The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief; D. Ross, Building Official. L. Pusateri, Junior Council Person was absent.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for a moment of silence in observance of the tragic death of Matthew Goldsmith, who died on March 9th. Mr. Goldsmith was an employee of the borough's trash collector and died as a result of a utility pole accident in Castle Shannon.
The minutes of the February 27, 2006 council meeting were presented. Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, 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 requested to be exonerated for the delinquent real estate taxes for the year 2005 in the amount of $49,785.52. Tymaco's delinquent real estate taxes will not be liened due to a legal agreement. Mr. Carlucci made a motion to exonerate the delinquent real estate taxes for the year 2005; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Torris reported February collections for 2006 of $453,707.88.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds:
Pursuant to a meeting with the Castle Shannon Youth Association, Mr. Warhold along with Mr. Hartswick, Mr. DeLallo, Mr. Ausman and Mr. Vince Smith, have toured the borough's recreational facilities. Almost every item that CSYA requested was addressed. Mr. Warhold will give a more detailed report in the future.
Mr. Zezulewicz questioned the sinking pavement at Riehl Park. A section of the base will be rebuilt and an isolated area of pavement will be replaced.
Mr. Zezulewicz questioned the placement of the block storage building for Riehl Park. Mr. Warhold replied the area selected will be before the soccer field by the beginning of the parking area. This place was selected due to security concerns.
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. O'Malley announced a book sale on March 16, 17 and 18.
Planning and Codes:
Mr. Ross accompanied Dr. Davison on an inspection of the hillsides and slopes of Middle Road. Dr. Davison's formal report will be forthcoming.
Chief Lane reported that Port Authority will replace the warning lights with larger, brighter digital lights at the Willow Avenue and Baldwin Street intersection. Port Authority is attempting to secure funding to install a gate at Rockwood Avenue. The LED lights will also be replaced at the Port Authority crossing on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard.
Mr. Ross reported the borough has a traffic study that will permit the borough to proceed with work on the intersection of Willow Avenue and Baldwin Street without further traffic or engineering studies. Mr. Ross and Mr. David Calabria will chalk out lines for intersection changes, and Public Works will paint the lines. The area will be reviewed during different time periods to check the traffic patterns. An ordinance for changing the stop sign arrangement to a four-way will be required.
Public Works: Nothing to report.
Editorial Board: Newsletter articles are due today.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Castle Shannon Borough will host SHACOG's March meeting at the Municipal Center. Borough council agreed to provide a door prize for the April SHACOG dinner meeting.
Police Pension: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
February Distribution Analysis: EIT - $56,539.66; OPT - $747.05.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Ordinance 852 has been advertised for a General Obligation Bond. Mr. Hartswick stated the Administrative Consent Order has mandated various activities to bring the sanitary sewer system into compliance with the Clean Water Act. The borough's sewer televising program has uncovered structural deficiencies that need repaired. In order to address the first three watersheds, borough council has been asked to issue this general obligation bond to provide funding for the repairs. The bond also includes funding for two capital projects, i.e. the expansion of the public works garage and replacement/repairing of a retaining wall on Rebecca Street.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.
Mr. Chris Brewer, Attorney for Reed, Thorpe, Armstrong - presented Ordinance 852 for $5,240,000. Mr. Brewer explained the ordinance is the security arrangement and document contract between the borough and its bond holders. The ordinance sets the terms for the bonds, i.e. when they are payable, how they are payable, when they can be redeemed, the purchase price, etc. In order to improve the marketability of the bonds, H.T. Capital Markets secured municipal bond insurance to gain a triple A rating to obtain the best and lowest interest rates in the market.
Mr. Chris Shelby and Mr. Joseph Weisner, H.T. Capital Markets - presented a detailed summary of the bond financing. The interest rates have increased since last week's meeting with borough council. Mr. Shelby discussed the bond issue in detail regarding accrued interest, source and use of funds, note payoffs, insurance premiums, costs of issuance and project fund deposit. The cost of bond insurance was higher than projected due to the small size of the issuance. The borough has an excellent credit rating. Mr. Shelby discussed the borough's existing debt and the proposed wrap around structure.
Mr. Zezulewicz recalled that borough council has held many work sessions to prepare for the bond issuance. The bond issuance is a prudent step for the borough to continue to address the Administrative Consent Order compliance issues, while borough council attempts to control tax increases. The preliminary official statement listed the bond issuance as $5,400,000, however the actual bond amount is $5,240,000.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public hearing on Ordinance 852.
Mr. Hartswick read Ordinance 832 - Formal action constituting a debt ordinance under the Local Government Unit Debit Act authorizing the incurring of nonelectoral debt by the issuance of general obligation bonds, series of 2006 in the aggregate principal amount of five million, two hundred forty thousand dollars ($5,240,000); covenanting to pay, and pledging unlimited taxing power for the payment of the bonds; establishing a sinking fund and appointing a sinking fund depository; fixing the form, interest rate, maturity, redemption and other provisions for the payment thereof; accepting a proposal for the purchase of the bonds; authorizing a filing of required documents with the Department of Community and Economic Development; ratifying and directing certain actions of officers; and making certain other covenants and provisions in respect of the bonds.
Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Ordinance 852 at its first reading; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded. A roll call vote commenced: Mr. Carlucci - Yes; Mr. Cheberenchick - Yes; Mr. Coffey -Yes; Ms. Kovach - Yes; Ms. O'Malley - Yes; Mr. Warhold Yes; Mr. Zezulewicz - Yes. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 511 whereas Castle Shannon Borough, in cooperation with the Borough of Dormont, the Municipality of Mt. Lebanon, Port Authority of Allegheny County and Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, will be operating in a cooperative project called the South Hills Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) Planning Study. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Resolution 511; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz was appointed as official voting delegate for the Municipal Risk Management Workers' Compensation Pooled Trust annual meeting on April 7, 2006. Ms. Miller was appointed alternate.
Mayor: Nothing to report.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Mr. Warhold announced that Jessica Zezulewicz won the Collegiate National Debating Contest.
Ms. O'Malley discussed replacement of a pedestrian crossing sign on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard. Chief Lane responded the sign was stolen and will be replaced.
Mr. Coffey discussed the congested traffic problem on Route 88 and Castle Shannon Boulevard.
Mr. Warhold proposed that the borough purchase a water buffalo tank and trailer for borough emergencies. Chief Lane added the cost would be about $500.00 through the federal surplus program. Mr. Hartswick discussed the borough's participation in the Co-Stars program to purchase federal and state surplus items. Pricing should be obtained for council's review.