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January 22, 2007

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

The minutes of the January 8, 2007 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten. Mayor Baumgarten introduced the 2007 Drug Abuse Resistance Education essay contest winners from Myrtle Avenue Elementary School. Sergeant David Lane and Patrolman Gary Watkins were the course instructors. Thomas Jackson and Christopher Grecek read their essays for the audience. Julia Scholl was not present for the award. Council congratulated the students.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Fire Chief Bill Reffner - reported that the number of fire calls was down from the prior year, and there were no injuries or fatalities. Chief Reffner discussed the identity of the CSVFD. The NIMS incident management training, response of Go-Team and accountability program is the three areas that are scrutinized when a fire fatality occurs. The skills, equipment, training and green fire truck are recognized by other fire departments and identify the CSVFD.

The fire department will have emergency dispatch services performed by the county services when the South Hills Regional Dispatch System closes in July. Chief Reffner discussed the CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system to identify locations of incidents.

The SHACOG Fire Chiefs' Advisory committee proposed to the county that the twenty-two radio frequencies in SHACOG be consolidated into two areas to retain dispatching and operational frequencies. Chief Reffner thanked council for supporting the SHACOG advisory committee. The Standard Order Guidelines (SOG) is in place for radio communications. Chief Bob Full, County Emergency Operations is working diligently with the Fire Chiefs' Advisory Committee to enable a smooth transition. The county dispatch is doing a great job.

Chief Reffner added that residents should experience no changes in fire department emergency service with the dispatching change. The fire department appreciates working with Police Chief Lane and the police department due to the mutual cooperation and professionalism of all emergency response agencies.

Joan Cleary, Allegheny County Council Member - stated she has every respect for Bob Full, Chief of County Emergency Operations, who is very professional and conscience. Chief Reffner and Chief Lane agreed.

Ms. Cleary attended the SHACOG meeting last week, and reported that the Fire Chiefs' Advisory Committee and Police Chiefs' Advisory Committee are working well together for the benefit of the communities.

Ms. Cleary reported that Port Authority of Allegheny County is proposing major residential bus route cuts throughout Allegheny. Bus routes will run on main roadways only. PAT should revisit their plan, consider other strategies, and residents should attend a meeting scheduled on Wednesday, February 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Castle Shannon Fire Hall. Ms. Cleary urges residents to contact Port Authority through letters and e-mails.

Ms. Cleary discussed the non-smoking ban that may go into effect May 1st in taverns and restaurants. The ban is currently in effect for offices and public buildings.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section of the meeting. Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick reported that four bids were received for the Rebecca Street Retaining Wall. The bids are being reviewed by the borough engineers for presentation to council in February.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold reported that the Memorial Day Committee held their initial meeting today to lay groundwork for the event.

Council will meet with Castle Shannon Youth Association on February 5th at 6:30 p.m.

A meeting is scheduled in Dormont next week for the Peer-to-Peer Grant Program.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the December treasurer's report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley reported that two residents were appointed to the Library Board, Janet Montgomery and Theresa Nones.

Ms. Heather McCue, the Children's Librarian, has been appointed as Library Director as of February 1st. Ms. McCue has done a wonderful job for the library.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Ross stated the department is officially using the 2006 ICC Code.

Ms. Kovach questioned if economic development funding was available for vacant businesses. Mr. Hartswick is reviewing options.

Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the Baldwin Street and Willow Avenue intersection regarding traffic pattern changes. Mr. Ross and Chief Lane spoke to David Calabria for proposed changes; however no concrete plans have been made. Mr. Zezulewicz requested written goals and deadlines to move forward with this project. Chief Lane stated the parking lot would be contained to prevent vehicles cutting from an angle on Willow Avenue; PAT would move their warning signal; and place a stop sign on Willow Avenue northbound and southbound. D. Ross has a letter from Penndot approving restructuring the intersection. A traffic engineer must physically design the plan. Ms. Kovach motioned to secure a traffic engineer to design the plan and move forward with the intersection restructuring; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Safety:
Mr. Carlucci reported that a deadly accident occurred on Connor Road at Greenridge. Many police departments responded. Can the borough assist in having a left hand turning signal installed on Connor Road. Chief Lane explained that Connor Road is a state road; and Mt. Lebanon owns the signals. In the past, Mt. Lebanon stated that Castle Shannon would have to pay for the signal change. The state will not reduce the speed limit since there are not a number of fatalities at that intersection. It is out of Castle Shannon's area.

Chief Lane concurs that Bob Full was very instrumental in the smooth transition to the county dispatch services. The county is receptive to input from municipalities to assist in the dispatch services. County 911 is seeking federal grant money for a computerized dispatching system.

An armed robbery occurred at the Seven Eleven on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard and a citizen observed it from McDonalds. County 911 transferred the information to Bethel Park, who stopped the suspects on Fort Couch Road where the Castle Shannon Police were able to make the arrest. This was a good example of mutual aid between communities.

Chief Lane presented the year end animal control report. The residents are containing their pets, and dogs are not running at large. The police department's policy of screening calls before forwarding to Mt. Lebanon's animal control has reduced the number of animal control calls for the borough. Mr. Cheberenchick noted the cost of the calls for 2006 was $10,482.00.

Public Works:
Mr. Zezulewicz noted the proposed public works agreement includes a contribution of five percent (5%) of the medical insurance cost. Ms. O'Malley motioned to accept The Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters and Castle Shannon Borough contract for 2007-2009; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

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 the rock salt prices will increase in 2008, therefore SHACOG recommended ordering and stocking additional salt at the current prices. Mr. Hartswick added that SHACOG's bid price is lower than the county and state bid prices.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick stated that twenty-one properties with delinquent real estate taxes are currently in various stages of delinquent collection.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 521 to appoint a delegate and alternate to the SHACOG Franchising Authority Board. Ms. Kovach motioned to appoint Ms. O'Malley as delegate and Mr. Cheberenchick as alternate; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
The draft of the comprehensive plan was presented at the planning commission meeting held January 15th. The plan will be presented to council in March or April.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Kovach will contact fellow business owners to request that Ice Castle remove the trailer from the property. Mr. Biondo will structure an ordinance to prevent storage trailers in commercial districts for future reference.

Ms. O'Malley noted the monthly building permit reports do not include occupancy permits for Castle Ridge and Chateguay. Mr. Ross stated that large apartment complexes in the borough are inspected every five years. The reporting procedure will be reviewed.


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