The following elected officials were present:
R. Carlucci; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz. Mayor D. Baumgarten, Council Member M. Cheberenchick and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent.
The following appointed officials were present:
T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief: J. DeFrancesco, Jr. Council Person.
The minutes of the March 14, 2005 council meeting were presented. Ms. Kovach noted a correction in the Civil Service Commission section. Mr. Coffey noted a correction in the Public Works section. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes as corrected; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comments section of the meeting.
Mr. Anthony J. Emanuele, Network Superintendent of Pennsylvania American Water, and John Ubanovicz, Project Manager of PAWC - expressed their interest in establishing a better line of communication with the borough and PAWC. Mr. Emanuele invited the borough to contact him regarding any issues with the water company such as road paving, water breaks and leaks, water pressure, etc. Mr. Eric Nicks is the local network supervisor for the Mt. Lebanon, Dormont and Castle Shannon area. There are no pending main line replacements scheduled for Castle Shannon this year. Collection activities for delinquent water bills will be commencing April 11th. Landscaping and restoration projects will begin April 1st. Ms. O'Malley expressed council's appreciation for the contact information. Mr. Ross stated he has worked with Eric Nicks, and PAWC's cooperation has been outstanding.
Mr. Michael O'Brien, 3280 Waverly Street - had concerns on three issues.
1) Mr. O'Brien's home is in back of Waterfalls, 3311 Library Road. The automatic car wash station recently installed has loud noise from an alarm and dryers. Mr. O'Brien has contacted Mr. Ross. Mr. Ross stated the noise does not exceed the decibel level requirements. Mr. Ross has contacted the owner, and is awaiting a return call. Mr. O'Brien suggested removing the alarm buzzer which signals the vehicles to realign for the wash. The flashing lights serve the same purpose as the alarm. Mr. O'Brien discussed car washes with doors that do not open until the cars are dry, which would lessen the noise level.
2) Mr. O'Brien reported the construction crew for the new development on Waverly Street has created two piles of dirt, gravel, flower containers and trash. Mr. Ross will investigate.
3) Mr. O'Brien's backyard connects with the Budget Transmission and Pennzoil businesses. The hillside is sliding. Mr. Coffey questioned if there had been any recent digging. Mr. O'Brien answered no. Mr. Ross stated the slide is due to the soil composition, and Calabria's Restaurant is also affected. Mr. Zezulewicz noted three homes on Middle Road were lost due to a landslide, and the borough has not been able to receive any grants or aid for residential landslides in the borough. Mr. Zezulewicz believes that legislation should be available for residents with a landslide problem; however the borough has no assistance available at this time.
Ms. Joan Cleary, Allegheny County Council Member - noted the car wash she uses has no alarm noises.
Mr. Zezulewicz reported that many residents were appeased with the cap of four percent on assessments. Ms. Cleary stated a company will create the formula, and apply the formula to every residential property. The base value for residents as listed on the website is the assessed value, and residents may appeal. Taxing policy is being set. Ms. Cleary stated one county has not reassessed since 1957. Council thanked Ms. Cleary for attending the borough council meeting.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially 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: Mr. Warhold and Mr. Ausman met with the Castle Shannon Youth Association. Pricing is being obtained for batting cages and a pitching machine. CSYA will obtain block for the Sleepy Hollow concession stand and Riehl Park shed, and Mr. Ausman will obtain pricing for Public Works to complete the buildings. The concession stand will not require water or electric service. The shed at Riehl Park will be 8' x 10'.
Riehl Park stabilization pricing is being obtained from Michael Baker Engineering.
The Memorial Day Parade preparations are moving along.
Finance: Nothing to report.
Library: Ms. O'Malley reported the painting project is nearly completed by Public Works. The project has been a big improvement to the library interior.
Friends of the Library are hosting a flea market on April 16th.
Planning and Codes: Mr. Ross reported that seven new businesses are moving into 250 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard in the former Eckerd space. The loading dock will be eliminated; and a main entrance, office and store room will be installed. A drug store, a gift basket business, a gift shop, cleaners, tea room and two un-named businesses have rented the spaces.
Public Safety: Chief Lane discussed a tractor trailer that backed into a gate at Riehl Park last year. The out-of-state truck driver was cited and appealed at the magistrate's office. The driver lost the case at the magistrate's office, and filed an appeal with the Allegheny County appeals court. Mr. Ausman reported that trucks are parking in the driveway at Riehl Park. Chief Lane suggested the gate be reconstructed. The driver is a private hauler, and the trucking company denies liability.
Public Works: Mr. Coffey stated Mr. DeLallo will be receiving therapy for his knee surgery for a few more weeks.
Editorial Board: Mr. Zezulewicz requested council submit articles for the spring newsletter.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: The 32nd Annual Dinner is scheduled for April 18th. Council agreed to furnish a gift certificate to a local restaurant as a door prize.
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 497 regarding the borough's opposition to the President's proposed elimination or consolidation of the Community Development Block Grant Program for the 2006 budget. Ms. Cleary stated eighteen programs would be consolidated and that significant funding would be eliminated. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 497 at its first reading; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented an annual request from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church to place a banner on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard from June 6th to June 20th. Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve the request; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor's Report: Nothing to report.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Mr. Carlucci reported the borough requested the tax collector to prepare a list of properties with liens under $200.00. The borough liens the taxes annually, and would like to eliminate the taxes. The properties cannot be sold to adjoining property owners without going through the Sheriff Sale process.
Zoning Hearing Board: Mr. Ross stated the Zoning Hearing Board granted a special exception to the Lutheran Emmanuel Church for a See Saw Preschool.
Other: Ms. O'Malley thanked the administration staff for preparations for the March SHACOG meeting. Ms. O'Malley thanked Ms. Kovach for attending the meeting and assisting with the clean up.
Ms. O'Malley questioned enclosing the dumpster at St. Annes Church. Mr. Ross advised that the dumpster will be moved.
Mr. Warhold asked for the dates for the spring cleaning garbage pick up. Ms. Miller will advise. Mr. Zezulewicz stated large items such as furniture and appliances can be placed curbside on any Thursday.
Ms. Kovach stated the SHACOG meeting was well planned and attended.