The Borough of Tarentum held a duly advertised, regular public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 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:
2018.12.06 – Agenda

PDF Minutes:
2018.12.06 – Minutes

Prior Meeting Minutes:
2018.11.15 – Minutes

Meeting Documents:
2018.12.06 – Sign In Sheet
2018.11 – Eureka Report
2018.11 – Highland Hose Report
2018.11 – Summit Hose Report
2018.11 – Legislative Locator
2018.12 – Engineer Report
2018.12 – Communications

Meeting Agenda

Call to Order.

*PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG.*

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

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

The following executive sessions were held:

Executive Session – Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. for Personnel Matters

Motion to accept the agenda as presented.

Motion to accept the minutes of the November 15, 2018 Meeting.

Opportunity for citizen comment.

  1. Letter from requesting use of Tarentum Park – Special Events Committee
  2. Letter requesting appointment to the UAJSA Board – Karen Marietti
  3. Letter requesting appointment to the Vacancy Board – Tim Kuhns
  • 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:
      • December 6, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Regular Council Meeting
      • December 27, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Advertised Council Meeting
      • January 8, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Council Agenda Meeting
      • January 10, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Regular Council Meeting
    • Administration, Employee Relations, and Finance Committee – Mr. Blythe
    • Water – Mr. Blythe
    • Electric – Ms. Fox
      • Execution of one-month agreement for December 2018 with PSEG at $58.94 MWh
      • Execution of 2-year agreement for January 2019 to December 2020 with PSEG at $38.52 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
    • Redevelopment and Revitalization – Ms. Homa

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

  1. Motion to appoint Michael Nestico as interim Tarentum Borough Zoning Officer.

  1. Motion to approve the request of the Special Events Committee to hold events in Tarentum Park on the following dates:

Date

Event

May 23, 2019

Movie in the Park

June 20, 2019

Movie in the Park

June 22, 2019

Community Yard Sale in the Park

July 13, 2019

Public Safety Fair

July 2019*

Movie in the Park

August 3, 2019

Taste of Tarentum

August 2019*

Movie in the Park

September 28, 2019

Food Truck Event

*Date to be provided

  1. Motion to advertise for vacancies on the various boards, committees, and commissions of the Borough of Tarentum for 2019.

Board Opening

Term

Vacancy Board

1 Year (Expiration 12/31/2019)

Planning Commission

4 Year (Expiration 12/31/2022)

Planning Commission

3 Year (Expiration 12/31/2021)*

Zoning Hearing Board

4 Year (Expiration 12/31/2022)*

Sewage Authority

5 Year (Expiration 12/31/2023)

Recreation Board

5 Year (Expiration 12/31/2023)

Recreation Board

5 Year (Expiration 12/31/2023)

Emergency Management Coordinator

No Term

*Remainder of existing term

  1. Motion to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise for the 2019 Borough meeting schedule, having monthly Agenda Meetings and Regular Meetings, respectively, at 6:00 p.m. as follows:

Agenda Meeting Schedule

Regular Meeting Schedule

January 8, 2019

July 9, 2019

January 10, 2019

Sept. 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

August 6, 2019

February 7, 2019

October 3, 2019

March 5, 2019

Sept. 3, 2019

March 7, 2019

November 14, 2019

April 2, 2019

October 1, 2019

April 4, 2019

*November 26, 2019

May 7, 2019

November 12, 2019

May 9, 2019

December 5, 2019

June 4, 2019

December 3, 2019

June 6, 2019

*December 19, 2019

July 11, 2019

*December 30, 2019

August 8, 2019

*If Necessary

  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 December 31, 2018.

  1. Motion to authorize the Borough Manager to seek the issuance of a Tax Anticipation Note (TAN Loan) from First National Bank in the amount of $350,000.

  1. Motion to approve Resolution 18-23:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING A TAX AND REVENUE ANTICIPATION NOTE.

  1. Motion to approve 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 from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.

  1. Motion to approve Resolution 18-26:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AMENDING RESOLUTION 10-13 WHICH ASSESSES A FIVE DOLLAR PER MONTH SURCHARGE ON EACH WATER ACCOUNT TO FUND A FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY MANDATED COMBINED SEWER MONITORING.

  1. Motion to publicize the Notice of Public Inspection and Advertisement of the 2019 Proposed Budget.

  1. Motion to advertise Ordinance #18-05:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, FIXING THE TAX RATE FOR THE YEAR 2019 AT A RATE OF 5.48 MILLS.

  1. Motion to advertise Ordinance #18-06:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, AUTHORIZING AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT FOR RETAINING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES COMPANY TO PREPARE A MULTI-MUNICIPAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.

  1. Motion to advertise Ordinance #18-07:

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

  1. Motion to approve Resolution 18-24:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA SETTING THE AMOUNT AND METHOD FOR FEES FOR SERVICES RENDERED BY THE BOROUGH, ITS EMPLOYEES AND TAX COLLECTOR FOR VARIOUS SERVICES PERFORMED FOR THE CITIZENS, RATE PAYERS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS.

  1. Motion to approve Resolution 18-25:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING BUILDING INSPECTION AND PERMIT 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 6:01 p.m. by Council President Erika Josefoski.

*PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG.*

The following members were present: 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, Mr. Tim Cornuet

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

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. for Personnel Matters

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

Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Blythe to accept the minutes of the November 15, 2018 meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

None.

  1. Letter requesting use of Tarentum Park – Special Events Committee
  2. Letter requesting appointment to the UAJSA Board – Karen Marietti
  3. Letter requesting appointment to the Vacancy Board – Tim Kuhns
  • Mayor’s Report – Update on the Police Department arrests and traffic incidents.
  • Manager’s Report
    • MS4 Update: PSA on Storm Water effects on environment, be cautious of what goes in to storm drains.
    • Upcoming Events:
      • December 27, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Council Meeting
      • January 8, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Council Agenda Meeting
      • January 10, 2018 – 6:00 PM – Regular Council Meeting
  • Electric – Ms. Fox
    • Execution of one-month agreement for December 2018 with PSEG at $58.94 MWh
    • Execution of 2-year agreement for January 2019 to December 2020 with PSEG at $38.52 MWh
  • Public Safety and Civil Service – Mr. Cornuet
    • Fire Department Meeting Report(s) – Will be posted online.
  • Parks and Recreation – Ms. Homa
    • Christmas Parade and festivities went really well
    • Over 80 seniors participated in Senior Bingo on 12/4
    • There will be no Recreation Board meeting in December
    • Business holiday light decoration judging will take place on December 20
    • Recreation Board is asking permission from council to place a plaque at the friendship garden in remembrance of Pastor Greg Blythe for his contributions to the recreation board and the community; also requesting to rename the friendship garden in his memory.
  • AVN COG – Ms. Fox
    • Most recent meeting named officers of the COG
    • Council woman Carrie Fox was honored at the recent COG holiday dinner as AVN COG Council Member of the year

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

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Dadowski to appoint Michael Nestico as interim Tarentum Borough Zoning Officer. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Dadowski, second by Ms. Homa to approve the request of the Special Events Committee to hold events in Tarentum Park on the following dates: The motion carried unanimously.

Date

Event

May 23, 2019

Movie in the Park

June 20, 2019

Movie in the Park

June 22, 2019

Community Yard Sale in the Park

July 13, 2019

Public Safety Fair

July 2019*

Movie in the Park

August 3, 2019

Taste of Tarentum

August 2019*

Movie in the Park

September 28, 2019

Food Truck Event

*Date to be provided

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to advertise for vacancies on the various boards, committees, and commissions of the Borough of Tarentum for 2019. The motion carried unanimously.

Board Opening

Term

Vacancy Board

1 Year (Expiration 12/31/2019)

Planning Commission

4 Year (Expiration 12/31/2022)

Planning Commission

3 Year (Expiration 12/31/2021)*

Zoning Hearing Board

4 Year (Expiration 12/31/2022)*

Sewage Authority

5 Year (Expiration 12/31/2023)

Recreation Board

5 Year (Expiration 12/31/2023)

Recreation Board

5 Year (Expiration 12/31/2023)

Emergency Management Coordinator

No Term

*Remainder of existing term

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to authorize the Borough Manager to advertise for the 2019 Borough meeting schedule, having monthly Agenda Meetings and Regular Meetings, respectively, at 6:00 p.m. as follows: The motion carried unanimously.

Agenda Meeting Schedule

Regular Meeting Schedule

January 8, 2019

July 9, 2019

January 10, 2019

Sept. 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

August 6, 2019

February 7, 2019

October 3, 2019

March 5, 2019

Sept. 3, 2019

March 7, 2019

November 14, 2019

April 2, 2019

October 1, 2019

April 4, 2019

*November 26, 2019

May 7, 2019

November 12, 2019

May 9, 2019

December 5, 2019

June 4, 2019

December 3, 2019

June 6, 2019

*December 19, 2019

July 11, 2019

*December 30, 2019

August 8, 2019

*If Necessary

  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 December 31, 2018. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Homa, second by Ms. Fox to authorize the Borough Manager to seek the issuance of a Tax Anticipation Note (TAN Loan) from First National Bank in the amount of $350,000. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Blythe to approve Resolution 18-23:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING A TAX AND REVENUE ANTICIPATION NOTE.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Dadowski to approve 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 from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Blythe to approve Resolution 18-26:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AMENDING RESOLUTION 10-13 WHICH ASSESSES A FIVE DOLLAR PER MONTH SURCHARGE ON EACH WATER ACCOUNT TO FUND A FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY MANDATED COMBINED SEWER MONITORING.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Dadowski, second by Mr. Blythe to publicize the Notice of Public Inspection and Advertisement of the 2019 Proposed Budget. The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Fox to advertise Ordinance #18-05:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, FIXING THE TAX RATE FOR THE YEAR 2019 AT A RATE OF 5.48 MILLS.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Mr. Dadowski to advertise Ordinance #18-06:

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, AUTHORIZING AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT FOR RETAINING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES COMPANY TO PREPARE A MULTI-MUNICIPAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr. Blythe, second by Ms. Homa to advertise Ordinance #18-07:

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

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Ms. Fox, second by Mr. Blythe to approve Resolution 18-24:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA SETTING THE AMOUNT AND METHOD FOR FEES FOR SERVICES RENDERED BY THE BOROUGH, ITS EMPLOYEES AND TAX COLLECTOR FOR VARIOUS SERVICES PERFORMED FOR THE CITIZENS, RATE PAYERS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS.

The motion carried unanimously.

  1. Motion by Mr Blythe, second by Mr. Dadowski to approve Resolution 18-25:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF TARENTUM, COUNTY OF ALLEGHENY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING BUILDING INSPECTION AND PERMIT FEES.

The motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Josefoski encouraged residents to participate in the Holiday Light Decoration Contest.

Ms. Gina Landa, 512 E 6th Avenue, asked how the Borough will acquire the necessary funds for the security deposit being placed with PSEG for the electric supply contract.

Motion by Ms. Josefoski, second by Mr. Blythe to adjourn the meeting at 6:46 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.