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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
January 12, 2015

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; M. Randazzo; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten and S. Torris. Council Member D. Swisher was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; Junior Council Member, B. Fabbio.


The minutes of the December 8, 2014 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Brannon motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Bid Openings:
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept through the SHACOG Purchasing Alliance the successful bid of $30,729.00 submitted by Woltz and Wind Ford for a 2015 Ford Explorer to be used by the Police Department; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Ms. O’Malley with trepidation motioned to adopt Ordinance #898 to repeal Ordinance #869 related to reporting of lost or stolen firearms; with regret Ms. Brannon seconded; all regretfully in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Chief Truver recommended council approve the hiring of entry level Police Officer Michael Kalas, who would start his police duties on January 19th and be sworn in at the January 26th Council Meeting. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve Chief Truver’s recommendation; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported the December rate of collection at 95% with a total of balance due $22,972.80.

Mayor Baumgarten commented on the Sheriff Sale by Allegheny County of a property on Prospect Street on February 2nd.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Warhold pointed out that the commerce site on the Borough’s website has outdated information regarding businesses and needs updated. Mr. Warhold’s will ask new member to the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation, Mark Heckmann, to oversee any changes needed to the commerce site.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Hartswick indicated there are major plumbing problems in the downstairs restrooms at the Municipal Center and the issue will require three bids from plumbing companies. Bids should be available for review at the January 26th Council Meeting.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver stated that the Police Department over the years has participated in the National Highway Traffic Safety Aggressive Driving, Buckle Up and other grant funded initiative programs. Chief Truver recommended that council update the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project. Ms. O’Malley motioned to participate in the project and to authorize the appropriate borough official to execute any necessary agreement or other documents for the purpose of obtaining funding; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Truver indicated council had discussions with the Collective Bargaining Unit regarding giving special dispensation to an officer in relation to residency. Ms. O’Malley motioned the appropriate council official to execute a memorandum of understanding regarding residency as it pertains to the Collective Bargaining Unit; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Truver invited members of council, Mayor Baumgarten, Mr. Hartswick and Ms. Miller to a luncheon on January 20th at the South Hills Country Club where he will be sworn in as President of Western Pennsylvania Chiefs’ of Police Association. Council congratulated Chief Truver.

Finance:
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the Treasurer’s Report; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold informed council of a Community Day Meeting on Tuesday, January 13th and a CSRC economic restructuring meeting at 7:15 p.m.

Barry Cassidy started his job as the Main Street Manager with his office located in room 120 of the Municipal Center.

Mr. Vietmeier is extremely pro-active in getting business owners in the downtown area working on their dormant buildings to bring them up to code.

Mr. Vietmeier stated Dustin Jones is interested in buying the McGuiness property on Library Road and converting it into a restaurant/tavern. Mr. Jones will be at the planning commission meeting on January 19th.

Club Cycle is interested in opening a business in the Lebanon Shops at 300 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard and will be present at the January 26th Council Meeting to request a conditional use variance.

Mr. Vietmeier will attend a zoning hearing meeting on January 21st to consider the request for a variance for a cell tower behind the Lebanon Shops.

Ms. O’Malley questioned how Mr. Cassidy is getting paid. Mr. Warhold outlined the funding structure. Mr. Warhold suggested Ms. O’Malley meet Mr. Cassidy in his office at the borough building to go over his plans for the economic restructuring of the borough.

Library:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Hartswick suggested council work on their articles for the Spring newsletter.

MRTSA:
Mr. Warhold motioned to reappoint Mayor Baumgarten to a 5 year term with Medical Rescue Team South; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Seven Spring’s Conference April 9th -12th

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Mr. Hartswick stated demolition contracts are on the agenda.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Fabbio announced on February 7th K.O. will sponsor a dance supporting the wrestling program. A Coach Bag Bingo held in the school cafeteria supporting the baseball program will be the same evening.

Earned Income Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the 2015 Engineering Services agreement with Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick reported that the Administrative Consent Orders of 2004 will be expiring on March 31, 2015. Upon approval, Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineers will draft a letter to the Allegheny County Health Department requesting an extension of the existing ACO requirements until the ALCOSAN and EPA negotiations and Wet Weather Program is completed. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to have LSSE draft a letter to the Health Department; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo clarified council member’s time remaining in office in a letter sent by the Department of Elections to be filled in and returned. Ms. Randazzo will need to run for a two year term to complete the remainder of Mr. Smith’s term due to his resignation. Ms. Kovach, Ms. O’Malley and Mr. Cheberenchick are up for four year terms.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Nothing to Report.


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