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April 12, 2010

The meeting of Castle Shannon Borough Council was called to order at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of the Castle Shannon Municipal Center, 3310 McRoberts Road, Castle Shannon, PA 15234.

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

The minutes of the March 22, 2010 council meeting were presented. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
The agenda contained minutes of the March 30, 2010 meeting. Mr. Orr motioned to approve the recommended change to Section 305 of the Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported March collections of $679,441.76 with a remaining balance due of $1,407,094.41.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Smith reported on the initial meeting of the Memorial Day committee. Mr. Reffner has agreed to assist with the organization.

Mr. Smith stated that the batting cage roof at Hamilton Park has caved in. Public Works will obtain contractor estimates for the repairs.

Three estimates were obtained to install a sink in Room A of the municipal building for youth association use. Further information will be presented in the manager's report.

Nothing to report.

Mr. Orr stated the library roof flashing needs caulked, and the fence behind the building needs repaired. The repair requests will be forwarded the Public Works Department.

Mr. Orr reported that the library had applied for a $50,000 grant to assist with the roof replacement in 2009. The grant was approved, but reduced to $5,000.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold stated Mr. Vietmeier is extremely busy. Sixteen voice mail messages were left last Monday when Mr. Vietmeier was out of the office. Council agreed to hire a part-time codes assistant for $8.50 per hour on an as needed basis with no benefits. Weekly hours will not exceed fifteen hours per week. Ms. Kovach motioned to hire William (Ladds) Sterling upon successful completion of a background check; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Warhold motioned to hire Gail Haney as an alternate choice; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold reported that the former Paradise Café location will be a Mediterranean Grill restaurant within the next sixty days. Ms. Kovach added that a new business has opened on Baldwin Street at Willow Avenue called Refresh Your Gear.

Mr. Warhold announced that April 22nd is Earth Day, and tree planting will commence for the community garden. Ms. Munson added that all bulbs and root stock flowers have been planted. Ms. Munson thanked the planting volunteers: Joy and Ken Truver, Josephine and George Orr, Nancy DeLallo, Tami and Harry Munson, Mario Schiarelli, Kevin Koontz and Dustin Schumacher. Mr. Orr recognized Ms. Munson for her work in coordinating the garden.

A farmers market is being planned on upper Willow Avenue on June 3rd from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music and baked goods will be available. Parking will be available on Poplar Avenue, Park Avenue and the church parking lot.

Mr. Warhold, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Zezulewicz and Mr. Zinger will be canvassing local businesses in April to participate in community day with booths or advertisements.

Public Safety:
Ms. O'Malley reported that Chief Truver attended a seminar on Civil Service rules and regulations on April 7th. Chief Truver is also enrolled to attend a series on professional police operations.

Patrolman Matt Abel tendered his resignation effective April 17th.

The Duquesne Light transformer move is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14th.

The Grove Road Bridge will be delivered in twelve truck loads this week.

The truck safety unit ran a detail on April 8th. Out of thirteen trucks stopped, twenty four violations were reported, and four vehicles were taken out of service. One vehicle was a van carrying a 12,000 pound trailer without trailer brakes, and another eighteen wheeler had a cracked frame.

Public Works
Ms. Kovach questioned if an advertisement was placed for the seasonal workers. Ms. Miller responded that an ad was not placed, however six applications have been received.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz reported that the final review of the newsletter is being completed.

Mr. Warhold stated that MRTSA is reviewing a new phone system purchase.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
- Mr. Zezulewicz reported on the legislative session at the conference. State funding for grants has been cut, and liquid fuels funding will be reviewed for reductions.

Mr. Zezulewicz met with Congressman Tim Murphy, who was disappointed that the borough could not utilize funds he had earmarked for the Grove Road Bridge. The funding could not be used due to the delay and costs that would be associated with Penndot regulations, engineers and time frames.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. O'Malley reported that the annual dinner is scheduled for April 22nd at the South Hills Country Club.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

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 three bids to install a sink and plumbing to Room A of the Municipal Center for Castle Shannon Youth Association use. Mr. Orr motioned to award the bid to the lowest bidder - DACCO for $1,150.00 with the understanding that CSYA will be responsible for any expenses incurred for unclogging the sink or water lines; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The agenda contained the 2010 Roadway Improvement Program preliminary opinion of probable cost from the borough engineers. Mr. Smith motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to advertise for the 2010 road program; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick will have three zoning modification bids for the next council meeting.

Mr. Hartswick reported that T.A. Robinson has agreed to hold the bid price for the tennis court resurfacing until the end of the year.

Mr. Warhold requested that the manager contact the public works department to have a fence installed at the half basketball court at the upper level of Hamilton Park.

Mayor Baumgarten emphasized the importance of attending conferences to network with state and county representatives. Millions of dollars have been brought back to this community from attending conferences.

Mayor Baumgarten and Mr. Orr inspected several vacant properties in the borough that have accumulated delinquent real estate taxes. Five or six properties are buildable lots. A list of the properties will be prepared for borough council. Mayor Baumgarten would like to proceed with sheriff sales of the properties or have the borough obtain the properties for resale to a developer. Mr. Biondo advised that the cost of a sheriff sale is $4,500 per property, and the borough may wish to determine if the properties would have an interested buyer before proceeding. A real estate expert will be contacted.

Planning Commission Report:
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept the minutes and recommendations of the March 15, 2010 meeting; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo reported that the Dollar Bank on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard is zoned R3 and requires a zoning map revision to make renovations. Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the borough solicitor to prepare an ordinance to rezone the property from R3 to C1; Mr. Smith seconded; Mr. Zezulewicz abstained; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
A "Save Our School" rally is scheduled for April 15th at the fire hall to discuss the possible closure of Myrtle Avenue Elementary School.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Orr congratulated Chief Truver for his son's acceptance to the FBI Academy's youth fellowship program in Quantico, Virginia. Chad Truver was one of forty two students selected from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to attend this prestigious program.


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