The Borough of Tarentum held a duly advertised, regular public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 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:
2018.11.15 – Agenda

PDF Minutes:
2018.11.15 – Minutes

Prior Meeting Minutes:
2018.10.04 – Minutes

Meeting Documents:
2018.11.15 – Sign In Sheet
2018.10 – Eureka Report
2018.10 – Highland Hose Report
2018.10 – Summit Hose Report
2018.10 – Legislative Locator
2018.11 – Engineer Report
2018.11 – Communications

Meeting Agenda

Call to Order.

*PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG.*

Tim Cornuet, Carrie Fox, Rhonda Dzugan, Scott Dadowski, Erika Josefoski, Adam Blythe, Lou Ann Homa, 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 October 4, 2018 Meeting.

Opportunity for citizen comment.

  1. Letter from Recreation Board – Christmas Parade Request
  2. Letter from Mark Anusek – EMC Resignation
  3. Letter from Dove Contracting – Family Dollar Project
  4. Request from BridgePoint Church – Park Request – Sunday 7/21/2019
  • 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:
      • November 17, 2018 – 1:00 PM – Christmas Parade
      • November 27, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Council Budget Meeting
      • December 4, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Agenda Meeting
      • December 6, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Regular Council Meeting
    • Administration, Employee Relations, and Finance Committee – Mr. Blythe
      • Budget discussion at November 27, 2018 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 November 2018 with PSEG at $37.50 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
      • Property not KOZ eligible
    • Redevelopment and Revitalization – Ms. Homa

Motion to pay the Borough bills for the month of October 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 November 30, 2018.

  1. Motion to approve 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 ratify Resolution 18-17:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR CDBG FUNDS WITH ALLEGHENY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, DESIGNATING AN OFFICIAL TO PERFORM REQUIRED DUTIES, AND PROVIDING ASSURANCES FOR LOCAL MATCHING FUNDS.

  1. Motion to ratify Resolution 18-18:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR A KEYSTONE COMMUNITIES GRANT OPPORTUNITY.

  1. Motion to ratify Resolution 18-19:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR A KEYSTONE COMMUNITIES GRANT OPPORTUNITY.

  1. Motion to approve Resolution 18-20:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR A KEYSTONE COMMUNITIES GRANT OPPORTUNITY.

  1. Motion to approve Resolution 18-21:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR A KEYSTONE COMMUNITIES GRANT OPPORTUNITY.

  1. Motion to authorize the job description for the Code Enforcement Officer.

  1. Motion to hire Anthony Bruni as Code Enforcement Officer for the Borough of Tarentum, effective January 2, 2019, at a salary of $53,000 pursuant to the terms and conditions of an Employment Agreement as set forth between the employee and the Borough.

  1. Motion to approve the employment agreement between Anthony Bruni and Tarentum Borough.

  1. Motion to approve the Professional Service Contract with Hoffman Kennels for 2019.

  1. Motion to approve the request of the Recreation Board to hold a Christmas Event at Riverview Park on Saturday, November 17, 2018 following the Christmas Parade until approximately 5:00 p.m.

  1. Motion to accept the resignation of Mark Anuszek as Emergency Management Coordinator for Tarentum Borough.

  1. Motion to approve the request of BridgePoint Church to hold a church service and picnic event on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Riverview Park pavilion.

  1. Motion to authorize the Borough Manager to execute and submit a Letter of Intent to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development requesting technical assistance for Fire Service in Tarentum Borough.

  1. Motion to accept the quote from MVS Security to add an additional door security access system to the police department in the amount of $1,413.24.

  1. Motion to accept the quote from MVS Security to install three (3) HD security cameras to the Borough building in the amount of $2,265.92.

  1. Motion to approve Resolution 18-22:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING THE PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENTS, STRATEGIC PLAN AND DUES STRUCTURE OF THE PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION, AND APPOINTING THE VOTING DELEGATE REPRESENTATIVE.

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.*

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

Absent with cause: Ms. Rhonda Dzugan

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. regarding personnel matters.

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

Motion by Ms. Homa, second by Mr. Dadowski to accept the minutes of the October 4, 2018 meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Michael Naviglia – RYFO – Aware that the Borough is seeking grants for repairs to Dreshar Stadium. Indicated that he is willing to assist in any way possible with the grant process or providing feedback for possible repairs.

Mr. Jim Bowser, 314 W 8th Avenue, questioned how the dock waiting list process will work, inquired about the possible grant funding for a dog park, informed Council that a past Borough Official used Borough employees and equipment during working hours to assist with a private matter and indicated to council that they should remember the needs of the Fire Departments during budget time.

  1. Letter from Recreation Board – Christmas Parade Request
  2. Letter from Mark Anusek – EMC Resignation
  3. Letter from Dove Contracting – Family Dollar Project
  4. Request from BridgePoint Church – Park Request – Sunday 7/21/2019
  • President’s Report – ACBA Meeting is December 6, 2018 for any council members who want to attend. The National Guard is conducting demolitions in a nearby community, she has sent out correspondence inquiring about the possibility of this occurring in Tarentum.
  • Mayor’s Report – Update on the Police Department arrests and traffic incidents. Wants to hold a Holiday Light Decoration Competition for residential homes in Tarentum, winners from 1st to 3rd place will receive discounts on electric bills; a registration form will be placed on the Borough website and judging will take place December 19, 2018.
  • Manager’s Report
    • MS4 Update: PSA on Storm Water effects on environment, be cautious of what goes in to storm drains.
    • Upcoming Events:
      • November 17, 2018 – Christmas Parade
      • November 27, 2018 – Council Meeting RE: Budget
      • December 4, 2018 – Council Agenda Meeting
      • December 6, 2018 – Regular Council Meeting
  • Administration, Employee Relations, and Finance Committee – Mr. Blythe
    • Budget discussion at November 27, 2018 meeting.
  • Water – Mr. Blythe
    • Borough started development a Water Loss Audit; met with DEP on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
    • Borough will begin an Asset Management Plan as part of a full rate analysis; met with DEP on Wednesday, 11/14/2018.
  • Electric – Ms. Fox
    • Executed 1-month agreement for November 2018 with PSEG at $37.50 MWh
    • Borough is currently working toward a long term agreement, resolving credit requirement matters and examining market trends; may occur by January, 2019.
  • Public Safety and Civil Service – Mr. Cornuet
    • Fire Department Meeting Report(s) – Will be posted online.
    • Internal meeting with Fire Departments took place in October. Progress made regarding budget and future planning. Will hold another meeting in Spring 2019.
  • Parks and Recreation – Ms. Homa
    • Holiday Light Decoration Contest for businesses announced by Recreation Board.
    • Recreation Board donating all unused food from Snack Shak to the Salvation Army.
    • There will be no Recreation Board meeting in November (Due to Council budget meeting) and December.
  • AVN COG – Ms. Fox
    • Two meetings since last council meeting. COG is working on their budget. CDBG applications were submitted online. January COG bill will include the joint paving project cost of $500 as well. All other municipalities have joined the paving project thus far.
  • KOZ Committee – Mr. Dadowski
    • KOZ Committee is being eliminated. Borough attempted to re-certify the property with the DCED but learned that the property did not hold a prior KOZ designation. The DCED representative indicated that their records do not list this property as a KOZ zone. Borough was unable to ascertain when the property was officially listed as a KOZ property and, if it was listed as KOZ, when it lost that designation. The Borough cannot apply for new KOZ certification because the PA legislation has expired. Unless new State legislation is introduced, there are no opportunities to designate this as a KOZ area.

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

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox 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 November 30, 2018. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Dadowski to approve 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 Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to ratify Resolution 18-17:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR CDBG FUNDS WITH ALLEGHENY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, DESIGNATING AN OFFICIAL TO PERFORM REQUIRED DUTIES, AND PROVIDING ASSURANCES FOR LOCAL MATCHING FUNDS.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Blythe to ratify Resolution 18-18:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR A KEYSTONE COMMUNITIES GRANT OPPORTUNITY.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Dadowski to ratify Resolution 18-19:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR A KEYSTONE COMMUNITIES GRANT OPPORTUNITY.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Ms. Homa to approve Resolution 18-20:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR A KEYSTONE COMMUNITIES GRANT OPPORTUNITY.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Blythe to approve Resolution 18-21:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR A KEYSTONE COMMUNITIES GRANT OPPORTUNITY.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Dadowski to authorize the job description for the Code Enforcement Officer. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Cornuet to hire Anthony Bruni as Code Enforcement Officer for the Borough of Tarentum, effective January 2, 2019, at a salary of $53,000 pursuant to the terms and conditions of an Employment Agreement as set forth between the employee and the Borough. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Ms. Fox to approve the employment agreement between Anthony Bruni and Tarentum Borough. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Homa, second by Mr. Blythe to approve the Professional Service Contract with Hoffman Kennels for 2019. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Homa to approve the request of the Recreation Board to hold a Christmas Event at Riverview Park on Saturday, November 17, 2018 following the Christmas Parade until approximately 5:00 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to accept the resignation of Mark Anuszek as Emergency Management Coordinator for Tarentum Borough. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Dadowski to approve the request of BridgePoint Church to hold a church service and picnic event on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Riverview Park pavilion. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Homa to authorize the Borough Manager to execute and submit a Letter of Intent to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development requesting technical assistance for Fire Service in Tarentum Borough. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Mr. Dadowski to accept the quote from MVS Security to add an additional door security access system to the police department in the amount of $1,413.24. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Cornuet to accept the quote from MVS Security to install three (3) HD security cameras to the Borough building in the amount of $2,265.92. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Homa, second by Mr. Dadowski to approve Resolution 18-22:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA APPROVING THE PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENTS, STRATEGIC PLAN AND DUES STRUCTURE OF THE PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION, AND APPOINTING THE VOTING DELEGATE REPRESENTATIVE.

The motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Gina Landa, 512 E 6th Avenue, stated that the Borough could should seek input from the community about reporting the worst alleys in the Borough, possibly a contest, as there are a number of alleys which are in need of repair or paving.

Mr. John Briney, 714 E 9th Avenue, presented concerns with about the lack of a code enforcement officer and is happy to see Council taking steps to hire a new officer.

Ms. Lorri Wildi, 450 E. 7th Avenue, happy to see council hiring a code officer and reiterated that the Tarentum Action Committee (TAC) will be available to assist the new code officer with various goals.

Motion by Mr. Cornuet, second by Ms. Josefoski to adjourn the meeting at 6:52 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.