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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
April 11, 2011

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; J. O’Malley, G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Member N. Kovach was absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; K. Truver, Police Chief; T. Hartswick, Borough Manager, P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; Junior Councilperson M. Yanda.

The minutes of the March 28, 2011 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten, who introduced Isabella Ho - the DARE essay winner from St. Anne School. Ms. Ho read her winning essay to the audience. Mayor Baumgarten presented her with a DARE certificate of recognition.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none; the public comment section was closed.

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 $778,266.03 with a remaining balance due of $1,854,769.26. Collections are seven percent ahead of March 2010 collections.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 561 to hang three banners advertising Community Day 2011. Mr. Orr motioned to adopt Resolution 561; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Orr reported that the parking areas at the municipal center have been crack sealed in preparation for the asphalt sealing when the weather permits. In addition, the pavilion and gazebo at the municipal center have been waterproofed. Mr. Warhold suggested that the public works part-time landscaping employee could address the park maintenance projects previously outlined by Mr. Orr.

Finance:
Mr. Smith motioned to ratify the March treasurer’s report; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library:
Ms. O’Malley requested that the borough consider undertaking the landscaping and grass cutting activities for the library. The request will be discussed with the public works department.

Ms. O’Malley stated that the library will be working with Mr. Vietmeier to have “Community Library” lettering installed on the back of the library building coming from Locust Street.

A water company paving project was completed in the vicinity of the library. Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Hartswick to contact the water company about paving Sixth Street.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold gave an update on revitalization activities in the borough. For 2011, Castle Shannon has witnessed over $3 million in property sales compared to $1.7 million as of March 2010. South Hills Landscaping is constructing a $400,000 building on the ENX property, which will be followed soon by Chew Limousine’s construction of a $300,000-$500,000 building. Castle Shannon is one of the few communities in the county that has witnessed significant commercial re-investment.

When the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation began two years ago, the downtown district was a blighted area with 67,000 square feet of vacant properties. Currently 40,000 square feet of that area has been returned to productive use and is being redeveloped. Mr. Warhold will be meeting with contractors on April 21st to review some of the vacant properties that currently exist.

The borough is a member of Pittsburgh Connect, which is a committee of representatives from the City of Pittsburgh and thirty-eight surrounding communities working together to formidably lobby the legislators in Harrisburg. Resolutions were developed for the Connect Congress to be presented to the legislators in June.

Mr. Warhold and Mr. Hartswick attended the DCED partner’s budget meeting regarding the governor’s budget cuts on the Main Street program, Elm Street program, education programs and social service programs. One item that was not cut was the $4.5 million secured by Mayor Baumgarten and Mr. Hartswick for the Shannon Station project.

A recently Delta Development meeting was held to explore alternate county, state and federal funding programs for revitalization, especially the re-allocation from Congressman Murphy that Mr. Zezulewicz helped to secure. Delta Development will be meeting with the steering committee to discuss the final draft and presentation of the revitalization plan. The presentation to the stakeholders will be scheduled in May by invitation to downtown businesses, the planning commission, zoning hearing board and borough council.

Mr. Warhold and Mr. Hartswick have scheduled a meeting with Bill Fontana, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center to discuss Keystone Core communities and our fit into that program, which is still funded in the governor’s budget.

Mr. Warhold is currently working with Jack Machek, President of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, to assist us with the overall revitalization plan, façade development and green space issues. Mr. Warhold is on the transit subcommittee with Grant Erwin, the regional director of this group.

On May 25th Mr. Warhold will be meeting with Chris Sandvig, Regional General Manager of The Pennsylvania Community Reinvestment Group. This group may be able to assist the borough with the TRID program.

Planning continues for re-planting the Community Garden and scheduling vendors and activities for Community Day 2011.

On May 4th, The New Metropolis screening will be shown at the opening of the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. This screening is an award-winning documentary on how many original suburbs are now facing crisis due to a dwindling tax base, population and business low, decaying infrastructure and demographic changes.

Larry Chan has accepted the position as Local Government Academy intern and will begin May 9th. Mr. Chan will work with the Act 32 procedures and the TRID implementation.

Many grants have been secured to assist with the borough revitalization. A combination of grants from DCED, CDBG, and IDP totaling $630,000 was obtained for the Grove Road Bridge project, which created jobs at the ENX development. Congressman Murphy provided a $570,000 appropriation for the revitalization plan, and a line exists in the state’s redevelopment capital assistance program of $1 million for Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation.

In summary, Mr. Warhold stated that he has been very busy in the community and doing everything possible to move Castle Shannon forward. Mr. Zezulewicz thanked Mr. Warhold and his committees for their efforts in continuing to improve our community.

Public Safety:
– Ms. O’Malley presented Resolution 562 authorizing the disposition of certain records of the police department in accordance with the disposition schedule of the Municipal Records Manual. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 562; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Ms. O’Malley added that Representative Chelsa Wagner is sponsoring a community shredding event at the fire department on April 16th.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

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:
Ms. O’Malley announced the annual dinner is scheduled for April 28th.

Mr. Zezulewicz discussed the agreement with Comcast for the cable franchising agreement that needs finalized, and requested that Mr. Hartswick schedule a conference call with Mr. Gorski of SHACOG.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Yanda reported that twenty members of the Keystone Oaks Future Business Leaders of America visited Hershey, Pennsylvania for a state conference. Keystone Oaks was recognized as an outstanding chapter for the greatest increase in FBLA members.

Council congratulated Ms. Yanda on her scholarship to Cornell University.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the March distribution analysis.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented a request from the Allegheny County Boroughs Association to name the 2011 delegates. No council members volunteered, therefore Mr. Zezulewicz stated that he will be the delegate and appoint the alternate.

Mayor:
Mayor Baumgarten gave kudos to Chief Truver for contacting Penndot to clean up dead trees and logs that were cut down last year. The railroad property and Guttman property also needs cleared. It is imperative for the borough to keep the roadway clean and free of debris since this reflects on our community.

In addition, Mayor Baumgarten discussed a wall at St. Anne Cemetery and a railroad wall that are both leaning and deteriorated.

Planning Commission Report:
The agenda contained the planning commission minutes of March 21, 2011.

Solicitor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten addressed the re-zoning issue on Sleepy Hollow Road. Mr. Biondo plans to attend the next planning commission meeting.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Cheberenchick discussed asphalt patches from street openings on Orr Drive that need paved curb-to-curb pursuant to the borough ordinance. Mr. Vietmeier added that the borough has many asphalt patches that need street repaving.

Ms. O’Malley discussed a property on Ulrich that should be condemned. Children were seen playing on the property. Mr. Warhold stated that prospective buyers may purchase the property.

Ms. O’Malley asked Mr. Hartswick to contact Senator Casey regarding funding for the Shannon Station project. Mr. Warhold stated that at the Pittsburgh Connect meeting, it was suggested that a new round of funding may be available in June which could address the funding gap.


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