The Borough of Tarentum held a duly advertised, regular public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 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:
2018.10.04 – Agenda

PDF Minutes:
2018.10.04 – Minutes

Prior Meeting Minutes:
2018.09.06 – Minutes

Meeting Documents:
2018.10.02 – Sign In Sheet
2018.10.04 – Sign In Sheet
2018.09 – Eureka Report
2018.09 – Highland Hose Report
2018.09 – Summit Hose Report
2018.09 – Legislative Locator
2018.09 – AVN COG Report
2018.10 – Engineer Report
2018.10 – MS4 Pamphlet

Meeting Agenda

Call to Order.

*PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG.*

Lou Ann Homa, Tim Cornuet, Carrie Fox, Rhonda Dzugan, Scott Dadowski, Erika Josefoski, Adam Blythe, Mayor Eric Carter

 
DepartmentNamePresent:
Borough ManagerMichael L. Nestico
Borough SolicitorDavid A. Regoli
Chief of PoliceWilliam S. Vakulick

The following executive sessions were held:

N/A

Motion to accept the agenda as presented.

Motion to accept the minutes of the September 6, 2018 Meeting.

Opportunity for citizen comment.

  1. Letter from Nick Futules – Allegheny County Council Vice President – RE: Police Review Board
  2. Letter from Willard Pelican – Request to demolish two structures
  3. Letter from Tarentum Lion’s Club – Request to hold “Book Walk” event in the park
  4. Letter from Senator Vulakovich – Explanation of PA Real ID
  5. Letter from Recreation Board – Requesting Permission to hold Trash to Treasure Event
  • President’s Report
  • Mayor’s Report
  • Chief’s Report
  • Solicitor’s Report
  • Engineer’s Report
    • Monthly Update
  • Manager’s Report
    • MS4 Update: PSA on Storm Water effects on environment
    • Upcoming Events:
      • October 11, 2018 – 6PM – Ghost Tour at Prospect Cemetery
      • October 20, 2018 – 3PM – Boo Festival
      • October 27, 2018 – 11AM – Book Walk Event
      • October 28, 2018 – 7AM – Trash to Treasure Flea Market Event
      • October 30, 2018 – 6PM – Recreation Board Meeting
      • October 31, 2018 – 6PM – Trick or Treat Night
      • November 6, 2018 – Election Day
      • November 13, 2018 – Council Agenda Meeting
      • November 15, 2018 – Council Regular Meeting
    • Administration, Employee Relations, and Finance Committee – Mr. Blythe
      • Budget preparation beginning. Budget discussion starting at November meeting.
    • Water – Mr. Blythe
      • Borough will soon begin to develop an Asset Management Plan as part of rate analysis
      • Borough beginning first steps of Water Loss Audit process
    • Electric – Ms. Fox
      • Executed 1-month agreement for October 2018 with PSEG at $37.85 MWh
    • Streets and Sanitary Sewers – Ms. Dzugan
    • Public Safety and Civil Service – Mr. Cornuet
      • Fire Department Meeting Report(s) – Will be posted online.
    • Parks and Recreation – Ms. Homa
    • Property and Zoning, Library, and Health – Mr. Cornuet
    • AVN COG – Ms. Fox
    • KOZ Committee – Mr. Dadowski
      • Application will be submitted to DCED to certify the property
    • Redevelopment and Revitalization – Ms. Homa

Motion to pay the Borough bills for the month of September 2018.

  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 purchase of electric supply through October 31, 2018.

  1. Motion to award the 2017 CDBG water line replacement project to Meyer Excavating in the amount of $68,985.

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

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, REGULATING AND ENSURING SAFE MANAGEMENT OF STORMWATER RUNOFF, UTILIZING AND PRESERVING THE EXISTING NATURAL DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AND PRESERVING THE FLOOD-CARRYING CAPACITY OF STREAMS, ENCOURAGING NATURAL INFILTRATION OF RAINFALL TO PRESERVE GROUNDWATER SUPPLIES AND STREAM FLOWS, PROVIDING FOR ADEQUATE MAINTENANCE OF ALL PERMANENT STORMWATER MANAGEMENT STRUCTURES IN THE BOROUGH, AND PROVIDING REVIEW PROCEDURES AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR STORMWATER PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT.

  1. Motion to approve Resolution 18-16:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING EXEMPTIONS, DEDUCTIONS, ABATEMENTS AND CREDITS FOR REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX, NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE AND BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC AREA IN TARENTUM BOROUGH DESIGNATED AS A PROPOSED KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY EXPANSION ZONE (“KOEZ”), IN ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION WITHIN AREAS OF TARENTUM BOROUGH, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

  1. Motion to authorize the Borough Manager to execute an application for Tarentum Borough to join the Pennsylvania Municipal League.

  1. Motion to authorize the Borough Engineer to prepare a scope of work the PA Small Water and Sewer Grant waterline replacement for West 8th Avenue.

  1. Motion to approve the request from the Tarentum Area Lion’s Club to hold the Book Walk in Tarentum Park on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

  1. Motion to approve the request from the Tarentum Borough Recreation Board to hold the Trash to Treasure Flea Market Event in the Tarentum Station parking lot(s) on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  2. Motion to approve the purchase of a snowplow and salt spreader from Walsh Equipment for the 2016 Ford F550 in an amount not to exceed $13,026.00.

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 6:13 p.m. by Council President Erika Josefoski.

*PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG.*

The following members were present: Ms. Lou Ann Homa, Mr. Tim Cornuet, Ms. Carrie Fox, Ms. Rhonda Dzugan, Mr. Scott Dadowski, Ms. Erika Josefoski and Mayor Eric Carter.

Absent with cause: Mr. Adam Blythe

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM for personnel matters

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM for personnel matters

Motion by Mr. Dadowski, second by Ms. Fox to accept the minutes of the September 6, 2018 meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Cindy Homburg, 538 E 10th Avenue, informed council about the success of September library week events at the Community Library of Allegheny Valley. Informed council of the upcoming Annual Ghost Tour at Prospect Cemetery.

Mr. Joshua Fox, Summit Hose Fire Chief, thanked council, manager, Police department, and public works for their support, assistance and attendance at the Fall Festival.

Ms. Lorri Wildi, 448 E. 7th Avenue, inquired about an update on the code enforcement officer position and hiring status.

Ms. Heather Erb, 2222 Riddle Run Road, questioned Borough officials about Section 8 housing within the Borough.

  1. Letter from Nick Futules – Allegheny County Council Vice President – RE: Police Review Board
  2. Letter from Willard Pelican – Request to demolish two structures
  3. Letter from Tarentum Lion’s Club – Request to hold “Book Walk” event in the park
  4. Letter from Senator Vulakovich – Explanation of PA Real ID
  5. Letter from Recreation Board – Requesting Permission to hold Trash to Treasure Event
  • President’s Report – Family Dollar projected opening date 11/21/18; Council will be touring the building next week; Attended PMEA annual conference in State College and discussed topics including expansion of Association role, invited Executive Director David Woglom to attend upcoming Borough Council meeting to provide further information to Council.
  • Manager’s Report
    • MS4 Update: PSA on Storm Water effects on environment
    • Update regarding new online bill pay for electric, water and sanitation bills.
    • Upcoming Events:
      • October 11, 2018 – 6PM – Ghost Tour at Prospect Cemetery
      • October 20, 2018 – 3PM – Boo Festival
      • October 27, 2018 – 11AM – Book Walk Event
      • October 28, 2018 – 7AM – Trash to Treasure Flea Market Event
      • October 30, 2018 – 6PM – Recreation Board Meeting
      • October 31, 2018 – 6PM – Trick or Treat Night
      • November 6, 2018 – Election Day
      • November 13, 2018 – Council Agenda Meeting
      • November 15, 2018 – Council Regular Meeting
  • Administration, Employee Relations, and Finance Committee – Mr. Blythe
    • Budget preparation beginning. Budget discussion starting at November meeting.
  • Water – Mr. Blythe
    • Borough will soon begin to develop an Asset Management Plan as part of rate analysis
    • Borough beginning first steps of Water Loss Audit process
  • Electric – Ms. Fox
    • Executed 1-month agreement for October 2018 with PSEG at $37.85 MWh
    • Provided an explanation to public regarding August billing which included higher than normal electric totals; August 2018 was a historically hot month
  • Streets and Sanitary Sewers – Ms. Dzugan
  • Public Safety and Civil Service – Mr. Cornuet
    • Fire Department Meeting Report(s) – Will be posted online.
    • Internal meeting with Fire Departments, Council and Manager will take place in October.
  • Parks and Recreation – Ms. Homa
    • Trash to Treasure Event will be $20.00 per booth
  • AVN COG – Ms. Fox
    • COG is setting up online CDBG Application system on their website.
  • KOZ Committee – Mr. Dadowski
    • Application will be submitted to DCED to certify the property.

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

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

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Dadowski to award the 2018 CDBG water valve replacement project to Meyer Excavating in the amount of $68,985. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Ms. Dzugan to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise Ordinance #18-04:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, REGULATING AND ENSURING SAFE MANAGEMENT OF STORMWATER RUNOFF, UTILIZING AND PRESERVING THE EXISTING NATURAL DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AND PRESERVING THE FLOOD-CARRYING CAPACITY OF STREAMS, ENCOURAGING NATURAL INFILTRATION OF RAINFALL TO PRESERVE GROUNDWATER SUPPLIES AND STREAM FLOWS, PROVIDING FOR ADEQUATE MAINTENANCE OF ALL PERMANENT STORMWATER MANAGEMENT STRUCTURES IN THE BOROUGH, AND PROVIDING REVIEW PROCEDURES AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR STORMWATER PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Dadowski to approve Resolution 18-16:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING EXEMPTIONS, DEDUCTIONS, ABATEMENTS AND CREDITS FOR REAL PROPERTY, EARNED INCOME TAX, NET PROFITS, MERCANTILE AND BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAXES WITHIN A SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC AREA IN TARENTUM BOROUGH DESIGNATED AS A PROPOSED KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY EXPANSION ZONE (“KOEZ”), IN ORDER TO FOSTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, STIMULATE INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND PREVENT PHYSICAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE DETERIORATION WITHIN AREAS OF TARENTUM BOROUGH, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, UPON CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Ms. Fox to authorize the Borough Manager to execute an application for Tarentum Borough to join the Pennsylvania Municipal League. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Ms. Homa to authorize the Borough Engineer to prepare a scope of work the PA Small Water and Sewer Grant waterline replacement for West 8th Avenue. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Ms. Josefoski to approve the request from the Tarentum Area Lion’s Club to hold the Book Walk event in Tarentum Park on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Homa, second by Mr. Dadowski to approve the request from the Tarentum Borough Recreation Board to hold the Trash to Treasure Flea Market Event in the Tarentum Station parking lot(s) on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The motion carried unanimously.
  2. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Cornuet to approve the purchase of a snowplow and salt spreader from Walsh Equipment for the 2016 Ford F550 in an amount not to exceed $13,026.00. The motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Fox presented several items prior to adjournment. She wanted to congratulate CLAV on their successful library month events; congratulated and thanked Denise Kissell on her volunteer diabetes seminar held in the park; Thanked Rich Fitzgerald and his County Staff for visiting and touring the Borough in late September; Indicated that the Fall Festival was a very successful event and thanked Summit Hose for organizing the event; thanked Borough for Carl Magnetta ampitheatre dedication event.

Mr. Jim Bowser, 314  West 8th Avenue, expressed that paving projects, gas line projects and water distribution system projects should be coordinated so that the Borough is not paving streets and then digging back in to them shortly thereafter.

Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Ms. Homa to adjourn the meeting at 6:58 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.