The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; R. Zezulewicz; T. Kirk; D. Baumgarten; S Torris. Council Member P. Coffey was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief.
The minutes of the January 5, 2004 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.
Mr. Robert A. Burke, 1063 Thornwood Drive - reported a water problem on his street between the addresses of 1049 to 1067 Thornwood. The source of the water is coming from a sump pump from his neighbor's at 1065 Thornwood which is draining onto the street causing hazardous conditions when the temperature drops below freezing. Public Works is continually salting the area, but Mr. Burke wants the Borough to consider putting in a catch basin in that area. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that there is no immediate resolution at the present time but would further investigate this problem.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Applications are being taken for a vacancy on the Civil Service Commission.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported collections of $5,414.00 for December. Balance after the change orders is $60, 550.63. Delinquent list is ready to be sent.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: - Nothing to report
Finance: - Nothing to report
Library: - Ms. O'Malley motioned to reappoint Ellen Engel as the Council Representative to the library; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Planning and Codes: - Mr. Ross stated that he has resigned as the chairman of BOCA Appeals Board due to a conflict of interest in being a full time employee of the Borough. Mr. Carlucci motioned to accept the resignation of Mr. Ross as the Chairman of BOCA; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Ms. O'Malley questioned appointment to the vacancy. Mr. Hartswick along with Mr. Ross stated that once the Uniform Construction code (ACT 45) requirements are finalized, a candidate for that position would be appointed in the near future.
Mr. Kirk motioned to reappoint Rick Drozynski to the Appeals Board for a two-year term; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Ross presented a drawing of the access road which is a private drive owned by the Borough. The current driveway to the bus garage extends up to the end of that property line and stops. In order to proceed with the sub-division, ENX proposes to extend the public road way to an 80 foot cul-de-sac which qualifies it for liquid fuels with a private drive for MARSA's corporate headquarters and future tenants. Mr. Ross recommended making it a public road, dedicating a fifty-foot right-of-way, and naming the road. Mr. Scabaloni will build the interior road system to borough specs and to dedicate it to the borough. The developer has suggested naming the road Castleview. D. Biondo will prepare an ordinance or resolution for the next Council Meeting.
Public Safety: - H. Lane requested Council's permission to donate three of the old computers from the Police Department to the CSVFD and four others to the District Attorney's Office for the Burglary Task Force Units throughout the county. Mr. Carlucci motioned to donate the old computers to the CSVD and the District Attorney's office; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Public Works: - Nothing to report.
Editorial Board:- Nothing to report.
MRTSA: - Nothing to report.
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: - Mr. Carlucci noted an increase in the December investment management statement.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: - Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: - Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick requested council to amend ordinance number 809 and adopt ordinance number 834 pertaining to gross weight limits on roads and bridges by increasing the gross weight limit of the Grove Road Bridge from 15 to 18 tons. Ms. O'Malley motioned to amend ordinance 809 and adopt ordinance 834; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
H. Lane questioned the gross weight limit listed for the Rockwood Avenue Bridge and stated it should have the same maximum as the Killarney Drive Bridge of 15 tons. Mr. Zezulewicz asked that ordinance number 834 be adopted with the stipulation that the weight limit ton on Rockwood Avenue Bridge be clarified. Ms. O'Malley motioned to accept the amendment of ordinance 834 with the stipulation of the weight ton be clarified on the Rockwood Avenue Bridge; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr Hartswick presented ordinance number 835 pertaining to general traffic and motor vehicle regulations. A request to establish stop intersections on Willow/Elm at Poplar Avenue and Wabash Avenue at Newport Avenue was made. Ms. Kovach made a motion to accept and approve ordinance 835 at its first reading; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr, Hartswick presented ordinance number 836 regarding the establishment and maintenance of the employees' pension fund. The Borough's police pension plan requires modification to bring it into compliance with the state mandated ACT 30 . Mr. Carlucci motioned to accept ordinance 836 at its first reading to be in compliance with Act 30; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented ordinance number 837 adjusting of rates and fees for certain Borough services. Mr. Kirk motioned to adopt ordinance 837 for establishing certain rates and fees for the calendar year 2004 at its first reading; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick requested that Council approve a service order authorization for McCully Road Sanitary Sewer Improvement Program with Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering with resolve to our Community Development Block Grant which has been approved for year 30. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve a service order authorization for the McCully Road Sanitary Sewer Improvement Program; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carries.
Mr. Hartswick requested a donation for sponsorship to the CSYA. Ms. O'Malley motioned to offer a sponsorship to CSYA based on the amount that was pledged last year; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Baumgarten mentioned a recent letter sent by Mr. Aiello who will be the developer of the proposed Castle Shannon Station. Mr. Aiello would eventually like to meet with Tim Murphy and Dan Onorato to discuss getting aid in obtaining funds from the Federal, State or County Government in the development of an eight million dollar parking deck. Mr. Baumgarten offered his services as a contact person along with Mr. Hartswick's assistance upon Council's concurrence.
Keystone Oaks : Mr. Zezulewicz congratulated Mr. Rauth as President and Mrs. Randazzo as Vice President who represent Castle Shannon on the School Board on their elected positions.
Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.
Other Business: Ms. Kovach remarked on preparation plans for Memorial Day.
Ms. Kovach commented that the storm drain is raised at the intersection of Castle Shannon Blvd. and Willow Ave. Mr. Ross explained that the Port Authority is not done paving and it will be corrected.
Mr. Kirk commented that the placement of the sign on Castle Shannon Blvd. "Do Not Enter" is not being understood clearly by motorists.
Ms. O'Malley questioned the condition of the sidewalks on Castle Shannon Blvd. crossing over Willow Ave. Mr. Ross explained that it is still part of the Port Authority's same project. Ms. O'Malley was also concerned about St. Anne's Street being one way. Mr. Zezulewicz clarified that it would remain a two way street. Ms. O'Malley believes a stop sign should be posted at the bottom of St. Anne's Cemetery. H. Lane will talk to the pastor of St. Anne's Church for his assistance. Ms. O'Malley would like removal of the sign "No Outlet " at the bottom of St. Anne's Street.