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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
January 10, 2011

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold, R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; K. Truver, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; Junior Councilperson M. Yanda. Borough Manager T. Hartswick was absent.

The minutes of the December 13, 2011 council meeting were presented. Mr. Smith motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz introduced Judge David Barton of Magisterial District 05-2-17, who presented borough council with copies of the 2007-2009 audit from the Pennsylvania State Auditor General’s Office of state funds handled through the district court. The audit produced no findings, and all recommended accounting procedures are being followed. Disbursements to Castle Shannon were $29,143 in 2007, $28,464 in 2008, $28,000 in 2009 and approximately $38,000 in 2010.

Judge Barton works closely with Chief Truver to schedule hearings during the officer’s routine schedules to reduce overtime costs. The average ticket costs $110.00 to a motorist, although the fine is $25.00 and the borough only receives $12.50.

Mayor Baumgarten questioned the possibility of the borough utilizing radar for traffic enforcement. Judge Barton answered that many bills have been introduced to the general assembly to permit local governments to use radar. The main argument against the legislation is that local governments will use the radar to increase revenues.

Mr. Zezulewicz stated that the borough is continuing to make a concentrated effort to enforce local code violations for property maintenance. Judge Barton has been working with Mr. Vietmeier on a number of cases.

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

Fire Chief William Reffner of the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department – wished everyone a happy new year and is reporting for duty as fire chief for 2011. Chief Brannon and his officers did a good job in providing a fire safe community for 2010. The increasing demands on the fire service require more hours to fulfill the obligations to the community. Chief Reffner looks forward to working with borough council, Mayor Baumgarten, Chief Truver, Mr. Vietmeier and borough administration. Revenues have decreased due to the casinos opening of table games, reduced vehicle raffle tickets sales on Route 88 from construction, and the downturn in the economy. The budget deficit of $15,000 to $20,000 was supplemented from the fire department’s reserve account. One pumper truck will be eliminated, and an aerial truck will be purchased for approximately $1 million to keep the ISO rating to maintain insurance rates. The problem of decreasing volunteers is being addressed by a strategic planning committee.

Mr. Warhold questioned radio communications with the county 911 center. Chief Reffner discussed radio frequency and dispatching tone changes, and communication problems with the 911 center. A SHACOG fire department advisory committee is scheduled for January 11th.

Jason Lardo, Integrity Construction; Harry Levine-Architect; and Laura Lorenze of the doctor’s office – addressed council regarding renovations for 345 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard for Dr. Gregory Flynn Habib. Mr. Levine presented poster size site plans, which include installation of an additional level, a gurney size elevator, offices, a lobby and rooms for physical therapy and diagnostics for orthopedic patients. The renovations were discussed in detail. Smaller sized site drawings will be prepared and sent to borough council.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to Report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported December collections of $12,625.19 with a remaining balance due of $109,842.62. Ms. Torris will have the exoneration list prepared for the next council meeting.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Finance:
Mr. Cheberenchick asked that a blight seminar expense for Mr. Warhold, Mr. Hartswick and Mr. Vietmeier be charged to the revitalization budget line. Mr. Smith motioned to ratify the December treasurer’s report; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library:
Mr. Orr stated the library roof is almost completed.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold discussed an upcoming seminar in Greensburg for blighted communities, and added that the revitalization corporation has taken ownership of the carpenter’s building.

The former Moses building was purchased by a real estate agent. Mr. Zezulewicz noted an article on Someone Else’s Bar and added that Mike’s Pizza has very good pizza. Mr. Warhold reported that Kabob G is doing very well, and things are moving forward in the downtown area.

Delta Development is sending surveys to local businesses and their customers in the business district of Castle Shannon Boulevard to determine their wish list for the area.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that he has completed many occupancy inspections on foreclosure properties recently purchased.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver presented the year end traffic enforcement report. One thousand three hundred seventy one citations were issued, which produced revenue of $44,262.

Chief Truver and Ms. Munson will visit Allegheny County’s 911 center to review their computer-aided dispatch software.

Public Works:
Ms. Kovach reported that the public works department is doing a good job on winter road maintenance, and the salt storage facility is at full capacity for salt.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Kovach noted that the IN magazine may be able to assist the borough with our newsletter information.

MRTSA:
Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Yanda reported that the breast cancer awareness dance made $1,000.00. In addition, Keystone Oaks will host the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science program.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the December distribution analysis.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor:
Mayor Baumgarten stated that the number of DUI and traffic accidents has declined in the borough due to Chief Truver’s aggressive efforts with traffic safety and the officers’ dedication of enforcing traffic laws. Mayor Baumgarten commended Chief Truver.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Warhold reported that the borough is submitting an application for a summer intern through the Local Government Academy program to assist the codes department.


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