Council Vice President,
Nino Petrocelli, Sr.
Mayor, Betty Copeland
Solicitor, Thomas McDermott
Engineer, Joe Sites
Borough Manager, Lori Collins
Police Chief, Chad King
Fire Chief, William Chilleo
SouthBridge EMS, Dan Miller
REMARKS BY COUNCIL PRESIDENT MICHAEL TOLMER
At this point in the meeting Council President Michael Tolmer stated for the record that an Executive Session took place on Saturday morning, February 9, 2019, to discuss Bridgeville Borough personnel matters.
Mary Weise, Orchard Avenue: discussed her displeasure at having sat in traffic for over 15 minutes on December
23; Ms. Weise asked council to discuss considering a left turn light for Washington Avenue and Chartiers Street and at Washington Avenue and Station Street. Requested Council discuss with PennDOT a direct way to get traffic to 519 and 179.
Ernesto Cupo, Pinewood: Representing Lower Chartiers Watershed Association. The Lower Chartiers Watershed Association promotes the conservation of the lower portion of the Chartiers Creek watershed by engaging community members. The group plans litter clean ups. Ernesto invited all to the kickoff meeting March 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Abandoned Pittsburgh Gallery at 301 East Main Street, Carnegie 15106. Promotional material attached.
Liz Brandimarti, Critchfield: representing Western & Southern Life Insurance, Retirement, Investments. Ms. Brandimarti discussed career opportunities that are available and she left material for those interested in exploring a new career.
Dale Livingston, Cook School Rd: Representing Bridgeville Lions Club, he recapped his appearance at the last meeting with Dan Hupp and the flood relief offered the Bridgeville community. January 8 had a disaster planning meeting with Police Chief King and Fire Chief Chilleo to begin plans for a community organization to create a database of organizations and resources available in case of a disaster/emergency. Mr. Livingston thanked for the ad for the Lions Club in our Bridgeville Newsletter, see page 11 he said.
Robert Frye,r Bridgeville Towers: Presented and discussed his diagrams and his plans for traffic relief and flood issues.
Tim Nath, Chestnut Street: Representing Planning Commission and was here to recommend Larry Lennon for Planning
Liz Calabro, New York Street: Asked questions regarding process and procedures for the Planning Commission’s proposal sent to council regarding Baldwin Street. Council President Tolmer explained the process that Council will either adopt and approve the recommendation from the Planning Commission or send it back for further review and changes to the proposal. Ms. Calabro questioned whether council listened to public opinion.
Councilman Petrocelli, who serves on the Planning Commission, explained that the Planning Commission meets once a month and has been meeting for at least the past two years discussing the plans and options available and members of the community had been present and offered suggestions and comments at those meetings which were all taken under advisement. He urged all to attend when they could do so.
Ms. Calabro also discussed 18 wheelers using Bank Street and getting stuck couldn’t the Borough do something about making the trucks use a different route. Chief Chad King stated that it is a State Route and the Borough can’t control it. It would be up to Penn DOT and that in all his time here he has never had an 18 wheeler stuck on Bank Street.
A motion was made by Bruce Ghelarducci and seconded by William Henderson approving the Borough Council minutes of the January 14, 2019 regular meeting as submitted. All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
CONDITIONAL USE APPLICATION – 131 WASHINGTON A VENUE
A motion was made by Nino Petrocelli and seconded by Joseph Colosimo approving the conditional use application submitted by the owner of the property, Thomas Bean, Jr. on behalf of the tenant Pittsburgh Pets at Home, LLC was submitted to the Planning Commission for the property located at 131 Washington Avenue. The applicant proposes to utilize the property for the establishment of a Pet Crematorium. The plan is subject to requirements in Section 903.29 of the Zoning Ordinance which also reference requirements in Section 1001 Performance Standards. The plan was reviewed for compliance to Borough standards by Engineers Sites and approved by the Planning Commission for the consideration of Council. The Planning Commissions’ recommendation of approval of the plan by Council includes a contingency of landscaping upgrades and lighting upgrades to a goose neck style in order to create a cohesive facade with a current business in the area.
Remark by M. Tolmer: A public hearing was held on February 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. to receive citizen comments, there were no comments.
All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
ORDINANCE NO. 1007
A motion was made by William Henderson and seconded by Bruce Ghelarducci approving Ordinance No. 1007; an ordinance amending the Bridgeville Borough Code of Ordinances Chapter 15, Motor Vehicles & Traffic, Part 2, Traffic Regulations, Section 15-211. l Stop Intersections established specifically to create a stop intersection for vehicles traveling in easterly and westerly directions along Winfield Street where Winfield Street intersects Lafayette Street. Remarks: A 90-day traffic study was conducted to review the impact of the stop signs on traffic in the area. The ordinance has been duly advertised. All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
CURRENT ESTIMATE NO. 4 – 2018 SANITARY SEWER POINT REPAIR PROJECT
A motion was made by Bruce Ghelarducci and seconded by Nino Petrocelli approving the remittal of Current Estimate No. 4 – 2018 Sanitary Sewer Point Repair Project to Niando Construction in the amount of $32,080.93 for work completed to date. Remarks by M. Tolmer: The estimate has been reviewed and approved by Engineer Sites. All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
2019 PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE PROJECT
A motion was made by Nino Petrocelli and seconded by Joseph Colosimo authorizing Engineer Sites to
prepare specifications and Manager Collins to advertise the same for the 2019 Pavement Maintenance Project.
Remarks by M. Tolmer: Engineer Sites and Manager Collins will review the streets to be included with the Public Works Committee prior to the advertisement of the project. All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
A motion made by Joseph Verduci and seconded by Nino Petrocelli approving the appointment of Larry Lennon to the Planning Commission for a four (4) year term to the first Monday in January 2023. All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
A motion made by Virginia Schneider and seconded by Bruce Gheiarducci approving the appointment of Justine Cimarolli to the Planning Commission for a four (4) year term to the first Monday in January 2023. Ali in favor, motion carried 7-0.
A motion made by Joseph Colosimo and seconded by Nino Petrocelli approving the appointment of John Rattenni to the Zoning Hearing Board for a two (2) year term to the first Monday in January 2021. Ali in favor, motion carried 7-0.
A motion made by Bruce Ghelarducci and seconded by Joseph Colosimo to table the appointment to the Civil Service Commission for a three (3) year term to the first Monday in January 2022.
Remarks by Bruce Ghelarducci: As the applicant is not known by any members of Council, a meeting will be scheduled with the applicant prior to making this appointment. All in favor, motion to table carried 7-0.
A motion made by Joseph Verduci and seconded by Bruce Gheiarducci approving the February 2019 Bill List. All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
A motion made by Bruce Gheiarducci and seconded by Nino Petrocelli approving the payrolls of February 15, 22 and March 1 and 8, 2019. All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
A motion made by Joseph Verduci and seconded by Nino Petrocelli to accept the December 2018 Financial Report. All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
A motion made by William Henderson and seconded by Joseph Colosimo to accept the January 2019 Police Report. All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
A motion made by William Henderson and seconded by Virginia Schneider to accept the January 2019 Zoning Report. All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
A motion made by Joseph Verduci and seconded by Bruce Gheiarducci to accept and pay any commissions due the January 2019 Real Estate Tax Collector Report. All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
REAL ESTATE TAX REFUNDS
A motion was made by Bruce Ghelarducci and seconded by Joseph Verduci approving the following Real Estate Tax Refunds due to changes in the assessments as requested by the Real Estate Tax Collector:
|YEAR||LOT/BLOCK||AMOUNT||NAME AND ADDRESS|
|2018||255-P-110||$498.43||548 Baldwin Street, LLC|
593 Vanadium Road, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
|2018||255-F-235||$297.47||BZ Properties, LLC|
PO Box 2154
Cranberry, PA 16066
1041 Glencoe Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
All in favor, motion carried 7-0.
ADMINISTRATION, BRUCE GHELARDUCCI
No report by Councilman Ghelarducci.
FINANCE, JOSEPH VERDUCI
Councilman Verduci reported that the Auditors have completed their audit of the Borough and it went well. Some major expenses at this time of year include road salt; police and engineer expenses as well as the continuation offload mitigation.
PARKS & RECREATION, JOSEPH COLOSIMO
Councilman Colosimo reported that McLaughlin Run Park Project remains in limbo at this time due to the grant paperwork being lost by the state. It was reported that the LWCF which provided the grant has folded. The Borough Manager and Engineer are working towards a solution. They will be contacting the DCNR to see if they can help find out the status of this grant. Councilman Colosimo reported that they are looking for grants and he will be scheduling a meeting with the Parks Committee in the near future to discuss park needs. Parking lots and some playground equipment are in need of repairs.
PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS, NINO PETROCELLI, SR.
Councilman Petrocelli reported that the Borough Public Works is doing a good job with snow and ice removal; as the weather permits they are tackling potholes.
PUBLIC SAFETY, WILLIAM HENDERSON
No report by Councilman Henderson.
MAYOR, BETTY COPELAND
Mayor Copeland read a letter of appreciation sent to her by the Collier Township Police Chief. Collier Chief conveyed his appreciation and praise for Chief Chad King’s help in clearing a threat on January 23, 2019 at the Chartiers Valley High School.
Mayor Copeland read a statement honoring 92 year old, longtime Bridgeville resident George Barbour for his many accomplishments; in the broadcast industry as the first African-American hired by KDKA; in striving for diversity and fairness in employment; in working with the youth of the community; as a Deacon in the First Baptist Church of Bridgeville; as a leader in our community. Mr. Barbour marched in the Civil Rights March, Mayor Copeland recognized Mr. Barbour in honor of Black History Month, She thanked all who participated in the ceremony honoring Dr. Martin Luther King at the Solid Rock Revival Church in January.
SOLICITOR, THOMAS MCDERMOTT
No Report by Solicitor McDermott
POLICE CHIEF, CHAD KING
Chief King stated that in March, the Bridgeville Police Department will again this year partner with Collier, Heidelberg and Scott on a Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank at Bethany Church. It was
reported that last year they donated the largest amount of food to the Food Bank.
ENGINEER, JOE SITES
Engineer Sites discussed the McLaughlin Run Water Shed Storm Projects completing the field work for the Jane Way Access Ramp and lowering of the McLaughlin Run Park ball field. Engineer Sites discussed Chartiers Park ADA Restroom renovation project stating the park restroom had never had hot water and it was now a requirement by Allegheny County. Engineer Sites requested a motion to approve the purchase and installation of an instant, on-demand hot water tank for Chartiers Park as required by Allegheny County. Remarks by Engineer Sites: cost will be $4.274,00, Motion made by Joseph Colosimo and seconded by Joseph Verduci to approve the purchase and installation
of an instant, on-demand hot water tank for Chartiers Park restrooms at a cost of $4,274.00 as required by Allegheny County. All in favor, motion carried 7-0. Engineer Sites presented a copy of his written report.
FIRE CHIEF, WILLIAM CHILLEO
Chief Chilleo stated he had submitted his written report to Council. He stated there will only be three Fish Fry events during Lent this year and encouraged all to attend this fund raiser for the Volunteer Fire Department
SOUTHBRIDGE EMS, DAN MILLER
Dan Miller encouraged all to make a donation during their annual subscription drive which will be in the mail soon. He stated 2018 was a busy year with calls. He reported that Southbridge is working on finalizing a CPR initiative. Mr. Miller invited all to participate in the Top Golf Tournament benefitting
South Bridge on April 11 from 1 to 5 p.m.
BRIDGEVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, MARY WEISE
Ms. Weise encouraged all to attend “The 2nd Tuesday Series”
tomorrow night where Dr. John Oyler will continue his discussion of Bridgeville High School 1958-1959. The series will come to an end in March when they will discuss the last year of Bridgeville High School existence – 1960. Ms. Weise invited all to the BAHS program at the Chartiers Room of the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, February 24 at 1:30 in the afternoon. Dr. Aupperle will be the speaker. She also encouraged all to purchase a raffle ticket chance to win tickets, based on the daily 3 digit number of March 22, to an upcoming Penguins game on March 31.
BRIDGEVILLE LIBRARY REPRESENTATIVE
Ray Ahrenholtz had no report.
BRIDGEVILLE PARKING AUTHORITY REPRESENTATIVE
No representative was present.
BRIDGEVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE
Nino Petrocelli stated that the Planning Commission works with professional Planners and experts in the field of Planning to help the Commission in the duties of creating plans and solutions to traffic and planning in our borough. Mr. Petrocelli stated that during these meetings the commission members as well as the professionals and experts listen and take suggestions from the residents in attendance. He encouraged all to attend Planning Commission meetings to keep up with what is going on in the planning process.
BOROUGH MANAGER, LORI COLLINS
Manager Collins reported she had submitted a copy of her written report. She also stated that a survey had been sent to the property owners on Baldwin Street regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant. Responses are due by February 15 and the grant must be submitted by the municipality by February 28. To date there have been two responses so far.
Motion to adjourn