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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
February 23, 2004

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


The minutes of the February 9, 2004 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach called for public comments or requests.

Mr. Ed Guzik, 1427 Trance Drive - questioned the number of residents living at 1422 Trance Drive. D. Ross answered three adults will be in residence with one caregiver in attendance. Mr. Guzik questioned heresay that the residents in a group home on McRoberts roam the streets at night. Chief Lane answered that the group homes in Castle Shannon have very good control and cause no problems to the community. Chief Lane discussed parking options for visitors.

Ms. Kovach officially closed the public portion of the meeting.

Bid Openings: - Nothing to report.

Public Hearings: - Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 838 - adoption of Castleview Road. Mr. Cheberenchick questioned whether the road would be open to Wabash. D. Ross answered no, it would be a cul-de-sac. Mr. Hartwick added the road would be added to the liquid fuel program. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Ordinance 838 for public comment. Being none, Ms. Kovach closed the public hearing on Ordinance 838. Mr. Coffey motioned to adopt Ordinance 838; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission: - Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: - Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: - Ms. Kovach stated council met with the Castle Shannon Youth Association representatives. Mr. Hartswick discussed CSYA's request for public works to place concrete pads at the pitcher's plate and home plate in batting cages. Mr. Hartswick cautioned that the Public Works available manpower will be drastically reduced once the sewer televising project commences. CSYA's request will require three to four weeks of manpower from the public works department. Mr. Cheberenchick suggested obtaining contractor estimates. Mr. Hartswick will request an estimate from the contractor for the Hamilton Park Phase II project. The field raking and cutting will adhere to last year's schedule. Ms. O'Malley discussed the borough's monetary contributions to CSYA. Sponsorship signage at field was discussed; written guidelines will be provided.

Ms. Kovach discussed the Memorial Day Committee meeting. Ms. Kovach stated that Jim Taylor has agreed to be keynote speaker and Mayor Baumgarten will be master of ceremonies. Military servicemen returning from Iraq are being sought to participate.

Finance: - Nothing to report

Library: - Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes: - Mr. Ross discussed the administrative consent order. DEP sent a draft of suggested amendments regarding storm water management. The storm water management should not be included in the subdivision and land development ordinance. A separate storm water management ordinance should be included in the codification for fine enforcement and permitting requirements. The ordinances will be advertised and public hearings will be scheduled.

Public Safety: - Chief Lane discussed the dangerous and confusing Baldwin Street and Willow Avenue intersection. Signage would be ineffective to guide motorists. Sidewalk extention, water drainage, PAT light placement, and PennDot's approval requirements were discussed. Mr. Carlucci motioned to initiate a traffic study to control traffic flow; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works: - Ms. Kovach discussed the limited garage storage space with regard to present equipment purchases. Mr. Hartswick stated that the borough is awaiting PAT's determination that expansion will not affect their wall anchor pins.

Editorial Board:- Spring newsletter articles should be received by March 1st.

MRTSA: - Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association: - Mr. Kirk cannot fulfill his position as representative to ACBA. Correspondence was sent recommending Ms. Kovach to the vacancy.

Allegheny League of Municipalities: - Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments: Ms. Kovach reported that the SHACOG website was previewed at the last meeting. The March meeting will be held at the borough building at 7:30 p.m. on March 18th.

Ms. Kovach requested council appoint an alternate to the SHACOG board, since ACBA meetings are also scheduled on Thursday evenings. Ms. O'Malley volunteered to fill the position as alternate. Mr. Hartswick will send correspondence to SHACOG.

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 a request from the CSYA for the waiver of park fees on May 1st with a rain date for May 2nd for a Pepsi Pitch Hit & Run program. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to waive the fee; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report: - Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks : - Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.

Other Business: Mr. Cheberenchick discussed attendance at a three rivers wet weather meeting at the convention center. Ms. O'Malley questioned a residential parking complaint on Baldwin Street. Chief Lane will discuss further with Mr. Hartswick.


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