The Borough of Tarentum held a duly advertised, regular public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, 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:
2018.06.07 – Agenda

Prior Meeting Minutes:
2018.05.03 – Minutes

Meeting Documents:
2018.06.05 – Sign In Sheet
2018.06.07 – Sign In Sheet
2018.05 – Code Report
2018.06 – Engineer Report
2018.05 – Eureka Report
2018.05 – Highland Hose Report
2018.05 – Summit Hose Report
2018.05 – Legislative Locator

Meeting Agenda

Call to Order.

*PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG.*

Ms. Rhonda Dzugan, Ms. Erika Josefoski [Absent With Cause], Mr. Adam Blythe, Ms. Lou Ann Homa, Mr. Tim Cornuet, Ms. Carrie Fox, and Mayor Eric Carter [Absent With Cause].
 
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 May 3, 2018 Meeting.

Opportunity for citizen comment.

  1. Letter requesting Park Rental – Trinity United Methodist Church
  2. Letter requesting Firework contribution and ballfield use – Summit Hose
  3. Letter requesting Diabetes Care program at Tarentum Park – Denise Kissell
  4. Letter requesting bandshell use – First Baptist Church
  5. Letter requesting library sidewalk sale – Cindy Homburg
  1. President’s Report
  2. Mayor’s Report
  3. Chief’s Report
  4. Solicitor’s Report
  5. Engineer’s Report
    1. Update for June 2018.
  6. Manager’s Report
    1. Upcoming Events
      June 9, 2018 – 11:00 AM – Historical Walking Tour in Memorial Park
      June 13, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Recreation Board Concert in the Park
      June 26, 2018 – 7:00 PM – Recreation Board Concert in the Park
      June 27, 2018 – 7:00 PM – Recreation Board Concert in the Park
      July 10, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Borough Council Agenda Meeting
      July 11, 2018 – 7:00 PM – Recreation Board Concert in the Park
      July 12, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Borough Council Regular Meeting
  7. Administration, Employee Relations, and Finance Committee
  8. Water
  9. Electric
  10. Streets and Sanitary Sewers
  11. Public Safety and Civil Service
    1. Fire Department Meeting Report(s)
  12. Parks and Recreation
  13. Property and Zoning, Library, and Health
    1. Code Enforcement Monthly Report
  14. AVN COG
  15. KOZ
  16. Redevelopment and Revitalization
Motion to pay the bills as presented.
  1. Motion to ratify the request of Trinity United Methodist Church to utilize the bandshell area for several Riverside Worship events being held on Sunday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm from June to September, with the exception of July 29, 2018.
  2. Motion to ratify the request of Summit Hose to utilize Dreshar Stadium for a Community Fireworks event scheduled for July 3, 2018 and to contribute $1,500 toward the event.
  3. Motion to approve the request of Denise Kissell to utilize Tarentum Memorial Park to host several Diabetes Care one-hour informational sessions for four (4) weeks during July and August, 2018.
  4. Motion to approve the request of First Baptist Church to utilize the bandshell area for an outdoor church service being held on Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.
  5. Motion to ratify the request from the Community Library of Allegheny Valley to hold a sidewalk sale with food truck on September 22, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
  6. Motion to adopt Ordinance #18-03: ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, ESTABLISHING REGULATIONS APPLICABLE TO VACANT RESIDENTIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL STRUCTURES IN ADDITION TO THE PROVISIONS SET FORTH IN THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE.
  7. Motion to approve Resolution #18-12: RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA REQUESTING FUNDS FROM THE 2017 MUNICIPAL PLANNING GRANT PROGRAM FOR A MULTI-MUNICIPAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.
  8. Motion to award the 2018 Tarentum Paving Project bid to Mele & Mele & Sons in the amount of $109,918.35.
  9. Motion to approve the Employment Agreement dated June 7, 2018 with the Borough Manager.
  10. Motion to ratify the agreement between Tarentum Borough and Allegheny Power for the temporary purchase of electric supply through July 1, 2018.

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: Mr. Scott Dadowski, Mr. Adam Blythe, Ms. Lou Ann Homa, and Mr. Tim Cornuet.

Absent with cause: Ms. Erika Josefoski, Ms. Carrie Fox, Ms. Rhonda Dzugan, Mayor Eric Carter

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

N/A

Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Blythe to accept the agenda as presented. The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Cornuet to accept the minutes of the May 3, 2018 Regular Council Meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Walter Pacek, 523 Roup Street, concerns with road paving in the area of 523 to 527 Roup Street. Indicated that the road was paved several years ago but the water is not draining from this area. It is pooling on the roadway. Provided pictures of the concern.

 Ms. Kelley Hynes, 414 W 7th Avenue, informed council that she purchased her home in October 2017. Indicated that she is concerned with the three (3) vacant lots next to her property. Two of the properties are privately owned. The last property is owned by the Borough. Concerned with sidewalks on W 7th Avenue toward Grantham Street.

 Mr. John Goral, 425 W 8th Avenue, expressed concerns about the vacant property registration ordinance and indicated that he would be satisfied if his school taxes were reduced, asked the manager whether he is a practicing attorney, expressed that recreation items are being distributed through CodeRED system but not notice of council meetings, questioned why we are paving over broken water lines instead of repairing the lines before paving projects begin, expressed that the vacant property tax coupled with Highlands School District tax increase of 3.5% makes no sense, expressed that the Borough used to maintain vacant lots when there were 30-35 properties on the list, asked the police department if they can patrol W 8th Avenue more often, and questioned why there are no African-Americans are working in the Police Department or water department.

 Ms. Gina Landa, 512 E. 6th Avenue, asked whether there are energy audits available from the electric department similar to what First Energy offers.

Ms. Iola Simon, 109 Corbett Street, asked whether the Borough has completed a rate and cost analysis for the water department.

  1. Letter requesting Park Rental – Trinity United Methodist Church
  2. Letter requesting Firework contribution and ballfield use – Summit Hose
  3. Letter requesting Diabetes Care program at Tarentum Park – Denise Kissell
  4. Letter requesting bandshell use – First Baptist Church
  5. Letter requesting library sidewalk sale – Cindy Homburg
  1. President’s Report – N/A
  2. Mayor’s Report – N/A
  3. Chief’s Report – N/A
  4. Solicitor’s Report – Filed a municipal lien for 710 Western Ave. regarding the emergency demolition.
  5. Engineer’s Report – N/A
  6. Manager’s Report – Update regarding community events.
  7. Administration, Employee Relations, and Finance Committee – N/A
  8. Water – N/A
  9. Electric – N/A
  10. Streets and Sanitary Sewers – N/A
  11. Public Safety and Civil Service – Mr. Cornuet read the Highland Hose report for May 2018. He indicated that the reports for each of the fire companies will be posted online. They can be found on the Borough website.
  12. Parks and Recreation – Ms. Homa gave an update about the “Walk in the Park” event, Summer Concerts and repair to the Block House sign.
  13. Property and Zoning, Library, and Health – N/A. Code officer report provided for May 2018 and details provided on enforcement statistics.
  14. AVN COG – N/A
  15. KOZ – N/A
  16. Redevelopment and Revitalization – N/A

Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Homa to pay bills for the month of May.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Dadowski to ratify the request of Trinity United Methodist Church to utilize the bandshell area for several Riverside Worship events being held on Sunday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm from June to September, with the exception of July 29, 2018.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Dadowski to ratify the request of Summit Hose to utilize Dreshar Stadium for a Community Fireworks event scheduled for July 3, 2018 and to contribute $1,500 toward the event.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Homa, second by Mr. Dadowski to approve the request of Denise Kissell to utilize Tarentum Memorial Park to host several Diabetes Care one-hour informational sessions for four (4) weeks during July and August, 2018.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Homa, second by Mr. Dadowski to approve the request of First Baptist Church to utilize the bandshell area for an outdoor church service being held on Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Cornuet to ratify the request from the Community Library of Allegheny Valley to hold a sidewalk sale with food truck on September 22, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Blythe to adopt Ordinance #18-03:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, ESTABLISHING REGULATIONS APPLICABLE TO VACANT RESIDENTIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL STRUCTURES IN ADDITION TO THE PROVISIONS SET FORTH IN THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Cornuet to approve Resolution #18-12:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA REQUESTING FUNDS FROM THE 2017 MUNICIPAL PLANNING GRANT PROGRAM FOR A MULTI-MUNICIPAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Dadowski to award the 2018 Tarentum Paving Project bid to Mele & Mele & Sons in the amount of $109,918.35.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Blythe to approve the Employment Agreement dated June 7, 2018 with the Borough Manager.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Dadowski to ratify the agreement between Tarentum Borough and Allegheny Power for the temporary purchase of electric supply through July 1, 2018.

The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Blythe to adjourn the meeting at 6:49 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.