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January 26, 2009

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; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official. Chief Lane was absent.

The minutes of the January 12, 2009 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Leslie Gardner, 1450 Blossom Hill Road - reported concerns about residents parking vehicles between the no parking signs and in front yards on Blossom Hill. Council will review the parking issues with Chief Lane and the borough solicitor.

Leo Durochi, 3372 Sycamore Drive - questioned if Myrtle Avenue Elementary School was scheduled for closing by the Keystone Oaks School District. The school district is holding meetings and is in the recommendation phase to consolidate the elementary schools. Borough council and Mayor Baumgarten would be adamantly against closing Myrtle Avenue Elementary. It would be detrimental to our community for attracting young families.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 865 amending Ordinance 809 Section 501 and 405 regarding the parking meter zone and establishing locations where parking is limited to a specified amount of time. Mr. Warhold explained that the ordinance would eliminate metered parking and provide for two hour parking in the business district to attract new businesses. Ms. Kovach and Mr. Warhold added that this parking issue must be resolved to obtain grant money and utilize Allegheny County resources for a revitalization project. Council further discussed removing the meter heads, capping the poles, enforcement of the two hour parking, and reviewing the parking situation again in the future to determine if this ordinance achieved its objective. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Ordinance 865 at its first reading; Ms. O'Malley seconded; Mr. Carlucci voted no; motion passed five to one.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the January 1-15, 2009 collection report and the 2008 Delinquent Real Estate Tax List in the amount of $64,500.88. Mr. Carlucci made a motion to exonerate the tax collector of the delinquent real estate taxes for the year 2008; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Council discussed a request by Ms. Torris to adopt a duplicate tax bill fee of two dollars ($2.00) per line item to be paid by mortgage companies to the tax collector. Mr. Carlucci motioned to proceed with a resolution to adopt the fee; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach noted that the Rite Aid property on Route 88 was purchased by St. Vincent DePaul. Mr. Biondo will review the tax exempt status.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that Team Nuts has purchased the former VFW property and an unknown entity has purchased the corner property at Havelock and Route 88.

Mr. Zezulewicz noted that a Mexican restaurant is opening in Lebanon Shops in the former deli shop.

Ms. O'Malley gave a favorable review of Piacquadio's Restaurant that recently opened in the former Saucy Noodle location in Lebanon Shops.

E'vol Memoirs, a wedding planner and floral designer will be opening on Willow Avenue in February.

Public Safety:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

The first meeting of MRTSA's board of directors will be held on Wednesday, January 28th. Mayor Baumgarten has been elected president for a two year term.

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 stated the borough will host the March 19th meeting at the Municipal Center and invited borough council and Mayor Baumgarten to attend.

Ms. Kovach questioned if SHACOG could address Penndot's lack of cooperation in the communities. Ms. O'Malley will discuss with Lou Gorski.

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 presented the Borough of Castle Shannon's Open Record Policy prepared by Mr. Biondo. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt the policy and appoint Mr. Hartswick as Open Record's Officer; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley motioned to re-appoint David Calabria to a four year term on the UCC Board of Appeals; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten stated that Community Development Block Grant funds should be received this week.

Mayor Baumgarten invited council to attend the Allegheny County Mayors' Association meeting on February 26th at Palmieri's restaurant.

Mayor Baumgarten proposed that the delinquent real estate tax list be published in a local newspaper. Mr. Zezulewicz would like this proposal discussed with Ms. Torris.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Mr. Warhold motioned to re-appoint Clarence Soles to a three year term on the Zoning Hearing Board; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz congratulated Ms. O'Malley on her appointment as President of the SHACOG Board of Directors and Mayor Baumgarten on his appointment as President of the MRTSA's Board of Directors.

Mr. Zezulewicz commented that this is the first year ever that he has not been contacted in the middle of the night about snow removal. Mr. Zezulewicz commended the public works department.

Ms. O'Malley discussed Penndot's dangerous bridge wall at the bottom of Poplar. Metal spikes protrude from the wall. Penndot sent correspondence last fall stating that funding is limited, and the problem would be addressed in the spring. Mr. Hartswick will contact Penndot again.


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