The Borough of Tarentum held a duly advertised, regular public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Below you will find all relevant reports, documents and communications presented at the public meeting. Copies of the agenda and minutes are also available on this site.

PDF Agenda:
2018.04.05 – Agenda

Prior Meeting Minutes:
2018.03.08 – Minutes

Meeting Documents:
2018.04.03 – Sign In
2018.04.05 – Sign In
2018.03 – Code Report
2018.04 – Engineer Report
2018.03 – Eureka Report
2018.03 – Highland Hose
Dreshar Stadium Repair – Bid Results
2018.03 – Legislative Locator

Meeting Agenda

Call to Order.

*PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG.*

Mr. Tim Cornuet, Ms. Carrie Fox, Ms. Rhonda Dzugan, Ms. Erika Josefoski, Mr. Adam Blythe, Ms. Lou Ann Homa, and Mr. Eric Carter.
 
DepartmentNamePresent:
Borough ManagerMichael L. Nestico
Borough SolicitorDavid A. Regoli
Chief of PoliceWilliam S. Vakulick
Code Enforcement OfficerChris Fabec

The following executive sessions were held:

N/A

Motion to accept the agenda as presented.

Motion to accept the minutes of the March 8, 2018 Meeting.

Opportunity for citizen comment.

  1. Letter requesting use of the bandshell – Dynamite Daycare
  2. Letter requesting use of the gazebo – Fraser-Rounak wedding
  3. Letter requesting use of the bandshell – Abundant Joy Fellowship
  4. [Review] Letter requesting use of the park – Selena Foster
  1. President’s Report
  2. Mayor’s Report
  3. Chief’s Report
  4. Solicitor’s Report
  5. Engineer’s Report
    1. Update for April 2018.
  6. Manager’s Report

Upcoming Events:

April 6, 2018 – 7:00 PM – Highlands Gives Back Charity Concert

April 10, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Borough Manager Meeting

April 14, 2018 – 9:00 AM – Spring Craft Show (Highlands HS)

April 14, 2018 – 11:00 AM – Summit Hose Annual Rabies Clinic

April 18, 2018 – Kennywood School Picnic ticket sales

April 19, 2018 – 7:00 PM – Historical Society Open House

April 24, 2018 – 5:00 PM – Local Municipal Official Meet & Greet

April 24, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Recreation Board Meeting

May 1, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Borough Council Agenda Meeting

May 3, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Borough Council Regular Meeting

  1. Administration, Employee Relations, and Finance Committee
  2. Water
  3. Electric
  4. Streets and Sanitary Sewers
  5. Public Safety and Civil Service
    1. Fire Department Meeting Report(s)
  6. Parks and Recreation
  7. Property and Zoning, Library, and Health
    1. Code Enforcement Monthly Report
  8. AVN COG
  9. KOZ
  10. Redevelopment and Revitalization
Motion to pay the bills as presented.

  1. Motion to approve the request from Dynamite Daycare to utilize the Tarentum Park Bandshell for a preschool graduation on Thursday, May 24, 2018 including road closure from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
  2. Motion to approve the request from Carrie Fraser and Larry Rounak to utilize the Tarentum Park Gazebo for a wedding ceremony on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
  3. Motion to approve the request from Abundant Joy Fellowship to utilize the Tarentum Park Bandshell for the 67th Annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  4. Motion to approve the request from Selena Foster to utilize the Tarentum Park for a family reunion on Saturday, August 25, 2018 and denying use of the kitchen and bathroom facilities.
  5. Motion to approve USDA Form RD 1942-46 Letter of Intent to Meet Conditions relative to Community Facilities Grant Program funding for the purchase of two (2) Ford Police Interceptors.
  6. Motion to approve USDA Form RD 1940-1 Request for Obligation of Funds relative to Community Facilities Grant Program funding for the purchase of two (2) Ford Police Interceptors.
  7. Motion to approve USDA Form RD 3570-3 Community Facilities Grant Agreement relative to Community Facilities Grant Program funding for the purchase of two (2) Ford Police Interceptors.
  8. Motion to approve Department of Treasury Form SF 3881 ACH Vendor/Miscellaneous Payment Enrollment Form relative to Community Facilities Grant Program funding for the purchase of two (2) Ford Police Interceptors.
  9. Motion to conditionally accept the bid from Schrock Fence Company, Inc. in the amount of $62,693.18 for repairs to Dreshar Stadium provided that the Borough is not required to contribute more than $5,000 from the general fund.
  10. Motion to approve Resolution #18-10:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING THE APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION REQUEST FOR AN ALLEGHENY COUNTY GAMING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND GRANT FOR WATERLINE REPLACEMENT ON WEST 8TH AVENUE AND WEST 9TH AVENUE.

  1. Motion to hire the accounting firm of Merge & Hill, P.C. to conduct the 2017 Tarentum Borough annual financial statement audit in an amount not to exceed $19,900.
  2. Motion to approve the repairs for Summit Hose in the amount of $1,500 for roof repairs.
  3. Motion to approve the repairs for Eureka Fire & Rescue in the amount of $810 for roof repairs.
  4. Motion to approve Resolution #18-11:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING THE APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION REQUEST FROM ANDREA MCDONALD AND ERICK WHITE TO SEEK FUNDING AND ASSISTANCE FROM THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FOUNDATION AND USA HOCKEY FOR REPAIRS AND ORGANIZATION OF THE TARENTUM DEK HOCKEY FACILITY.

  1. Motion to approve reimbursement to the Borough Manager in the amount of $40 for a PDF Architect software module.
  2. Motion to approve reimbursement to the Borough Manager in the amount of $165 for membership to the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Managers (APMM).
  3. Motion to approve reimbursement to the Borough Manager in the amount of $195 for attendance at the 2018 APMM Annual Conference.
  4. Motion to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise Ordinance #18-01:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, PROHIBITING THE MISAPPROPRIATION OF SERVICES, BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE, AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREFOR.

  1. Motion to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise Ordinance #18-02:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, REGULATING STREET OPENINGS, EXCAVATIONS AND PAVEMENT CUTS, ESTABLISHING THE NECESSITY OF PROCURING A PERMIT BEFORE EXCAVATION, PRESCRIBING THE METHOD AND MANNER OF REFILING SUCH EXCAVATION AND RESTORING THE PAVEMENT THEREUPON, PROVIDING FOR THE INSPECTION OF ALL WORK, PRESCRIBING THE CHARGES TO BE MADE FOR PERMITS AND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THEIR ISSUANCE, PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATION THEREOF AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES INCONSISTENT HEREWITH.

  1. Motion to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise Ordinance #18-03:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, ADOPTING RULES AND REGULATIONS AND SETTING FEES AS NECESSARY TO CONTROL THE CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE AND USE OF BOAT DOCK FACILITIES, TO REGULATE DOCKING, MOORING AND LAUNCHING OF WATERCRAFT AND OTHER MATTERS, TO PROVIDE FOR IMPROVED PARK AND WATER SAFETY, TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONTROL OF BOTH ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL POLLUTION OF THE GROUND AND SURFACE WATER OF THE ALLEGHENY RIVER AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATION OF SUCH REGULATIONS.

  1. Motion to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise Ordinance #18-04:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING ORDINANCE 15-02, AND ADOPTING AND IMPLEMENTING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY STORM WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN.

  1. Motion to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise Ordinance #18-05:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING ORDINANCE 10-03, AND ESTABLISHING THE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND RATES TO BE CHARGED BY THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM FOR THE FURNISHING OF ELECTRICITY BY THE TARENTUM BOROUGH ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT TO THE RESIDENTS OF TARENTUM BOROUGH.

  1. Motion to approve Resolution #18-12:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA SETTING FEES FOR BOAT DOCK LEASES AND ADDITIONAL BOAT FEES.

Motion to adjourn the meeting.

Meeting Minutes

Minutes are unofficial until approval by council at next month’s meeting.

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Vice President Adam Blythe.

*PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG.*

The following members were present: Ms. Carrie Fox, Ms. Rhonda Dzugan, Mr. Scott Dadowski, Mr. Adam Blythe, Ms. Lou Ann Homa, and Mayor Eric Carter.

Absent with cause: Ms. Erika Josefoski

 
DepartmentNamePresent:
Borough ManagerMichael L. Nesticox
Borough SolicitorDavid A. Regolix
Chief of PoliceWilliam S. Vakulickx
Code Enforcement OfficerChris Fabecx

The following executive sessions were held:

N/A

Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to accept the agenda as presented.

The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Blythe to accept the minutes of the March 8, 2018 Meeting.

The motion carried unanimously.

Prior to taking citizen comment, Borough Manager Michael Nestico offered information and clarification on the boat dock lease concerns. The manager indicated that there are two items on the agenda concerning the boat dock leases, one Ordinance and one Resolution. The Ordinance for consideration would implement rules and regulations for boat dock lessees for items such as building, maintenance, responsibility and conduct relative to the boat docks and boat launch area. The Borough wishes to implement a set of parameters to abide by, so that both the Borough and lessees understand the rules, regulations, obligations and responsibility of each party to the lease. The Resolution would increase the fees for boat dock leases. The Borough continues to incur costs in administering, maintaining and leasing space for boat owners. The increase in fees would offset costs sustained by the Borough for this service.

Mr. William Creevey, Frazer Township, leases dock number 13. Wanted to request a meeting between Borough Officials and boat owners regarding boat dock leases. Also requested that the water be turned on earlier this year for dock lessees.

Mr. John Figler, 923 Porter Street, concerned with property maintenance issues at a neighboring property. Reported to the code enforcement officer.

Ms. Carol Tallerico, Creighton, leases dock number 7 and 8. Concerned with the rate increases for 2018. Explained that the various docks have been severely damaged due to the winter weather. Expressed that the dock fees should not go up this year because the boat owners all have a large amount of expenses to repair their docks this season.

Mr. Ray Fortuna, Bullcreek Road, Tarentum, leases dock numbers 33 and 34. Concerned with the raising lease fees and the Borough justification that the administration and maintenance of the leases and property area are not sufficient. Believes that the Borough brings in enough revenue from the leases to administer the boat dock leases. Discussed the inflation since he began renting dock space 47 years ago.

Mr. Eric Sinclair, Arnold, leases dock numbers 25, 26 and 27. Questioned whose responsibility it is to maintain the trees along the hillside area both above and below the fence area. Borough officials indicated that they will look in to this inquiry.

  1. Letter requesting use of the bandshell – Dynamite Daycare
  2. Letter requesting use of the gazebo – Fraser-Rounak wedding
  3. Letter requesting use of the bandshell – Abundant Joy Fellowship
  4. [Review] Letter requesting use of the park – Selena Foster

A.      President’s Report – President absent with cause. No report for April 2018.

B.      Mayor’s Report – Provided a police department report on arrests, activity and citations.

C.      Chief’s Report – Provided an update on the grant application for police vehicles.

D.     Solicitor’s Report – Borough closed on the 7th Avenue property with the Durbin Group earlier in the week. Expect to see development commence in the coming months.

E.      Engineer’s Report – April project status report read by Manager. Report attached as meeting Exhibit.

F.       Manager’s Report – Update regarding community events.

G.     Administration, Employee Relations, and Finance Committee – N/A

H.     Water – N/A

I.        Electric – N/A

J.        Streets and Sanitary Sewers – N/A

K.      Public Safety and Civil Service – Mr. Cornuet deferred to Mr. Robert Stoner, Highlands Hose, and Mr. Brad James, Eureka, for reports on the several fire companies. Reports are attached as meeting Exhibits.

L.       Parks and Recreation – N/A

M.    Property and Zoning, Library, and Health – N/A. Code officer report provided for March 2018 and details provided on enforcement statistics.

N.     AVN COG – Ms. Fox detailed that next meeting is April 25, 2018.

O.     KOZ – N/A

P.      Redevelopment and Revitalization – N/A

Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Blythe to pay the bills for the month of March. The motion carried unanimously.

1.       Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to approve the request from Dynamite Daycare to utilize the Tarentum Park Bandshell for a preschool graduation on Thursday, May 24, 2018 including road closure from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The motion carried unanimously.

 2.       Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to approve the request from Carrie Fraser and Larry Rounak to utilize the Tarentum Park Gazebo for a wedding ceremony on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.

 3.       Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Ms. Fox to approve the request from Abundant Joy Fellowship to utilize the Tarentum Park Bandshell for the 67th Annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 4.       Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to approve the request from Selena Foster to utilize Tarentum Park for a family reunion on Saturday, August 25, 2018 and withholding use of the kitchen and bathroom facilities. The motion carried unanimously.

 5.       Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Blythe to approve USDA Form RD 1942-46 Letter of Intent to Meet Conditions relative to Community Facilities Grant Program funding for the purchase of two (2) Ford Police Interceptors. The motion carried unanimously.

 6.       Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Blythe to approve USDA Form RD 1940-1 Request for Obligation of Funds relative to Community Facilities Grant Program funding for the purchase of two (2) Ford Police Interceptors. The motion carried unanimously.

 7.       Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Cornuet to approve USDA Form RD 3570-3 Community Facilities Grant Agreement relative to Community Facilities Grant Program funding for the purchase of two (2) Ford Police Interceptors. The motion carried unanimously.

 8.       Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Ms. Homa to approve Department of Treasury Form SF 3881 ACH Vendor/Miscellaneous Payment Enrollment Form relative to Community Facilities Grant Program funding for the purchase of two (2) Ford Police Interceptors. The motion carried unanimously.

 9.       Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Blythe to conditionally accept the bid from Schrock Fence Company, Inc. in the amount of $62,693.18 for repairs to Dreshar Stadium provided that the Borough is not required to contribute more than $5,000 from the general fund. The motion carried unanimously.

 10.   Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to approve Resolution 18-10:

 RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING THE APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION REQUEST FOR AN ALLEGHENY COUNTY GAMING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND GRANT FOR WATERLINE REPLACEMENT ON WEST 8TH AVENUE AND WEST 9TH AVENUE.

 The motion carried unanimously.

 11.   Motion by Ms. Homa, second by Mr. Blythe to hire the accounting firm of Merge & Hill, P.C. to conduct the 2017 Tarentum Borough annual financial statement audit in an amount not to exceed $19,900. The motion carried unanimously.

 12.   Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Ms. Dzugan to approve the repairs for Summit Hose in the amount of $1,500 for roof repairs. The motion carried unanimously.

 13.   Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to approve the repairs for Eureka Fire & Rescue in the amount of $810 for roof repairs. The motion carried unanimously.

 14.   Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Dadowski to approve Resolution #18-11:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING THE APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION REQUEST FROM ANDREA MCDONALD AND ERICK WHITE TO SEEK FUNDING AND ASSISTANCE FROM THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FOUNDATION AND USA HOCKEY FOR REPAIRS AND ORGANIZATION OF THE TARENTUM DEK HOCKEY FACILITY.

The motion carried unanimously.

15.   Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Ms. Dzugan to approve reimbursement to the Borough Manager in the amount of $40 for a PDF Architect software module. The motion carried unanimously.

 16.   Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Dadowski to approve reimbursement to the Borough Manager in the amount of $165 for membership to the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Managers (APMM). The motion carried unanimously.

 17.   Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Dzugan to approve reimbursement to the Borough Manager in the amount of $195 for attendance at the 2018 APMM Annual Conference. The motion carried unanimously.

 18.   Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise Ordinance #18-01:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, PROHIBITING THE MISAPPROPRIATION OF SERVICES, BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE, AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREFOR.

The motion carried unanimously.

19.   Motion by Ms. Homa, second by Ms. Fox to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise Ordinance #18-02:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, REGULATING STREET OPENINGS, EXCAVATIONS AND PAVEMENT CUTS, ESTABLISHING THE NECESSITY OF PROCURING A PERMIT BEFORE EXCAVATION, PRESCRIBING THE METHOD AND MANNER OF REFILING SUCH EXCAVATION AND RESTORING THE PAVEMENT THEREUPON, PROVIDING FOR THE INSPECTION OF ALL WORK, PRESCRIBING THE CHARGES TO BE MADE FOR PERMITS AND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THEIR ISSUANCE, PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATION THEREOF AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES INCONSISTENT HEREWITH.

The motion carried unanimously.

20.   Consideration for a motion to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise the following Ordinance:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, ADOPTING RULES AND REGULATIONS AND SETTING FEES AS NECESSARY TO CONTROL THE CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE AND USE OF BOAT DOCK FACILITIES, TO REGULATE DOCKING, MOORING AND LAUNCHING OF WATERCRAFT AND OTHER MATTERS, TO PROVIDE FOR IMPROVED PARK AND WATER SAFETY, TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONTROL OF BOTH ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL POLLUTION OF THE GROUND AND SURFACE WATER OF THE ALLEGHENY RIVER AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATION OF SUCH REGULATIONS.

The motion failed to receive consideration from Borough Council. The remaining Ordinances will be numbered sequentially to properly reflect the failure of Agenda Item #20.

21.   Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Ms. Homa to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise Ordinance #18-03:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING ORDINANCE 15-02, AND ADOPTING AND IMPLEMENTING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY STORM WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN.

The motion carried unanimously.

22.   Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise Ordinance #18-04:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING ORDINANCE 10-03, AND ESTABLISHING THE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND RATES TO BE CHARGED BY THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM FOR THE FURNISHING OF ELECTRICITY BY THE TARENTUM BOROUGH ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT TO THE RESIDENTS OF TARENTUM BOROUGH.

The motion carried unanimously.

23.   Consideration for a motion to approve the following Resolution:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA SETTING FEES FOR BOAT DOCK LEASES AND ADDITIONAL BOAT FEES.

The motion failed to receive consideration from Borough Council.

Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Ms. Fox to adjourn the meeting at 6:48 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.