The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; T. Kirk; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; S. Torris. Council Member R. Zezulewicz and Mayor D. Baumgarten were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief.
The minutes of the February 23, 2004 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Kovach called for public comments or requests.
Mr. Stanley Karas Jr., 3112 May Street - discussed progress on obtaining historical photos for the borough.
Bid Openings: - Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: - Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: - Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported February collections of $438,270.29. Currently 32 percent of the face amount has been collected. Balance of face tax to be collected for 2003 is $47,400.19. Delinquent list is being prepared.
Ms. Kovach noted a resident's correspondence commending Ms. Torris on her pleasant personality.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: - Mr. Hartswick stated the public works garage expansion project is moving forward. PAT has sent correspondence stating the proposed expansion will not affect their wall anchor line. Revised site plan will be forwarded to the railroad company to resolve right-of-way issues.
Finance: - Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the February Treasurer's Report; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: - Nothing to report.
Planning and Codes: - Nothing to report.
Public Safety: - Mr. Carlucci discussed a proposal from Traffic Control Equipment and Supplies for $2,180.55 to change the signaling of traffic lights at Route 88/Castle Shannon Boulevard/Shady Run. Mr. Ross discussed the timing of the lights. Mr. Carlucci motioned to accept the proposal; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Public Works: - Mr. Coffey stated the sewer jetter has been ordered and is in transit.
Editorial Board: - Ms. O'Malley will prepare an article for the newsletter.
MRTSA: - Mr. Hartswick reported no further communication was received from Bob Full regarding the borough joining the county's 911 center.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: - Mr. Kirk congratulated Ms. Kovach on her appointment to the board of directors to ACBA.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: - Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: - Mr. Kirk asked Ms. O'Malley to fill in as SHACOG representative for the time being.
Mr. Hartswick announced a legislative breakfast meeting on March 26th. Ms. O'Malley and Mr. Cheberenchick will attend.
Police Pension: - Mr. Hartswick noted an increase of $36,448.42 for January 2004.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: - Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: - Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Council agreed to appoint Mr. Zezulewicz as delegate and Mr. Cheberenchick as alternate to the annual meeting of MRM Workers' Compensation Pooled Trust at the ALOM conference.
Mr. Hartswick presented Change Order 1 for the Shady Run Sewer Improvement project. The change order decreases the project by $8,441.00 due to adjustments based on field measurements of in-place quantities. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the manager's approval of the change order; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick discussed various contracts with Roberta Sarraf to complete the subdivision/land development ordinance, revise the zoning ordinance, and economic development plan. Current contract concluded December 31, 2003. Ms. O'Malley motioned to extend the current agreement to May 31, 2004 with no additional cost; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Kirk motioned to place an advertisement with the Keystone Oaks Musical for $60.00; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
- Nothing to report.
Mr. Biondo stated Lennon, Smith, Souleret presented a proposed revision to the subdivision ordinance storm water management revision required by DEP. A revised stand alone storm water ordinance has been drafted. Mr. Ross reviewed technical aspects with the borough engineers.
Keystone Oaks : - Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.
Other Business: Mr. Cheberenchick proposed an enhancement to the benefit package for non-bargaining-unit-related full time employees thereby approving accumulation of 50 unused sick days beginning January 2004. No buy-back options were proposed. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the benefit enhancement; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the borough manager to send correspondence naming Mr. Robert Simonin as broker of record for the purpose of obtaining insurance quotations from St. Paul Insurance; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Ms. Kovach stated the borough is being fiscally responsible by obtaining several quotations for borough liability insurance.
Ms. O'Malley discussed garbage collection for multi-unit apartments. Mr. Ross stated the apartment complexes have contracted with trash haulers, and residents have been notified. Mr. Coffey questioned if the borough requires garbage to be placed in containers instead of bags. Mr. Ross answered no. Mr. Coffey noted residences with bags of garage in the front of the house. Mr. Cheberenchick stated that garbage must be stored on the side or rear of a residence before putting out for collection. Mr. Carlucci suggested an article be placed in the newsletter.
Mr. Kirk discussed the situation wherein Blue Cross determined that elected officials were not eligible for prescription coverage without full health coverage.
Mr. Coffey noted foundation forms on Groveton. Mr. Ross stated 2-story dwellings are being built.
Mr. Kirk noted that Eckerd Drug Store is moving to the former PAWC building.
Mr. Coffey questioned progress on the property at May and Martha Streets. The property owner presented Mr. Ross with a letter from a third party promising financing. An application for a new building permit will be required.
IRS is holding an auction sale of vacant property at 1401 Sixth Street.
Mr. Ross gave an update on the development of the ENX development. Subdivision plan is being revised. Preliminary site plan was received for MARSA property.
Ms. O'Malley questioned progress on the Inverso project. Mr. Ross answered that Mr. Inverso has been unable to obtain bonding.
Mr. Coffey questioned progress on Route 88 paving. Mr. Ross stated Penndot approved the contractor's request for a paving delay until 2004. Paving and milling should begin as soon as the plants open.
Mr. Biondo presented Resolution #491 - Administrative Consent Order regarding sanitary sewer overflows. This resolution replaces Resolution #489 due to the fact that Allegheny County Health Department requested a resolution that is content neutral. Mr. Coffey motioned to approve Resolution #491; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.