COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.
ROLL CALL: Davis Present Marone Present
Kostelnik Present Olack Absent
Kushner Present Stephenson Present
Six members present, absent one (Olack). Mayor Kelly present
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner that the Minutes of the August 19, 2014 Council Meeting be approved. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN AMENDING
ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 246 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR THE TIME-LINES WHEN STREET OPENINGS WILL BE MADE AND WHEN RESTORATIONS FOLLOWING STREET OPENINGS MUST BE ACCOMPLISHED.______________________________________________________
Solicitor Evashavik opened the Public Hearing. Solicitor Evashavik summarized the ordinance. Hearing no comments the solicitor closed the Public Hearing.
Motion by Davis, seconded by Marone that the Ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1189.
- ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, ESTABLISHNG A PROCESS FOR ENFORCING DISTRAINTS TO ENABLE THE BOROUGH TO COLLECT REAL ESTATE TAXES; ESTABLISHING A CIVIL PENALTY FOR TENANTS IN POSSESSION WHO REFUSE TO COMPLY WITH A DISTRAINT_______________________________________________________________
Solicitor Evashavik opened the Public Hearing. Solicitor Evashavik summarized the ordinance. Comments were made by Bob Kranack 232 Bellwood Drive; Joe Parkinson 4911 Skylark Avenue and Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue.
Motion by Davis, seconded by Marone that the Ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried. Ordinance given No. 1190.
- RESOLUTION APPROVING THE INSTALLATION OF A STOP SIGN ON MILLER ROAD ON THE NORTH BOUND LANE AT THE INTERSECTION WITH MIFFLIN HILLS DRIVE.___________________________________________
Motion by Marone, seconded by Kushner that the Resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried. Resolution given No. 1278.
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve the decommissioning and sell at auction the following Police Vehicles:
- Ford Crown Victoria Title #64856074
- Ford Crown Victoria Title #65318981
- Ford Crown Victoria Title #65318864
2006 Chevy Impala Title #63111966601WE
Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Davis to approve the advertising of a Public Hearing for a conditional use application for MDM, LLC., for the property located at 2280 Lebanon Church Road. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Community Development…………………………………………………. Walter B. Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of August 2014.
Police……………………………………………………………………………….. Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of August 2014.
Mr. Moses requested an update on the status of the residents request for extra patrol cars in the Duquesne Annex area. Chief Davies reported that the patrols have been increased and there have been no further complaints.
Public Works…………………………………………………………………… James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of August 2014.
Mr. Hess reported that the micro resurfacing work contracted by Peter J. Caruso & Sons, Inc. is completed. He said there are minor problems on Joyce Drive and Glencoe Street that will be fixed. He reported that Noble Drive at Irwin Run Road is not done yet and that the portion of Sunset Drive to be done by Public Works Employees would begin on Monday, September 22nd.
Mr. Hess reported that the new camera system is up and running and it has been very effective.
Recreation……………………………………………………………………….. Anthony DiCenzo
Mr. DiCenzo reported the following:
The annual Halloween event will take place on Saturday, October 25th from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Homeville Elementary School. The event will feature a haunted gym, candy and prizes also refreshments in the cafeteria.
In conjunction with the School District’s Community Cleanup Day on November 4th, the teachers have expressed interest in volunteering at the parks throughout the Borough. A meeting is planned for next week with Dr. Castagna to coordinate the Borough’s involvement.
Special thanks to everyone that helped including all of Council and the Mayor as well as the Public Works Employees for their involvement with Community Day. It was a very successful event due to everyone’s help. A full financial report will be provided at next month’s Council Meeting.
EMS………………………………………………………………………………… Chief William Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of August 2014.
Chief Plunkett reported that his staff has completed visiting all of the schools in the area.
Chief Plunkett reported that EMS is now covering the Youth Football Program at their games on Sundays.
Chief Plunkett reported that the calendar for the Free Flu Shot Program sponsored by the McKeesport Hospital Foundation is available with 18 dates throughout October. He also said that if a person is homebound they would make arrangements to go to their residence.
Chief Plunkett reported that there was $181,778.00 proceeds from liquidation of the former PRISM Ambulance Service given to Community College of Allegheny County for its Boyce Campus in Monroeville. He said that the money was generated by residents of West Mifflin and he feels it should not have gone to the Boyce Campus.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly remarked that he agrees with Chief Plunkett on the PRISM issue and said that it is disgraceful how PRISM has treated this Borough.
Mayor Kelly thanked Council for passing the Ordinances on the Agenda.
Mayor Kelly also thanked everyone involved in Community Day and remarked that it turned out to be a great day.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Solicitor Evashavik reported that Patton Radio is agreeing to allow police radio equipment on its communications tower that is located on Borough property along Edgewater Drive. Patton Radio originally said that the Borough had two days to provide a list of the equipment; however Chief Davies said that a week would be sufficient for coming up with such a list. Solicitor Evashavik stated that he would contact them with the request.
Solicitor Evashavik reported that changes made to the Borough’s Pension Plans were presented to the unions as a courtesy. He said the Police had no problems with it but the Teamsters wanted to add language that had no bearing on what we are trying to accomplish. Solicitor Evashavik said the changes do not affect benefits offered in the Pension Plans and he sent a letter to the Teamsters explaining that.
Solicitor Evashavik reported that tentative property assessment appeal settlements have been reached on 11 properties. Solicitor Evashavik also reported that the School District arranged for an appraiser to review and give his opinion on the assessments of the properties; however after contacting the School District many times the information was never received, therefore his firm attended the hearings today and negotiated without the benefit of these opinions that were promised. He recommended that if the appraiser sends a bill for his services to the Borough that it should not be paid. Solicitor Evashavik presented a list of the settlements and requested that Council approve the settlements which were mainly Tech One Inc., properties.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone to approve the Real Estate Tax Appeal Settlements as presented by the Solicitor. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Jovanovich reported that over the last month progress has been made with the Soccer Field Project. He said there has been topsoil placement, hydro-seeding, placement of stone for the parking lot and installation of storm sewers. He also said that the contractor for the chain link fence is expected to start in the immediate future and the contractor for the concrete sidewalks is expected to start later this month.
Mr. Jovanovich reported that Peter J. Caruso & Sons, Inc., contractor for the 2014 Road Paving Program is 75% complete.
Mr. Jovanovich reported on the Curry Hollow Road Storm Sewer Replacement/Upgrade at Randall Street Project. He said he is proceeding with the project design, including additional field survey, preparation of the PA DEP Water Obstruction Permit Application, Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan, Wetland Delineation and Construction Specifications.
Mr. Jovanovich reported that he inspected the burned house property at 3412 West Street and issued a letter with recommendations on August 26, 2014.
Mr. Jovanovich reported he reviewed the Land Development Plans for the demolition of the existing Wendy’s Restaurant building and the construction of a new restaurant building at 2280 Lebanon Church Road. He said a review letter was issued to the Borough on September 5th and on September 9th a letter was issued regarding the project’s Stormwater Management Plan.
Mr. Jovanovich reported he reviewed the bid for the demolition of 1722 Iowa Avenue and returned the bid to SHACOG.
Mr. Jovanovich reported he completed a review of the preliminary and final subdivision for the Oak/Cedar Boundary Revision Plan.
REPORT OF THE BOROUGH MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of August 2014.
Mr. Kamauf reported a Budget Meeting will be scheduled and advertised for the beginning of October.
Mr. Kamauf thanked everyone involved in Community Day for helping to make it a successful event.
Mr. Kamauf reported that the Borough received a successful Liquid Fuels Audit for the period ending December 31, 2013.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion Kostelnik, seconded by Kushner that all bills properly approved by the Finance Committee be paid. Roll Call: Six ayes, no nays, one absent (Olack). Motion carried.
Mr. Marone questioned whether there are any drop-off boxes for sewage bills after normal business hours. Mr. Kostelnik said that the West Mifflin Sanitary Sewer Municipal Authority has installed one at their building located at 1302 Lower Bull Run Road.
Larry Howells 3417 Duquesne Avenue questioned the status of 3412 West Street. Mr. Kamauf replied that bids have been received for demolition of the property and they are under review.
Curry Hollow Road Residents questioned when Curry Hollow Road would be repaired and opened. Mr. Kamauf replied that it was unexpectedly washed away by flash flooding and he said a rough estimate to repair that section of the road is a half million dollars to a million dollars which is not in the budget. Mr. Marone explained that we don’t have the funds to fix it immediately and a grant could take up to a year or longer. Mr. Davis explained that the Borough was addressing an issue on their road and just received a grant of $200,000 for the Curry Hollow Storm Sewer Replacement Project to alleviate a flooding problem at the sewage pump station, not knowing this culvert was going to wash out. The residents questioned if a traffic light could be installed at Lebanon Church Road. Mr. Kamauf said it is a state road and they would most likely require a traffic study. Mr. Moses recommended that the PENNDOT process for a traffic study begin immediately. Mr. Hess stated that the Borough did apply for two grants for that road and only got approved for the sewage pump station area.
Roy Snyder, Riverview Homes Association Board President requested that Taft Avenue be paved next year. He stated that it is in dire need of repair. He also requested speed bumps on Cedar Alley to control the speeding problem. He also said that the catch basins are sinking. Mr. Hess replied that he would assess the situation.
Harry Thompson 6679 Adams Avenue questioned whether there has been any interest in the sale of the old Borough Building on Lebanon Church Road. Mr. Moses replied that there are ongoing negotiations. Mr. Thompson also commented on the PRISM money that was discussed early and said he cannot believe they can get away without giving the Borough money that they had donated. Mr. Evashavik stated that everything was done legally through the courts.
John Koczka 4333 Everlawn Street commented that the delinquent tax penalties and fees are too high and that they should be reduced.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Marone the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m. prevailing time. Motion carried.