COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN met in regular session in the
Municipal Building Council Chambers on Tuesday September 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. prevailing time with President Michael Moses presiding.
Five members present, absent two (Marone, Olack). Mayor Kelly present.
CITIZENS COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS:
- A. ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN, A MUNICIPALITY OF THE COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; FOR THE REGISTRATION OF VACANT PROPERTIES AND PROVIDING
FOR THE REGULATION OF ABANDONED REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY; ESTABLISHING GUIDELINES FOR DEFINING THE PERSONS HAVING AN INTEREST IN SUCH ABANDONED PROPERTY; AND PENALTIES.
Solicitor DiLucente called for a Public Hearing on the ordinance. Hearing no comments or questions Solicitor DiLucente closed the hearing.
Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Munsie the ordinance be enacted. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried. Ordinance given No.1184
- B. RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF WEST MIFFLIN APPROVING THAT THE ACQUISITION AND SUBSEQUENT DISPOSITION OF A PARCEL OF VACANT PROPERTY KNOWN AS LOT & BLOCK 386-F-120 WOULD BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE BOROUG (PROPERTY ADDRESS 282 MILLPORT ROAD, WEST MIFFLIN, PA
Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Munsie that the resolution be adopted. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried. Resolution given No.
- C. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Munsie to approve of 503 square feet of land for use as Temporary Construction Easement to Allegheny County for Homeville Viaduct and Homeville Road Projec Under remarks, Mr. Andzelik stated that this is known as the Homeville Road Bridge. Mr. Kamauf explained that the bridge would be completely closed and detours would be posted. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried,
- D. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik to adopt the Guidelines and Policies for the Recreation and Parks Committee. Under remarks, Solicitor DiLucente explained that the members would have no authority and would be strictly advisory to Council to make the dec Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried.
- E. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Stephenson to appoint 3 applicants, Scott Walker, Anthony DiCenzo Jr., and David Marshall to a two year term on the Recreation and Parks Committee, term ending September 30, 2015. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carrie
- F. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik to appoint 2 applicants, J. Ben Baker, and Kathie Farrell, to a one year term on the Recreation and Parks Committee, term ending September 30, 2014. Under remarks, Mr. Moses explained that these are not closed meetings and would like to welcome anyone else interested to attend the meeting Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried.
- G. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik to accept the bid from Seeview Windows & Remodeling, LLC to remove and replace the windows at the Public Works Garage at a cost of $8,442.00. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carrie
- Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Munsie to approve the following building improvements for the 1020 Lebanon Road property, with addendum to sales agreement to follow:
- Relocation of Police Antennas and Dispatch Equipment – $81,127.00
- b. Replacement of HVAC Roof Top Units – $219,508.00
- c. Additional Security CCTV System Design & Install – $58,543.00
- d. Replacement of Data Lines – $33,075.00
Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Munsie for the approval of a Tentative & Final approval of a commercial site plan for the structure occupied by United Rental, located at
4001 Clairton Road; this plan is for the construction of a 600 square foot addition to the rear of the existing building as recommended by the Planning Commission. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried.
- Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Andzelik to approve resurfacing of Ashwood Court Drive, work to be completed by Suit-Kote Corporation, as an addition to the 2013 West Mifflin Road Resurfacing Bid/Contract at a cost of $3,667.00. Under remarks, Mr. Moses explained that the company is coming back to make repairs as well as adding this road. Mr. Hess stated that there are issues on every street except Conlin Street and that the company has been very cooperative. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried.
- K. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Andzelik to approve the Contract Extension with Duquesne Light Energy as energy distributor as recommended by Premier Power, the Borough Energy Broker. Contract is for three years at a market price of .0527 per KWH. Under remarks, Mr. Kamauf stated that this would be a $7,000 per year saving Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried.
- L. Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Munsie to accept the bid from Palmieri Construction, Inc. and award the Concrete Sidewalk Bid for Contract N 44-05-12-A, Soccer Field Project to Palmieri Construction, Inc. which was represented by the lowest bid of
$30,160.00. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried.
- M. Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik to accept the bid from Redrock Fence Company and award the Chain Link Fence Bid for the Contract N 44-05-12-B, Soccer Field Project to Redrock Fence Company, which was represented by the lowest bid of
$34,440.00. Under remarks, Mayor Kelly questioned whether anyone knows about this company. Mr. Jovanovich replied that they are a local company from White Oak and he contacted their references and they checked out very strongly. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried.
- N. Motion by Kostelnik, seconded by Stephenson to approve the purchase of the following Police Vehicles, in conjunction with the SHACOG Joint Purchasing Contract, funds used for purchase will come from the Federal Forfeiture Account:
- 2014 Ford Interceptor Model K8A-AWD at a cost of $41,176.00
- b. 2014 Ford Interceptor Model K8A-AWD at a cost of $41,176.00
Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried.
Community Development…………………………………………………. Walter B. Anthony
Mr. Anthony read the Community Development Report for the month of August 2013.
Police ………………………………………………………………………………. Chief Ken Davies
Chief Davies read the Police Department Report for the month of August 2013.
Chief Davies reported that on August 22nd the Department organized and participated in an Emergency Response Drill involving the entire staff of the West Mifflin Area School District with the assistance of the Pittsburgh Office of the FBI and the EMS. Mayor Kelly stated that Dr. Castagna reported to him that he received many positive responses from the drill.
Public Works …………………………………………………………………… James Hess
Mr. Hess read the Public Works Department Report for the month of August 2013.
Mayor Kelly questioned when the new recycle truck would be arriving and when would weekly recycling begin. Mr. Hess reported he doesn’t anticipate anything happening until close to years end and as soon as he has a better date he would begin notifying residents via the Comcast Community Channel and the Borough Website. Mayor Kelly also suggested a notice be put in the current bins at pick up. Mr. Kamauf stated that part of the grant is to be used for education and he plans on going to the schools and educating the children and also to provide a notice for the students to take home. He said that he and Mr. Hess also worked on a tracking system to better target an area that might not be recycling regularly.
Mr. Kostelnik reported that he has been getting positive feedback on the Borough Public Works Employees wearing all the same shirt. Mr. Kamauf said that the supervisors also have been provided identifiable shirts.
Recreation ……………………………………………………………………….. Steve Keron
Mr. Keron thanked everyone for their help with another successful Community Day.
Mr. Keron reported that the Annual Halloween Party would be on October 26, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the West Mifflin Area High School.
EMS ………………………………………………………………………………… William Plunkett
Chief Plunkett read the EMS Report for the month of August 2013.
Chief Plunkett circulated a list of the Flu Shot Clinics which includes two dates at the Borough Building. He reported that anyone can go to these clinics with no charge. He also reported that if someone is homebound they can call the main office number and they will go and administer the vaccine.
Chief Plunkett reported that they will be working with the West Mifflin Fire Departments conducting a two day class on October 11th and 12th at the old New England Elementary School. He reported it would be a hands on simulation of a medical rescue and all expenses are being paid by UPMC.
REPORT OF THE MAYOR:
Mayor Kelly reported that the recognition of the two retired Police Officers and the Swearing In of the new Police Officers would take place at the next Council Meeting to be held on October
Mayor Kelly reported he spoke with the Baldwin Borough Manager regarding the Streets Run property and was told he would have an answer for him tomorrow on why West Mifflin hasn’t yet received anything from them.
Mayor Kelly reported that he had contacted PA Water Company regarding the repaving of roads that were opened for water line replacement and he was told not to expect any action regarding any paving of roads before this winter. Mayor Kelly suggested that the Ordinance pertaining to road openings be revised to include a specific time frame to complete the repaving and Council agreed to have the Solicitor review the Ordinance.
REPORT OF THE SOLICITOR:
Solicitor DiLucente reported that his firm prepared the Comcast Cable TV Educational Channel contract that the West Mifflin Area School District will be operating. He explained that the School District would be using the channel; however the Borough owns the channels. He explained that the Borough owns two channels; one channel is the Government Channel and the second is the Education Channel and that the Borough has the final say on the content. Mayor Kelly questioned whether the Borough could sell advertisements on the Channels. Solicitor DiLucente replied that paid advertising is not permitted.
Solicitor DiLucente reported he has been working on resolving an issue where property is located in the City of Duquesne and has been listed as West Mifflin property at the Allegheny County Assessment Office.
REPORT OF THE ENGINEER:
Mr. Dan Jovanovich reported that he checked the boundary line of the Duquesne/West Mifflin border issue and he is in agreement with it and approved it.
Mr. Jovanovich reported that he met with Mr. Hess as well as the paving contractor to review the problems with the micro surfacing paving, which the contractor has acknowledged there are problems and assures the Borough that they will take care of the problems.
Mr. Jovanovich reported he issued a review letter on the Site Plan for United Rentals on Clairton
Mr. Jovanovich reported that the deed for the Soccer Field Complex was recorded on September
6, 2013 and the DCNR gave the go ahead to start construction.
REPORT OF THE MANAGER:
Mr. Kamauf read the Finance Report for the month of August 2013.
Mr. Kamauf reported that demolition began last week on the new Borough Building. He stated that beginning September 24th and every two weeks following there will be a construction meeting to check the progress.
Mr. Kamauf reported that the 2014 Liquid Fuels Estimated Allocation is $391,932.00 which is slightly less than last year.
Mr. Kamauf reported that a new Borough map is in the process of being designed and any information that Council would like to add to it should be submitted by September 30th.
Mr. Kamauf reported that the 2014 Preliminary Budget has been drafted and will be distributed by the end of the week. He said further discussion regarding the budget would take place at the October Caucus Meeting.
PAYMENT OF BILLS:
Motion by Munsie, seconded by Kostelnik that all bills properly approved by the Finance
Committee be paid. Roll Call: Five ayes, no nays, two absent (Marone, Olack). Motion carried.
Mr. Kostelnik commended and thanked EMS for the $15,000.00 grant from an anonymous benefactor for our playgrounds. Mr. Hess reported that the Public Works Department totally renovated a Tot Lot at the West Mifflin Community Park. Mr. Kostelnik suggested an acknowledgement plaque be placed at the Tot Lot or perhaps at the EMS Station to thank them for everything they do for the Borough.
Scott Walker 127 Clubvue Drive, West Mifflin Baseball League President commented on Field Permits. He explained that there have been some issues with Field Permits and hopes that Council can rectify these problems. Mr. Andzelik replied that Council is aware of the issues and is working hard on a plan to try to resolve the problem. Mr. Moses stated that he is an advocate of forming an Athletic Association and that Council’s goal is to provide the best quality facility they can and to move forward. Mr. Stephenson commented that he would like to see this resolved in order to keep the leagues in the Borough and not have children playing in other communities.
Dave Marshall 2220 Reuben Drive thanked Council for appointing him to the Recreation Board and commented that he has ideas and suggestions for the Recreation Committee. Mr. Marshall also said that the West Mifflin Police Department should be commended for their Community Outreach.
Motion by Andzelik, seconded by Kostelnik that the Meeting be adjourned. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.