The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; S. Torris. Mayor D. Baumgarten was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief: J. DeFrancesco, Jr. Council Person.
The minutes of the February 14, 2005 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comments section of the meeting.
Chuck McGervey - member of Boy Scout Troop #350, attended to fulfill a requirement for a communications merit badge.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Mr. Paul Kriner tendered his written resignation from the Civil Service Commission effective March 2, 2005. Mr. Kriner resigned after thirteen years of service for health reasons. Ms. Kovach motioned to regretfully accept the resignation of Paul Kriner for health reasons; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Eileen O'Malley attended the meeting. Mr. Zezulewicz thanked Ms. O'Malley for her interest in filling the vacancy. Ms. O'Malley stated she is completing her masters degree in public administration at the University of Pittsburgh. Her minor degree is criminal justice.
Ms. Kovach (motioned to) appoint Ms. Eileen O'Malley to fill the remaining term of Mr. Kriner until December 31, 2005; Mr. Coffey seconded; Ms. Jean O'Malley abstained from voting; all in favor; motion carried.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported February collections of $384,303.28. Change orders increased tax revenue by $894,000, leaving a balance of $1,847,781.54 to be collected for 2005. As of today, tax collections are behind $108,831 from March 14, 2004.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Mr. Warhold had an initial meeting with the Castle Shannon Youth Association. A second meeting is scheduled with CSYA, Mr. Warhold, and Mr. Ausman of Public Works. CSYA had several requests: 1) extending the permit time for CSYA activities at Hamilton Park; 2) installation of a storage shed at Riehl Park; 3) batting cages maintenance; 4) landscaping concerns; and 5) a shelter at Sleepy Hollow Park to sell concessions.
The CSYA permit time has been extended at Hamilton Park. Mr. Hartswick is attempting to schedule a meeting with the landscapers. Mr. Hartswick reported the Public Works Department will obtain a roller for the fields, and the fields will be dragged as requested. Water drainage at the Municipal Center ball field was discussed. Curbing to divert water was suggested. Mr. Zezulewicz expressed concerns that a curb would cause additional accidents. Infield mix will be ordered.
Mr. Coffey questioned installation of concrete in the batting cages. Mr. Warhold stated that the pitcher's mound and home plate would be concrete, with gravel placed in the batting cages. Mr. Zezulewicz noted the possibility that funding from state legislators may be forthcoming for concrete work or park improvements. Mr. Warhold will ask that CSYA prioritize their requests in the event that grant funds are obtained.
Mr. Warhold stated the improvements from the Hamilton Park grants are being finalized, i.e. exercise stations, horseshoe pits, walking tail, and tot lot play areas.
Finance: Mr. Kovach motioned to ratify the treasurer's report subject to the Finance Chairman's review; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: Ms. O'Malley thanked the Public Works Department for the great painting job. A new door has been ordered.
Ms. O'Malley reported the upper parking lot and driveway needs paved. Bids will be obtained.
Planning and Codes: Mr. Raymond Volpatt, Jr., President of Volpatt Construction Corporation, requested three waivers for the proposed headquarters building on Castleview Road: 1) tree placement; 2) slope map requirement and 3) sidewalk installation. Mr. Volpatt presented site plans to council for review. Ms. Kovach motioned, upon Mr. Ross's recommendation, to grant the three waivers approved by the Planning Commission; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Warhold questioned what other three developments were planned for the Castleview Road industrial site. Mr. Ross answered one landscaping contractor, one individual supplier, and one additional project.
Ms. Kovach questioned when the Paradise Café will open. Mr. Ross reported the business has received an occupancy permit, however an opening date has not been announced.
Ms. Kovach discussed trash at 918 Park Avenue. Mr. Ross has contacted the building owner and it will be cleared this week.
Ms. Kovach suggested Mr. Ross prepare an article for the spring newsletter listing requirements and fees for building and zoning permits.
Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Ross to review borough codes and history regarding gravel parking pads with regard to off street parking. Several gravel driveway and parking pads need additional gravel or concrete.
Public Safety: Bill Urbanek, Assistant Superintendent of Keystone Oaks School District, will be hiring Blue Line Consulting to style and plan for emergency evacuations and emergency responses within the schools. Studies have been implemented for the elementary schools in Dormont and Greentree, and each borough has contributed $2,500 toward the cost. Chief Lane requested council consider involvement in the program and approve a contribution of $2,500 toward the $5,000 cost for Myrtle Avenue Elementary. Plans include an ariel view and blueprints of schools, a flip chart for teachers' emergency procedures, and coordination with police, fire and emergency management service departments. Emergency situation plans would include finding a weapon on a student, visitation by an outraged parent, a hostage situation, a chemical spill or fire.
Mr. Carlucci suggested Chief Lane contact St. Annes School to advise them of the program.
Ms. DeFrancesco discussed the confusion evident at Keystone Oaks High School during the September 11th tragedy, and stated that set guidelines to follow would be beneficial.
Mr. Coffey motioned to approve $2,500 for the Blue Line Consulting program for Myrtle Avenue Elementary School; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Public Works: Mr. Coffey gave an update on Mr. DeLallo's work injury.
Mr. Zezulewicz questioned the status of the borough's salt supply. Mr. Coffey answered the supply is sufficient. Mr. Hartswick reported salt delivery problems.
Editorial Board: Mr. Zezulewicz stated the deadline for spring newsletter articles is April 10.
MRTSA:Nothing to report.
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 March meeting will be held at the Castle Shannon Municipal Center on March 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Police Pension: The agenda contained the investment management statement for February 2005.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Council appointed Mr. Cheberenchick as delegate and Mr. Zezulewicz as alternate to the annual meeting of MRM Workers' Comp Pooled Trust.
Ms. O'Malley motioned to waive the permit fee for the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department's use of Hamilton Park on August 21, 2005; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve an advertisement in the Keystone Oaks High School Musical for $60.00; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor's Report: 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.
Other Business: Ms. O'Malley noted that the St. Annes Church trash dumpster is not enclosed pursuant to borough code.
Ms. O'Malley questioned demolition of the building at Havelock Street and Route 88. Mr. Ross stated several code violations exist, however the building cannot be demolished for the existing code deficiencies.
Mr. Carlucci asked for an update on the property across from the St. Anne's School that needs maintained. Mr. Ross will make one more attempt to obtain the property owner's cooperation.
Ms. DeFrancesco commended the public works department on their excellent job of maintain the borough streets through pot hole repairs.
Ms. Kovach revisited the issue of recycling newspapers. Mr. Hartswick will investigate the contract.
Ms. Kovach asked that an article be prepared in the local newspaper requesting antique cars or marching groups for the Memorial Day Parade.