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January 11, 2010

The meeting of Castle Shannon Borough Council was called to order at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of the Castle Shannon Municipal Center, 3310 McRoberts Road, Castle Shannon, PA 15234.

Mayor Baumgarten gave the oath of office to Council Member Michael Cheberenchick.

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

The minutes of the December 14, 2009 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The minutes of the January 4, 2010 reorganization council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve with a correction on page 2 listing the Building & Grounds chairman and assistant chairman; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Dan Collins - representing Cub Scout Pack 350 - extended an invitation to borough council to attend the scouts' pine wood derby at the fire department on February 19th at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Collins also announced that on February 18th the scouts are having a weigh-in at the Municipal Center and will have a police escort to the fire department the next day. A video crew will be on site.

Ms. Kovach officially closed the public section of the meeting.

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 $14,486.25 with a remaining balance due of $101,817.68. An additional $10,000 has been collected in January. Collections are behind the 2009 payments for this time period. Ms. Torris noted that five Sheriff Sales are pending.

Ms. Kovach stated that the property at 930 Park Avenue has been sold at Sheriff Sale and will be back on the tax role.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold reported that the second community day meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, 2010.

Nothing to report.

Mr. Orr reported that state and federal tax return forms are available at the library. A Tax Talk seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. by H & R Block.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier has been working diligently sending letters to residents about clearing snow from their sidewalks. Second notices were mailed today. Citations will follow for residents that do not comply.

Many duplexes on Sleepy Hollow Road have new management, and several driveways are scheduled to be asphalted this summer.

An animal grooming facility will be opening at 1256 Grove Road.

Mr. Hartswick announced a meeting with Environmental Planning and Design to draft revisions to the ordinance book. This item will be on the February Planning Commission agenda.

Mr. Vietmeier thanked the police department for their enforcement of parking tickets for vehicles parked on sidewalks on Sleepy Hollow Road. Parking on sidewalks causes dangerous situations for pedestrians.

Mr. Warhold motioned to accept the recommendation of Attorney McCabe to reduce the minimum Sheriff's Sale bid for property at 3744 Willow Avenue owned by Helen and Gerard Fisher, and to authorize the appropriate officers and officials to petition the court to authorize a minimum bid of $18,000 subject to concurrence by other taxing bodies. Mr. Smith seconded the motion; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold added that he is looking forward to working with Mr. Vietmeier on the Planning and Codes Committee and working towards community development for some local properties.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver reported that the borough's website continues to be the best source of information for everything police related. Because of the excess snowfall and public works' need to access roads for winter maintenance, permission has not been granted to residents for overnight parking and parking in the right-of-ways.

Chief Truver discussed the AlertPA and NIXLE free subscription services that provides additional ways to get information out to residents.

Mr. Warhold noted a Code Red alert that residents received for a child is missing report. Mr. Truver added that the service is to be used to advise residents of a missing small child or Alzheimer's patient.

Public Works
Ms. Kovach reported that the borough has a sufficient salt supply. The crews have been working around the clock on winter road maintenance due to the continuous snowfall. Mr. Warhold added that public works did a great job keeping up with the snow removal.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Kovach asked Mr. Hartswick to schedule a discussion on time frames for the next newsletter.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Seven Springs conference is scheduled for April 8th to April 11th.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution 551 to appoint Ms. O'Malley as representative and Mr. Cheberenchick as alternate to the SHACOG Franchising Authority Board; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution 552 to appoint Donald Baumgarten as representative and Regis Zezulewicz as alternate to the SHACOG Cable Television Joint Rate Review Board; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Orr motioned to appoint Jean O'Malley as primary delegate and Ms. Kovach as alternate delegate to the SHACOG Board of Directors; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick announced that Castle Shannon will host the March SHACOG meeting. A short discussion continued on various municipal center rooms available for the meeting.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report. Junior Council Person:
Ms. Munson reported that Parkway Vo-Tech will be accepting students from the 9th grade to the school in 2011.

Portable play stations have been purchased for the elementary schools to assist in teaching various subjects.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
December Distribution Analysis: EIT - $29,962.25; OPT - $4,098.09.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor Baumgarten agreed with Chief Truver that residents cannot park on the street when it affects snow removal by public works.

The Borough of Whitehall publishes a very colorful newsletter, and Mayor Baumgarten believes the editorial board should review and enhance our newsletter format. Mr. Harry Munson suggested that the newsletter be published more often and discussed many possibilities to enhance the publication.

Planning Commission Report:
A planning commission meeting is scheduled for January 18th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda will contain a request from Family Video to lease part of their building to UPMC, and the bill board ordinance will be reviewed. Mr. Cheberenchick questioned the taxability of the Family Video/UPMC building. Mr. Biondo advised that since UPMC will be leasing the space, the full area would be taxable to Family Video.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo noted a substantial decrease by county change order for the Five B's LP properties. Keystone Oaks has filed an assessment appeal. Mr. Biondo will monitor the appeal. Mr. Vietmeier stated that some of the property is located in Baldwin Township.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Mr. Biondo reported that a zoning hearing board meeting is scheduled for January 21st and 7:00 p.m. to address an appeal by Genesis Advertising Company to place a billboard in a commercial district. The ordinance will be on the agenda for the planning commission next month.

Ms. O'Malley requested that the borough manager send a letter of thanks to Bill Reffner for his years of service to the fire department and community.

Mr. Warhold motioned to adjourn the meeting; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.


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