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Allegheny County

April 8, 2002

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci, M. Cheberenchick, P. Coffey, T. Kirk, N. Kovach, J. O'Malley, D. Baumgarten, S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: D. Lane, Borough Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief. Council President R. Zezulewicz was absent.

The minutes of the March 25, 2002 meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; seconded by Ms. O'Malley; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Coffey called for public comments or requests.

Mr. Bernard Antonio, 578 Charlotte Drive commended Chief Lane for his assistance in trying to solve a parking problem for future tenants of 3744 Willow Avenue. Mr. Antonio did a survey of parking on Poplar Avenue and witnessed an average of 18 cars at any given time for a two-week period excluding Sunday. Mr. Antonio requested council approve four parking permits for Poplar Avenue. Discussion continued on parking hours, commuters, tenant parking on Pine & Poplar and removal of the meters. Mayor Baumgarten stated meters were installed to protect the business owners and provide customer parking. Chief Lane recommends retaining the meters and providing permit parking. Mayor Baumgarten, Ms. Kovach and Chief Lane will examine the parking situation.

Mr. Coffey officially closed the public comment portion of the meeting.

Bid Openings: Ms. Lane reported one proposal for the borough's insurance policy from April 10, 2002 to April 10, 2002 from Marsh Advantage America. Ms. O'Malley motioned to accept the proposal; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Lane reported on a Canine Mortality insurance proposal from Marsh Advantage America from April 10, 2002 to April 10, 2003. Mr. Kirk motioned to accept the proposal; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings: Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported collections of approximately $200,000. Ms. Torris reported configuration problems with the county's tax disc for our computer program.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach enlisted Ms. O'Malley's help in contacting groups for the Memorial Day Parade. The parade is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

Ms. Kovach discussed the need for open space for the fireworks display at Hamilton Park. Existing sign placement regarding funding for the Hamilton Park project was discussed. Ms. Lane suggested removing the center pavilion because of deterioration. Ms. Kovach questioned if playground equipment has been budgeted for the upper park. Ms. Lane answered funds will be available for playground equipment and/or horseshoe pits. Ralph Kaiser provided a grant to a local vo-tech school who will build ten picnic tables for the park. Additional tables will be ordered.

Ms. Kovach discussed water damage in the Municipal Center police department. Ms. Lane reported the waterproofing company has not followed through on their warranty. Council authorized Mr. Biondo to send correspondence. Council discussed enclosing the front doors and pointing the bricks on the building. Council agreed that preventative maintenance on the building is necessary. Ms. Lane will obtain quotations for the pointing.

Finance:Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library: Ms. O'Malley noted letters of appreciation to the public works department regarding the ceiling installation.

Ms. O'Malley reported receipt of a Keystone Grant check for $104,000.00.

Ms. Lane stated Mr. Drozinsky, Building Inspector will insure the elevator is operational.

Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.

Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci presented the March reports: District Court Fines - $4,065.84; Parking Citations - $340.00; Report Fees - $45.00; Meter Fines - $220.00; Alarm Fines Received - $200.00; Alarm Fines Billed - $3500.00; Police Calls 445; Hospital report 55.

Chief Lane commended Mr. Lou Gorski of SHACOG for his efforts on the Police Mutual Aid Agreement.

BOMAC training is scheduled for emergency management incident command.

D. Lane reported concerns regarding overweight trucks on Grove Road Bridge. Chief Lane added the state police would not handle situations wherein the trucking companies are bonded for the bridge. Ms. Lane questioned whether the bridge is included in the roadway bonding. Council had a short discussion on Penndot, bridge posting and enforcement of overweight vehicles.

Public Works: Nothing to report.

Editorial Board: Ms. Lane reported articles are needed for the spring newsletter. Ms. Kovach, Ms. O'Malley and Ms. Torris will prepare articles.

Chief Lane requested the house number signage article be repeated to assist emergency personnel in locating residences. Mayor Baumgarten discussed enforcement of the ordinance regarding house number signage.

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: Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the expenditure of including spouses in the annual dinner. Council will discuss in executive session.

Police Pension Review Committee: Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: March distribution analysis: EIT - $57,987.51; OPT $2,217.98.

Engineer: Ms. Lane discussed correspondence on the sewage facilities CAP progress with regard to tap requests. The Hastie Road sewage corrections have removed a minimum of 13,000 gpd base-flow (infiltration) which equates to 37 EDU's.

Manager's Report: Ms. Lane noted the delinquent sewage collection report.

Mr. Kirk received a MRM dividend check totaling $60,249.00.

Columbia Gas service managers will be relocated to Rochester. Contact telephone numbers will be forwarded.

The joint community street sweeper has not yet been available to Castle Shannon. Mr. Coffey will contact Brentwood Borough to schedule a meeting.

Mayor's Report: Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report: Ms. O'Malley questioned the status of the Castle Ridge Development. Ms. Lane answered the project is scheduled for the next meeting of the planning commission.

Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the planning commission minutes of February 18, 2002; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks : The agenda contained minutes of the February 11, 2002 meeting.

Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.

Other Business: Ms. O'Malley questioned if a public work employee would be attending the update training for municipal pest control in Upper St. Clair. Ms. Lane answered attendees have not been selected.

Ms. O'Malley noted the clearing of trees on a Bockstoce Avenue property. Ms. Lane stated construction of a house would not begin this year.

Ms. Kovach discussed the need for clearing a fenced area at Hamilton Park. Ms. Lane has issued a prior directive via memorandum to public works for this work. Another memorandum will be issued for clearing vines off the fencing behind the tennis courts.



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