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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
March 24, 2003

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; T. Kirk; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley. Council Member R. Zezulewicz, 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 10, 2003 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Coffey called for public comments or requests. Being none, Mr. Coffey closed the public portion of the meeting.

Bid Openings: Nothing to report.

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: Ms. Kovach discussed the Memorial Day Committee meeting. Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the fireworks contract with Pyrotecnico; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach presented a proposal for the parks and recreation equipment using grant funds. Mr. Hartswick outlined funding and reconfiguration options. Ms. Kovach discussed park improvements including toddler and early elementary age appropriate equipment for Prospect Parklet, a ten station fitness walking trail at Hamilton, swings for Riehl Park; benches for O'Brien field and Hamilton Park. Ms. Kovach discussed the future purchase of a bunker rake. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the purchase of the playground equipment from Miracle Recreation; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Ms. O'Malley and Mr. Coffey commended Ms. Kovach and Mr. Hartswick on their proposal.

Finance: Nothing to report.

Library: Ms. O'Malley announced a mother/daughter mystery series and reported the Irish program was a success. Heather McCue is doing a marvelous job.

The building side door and stoop needs replaced. Ms. O'Malley suggested plastic instead of woolmanized lumber. Public Works will examine the area.

Planning and Codes: Mr. Coffey questioned the status of the foundation at Martha Street and May Street. Mr. Ross stated the owner has 4-5 months on his last building permit extension.

Mr. Coffey questioned the Family Video entrance from Route 88. Mr. Hartswick stated the highway occupancy permit from PennDOT has not yet been received.

Mr. Coffey questioned the Family Video entrance from Route 88. Mr. Hartswick stated the highway occupancy permit from PennDOT has not yet been received.

Mr. Ross stated the second building of Castle Ridge Apartments has the framing inspection complete. Mr. Ross stated the soil and weather conditions have delayed construction on the third building.

Mr. Coffey asked for an update on the ENX project. Chief Lane stated the reconstruction of the intersection by the Port Authority might not permit the traffic flow ENX requires for trucks. Weight distribution studies may be conducted and an ordinance passed issuing permits for specific types of trucks that can be used on the Grove Road Bridge. The A&L bridge will be a walking bridge once Port Authority construction is completed, and the fire department will be installing gates and controls limiting access.

Public Safety: Chief Lane discussed an increase in towing fee prices due to increased insurance costs.

The police webpages have been redesigned and the site is getting additional usage.

Chief Lane described evacuation or early dismissal routes for the elementary schools for emergency situations. The schools will be sending notices to parents in due course.

Mr. Mike Dulski was interviewed for the emergency management coordinator position. Mr. Dulski accepts that as emergency management coordinator, he will work under the colors of the borough, and will work with Mayor Baumgarten and Thomas Hartswick. Mr. Dulski will update the emergency management manual by June, attend the EOC meetings, and report to the borough. Chief Lane or Chief Reffner would approve any monetary expenditure. Chief Lane recommended Mr. Dulski for the position with the approval of Mayor Baumgarten and Fire Chief William Reffner. Mr. Kirk motioned to accept Mike Dulski as emergency management coordinator for the borough; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Officer Watkins will be certified as a BOMAC trainer. Baldwin Borough has a model city available for training that was provided by grant funds.

Mr. Carlucci questioned training for Xato. Chief Lane answered the K-9 trains 16 hours every month and has passed his narcotics certification.

Chief Lane reported the truck inspection unit deployed on Library Road issued eight citations with one truck taken off the road.

Public Works: Nothing to report.

Editorial Board: Nothing to report.

MRTSA: Mr. Cheberenchick announced that April 10th a meeting is scheduled with MRTSA and SHRDC.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments: Mr. Kirk announced April 24th is the SHACOG annual dinner meeting. Mr. Kirk recommended the borough apply for CD grants through SHACOG.

Police Pension: Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 482 authorizing the purchase of life insurance by the pension plan to comply with Act 30. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Resolution 482; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Engineer Report: Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report: Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks: Ms. Kovach noted that Lauren McKibben was on the Hometown IQ team.

Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.

Other Business: Mr. Coffey questioned the sewer televising on Shady Run. Mr. Hartswick stated council should consider replacement of the entire line.

Mr. Cheberenchick reported water seepage from the road at Rebecca and Shady Run. Public Works will investigate.

Mr. Cheberenchick questioned the Steiger Street subsidence. Mr. Hartswick answered that Oakdale will refill the street temporarily. The road will require re-excavating because mine shafts were found.

Mr. Cheberenchick questioned the Steiger Street subsidence. Mr. Hartswick answered that Oakdale will refill the street temporarily. The road will require re-excavating because mine shafts were found.

Mr. Kirk motioned to adjourn; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Approved as presented this 14th day of April 2003.




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