The Borough of Tarentum held a duly advertised, regular public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 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:
2018.07.12 – Agenda

Prior Meeting Minutes:
2018.06.07 – Minutes

Meeting Documents:
2018.07.10 – Sign In Sheet
2018.07.12 – Sign In Sheet
2018.06 – Eureka Report
2018.06 – Highland Hose Report
2018.06 – Summit Hose Report
2018.06 – Legislative Locator

Meeting Agenda

Call to Order.

*PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG.*

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

The following executive sessions were held:

Friday, June 29, 2018 at 12:36 p.m. regarding personnel matters.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. regarding personnel matters.

Motion to accept the agenda as presented.

Motion to accept the minutes of the June 7, 2018 Meeting.

Opportunity for citizen comment.

  1. Letter requesting road closing – Brian Snyder
  2. Park event request – Darnicka Koskey
  3. Park event request – BridgePoint Church
  • President’s Report
  • Mayor’s Report
  • Chief’s Report
  • Solicitor’s Report
  • Engineer’s Report
    • Update for June 2018.
  • Manager’s Report
    • Upcoming Events
      • July 17, 24, 31, August 7 – 5:00 PM – Diabetes Awareness Seminar in the park
      • July 24, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Recreation Board Meeting
      • July 25, 2018 – 7:00 PM – Recreation Board Concert in the Park
      • August 7, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Council Agenda Meeting
      • August 8, 2018 – 7:00 PM – Recreation Board Concert in the Park
      • August 9, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Council Regular Monthly Meeting
  • Administration, Employee Relations, and Finance Committee
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Streets and Sanitary Sewers
  • Public Safety and Civil Service
    • Fire Department Meeting Report(s)
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Property and Zoning, Library, and Health
    • Code Enforcement Monthly Report
  • AVN COG
  • KOZ
  • Redevelopment and Revitalization
Motion to pay the bills as presented.
  1. Motion to ratify the execution of a Master Power Purchase and Sale Agreement between Tarentum Borough and PSEG Energy Resources & Trade, LLC for the temporary purchase of electric supply through July 31, 2018.

  1. Motion to accept the resignation of Patrolman Christopher Fabec, effective July 13, 2018.

  1. Motion to direct the Borough Manager to advertise for Police Department Civil Service Testing.

  1. Motion to direct the Borough Manager to advertise for the position of Code Enforcement Officer.

  1. Motion to approve the request from Brian Snyder to close a portion of East 6th Avenue for a Grand Opening event at Dry Bones retail store on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

  1. Motion to approve the request from Darnicka Koskey to utilize the Riverview Memorial Park bandshell and pavilion for a birthday party on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., including the request for electric and water service.

  1. Motion to approve the request from Abundant Joy Fellowship to close a portion of Allegheny Street between East 1st Avenue and Renouf Avenue on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the Vacation Bible School event.

  1. Motion to approve the request from BridgePoint Church to utilize the Riverview Memorial Park bandshell and pavilion for a service and luncheon on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., including the request for electric and water service.

  1. Motion to adopt Resolution #18-13:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA ADOPTING MODIFICATIONS TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR POLICE CIVIL SERVICE TESTING AND HIRING PROCEDURES.

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 6:01 p.m. by Council President Erika Josefoski.

*PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG.*

MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR MAYOR CARL J. MAGNETTA JR.

The following members were present: Ms. Erika Josefoski, Mr. Adam Blythe, Ms. Lou Ann Homa, Ms. Carrie Fox, and Mr. Tim Cornuet.

Absent with cause: Mr. Scott Dadowski, Ms. Rhonda Dzugan, Mayor Eric Carter

 
DepartmentNamePresent:
Borough ManagerMichael L. Nesticox
Borough SolicitorDavid A. Regolix
Chief of PoliceWilliam S. Vakulickx

REMEMBRANCE OF CARL J. MAGNETTA, JR. FROM MAYOR AND COUNCIL

Friday, June 29, 2018 at 12:36 p.m. regarding personnel matters.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. regarding personnel matters.

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

Motion by Ms. Fox to amend the minutes of the June 7, 2018 regular council meeting to add additional language to item #9 “employment agreement” which indicates the employee salary. Following discussion on the item, the motion did not receive a second.

Motion by Ms. Homa, second by Mr. Cornuet to accept the minutes, as presented, of the June 7, 2018 Regular Council Meeting. The motion carried 4-1 with Ms. Fox dissenting.

Ms. Tiffany Babinsack, 112 W. 13th Avenue, concerned about the condition of the property located at 110 W. 13th Avenue. Expressed concerns over high grass, weeds, water stagnation, abandoned vehicle and several other items. Provided pictures to Council of the property condition.

Ms. Barbara Goral, 425 W 8th Avenue, stated that property owners who have a second home are being punished due to the vacant property Ordinance. She stated that the implementation of the Ordinance goes against the words of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. John Goral, 425 W 8th Avenue, indicated that they are working to list his second property for sale but has difficulty finding interested buyers because the property was previously damaged by the Borough water department. He indicated that he filed an unsuccessful claim against the Borough regarding this damage. He would like a copy of the Ordinance after the meeting.

  1. Letter requesting road closing – Brian Snyder
  2. Park event request – Darnicka Koskey
  3. Park event request – BridgePoint Church
  • President’s Report – Ms. Josefoski attended both the PSAB Conference and the Allegheny County Borough’s Association Conference in June. Provided literature for council in their mailboxes. Informed the public that the Mayor will begin to officiate weddings. Thanked Summit Hose for the firework display on July 3, 2018.
  • Mayor’s Report – N/A
  • Chief’s Report – N/A
  • Solicitor’s Report – N/A
  • Engineer’s Report – N/A
  • Manager’s Report – Update regarding community events.
  • Administration, Employee Relations, and Finance Committee – N/A
  • Water – N/A
  • Electric – N/A
  • Streets and Sanitary Sewers – N/A
  • Public Safety and Civil Service – Mr. Cornuet indicated that the reports for each of the fire companies will be posted online. They can be found on the Borough website. Gave thanks to Brad James and Josh Fox for their efforts during the recent flood events.
  • Parks and Recreation – Ms. Homa gave an update about the summer concert series. She gave her thanks and appreciation to former Mayor Carl Magnetta who recently passed away. Thanked Summit Hose for their efforts on the firework event July 3.
  • Property and Zoning, Library, and Health – N/A.
  • AVN COG – Ms. Fox provided an update on the paving equipment project being administer by the COG including that the equipment has been purchased, that they are putting together policies and procedures for the project, that the annual fee will be $250 to join and that the project will likely start next summer. Also updated that the CDBG grant process will start in early August. Provided an update on the Work Initiative program in which the 5 students from Highlands High School are currently painting lines and crosswalks within the Borough.
  • KOZ – N/A
  • Redevelopment and Revitalization – N/A

Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Cornuet to pay bills for the month of June.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Ms. Homa to ratify the execution of a Master Power Purchase and Sale Agreement between Tarentum Borough and PSEG Energy Resources & Trade, LLC for the temporary purchase of electric supply through July 31, 2018. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Blythe to accept the resignation of Patrolman Christopher Fabec, effective July 13, 2018. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Cornuet to direct the Borough Manager to advertise for Police Department Civil Service Testing. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Cornuet to direct the Borough Manager to advertise for the position of Code Enforcement Officer. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Ms. Josefoski to approve the request from Brian Snyder to close a portion of East 6th Avenue for a Grand Opening event at Dry Bones retail store on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Ms. Josefoski to approve the request from Darnicka Koskey to utilize the Riverview Memorial Park bandshell and pavilion for a birthday party on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., including the request for electric and water service. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Cornuet to approve the request from Abundant Joy Fellowship to close a portion of Allegheny Street between East 1st Avenue and Renouf Avenue on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the Vacation Bible School event. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Homa, second by Mr. Blythe to approve the request from BridgePoint Church to utilize the Riverview Memorial Park bandshell and pavilion for a service and luncheon on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., including the request for electric and water service. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Blythe to adopt Resolution #18-13:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA ADOPTING MODIFICATIONS TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR POLICE CIVIL SERVICE TESTING AND HIRING PROCEDURES.

The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Ms. Homa, second by Ms. Josefoski to adjourn the meeting at 6:54 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.