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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
February 14, 2011

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Members N. Kovach, J. O’Malley and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; K. Truver, Police Chief; T. Hartswick, Borough Manager, P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; Junior Councilperson M. Yanda.

The minutes of the January 24, 2011 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. There were no residents in attendance; therefore no comments were received. The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to Report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the January 2011 real estate tax collection report. Ms. Miller added that the tax bills will be mailed February 15th.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Orr discussed the costs associated with the public works department undertaking the borough’s landscaping program. Mr. Zezulewicz stated although the initial cost for equipment is high, the borough would realize a savings in the second and third years. A short discussion continued on hiring a part-time seasonal worker from April to September. Mr. Orr will review the trailer costs and present a final report for the next council meeting.

Mr. Zezulewicz asked that public works crack seal the municipal center parking lots as soon as the weather permits. A letter accepting the proposal from Kernan Asphalt Sealing has been sent.

Finance:
Mr. Smith motioned to ratify the January treasurer’s report; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library:
Mr. Zezulewicz reported that the grant application for the security camera purchase is under review.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold announced that the revitalization steering committee will meet with Delta Development on February 16th at 3:30 p.m.

A remodeling project is planned for the Shannon Hotel in the spring.

The Valero gas station on Route 88 has been purchased and will be reopened as a Shell station. The owner plans to open a beer distributor in the adjacent building.

A day spa plans to open in Mr. Nedzesky’s building at 3762 Willow Avenue.

The borough received a Building Code Effectiveness Grading Classification of #4 for one and two family residential property and #4 for commercial and industrial property from The Insurance Services Offices Inc. Mr. Vietmeier explained that a grade 4 is the highest possible grade in Pennsylvania.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver reported that the SHACOG Police Chiefs Advisory Board is working on an ordinance requiring pawnbrokers and re-sellers of precious metals and jewelry to obtain a permit and requires keeping a detailed log of purchases and sales. The information will be compiled in a software program with a central repository that can be utilized for police investigations.

Public Works:
Mr. Hartswick reported the borough has 450 tons of salt in storage. The borough has exceeded the minimum ordering requirement by 100 tons. Mr. Zezulewicz added that the public works department did a wonderful job with winter road maintenance.

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. Biondo stated that as a result of the arbitration, two ordinances are being prepared for the police pension plan for council’s review.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Yanda reported that both the girls’ basketball team and boys’ basketball team are in the playoffs. In addition, the swim team is in the final competition.

The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition was held last week.

Mr. Zezulewicz announced that Ms. Yanda received the Allegheny General Hospital Sports Medicine Extra Effort Award from KDKA-TV’s Bob Pompeani and is featured on the cover of the KO Connections winter newsletter.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
January distribution analysis: EIT - $44,217.82; LST - $1,995.17.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented a memorandum of understanding for police officers to be permitted to utilize their own exercise equipment in the borough building. Mr. Smith motioned to approve the memorandum of understanding; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Orr motioned to adopt the County of Allegheny, Department of Emergency Services Agency Guidelines for Computer Aided Dispatch Mobile Data Capability; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick discussed pending legislation to: 1) authorize local governments to place legal ads on websites in place of newspapers, and 2) increase the bidding limits for contracts and purchases from $10,000 to $25,000 and for telephone price quotes from $4,000 to $7,000. Mr. Hartswick will send a letter to Senator Fontana expressing council’s support for these bills.

Mayor:
Mayor Baumgarten announced Mayors Against Illegal Guns will be starting a nationwide tour promoting more stringent laws on checking guns. Statistics show that thirty-seven people are killed daily with illegal guns.

Mayor Baumgarten commented that the part-time seasonal worker to be hired primarily for landscaping duties should also be available for other secondary job duties in case of inclement weather.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo reported that the planning commission will consider a proposed ordinance for rezoning two properties on Sleepy Hollow Road. Mr. Biondo will also be preparing an ordinance regarding Marcellus Shale.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Warhold asked what percentage the police pension investments made. Mr. Hartswick estimated that the plan earned 12%.


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