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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
March 10, 2008

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

The minutes of the February 25, 2008 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Matthew McGervey, Boy Scout Troop #350 - attended the council meeting to fulfill a requirement for a communications merit badge.

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 presented the 2008 real estate tax collection report for February: Collections - $217,536.25; Balance - $2,131,641.93.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold gave an update on the Community Day Program. Major businesses in the borough were visited to request sponsorship for the event. Letters to local restaurants were mailed to request participation as food vendors. Letters to borough businesses will be mailed this week. Parking will be available at the fire department parking lot with shuttle buses to the park. The next committee meeting is March 17th.

Finance:
Nothing to report.

Library:
Ms. O'Malley announced a book sale at the library on March 13th, 14th and 15th. The library will provide a bag that the customer can fill for only $6.00.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier is checking apartment buildings for generators and exit sign compliance.

Mr. Cheberenchick stated that Mr. Vietmeier was instrumental in determining if the Haas property had been properly assessed for an upcoming subdivision presentation to the planning commission.

Mr. Cheberenchick also stated that Mr. Vietmeier completed an inspection of three apartment buildings that were designated as having violations pursuant to a letter addressed to borough council. Mr. Hartswick explained that all items were reviewed, addressed and resolved at all properties. Mr. Hartswick added his congratulations to Mr. Vietmeier.

The agenda contained the code violation, building permit and amusement permit reports.

Public Safety:
Nothing to report.

Public Works:
Mr. Hartswick reported that the borough has a good salt supply and that all trucks are operational.

Editorial Board:
The deadline for the spring newsletter will be March 17th.

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:
Ms. Kovach noted that the March meeting has been changed to March 27th at the municipal center.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 534 adopting policy and procedures for consultant section for the Grove Road Bridge. Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution 534; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented a request to waive the fee at Hamilton Park for St. Annes Athletic Association picnic on May 17th. Ms. O'Malley motioned to waive the fee; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo stated that a new Right-To-Know law for Pennsylvania will significantly change the rights of public requests for documentation from the government.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Warhold asked Mr. Hartswick and Mr. Vietmeier to meet with an interested developer to review vacant store fronts in the downtown area of Castle Shannon. The developer would like to know the number of cars that travel on Castle Shannon Boulevard. Chief Lane may have that information.

Mr. Zezulewicz voiced concerns about the Kossman Development on Castle Shannon Boulevard regarding connection to the borough's sewer lines. Mr. Hartswick stated that as a down stream community the developers will have to apply for a planning module for Castle Shannon Borough.

Mr. Carlucci questioned the status of the Kossman Development on Waverly Street. Mr. Hartswick answered that no further information has been provided.

Mr. Carlucci stated that Penndot will be placing a turning lane at the Connor Road/Greenridge/Oregon Trail intersection and also Connor Road/Sunridge/Terrace intersection. Construction will occur between July and November of this year. Mr. Zezulewicz thanked Mr. Carlucci for his work and dedication on having this dangerous intersection redesigned.


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