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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
March 14, 2011

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N Kovach; J. O’Malley, G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; K. Truver, Police Chief; T. Hartswick, Borough Manager, P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; Junior Councilperson M. Yanda.

The minutes of the February 28, 2011 council meeting were presented. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none; the public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Zezulewicz noted that all legal advertising requirements have been completed for a liquor license transfer hearing. The public hearing was opened.

John Petropoules, owner of OPA! restaurant – stated the liquor license transfer will enable him to complete expansion plans into the next two shops in the strip mall. The adjacent shop will be the designated bar area, and the third shop will be used as a takeout beer business. Approximately eight to ten employees will be hired. Mr. Patropolis stated that he does not plan to have bands or disc jockeys in the bar area, which will close at 11:00 p.m. Parking is at a premium on Saturday and Sunday mornings for the breakfast crowd. Chief Truver reported that the police department has no issues with restaurant/bar or take-out bottle shops in the borough. No further comments were received.

Mr. Zezulewicz presented Resolution 560 approving a request for a liquor license transfer by Tom’s Diner Shannon Inc. to 1230 Grove Road. Mr. Orr motioned to adopt Resolution 560, Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Ms. Kovach motioned to accept the Civil Service Commission Review for the year 2010; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Smith motioned to accept the Civil Service Commission Reorganization minutes of February 23, 2011; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported February collections of $138,611.24, which is $100,000 lower than the 2010 collections in February.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Orr reported that a grant has been received for the library security camera purchase and motioned to award the quote to HTM Designs for $7,993.90. Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Mr. Zezulewicz stated that council has gone through an analysis of banks, and council has agreed to transfer the borough funds from PNC Bank to Dollar Bank. There will be no additional cost to the borough; however council feels that Dollar Bank will be more involved in our community. Mr. Smith motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into a contract with Dollar Bank for the transfer of funds over a set designated period; Ms. Kovach seconded; Mr. Zezulewicz abstained; motion carried six to zero.

Library:
Ms. O’Malley announced the book sale starts March 16th with an opening night charge of $5.00. The sale will be conducted March 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that Mr. Vietmeier has received many telephone calls regarding the recently installed billboard by Genesis Outdoor Inc. on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard. Mr. Vietmeier explained that the borough’s former ordinance prohibited billboards; however a court case resulted in this policy being violations of the first amendment. Mr. Biondo added that the revised borough ordinance has very strict regulations regarding billboard size and location. Billboard companies lease the space from the property owners. A second billboard installation is planned for 325 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard.

A planning commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 21st. Four possible businesses will be discussed: 1) a spa behind 4146 Library Road; 2) a barber shop at 3845 Willow Avenue; 3) a gas station and adjacent beer distributor at 3739 Library Road; and 4) a nail salon at 3760 Willow Avenue. Mr. Warhold added that a children’s consignment shop is opening on Castle Shannon Boulevard.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver reported that the drug take back program was very successful. The police department, fire department and MRTSA are partnering for another drug take back day on April 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the fire department. In addition, the police department will also accept unwanted, expired prescriptions from April 25th to April 29th.

On April 26th, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s office, Keystone Oaks School District, and police department are co-sponsoring a gun safety program for students in kindergarten through third grade at Myrtle Avenue and St. Anne School.

Public Works:
Ms. Kovach presented the 2011 Road Improvement Program which included road resurfacing on sections of Sleepy Hollow, McRoberts Road and Shady Run Avenue with an estimated cost of $181,842. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that many borough roads need re-paved. Council will schedule an executive overview of the borough’s future road improvement program. Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to prepare and advertise the bid for the 2011 Road Improvement Program; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz discussed a memorandum from Mr. Orr regarding a maintenance program for the borough parks. Mr. Warhold commended Mr. Orr on his inspection list and suggested it be used as an annual checklist for park maintenance.

Editorial Board:
The committee will schedule a conference call with Ms. Sharon.

MRTSA:
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 invited council to attend the SHACOG meeting on March 17th at 7:30 p.m. at the municipal center.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Council congratulated Ms. Yanda, who scored 100% on her calculus test.

Keystone Oaks is conducting PSSA tests this week and providing breakfasts for the students during test days.

Ms. Yanda reported that spring sports (baseball, softball and track) began last week.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the February distribution analysis.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Local Government Academy intern interviews are concluding. The committee will make a recommendation to borough council at the March 28th meeting.

Mayor:
Mayor Baumgarten invited borough council to attend the Allegheny County Mayor’s Association dinner on April 5th. The five candidates for the Allegheny County Chief Executive have been invited to attend.

Mayor Baumgarten attended a pre-season baseball banquet at Keystone Oaks High School and spoke to the crowd.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Nothing to report.


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