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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
February 9, 2004

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


The minutes of the January 12, 2004 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Bid Openings: - Nothing to report.

Public Hearings: - Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission: Mr. Hartswick recommended council appoint Shirley Nedzesky for a six-year term to the vacant position on the Civil Service Commission. Ms. Kovach made the motion; Mr. Kirk seconded; Mr. Cheberenchick abstained; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported January collections of $13,172.50 with a balance to be collected of $48,544.97. The borough realized a net increase of $5,700 in real estate assessments. Ms. Kovach questioned when the assessments would reflect the current selling prices of homes. Ms. Torris answered in 2006 when the county conducts its reassessment. Mr. Carlucci and Mr. Biondo discussed the borough's assessment appeals process.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: - Mr. Hartswick discuss the pre-construction meeting held for the Hamilton Park Phase II Construction.

Finance: - Mr. Cheberenchick reported the 2003 projected tax revenue was not realized. The 2004 budget should be closely monitored.

Library: - Ms. O'Malley commended the public works' department on snow removal at the library. Their dedication has allowed the library to remain open during adverse weather conditions.

Planning and Codes: - Mr. Hartswick recommended appointing Joanne Ross and Eileen O'Malley to four-year terms on the planning commission.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to appoint Eileen O'Malley; Mr. Carlucci seconded; Ms. O'Malley abstained; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Kirk motioned to appoint Joanne Ross; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley motioned to reappoint Vance Kockenderfer to the planning commission from January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2007; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Safety: - Chief Lane discussed the dangerous and confusing Baldwin Street and Willow Avenue intersection. Signage would be ineffective to guide motorists. Sidewalk extention, water drainage, PAT light placement, and PennDot's approval requirements were discussed. Mr. Carlucci motioned to initiate a traffic study to control traffic flow; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works: - Mr. Coffey reported the sewer jet rodder was sent to Georgia for repairs. The repair center in Georgia forwarded the equipment to California for repairs. A new jet rodder has been ordered for 2004. Salt supply is sufficient and winter road maintenance equipment is operable.

Editorial Board: - Mr. Zezulewicz requested council start spring newsletter articles for early May distribution.

MRTSA: - 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: - Nothing to report.

Police Pension: - Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: December distribution analysis: EIT - $32,414.48; OPT - $98.30. Mr. Carlucci noted the Employer Activity Report had his address listed incorrectly.

Engineer's Report: - Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 489 - authorizing the borough to enter into an administrative consent order with the Allegheny County Health Department. Mr. Coffey motioned to adopt Resolution 489; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 490 - revising building permit fees. Mr. Kirk motioned to adopt Resolution 490; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented an advertisement request for the Keystone Oaks Boys Baseball Club. Ms. O'Malley motioned to place a $50.00 ad; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report: Mr. Baumgarten discussed the accomplishments of two eagle scouts who were unable to attend this meeting. Only 4% of all scouts become eagle scouts. Mr. Baumgarten requested council authorize the borough manager to send correspondence congratulating the gentlemen. Mr. Cheberenchick made the motion; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten received a request from Mr. Aiello to meet with Congressman Murphy's assistant.

Mayor Baumgarten revisited a proposal to have a ten second delay light at Castle Shannon Boulevard and Shady Run to create a safer traffic flow. The borough's estimated cost would be $3,000.00. Mr. Ross discussed this proposal with David Calabria and Mr. Cheberenchick and a drawing will be forwarded to Mr. Ross to secure pricing. Mr. Cheberenchick discussed the permit process for the light.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed the possible selling of liened taxes and requested Jordan Tax Service provide a list of liens as of 12/31/03.

Dan Onorato has been scheduled as speaker for the April 29th Mayor's Association Meeting.

Keystone Oaks : - Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.

Other Business: Mr. Cheberenchick clarified that he did not vote for the tax increase in 2004 as reported in a local newspaper.

Ms. Kovach noted a newspaper article reporting $100,000 for park improvements. Ms. Kovach stated the funding will be provided through grants, not from increased tax revenue.

Mr. Coffey questioned a meeting with CSYA. Mr. Hartswick confirmed the meeting for February 16th.

Mr. Kirk received a letter from the ACBA congratulating him on his appointment to the board of directors. Mr. Kirk declined the position and recommended Ms. Kovach. Ms. Kovach will review the position requirements.

Ms. O'Malley suggested borough administration update the new resident brochure.


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