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January 8, 2007

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; and S. Torris. Council Members P. Coffey and J. O'Malley were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief and D. Ross, Building Official.

The minutes of the December 11, 2006 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten for a special presentation. Mayor Baumgarten presented Officer James Fleckenstein with a 2006 Honorable Mention Award from Amen Corner for his courageous and outstanding performance of his duties with the truck inspection unit.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting.

George Orr, 791 Killarney - stated Robinson Pipe has been completing sewer repairs on Killarney for eight weeks and also questioned if the sewer piping should have been replaced instead of repaired. Mr. Hartswick stated that the engineers put in place a three price option bid for the 130 work areas. Robinson Pipe is under a bid contract for the Phase I sewer repairs. The sewer lines were televised and reviewed by the borough engineers to propose an efficient, cost effective way to repair the lines. Robinson Pipe will remain on site until the lines are repaired.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section of the meeting.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 885 to establish a fee for real estate tax certifications. The fee was increased from $15.00 to $30.00 to reflect what neighboring communities charge. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Ordinance 885 at its first reading; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported December collections of $22,102.71; leaving a balance due of $76,972.18. This is a 97% collection rate. An additional $3,800 was collected in January.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold reported that a Memorial Day Committee meeting is scheduled for January 22nd at 5:30 p.m.

Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Carlucci motioned to appoint Joanne Ross for a four year term to the PCC Board of Appeals; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach listed many empty business properties in the main center of town and requested if the borough could qualify to obtain funds to revitalize the properties. Ms. Kovach added that the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority is working with Baldwin/Whitehall on the Brownsville Road business section. Mr. Hartswick will investigate options.

Ms. Kovach questioned if the Ravin construction trailer could be removed from the Ice Castle parking lot. Mr. Ross explained that the trailer is used for storage, and the borough cannot enforce the removal of it.

Public Safety:
The agenda contained the December reports.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Zezulewicz accepted, with deep regret, the resignation letter of Mr. Cheberenchick from the MRTSA board of directors. Mr. Cheberenchick has served the board since 1974, and Mayor Baumgarten added that Mr. Cheberenchick was a founding member of MRTSA. Mayor Baumgarten discussed the history of MRTSA, and its development into the successful service we now have. Council commended Mr. Cheberenchick on his dedication to this board and service to the community. Mr. Carlucci motioned to accept Mr. Cheberenchick's resignation, with regret; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to appoint Mr. Warhold to a five year term on the MRTSA board of directors; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Annual Conference is scheduled for April 12 to April 15.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Ms. Kovach motioned to accept the engineering services contract for 2007 for Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc.; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 520 to raise the fees for sanitary sewer service to $4.30 per 1,000 gallons over and above the ALCOSAN rate. The increase is necessary to fund the bond payments for the Administrative Consent Order sanitary sewer line repairs. Ms. Kovach motion to adopt Resolution 520; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten read a letter from Police Chief Russell McKibben congratulating Sergeant Robert Hick and Officer Jeffrey Recker for their professional response to an abduction incident. Mr. Zezulewicz stated, and Chief Lane agreed, that this comes down to excellent police training. This is a testimony to the fine police department the borough has under the direction of Police Chief Harold Lane.

Planning Commission Report:
Mr. Ross presented a request from KeDo Properties, LLC for a conditional use to operate a kennel in a C-1 Zone. Mr. Kevin Martin gave council copies of the planning commission presentation for a Camp Bow Wow facility at 971 Killarney Drive. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use with stipulations. Mr. Martin stated Camp Bow Wow is a national franchise with an existing facility in Greentree. Ms. Doreen Valentine explained that this is a doggie day care facility with outside fenced in areas. Forty-four overnight kennels are available to house dogs from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The animals are indoors in play yards most of the time. The facility, staffing qualifications, monitoring routines, and waste removal were discussed at length.

Mr. Zezulewicz was concerned about constant barking from numerous dogs annoying the existing residential neighbors. Mr. Ross stated the decibel range for barking would not be reached under the noise ordinance. Mr. Martin and Ms. Valentine agreed to work with the borough in the event that neighbors are disturbed by barking. Chief Lane stated that noise from barking dogs is covered under the nuisance ordinance. Mr. Martin explained that typically on very cold or rainy days the outside doors are closed and the play area is rotated where the dogs are inside only for one hour and let out for 15 minutes. This could be put in place on a more permanent basis if a barking issue does surface. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested insulating the building to reduce noise. A spirit of cooperation was expressed in ensuring that the dogs' barking would not disturb the neighbors.

Mr. Carlucci motioned to accept the Planning Commission's recommendations and stipulations for approval of the conditional use of 971 Killarney Drive by KeDo Properties LLC; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to reappoint David Ely for a three year term; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.


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