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April 13, 2009

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

The minutes of the March 23, 2009 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Ed Guzik, 1427 Trance Drive - discussed concerns regarding maintenance of a neighboring properties and parking on the street. Mr. Vietmeier will investigate the code violations and report back to borough council. Chief Lane and Mayor Baumgarten will review the parking situation. Mr. Guzik also noted litter by the municipal center walking trail.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance #866 amending Ordinance #861, the property maintenance code of the Borough of Castle Shannon, to further provide penalties for violations thereof and other specific provision regarding the maximum height for weeds and plant growth and minimum temperatures to be maintained for leased premises and work places. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing on Ordinance 866. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing. Ms. Kovach noted the high cost of fines for code violations. Mr. Biondo stated that property owners must be given proper notification and an opportunity to correct violations before fines are imposed. Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Ordinance #866; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported March collections of $556,240.89. Revised balance is $1,789,564.65. Ms. Torris added that an additional $890,000 has been collected in April. Ms. Torris thanked borough administration for assisting in the tax bill mailing. Mr. Cheberenchick commended Ms. Torris on her collections.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold reported that Community Day preparations are in progress. Additional corporate sponsors are needed.

The Memorial Day Committee will be meeting on Wednesday evening on site to discuss the parade and ceremony.

A Revitalization Committee seminar is scheduled for Saturday morning at the Scuillo and Goodyear Law Office.

Mr. Zezulewicz requested that the sewer construction material in the Municipal Center basketball court be removed for the baseball season.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the treasurer's report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach stated that Mr. Vietmeier has initiated an aggressive program to address code violations, specifically in the downtown area.

Mr. Carlucci questioned the borough's nuisance ordinance for barking dogs. Chief Lane advised the resident should call the police department. Chief Lane will then send a letter to the animal's owner. As an alternative, the resident could document the dates and times of the occurrence and file a civil case with the local magistrate.

Public Safety:
Chief Lane requested council's permission to post no parking for a sixty day period on both sides of Terrace from Middleboro Road to Orr Drive because of the radius of turns. Mr. Warhold added that Chief Reffner advised that the fire trucks could not access homes because of the on street parking. Mr. Carlucci motioned to post the signs; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Lane requested council authorize posting two hour parking on a 150 feet portion of Hastie Road off Willow from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ms. Kovach motioned to proceed with the sign posting; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Signs will be posted for no parking on both sides of Bockstoce pursuant to borough ordinance.

Public Works:
Mr. Hartswick requested authorization to advertise for sale a 2001 Ford F450 dump truck. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to proceed with the advertisement; Mr. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz reported the initial draft will be reviewed by Wednesday. Final draft should be ready next week.

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 - $65,018.43; LST - $6,047.38. Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented a draft fraud policy for Castle Shannon Borough. Mr. Biondo requested revisions, and the policy will be presented at the next council meeting.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 544 to apply to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for a grant for the Hamilton Park tennis court resurfacing. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Resolution 544; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 545 to use Penndot's on-line reporting system to file the required annual liquid fuels forms. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Resolution 545; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed how residents receive many warnings and notices of violation before the borough files a citation with the district magistrate. The borough gives residents plenty of time and opportunity to correct violations; however repeat offenders should be fined. Mayor Baumgarten commended Mr. Vietmeier on his outstanding performance on a never-ending job. It is important to keep the borough's property values up to attract new residents. Mayor Baumgarten invites residents to call the borough to report code violations in the borough.

Mr. Zezulewicz reported that a house on McRoberts Road has plywood nailed across his door, and the plywood needs to be removed.

Mr. Warhold commented that Mr. Vietmeier has been doing a great job and is working with him and Ms. Kovach in the downtown district. Mr. Warhold added that the borough could use one full-time officer just to work in the center of town to bring buildings up to code. Mr. Warhold voiced his frustration because a Notice of Violation resolution can take as long as six weeks from the time the violation is issued to the extended period of time the magistrate provides before some property owners comply or are fined.

Mayor Baumgarten added that the borough always attempts to respond and resolve residents' concerns about their neighborhood, i.e. pot holes, high grass, garbage left out for extended periods, etc.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.


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