The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci, M. Cheberenchick, P. Coffey, T. Kirk, N. Kovach, J. O'Malley, R. Zezulewicz, S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: D. Lane, Borough Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief. Mayor D. Baumgarten was absent.
The minutes of the March 11, 2002 meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; seconded by Ms. O'Malley; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.
Mr. Bernard Antonio, 578 Charlotte Drive represented the interests of Pro Con Construction. Pro Con wishes to purchase the building located at Willow Avenue and Poplar Avenue for renovations. Parking permits for future tenants must be secured to proceed with the sale. Chief Lane discussed metered parking on Willow and Poplar Avenues with regard to the Port Authority Transit LRT plans. Chief Lane added Pine Street is also congested with parking from tenants in that area. Mr. Zezulewicz stated parking permits for the meters would not be approved. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested Mr. Antonio contact adjacent businesses to discuss accommodations for tenants. Chief Lane will review options with Mr. Antonio.
Mr. Ray Tamburi, 3347 Mary Place announced his borough taxes are higher than Whitehall borough. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the county's assessment difficulties have left the municipalities without a clear and final assessment value. Mr. Zezulewicz presented Mr. Tamburi with a five-year budget from 1997 to 2001 indicating the borough's income has not increased. Mr. Zezulewicz explained that some boroughs have a lesser millage due to a larger size; ratio of homes in an area; and type of buildings, i.e. commercial versus residential. Mr. Zezulewicz stressed that council continually strives to prevent a tax increase. Mr. Carlucci discussed the assessment figures for Castle Shannon versus Whitehall.
Mr. Carl Scheidhauer, 3336 Mary Place questioned why the assessment increased if the borough taxes have not. Mr. Zezulewicz noted the county sets the assessment values. Mr. Zezulewicz stressed that when the county's debacle assessment process is finally concluded, council will review the budget and target the 2003 budget accordingly.
Mr. Donald Mey, 3343 Mary Place asked about the assessment appeal process. Ms. Lane answered the county schedules an assessment appeal hearing with the resident. The assessment appeals are handled entirely by the county.
Mr. Henry Wagner, 3339 Mary Place asked council to fight for the residents regarding over assessments. Mr. Zezulewicz answered the borough has gone on record opposing the inconsistency of the assessments.
Ms. Christina Beltz, 287 Murrays Lane questioned a siting of surveyors on an adjacent property and reported concerns of apartment construction. Ms. Lane reported the area was surveyed to determine possible construction of twelve single-family homes. Mr. Zezulewicz noted sewer taps would be required prior to construction, and the taps are not available this year.
Mr. James Bauer, 1234 Havelock Street expressed concerns regarding possible construction off Waverly. Mr. Bauer is seeking sewer taps for his four adjacent lots. Mr. Zezulewicz repeated that new sewer taps are not available due to DEP regulations.
Mr. Bill Romanias, 3281 Waverly Street voiced concerns of the new construction becoming Section 8 housing.
Mr. Michael O'Brien, 3280 Waverly Street asked about notification of the plan presentation. Ms. Lane reported the planning commission meetings are scheduled for the third Monday of each month and advised Mr. O'Brien to call the administration office to verify the agenda for the month. Mr. O'Brien noted the removal of lumber from the area and voiced concerns regarding erosion control. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the area will be examined for erosion.
Ms. Christina Beltz questioned removal of a vehicle with expired registration in Shannon Heights. Ms. Lane stated the magistrate gave the resident an additional 30 days to remove the vehicle.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Ms. Lane reported a bid opening on March 14, 2002 for Contract No. 02-R01 – Liquid Fuels 2002 Roadway Improvement Program. Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into an agreement with Russell Standard Corporation for $66,012.50; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Lane presented Resolution 477 which changed the real estate tax dates for 2002 to May 15th for discount and July 15th at gross and extended the Act 77 deadline to June 30th. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Resolution 477 at its first reading; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: – Ms. Kovach reported the Memorial Day Committee meeting is scheduled for April 1st. Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the contract with Pyrotecnico; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Finance: Ms. Kovach motioned to accept the budget changes as of March 25; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: Ms. O'Malley reported receipt of four applications for the vacant children's librarian position. Additional applications should be forthcoming.
Ms. O'Malley stated renovations are scheduled for completion by April 30. Installation of a new ceiling has been completed.
Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.
Public Safety: Nothing to report.
Public Works: Nothing to report.
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 announced the annual dinner is April 25. Mr. Kirk motioned to provide a $100.00 donation prizes for the dinner; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Kovach discussed the mutual aid agreement. Senator Wagner provided a $10,000 grant and Senator Murphy provided a $5,000 grant to SHACOG to fund equipment for the agreement.
Police Pension Review Committee: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Engineer: Ms. Lane noted correspondence from the borough engineers on the Park Avenue emergency storm sewer repair.
Manager's Report: Ms. Lane discussed a banner request from the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church. Council approved the request.
A Three Rivers Wet Weather meeting is scheduled for March 28.
Mayor's Report: Nothing to report.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks : Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other Business: Mr. Cheberenchick presented council with articles regarding Al Lowe, free-lance reporter who covers the borough council meetings.
Mr. Kirk said many SHACOG communities recycle newspapers. Mr. Zezulewicz stated newspaper recycling was not cost effective for Castle Shannon. Ms. Lane will examine costs for next year's garbage contract.