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January 23, 2012

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick, J. O’Malley, V. Smith; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Members N. Kovach and M. Warhold and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; K. Truver, Police Chief.

The minutes of the January 9, 2012 Council Meeting were presented. Mr. Smith motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Thomas Stevenson and David Jason of Iceburgh Associates, LLC, agents for Texzon Utilities – discussed the City Energy Group electric supplier program for residents. The South Hills Area Council of Governments put out a request for proposal for electrical suppliers, and Texzon was the only company approved that provides a revenue stream for the COG and municipality. Mr. Jason explained that the guaranteed rate for one year is 7.25 per kilowatt hour and the rate does not require a locked in contract period. Mr. Zezulewicz commended Mr. Stevenson and Mr. Jason on their presentation and replied that council will take this matter under advisement.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Mr. Carlucci motioned to exonerate the tax collector for the 2011 delinquent tax list; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Carlucci reported on a pre-construction meeting with the roofing contractor for the public works garage roof project.

Mr. Carlucci discussed a continuing problem of rain water infiltration into the police department. Mr. Zezulewicz proposed having the public works department install a pitched roof over the front building walkway to re-direct the water. A previously submitted architectural proposal for a brick entrance enclosure was very costly. Chief Truver advised that the stability of the steel beam supporting the front entrance should be reviewed. Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Vietmeier to contact a structural engineer regarding the beam, and obtain two design options for an entrance enclosure. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to have the structural beam inspected by a structural engineer and secure pricing for two design options for a building enclosure; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier reported that a notary is planning to move into the shopping center at 3360 Library Road.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver discussed a problem with commuter parking on Willow Avenue at Baldwin Street. Ms. O’Malley motioned to temporarily change the parking structure and post new signage; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works:
Mr. Hartswick will review the post office process for mail with regard to naming an alley between Shady Run and Thompson.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Mayor Baumgarten stated that the paramedics’ contract has been finalized.

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 discussed Pennsylvania American Water’s divestiture from sewage billing. Mr. Hartswick stated that the SHACOG Advisory Board will be meeting to discuss options.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor Baumgarten stated that residents should shop for electricity savings and change from Duquesne Light to another supplier to save money.

Mayor Baumgarten announced that Mr. Hartswick has been appointed to the Executive Development Committee of the Association for Professional Municipal Managers.

Planning Commission:
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept Cheryl Kevish’s resignation from the board; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Carlucci motioned to accept the planning commission minutes of December 19, 2011 and January 16, 2012; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.


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