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March 10, 2014

The following elected officials were present: The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Member V. Smith was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; Police Chief K. Truver; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; D. Biondo, Solicitor; B. Fabbio, Junior Council Person.

The minutes of the February 24, 2014 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Chris Durkin, 3163 Maplene Avenue – addressed council regarding the nuisance deer population in Castle Shannon and asked for an update on the borough’s investigation into deer culling or sterilization. Mr. Warhold responded stating that a regional meeting was held on January 24th with representatives from Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, Bethel Park, Greentree, Whitehall and Castle Shannon. A conference call was held with Dr. Tony DiNicola, wildlife biologist, and Enid Feinberg, President of Wildlife Rescue of Maryland. Deer culling is not an option for Castle Shannon because it is a highly populated small community. Deer sterilization is expensive ($1,000 per doe). The Pennsylvania Game Commission is against sterilization; however a proposed project will be submitted to the game commission for approval. Then, the combined communities can attempt to secure state or federal funding.

Mayor Baumgarten added that 90% of the deer population must be treated to make the program successful. Mr. Durkin requested council consider baiting stations in parks for a sharp shooter culling program. Mayor Baumgarten noted that the deer population is a very controversial subject, and many people like seeing the deer.

Jean Kennedy, 3188 Wabash Avenue – also listed concerns about the unchecked deer population, i.e. deer ticks/Lyme disease, auto accidents, deer defecation, damages to gardens, flowers and shrubs. Mr. Warhold noted that while Mt. Lebanon has completed a deer culling program, the number of vehicle accidents regarding deer has not diminished.

Kenneth Kennedy, 3188 Wabash Avenue – presented a letter from Sherry Franz of 3134 Wabash supporting a deer culling/sterilization program.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported that tax bills were mailed February 18. Collections total $349,848, with a balance due of $2,860,724.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon reported that the borough’s Facebook page has 417 “likes”. Information to join the Swift911 emergency contact system is listed on Facebook.

Public Works/Building & Grounds:
Mr. Cheberenchick presented the public works report. Pot holes are being repaired. The salt storage shed has 125 tons in stock. Mr. DeLallo is securing proposals to repair of a section of the brick street on Willow Avenue and obtain an estimate for installation of electricity to Room C for a kitchenette. In addition, Public works is temporarily providing janitorial services to the Community Library of Castle Shannon.

Mr. DeLallo will be doing a visual inspection of borough roads to compile a suggested list for the 2014 road paving programs. Mr. Ausman has completed pesticide and field maintenance training. A proposal to address the ponding issues at the Municipal Center Ballfied is being prepared.

Public Safety/Fire:
The first Swiftreach Swift911 software was used on February 26th. The program has the capability of contacting all residents and business owners via telephone calls, text messages, and emails within minutes. The initial launch completed 6,500 telephone calls in 15 minutes. The list for zip code 15234 is being reviewed to remove addresses outside of the borough.

Mr. Swisher motioned to ratify the February’s treasurer report; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Ed Geiger of DCED and Lissa, Chief of Staff for Representative Dan Miller met with Mr. Warhold to review requirements for a planning grant and receive Keystone Community designation.

Ms. Gallo gave a great presentation to Port Authority representatives on a proposal for a green wall along Willow Avenue. The plans include juniper trees, shrubs, vines and incorporate mural window panels that reflect Castle Shannon. We are awaiting a license agreement from PAT.

Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation is seeking fifty volunteers to plant twenty-five trees at Hamilton Park on April 12th. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is donating the trees, mulch, gloves and equipment. Please call borough administration to register as a volunteer. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

The following bands are scheduled for Community Day at Hamilton Park: Dancing Queen, Tony Janflone Jr., The Stickers, and Johnny Angel & the Halos. Admission and shuttle service from the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department parking lot is free.

The Friends of the Library book sale is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12th through Saturday, March 15th. Books are sold for $6.00 a bag.

The Friends of the Library Flea Market is scheduled for April 12th.

The library is currently seeking a custodian, and the board will be interviewing for a new member.

Editorial Board:
Article deadline will be April 4th for the spring newsletter. Ms. Brannon presented council with a copy of a monthly newspaper distributed by Greentree Borough.

Mr. Warhold reported that David Brumfield, Mt. Lebanon Commissioner and Vice Chairperson to the MRTSA Board of Directors, wrote an outstanding article in the Mt. Lebanon Magazine on MRTSA. Todd Pritchard, Director, and John Moses, Assistant Director run an excellent administration. The article also listed billing problems wherein insurance companies continue to pay individuals for their ambulance services instead of paying MRTSA.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association - Ms. Kovach will attend the March 13th board meeting.
Allegheny League of Municipalities - Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments - Nothing to report.
Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs – Mr. Hartswick and Mayor Baumgarten met Jeffrey Heishman, Deputy Executive Vice President. PSAB provides a wealth of excellent material and training on the operations of municipal government, including a legislative advocacy program.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report. Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person
Nothing to report.

Engineer’s Report:
Nothing to report.

The revised human resources job descriptions have been presented to council for administrative personnel. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the job descriptions in their entirety; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #594 – A reimbursement resolution for a future short term loan. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution #594; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold reported that the Shannon Shindig for CSYA was an outstanding success. Ms. Brannon announced the Keystone Oaks High School musical is Curtains, running from March 27th – 29th. Tickets are $7.00.

Mr. Swisher motioned to adjourn; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Approved as presented this 10th day of March 2014.


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