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March 12, 2012

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci, N. Kovach, J. O’Malley, V. Smith, M. Warhold, and D. Baumgarten. Council Members M. Cheberenchick and R. Zezulewicz 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.

The meeting was temporarily turned over to Mayor Baumgarten, who gave the oath of office to Makenzie Kunig, Junior Council Person.

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.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #573 to modify the real estate tax collection dates for 2012 due to the late receipt of certified information from Allegheny County. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Resolution #573; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Smith motioned to ratify the February treasurer’s report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley announced that the Friends of the Library book sale will have a pre-sale on Thursday with a $5.00 entrance fee. Books are being sold for $6.00 a bag on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold stated that March 20th is the deadline date to submit information for the pictorial history book of Castle Shannon. The book will be available this summer for $20.00 at Barnes & Nobles, the community library and municipal center.

Mr. Warhold expressed his thanks to all the committee members for Community Day. The bands have been booked. Allegheny County will provide the showmobile. The number of advertisements has doubled due to the committee members’ efforts.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette contained an article regarding fighting blight and Act 90. Mr. Warhold, Mr. Vietmeier and Mr. Hartswick have attended conferences regarding this subject. Act 90 allows the borough to have stricter enforcement for code violations for property maintenance issues.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that many houses are selling in the borough.

Public Safety:
Ms. O’Malley commended the police chief on creating and submitting a weekly press report that is available on the website for viewing.

Public Works:
Ms. Kovach stated that the public works department did a wonderful job with winter road maintenance.

Mayor Baumgarten commended the public works department employees for their work on the broken underground sanitary sewer project at the municipal center. By undertaking this repair, the public works department saved the borough thousands of dollars.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

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 and Ms. Kovach will be hosting the March 15th meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the February 2012 distribution reports. Mr. Hartswick reported that the first distribution from Jordan Tax Service will be received this week.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed possible collection delays caused by employers remitting earned income tax collections to corporate offices for further distribution to the taxing districts. For instance, Wal-Mart’s corporate office is in Lancaster County.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor Baumgarten welcomed Makenzie Kunig as Junior Council Person for the borough.

Planning Commission:
Mr. Warhold motioned to appoint Joseph Cordier to the planning commission; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Ms. Kunig stated that the ladies basketball team won their first game in the state playoff, and the PSAT tests were being undertaken.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Hartswick read into the minutes the resignation letter of council president Regis Zezulewicz effective March 31, 2012. Mr. Zezulewicz will continue to carry out his duties as president until that date. Mr. Warhold explained that Mr. Zezulewicz’s employment obligations will impact his ability to attend future council meetings. Mr. Warhold motioned to accept Mr. Zezulewicz’s resignation; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold stated that the borough’s overall real estate assessment went up 43%. Mayor Baumgarten added that numerous appeals may lower that percentage. Overall borough taxes can only increase by 5% over the 2012 rates to prevent a windfall from the reassessments; therefore mileage would have to be reduced.

Ms. O’Malley questioned the status of PA American Water’s divestiture from the sewage billing. Mr. Hartswick answered that SHACOG is preparing a third party request for proposal to get quotes for the sewage billing.


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