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February 22, 2010

The meeting of Castle Shannon Borough Council was called to order at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of the Castle Shannon Municipal Center, 3310 McRoberts Road, Castle Shannon, PA 15234.

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; J. O'Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council members N. Kovach and M. Warhold were absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official, and Kristie Munson, Junior Council Person.

Mr. Zezulewicz stated that the borough council meeting of February 8, 2010 was cancelled due to inclement weather. The minutes of the January 25, 2010 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public commit section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
The agenda contained the 2009 annual review and minutes of the reorganization meeting of February 9, 2010. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept the minutes; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported January collections of $17,360.89. Ms. Torris presented the 2009 Delinquent Real Estate Tax List in the amount of $95,458.73 which is $30,000 higher than 2008. Mr. Orr made a motion to exonerate the tax collector of the delinquent real estate taxes for the year 2009; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Hartswick announced that the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation volunteer's meeting was rescheduled to March 7th due to the inclement weather.

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

Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Cheberenchick to prepare information regarding the costs associated with the disaster emergency snowstorm.

Mr. Orr stated that the library has installed a security system through Guardian Protection Services, and asked the borough to approve an expense of $593.00 for a panic button orchestrated through the police department. Mr. Smith motioned to approve the expenditure; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Orr reported that an opening exists on the library board.

The library has a fundraiser planned at Wendy's on February 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the library.

Planning and Codes:
The agenda contained the February code violations report and amusement device collection report.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver asked residents to review the borough's website. The chief's message for February is addressed to adults regarding prescription drug and over the counter cold medicine awareness. Many teenagers and children are using these types of drugs.

Ms. O'Malley stated that the police did a wonderful job during the recent snowstorm. Chief Truver commended the public works department.

Public Works
Mr. Zezulewicz reiterated that the public works department did a great job during this emergency with the work force and equipment available. Many compliments were received. Organization between the police department and public works department was very cohesive. Council agreed.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz asked council to prepare articles for the spring newsletter.

Mayor Baumgarten stated that due to the efforts of the public works and police departments, MRTSA was able to get to residents for emergencies. The paramedics did an outstanding job.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report. South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. O'Malley reported that the truck bids have been delayed until March 1st. The annual SHACOG meeting is scheduled for April 22nd at the South Hills Country Club. Ms. O'Malley extended an invitation to council to attend the March SHACOG meeting at the municipal center.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report. Junior Council Person:
Ms. Munson reported that the state board of education will determine whether students will be required to make up the snow days during Pennsylvania's state of emergency.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
January distribution analysis: EIT - $35,363.08; LST - $3,024.71.

Engineer's Report:
Mr. Zezulewicz advised that a borough engineer will be attending the March 8th council meeting.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor Baumgarten noted that several businesses have not paid their amusement device permits. In the past, Mr. Vietmeier had to personally visit the businesses to advise them that the permit must be paid or the devices could be removed.

Mayor Baumgarten stated that he believes the delinquent real estate tax list should be published in the local newspaper as public information.

Planning Commission Report:
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept the minutes of the Planning Commission meeting of January 18, 2010; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Vietmeier advised that the permits are ready for UPMC to move into the Family Video business. In addition, many calls are being received showing interest in downtown buildings, i.e. Shannon Hotel, barber shop, former Paradise Café, former post office building, etc.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo stated that the planning commission reviewed a proposed ordinance regarding billboards. Comments were received at the February meeting. The ordinance will be ready for council's adoption in April.

Keystone Oaks:
The agenda contained the business meeting minutes of January 28, 2010.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. O'Malley questioned the tree planting area for the community garden. Ms. Munson answered the area is on Route 88 owned by Penndot. Mr. Orr will contact State Representative Chelsa Wagner's office and Dan Cessna from Penndot regarding the beautification permit.

Mr. Zezulewicz asked the borough manager to discuss cold patching activities with the public works department. Borough council was asked to advise the manager of any areas they travel that require patching.


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