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February 25, 2002

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

A moment of silence was observed in memory of Fire Chief Michael Auth of Dormont.

The minutes of the February 11, 2002 meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; seconded by Ms. O'Malley; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.

Castle Shannon Fire Chief William Reffner presented council with a 2001 Annual Report. The fire department responded to 354 calls within Castle Shannon Borough and Baldwin Township and 42 calls outside the borough. Chief Reffner discussed the CAD system, emergency response procedures for various types of alarms, and mutual aid response districts. Specialized rescue personnel described as the “go team” was discussed. Chief Reffner reported that Hamilton School is scheduled for demolition and will be replaced with additional parking. Chief Reffner discussed the foreign Fire Insurance money received by the fire department and replacement of Engine 11 at a cost of $400,000.

Ms. Lane asked Chief Reffner to consider submitting an article for the spring newsletter.

Council thanked Chief Reffner and the fire department for their dedication and service to the community.

Bid Openings: Ms. Lane reported four bids were received for the Pump Station Wet Well Cleaning Services Request for Proposal: Hapchuck Inc. - $1,300.00; Robertson Pipe Cleaning Co. - $1,520.00; State Pipe Services Inc. - $2,400.00; Insight Pipe Contracting LP - $6,880.00. Mr. Coffey stated the Public Works Department does not have the equipment to perform the cleaning services. Mr. Cheberenchick speculated that a lower pump placement in the well would eliminate the sludge and the need for quarterly cleaning. The borough engineers will address the pump placement design at the next executive session. Mr. Kirk motioned to award the bid to Hapchuck; Ms. Kovach seconded; Mr. Cheberenchick voted no; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings: Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission: The agenda contained minutes of the 2/02/02 re-organization meeting.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Mr. Carlucci motioned to exonerate the tax collector on lot and block 250-B-134; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach motioned to approve a $795 expenditure for replacement of American flags in town; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach noted a residential request for a street light at 1018 Milton. Chief Lane will investigate the area to propose a solution.

Mr. Zezulewicz contacted State Senator Jack Wagner regarding participation in the Memorial Day Parade. Ms. Lane discussed possible bagpipe band participation.

Finance: Nothing to report.

Library: Ms. O'Malley reported the reopening of the library on March 1st. The renovations should be completed by mid-April.

Ms. O'Malley reported resignations of Tim Lyon and Mariellen Frantz; and the hiring of Craig Hayward to replace Mr. Lyon.

Planning and Codes: The agenda package contained January reports for Notices of Violations and Citations and an article from the health department on a plumbing code.

Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci noted correspondence regarding a school resource officer. Mr. Zezulewicz outlined a proposal from Keystone Oaks School District to fund the salary of a school resource officer with a cost of $9,381.00 per borough for 2002. Council agreed the officer is an asset, however funding should come from the school district budget. Mr. Kirk motioned to reject the proposed consortium funding for the school resource officer; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Carlucci noted outstanding DARE training seminar evaluation reports were received on police officers Gary Watkins and David Lane.

Chief Lane gave an update on the truck inspection unit. Officers Fleckenstein and Hick will be certified in May to conduct commercial vehicle inspections for enforcement throughout the borough.

Public Works: Mr. Coffey reported salt is stock-piled for winter weather. Mr. Coffey noted the borough is obtaining prices for portable sewer snake.

Editorial Board: Nothing to report.

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 reported on a group insurance plan proposal.

Ms. Kovach stated Jim Roddey is seeking office space for assessment appeals.

Chief Lane reported the SHACOG mutual response agreement will be reviewed by solicitors. Ms. Kovach noted Mr. Gorski has commented on the great professional cooperation between the SHACOG communities.

Ms. Lane reported a SHACOG franchise refund of $20,705.20 from 1995 to 1999.

Police Pension Review Committee: Nothing to report.

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

Engineer: Ms. Lane stated the 2001 Annual Wasteload Management Report, Chapter 94 has been completed.

Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officals to execute the service order authorization for culvert investigation at Mt. Lebanon Boulevard and Cooke Lane; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Manager's Report: Ms. Lane noted a request from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for irrigation of the community flowerbed at Mt. Lebanon Boulevard and Castle Shannon Boulevard. The annual cost is $300-$400. Mr. Coffey suggested the water company be contacted to donate the water for irrigation. Ms. Lane will contact the water company.

Ms. Lane noted a DCED report on borough work force population.

Pennsylvania American Water Company has completed inspection of all public fire hydrants.

Council agreed to appoint Mr. Kirk as delegate and Mr. Zezulewicz as alternate for the Ninth Annual Meeting of MRM Workers' Compensation Pooled Trust.

Ms. Lane will attend the Local Government Academy's job fair at Carnegie Mellon University on Wednesday, February 27th to secure an intern for 2002 Municipal Intern Program.

Ms. Lane reported on construction for the Hamilton Park pavilion and restroom construction. Proposed opening date is June 1st.

Mayor's Report: Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report: Ms. Lane noted the resignation of James O'Brien. Mr. Zezulewicz announced the borough is seeking letters of intent for the vacancy.

Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve the Planning Commission minutes of 2/18/02; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.

Treasurer's Report: Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.

Other Business: Mr. Cheberenchick and Ms. Lane discussed the storm water and sanitary lines on Willow Avenue.

Mr. Kirk reported traffic concerns from Bockstoce Avenue at Baldwin Street.



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