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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
March 23, 2009

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council member P. Coffey and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief., P. Vietmeier Codes Official.

The minutes of the March 9, 2009 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick 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, Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the borough's 2009-2011 landscaping bid results. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to award the bid to the lowest bidder, Pittsburgh Lawn Care for $52,443.00; Mr. Carlucci seconded, all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold reported on the Memorial Day committee meeting. The next meeting will be on site to review stage placement.

Mr. Warhold discussed progress for Community Day 2009. Booth rentals and advertisements are being received. All the band costs have been covered by sponsors, however additional sponsors are needed. The event will be advertised through the borough newsletter, flyers to the children in the borough's elementary schools, a notice on the library's marquis, the website, etc.

Mr. Warhold reported that Lisa Goodyear will be hosting a seminar for the revitalization committee on April 18th with Dewey & Kay Consultants.

Finance:
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the treasurer's report; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library:
Ms. O'Malley will check with the library regarding a community day announcement on the marquis.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach and Mr. Vietmeier will collaborate on an article for the newsletter regarding common code violations.

Mr. Zezulewicz noted that many residents are putting garbage out on early Sunday afternoons for the Monday collection. Mr. Vietmeier will follow up.
  Mr. Vietmeier stated that many violations are occurring with residents parking cars on lawns and grass.

Mr. Vietmeier gave an update on various businesses and code violations. The new owner of the property at Havelock and Route 88 is working with an architect. The former VFW building passed their dye test. A resident placed a pile of dirt in a right of way, and the dirt has been removed. Mr. Vietmeier is working with local businesses regarding portable triangle signs.

Mr. Cheberenchick stated that the owners/tenants of the Linden Grove have cut down three small trees and left them in the creek. The Linden Grove's ownership and proposed sale was discussed.

Public Safety:
The agenda contained the February animal control report. Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Hartswick stated that the deadline for articles for the spring newsletter is April 1st.

MRTSA:
Mr. Warhold reported that a meeting is scheduled for Wednesday.

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 thanked the mayor and council members for attending the monthly meeting, and thanked Ms. Miller and borough administration staff for arranging the catering and decorations.

Ms. O'Malley discussed a prevailing wage and escalator clause ordinance being prepared by Don Harrison, Councilman from Bethel Park. Ms. Kovach motioned to support the concept of an increase in the prevailing wage exemption and the concept of an escalator clause through SHACOG; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The SHACOG golf outing is scheduled for July 16th in Lindenwood, and the annual dinner is scheduled for April 23rd at the South Hills Country Club.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Mr. Stanton and Mr. Hartswick will have all material together to secure additional right-of-way's for the Grove Road Bridge.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor:
Mayor Baumgarten commended Ms. O'Malley on her appointment as president of the SHACOG Board of Directors.

Mayor Baumgarten reported on a Penndot meeting held in Bridgeville. This district received the most money for projects compared to other districts in the state. Many bridges in Pennsylvania are unsafe, and it will take billions of dollars for the repairs. .

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo will prepare amendments to the international property maintenance code regarding violations and penalties. The ordinance will be ready for adoption at the next council meeting.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Cheberenchick discussed a memorandum from Chief Lane regarding the hiring of a certified police officer as a school resource officer. Chief Lane stated the position would be considered second employment for any borough police officers hired, and they would be working for Keystone Oaks School District.

Mr. Zezulewicz requested an update on the parking situation on Blossom Hill. Chief Lane described the perimeters and site plan of the area. Four houses on the right will be posted for no parking. Mr. Carlucci motioned to authorize Chief Lane to post no parking signs at four residences on Blossom Hill pursuant to his memorandum; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold reported that Keystone Oaks performed the show Barnum and received an excellent review through the Post Gazette.


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