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March 22, 2010

The meeting of Castle Shannon Borough Council was called to order at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of the Castle Shannon Municipal Center, 3310 McRoberts Road, Castle Shannon, PA 15234.

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz. Mayor D. Baumgarten and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official, and K. Munson, Jr. Council Person.

The minutes of the March 8, 2010 council meeting were presented. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Peggy Lipps, 3710 Linden Avenue- appeared to obtain an update on concerns with the neighboring property regarding an unfinished driveway and lack of a trash can. Mr. Zezulewicz reported that the borough is making progress and investigating options to resolve the issue. Mr. Zezulewicz advised that telephone calls to the borough are futile if the issue is resolved when the borough representatives respond and cannot document the violation. One of the difficulties in resolving the issues is locating the property owner. Ms. Lipps also requested the street in front of the house be marked for a handicapped parking spot. Chief Truver will assess the street section to address Ms. Lipps' request.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick reported that the tennis court resurfacing project has been put out for bid three times. Eight contractors submitted bids for this bid opening on March 18, 2010. Mr. Warhold stated that an August to September construction time frame would be necessary for the borough to proceed with the community day, summer recreation program and CSYA ball field use. Ms. Kovach motioned to award the bid to the lowest bidder for the base and add alternate number 2 - T.A. Robinson Asphalt Paving for $87,010.50 contingent upon the contractor's agreement to the August time frame proposed by the borough; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Hartswick added that two grants have been received totaling $45,000 to assist in funding this project.

Mr. Hartswick presented four bids for a surplus 2001 Ford F450 dump truck. Ms. Kovach motioned to award the bid to the highest bidder - George's Supply Inc. for $18,551.00; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
The agenda contained a public hearing for a conditional use. Mr. Biondo advised that a public hearing for a conditional use permit for a tanning salon at 300 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard is not required. The planning commission determined that the salon is a use by right as a personal service which is a permissible use. Mr. O'Malley accepted the recommendation of the planning commission as a conditional use by right for Kissed By the Sun Tanning Salon; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Ms. O'Malley reported that Chief Truver has arranged a meeting with the Civil Service Commission to make modifications to the regulations.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Smith stated that three bids were received to install additional plumbing to the youth activities room; however Mr. Vietmeier added that a section of pipe is missing. Revised bids will be submitted.

Ms. Kovach asked about the condition of the pavilions in the borough parks and questioned if the police are patrolling the parks. Chief Truver reported that the police department does patrol the parks. Mr. DeLallo has assessed the park buildings for repairs. Mr. Smith added that the batting cage roof at Hamilton Park has caved in.

Mr. Warhold announced that Mr. Smith will be chairman of the Memorial Day Parade.

Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold stated that Mr. Vietmeier works non-stop in the community working on code violations on properties. Mr. Zezulewicz discussed the possibility of hiring a part-time codes assistance during peak months on an as needed basis. Council will take under advisement.

Mr. Warhold reported that many volunteers were secured for revitalization committees through the library flea market stand. Ms. Munson and Ms. Kovach will be organizing a volunteer meeting for the community garden. Planting is scheduled for Earth Day, April 22nd. Mr. Levin and Mr. Johnson will organize a farmers market for the community.

The musical entertainment and children's activities are planned for community day. Sponsorship and advertisements are slowly being received.

Public Safety:
The agenda contained the February 2010 animal control analysis.

Public Works
Mr. Hartswick presented three bids for a spot brick repair on Willow Avenue. Ms. Kovach motioned to award to the lowest bidder - Michael Facchiano Contracting - $6,500; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The agenda contained road segment options for the 2010 Road Improvement Program.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz reported that articles are being evaluated.

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 reported that the March SHACOG meeting at the municipal center went well. The annual dinner is scheduled for April 22nd at the South Hills Country Club.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Munson announced the Keystone Oaks School Board will meet on March 25th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the potential consolidation of the elementary schools. Mr. Warhold and Ms. Kovach plan to attend.

The flowers for the community garden have been received. Ms. Kovach and Ms. Munson will work with public works to obtain the necessary supplies to prepare the garden for planting. Ms. Munson discussed a proposed field trip with Mr. Arcuri to coordinate an elementary school field trip to help with the garden.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
Mr. Hartswick discussed revisions necessary for the zoning ordinance. Mr. Biondo advised that the planning commission recommends revising the entire zoning ordinance, terms and definitions. Mr. Zezulewicz requested that Mr. Hartswick obtain three bids for the project.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo reported that Keystone Oaks has requested that the property at 2010 Thornwood be sold free and clear of taxes at sheriff sale. The hearing is scheduled for March 31st.

Mr. Biondo reviewed a 1977 deed from Myer & Towns transferring a parcel of property to the borough. The deed does not contain restrictions regarding use of the property for recreational purposes.

The zoning hearing board ruled in favor of Genesis Outdoor Inc. The board was asked to provide additional definition to their decision as to the location and size of billboards. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to authorize the borough solicitor to appeal the zoning hearing board's ruling in favor of the billboard company if the additional information is not provided; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Biondo stated the proposed billboard ordinance will be advertised for borough council's decision on April 22nd. The ordinance will also be sent to the county planning agency and planning commission.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. O'Malley thanked Mr. Vietmeier for his expeditious handling of the removal of cabinets that were dumped onto St. Anne Street by the cemetery.

Mr. Warhold asked for council's full support when he speaks to the Keystone Oaks School Board regarding keeping Myrtle Avenue Elementary School open. Council agreed.


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