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March 26, 2012

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci, M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach, J. O’Malley, V. Smith, M. Warhold, R. Zezulewicz and D. Baumgarten. Tax Collector S. Torris was absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; Police Chief K. Truver; M. Kunig, Junior Council Person. T. Hartswick, Borough Manager, was absent.

The minutes of the March 12, 2012 Council Meeting were presented. Mr. Smith motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Dan Collins, 1413 Highland Villa – Invited council to attend the CSYA opening night on Friday, April 20th at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Warhold suggested Mr. Collins schedule a meeting with CSYA representatives and council to discuss possible improvements to the borough fields for the 2012 season.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

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:
Mr. Carlucci announced that the walk through inspection for the public works garage is scheduled for April 2nd at 10:00 a.m.

Nothing to report.

Ms. O’Malley announced that the Friends of the Library book sale was very successful and sales surpassed the previous three years.

The Friends of the Library Flea Market will be held April 21st at 8:00 a.m.

Max & Erma’s Restaurant sponsored a benefit day where 20% of the income from the sales is donated to the Community Library of Castle Shannon. Ms. O’Malley announced that another benefit day is scheduled for April.

A part-time position for the library assistant/page position is available.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold discussed the fact that the borough’s application for funding to demolish 951 Arch Street was approved.

Ladds Sterling will be starting as part-time Assistant Codes Official starting April 16th.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that Door Christian Fellowship Church opened at 1116 Castle Shannon Boulevard. In addition, the planning commission approved a pizza shop for delivery and pickup in the former Charlie’s Treasures location.

Ms. Kovach noted that a structure on Pine Avenue could also be demolished. Mr. Warhold replied that the borough will have to apply for another grant.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver reported that the third Drug Take Back day is scheduled for April 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department. This is a good opportunity to remove expired/unwanted prescriptions and over the counter medications. Information will be available at the borough building, fire department, library and Chief’s Website.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz discussed coordination of the spring newsletter with council.

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 discussed the rock salt contract and stated that each municipality must take their minimum purchase requirements.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Kunig reported that Nicky Zanetta participated in the state wrestling tournament and won the silver medal.

Due to their outstanding performance this season, Alexa Xenakis and Rocco Contristano have been invited to participate in a series of All-Star Basketball games.

Keystone Oaks High School will be performing Seussical the Musical March 29th to March 31st. Tickets are $7.00 at the door.

Keystone Oaks Administration has implemented a new attendance policy. Students must make 90% of attendance each nine weeks to be eligible for after school sports, activities and events.

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

Engineer's Report:
Mr. Zezulewicz advised that council should continue to pursue a comprehensive road paving program while interest rates are low.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution #574 to install Shannon Soldier Banners along Route 88 from Sixth Street to Connor Road; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold requested that council authorize the acceptance of the CD Year 38 grant funding through SHACOG of $11,459.00 or fifty (50%) percent of demolition costs for 951 Arch Street. Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed a possible action by the state legislature to allow persons to sue municipalities without any justifiable cause relating to the Lost and Stolen Gun Ordinance. This legislation was requested by the National Rifle Association.

Mayor Baumgarten read and presented a proclamation to Regis J. Zezulewicz Jr. acknowledging that Mr. Zezulewicz served on borough council for over twenty years. In addition, his outstanding leadership during his terms as president always kept the borough moving positively forward, and his presence on council will be sorely missed.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold attended the “Taste of the South Hills” fundraiser for the South Hills Rotary, and reported the event was a great success.

Ms. Kovach motioned to place a ˝ page ad with St. Anne School for their “Night at the Races” fundraiser; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick commended the public works department for their work on the sewage problem at the municipal center. Members of the department worked hard in uncomfortable and cramped quarters to repair the sewer problem, and their efforts are recognized.

Mr. Zezulewicz announced that this will be his last meeting as a member of Borough Council. His resignation is effective April 1st. Mr. Zezulewicz added that council has accomplished a lot in the past twenty years and reminded council that it takes four votes to approve actions. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that it is important that no matter how many disagreements council participated in, the board members always ended the meetings as friends. Continuing the meetings in that vein will truly allow council to continue to do the best for the community of Castle Shannon.


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