Trafford Borough Council Regular Meeting Minutes February 1, 2022


1.     Call to Order

2.     Moment of Silence & Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll call taken by Shannon Ulishney

Council present: Councilmember Batzel, Councilmember Bayko, Councilmember Cardiff, Councilmember Cole, Councilmember Corrales, Councilmember Perovich

Other staff present: Mayor Llewellyn, Borough Manager Stack, Solicitor Craig Alexander, Engineer Don Glenn

4.     Notice of Executive Session held February 1, 2022, for matters of real property and contracts.

5.     Appoint Casey Shoub, Sr., to the vacant council seat, with a term expiring

 December 31, 2023.

a.     Motion: Councilmember Cole

b.     Second: Councilmember Perovich

c.      Discussion: There was only one letter of interest for the vacant council seat

d.     Vote: 6,0

e.     Mayor Llewellyn swears Casey Shoub into office

6.     Approve the January 3, 2022, regular meeting minutes.

a.     Motion: Councilmember Perovich

b.     Second: Councilmember Bayko

c.      Vote: 7,0

7.     Approve the February 1, 2022, expense vouch list.

a.     Motion: Councilmember Bayko

b.     Second: Councilmember Batzel

c.      Vote: 7,0

8.     Public Comment

a.     Public comment for all maters which the public has concern. No public comment or questions on agenda items will be received after this point.

b.     Public comment for motions not listed on the agenda will be received when called for (Faye Batzel 6 Maple St Trafford, PA 15085 is concerned about a neighbor with 6 abandoned cars in the backyard of his property. 4 of the cars are not inspected, and 2 are antiques. A neighbor has moved due to this nuisance and they would like the code officer to do something.

c.      Borough Response: Borough Manger Ashley Stack commented that code is aware of the issue, and has spoken with the property owner. The property owner is getting documents together, and Borough will follow back up, and is actively working to rectify situation.

9.     Report from Borough Engineer, Glenn Engineering

a.     Reports Submitted

·       Every 2 years the bridges in town are inspected. A review was made of the November 29, 2021 bridge inspection report of the Wallace Avenue Bridge by SAI Engineering. No major deficiencies found. No emergency work needs done, and the weight limit will remain the same. There were 7 items that do need to be completed within 2 years. Engineer will meet with Borough Manager and Public Works. Most of the work can be done in house to lessen the cost for the borough to take on repairs.

·       El Grande is targeting work to commence at Hillcrest on March 14, 2022. Sanitary sewer replacement should be the first step, followed by storm sewer work. The last phase would be paving.

·       Glenn Engineering met with Mr. Kozubal on Tuesday January 25, 2022 concerning the extension of the Meadow St storm sewer through his property.

·       There is a new Grant coming called the Local Share Account Grant. This was announced by the Commonwealth Financing Agency to support projects in the public interest under the PA Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Eligible activities are Acquisition, Demolition, Infrastructure, Purchase of vehicles and equipment, engineering, administration and contingency. The Grant request shall not exceed $1,000,000. Projects must be $25,000 or greater. There is a $100 non-refundable application fee.  Applications are due from January 26, 2022 to March 15, 2022. Engineer will submit on Borough’s behalf once he hears from council and borough manager or projects needed.

·       Consent order Phase II- this will cost the borough a lot of money. The Department of Environmental Protection has issued this consent order and there are corrective actions listed, which will be discussed in detail by the Borough and Glenn Engineering. By June 2022, and annually thereafter, Trafford must submit a progress report. By December 21, 2027 the final report is due.

10.  Administrative Reports

a.     Borough Manger

·       With all of the recent inclement weather public works is due a thanks for maintaining the town, while working evenings and weekends, especially since the crew was down to 2 full-time employees and 1 part-time employee.

·       Several resumes and applications for the Code Enforcement Officer position have been received. The deadline to apply is February 4th. Applications will be discussed with Manor Borough and a committee will review the applications.

·       The houses on Murrysville Rd and First St, that were included in the demolition grant, have been torn down. The final structure of the project to be razed will be 302 Duquesne Ave.

·       Sewage bills are due February 16th

·       Current bank account balances: General Fund ($642,240.45) Liquid Fuels ($77,813.01) Recreation Fund ($5439.20) Sewage Fund ($876,700.99) Veterans Memorial Park ($7245.41)

b.     Mayor’s Report

·       Councilmember Corrales and the Mayor were presented with a $7200 check for police vests that was raised by Jack Jolly on his Tackle for Vests fundraiser. He raised $32,000 and donated a portion to Manor, Penn Township and Trafford to support police, and provide funds for vests. The Trafford Police Chief and officers wrote a thank you letter, and this was read by the Mayor.

·       Monthly Police Report for January 2022: 5 accidents, 1 assault, 30 assists, 3 criminal mischiefs, 11 DC/disturbances, 10 domestics, 3 drug violations, 1 DUI, 1 public drunkenness, 32 service calls, 18 suspicious activities, 115 documented calls, 11 citations issued and 5 criminal complaints to date.

11.  Committee Reports:

a.     Community & Economic Development- No report

b.     General Government & Finance- No report

c.      Parks and Recreation- No report

d.     Planning, Property & Ordinances- No report

e.     Public Safety-Councilmember Corrales said it was a pleasure to meet with Jack Jolly, and what a selfless act this fundraising was. He also wants to thank Public works for all they have been doing with the winter we had.

f.       Public Works & Sanitation- Councilmember Cole also wants to thank Public works for their hard work. Our roads look better than other neighboring communities.

g.      President’s Report:

·       The borough website has had many updates over the past month, and PSAB gave suggestions on how to have the website stand out that have been very helpful.

·       On January 5th councilmember Cardiff did meet with Dr. Harris at Penn Trafford HS regarding the junior councilmember program, and all are eager to get this started. There will be coordination with the high school social studies department to elect students. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors.

·       Wings across Westmoreland is still being worked on, and Councilmember Cardiff did reach out to Adam at Westmoreland Cultural Trust, and is waiting on a response as to when this will be started, as the borough wants to prepare with anything needing done beforehand.

·       New Committee assignments are as follows: General Government and Finance Chair/Co-chair (Bayko/Corrales), Parks & Recreation Chair/Co-chair (Batzel/Perovich), Planning, property and ordinances Chair/Co-chair (Shoub/Cole) Public Works & Sanitation Chair/Co-chair (Cole/Shoub) Community & Economic development Chair/Co-chair (Perovich/Batzel)

12.  Approve the indenture and payment of $1.00 to Makenzie Land Partners, LP, a PA Limited Partnership, for parcel no. 36-02-09-0-103

a.     Motion: Councilmember Cole

b.     Second: Councilmember Bayko

c.      Discussion: The borough is taking over the retention pond because they get MS4 credit.

d.     Vote: 7,0

13.  Approve the indenture and payment of $1.00 to Mark Kozubal for the ten-foot storm sewer right of way easement, located on parcel no. 36-01-16-0-004, for the Meadow St Storm and Infrastructure project.

a.     Motion: Councilmember Perovich

b.     Second: Councilmember Batzel

c.      Vote: 7,0

14.  Approve a one-time payment of $182.97 to ADT for the installation of an alarm system in the administrative offices, with a monthly monitoring fee of $53.06.

a.     Motion: Councilmember Corrales

b.     Second: Councilmember Cole

c.      Vote: 7,0

15.  Accept the resignation of Michael Stack as the borough’s building code official, effective December 31, 2021.

a.     Motion: Councilmember Cole

b.     Councilmember Perovich

c.      Discussion- Councilmember Corrales asked if the code officer they hire could get certified and then become the BCO- borough manager, Ashley Stack responds yes.

d.     Vote: 7,0

16.  Reappoint Ron Klingensmith to the planning commission, with a term expiring December 31, 2024.

a.     Motion: Councilmember Perovich

b.     Second: Councilmember Cole

c.      Vote: 7,0

17.  Reappoint Dave Hykes to the Zoning Hearing Board, with a term expiring December 31, 2023.

a.     Motion: Councilmember Bayko

b.     Second: Councilmember Corrales

c.      Vote: 7,0

18.  Reappoint George McCarrison to the Civil Service Commission, with a term expiring December 31, 2024

a.     Motion: Councilmember Cole

b.     Second: Councilmember Corrales

c.      Vote 7,0

19.  New Business

a.     Councilmember Casey Shoub asked if borough can contact Maronda homes regarding their sign off of Hillcrest Rd. All of the homes are sold, so the sign is no longer necessary, and it creates a hazard in the winter pulling out onto RT 130 obstructing the view.

20.  Adjournment

a.     Announce the next regular meeting for Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 7:00 pm in the Council Chamber and the discussion meeting for Tuesday February 15, 2022, at 6:30 pm in the Manchester Room

b.     Move to adjourn

c.      Motion: Councilmember Cole

d.     Second: Councilmember Corrales

e.     Adjournment 7:40pm