The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; T. Kirk; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; R. Zezulewicz; 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 December 16, 2002 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz introduced Kevin Brett, Borough Engineer from Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering to discuss the 2003 road-paving program. Mr. Brett outlined the bidding time frame: March - advertise; April - open bids; June to August - construction. Projected budget is $250,000.00 per year for a three-year program. Public Works reported snow maintenance problems on borough's brick streets, i.e. Home, Poplar, Pine and two sections of Willow. Six other streets were designated for repavment. Mr. Cheberenchick stated he would not be in favor of replacing brick streets with asphalt and would prefer rebricking the streets. Mr. Brett commented that the cost to re-brick a street is significantly higher than asphalt; however the brick street has a good longevity factor. Council had a lengthy discussion on the designated streets and brick versus asphalt. Mr. Cheberenchick suggested contacting Port Authority to assist with repairs on Willow Avenue due to their use of the street for construction vehicles. Mayor Baumgarten stated it would not be feasible to schedule repairs on Willow Avenue until PAT has completed their construction. Ms. Kovach suggested scheduling Kerry Hill Drive, Londonderry Drive, Waterford Drive and Maplewood as a package for 2003. Council agreed to fund Killarney Drive paving from the liquid fuels account, and Bockstoce Avenue and Sixth Street would be funded from capital projects with an add alternate bid for a brick section on Poplar.
Mr. Brett briefly discussed the Sleepy Hollow Flood Mitigation Plan.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: The agenda contained the 2003 annual report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported a balance due of $74,000 to collect; $72,000 reduction in 2002 assessed values; and a 2001 tax assessment change order increase from $0 to $1,000,000. Ms. Torris questioned if the borough's Act 77 would be implemented through Allegheny County's preparation of the tax bills. Mr. Zezulewicz responded council agreed to have the county prepare the bills.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach discussed playground equipment for the borough parks. Mr. Hartswick will meet with Ms. Kovach to finalize information for presentation to council.
Ms. Kovach noted that additional funds would be requested for Christmas decorations in 2003.
Finance: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the October Treasurer's Report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: Ms. O'Malley noted the news release from Heather McCue, Children's Librarian and stated Ms. McCue is a great asset to the library.
Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.
Public Safety: District Court Fines-$2,485.08; Parking Citations-$460.00; Report Fees-$165.00; Meter Fines-$180.00; Alarm Fines Received-$500.00; Special Services-$524.25; Ambulance calls-45; Police calls-376.
Chief Lane reported that William Kress has been offered employment with the police department upon completion of his exams.
Mr. Carlucci motioned to enter into an employment agreement with Chief Lane for a five-year period; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Kirk motioned to enter into an employment agreement for the 2003-2005 Service Employees International Union Local 585 AFL-CIO for the school crossing guards; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Public Works: Mr. Hartswick discussed the 2003 truck purchase proposal from Woltz & Wind Ford through SHACOG's joint purchasing program. Mr. Carlucci questioned if the current truck would be traded-in or sold. Mr. Hartswick stated it would be appraised and sold. Mr. Kirk authorized the appropriate officials to enter in to a contract with Woltz & Wind Ford for a Ford F450 truck through the SHACOG Joint Purchasing Program; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Editorial Board: Nothing to report.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: The agenda contained information on the April conference at Seven Springs.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: The agenda contained the 2003 dues statement.
Police Pension: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Distribution Analysis: EIT-$14,646.20; OPT-$340.57.
Engineer: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick presented a municipal lien revival for demolition at 190-K-142 from Jordan Tax. Mr. Biondo explained the purpose of the lien revival. S. Torris added the property is located on Havelock Street and Broadway Street. Mr. Carlucci reported delinquent taxes are due on this property. Ms. O'Malley motioned to revive the lien on 190-K-142; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick requested council ratify his decision to declare an emergency sewer situation at 1336 Clara at a cost of $12,500.00. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the emergency decision; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented team sponsorship donation request from Castle Shannon Youth Association. Ms. Kovach motioned to donate $750.00 to sponsor three teams; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor Baumgarten received a second letter from Chief Reffner requesting appointment an emergency management coordinator and requested council consider this public safety issue. Council discussed the coordinator's authority with regard to the borough's budget. Chief Lane stated an emergency management plan is in place. The coordinator should have good communication skills; be committed to attending the monthly meetings and be financially responsible through the borough manager.
Mayor Baumgarten announced the January Mayors' Association meeting will be held in Dravosburg and Dr. Simms, President of Allegheny County Council will speak. Council was invited to attend.
Keystone Oaks : Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other Business: Ms. O'Malley questioned construction on Martha Street with regard to dirt piled upon the foundation. Mr. Hartswick will discuss with S. Chermak, Building Official.
Mr. Zezulewicz asked David Ross, Code Enforcement Officer, to address council. Mr. Ross discussed various code issues that have not been addressed due to lack of an enforcement officer in the borough, i.e. houses to be condemned, apartments that need regulated, organization of occupancy permits. Mr. Zezulewicz discussed yard and grass issues. Mr. Ross added he is working with the police department to enforce the removal of junk cars in the borough.
Mr. Zezulewicz asked for an update on the Groveton construction. Mr. Ross responded that the construction was delayed due to lack of funding. Three manufactured houses will be constructed.