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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
April 9, 2007

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

The minutes of the March 26, 2007 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

George Orr, 791 Killarney - discussed common ordinance from the fall newsletter and noted the following areas of concern: 1) Garbage dumpsters along three businesses on Route 88 are not enclosed; 2) Old cars in an auto shop; 3) Boats and trailers in front driveways on Killarney Drive; and 4) Parking in grass on Killarney Drive. Mr. Ross stated that junk vehicles are not permitted in residential areas by ordinance; however automobiles are permitted in commercial auto sales or repair establishments. Mr. Ross has also been addressing the various codes issues of boats/trailers in driveways and parking on the grass. Mr. Warhold noted that over one hundred code violations were targeted last year.

Mr. Orr suggested removing parking meters from the downtown area to promote new businesses in the area. Ms. Kovach stated that borough council is considering removing the meters and establishing a two hour parking limit in town.

Mr. Orr discussed a problem wherein his grandson received a notice from the police department regarding a broken truck window. The police department was notified of the incident which was caused by vandalism.

Mr. Orr thanked the Castle Shannon Police Department's K-9 officer for presenting a great program to the children at St. Anne's School.

Council discussed a problem wherein residents are putting trash out several days before garbage collection day.

Thomas Gehringer, 3816 Prospect Avenue - discussed his grandparents, relatives and family that lived in the borough and surrounding areas for many years. Mr. Gehringer attended a meeting six months ago regarding code violations at 3916 Maple Hill Drive. Borough council was presented with photographs taken over a period of two years showing weeds, garbage and a deteriorating shed. Mr. Gehringer requested council's assistance in having this property cleaned up. Mr. Gehringer also noted several scrap tires on a neighbor's property on Prospect Avenue. Council agreed that 3916 Maple Hill Drive is in deplorable condition. Mr. Ross will investigate the properties noted.

Bill Suvak, 1029 Connor Road - stated he takes pride in the community and hopes that the community can be maintained. Mr. Suvak presented council with reformatted data from a December 2006 article reported in the Post Gazette regarding a comparison of average municipal taxes paid by property owners in the South Hills communities. Mr. Hartswick stated that Castle Shannon's 2007 budget was misrepresented. The reporter asked for the borough's total funds, as opposed to the general operating fund. The borough's general fund budget for 2007 is $3.4 million. The $12.7 million listed includes all funds, i.e. sewage, debt service, library, etc. Mayor Baumgarten discussed assessed valuation of properties and explained how larger communities have a higher tax base due to extensive commercial properties, which help to reduce taxes for residents. Mr. Suvak thanked council for their explanation.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris presented the March tax collection report: Collections - $1,374,887.24; Balance - $590,095.70. Collections are approximately $82,000 less than March of 2006. Ms. O'Malley and Ms. Kovach congratulated Ms. Torris on her collections.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold reported that a Peer-to-Peer meeting is scheduled for Wednesday to obtain grant funds for recreational activities. A consultant is working with Dormont, Greentree, Castle Shannon and Keystone Oaks.

A Memorial Day committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 16th at 5:00 p.m.

Castle Shannon Youth Activities submitted a proposal to have the water run off problem corrected at Highland Field at a cost of $1,000.00. Mr. DeLallo, Public Works Foreman, will oversee the project. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the expenditure of $1,000.00 to correct the water problem; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Library:
Ms. O'Malley announced that the Friends of the Community Library will be holding their Spring Flea Market on Saturday, April 14th. Proceeds from the sale benefit the children's programming at the Library.

Newspaper recycling bins are available at the library, and residents are utilizing the bins.

Planning and Codes:
Fourteen code violations were addressed since the last council meeting. Four violations have been resolved.

Mr. Ross stated that time and resources limit the time he has available to spend on code violations. Castle Shannon Borough is the only community in this area that requires occupancy inspections on all properties. Approximately four to five inspections are conducted each day with an average time spent on each inspection of one and one-quarter hours. In addition to occupancy inspections, Mr. Ross does zoning, new construction inspections, subdivisions, plan reviews for development and keeps up with state codes.

Mr. Coffey questioned the status of two borough properties. Condemnation notices were sent to 1300 Martha Street and 3191 McRoberts Road. The property owner on Martha Street has five weeks to demolish the structure and restore the property to safe condition. Mr. Ross is awaiting a response from the county regarding the property on McRoberts.

Public Safety:
Chief Lane reported on a site meeting regarding the loop sensors for traffic lights at Sixth Street and Route 88. All underground lighting will be replaced by Penndot. Construction may begin June 11th. Route 88 will not be limited to one lane or shut down. A preconstruction meeting will be held to discuss the traffic impact on Killarney Drive and McRoberts Road.

Contractor bid forms for borough roadwork include Publication 203 that requires proper signage and flagman specifications. The inclusive of this information in the bid forms will make contractors aware of their obligations prior to bidding.

A five thousand dollar grant has been approved, and we are awaiting receipt, to purchase equipment for the borough's investigation unit. This is a good example of the tax payer's money coming back into the borough.

Mr. Coffey questioned the purchase of the push bars that were installed on the police cars. Chief Lane answered the bars are to allow police vehicles to move cars out of the lanes of traffic when required for public safety.

Public Works:
Mr. Hartswick reported that forty-two applications were received for a vacant employee position. Seven applicants were interviewed. Mr. Hartswick recommended that council present an offer of employment to Christopher Myrah of 1049 Connor Road. Mr. Coffey motioned to hire Mr. Myrah, Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Sharon stated that articles still may be submitted if received by tomorrow.

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:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
March Distribution Analysis: EIT - $61,890.66; OPT - $5,695.50.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Ms. O'Malley thanked Mr. Hartswick and Mr. DeLallo for the street sign installation on Baldwin Street.

Mr. Hartswick reported that the cone and pedestal on the Port Authority property in the right of way of the Stage II LRT at Willow Avenue and Castle Shannon Boulevard will be removed.


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