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February 27, 2012

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick, N. Kovach, J. O’Malley, M. Warhold, R. Zezulewicz, D. Baumgarten. Council Members R. Carlucci, V. Smith and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official. Police Chief K. Truver was absent.

The minutes of the February 13, 2012 Council Meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the Civil Service Commission reorganization minutes of February 21, 2012.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mayor Baumgarten discussed sewer line problems at the municipal center that are being addressed by public works.

Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the public works garage roof project. Mr. Hartswick answered that the material has been delivered, and the contractor is waiting for suitable weather conditions to proceed.

Nothing to report.

Ms. O’Malley announced that the library is seeking applicants for part-time page position.

The library board will be meeting on March 1st.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold stated that the deadline for photos for the pictorial history book is March 20th.

Regarding revitalization, Mr. Warhold and Ms. Miller attended a webinar entitled: 2012 Funding Outlook: Attracting Dollars to Your Community's Sustainability. Mr. Hartswick attended the 2012 Pennsylvania Downtown Center seminar. Mr. Hartswick and Mr. Warhold will be meeting with HUD on Monday to discuss potential revitalization activities.

Mr. Vietmeier stated that #1 Cochran closed the real estate deal for the purchase of property on Sleepy Hollow Road. Mr. Hartswick added that #1 Cochran plans to do $5,000,000 in renovations.

Public Safety:
Mr. Hartswick presented Allegheny County 2011 Hazard Mitigation Plan Municipal Adoption Resolution #572. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt the resolution; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works:
Ms. Kovach presented three written quotations for a leaf vacuum, and motioned to accept the quote of $26,904 from U.S. Municipal Services under the Co-stars general services state bid program. Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz stated that the article deadline is March 12th.

The agenda contained the December 2011 meeting minutes.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Castle Shannon Borough will be hosting the March meeting.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the January 2012 distribution reports.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick reported that SHACOG will prepare a request for proposal for the billing and collection of approximately 30,000 combined municipal sewage accounts since PAWC will discontinue sewage billing as of October 2012.

The borough will apply for a CDBG Year 38 grant to be used for the demolition of an unsafe structure.

Mayor Baumgarten suggested exploring the feasibility of borough administration assuming the responsibility for sewage billing.

Mayor Baumgarten also suggested that with the new leaf vacuum purchase, council should consider expanding the list of streets that use leaf collection. Mr. Warhold added that the leaf vacuum purchase allows the borough to undertake activities without paying outside vendors.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold discussed an unsafe structure on Arch Street. Mr. Hartswick stated that the borough is waiting for funding approval from HUD. After funding approval, the borough would have a four month time frame to complete the demolition. Mr. Zezulewicz would like administration to notify the surrounding neighbors of the status of this structure.


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