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March 9, 2015

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; M. Randazzo; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Member K. Brannon was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; B. Fabbio, Junior Council Member.

The minutes of the February 23, 2015 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Joann Binek, 3527 Poplar Avenue – addressed council regarding parking concerns on Popular Avenue after no parking signs were posted along one side of the street. The signs were posted to allow better access for public works trucks, garbage trucks and emergency access vehicles. Ms. Binek noted that many residents are parking on the street when they have available parking in their garages and driveways. Chief Truver and Mr. Vietmeier will contact Ms. Binek to determine viable parking options.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to accept the Civil Service Commission’s Reorganization Minutes of March 7, 2015; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported the following collections for the month of February: $50,028.98 for 2014 taxes and $137,343.56 for 2015 taxes.
Collections for 2014 were at 97%.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
The Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department is partnering with State Representative Dan Miller and the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation to sponsor a “Shred It” event on Saturday, May 23rd at the fire department’s parking lot. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
An asphalt reclamation box has been ordered to recycle used asphalt for pot hole patching. In addition, an order was placed for a steel storage building to be installed at Hamilton Park.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver asked council to authorize the sale of a surplus police vehicle, a 2009 Dodge Charger. Ms. O’Malley motioned to authorize advertising of the vehicle for sale; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Truver requested that council authorize the sale of surplus Tasers to a policy agency or certified police officer for $50.00 each. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the sale; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Truver related details of a vehicle crash at the intersection of Grove Road and McRoberts Road. Over the past three years, twenty-seven accidents have occurred at this intersection. Twenty of those accidents happened when vehicles were travelling south on McRoberts. The borough has installed a mirror at the intersection and posted additional signage with a flashing light. Chief Truver asked council to authorize an engineering traffic study to make the intersection safer and permission to post signage requiring vehicles, travelling southbound on McRoberts Road, to turn right onto Grove Road.

Mr. Biondo advised that Section 105 of the traffic ordinance states that signage can be posted for not more than 90 days by resolution. The purpose of the 90 days is to determine the feasibility of making the signage change permanent. Mr. Biondo will prepare a formal resolution for the next council meeting. Mr. Swisher motioned to authorize the posting of signage requiring vehicles travelling southbound on McRoberts Road to turn right onto Grove Road; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Warhold expressed his concerns about increased traffic on side streets; however, by keeping vehicles from crossing over Grove Road, this restriction may eliminate traffic on McRoberts Road from drivers that use our streets as a cut through.

Mr. Warhold motioned to authorize a traffic study for the McRoberts and Grove Road intersection; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Swisher reviewed the check registers for March 6th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier has issued eight citations to residents and businesses who have refused to remove snow from their sidewalks this winter.

Mr. Warhold and Mr. Hartswick will attend a Pennsylvania Downtown Center meeting with Barry Cassidy in Uniontown.

A Community Day Committee meeting is scheduled for March 10th. In addition, Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation will be meeting March 11th.

Congressman Tim Murphy will be meeting with Mayor Baumgarten, Mr. Warhold, Mr. Hartswick and Mr. Cassidy to discuss federal matching funding for the $1.5 million RCAP grant and updates on the borough’s revitalization efforts. A meeting is also scheduled this week with State Representative Dan Miller this week to discuss the borough’s revitalization goals.

The Connect Utility Summit meeting is scheduled for Thursday at the Doubletree in Pittsburgh. Mayor Baumgarten, Mr. Warhold, Mr. Hartswick and Mr. Vietmeier will attend.

Mr. Swisher reported the library board will be meeting on March 12th. The library has a vast array of computer classes available for adults. Classes are presented for iPad, Word, Excel, Facebook, EBay, Window 8.1 and the Cloud.

The board will be seeking candidates for a board member vacancy.

Editorial Board:
Article deadline is April 4th.

The board is currently exploring a self-insured cooperative health care plan. Mayor Baumgarten discussed the Affordable Care Act and the changes that will be experienced in premiums based on marital status and age of employees.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #611, supporting the establishment of a separate line item in the commonwealth budget with administrative support for the Main Street and Elm Street programs. Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution #611; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten reported that bills are currently being reviewed in the Senate and House of Representatives to allow local law enforcement agencies the ability to use radar for traffic enforcement.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to Report.


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