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March 27, 2006

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

The minutes of the March 13, 2006 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented five bids for the borough's landscaping services. Pittsburgh Lawn Care submitted the lowest bid.

George Stash, Stash-Scape Landscaping - requested permission to address council. Mr. Stash stated that he has heard that the borough was not pleased with their service from Pittsburgh Lawn Care. The Municipality of Penn Hills and Gateway School District are both clients of Stash-Scape that were dissatisfied with prior services received by Pittsburgh Lawn Care. Mr. Zezulewicz thanked Mr. Stash for his insight, and stated that the borough will most likely award the contract to the lowest bidder and has had no major issues with Pittsburgh Lawn Care.

Mr. Warhold motioned to award the landscaping contract to Pittsburgh Lawn Care; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings: Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
The agenda contained minutes of the re-organization meeting of February 27, 2006.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold reported on the Memorial Day Committee Meeting held today.

Mr. Warhold stated that the Public Works Department has been diligently working on addressing repair issues at the borough parks that were discovered when CSYA and borough representatives toured the borough's recreational facilities. Mr. Vince Smith, CSYA President, concurred and stated the men are doing a good job. MARSA Corporation will be donating block and providing a discount on block purchase for a building at Riehl Park. CSYA will purchase the block and have the block installed. The borough will provide the foundation, door and roof.

Finance: Nothing to report.

Ms. O'Malley reported the March book sale was very successful.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach noted several new businesses that have opened. Willow Inn celebrated their grand opening. The Saucy Noodle will open in April. TRM Cycles has opened on Route 88. The First Commonwealth Bank has started demolition.

Ms. Kovach discussed a littering problem on Park Avenue. Mr. Ross will address this situation.

Public Safety:
Mr. Carlucci read letters of commendation addressed to Officer Gary Watkins and Officer Matt Abel regarding their personal control and procedures in the management of the scene of the fatality of March 9, 2006 at Walnut Street and Spruce Street.

Public Works: Nothing to report.

Editorial Board: Nothing to report.

MRTSA: 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 thanked borough administration for a great job in organizing and decorating the borough meeting room for the March SHACOG meeting.

Ms. Joan Cleary, Allegheny County Council - attended the meeting. Ms. Cleary reported that Allegheny County Council unanimously passed a resolution to establish a Tax Increment Financing Committee for the Castle Shannon project with Port Authority. Ms. Cleary noted the agenda contained a CDBG resolution. Ms. Cleary had previously sent the borough a CDBG resolution to maintain the funds independent of the commerce department. The Department of Economic Development has prepared a draft resolution to increase funding for the CDBG grants.

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 Resolution 512 supporting increased CDBG program funding. Ms. Kovach motioned at adopt Resolution 512; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles Golf Parent's Association sent correspondence requesting support for their annual golf outing. Ms. O'Malley motioned to support the outing by sponsoring a tee; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor: 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: Nothing to report.


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