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January 28, 2002

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci, M. Cheberenchick, P. Coffey, N. Kovach, T. Kirk, J. O'Malley, R. Zezulewicz, Mayor D. Baumgarten, S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: D. Lane, Borough Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief; R. Trujillo, Building Official.

The minutes of the January 14, 2002 meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; seconded by Ms. O'Malley; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests. Being none; Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public portion of the meeting.

Bid Openings: Nothing to report.

Public Hearings: Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission: Mr. Kirk motioned to re-appoint Vera Recker to the Civil Service Commission for a six-year term; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris recommended the borough extend the Act 77 filing deadline for the borough. Council authorized the tax collector to parallel the county's Act 77 deadline.

Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach reported the Memorial Day Committee meeting is scheduled for February 4th.

Finance: Nothing to report.

Library: Ms. O'Malley reported the library renovations should be completed by March 1st.

Planning and Codes: Mr. Coffey commended Mr. Trujillo on the annual reports of permits included in the agenda package.

Mr. Zezulewicz requested an update on the property at 1300 Martha Street. Mr. Trujillo answered a new building permit has been issued. Citations have been issued and convictions received. The property has been liened for non-payment of borough and school taxes. Mr. Trujillo will continue to issue citations, and Ms. Lane will contact Ira Weiss regarding a sheriff sale.

Mr. Coffey questioned if the house on May Street would require demolition because of the fire. Mr. Trujillo stated the structure is sound, and the house will be repaired.

Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci reported on a construction detour letter received from Michael Facchiano Contracting regarding PennDOT construction. There will be no traffic flow north on Route 88 from McNeilly Road to Route 51. Chief Lane commented on the lack of communication and late notification of this information. Chief Lane forwarded the detour information to the news media and AAA. The construction project is not a borough project, but has been planned by PennDOT and the City of Pittsburgh. Chief Lane reported concerns of the detour route on Killarney Drive and McRoberts Road with regard to increased traffic and traffic hazards to school children.

Mr. Carlucci noted a thank you letter for assisting the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department at the house fire on May Street on January 8th. Chief Lane commended the fire department.

Chief Lane reported on the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office has a computerized program called “Senior Citizen Roll Call” similar to the borough's key holder program. Information on the program is available through local newspapers.

Public Works: Mr. Coffey reported receipt of a public works' backhoe.

Editorial Board: Nothing to report.

MRTSA: Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Mr. Cheberenchick noted correspondence on the investigation of health care coverage options.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Mr. Kirk noted a survey for a joint bid for municipal insurance.
Mr. Kirk discussed the county's plan to establish a tax claim bureau in Allegheny County.

Police Pension Review Committee: The agenda package contained information regarding investment management statements.

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

Engineer: Mr. Coffey motioned to approve the sanitary sewer replacement project on Rolling Rock Drive and Clara Street as an emergency needed project; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Manager's Report: Ms. Lane noted the agenda contained a staff meeting schedule, and Mr. Zezulewicz invited council to attend the meetings.

Ms. Lane announced attendance at an emergency management seminar on February 4th.

Ms. Lane noted correspondence on the following: Volunteer Firefighter/EMS Recognition Awards; PSAB Spring Conference; PELRAS Annual Conference; Workers' Compensation hearing notice.

Ms. Lane noted a donation request. Mr. Coffey motioned to approve a ½ page advertisement to the Keystone Oaks High School Musical; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Lane stated public works' contract has been finalized and signed by union representatives.

Ms. Lane reported availability of a TAN note for $350,000 @ 2.8% interest rate until December 31, 2002. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to proceed with the tax anticipation note; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report: Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report: Mr. Kirk motioned to re-appoint Marv Levin, William Grand and Tim Swisher for four-year terms to the Planning Commission; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.

Treasurer's Report: Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: The agenda contained information on a variance granted for 850 Baldwin Street and a special exception granted for 500 Hoodridge Drive, Nextel West.

Mr. Zezulewicz announced the borough is seeking an alternate member for the Zoning Hearing Board.

Other Business: Ms. O'Malley noted new lamps in the borough's decorative streetlights. Ms. Lane reported a problem with the electric wiring in the lamps.

Ms. Kovach questioned the zoning hearing board's decision that granted relief from Ordinance No. 744 requiring elevator installation at Castle Ridge Apartments. Mr. Trujillo answered the developers declared the inclusion of elevators would make the project cost prohibitive.

Mr. Cheberenchick questioned receipt of Hamilton Park Grant funds. Ms. Lane responded correspondence has been sent requesting grant funds from the DCNR.

Ms. Kovach discussed a meeting with State Representatives Mike Divan and Ralph Kaiser.



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