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January 25, 2010

The meeting of Castle Shannon Borough Council was called to order at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of the Castle Shannon Municipal Center, 3310 McRoberts Road, Castle Shannon, PA 15234.

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council member J. O'Malley and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official, and Kristie Munson, Junior Council Person.

The minutes of the January 11, 2010 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Kevin Brannon, 3185 Home Avenue - addressed council as a member of the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department regarding the Route 88 construction project and its negative impact on selling raffle tickets on Library Road. Mr. Brannon added that less than 50% of the households in the borough purchase the carnival raffle tickets to support the fire department, and the majority of businesses do not contribute donations. Mr. Brannon asked council's assistance to encourage residents to support the fire department through the borough newsletter or other means of notification. Borough council will take under advisement.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public section of the meeting.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Mr. Hartswick reported that Ms. Torris will be on vacation the beginning of February, and she has requested an extension in the real estate tax mailing dates. Mr. Orr motioned to extend the tax dates for 2010 for a mailing date of February 15th and adjusted discount and face dates accordingly; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Smith stated that a six passenger golf cart will be donated for Community Day to transport senior citizens from the parking lot to the field. Mr. Warhold added that the bands are being booked. Corporate sponsorship donation requests and prior year vendor registration letters have been mailed.

An informational meeting will be scheduled between borough council and the CSYA board in February.

Mr. Cheberenchick reported that the year 2009 budget has excess expenditures, however excess revenues were also received.

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

Mr. Orr announced that the library is hosting a Michael Jackson party this evening at 7:00 p.m. with a costume and dance contest concluding with a movie.

Mr. Orr added that Sundays are very busy at the library since Mt. Lebanon's library is closed that day.

Federal tax forms are available at the library for residents to file their income taxes.

Last week concluded AED and CPR training for library employees.

Mr. Baumgarten stated that the library began the 2009 fiscal year with a fund balance of $16,000. The library director was able to cut spending, leaving the fund balance at year end at $62,000. Mr. Baumgarten reported that the library board froze salaries at the 2009 level for this year, and he believes the wage freeze decision should be revisited.

Mr. Orr had requested a police patrol car to be present at the library at closing times, and Chief Truver has complied with this request.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold announced a revitalization reorganization meeting is scheduled for Wednesday evening. A CDBG grant, championed by County Council Member Joan Cleary, was approved for the revitalization corporation in the amount of $30,000.

The Shannon Station project will be moving forward with revised plans being presented to the planning commission in February.

The planning commission reviewed plans for three UPMC doctors' offices in the Family Video store.

Mr. Vietmeier noted an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette regarding residential snow removal required for South Hills communities.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver stated a Nixle alert was posted for Mt. Lebanon on Friday regarding overnight burglaries along the South Hills corridor.

Chief Truver reported a meeting is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. with contractors for the bridge replacement project to discuss detour options. Council asked Chief Truver to make an action plan for the speeding cars on McRoberts Road when the Route 88 construction project begins for 2010. Pine Avenue, Chestnut Street and Poplar Avenue will also be affected.

Public Works
Ms. Kovach motioned to solicit bids for the 2001 Ford F450 surplus dump truck including equipment; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Kovach explained that council would like to get the spring newsletter mailed earlier this year, and Mr. Warhold suggested publishing the newsletter three times a year. Mr. Zezulewicz described the time and work necessary to produce the newsletter. Mayor Baumgarten suggested that the newsletter should be more colorful like a magazine. Mr. Hartswick will contact Katie Sharon to get costs for an updated fall newsletter for 2010.

Mayor Baumgarten reported that 2009 is the first year that MRTSA has a $30,000 surplus before audit. MRTSA has a fantastic management team in place.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report. South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report. Junior Council Person:
Ms. Munson announced that today was the end of the grading period. In addition, due to a 2009/2010 midterm retirement incentive, five teachers have retired: John Gaefke from Myrtle Elementary; Mary Ann Joseph, JoAnn Kiselich and Cherie Stellfox from Keystone Oaks High, and Gary Pertetna from Dormont Elementary.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick discussed a meeting regarding department consolidation and enhancements with Baldwin Township. Bill Gamble will initiate site visits to determine the possibility of enhancing department services or consolidation.

Mayor Baumgarten, Mr. Warhold and Mr. Cheberenchick have reviewed the listing of delinquent tax properties in the borough. Several are unbuildable lots that have accumulated delinquent taxes for several years. Mr. Michael McCabe has been contacted to provide an updated list of delinquent tax properties and their status.

Planning Commission Report:
Mr. Biondo attended the planning commission meeting of January 18th where the board reviewed the ordinance for billboards. The minutes will be available in the next council agenda.

Mr. Vietmeier stated that the planning commission will be meeting on February 16th with Environmental Planning to review the zoning ordinance.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Mr. Vietmeier reported that the zoning hearing board will meet on February 11th to review the billboard ordinance.

Ms. Munson reported that she was able to secure a collection of plants for the community garden for $200 which is valued at $500. Planting season is scheduled for March 15 to June 22. Mr. Warhold commended Ms. Munson on her expert power point presentation and design for the garden. Mr. Zezulewicz expressed his concern that the Penndot permit has not been received.


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