The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; T. Kirk; N. Kovach; R. Zezulewicz. Council Member J. O'Malley, Mayor D. Baumgarten, and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief.
The minutes of the March 8, 2004 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.
Mr. Edward Guzik, 1427 Trance Drive - discussed the condition of the Municipal Center's walking trail. Ms. Kovach noted the trail does not open for maintenance until April 1st. Mr. Zezulewicz assured Mr. Guzik that the trail and grounds will be maintained once weather permits.
Ms. Judy Antantis, 923 Baldwin Street - sent correspondence to council detailing parking problems on Baldwin Street due to multi-family dwellings with multiple vehicles and residents not utilizing their driveways. Ms. Antantis discussed an alley that could be used for parking. Ms. Kovach and Chief Lane have reviewed the parking situation. Chief Lane reported on the deplorable condition of the alley, and speculated whether residents would use the alley if it was maintained. Chief Lane added that since Baldwin is a public street, the police cannot force people to park in their driveways. Mr. Zezulewicz stated ownership of the alley should be determined before moving further on this issue. Chief Lane discussed the possibility of permit only parking for the street in the evening.
Bid Openings: - Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: - Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: - Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: - Mr. Hartswick presented the 2003 delinquent real estate list totaling $62,927.10. Mr. Coffey motioned to exonerate the tax collector for the 2003 delinquent real estate taxes; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: - Ms. Kovach discussed plans for Hamilton Park and suggested using rubberized mulch for the exercise stations. Council expressed concerns regarding cost of the mulch. Ms. Kovach will schedule an inspection of Hamilton Park with Mr. Hartswick and Mr. DeLallo for maintenance issues.
Mr. Hartswick reported a meeting is scheduled with Art Hussy and two structural engineers from the Port Authority on March 29th to discuss the public works garage expansion project. Lease negotiations will be reviewed with the railroad.
Finance: - Nothing to report.
Library: - Nothing to report.
Planning and Codes: Mr. Kirk thanked council and borough personnel for the revised signalization at Route 88/ Shady Run/Castle Shannon Boulevard.
Mr. Kirk discussed an elderly resident's parking difficulties on Rosalia Street.
Mr. Kirk observed two vehicles constantly parked at the corner of Bockstoce Avenue.
Mr. Ross presented Resolution 492 to revise Ordinance 837 increasing the base rate of all building permits by $2.00 due to a new state fee. Mr. Kirk motioned to adopt Resolution 492; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Public Safety: - Chief Lane noted the borough's animal control percentage has been reduced to 1.6% due to the police department procedure for screening residential calls.
Positive comments have been received regarding the safety of the traffic signaling at Route 88/Castle Shannon Blvd/Shady Run.
The 2004 police vehicle is a soft marked car, i.e. without roof lights. It allows residents to see a marked police car for patrols, yet works like an unmarked car for traffic enforcement.
Chief Lane discussed the need for replacement of the police department flooring. An engineer tested the air quality and concrete flooring, however the insurance company has not yet given determination for restoration. Chief Lane added the deterioration of the flooring came from dampness and lack of a vapor barrier. Mr. Coffey stated the unfinished project is a hazard to anyone walking in the area.
Mr. Carlucci questioned status of the police vehicle fleet. Chief Lane responded that a 1997 surplus vehicle is for sale.
Public Works: - Mr. Coffey questioned the status of the public works seasonal workers. Five workers were hired last year. An advertisement will be placed in the borough's newsletter.
Mr. Coffey discussed the need for Penndot's paving on Route 88.
Editorial Board: - Nothing to report.
MRTSA: - Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: - Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: - Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: - Mr. Kirk stated the March meeting at the borough's Municipal Center was well attended.
Mr. Hartswick announced the 31st annual dinner meeting is scheduled for April 29th. Chief Lane will attend as Mr. Gorski will receive an award for his work on the police mutual aid agreement.
Police Pension: - Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: - Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: - Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick discussed Growing Greener II imposing a surcharge of $5.00 per ton for solid waste disposal. Annual cost to the borough would be $20,000. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to send correspondence to the borough's legislators opposing Growing Greener II; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Correspondence will be sent to Governor Rendell, Representative Diven, and Senator Wagner.
Mr. Hartswick discussed insurance policy coverage and proposals received for the 2004/2005 renewal period. Mr. Hartswick recommended the borough approve the proposal from Alea for $71,464.00, the lowest bid for the package. The borough will realize a significant savings from the proposed budgeted figure of $96,000.00. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept the proposal from Alea with the standard payment plan; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick stated a borough custodian has terminated employment and the vacancy will be advertised. Hours and pay rate were briefly discussed.
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Keystone Oaks : - Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.
Other Business: - Nothing to report.