approved by the Finance
Committee be paid. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Mr. Andzelik recommended a donation for Make A Wish at Century III Mall. Mr. Kostelnik recommended a donation to Baldwin EMS for the Polar Plunge. CITIZENS COMMENTS:
Mr. Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue said he is not in agreement with Judge James’ ruling to change the zoning of BR Holdings on Buttermilk Hollow to Industrial. Solicitor DiLucente stated that the Judge is the ultimate authority and that his ruling is final and must be followed or the Borough would be held in contempt. Mr. Anthony explained that the Court Order states that the property would be changed to C-1 with Conditional Use Authorization with parameters that were laid out by the Judge. Mr. Thompson questioned whether a State Superior Court could overrule the decision. Solicitor DiLucente replied that a Superior Court or Supreme Court can always overrule a Common Pleas Court.
Mr. Jay Goonetilleke 404 Dennison Drive questioned whether any of the new Police Officers have served in the Military. Chief Davies replied that they are not Veterans. Mr. Goonetilleke also questioned the amount charged for the vacant property referred to under Agenda Item B. Mr. Kamauf explained that it is an Allegheny County program and the Borough has no say in what the price would be. Mr. Goonetilleke also commented on the Political Sign Ordinance and he feels that tax payer’s money is being wasted on Political Sign violations.
John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street questioned the size of the lot under Agenda Item B and why the name and address was not on the Agenda. Mr. Kamauf explained that this is the way the document comes from Allegheny County and in this case there is no street address for the property. He said that in the past if there was a street address he did include it. Mr. Moses explained that the passing of the Resolution is just to state that the Borough has no claims on the property and relinquishes it to the Allegheny County system. Mr. Koczka also questioned who the Public Works Employee is that is being called back. Mr. Munsie replied that it is in reverse order of the layoffs however he cannot be named because he has not officially accepted the callback.
Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m. prevailing time.