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February 10, 2003

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; T. Kirk; J. O'Malley; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Members P. Coffey and N. Kovach were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor.

The minutes of the January 27, 2003 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The minutes of the February 03, 2002 special meeting were presented. Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public portion of the meeting.

Mr. Zezulewicz introduced Kevin Brett, Borough Engineer from Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering who discussed the following:

  1. DEP MS-4 Permitting Requirements. K. Brett submitted an outline of regulations to accomplish between now and March 9, 2008. Approved protocol for years one thru five will be at a minimal cost to the borough, i.e. public work man-hours, protocol and educational requirements. Public Works will have to determine outfalls (points of discharge into streams). LSS needs borough approval by March 1st to proceed with the MS-4 application.
  2. Road Program for 2003. Liquid Fuels program and Capital Improvements program was drafted for council's approval. Council requested bid opening scheduling in March.
  3. Route 88 Corridor. K. Brett discussed sanitary sewer televising and replacement recommendations, and storm and sanitary sewer/paving on one section of Grove Road.
  4. Sleepy Hollow. K. Brett discussed two options for Sleepy Hollow. Option one involves relocating utilities (at a higher cost). Option two involves running a pipe without relocating utilities. Council was concerned with pipe clogs on option two.
  5. Sewage problem at 4121 Willow Avenue. K. Brett reported in 1995-1996 a storm sewer/paving project was completed. Mr. Hartswick reported resident moved in 2000 with complaints of sewer odors. K. Brett stated if the resident is connected directly to ALCOSAN, who relined the sewer two years ago, this problem could occur. Public Works will investigate.
  6. Storm sewer is needed at 3359-3378 McRoberts Road for a long-term solution to a ponding problem. A short-term solution would be to re-mill and grade at a cost of approximately $26,000.00. This could be an add alternate to the road program.

Bid Openings: T. Hartswick reported the Fire Hall Grinder Pump bid opening on February 6th had six bidders. Mr. Carlucci motioned to award the bid to low bidder - Lia Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. - $15,100.00 subject to review by the borough solicitor; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Cheberenchick questioned if the pump would require well maintenance; K. Brett answered yes.

Public Hearings: Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported a balance of $58,789.57; delinquent list is $90,000 with the difference contributed to the county change orders. Borough real estate tax bills are mailed. Ms. Torris reported two residents have voluntarily submitted information that they are not eligible for Act 77 this year. David Ross will investigate several properties in which the tax bills were returned.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: Nothing to report.

Finance: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report for January 2003; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library: Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.

Public Safety: District Court Fines-$2,696.16; Parking Citations-$380.00; Report Fees-$165.00; Meter Fines-$120.00; Alarm Fines Received-$1,500.00; Special Services-$2,010.10; Ambulance calls-63; Police calls-405.

Chief Lane thanked council and Mayor Baumgarten for their cooperation with the Mutual Aid Agreement through SHACOG and related several critical incidents that confirmed the value of the program.

Chief Lane requested council approve an addition to the borough's website Local Police Beat. Harry Munson will bring current community incidents and information to the public thru the website at no cost to the borough. Critical emergency information management would be posted. Mayor Baumgarten proposed publicizing the webpage in the next newsletter. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the webpage; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Lane reported Officer Kress's performance is outstanding and has been highly evaluated. Ms. O'Malley questioned when Officer Kress would be sworn in at a public meeting.

Public Works: Nothing to report.

Editorial Board: Nothing to report.

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: Mr. Hartswick announced a meeting March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. with PNC Advisors and Mockenhaupt Associates.

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

Engineer Report: Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into an agreement with Lennon, Smith, Souleret engineering for the 2003 Liquid Fuels Roadway Improvements and 2003 General Capital Fund Road Improvements; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report: Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks: Mr. Kirk will attend the next board meeting to inquire as to the sale of property for a public works garage where the current bus company garage is located.

Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.

Other Business: Ms. O'Malley stated traffic routing at the intersection of Baldwin Street & Willow Avenue by the trolley crossing needs addressed.

Mr. Carlucci questioned if the Port Authority contractor had been contacted to assist in road repairs on Willow Avenue. Mr. Hartswick replied the contractor has not responded. Mayor Baumgarten added the sidewalk was damaged when the fireplug was installed.

Mr. Kirk reported parking on Willow Avenue is extremely congested. Chief Lane said PAT would not widen the roadway during construction.

Mr. Kirk described a pothole on Hoodridge by St. Annes Church entrance that requires filling. Mr. Hartswick will contact Public Works.

Mr. Kirk motioned to adjourn; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Approved as presented this 24th day of February 2003.


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