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February 10, 2014

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Member V. Smith was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; Police Chief K. Truver; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; D. Biondo, Solicitor; B. Fabbio, Jr. Council Person.

The minutes of the January 13, 2014 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, the public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the minutes of the February 1, 2014 reorganization meeting; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported collections of $43,054.82 for January. This is a 96% collection rate. Ms. Swisher motioned to exonerate the tax collector for the 2013 taxes in the amount of $120,337.44; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon recognized Mr. Warhold and submitted a nomination for Volunteer of the Year for his tremendous amount of time and support devoted to programs for borough’s residents.

Ms. Brannon plans to coordinate Facebook updates with Christina Morrow in the borough’s administration office.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Hartswick updated council on public works activities.

Patching and painting of Community Room C has been completed.

One public works employee was involved in a dump truck accident with damages to another vehicle.

The public works department is short staffed since an employee is on leave due to a non-work related medical procedure.

The borough has reached its 1,700 ton maximum order requirement of rock salt with Cargill Salt. Additional salt orders will include a rate increase. In addition, an order has been placed for 5,000 gallons of liquid calcium chloride.

Equipment options for a sewer jetter are being explored, and SHACOG is obtaining bids for the purchase of a 2015 pickup truck.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver reported an incident where businessmen from Detroit attempted to purchase snow plows from a Castle Shannon business with a fraudulent check for $17,000. The local business owner contacted the police department, and police officers responded immediately to arrest the suspects. The suspects were charged with possession of drugs, criminal conspiracy, and criminal intent. Mr. Warhold attributes the success of this case to the successful relationships fostered between the local business owners and police officers of Castle Shannon.

The Tribune Review January 27, 2014 issue contained an article regarding the Theraflu heroin drug problem. Two young people have overdosed on this drug in our immediate area. The SHACOG Chief Police Advisory Board is creating a cooperative drug investigative team. Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Truver have contacted the attorney general’s office to re-institute funding for DANET. Drug enforcement needs to be a regional, county and state-wide effort.

Mr. Swisher, Mayor Baumgarten and Mr. Hartswick have been reviewing the invoices and budget. Mr. Warhold motioned to ratify the January treasurer’s report; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that Mr. Vietmeier has sent out 52 letters to residents and businesses to clear sidewalks of snow and ice for pedestrian safety. A second notice was mailed to eight property owners, and an additional nine first notices were mailed. The cooperation rate with property owners is 75-80%. Mr. Vietmeier takes a very reasonable approach on working with residents on this issue.

Members of the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation (Mr. Warhold, Mr. Hartswick, Mr. Bennett and Ms. Goodyear) will attend the Pennsylvania Downtown Centers conference in Latrobe on Wednesday, February 19th. Main Street and Keystone Community programs will be discussed. The CSRC’s monthly meeting will be held that evening.

Mr. Swisher reported the book sale is scheduled for March 12th and the spring flea market will be held on April 12th. Mr. Swisher added that one application has been received for the board vacancy. Ms. O’Malley noted that everyone on the board appreciates Mr. Swisher serving.

Editorial Board:
Article deadline will be April 4th for the spring newsletter.

Mr. Warhold reported that MRTSA hosted a manager’s conference where representatives presented a power point informational meeting on the reorganization improvements. Mr. Warhold invited council to schedule a meeting date to review the organization’s changes. Several building upgrades are needed that must be funded by participating communities. Everyone on council agrees that MRTSA provides outstanding service to our community of Castle Shannon.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Castle Shannon shall be designated as a banner community at the annual conference in April.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
The administrative advisory board will be discussing deer culling costs at the meeting this Wednesday.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the annual review.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
The agenda contained the annual review.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Fabbio reported that a college fair was held for juniors in the high school on Thursday, February 6th. Thirty students attended and over one hundred colleges participated.

Last week, the boys and girls basketball recognized the seniors including senior cheerleaders.

The high school chorus visited the Benedum to see the play “Wicked”.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented an invitation to join the membership of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. After a short discussion on current borough affiliations, PSAB training opportunities and fees, Ms. O’Malley motioned to join the PSAB for 2013; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Hartswick plans to attend the PSAB annual conference in April.

Mayor's Report:
Chief Truver discussed his background as a medic and fireman. The services provided by MRTSA and the Castle Shannon Fire Department are a great asset to the police department for emergency response situations; and their services are well worth the annual service fees/donations.

Chief Truver stated that the borough’s expenditure for animal control services is a good value. Animal control services provided to the borough include assistance with lost dogs, injured deer, humane wildlife traps, etc. Animal Control began with Mt. Lebanon running the administrative side, and Upper St. Clair providing the kennel. Over the years, additional communities joined the program, and Animal Control currently serves ten communities. Communities are charged based on call volume. Additional communities wish to join our program; however borough representatives believe that expansion may cause loss of service to our community.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Ms. Brannon reported that schools will be open on President’s Day to make up for school closings during recent winter storms.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.


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