Borough of Laurel Mountain Minutes
Regular Monthly Meeting Held June 17, 2009
Present: Griffith, Kinsey, Snyder, O’Brien, Holland, Mayor Light, Solicitor Miller
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. with a quorum present. The minutes of the May 20, 2009 meeting were approved as corrected. The restated minutes of the April 15, 2009 meetings were approved as–presented. The following reports were submitted to council.
(NOTE: The Treasurer’s Report is not included online due to formatting problems in posting it. It is available through Borough Council members.)
Public Comment: None
Mayor’s Report: No old business
Municipal Services Committee:
Road work has been completed and the calcium chloride has been applied. Some areas of the borough are developing a few potholes. This is happening mainly where ditches tend to fill and overflow. The pothole at the rear entrance has been filled by Mr. Kinsey. There are still a number of rough areas but in general the roads are in good shape. Council does not want to expend additional funds at this time but will continue to try to fill potholes from stockpile of material on hand.
The road has been patched where PennDot damaged a gas line.
Mr. O’Brien reported that he has only received two responses to his request for bids for the drainage project. Each of the three contractors contacted had identical specs. Don Ankney provided a bid of $10,800, Ramsey a bid of $7713.02, John Hardiman was the third contractor, he did not respond. Both Ramsey and Don Ankney were on a list of approved contractors received form the Westmoreland conservation District. The matching funds for the Conservation District grant will be provided by the DCED grant which has been approved in the amount of $,50000. The borough will still need to come up with an additional project for the balance of this funding. The DCED funds will need to be used on a permanent improvement to the borough. After additional discussion a motion was made by Mr. O’Brien, seconded by Mr. Griffith to award the Beechwood Road Project to Ramsey – carried. Mr. O’Brien will contact Ramsey regarding this award.
A firm price will be obtained from Davis for the abutment work, for possible inclusion under the DECD grant.
Once this information is confirmed, Mr. Light will meet with Jordan Frye to complete the project information for the DCED grant narrative.
No additional information has been received from Verizon Wireless regarding the placement of a cell phone tower on borough property. It has been reported that Verizon is interest in possibly placing the antenna on top of the water tower. Council discussed whether this would represent a zoning violation. It was further noted that there are two water towers, one in the borough, the other located on Ligonier Township property. If Verizon were to run into zoning issues with Laurel Mountain Borough, they would simply need to apply for a variance from Ligonier Township and place the cell tower on the water tower located on their property. It was noted that council could not deny a variance to the owners of the property on which the water towers are located and then turn around and grant a variance for erection of the tower on property owned by the borough.
Ms. Snyder reported that she has been in touch with PAMS per capita tax. The listing of residents has been cross checked and as time permits PAMS is sending out notices to residents that not listed on per capita tax records.
A letter from the Westmoreland county Tax Claims bureau has requested a listing of any leined properties in the borough as they are planning their auction of delinquent properties. The borough has no properties to report at this time.
Mr. Miller has prepared a letter to be sent to the state regarding the unclaimed property. This letter authorizes Mr. Miller to act as the borough agent in order to have these funds released.
Council will act on the Comcast Franchise agreement at the July meeting
Mr. Holland noted that repairs should be made to the entrance pillars in the next month.
Mayor Light reported during the month of May the police investigated four incidents, which included a criminal mischief complaint, a 911 hang-up call and an accident. In May, the police logged 8:53 . He further reported that a letter was sent to the Ligonier Police threatening the lives of officers and two named borough residents. It is possible a borough resident sent the letter. There is an ongoing investigation of t his matter by county detectives. The residents mentioned in the letter have been informed of this threat and are not required to file a complaint.
Municipal Services Committee: No new business
Finance Committee: No new business
Solicitor’s Report: No new business
Municipal Services Committee:
1. Beechwood Road Project
2. Abutment project pricing
3. Cellular Tower information
1. Comcast Franchise Agreement
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m..