The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci, M. Cheberenchick, P. Coffey, J. O'Malley, R. Zezulewicz, S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: D. Lane, Borough Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief. Mayor D. Baumgarten and Council Members T. Kirk and N. Kovach were absent.
The minutes of the February 25, 2002 meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; seconded by Mr. Carlucci; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests. None were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment section of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported receipt of the 2002 tax blotter. Taxes will be mailed by March 15th. Ms. Lane stated the county's 2002 assessment information has not been received. A discussion continued on the borough tax millage for the current year. Mr. Biondo explained the current year tax revenues should not exceed 105% of the 2001 tax revenues. Mr. Coffey motioned to set the discount period for the 2002 borough real estate taxes as May 15th, with the face amount due July 15th; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. A resolution will be prepared.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: The agenda contained a proposal from Pyrotechnico for Memorial Day fireworks. Mr. Zezulewicz requested that this proposal be compared to the prior year.
Ms. Kovach noted a residential request for a street light at 1018 Milton. Chief Lane will investigate the area to propose a solution.
Mr. Zezulewicz contacted State Senator Jack Wagner regarding participation in the Memorial Day Parade. Ms. Lane discussed possible bagpipe band participation.
Finance: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: Ms. O'Malley reported on the status of the library renovations. A new ceiling is being installed. Ms. O'Malley discussed a movers bid of $6,600 and requested information on bid procedures. Ms. Lane answered three bids should be obtained for any expenditure between $4,000 and $10,000.
A book review is scheduled for April 1st.
Ms. Lane noted the contractor should address clean-up issues from the construction. A sump pump will be installed in the elevator pit because of water seepage.
Ms. Lane reported on a conversation with Ellen Engel regarding fund balances. The general fund can be debited and the funds credited to the library account until the state grant funds are received. The renovation budget will be over budget due to unscheduled expenditures of the ceiling replacement, sump pump installation, electrical construction, etc. Loan options will be explored.
Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.
Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci presented Resolution No. 476 authorizing the submission of a grant application under the municipal police officers' education and training act. Chief Lane explained the purpose of the resolution is to endorse the state funded training sessions at the municipal center. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Resolution 476; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Carlucci presented the February reports: District Court Fines - $4,082.17; Parking Citations - $350.00; Report Fees - $105.00; Meter Fines - $255.00; Alarm Fines Billed - $400.00; Police Calls – 309; Hospital report – 31; Animal Control – 6.
Chief Lane briefed council on a truck inspection unit incident. A commercial vehicle was stopped for inspection and incurred a total of fourteen citations.
Public Works: Nothing to report.
Editorial Board: Mr. Zezulewicz noted articles should be received soon. Ms. O'Malley and Mr. Carlucci will submit articles.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Ms. Lane noted correspondence from MEIT regarding the conference.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Ms. Lane reported receipt of a franchise fee payment..
Chief Lane presented the Police Mutual Aid Agreement. Mr. Carlucci motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreement; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Police Pension Review Committee: The agenda contained the February investment management statement.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: February Distribution Analysis: EIT - $40,484.96; OPT - $483.90.
Engineer: Ms. Lane noted correspondence on the CAP deadlines.
Mr. Biondo requested council authorize the appropriate officials to execute the quitclaim of sanitary sewer line easement agreement between Port Authority and Castle Shannon Borough for Rockwood Avenue. Mr. Coffey made the motion; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Lane stated the borough has not received an agreement or information from Port Authority regarding certain construction within the borough, i.e. the one-way on Poplar Avenue.
Mr. Cheberenchick questioned the placement of the station on Willow Avenue with regard to the Port Authority. Mr. Zezulewicz described locations for two stations.
Manager's Report: Ms. Lane announced receipt of $92,250.00 from DNCR Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund for the Hamilton Park Project.
Ms. Lane noted a new municipal outreach specialist for ALCOSAN.
Verizon has contacted the borough regarding two payphones within the borough. The cost to the borough to retain the payphones is $64.95 per month plus taxes with all proceeds returned to Verizon. Council agreed to advise Verizon to remove the phones.
Ms. Lane noted the County of Allegheny Elections Division will utilize the library for the third and eighth districts.
Ms. Lane reported Mr. Gaetano requested a refund of borough taxes because he is required to utilize separate garbage collection for his four-unit apartment building. Council authorized the borough manager to send correspondence denying this request. Ms. O'Malley asked if the borough had information regarding four-unit apartment buildings within the borough. Ms. Lane answered the garbage company has contacted the administration office to advise of any units that require separate collection.
Ms. Lane will attend municipal quarterly training on Tuesday, March 12.
The agenda package contained the MRM loss run activity report; a PLCM annual dinner invitation; and registration for the 3rd Annual Senior Citizens Expo.
Ms. Lane noted correspondence regarding a sewage facilities planning module with regard to Mt. Lebanon.
One source municipal training is sponsoring a building code enforcement seminar on May 2nd. Ms. Lane and Ms. O'Malley will attend.
Ms. Lane reported Ira Weiss will represent Castle Shannon along with other communities for the Southern Basin meetings.
Mayor's Report: Nothing to report.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Treasurer's Report: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other Business: Mr. Coffey questioned the status of the new pavilion at Hamilton Park. The pricing for the electrical and plumbing for hot water tanks have been received. The water lines will need re-run.
Ms. O'Malley questioned if the violations form the February monthly report were being investigated. Ms. O'Malley noted specific issues on Ulrich. Ms. Lane added citations have been issued.