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April 8, 2013

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

The minutes of the March 25, 2013 council meeting were presented. Ms. Brannon motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Thomas Emery, 974 Pine Avenue – voiced concerns regarding large trucks laden with tree stumps, logs and branches travelling on Pine Avenue to the Mt. Lebanon golf course. The trucks are breaking up asphalt on the street and curb and are loud and noisy when travelling over manholes. Mr. Emery reported that sometimes there are thirty trucks a day. Mr. Hartswick and Chief Truver will investigate these concerns.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section of the meeting. Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported March collections of $585,944.62, assessment reductions of $13,976.69 from change orders, and a balance left of $2,147,703.50.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon reported that the Port Authority trolley light on Willow at Canal Street is bent. Chief Truver will contact PAT.

Alex Arch, a local hero of Castle Shannon has cerebral palsy, has suffered a stroke, and is wheelchair bound. With a little help from our community, he and his family can receive a free wheelchair accessible van as part of a contest in honor of National Mobility Awareness Month. Please vote every day until May 10th by visiting

Regarding the new Affordable Health Care Act, Health Insurance Exchanges is now called Health Insurance Marketplaces. A lunch and learn session is available for senior citizens on May 2nd regarding Alternatives to Long Institutional Term Care. Session will be held at the Human Service Building, 1 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (located downtown at the corner of Smithfield and Fort Pitt Blvd.). The panel for this event will include experts in the Pennsylvania Waiver Programs, Programs for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Living At Home Program, Hospice Care, Medicaid, and VA Aid and Attendance. Please email your RSVP by Friday, April 26th to mckendreew@fswp.org to attend.

Health Insurance Marketplaces open enrollment starts October 1st. Pitt, Carnegie Mellon University and Carlowe College will be holding a mega-community event educational seminar this fall at Pitt.

APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians, age 60 years and older. APPRISE volunteer counselors are specially trained to answer consumer questions and offer education about Medicare, HMOs, long-term care insurance, supplemental insurance, and Medicaid benefits. APPRISE services are free, objective and completely confidential. Contact information is 412-661-1438 or APPRISE@fswp.org .

The Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department will be receiving a new fire truck in May.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher reported that the Castle Shannon Youth Association opening day is scheduled for Saturday, April 13th at 2:00 p.m. at the Castle Shannon Municipal Center.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver reported that Seton La-Salle High School will have a Prom Promise Event on April 18th coordinated by the police departments of Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, Greentree and Castle Shannon with the Baldwin Township Fire Department and MRTSA. The program educates seniors on seat belt safety and provides survival one-on-one training. After the educational session, student actors from the drama department stage a mock car crash to dramatize the consequences of drinking and driving.

Nothing to report.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that Ladds Sterling will begin seasonal employment on April 15th.

TreeVitalize has sixteen volunteers registered. The Target of South Hills Village has expressed an interest in volunteering to plant trees. We are also expecting a response from Keystone Oaks students and PFO members to participate. Volunteers will organize at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27th. TreeVitalize will provide the wheel barrows, all equipment, mulch, soil and trees. Plantings have been completed in Dormont, Mt. Lebanon, and Brentwood boroughs.

Ms. Gallo has been working diligently with the utility companies to have duplicated utility poles removed from the downtown area prior to the TreeVitalize planting day.

Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation will meet on Wednesday, April 10th. The next Community Day meeting will be Wednesday, April 16th. Community Day is scheduled for May 26th.

State Representative Erin Molchany will speak at the Castle Shannon Memorial Day Service on May 27th. Ms. Kovach would like to hire a steel drum band for the parade. Ms. Brannon will contact Keystone Oaks High School Band to participate, if available.

Ms. O’Malley announced the Friends of the Library flea market is scheduled for April 13th. The First Presbyterian Church on Poplar Avenue will also hold a flea market on April 13th.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

The MRTSA board of directors has been working on a reorganization plan to keep the authority financially strong without compromising the outstanding service. MRTSA is the best ambulance service in the state of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Kovach noted that many ambulance authorities would like to have legislation passed requiring insurance companies to pay the ambulance authorities directly for their services. The insurance companies currently make payments directly to subscribers.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
The annual SHACOG dinner meeting is scheduled for April 25th.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the 2012 financial statements.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
The agenda contained the 2012 financial statements.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Kunig reported that the Keystone Oaks School District moved up four spots in the Pittsburgh Business Times annual Western Pennsylvania school rankings. Keystone Oaks ranks forty-two, up from last year’s rating of 46.

The Boys Varsity Baseball Team is 5 and 0. The Girls Varsity Softball Team is 3 and 0.

The Keystone Oaks High School Band recently performed in the Disney World Parade.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick reported that Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation will be meeting with Dormont representatives for a joint conference call with Al Delassandro of DCED regarding the potential for development of a joint revitalization project.

The solid waste contract is being prepared by SHACOG.

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS-4) was discussed with Bob Firek of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. Many training courses for municipal staff and elected officials will be required.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten reported that many municipalities would like the option to use radar for traffic enforcement. Currently the state police departments are the only entities permitted to use radar. The problem is finding a legislator to sponsor the bill.

Mayor Baumgarten, as a member of Cease Fire Pennsylvania and Mayors against Illegal Guns, will be contacting Senator Toomey to support legislation requiring background checks on gun purchasers and limiting the number of magazines a person can purchase. Ms. Kovach added that Senator Murphy spoke at the ALOM conference regarding the fact that mentally ill people can purchase guns and are not required by law to disclose their illness. The sale of automatic weapons is a real concern.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo attended the Three Rivers Wet Weather Task Force Group meeting and asked that a feasibility report be submitted by each municipality through their respective engineers. Jason Stanton of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering will address council on this subject at the April 22nd meeting.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
The agenda contained a variance request for light pole spacing and intensity by Shannon Transit Village.

Nothing to report.


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