The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Member T. Kirk was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor. Tax Collector S. Torris and Chief H. Lane were absent.
The minutes of the February 10, 2003 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten who officially swore in William Kress as a police officer for the borough.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public portion of the meeting.
Mr. Zezulewicz introduced Fire Chief William Reffner who presented council with the 2002 yearend report. Chief Reffner described the duties of the “Go Team” for the rescue of firefighters during fires, related the highest percentage of fires occur during daylight hours, and reported an increase in the number of volunteer firefighters. An associate membership program has been initiated for non-fire fighting members to assist in fund raising. Specifications for a new fire truck are being prepared with a cost of $450,000.00. The HAZMAT truck will be relocated by the end of this year. Chief Reffner has been coordinating code issues with Mr. Ross and Mr. Chermak from the borough and reported the borough personnel has a good rapport with businesses and residents. The fire department has an Insurance Services Organization rating of #4 which assists in the Act 84 funding that provides money for firefighters' equipment and trucks.
Chief Reffner described the need for emergency information scrolling on a cable channel for public awareness. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that SHACOG handles the cable franchise, however a separate link on the website for emergency information is being prepared. Mr. Carlucci suggested Chief Reffner address the March SHACOG meeting at the Municipal Center.
Chief Reffner discussed the need for an emergency management coordinator and recommended Mike Dulski for the position. Mr. Zezulewicz stated council recognizes the need for filling this position and will take this under advisement. Mr. Zezulewicz added that Mr. Dulski might attend the meetings to represent the borough at this time.
Chief Reffner discussed MRTSA withdrawal from SHRDC and joining the county's 911 program. This would cause a delay of 1.5 minutes in response time to emergencies thereby jeopardizing lives. Chief Reffner suggested 1) disbanding the MRTSA authority and 2) appointing one representative from each community to a board. Chief Reffner commended the borough's representatives to the MRTSA board. Mayor Baumgarten discussed Mt. Lebanon's influence with MRTSA and does not believe MRTSA will withdraw from SHRDC.
Mr. Zezulewicz thanked Chief Reffner and all the volunteer firefighters for their excellent service to the borough.
Bid Openings: T. Hartswick presented the 2003-2005 bids for borough landscaping services. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to award the bid to Pittsburgh Lawn Care; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Nothing to report.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach asked Mr. Hartswick to schedule a meeting with the Memorial Day Committee. Ms. Kovach asked Chief Reffner to act as the parade coordinator. A proposal for the fireworks has been received.
Finance: Nothing to report..
Library: Nothing to report.
Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.
Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci noted thank you letters from Dormont for police assistance from Officers Fleckenstein and Recker and Officer Yonek and K-9 Xato.
Public Works: Mr. Coffey reported the borough's salt supply is low. Mr. Coffey arranged for the borough to obtain salt from the county's supply.
Editorial Board: Mr. Zezulewicz stated spring newsletter articles are due by March 21st.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Ms. Kovach attended the monthly meeting and related that Morton Salt has been the easiest company to work with. The salt problems result from the delivery. The March SHACOG meeting is scheduled at the Municipal Center.
Police Pension: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Engineer Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick noted a request for representatives for voting delegate and alternate for the MRM Workers' Comp Pooled Trust meeting at Seven Springs. Mr. Kirk was designated as delegate with Mr. Cheberenchick and Mr. Zezulewicz as alternates.
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to place a ½ page advertisement in the Keystone Oaks High School Musical; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the Notice of Intent application via Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Officer William Kress has progressed very well.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other Business: Ms. O'Malley reported resident Barbara Stoner wished to thank the public works crew for their excellent job in snow removal.
Mr. Carlucci commended one senior citizen for their honesty in reporting they did not qualify for Act 77.
Mr. Carlucci questioned if the police department was prepared with protection suits and gas masks for a terrorist attack. Mayor Baumgarten stated the police are securing the equipment.
Mr. Coffey discussed the roadway sinking on Steiger Street. Mr. Hartswick stated the borough engineers and Oakdale Construction would be investigating the problem. Barricades have been erected. Mr. Cheberenchick suggested the bureau of mines be contacted.
Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the construction of Family Video. Mr. Ross reported the project is moving quickly and an identical building is being erected in Bethel Park.
Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the Vernridge apartment project. Mr. Ross reported two buildings are constructed and a third building has the foundation started.
Mr. Kovach motioned to adjourn; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Approved as presented this 10th day of March 2003.