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March 26, 2007

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

The minutes of the March 12, 2007 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Michelle Ausman, 952 Newport Drive - presented photographs to council of the MARSA property hillside taken from her back yard. Ms. Ausman reported the hillside is sliding. Mr. Ross stated that Mr. Scabilloni is aware of his obligation, and will clean up the area, top soil and hydro-seed when the weather is constant.

Bob Howard, 978 Sleepy Hollow Road - received a notice that he cannot park his camper in his front driveway. Mr. Howard reported that there are boats and trailers in driveways on Castle Road, Hastie Road and Arch Avenue. Mr. Howard would like permission to park his trailer in the driveway for a few days only. Mr. Ross advised Mr. Howard to notify him when the trailer would be temporarily parked in the driveway.

Mr. Howard reported that some properties on Sleepy Hollow Road need code enforcement for junk in yards, parking on the lawns, and debris under the tunnel. The property values are decreasing due to a few un-slightly properties. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that council is reviewing strategies to enforce code violations and protect the residential property values.

Jennifer Tullio, 941 Lebanon Avenue - also reported on poorly maintained properties on Lebanon Avenue and Poplar Avenue. Mr. Ross will follow-up on these properties.

Phil Gribowski, 940 Newport Avenue - requested a time frame for MARSA to complete the hillside repairs. Mr. Gribowski noted that a large amount of standing water evident. Mr. Ross answered he will contact Mr. Scabilloni this week.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented one bid for the sale of a parcel of land owned by the borough on Elm Street. Mr. Carlucci motioned to accept the bid from Mark and Lori Hudson for $1000.00 subject to completion of all documentation to finalize the purchase of land for the development and expansion of the public works garage; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz explained that the borough is purchasing/swapping land for the public works garage expansion project. Mr. Zezulewicz's personal mission for the borough is to have a larger salt storage facility to prevent the borough from running out of salt due to delivery problems or insufficient supply. The expansion project is necessary to provide a larger storage area for salt supply and also to provide equipment storage for borough trucks and machinery.

Mr. Hartswick presented four bids for the 2007 Roadway Improvement Program with three contract options. Mr. Coffey motioned to award Contract C to Victor Paving & Construction, Inc. for $257,708; Mr. Warhold seconded. Ms. O'Malley added an amendment to the motion to keep a good watch on the contractor. Mr. Hartswick has discussed council's concerns with Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. and recommended Jim Shields for the project. All in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick reported that the utility companies are only patching sections of roads during street openings and are not paving curb to curb pursuant to our ordinance. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested a procedure be established to: 1) Develop a listing of street openings and road patches from the police patrol reports and PA One Calls; 2) Designate the utility company involved; and 3) Contact the utility companies and contractors to complete the repairs once the asphalt plants are opened.

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 that the Memorial Day activities will be expanded this year to a two day event. On Sunday, May 27th a free concert in the park with jazz musician Kenny Blake will be followed by the annual fireworks display. On Monday, May 28th the traditional parade and memorial service will take place. Committees will be formed to plan a community day for 2008.

Mr. Cheberenchick inspected the February treasurer's report and approved the ratification from the March 12th meeting.

Ms. O'Malley reported the library has hired a children's coordinator, Heather Anderson, who is a borough resident and began employment on Monday, March 19th.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Ross presented the Criner/Tullio sub-division and lot consolidation approved by the Planning Commission. Mr. Carlucci motioned to subdivide the parcel lot and block 191-M-96 as shown on Drawing 90-4937-07 dated February 2, 2007; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Carlucci motioned to consolidate the subdivided parcel 191-M-96 equally with parcels 191-M-94 and 191-M-98 as shown on Drawing 90-4937-07; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Ross presented the Hudson/Castle Shannon Borough plan of lots sub-division and lot consolidation plan. Ms. O'Malley motioned to subdivide the property of Mark and Lori Hudson known as lot and block 191-S-96 as shown on the Hudson-Castle Shannon Borough Plan of Lots Drawing No. 253-49-03 dated December 21, 2006 and revised January 12, 2007, and further to subdivide the property of Castle Shannon Borough known as lot and block 191-S-90 as shown on Drawing No. 253-49-03; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley also motioned to consolidate a portion of the subdivided parcel 191-S-96 with parcel 191-S-90 as shown on Drawing 253-49-03 to be known at Lot-1 and further to consolidate a portion of the subdivided parcel 191-S-90 with parcel 191-S-94 as shown on Drawing 253-49-03 to be known as Lot-2; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Safety:
Chief Lane stated that five incidents of overdoses were reported from minors ingesting Coricidin cold pills. Incidents are occurring all across the United States. Sgt. David Lane researched and investigated this information and placed it on the borough's website. Pharmacies in the borough are monitoring the sale of this medicine to children.

Chief Lane discussed the synchronization of the traffic lights at Killarney, Sixth Street and Route 88. Due to damaged loop sensors from two contractors, the timing is inconsistent. Penndot advised the borough that the intersection would be fixed in two years when the Route 88 repaving project commences. Chief Lane believes Penndot should be put on notice, since the incorrect signalization could cause an accident. State Representative Chelsa Wagner and a Penndot representative should be contacted.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

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 stated that the "Reverse 911" system was discussed at the monthly SHACOG meeting. Chief Lane explained that the system is used to notify the community of emergencies through a computer base and telephone lines. Baldwin Borough and Whitehall has the system in place. The cost to the borough could be $5,000.00.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented a request to waive the park fee at Hamilton Park for a picnic on August 25th for the Keystone Oaks Boys Soccer. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to waive the fee; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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.

Ms. O'Malley reported that the street sign is still missing on the bottom of Baldwin Street. Public works will be notified.

Ms. O'Malley revisited an issue where the Port Authority property at Castle Shannon Boulevard and Willow Avenue has debris of broken asphalt, rocks, cones and electric wires.
Port Authority will be contacted.

Mr. Zezulewicz recapped the issues visited this evening.

1. Mr. Ross will report to council on the MARSA hillside repairs. Mr. Ross noted that MARSA may need access to the Grove Road Bridge to haul the soil to fix the hill. Mr. Ross and Mr. Hartswick will contact Mr. Scabilloni.
2. The procedure of addressing road repairs with utility companies and the chain of reporting will be revised.
3. Mr. Ross will visit the various properties concerned on Arch Avenue, Poplar Avenue, and Castle Road regarding boats and trailers in driveways.
4. Representative Chelsa Wagner and Penndot will be contacted regarding the signalization on Route 88 at Sixth Street and Killarney Drive.
5. Code enforcement will be strengthened on Sleepy Hollow Road to clean up the area.
6. Correspondence will be sent to Port Authority regarding the debris at Castle Shannon Boulevard and Willow Avenue.


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