COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.
Prior to the Meeting President Moses presented the West Mifflin High School TLC Club with a donation check of $500.00 and thanked them for their help at Community Day and also other annual Borough events. Representatives from the club that attended the meeting were the club’s sponsor Mr. John Inglis and students Paige Marecic and Megan Eaton. Students Brent Cubakovic, Natalie Butko and Taylor Lapko were also listed for commendation but they were unable to attend the meeting.
ROLL CALL: Davis Absent Marone Present
Kostelnik Absent Olack Present
Kushner Present Stephenson Present
Five members present, absent two (Davis, Kostelnik). Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned Agenda Item F. Mr. Kamauf explained that Leidos, Incorporated is the same engineering company that has been located there for years and they requested that the 90 day notification clause be added to their lease since the building is for sale.
Mayor Kelly and President Moses presented a Proclamation honoring Mr. David Yanichko and Mr. Todd Schader who placed themselves in harm’s way by alerting the residents of their burning house on McClure Street on August 29, 2014.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Olack, seconded by Stephenson that the Minutes of the September 16, 2014 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Davis, Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA WHICH REPLACES AND RE-STATES THE RETIREMENT PLANS FOR POLICE OFFICER AND NON-UNIFORMED__________________________________________________________
Solicitor DiLucente opened the Public Hearing for comments or questions on Agenda Item A. Hearing no requests for comments or questions Solicitor DiLucente closed the Public Hearing.
Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack the ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Davis, Kostelnik). Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1191.
- RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING THAT THE ACQUISITION AND SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION OF A PARCEL OF VACANT PROPERTY KNOWN AS LOT AND BLOCK NUMBER 241-D-0360 WOULD BE IN ACCORD WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE MUNICIPALITY.____________
Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Davis, Kostelnik). Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1279.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Kushner to approve the Preliminary & Final Site Plan for the construction of a new Wendy’s 3458 square feet drive through restaurant located at 2280 Lebanon Church Road. This parcel is owned by Tech One Incorporated. This application was recommended by the Planning Commission and Borough Engineer. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Davis, Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the Oak/Cedar Boundary Revision Plan located at 314 Oak Street, 318 Oak Street & 3414 Cedar Street as recommended by the Planning Commission and Borough Engineer. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Davis, Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Kushner to approve the Lease of 1115 Square Feet of office space at 4733 Greensprings Avenue to the Mifflin Township Historical Society, in the amount of One Dollar ($1.00) for a period of six months.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Stephenson to approve the Lease Amendment with Leidos, Incorporated (formerly known as SAIC) for the office space located at 3000 Lebanon Church Road; amendment adds a 90 day termination term by either party, with lease price remaining the same. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Davis, Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack seconded by Kushner to approve advertising a RFP for Recyclable Disposal. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Davis, Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack to approve payment to Redrock Fence Incorporated for installation of fence at the West Mifflin Soccer Complex in the amount of Thirty-Three Thousand Five Hundred Eighty Dollars ($33,580.00). Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Davis, Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve payment to Joe Palmieri Construction, Incorporated for installation of concrete sidewalks at the West Mifflin Soccer Complex in the amount of Thirty-One Thousand and Thirty-Eight Dollars and Thirty-Seven Cents ($31,038.37). Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Davis, Kostelnik). Motion carried.
- Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone to approve the advertising for a Public Hearing vacating part of Buchanan Avenue. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Davis, Kostelnik). Motion carried.
Community Development…………………………………………………. Walter Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of September 2014.
Police……………………………………………………………………………….. Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of September 2014.
Chief Davies reported that we continue to have vehicles broken into and stolen in the Borough. He said Detectives have arrested two juveniles who had stolen a vehicle and they solved two burglaries as well. He said this has also resulted in additional information that the Department can use for investigation and he once again reiterated the need for residents to secure valuables out of sight and keep vehicles locked.
Public Works…………………………………………………………………… James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of September 2014.
Mr. Hess reported the Leaf Recycling Program will continue until November 21st. He said leaves can be put out on regular trash days during this time. He also reported that this year’s Public Works paving program is completed, however Caruso and Son’s has not yet completed the Irwin Run Road/Noble Drive intersection.
Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Tony DiCenzo
Mr. DiCenzo reported the following:
The Financial Report from Community Days reflects a cost to the Borough of $8,067.09 from the $15,000.00 budgeted amount for all recreational events. He thanked everyone who helped with the solicitation of funds to offset the expenses for the event.
The School District has selected two Borough Parks for initiatives for their Community Clean Up Day on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The entire teaching staff will participate in helping clean up the community and by doing so they have agreed to paint the recently purchased picnic tables that are located at the Community Park and also have agreed to help clean up at the Terrace Playground. All of the supplies needed for this event will be purchased by the Borough.
Jump Start Sports will be running a Basketball League for boys and girls ages 3-5 this winter. The League will begin on Friday, November 7, 2014 and run through December 19, 2014. The games will be played at Clara Barton Elementary School from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The cost per player is $60.00. There is a link to register on the Borough Website and Facebook Page.
The Recreation Department was reimbursed $427.50 from the Fall Baseball League run by Jump Start Sports.
The West Mifflin Community Foundation recently purchased new football helmets for the West Mifflin Youth Football League. The Foundation received a donation from Bowser Car Dealership in the amount of $1,000.00
The Titan Nation signs have almost all been installed. There is a small number remaining to be installed due to finding alternate locations to place them.
The Annual Halloween Event will be on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon at Homeville Elementary for ages up to 10 years old. The event will feature a haunted gym, music, activities and refreshments. Each child will receive a treat bag and a pumpkin.
The Annual Christmas Light Up Event will take place on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Borough Building with a reception to follow at Skyview #4 Fire Hall.
Fencing and Concrete have been completed at the Soccer Complex.
EMS………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of September 2014.
Chief Plunkett read a letter from Pleasant Hills resident John D. Small, Jr. commending Baldwin EMS for their quick response to saving his life while at the Fitness 247.
Chief Plunkett reported that the 2015 Subscription Drive went out in the mail this week. He also reported that there are still a few flu shot clinic sites scheduled for next week. The information can be obtained from the Borough and Baldwin EMS websites.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly reported that Trick or Treat would be on October 31st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Solicitor DiLucente reported his firm worked on the following items:
Prepared the Lease Agreement between West Mifflin Borough and the Mifflin Township Historical Society.
Prepared a draft of the amended Ordinance for the antenna system.
Prepared the Ordinance for the Police and Non-Uniformed Pension Plans.
Examined the UPMC Lease Agreement.
Solicitor DiLucente reported that an offer should be forthcoming on the sale of the 3000 Lebanon Church Road property within the next 30 days. He stated that he would report on this at next month’s Council Meeting.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Antonelli reported that NIRA has been working on the following items over the last month:
Completion of storm sewer installation by the Borough
Installation of chain link fence by Redrock Fence, Inc.
Installation of concrete sidewalks by Joe Palmieri Construction, Inc.
He stated that remaining work includes; placement of stone for the parking lot; installation of bituminous paving, line striping and signage for the handicap accessible parking spaces; installation of the project sign; restoration of disturbed areas. Mayor Kelly questioned whether the fields could be ready for the Spring 2015 season. Mr. Antonelli said he was hoping that by late spring or early summer it would be ready.
2014 Road Paving:
Work is approximately 95% complete. When requested by the Borough, NIRA will perform a final inspection of the work and review the payment application from the contractor.
Curry Hollow Road Storm Sewer Replacement/Upgrade at Randall Street:
Design plans for the project are nearly complete. The required permit application was submitted to PA DEP on October 2nd. Depending on the time DEP takes to issue the permit, we estimate that the project could be advertised for bidding in one to two months.
REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of September 2014.
Mr. Kamauf reported that there was a Budget Meeting earlier this month to review some issues and that the Draft of the 2015 Budget will be advertised and on display by the end of this month.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Marone, seconded by Olack that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Davis, Kostelnik). Motion carried.
Mr. Marone thanked the EMS and Police for their professionalism and everything they did while responding to a member of his family who had a cardiac arrest.
Tom Smolinski 430 Diller Avenue requested that speed limit signs and paving be scheduled for Diller Avenue. Mr. Hess stated that he is in the process of evaluating the roads to be paved for 2015. He also said he would look into the speed limit signs as soon as tomorrow.
Larry Howells 3417 Duquesne Avenue questioned the status of the 3412 West Street property. Mr. Hess reported that he has looked at the property and it has been decided that the Public Works Department would demolish the house by the end of November. Mr. Howells remarked that the last time he brought it up he was under the assumption that nothing was going to be done about it. Mr. Moses remarked that was never the case and that Council has gone through due process and they have done everything to act on his request and the house will be torn down.
Joann Oestarling 135 Glencoe Drive stated she had contacted the Police Department and requested a Handicapped Sign in front of her house and has had no response. Mayor Kelly explained that if she has the application from the State then her Physician must sign it and it will then be approved by the Police Chief and Public Works will install the sign. She also questioned the process of reporting trash on a neighboring property. Mr. Marone explained that she would need to call the Community Development Department and report the address and the Code Enforcement Officer would issue a citation to the property owner if it is in violation.
Mr. Davis arrived.
John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street questioned the salary of the Mayor and Council. Mayor Kelly remarked that he doesn’t know the exact figure, but it is in the neighborhood of $300.00 monthly. Mr. Koczka explained that his point is that there are Council members absent and that they shouldn’t be paid. Mayor Kelly said that there isn’t a day that goes by that he and Council are not spending time on Borough business. He said that with electronics today that much of it is via emails. Mr. Davis informed Mr. Koczka that his absence earlier was because he had attended the Allegheny County Council Meeting as a Borough representative.
Chris Klos 405 Andover Court expressed his concern about getting out of his home in the winter. He said there have been times that he has not been able to get to Lebanon Church Road and would turn around and go down Curry Hollow Road to Route 837 and now with the collapsed culvert he cannot get to Route 837. Mr. Hess reported that when the truck for that area is called out for snow it goes to that area first. Mr. Klos also requested a Watch Children sign at Andover Court.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned whether the Mayor has any knowledge as to whether Sears notified Century III Mall ahead of time that they were closing. Mayor Kelly replied that he is not authorized to speak for the owners Moonbeam Capital Investments of the Century III Mall; however he stated that Sears is closing 130 stores nationwide.
Michele Fiorillo 270 Skyport Road said there is an issue with a neighbor who is renting out rooms in her home, and also high growth and debris. Ms. Fiorillo said she had previously reported this to Mr. Anthony and would like to know the status of her complaint. Mr. Anthony replied that he is perusing an avenue to resolve this. Brianne Danko of 262 Skyport Road also reported that the Police have been called to the home because one of the tenants blocked her driveway and she also reported that there was an incident with a gun. Mayor Kelly stated that the Chief will follow up on their concerns.
Motion by Olack, seconded by Marone that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m. prevailing time. Motion carried.