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January 12, 2009

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

The minutes of the December 8, 2008 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Ms. Kovach closed the public comments.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 540 - approving the request for a liquor license transfer by Mendoza Express Company. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Resolution 540.

Abraham Mendoza, Owner of Mendoza Express Company - described the family-style Mexican restaurant that he is planning to open in at 300 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard in Castle Shannon. Hours of operation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mr. Hartswick noted that neither Chief Lane or Myers Management had any negative concerns regarding this liquor license transfer. Ms. Kovach closed the public hearing on Resolution 540. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt Resolution 540 at its first reading; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported December collections of $25,734.81 leaving a balance of $70,911.67. An additional $21,500.00 was collected in January, leaving a 2008 collection rate of 98%. Mr. Cheberenchick commended Ms. Torris on her collections.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold reported that a meeting was held last week for re-establishment of the downtown revitalization committee. A new slate of board members was approved and a meeting is scheduled this week to review by-laws and create subcommittees. A short discussion continued on the procedure utilized to re-establish the board.

A community day committee meeting is scheduled next week. Johnny Angel and The Halos will be performing, along with a country band. Fireworks will be provided. Correspondence will be sent to booth sponsors requesting participation.

Mr. Cheberenchick reported that borough revenue collections were higher than anticipated for 2008. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the November and December treasurer's report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley reported that four applications were received for two library board positions. The board appointed Diane Zilch and Diana Rossman to fill the vacancies.

Ms. O'Malley invited residents to attend the library's monthly family movie night to view new release movies.

Planning and Codes:
Many residents were confused about the garbage company's revised pick-up dates; therefore Mr. Vietmeier hand delivered flyers to residents with trash out on the incorrect day.

Mr. Vietmeier is currently working on providing notices of violation to residents parking in grass and banner violations for businesses.

Mr. Cheberenchick commended Mr. Vietmeier on his success in eliminating many vehicles throughout the borough with violations such as unregistered, unlicensed, inoperable junk cars.

The agenda contained the December building permit report and amusement device list.

Public Safety:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold read a letter provided by Lt. Douglas Widmer of MRTSA commending Officer Gary Watkins and Officer Matt Abel for their assistance, professionalism and compassion with an ambulance call on December 18th regarding an infant.

Mayor Baumgarten was pleased to report that MRTSA passed a self sustaining budget for 2009 that may not require subsidizing from the borough. Mayor Baumgarten was appointed chairman of the board for MRTSA for the next two years.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. O'Malley reported that she has been appointed as president of the SHACOG board of directors and will be installed on Thursday evening. Ms. O'Malley added that franchise funds have been received from Verizon and Comcast.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Distribution Analysis for December: EIT $34,911.35; LST - 3,921.30.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed security measure implemented for the administration and codes office, and suggested purchasing two cameras and a monitor in the hallway. A written estimate was received for $2,915.00 from SSI Security Inc. Mr. Cheberenchick confirmed that the cameras would cover the tax office also. Ms. Kovach suggested purchasing security cameras for the lower level; however Chief Lane suggested purchasing a locking gate to section off the hallway and limit access during ball games. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to purchase security cameras for the upper level, Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo noted the Pennsylvania open records law became effective January 1, 2009. Mr. Biondo will be working with Mr. Hartswick on the appointment of the records officer, written policy, posting the policy, etc.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. O'Malley requested the borough website be reviewed for outdated information.

Mr. Warhold and Mr. Hartswick discussed scheduling a meeting with CSYA in March.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adjourn; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.


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