The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Member P. Coffey and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief; D. Ross, Building Official; and L. Pusateri. Junior Council Person.
The minutes of the February 13, 2006 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.
Bunny Lewandowski, 172 Castle Road - of the Castle Shannon Democratic Committee attended the meeting. Council received an invitation to attend the next meeting of the committee on Thursday, March 2nd at the Municipal Center. Ms. Lewandowski stated a couple of vacancies still exist.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment section of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 851 amending the Occupational Privilege Tax Ordinance No. 549, to be re-named and entitled the Emergency and Municipal Services Tax Ordinance for $52.00 per annum with an exemption level of $3,600. Many neighboring communities have adopted this tax. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing on Ordinance 851.
Rick Mazzarini, 3751 Grant Street - stated the borough should adopt the tax as other communities have.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public hearing on Ordinance 851. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt Ordinance 851 at its first reading; Ms. O'Malley seconded; Mr. Warhold and Ms. Kovach voted no; motion carried.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Nothing to report.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold announced the first meeting for the 2006 Memorial Day Parade was held today.
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Castle Shannon Garden Club has historically planted and cared for the flower bed on the Port Authority lot on Castle Shannon Boulevard. The Castle Shannon Garden Club has disbanded, and therefore the Keystone Oaks Parent/Teacher Organization may take the project. Initial planting is usually completed by high school students. Public Works assists with the trash pick-up. Mr. Zezulewicz voiced concerns regarding the maintenance during July and August. Mr. Warhold will clarify the dates with the PTO.
Ms. O'Malley discussed the triangle flower bed on Greenridge. Public Works is in charge of the Greenridge flower bed.
Mr. Warhold announced the Castle Shannon Youth Association 2nd Annual Golf Outing at South Park on Friday, June 9th. Cost to sponsor a hole is $50.00. CSYA is seeking hole sponsors, duffers, and prizes. CSYA will need the use of Hamilton Park also.
Finance: Nothing to report.
Ms. O'Malley stated the parking lot paving will be bid as an add alternate to the road improvement bid.
Ms. O'Malley stated the borough's landscaping bid will also include an option for the library.
Friends of the Library are sponsoring a book sale on March 16-18.
Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.
Chief Lane and Mayor Baumgarten discussed a magazine available to residents and businesses that includes pictures, safety tips on home and personal safety, and scams. This magazine was made available through advertising purchased by borough businesses.
Chief Lane gave an update on Officer Jeff Recker and K-9 Nitro. Whitehall requested Nitro to assist in tracking a criminal for an assault. Nitro tracked the criminal in deep snow and found him hiding in a parked car.
Public Works: - Nothing to report.
Editorial Board: - Newsletter articles will be due by March 13th.
Mayor Baumgarten discussed the deficit in MRTSA's budget which could be reduced due to changing certain budget line items.
Mayor Baumgarten and Ray Cooke received a thirty-year plaque for their dedication and service to MRTSA.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments:
SHACOG's March meeting will be held at the Municipal Center.
Police Pension: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Nothing to report.
Mayor Baumgarten supported council's decision to enact the Emergency Municipal Services Tax. Use of the funds is restricted, and one use is listed as emergency services which could assist in defraying the cost of the MRTSA deficit.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Mr. Biondo discussed the proposed settlement agreement with Tymaco which council has reviewed. Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into an agreement with Tymaco; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Pusateri announced that the girl's varsity basketball team made it to the playoffs this year.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Ms. Kovach revisited the issue of the dangerous intersection of Baldwin Street and Willow Avenue. Chief Lane stated that Port Authority has ordered lights to upgrade the intersection. Mr. Ross will contact David Calabria to determine the possibility of a traffic study.
Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the borough's crack sealing program. Mr. Zezulewicz discussed the limited public works manpower due to the Administrative Consent Order and sewer televising requirements. Ms. Kovach noted that the televising program is ahead of schedule. Mr. Cheberenchick and Mr. Warhold strongly agree that the crack sealing program must continue to maintain borough roads and suggested use of the public works seasonal employees. Council agreed that crack sealing should be scheduled and completed on an annual basis.