The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; P. Coffey; J. O'Malley; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Members M. Cheberenchick, N. Kovach, and M. Warhold were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; D. Ross, Building Official; L. Pusateri, Junior Council Person. Police Chief H. Lane was absent.
The minutes of the March 27, 2006 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten for a special presentation. Mayor Baumgarten introduced Gunnery Sergeant Rachel Ward of Young Marines. Ms. Ward has been selected as Division 1 Young Marine of the Year and will be competing in Reno for the national competition. Mayor Baumgarten added that Ms. Ward also participates in the Keystone Oaks Drum Line, the Percussion Group of the Symphonic Band, the Soccer Team and a volunteer after school program at the Presbyterian Church.
Ms. Ward discussed the Young Marine organization which is a youth mentoring program for ages eight through high school graduation. The program promotes a drug free lifestyle, physical fitness, education and community service. Ms. Ward somberly described her trip with other young marines and a group of veterans to Iwogema and stated that she feels blessed to have had this opportunity.
Bettina Radcliff has lead the Young Marine program for many years, and thanked the borough for supporting the program and permitting the use of the gymnasium for the overnight lock down. Ms. Radcliff added that this year the program has grown from a school district membership to a community program including other municipalities.
Council congratulated Ms. Ward on her accomplishments and expressed the communities pride in her achievements.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Mr. Zezulewicz officially 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 $1,458,748.84, which is an 82% collection rate. Allegheny County change orders resulted in an increase of $4,708.40, leaving a balance of $409,818.26 to be collected.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Nothing to report.
Mr. Coffey motioned to ratify the March treasurer's report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. O'Malley commended the borough for their support of the library and the library programs.
Ms. O'Malley announced the Friends of the Library flea market is scheduled for April 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Planning and Codes:
Mr. Ross stated the insurance audit on the codes department has been completed. The initial response has been very positive.
Public Safety: Nothing to report.
Public Works: Nothing to report.
Editorial Board: Draft newsletter is ready for review. Mr. Zezulewicz stressed that other vendors be sought for the next 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: Nothing to report.
Police Pension: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Nothing to report.
Mayor: Nothing to report.
Planning Commission Report:
The planning commission recommended the rezone of the Port Authority park-n-ride lot from C2 to TOD (Transit Oriented Development). The county will review the rezoning for presentation to council in May.
Mr. Zezulewicz announced a meeting is scheduled with the Keystone Oaks School Board to discuss the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and other items relating to the Shannon Station project.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board:
The zoning hearing board granted two variances to Scuillo & Goodyear for construction of an office building at 3809-3814 Willow Avenue. The variances were for a set back and landscaping.
Ms. O'Malley noted that a section of St. Annes Street has settled where the water company made repairs. Slag is on the street. Mr. Hartswick will contact the water company.
Mr. Carlucci questioned if the borough had received an answer from Mr. Hudson regarding the proposed property acquisition purchase. Mr. Ross stated that the certified letter was received, however an answer has not yet been provided.
Mr. Carlucci questioned mine subsidence at the Sepich property on Rockwood and Willow. Mr. Ross stated the borough has no evidence of mine subsidence; however any construction would require core borings. Mr. Baumgarten stated a house on that property did suffer from subsidence. A mid rise senior citizen apartment or townhouse development is being planned.
Ms. Pusateri reported that Congressman Tim Murphy met with the government club. Congressman Murphy invited students from Keystone Oaks to debate each other on the house floor in Washington on May 16th, and the congressman is sponsoring the trip.
Keystone Oaks Softball defeated Ambridge, the 2005 AAA Champions.
Keystone Oaks Musical presented Singing in the Rain last weekend. The musical was directed by Richard Fosbrink.
Mr. Coffey questioned if the top of Killarney by Route 88 was included in the 2006 road program. Mr. Hartswick will insure that this area is milled this year.
Mr. Coffey reported that there is a large tree overhanging Route 88 under the railroad trestle. Ownership may be Penndot or the railroad. Mr. Hartswick will contact Jon Johnson at Penndot.
Mr. Ross stated that concrete from the railroad trestle is falling into the parking lot by Williams Stained Glass on Castle Shannon Boulevard. The railroad company has been contacted. Mr. Ross will maintain a record of his contacts with the railroad company, and his attempts to have the problem corrected.
Mr. Zezulewicz reported that a section of curbing on McRoberts Road needs repaired, and there is a small sink hole in the pavement by 3280 McRoberts Road.