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February 9, 2009

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

The minutes of the January 26, 2009 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Fire Chief William Reffner - attended the council meeting and presented the 2008 annual report. Calls to the fire department are up ten percent, and membership is holding. The casino openings have adversely affected the fire department's bingo revenue. Revenue has also been reduced due to poor responses for donation requests. Fortunately, the parking lot revenue has enabled the department's budget to remain solvent.

Chief Reffner thanked council for their support in the SHACOG Fire Chief's Advisory Board and discussed the benefits of the SHACOG mutual aid agreement. Chief Reffner discussed the future installation of a computer aided dispatch program and finalization of the radio system with other communities involved in the county 911 system.

Chief Reffner thanked Chief Lane for the police department's assistance with traffic control on Route 88 during the recent construction project. Concerns concerns about the fire department's ability to respond to emergencies when Penndot paves Route 88 and reduces the road to one lane were voiced.

Mr. Zezulewicz asked if the fire department could disengage the fire alarm at the Municipal Center in the summer due to Castle Shannon Youth Association ball games. Chief Reffner will review this request with the board and investigate options.

Donald Lacek, 1264 Hamilton Road - commented that Senator Wayne Fontana could perhaps assist the fire department during Penndot's road construction project.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported that Allegheny County has a delay in preparing and submitting the tax certifications to Jordan Tax for printing of the borough's real estate taxes. The discount period will be two months from the date of mailing and the face amount will be due four months from the date of mailing.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 541 establishing a fee for the issuance of duplicate real estate tax bills. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 541; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

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

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach announced that a revitalization committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11th.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that the corner property at Havelock and Route 88 is being purchased to install a seamstress shop.

Public Safety:
Nothing to report. Public Works:
Mr. Coffey questioned the status of the salt contract. Mr. Hartswick answered the borough is at full capacity, and the estimated tonnage required by the contract has been ordered. The contract period ends in July 2009.

Mr. Coffey commented that the Route 88 construction project has been terrible for local businesses, and council sympathizes with the business owners.

Chief Lane stated Pennsylvania Water will not be relocating their lines on Grove Road. Columbia Gas/ Penndot will be paving Grove Road this spring.

Mr. Cheberenchick questioned when Penndot will establish a meeting for the Route 88 widening. The construction meeting has not been set yet.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz asked council to begin preparations for the spring newsletter.

The agenda contained the 2008 Financial Records. Mayor Baumgarten noted that MRTSA incurred a $156,000 deficit in 2008.

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:
Mr. Carlucci noted that Trollinger Consulting Group has merged with Univest Corporation.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the January distribution analysis for Earned Income Tax and Local Services Tax.

Engineer's Report:
Bidding specifications for the Grove Road Bridge will be presented to council at the next meeting.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick asked council to consider filing an application with DCED for the H2O Water Supply grant. Mr. Carlucci motioned to authorize the appropriate officers to file the DCED application; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Borough council asked the borough manager to meet with the public works foreman to select streets for a six week crack sealing program for this spring.

Mayor: Mayor Baumgarten met with the district manager for the water company, who stated that PAWC does not plan on water line construction or relocations on Grove Road.

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

The parking situation on Blossom Hill was reviewed. It was noted that many cars are parked on the street while the residents' driveways remain empty. Chief Lane will review the site and work with the residents within the motor vehicle code guidelines.

Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Mr. Zezulewicz noted that a council member or administration personnel should attend the Keystone Oaks Shareholders Meeting at Myrtle Avenue Elementary School on February 18th at 6:00 p.m.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Zezulewicz noted that a council member or administration personnel should attend the Keystone Oaks Shareholders Meeting at Myrtle Avenue Elementary School on February 18th at 6:00 p.m.


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