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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
March 23, 2015

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon; M. Cheberenchick; J. O’Malley; M. Randazzo; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten and S. Torris. Council President N. Kovach was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; Junior Council Member, B. Fabbio.


The minutes of the March 9, 2015 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, the public comment section was closed.

Mr. Warhold turned the meeting over to Mr. Bob Firek from Lennon, Smith Engineers who gave Council Members and attendees a required training session on the MS4 permit (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System). The mandated training through the DEP and EPA necessitates that all Municipal Staff and Council have training and knowledge in the operation of our storm sewers. This training is required across the United States and strict fines are imposed if you do not adhere to the DEP and EPA’S six rules and regulations. These regulations called MCM’s (Minimum Control Measures) include Multiple Best Management Practices (BMPs) that must be implemented. Within a five year period an employee from the DEP will be on site at the borough for two days to observe that the rules and regulations outlined in the MS4 permit are being enforced and will interview several borough employees. Mr. Firek stated this is an unfunded mandate with zero money or grants available. Further information will be available through the borough’s website and the Spring Newsletter. Mr. Warhold thanked Mr. Firek for his presentation. Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported that borough tax collection at the discount rate is going well.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon congratulated the K.O.A. Soccer Program U12, U14, and U16 for their Tournament Championship win.

Macy’s is hosting a prom show at South Hills Village Mall on March 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Junior Department.

On April 13th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mt. Lebanon Library has a free presentation on demystifying college admissions.

Keystone Oaks High School, along with Seton LaSalle High School, will host a mock crash on April 16th at 9:00 a.m. in the Keystone Oaks parking lot which will include Mt. Lebanon, Green Tree, Dormont and Castle Shannon Police & Fire, MRTSA and Life Flight.

On May 6th Keystone Oaks School District is selling discounted Kennywood Park tickets for $26.00.

On Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the CSVFD parking lot from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. the CSRC and State Representative Dan Miller are sponsoring a community shred event. Your first two banker’s boxes will be free of charge and a nominal fee of $5.00 for each additional box. Shredding is done on site.

Mr. Warhold stated Myrtle Avenue School’s gym floor replacement turned out excellent.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Hartswick confirmed the Public Works steel shed building at Hamilton Park is now erected.

The hot box (asphalt reclamation box) ordered a few weeks ago from A & H Equipment for the Public Works Department has not come in yet. Training will be provided by the vendor.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver asked Tami Munson, who originally installed the camera system for Hamilton Park, to look into purchasing additional cameras for the perimeter of the new steel storage building.

Through Chief Truver’s recommendations, Resolution #612, pertaining to a right hand turn only going southbound on Grove Rd will be effective for a 90 day trial period starting April 1, 2015. With significant amounts of accidents occurring at this intersection, Chief Truver feels this option will work to reduce the amount of incidents. The Grove Road/McRoberts Road intersection is ranked by the County as one of the most hazardous. Trans Associates (traffic engineers) sent a proposal for a safety study, and council is waiting for a response from McTish and Kunkel. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept Resolution #612; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Truver made council aware of a Penn Dot synchronization program designed to make traffic lights green from Route 88 to Union Township to the city line. Penn Dot Engineers are working to align the traffic signals on Route 88, and Chief Truver has been in touch with the project manager.

The Police Department is the recipient of another traffic enforcement grant. The Aggressive Driving Wave 2 enforcement period begins on March 23, 2015 and runs through May 3, 2015. Enforcement is to focus on distracted driving, work zone safety and speeding.

Chief Truver announced there is a dire need for additional part-time or full-time school crossing guards. The positions have been advertised on Face Book, the borough’s web site and will be in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday March 27th.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher stated that bills listed on the March 19th register were reviewed.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier noted that Bob’s Diner on Grove Road is scheduled to open on March 24th, and a new business marketing board games located at 1005 Castle Shannon Boulevard may be opening soon.

Mr. Warhold, Mr. Hartswick and Mr. Baumgarten have a meeting scheduled at 11:00 a.m. on March 24th with State Representative Dan Miller to discuss the state of Castle Shannon and at 2:00 p.m. with State Senator Wayne Fontana.

The CSRC Promotion Committee has a meeting on Tuesday, March 24th. The Clean, Safe and Green Committee’s meeting last week went well, and they are working on green space by the Port Authority wall on Willow Ave. A complete plan for this area will be ready for next month’s meeting.

Mr. Warhold announced the Pennsylvania Western Conservancy will not be able to provide trees for the TreeVitalize program this year. These trees would have been planted along Castle Shannon Boulevard.

Castle Shannon Community Day event is moving along right on track.

Library:
Mr. Swisher stated the Library is having a lottery basket raffle with $55.00 worth of scratch offs to be drawn on June 1st.

The Friends Spring Flea Market will be held on Saturday April 11th, and they are looking for volunteers to work and bake.

Friend’s book sale is May 7th, 8th, and 9th.

An additional fund raiser will be at the Getaway Cafe on Friday March 27th from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. with 20% of your total check donated to the Castle Shannon Library when presenting them with your coupon from the library.

The Rotary Club donated $600.00 to the library from their poinsettia sale.

Editorial Board:
The deadline date for Spring Newsletter articles is April 3rd.

MRTSA:
A meeting is scheduled for March 25th.

Chief Truver affirmed that April 14th is the projected training date for the Naloxone program for the Police Department through Medical Rescue Team South (MRTSA). Naloxone is an antidote administered through the nose used for heroin overdoses.

Ms. Brannon stated there is a community push whose goal is to train family members to administer Narcan given by prescription. For further information, Chief Truver recommended going to the Narcan website on the internet.

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 announced the annual banquet at Nevillewood on April 23rd.

PA State Association of Boroughs:
The annual conference is scheduled for April in Lancaster.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Fabbio stated the K.O. Baseball and Softball programs have started.

Ms. Fabbio announced the Keystone Oak musical Return to the Forbidden Planet will be playing on March 26th, 27th and 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the Keystone Oaks Auditorium. Cost of admission is $7.00.

The K.O. prom will be held on May 22nd at the Marriott City Center.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Tom stated thirty to thirty-five potential interns were interviewed at the University of Pittsburgh for the Local Government Academy Internship Program for a summer position at the Municipal Center. After the interview process, seven candidates from various colleges were chosen and their paperwork will be sent back to the LGA for consideration.

MS4 training is scheduled for Administration and Public Works tomorrow.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten, Chief Truver, Ms. Miller and Mr. Hartswick attended the PELRAS conference at Penn State from March 17th through the 19th. Everyone agreed that it was one of the most interesting, informative seminars with approximately 520 attending. Most seminars were geared toward the topic of public safety.

Planning Commission:
The January 2015 Planning Commission meeting minutes are available. Mr. Biondo stated there was one item from the Commission that was acted on at the last Council meeting.

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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