COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.
ROLL CALL: Andzelik – Present, Munsie – Present, Kostelnik – Present, Olack – Present
Marone – Present, Stephenson – Present, Moses – Present
Seven members present, absent none. Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned whether individual homes would be affected by the
Agenda Item A Ordinance being passed. Mr. Jovanovich replied that it does not affect individual homes.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Munsie that the Minutes of the September 18, 2012 Council Meeting and the October 2, 2012 Special Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY
COUNTY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; RESCINDING ORDINANCE NO.
1134 CODIFIED IN CHAPTER 240 OF THE CODE BOOK OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN; PROVIDING FOR CONDITIONS AND DEFINITIONS REGULATING THE OPERATION, INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE OF SURFACE WATER SEWERS; PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack the ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Ordinance given No. 1181.
- B. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ISSUANCE OF INDIVIDUAL PROCUREMENT CARDS.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Munsie the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays.
Under remarks, Mr. Andzelik stated that cards would only be issued to department supervisors. Motion carried.
Resolution given No. 1250.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the agreement with Industrial Appraisal Company to provide an appraisal for the Borough of West Mifflin for fixed asset accounting control and insurance valuation purposes at a cost of Seven Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy Dollars ($7,970.00). Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve advertising a Request for Proposal for the Borough of West Mifflin Non-Uniform and Police Pension Funds Advisory and Management Services. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
- E. Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve terminating Allegheny Professional Insurance Agency, Incorporated as Broker of Record for the Borough of West Miffli Roll Call: Five ayes, two nays (Andzelik, Stephenson). Motion carried.
- F. Motion by Olack, seconded by Kostelnik to approve Paul Fisher Insurance Services as the new Broker of Record for the Borough of West Mifflin. Roll Call: Five ayes, two nays (Andzelik, Stephenson). Motion carried.
Community Development………………………………………………….. Walter B. Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of September 2012.
Mr. Anthony reported that a vacant dilapidated house at 220 Avon Road is in need of emergency funding for demolition. He stated that the walls have buckled and the house is in danger of collapsing onto an adjoining property. Council responded by stating that the Borough would apply to Steel Valley Council of Governments for money to demolish the property. Solicitor DiLucente said Council must ask the engineer to inspect the property and prepare a report stating that time is of the essence to declare the structure a hazard. He said to be eligible to receive emergency funding this report would have to be provided before the Borough could apply to the SVCOG for funding to demolish the house.
Police……………………………………………………………………………….. Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of September 2012.
Chief Davies reminded everyone that Trick or Treat is October 31st from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and he asked everyone to please drive safely.
Public Works……………………………………………………………………. James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of September 2012.
Mr. Hess reported that the Borough has been notified that as of January 1, 2013 that they can no longer dump e-waste at the landfill. He explained that e-waste consists of television, computers and any electronic device. He stated that he is working on options for the residents to discard these items. He also said that this is not to be confused with white goods, which are appliances that will still be picked up.
Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Steve Keron
Mr. Keron reported that the Annual Halloween Party for ages 10 and under would be held on October 27th
from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Homeville Elementary School.
Mr. Keron thanked everyone involved with Community Day and he said he would have his report ready for the next meeting.
Mayor Kelly requested that the Halloween Party be advertised on the Comcast Public Service Cable
Station and also on the Borough recreation signs and website. EMS………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of September 2012.
Chief Plunkett pointed out that patients are transported to 11 different area hospitals.
Chief Plunkett reported that the Free Flu Shot Clinics are continuing throughout the Borough through the end of October.
Chief Plunkett reported that they are purchasing a new 4 wheel drive ambulance that will be delivered by the second week of January 2013 and it would be replacing a 2007 model.
Chief Plunkett reported that all 9 schools in the Borough have been visited by the EMS crews. Chief Plunkett thanked the Brierly Heights Women’s Club for sending a donation.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly reported that he has numerous potential cost savings items to be discussed at the next Caucus Meeting. He also stated that the Borough has been notified that the State has issued $490.00 to the Borough from the gas well drilling.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Solicitor DiLucente reported that he had reviewed and prepared for Council’s vote the Items A and B on the agenda. He also said he has prepared and updated the Occupancy Ordinance for permits to be dealt with accordingly. He said that he has been dealing with the Pension Fund and laws that pertain to it and he prepared a confidential memo for Council to review. He also reported that his firm has reviewed and approved the RFP for the Non-Uniform and Police Pension Fund.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Jovanovich reported that in the last month the major projects he has worked on are the LaFarge Soccer Field which there has been adjustments to the grading plan and it is ready to proceed with permitting activities. He stated he also worked with the Solicitor on the revised storm water ordinance that was passed this evening and also a review letter has been issued for the Dollar General Store on Pennsylvania Avenue. He also said a bid proposal form has been created for the Year 38 Demolition Project.
REPORT OF THE MANAGER:
Mr.Kamauf read the up to date Financial Report and stated that he is projecting the Borough to be 1.82% below budget at the end of this year. He reported that a 2013 Budget Meeting took place last evening and the 2013 Preliminary Budget is on display.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Under remarks, Mr. Marone stated that there are times when he is not in favor of signing a bill and questioned if these bills are being paid. Solicitor DiLucente explained that his vote can be registered in the Minutes stating that he is voting yes with the exception of whatever he is not in favor of, however the bills are approved by Council as a whole. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Mr. Marone’s vote was yes with exception of two (2) bills he did not sign off on. Motion carried.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Munsie to advertise the ordinance relating to the requirements and issuance of the Occupancy Certificate. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.
Jim Samolovitch 3526 Brinway Drive questioned whether there are plans for paving Montclair Court and Brinway Drive. Mr. Moses explained that Council is in the process of working on the 2013 Budget which should include the paving of some streets. He said that once they have a dollar amount a list will be created.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned a zoning change from R2 to C1 on the property formerly owned by PRISM and he referred to Zoning Ordinance 911 adopted in 1985. He stated that his opinion is that there are 3 errors in the Ordinance and requested that the Ordinance be repealed since he doesn’t understand how it could be used as a basis for a judge to make a decision in the courts. Mr. Thompson also remarked on further violations at that location. Mr. Anthony stated that the former
PRISM property is all zoned C1 and that Mr. Thompson has been referencing a lot & block that no longer exists but did in fact exist in 1985 before the property was subdivided for a tower when the lot and block was assigned two new numbers. Mr. Anthony also stated that every adjoining property owner was notified by mail and it was also advertised in the paper in 1985. Mr. Munsie stated that the situation is in the hands of Judge James and that the Borough did what it needed to do regarding the use of the property. Solicitor DiLucente stated that the Borough has exhausted all administrative remedies.
Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Olack that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 prevailing time. Roll Call: Seven ayes, no nays. Motion carried.