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March 8, 2010

The meeting of Castle Shannon Borough Council was called to order at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of the Castle Shannon Municipal Center, 3310 McRoberts Road, Castle Shannon, PA 15234.

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official, and K. Munson, Junior Council Person.

The minutes of the February 22, 2010 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 presented Raymond DeLallo and Raymond Eichel with a Certificate of Recognition from Joan Cleary, County Council District 6 Representative, to the public works department for the daunting and strenuous task of removing snow from the roadways and thoroughfares during February's historic snowfall. Council and Mayor Baumgarten thanked the public works department for doing a great job. The police and fire departments were also outstanding in working together during this state of emergency.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Mitchell Klocke, 1028 Imperial Drive - attended the council meeting to fulfill a requirement for a communications merit badge for Boy Scout Troop #350.

Peggy Lipps, 3710 Linden Avenue - discussed several concerns with the deteriorating condition of a neighboring property. Ms. Lipps stated that Mr. Vietmeier and Chief Truver are working cooperatively with her. Borough council will strategize with legal counsel and work within the perimeters of the law through the codes office and police department.

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 2009 delinquent collections of $3,704.77 and February 2010 current tax collections of $240,699.43.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Cheberenchick reported that approximately $42,110 was spent on contractors, road materials, and overtime costs for the recent historical snowfall in February. Mr. Cheberenchick added that the public works department did a great job during this emergency.

Mr. Orr reported on upcoming fundraisers. A Gold Home Party is scheduled on March 10th. The Friends of the Library flea market will be held on March 20th. The Wendy's Restaurant at 437 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard will contribute 10% of their sales from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on March 15th, March 31st and April 3rd to the library.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that Mr. Vietmeier has been very busy with citations on snow removal from sidewalks.

In the spring, residents will need to clear their properties of fallen branches and tree limbs. Branches cut in 3 foot sections and bundled can be placed curbside for garbage collection.

A listing of vacant properties in the downtown area will be compiled for aggressive code enforcement. Mr. Munson will list the properties on the website to encourage interested buyers.

Letters to borough businesses will be mailed March 15th for community day participation. Limited booth space is available.

The revitalization committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10th and continue with a 7:00 p.m. volunteer meeting. The different projects will be discussed, i.e. a street scape plan, Shannon Soldiers, a mural on the Port Authority wall, and a farmers' market.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver reported that a deputy emergency management coordinator attended a quarterly meeting with him to review snow storm activities with the county. Potential flooding is a cause for concern this week. The potential flooding areas in Castle Shannon have been reviewed and the storm grates have been cleared.

Ben Roethlisberger provided a $4,400 grant to the police department's K-9 program.

A free alcohol breathalyzer testing device was received from the DUI Association worth approximately $400.

The police received a Buckle Up education grant for seatbelt safety for the elementary schools for $250.00.

Public Works
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz stated March 19th is the drop dead date for articles. Mr. Warhold will create an article on the importance of residents checking the borough website for information.

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. O'Malley announced the SHACOG meeting will be at the municipal center on March 18th at 7:00 p.m.

Police Pension:
Mr. Smith motioned to adopt Resolution 554 to set the participant contribution rate to 3.5% for 2010; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The agenda contained the annual investment report for 2009. Junior Council Person:
Ms. Munson announced a Keystone Oaks open board meeting on March 25th at 7:00 p.m. The board will discuss the potential consolidation of the elementary schools.

All trees for the community garden have been sold. Mr. Zezulewicz and Mr. Cheberenchick expressed their interest in purchasing trees. Planting will begin April 22nd on Earth Day. The Penndot vegetation permit has been received. Federal funding for the highway administration delayed the permit approval process.

Ms. Munson was guest speaker at a Rotary Club meeting where she presented a list of needed equipment for the garden. Mr. Crome of Keystone Oaks donated $25.00 towards the equipment. The Rotary Club discussed raising funds to partner with Castle Shannon on the garden. Mr. Crome will publish an article about Ms. Munson and this project.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented a summary of the contract revisions for the proposed public works department for 2010 to 2012. Mr. Orr approved the proposed contract; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The agenda contained a cooperation agreement between the borough and SHACOG to reflect the terms of Contract No. C000044967 for the Grove Road Bridge Replacement project. Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreement; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Orr and Mr. Smith have completed an intensive ten session course sponsored by the Local Government Academy for newly elected officials. The graduation dinner is scheduled for March 25th at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Zezulewicz thanked the two council members for taking the time to attend the sessions. Mr. Orr stated the courses were very informational and the instructors were lawyers and professionals. Mr. Smith added that the classes were well worth the time and effort to attend.

Mayor Baumgarten announced that the Mayors' Association Dinner is scheduled for March 25th. Don Onorato, Tom Corbett and Jack Wagner will be guest speakers.

Mayor Baumgarten stated Highmark makes payments for ambulance service to the subscriber. Many ambulance companies are lobbying the legislators to have insurance payments for ambulance services sent directly to the providers, instead of to the patients. Council agreed to authorize the borough manager to send correspondence to the legislators to support this payment procedure.

Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten attended the 100th Boy Scout Awareness Blue and Gold dinner. These young men are the future leaders of our country. In addition, the scout's Pinewood Derby was very successful.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Cheberenchick discussed a sinking patch of road on Willow Avenue. A price of $9,000 was obtained to repair and re-brick the area and raise the manhole. Mr. DeLallo will secure two more bids.


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