COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WESTMIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. prevailing time with President Regis Stephenson presiding.
ROLL CALL: Andzelik – Present, Munsie – Present, Falce – Present, Olack – Absent, Kostelnik – Present, Popovich – Present, Stephenson – Present
Six members present, absent one (Olack). Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik that the Minutes of the August 16, 2011 and September 20,2011 be approved. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik to approve the transfer of2011 General Municipal Pension System Aid in the amount of $752,516 to the West Mifflin Police and Non-Uniform Pension Plans. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Popovich, seconded by Falce to approve the transfer of2011 General Municipal Pension System Aid in the amount of $6,988.33 to the Steel Valley Council of Governments. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Falce, seconded by Popovich to approve the final Site Plan as recommended by the Planning Commission for the construction of a Water Test Booth for Bombardier Transportation Holdings USA, Incorporated located at 1501 Lebanon Church Road. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- D. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Munsie to authorize the Solicitor to draft and advertise an Early Retirement
Ordinance for the Non-Uniform Employees. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Munsie to authorize the Solicitor to draft and advertise an ordinance pertaining to Act 32 EIT Collection. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
CommunityDevelopment………………………………………………….. Walter Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Department Report for the month of September 2011. Police……………………………………………………………………………….. Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of September 2011.
Chief Davies reported that the actor involved in a bank robbery on the South end of the Borough has been arrested. Chief Davies read a letter from FBI Agent Tammie Kelley thanking the Police Department for a great job handling the robbery. He also reported that three individuals have been arrested and charged with burglarizing homes on the North end of the Borough.
Public Works……………………………………………………………………. James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of September 2011
Mr. Hess reported the Leaf Recycling Program would begin on October 31stand end on November 25th. He also reported that PA Water Company has notified the Borough that new water lines would be installed on Flading Lane, Kenny Street, Rossmoor Drive and Frank Street.
Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Lance Maha
Mr. Keron reported that with donations, booth fees and spending the Borough’s budgeted amount for Community Day;
the total came in at $100 on the plus side.
Mr. Keron reported that the Halloween Party would take place at the West Mifflin Area High School of October
29thfrom 10:30 until 12:00 noon. EMS………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of September 2011.
Chief Plunkett reported a new ambulance has been approved for purchase and would be delivered in March 2012. He
stated that the cost is $187,000 and it would be replacing a 2003 unit with high mileage.
Chief Plunkett reported that the EMS has participated in several school activities by participating in their career program, one at New England Elementary and one at Homeville Elementary and also this Friday they will participate with the ROTC at the High School.
Chief Plunkett reported that last week the EMS participated in Representative Kortz’s Senior Fair administering flu shots. He also stated that free flu shot clinics are continuing and to check the schedule by calling his office.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly reported that approval for an additional $1,000 was received today for Community Day from the
Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.
Mayor Kelly reported that he hosted a very productive meeting with the Senior Vice President of the company that took over Century III Mall. He was told that very little would be released until they can get their team onboard. He remarked that they seem very excited with hopes of retaining a commercial base at the mall.
Mayor Kelly reported that as discussed at the Caucus Meeting he sent a letter to Senator Costa regarding the Gaming Bill
Law and also a letter to Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato regarding the assessments.
Mayor Kelly reported that the Annual Light Up the Night would be on Thursday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m. at the
Borough Building. He also stated that he applied for grants for this celebration.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Solicitor DiLucente reported that there are a substantial number of issues all for Executive Session and he had nothing further to report.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Rober reported that work is progressing on the Bettis Traffic Signal Project. He stated that he phoned the contractor after the Caucus Meeting regarding concerns discussed at the Meeting and that the lights are up and deficiencies are corrected and moving forward.
Mr. Rober reported that he contacted the FAA and got clarification on the Airport Ordinance and his work on that is progressing and should be completed by next month’s Council Meeting.
Mr. Rober reported that technical specifications for the 2011 Housing Demolition have been completed and delivered to
SVCOG for their use.
Mr. Rober reported that there is a public information meeting immediately following this meeting for the Homeville
Bridge Repair Project.
REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf gave an update on the gas leak situation on Blueberry Drive reporting that he spoke with Tom Buchan from the DEP on Friday, October 14thand was told that the venting system has been installed and fully operational and he visits the site at least once a week to do numerous readings that have detected no gas and he said he will continue to do so and would send a report monthly.
Mr. Kamauf reported that the Borough has received $37,274 for the 2009 Act101 Recycling Performance Grant. He also reported that with the assistance of Mr. Hess the 2010 application is being prepared.
Mr. Kamauf reported he received notice that the estimated amount for2012 Liquid Fuels is $452,530.69. Mr. Kamauf reported that the Borough has received payment in the amount of $149,241.39 for the 2011
Commonwealth Allocation supporting Volunteer Fire Relief Associations. He said the allocation has been divided equally
among the four Volunteer Fire Companies.
Mr. Kamauf reported there this is a Budget Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, at 6:00 p.m. He stated that notice has been placed on the website and a legal ad was placed in the McKeesport Daily News.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Munsie that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik to approve changing the existing phone carriers and providers to Comcast. Under remarks, Mr. Kamauf explained that there are currently four phone providers and this will consolidate it to one provider with an estimated savings of $750 to $800 per month.
Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Diane Stanesic, 2803Glenny Lane Extension, questioned where the Recycling proceeds go to and whether there is a running total. Mr. Kamauf stated that there is a running total and that the money goes into the General Fund.
Harry Thompson, 6679 Adams Avenue, questioned what the plan is if phone service is lost at the Police Station after switching to Comcast. Chief Davies replied that in the event Comcast goes down, it will be the first time we have the capability to switch over to another system. Mr. Thompson asked if there was any update on the appeal of the Wal- Mart assessment reduction. Solicitor DiLucente replied that the School District would take the lead in the appeal process and the Borough would support the School District in its efforts to appeal an August decision that reduced the market value of the Wal-Mart property from $14,502,600 to $12,800.00. Mr. Thompson said that the residents who have homes can’t afford to keep covering what they are getting away with.
Ed Manfredi, 805 Joyce Drive, remarked that the PRISM property has been sold for $370,000 and he questioned where that money is going. Mr. Munsie replied that it would go to pay off their debts and that if there was any remaining he was not certain where that money would go. Mr. Stephenson stated that the Borough purchased six radios for them last year and we are requesting that they return them as soon as possible.
Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:00p.m. prevailing time.
Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.