Canonsburg Borough Council Meeting

Monday, March 10th, 2014

7:00 PM

 

       I.   CALL TO ORDER:

       The meeting was called to order by Mr. Bevec at 7:00 PM

       A. Moment of Silence called by Mr. Bevec

       B. Pledge of Allegiance

       C. Roll Call

            Rich Russo - Present

            Fran Coleman - Absent

            Joe McGarry - Present

            Tim Bilsky - Present

            John Severine - Present

            Paul Sharkady - Present

            John Bevec - Present

Others Present: Public Works Director Tom Lawrence, Chief RT Bell, Solicitor Patrick Derrico and Borough Engineer Harry Treschow

 

II. PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Prior to public comments, Mr. Jones, Chairman of the Civil Service Commission addressed the board.

Mr. Jones provided an overview of the Civil Service Commission discussing the following:

- In 2011 Mr. Jones was appointed as Chairman of the Civil Service Commission. The Commission first started by reviewing the regulations.

- Every year the Commission is required to provide an annual report of what took place the previous year. 

- Every even year, the Commission is required to re-do the committee. The Commission held their meeting March 10th, 2014. The Commission is in the process of re-arranging and re-organizing the committee.  At this meeting, it was important to add the requirement of 2 alternates, which the board agreed to do. Currently, the board consists of 5 members, 3 permanent and 2 alternates.

- Dan Briner was nominated as Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Jones was nominated as the Vice President of the Commission and James Chimento was nominated as the Secretary.

- Another requirement of the Commission is to have a list of three for the Borough. This is three possible candidates in the event the borough wanted to hire. Advertising for applicants will be done by email, newspaper advertising and advertising on the borough marquee.

            - Mr. Jones had the Civil Service Commission manual in his presence.

- Mr. Bevec asked if testing was completed to obtain a list. It was discussed that the Allegheny County Police Academy was booked; this will be discussed at the April meeting.

 

No other public comments.

      

III. PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS:

       There were two items addressed:

1. Mr. Bevec read an email from a resident on Fifth Street, she was impressed with the borough for how the roads were cleaned and passable during the winter, her street and other streets in Canonsburg were passable.

2. Mr. Bevec addressed a member of the Houston Borough Board (who was sitting in a public seat) if the Houston Board was in receipt of a letter sent from the CHJA signed by Mr. Bevec and Mr. Alterio requesting a joint three way meeting with the Authority and two other boroughs. Mr. Bevec discussed that there was an email conversation with Mr. Alterio and Ms. Gilmartin to see if the Houston Board would meet. Mr. Bevec mentioned if they do not act soon, the Joint Authority could lose bids.

The Houston Borough Board member stated it was mentioned the board will meet and that it was just a matter of when. The Houston board was meeting on Wednesday, March 12th and they should have an answer at that meeting.

Mr. Bevec asked if the board needed a motion to approve Mr. Jones report. No motion was required to approve the report because it is a matter of the record.

 

IV. VOTING ITEMS:

       1. Motion to approve February 10th, 2014 minutes:

Mr. Bevec asked if any questions and there were none. Motion by Mr. Severine to approve the minutes, seconded by Mr. Russo.

            Motion carried to approve February 10th, 2014 minutes

 

       2. Motion to approve Engineer’s report of March 3, 2014:

            (see Supplemental Engineers Report attachment)

a. Land swap between Canonsburg Commons, LLC and James and Diane Stahl. The Planning Commission rejected this application because the land swap requires a subdivision which has not been submitted. Motion by Mr. Russo to concur with the Planning Commission to reject as the subdivision application was not submitted. seconded by Mr. Bilsky.

Motion Carried to concur with the Planning Commission to reject Land Swap

 

b. Glenn Valley Plan #2 - Consisting of three (3) Duplex Townhouse Units. Recommendation from the Planning Commission that sewage module needs approved. Mr. Bevec spoke of re-using taps as long as the property is demolished and sealed properly. Motion by Mr. Bilsky to approve, seconded by Mr. Severine.

Motion carried to approve Glen Valley Plan #2 - Consisting of three (3) Duplex Townhouse Units.

      

       3. Motion to repeal Ordinance 1233 (Land Lord Tennant Reporting)

The background of the ordinance was discussed. The ordinance is to build a database of rental properties listing owners and tenants of rental properties in the borough. Since George left office, this has just been sitting and nothing has been done with it. Discussion was held by Mr. Severine and Mr. Bevec that more studying was required and more discussion to be held. It was discussed that rental units are being inspected and keeping cars off the roads. It was decided to table the decision until next month. 

Motion to table until next month by Mr. Severine, seconded by Mr. Bilsky.

Motion carried to table repeal Ordinance until next month.

 

4. Motion to Approve Handicapped Parking Space at 204 McShane Avenue

Discussion was held and all the paperwork was in order. Motion by Mr. McGarry to approve the handicapped parking space at 204 McShane Avenue, seconded by Mr. Severine.

Motion Carried to approve the Handicapped parking Space at 204 McShane Avenue.

 

5. Motion to Approve Handicapped Parking Space at 628 Euclid Avenue.

Discussion was held and all the paperwork is in order.  Motion by Mr. McGarry to approve the handicapped parking space at 628 Euclid Avenue, seconded by Mr. Severine.

Motion Carried to approve the Handicapped parking Space at 628 Euclid Avenue.

 

6. Motion to select and advertise a workshop meeting for the MS-4 update

Discussion held that the MS-4 update (storm water report and a public meeting) should be held to provide residents an update on where the board stands to keep containments out and to add this to the Canonsburg Council Meeting agenda. Discussion was held to have a public meeting on April 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm.  Motion by Mr. Russo to advertise a public meeting regarding MS-4 update, seconded by Mr. McGarry.

Motion carried to select and advertise a workshop meeting or the MS-4 update.

 

7. Motion to appoint Manual Pihakis to the Canonsburg Borough Zoning Hearing Board for a 3 year term - (1/1/2014 - 12/31/2016)

Mr. Sharkady had comments regarding Mr. Pihakis' serving on several other boards stating it would be too taxing and other boards would suffer.  Mr. Bevec stated that Mr. Pihakis asked to be on the board and his name was brought forward. Mr. Russo stated that Mr. Pihakis was on the Greek Church board, Renaissance Board and library board and that Mr. Pihakis is retired. Mr. Sharkady asked that the other boards be questioned about if they were suffering due to Mr. Pihakis being on several boards. Mr. Russo stated it is up to those boards to make that determination.

Mr. McGarry made the motion to appoint Manual Pihakis to the Canonsburg Borough Zoning Hearing Board for a 3 year term (1/1/2014 - 12/31/2016), seconded by Mr. Russo. 

 

            Roll Call:

            Rich Russo - Yes

            Fran Coleman - Absent

            Joe McGarry - Yes

            Tim Bilsky - No

            John Severine - Yes

            Paul Sharkady - No

            John Bevec - Yes

4 Yes, 2 No; Motion Carried to appoint Manual Pihakis to the Canonsburg Borough Zoning Hearing Board for a 3 year term (1/1/2014 - 12/31/2016)

 

8. Motion to appoint the following people to the Canonsburg Borough Planning Commission

                        a. George Loutsion - 4 year term - (1/1/2014 – 12/31/2017)

Motion by Mr. McGarry to appoint Mr. Loutsion to a four year term on the Canonsburg Borough Planning Commission, seconded by Mr. Russo.

Question asked regarding Mr. Loutsion's debt and discussion was held regarding the status of Mr. Loutision and his debt owed to the borough. Mr. Bevec asked to be caught up on the issues; Mr. Kipp stated that Mr. Loutsion had an outstanding bill of $9,000 and that he provided documentation that that showed he was being charged for a dumpster the same time that is was being used by another. An amount of $6,000 was written off and Mr. Loutsion paid $3,000. The $3,000 was paid in three separate checks of $1,000. Mr. Kipp stated that all checks had cleared.

Mr. Russo stated that the issue to appoint Mr. Loutsion was discussed at an agenda meeting and no questions were asked, Mr. Russo also stated that this was a voting meeting and not an agenda meeting and suggested the issue be tabled. Mr. Bevec asked to have all documentation together.

Mr. Sharkady asked Mr. Kipp if all residents would have debt forgiven and Mr. Kipp replied that this was a separate issue. Mr. Sharkady asked Mr. Kipp if the garbage bill is not paid, will garbage be picked up. Mr. Russo stated that Waste Management picks up the garbage as it is not involved with delinquencies. Mr. Sharkady asked if commercial was separate from resident and would commercial garbage be picked up if not paid. Mr. Russo stated it would be in the commercial contract. Mr. Sharkady asked for a copy of the resident's contract through Waste Management.

Mr. McGarry withdrew the motion to appoint Mr. Loutsion to a four year term on the Canonsburg Borough Planning Commission, Mr. Russo also withdrew his seconded motion.

Mr. McGarry motioned the appointment of George Loutsion on a 4 year term on the Planning Commission (1/1/2014 - 12/31/2017) be tabled, seconded by Mr. Severine.

 

                        Roll Call:

                        Rich Russo - Yes

                        Fran Coleman - Absent

                        Joe McGarry - Yes

                        Tim Bilsky - No

                        John Severine - Yes

                        Paul Sharkady - No

                        John Bevec - Yes

4 Yes, 2 No; Motion Carried to table the appointment of George Loutsion to a 4 year term on the Planning Commission (1/1/2014 – 12/31/2017)

 

                        b. Mr. Eric Chandler - 4 year term - (1/1/2014 – 12/31/2017)

Mr. McGarry motion to appoint Mr. Eric Chandler to a 4 year term (1/1/2014 – 12/31/2017), seconded by Mr. Severine.

Motion carried to appoint Mr. Eric Chandler to a 4 year term (1/1/2014 – 12/31/2017).

(Mr. Chandler was in the public, stood up, Mr. Bevec congratulated him and crowd applauded.)

 

9. Motion to appoint Mr. John Mohr to the Canonsburg Borough Uniform Construction Code Board for a 2 year term (1/1/2014-12/31/15)

Discussion was held and Mr. Sharkady inquired if certification was required. It was discussed that a certification is not required but some knowledge of construction was needed. Mr. Sharkady asked if anyone on the board new Mr. Mohr and inquired if Mr. Mohr had been interviewed and if he submitted a resume. Mr. Kipp responded that he did not have is resume on hand nor recall the details of his address.

Discussion was held that the position has been vacant for 2-3 years, the UCC Board rarely meets.  Mr. Bevec asked if it was an option for neighboring community to assist if needed, reply was yes. Mr. Bevec inquired if Mr. Mohr was a borough resident and Mr. Kipp responded that Mr. Mohr has been a Borough resident for years.

Mr. Russo stated that Mr. Mohr stepped up and volunteered. Mr. Bevec stated there were no criteria to advertise or submit a resume and Mr. Mohr was a person willing to serve on the UCC Board.

Mr. Russo motioned to appoint Mr. John Mohr to the Canonsburg Borough Uniform Construction Code Board for a 2 year term (1/1/2014 - 12/31/15), seconded by Mr. McGarry.

 

            Roll Call:

            Rich Russo - Yes

            Fran Coleman - Absent

            Joe McGarry - Yes

            Tim Bilsky - Yes

            John Severine - Yes

            Paul Sharkady - No

            John Bevec - Yes

5 Yes, 1 No; Motion carried to appoint Mr. John Mohr to the Canonsburg Borough Uniform Construction Code Board for a 2 year term (1/1/2014 – 12/31/15).

 

10. Motion to appoint John Svitek to the Canonsburg Borough Uniform Construction for a 3 year term (1/1/2014 – 12/31/16)

Mr. Sharkady asked if this applicant had experience and what his address was, the same criteria for the above matter (Mr. Mohr). Mr. Kipp responded that he did not have his resume on hand nor recall the details of his address. Mr. Russo stated this candidate stepped up and volunteered for the board and also stated that the board had never met.  Mr. Bevec also stated that this individual volunteered his time if the candidate is not a resident of the borough, then will be removed.

Mr. Russo made the motion to appoint John Svitek to the Canonsburg Borough Uniform Construction for a 3 year term (1/1/2014 - 12/31/16), seconded by Mr. Severine.

 

            Roll Call:

            Rich Russo - Yes

            Fran Coleman - Absent

            Joe McGarry - Yes

            Tim Bilsky - Yes

            John Severine - Yes

            Paul Sharkady - No

            John Bevec - Yes

5 Yes, 1 No; Motion carried to appoint John Svitek to the Canonsburg Borough Uniform Construction for a 3 year term (1-1-2014 -12-31/2016)

 

11. Add a "No Parking" sign to the 400 block on the Southside of the street from the sidewalk to the intersection of First Street and Euclid Ave.

(Please note this was not on agenda but a discussion with a vote)

Mr. Severine discussed that he met with Mr. McGarry previously regarding the need for a "No Parking" sign as it can become dangerous.

Motion by Mr. Severine to add a "No Parking" sign to the 400 Block on the Southside of the street from the sidewalk to the intersection of First Street and Euclid Ave, seconded by Mr. McGarry.

Motion carried to add a "No Parking" sign to 400 Block on the Southside of the street from the sidewalk to the intersection of First street and Euclid Ave.

 

V. Mayors Report

       Mr. Bevec stated there was no report.

Mr. Severine asked about the parking meters being calibrated from 25 cents per half hour to 25 cents for an hour. The cost for the calibration would be $700 for about 200 meters. Mr. Bevec discussed the history of numerous workshops with businesses and business owners, which there was no attendance. Mr. Bevec commended Mr. Severine for taking on the project and suggested a spreadsheet with data from the last three years to bring to the next workshop.

 

VI. Finance Report

Fran Coleman was absent, Mr. Russo stated all bills were reviewed by Fran Coleman and were approved.

       Bills presented were:

            1. General Fund

            2. Waste Water Plant Operations

            3. Garbge Service

            4. Fireman Allocation

            5. I&I

            6. Capital Projects

       Motion to approve finances by Mr. Russo, seconded by Mr. McGarry.

 

       Roll Call:

       Rich Russo - Yes

       Fran Coleman - Absent

       Joe McGarry - Yes

       Tim Bilsky - No

       John Severine - No

       Paul Sharkady - Yes

       John Bevec - Yes

       4 Yes, 2 No

 

VII. Unfinished Business

Discussion held regarding the Dairy Queen having a condemned sign, it was suggested to contact the code enforcers to verify if the building has been condemned.

 

VIII. New Business

1. Mr. Jim Tatano would like to purchase a lot owned by the borough adjacent to his property at the corner of Pitt and State Streets. The street is incorrect and the request was withdrawn.

 

2. Mayor Request for the approval of closing Pike Street from September 18, 2014 to September 21, 2014 for Oktoberfest, needs to be sent to Penndot.

Motion by Mr. Severine to approve closing Pike Street from September 18, 2014 to September 21, 2014 for Oktoberfest.  Seconded by Mr. Russo.

Motion carried to approve of closing Pike Street from September 18, 2014 to September 21, 2014 for Oktoberfest.

 

3. Mr. Severine discussed a borough dumpster being used by tenants of a rental unit. Discussion held for landowners to have tenants use the garbage cans that they are paying for.

 

4. Discussion held regarding 30 football players from the Canon McMillan High School volunteering on March 22, 2014. Two groups would clean the park/pavilion area and the other team would paint parking lines on Pike Street. Discussion held on the safety of painting on the street as well as if there was an insurance issue.  Suggestion made for the playground on the East End to be used versus painting lines on Pike Street.

 

5. Mr. Severine stated that he was meeting with Julia Stevenson on March 15, 2014 regarding meeting with the owners of Vocelli's Pizza shop for a possible mural on the side of the building.

 

6. Mr. Sharkady asked when the board gave legal notice for the annual meeting this year and if the board voted on the annual meeting date. Mr. Sharkady provided a clipping from the Observer reporter dated January 8th, however, after review of the clipping; it was not determined if the ad was from this year or the previous year. Mr. Bevec stated that the annual meeting date was set at either the Jan 6th meeting or the January 12th meeting. Mr. Kipp is to check the minutes; Mr. Bevec stated the board will re-affirm at next meeting if necessary.

 

IV. Resolutions and Ordinances

       None to report


X. Executive Session

       No Executive Session.

 

Mr. Bevec did comment that Mr. Derrico provided an update on the lawsuit/action last week.

 

X1. Adjournment

Mr. McGarry made the motion to adjourn the meeting, Mr. Severine seconded the motion.

 

Motion carried to adjourn the Canonsburg Borough Council Meeting on Monday, March 10,2014 at 8:14 p.m.

 

 

 

       Attachments:

       Supplemental Engineers Report

      

      

      

 

       Submitted by: Michelle Lobello