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January 09, 2006

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

The minutes of the January 3, 2006 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten to swear in Lauren Pusateri as Junior Council Person for 2006.

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

Michael Ferrari, 3528 Middleboro Road - questioned why the newly posted parking signs are being installed in the borough. Mayor Baumgarten discussed the ordinance that limits parking to one side of many borough streets. Due to past construction and utility pole replacements, many no parking signs were not reposted. There has been confusion as to which side of the street the signs are to be posted, and the borough is attempting to comply with the ordinance. Mr. Ferrari stated that there has always been no parking on his side of the street, however now there is a sign across the street by the fence. From Orr Drive to Hamilton Road on Middleboro, the ordinance currently has no parking on both sides, which must be corrected. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that the police chief and borough engineers reviewed each borough street in the past to prepare this ordinance. If council wishes to change the ordinance, an advertised public meeting would be scheduled and the borough solicitor would prepare an amendment to change the ordinance. Mr. Warhold suggested that council delay amending the ordinance until all the newly posted sign problems are resolved. Council agreed to remove the no parking signs for a ninety day period.

Rick Mazzarini, 3751 Grant Street - questioned when the police would start ticketing the vehicles for no parking. Mr. Mazzarini stated Grant Street has always had no parking on one side of the street, however the signs were moved to the other side. Drivers are parking on both sides. Mayor Baumgarten clarified from Shady Run the no parking should be on the left side of Grant Street. Mr. Hartswick will address the reposting with the Public Works Department.

Mr. John Welch, 957 Pine Avenue - questioned if driveways or parking pads have to be paved. Mr. Ross stated that any newly constructed driveway or parking pad must be concrete or asphalt, not gravel. Mr. Welch stated a dangerous spot is the corner of Canal Street where gravel comes out onto the road from a bar's parking area. Another gravel area is a commercial lot by an apartment building on the street behind Locust Street. Mr. Welch stated the gravel parking areas have been in place for over one year. Mayor Baumgarten and Mr. Cheberenchick discussed the ordinance and procedures wherein residents requested additional parking, obtained a permit for a parking pad, and the borough required the area to be paved with concrete or asphalt. Mr. Ross stated a permit is not required for a driveway, and many residents temporarily construct a gravel area and never complete the paving. Mr. Ross will investigate the areas of concern.

William Reffner, Fire Chief of the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department - asked if council had any questions on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) resolution initiated by the federal government for the state, counties and boroughs to adopt. In the case of large emergencies or terrorist activities, NIMS provides a standard, consistent method that will allow all levels of government to work together including police, fire and medical rescue teams. Future grants from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or Region 13 or state grants may be denied if the resolution is not adopted. South Hills Area Council of Governments (SHACOG) has sponsored classes at the borough's fire hall and South Baldwin wherein 300-400 firemen attended classes to prepare for a website test and complete certification. Firemen, police departments, public works employees along with the borough mayor, council president and borough manager should be certified. NIMS training to prepare for the test is also available online. Chief Reffner stated there is no out-of-pocket cost to the borough, and reiterated that grant funding could be denied if the borough is not compliant with NIMS.

Chief Reffner asked for borough council's support of the Fire Chiefs Advisory Committee through SHACOG. Baldwin Township will support the program and pay of the $500 and their residents' portion, thereby reducing Castle Shannon's cost by $250.00. Annual cost to the borough is $250 base plus .06 cents per resident ($763.36). Joint bidding for commodities could reduce the fire department's costs, i.e. fire hoses. Funding provided by the borough would be used for experienced outside training instructors to teach large groups of firefighters how to handle terrorist threats. Ms. Kovach and Ms. O'Malley, the borough's representatives to SHACOG, agreed that this program is worthwhile.

Chief Reffner discussed the borough's $5,000 annual contribution to the fire department for South Hills Regional Dispatch Center (SHRDC). Chief Reffner believes the fire department should remain with SHRDC since the county is not staffed or trained properly to handle the volume of communities that have joined the 911 Center. The police departments and MRTSA can handle the major of emergency calls unaided; however the fire department relies heavily on mutual aid coordination, i.e. go teams, fire marshall contacts, MRTSA, other fire departments, etc. Chief Reffner believes that the fire department may join the county's center later this year or next year. Mr. Zezulewicz clarified that the borough's donation of $5,000 is not designated as payment for dispatch services, and disagreed with Chief Reffner on the county's capabilities. Chief Reffner stated if the fire department joined the county at this time, the fire department would have to monitor four radio frequencies to talk to second alarm companies, and that is unacceptable. Mr. Zezulewicz commended the fire fighters that risk their lives for the community. If the fire department believes it should remain with the SHRDC for an extended period of time (three to six months) to receive the best service, borough council agreed to support their decision. Mr. Zezulewicz requested an update from Chief Reffner in six months' time.

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

Bid Openings: Mr. Hartswick presented three bids for the 2001 Ford Crown Victoria police car: 1) Grace Quality Used Cars, Inc. - $3,256.00; 2) James Sokol - $2,187.00; 3) Gaudino Brothers LLC -$1,230.00. Ms. Kovach motioned to accept the bid from Grace Quality Used Cars, Inc.; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 510 approving the transfer of Restaurant Liquor License R-115803 into the Borough of Castle Shannon from the Borough of Braddock. Mr. Hartswick stated that correspondence was mailed to Meyers Management at 350 Mt. Lebanon Blvd., and no voiced or written concerns were received from the other tenants. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing on Resolution 510.

Louis Caputo, Esq. - attorney for Cerminara Inc. offered to answer any questions on the transfer process or the business. Mr. Zezulewicz questioned the location. Mr. Ross answered the former video store location. The restaurant will be called "The Saucy Noodle" and have Italian/American cuisine. Mr. Zezulewicz questioned if the owners have any restaurants currently operating. Mr. Caputo answered no, however the owners have over twenty years of experience in the restaurant business.

Mr. Ralph Cerminara, 365 Broadmore Avenue, Mt. Lebanon - stated he is the former owner of the Pub-N-Pizza on Castle Shannon Boulevard. Mr. Cerminara and his son will operate the restaurant with evening hours ending at 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and weekend hours ending at 11:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Resolution 510; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported December collections of $5,080.77 with an assessment increase of $275.61. Balance of face tax to be collected is $98,505.21. Ms. Torris reported that an estimated $10,000 was collected in January.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: - Nothing to report.

Finance: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the December Treasurer's Report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library: Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach congratulated Mr. Ross for his appointment as President of the Commonwealth Building Officials.

Public Safety:

December reports: Parking Citations - $300.00; Report Fees - $120.00; Meter Fines - $120.00; Alarm Fines Received - $150.00; Special Services - $553.30.

Mayor Baumgarten requested council place a temporary stop sign on Wabash at Newport until the temporary construction road to the MARSA property is closed. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve a temporary stop sign as stated; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten noted a thank you letter to Chief Lane from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs for meeting with two Albanian visitors.

Mr. Zezulewicz stated that council needs to make a motion to temporarily remove the no parking signs on one side of Middleboro from Orr Drive to Hamilton Road for a ninety day period. Mr. Warhold made the motion; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented the tow procedures for towers prepared by Chief Lane and reviewed by Mr. Biondo and the borough's insurance carrier. Mr. Cheberenchick questioned why a tow vehicle shall stop before the accident scene. Mr. Hartswick answered due to possible hazardous conditions at the scene where the area is roped off and to avoid additional constriction of traffic. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt the Tow Procedures for Towers and the Castle Shannon Police Department; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works: Nothing to report.

Editorial Board: Nothing to report.

Mr. Cheberenchick stated an invoice for $48,820 for the 2006 MRTSA deficient should be tabled and reviewed with Mr. Hartswick. Mr. Cheberenchick will have a written report ready for council's review at a future meeting.

Municipal Associations:
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments: Ms. Kovach motioned to support the Fire Chiefs Advisory Committee through SHACOG and pay the annual dues; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Police Pension: Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 509 adopting the National Incident Management System. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 509; Mr. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented the 2006 Engineering Services Agreement from Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. Council will evaluate the proposal.

Mayor: Mayor Baumgarten affirmed that since Castle Shannon has joined the county's 911 center, the emergency response time has remained the same and there have been no instances of problems. Mt. Lebanon Commissioners have stated that eliminating the SHRDC and joining the county would cause degradation of response time. Castle Shannon and Dormont had a lower response time in November than Mt. Lebanon. Mayor Baumgarten believes that the county could handle the calls for the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department.

Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks: Mr. Zezulewicz asked Ms. Pusateri to prepare a verbal report of school activities for the next meeting.

Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.

Other: Ms. Cleary stated that the county has extended the time period for real estate assessments until the end of March. Council thanked Ms. Cleary for attending the meeting.

Ms. O'Malley announced that Tom McMullen was appointed to the Keystone Oaks School District.

Ms. O'Malley revisited the issue of the traffic pattern at Baldwin Street and Willow Avenue. Ms. O'Malley stressed that this is a dangerous intersection that has been discussed for five years without resolution. Chief Lane had a proposal for signage. An engineering traffic study proposal was received at a cost of $5,000 to $8,000. Mr. Ross stated a traffic study is necessary to eliminate liability in the event of an accident. Mr. Hartswick will discuss further with Chief Lane.

Mr. Warhold stated the Emergency Management Services Tax Ordinance should be reviewed at the next meeting. Mr. Zezulewicz added that Castle Shannon will be adopting some form of the tax in the near future.

Mr. Warhold questioned the time frame for a temporary stop sign. Mr. Zezulewicz stated a temporary stop sign can be placed for three months. A permanent stop sign requires a traffic study supported by data, but an intersection change requires a stamped engineering traffic study.


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