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April 13, 2015

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; M. Randazzo; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten. Tax Collector S. Torris was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; Junior Council Member, B. Fabbio.

The minutes of the March 23, 2015 Council Meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten to present the Allied Partners Award to the Castle Shannon Police Department. Chief Ken Truver, Lt. David Lane and Officer Justin Majors accepted the award. The police department participated in a lethality assessment pilot program through the Center for Victims to assess calls on domestic violence and refer victims to a specially trained hotline advocate. The Castle Shannon Police Department was one of the first agencies in the county to be on the leading edge of this program to protect victims of domestic violence.

Mayor Baumgarten added that the Castle Shannon Police Department has received many awards under the leadership of Chief Ken Truver and Lt. David Lane such as the Top Gun Award, several Amen Corner awards, and the AAA Safety Awards.

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

Ledo Dreucci, 3322 Sycamore Drive – discussed the new signs requiring traffic to turn right onto Grove Road when travelling southbound on McRoberts Road. Ms. Kovach reported that council will be awarding the traffic study contract this evening. In addition, the signage is a 90 day trial while council awaits the results of the traffic study. Mr. Warhold listed statistics of serious accidents at that intersection, and Mayor Baumgarten explained that the new signage was the first alternative to alleviate the number of accidents. Mr. Dreucci listed concerns about winter road conditions on Grove Road.

Mr. Dreucci discussed coordinating the traffic light timing at Grove Road and Route 88. Chief Truver answered that this is a PennDot District 11 engineering issue.

Matt Cancelliere, 3100 May Street – reported that the contractor for the May Street Townhouse Project has damaged his yard and concrete. Mr. Cancelliere has photographs of the property before the damage, and he reported that the operations manager told him that they would not repair the concrete. Chief Truver and Mr. Hartswick discussed this issue with Mr. Cancelliere and will work with the developer to insure that restoration is completed after project construction. Mr. Cancelliere is meeting with the contractor/developer this week.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Two bids were received for the surplus police vehicle. The bid received by Yousef Dabbagh of Bay Ridge Motors was under the minimum of $6,000 and was disqualified. Ms. Randazzo motioned to the award the bid to Samuel Cecchetti for $7,000; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the March collections report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon announced that Representative Dan Miller and the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation are hosting a Community Shred Event on Saturday, May 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department parking lot. Residents can have two bankers boxes of documents shredded on site at no cost.

Gaetano Sanchioli, Athletic Trainer, will be conducting a Concussion Training session at the Keystone Oaks Middle School on June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. for coaches and parents. "Conversations with Michael Hartley" on WQED this Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. will have an interview with US Attorney for Western District of Pennsylvania, David Hickton - a former resident of Castle Shannon.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
The hot box (asphalt reclamation box) was received. Training will be scheduled with the vendor.

Mr. Hartswick and Mr. DeLallo are reviewing road segments for the 2015 Road Improvement Programs.

Public Safety/Fire:
Castle Shannon will be participating in the SHACOG Joint Police Test at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Hall in August.

Two proposals were received for a traffic study at the intersection of Grove Road and McRoberts Road. Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the proposal by Trans Associates for $5,000.00; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Truver reported thirteen officers have completed training for the Naloxone program thru MRTSA and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police. Naloxone is an antidote administered through the nose used for heroin overdoses. Castle Shannon is the first agency ready for this type of emergency.

Mr. Swisher reviewed March 31st and April 9th check registers and found everything in order. Ms. Brannon motioned to ratify the March treasurer’s report; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
The Community Day Committee is meeting on Tuesday, April 14th at 6:00 p.m.

Borough representatives will be meeting with Port Authority Transit and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission on April 21st to discuss proposed revitalization projects.

The McGinnis property on Route 88 has sold and a restaurant and brewery plans to open.

Mr. Swisher reported that the lottery basket raffle collected $250.00. Drawing will be held June 1st.

In addition, the Getaway Café fund raiser collected $215.00. The library will partner with Gianna Via’s in Caste Village for the next program.

The library has hired an intern from Pitt Partners Programs for the spring, summer and fall semesters.

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held May 7th to May 9th.

The Friends of the Library purchased a patron printer for the library.

Editorial Board:
The newsletter is at the printers.

Mr. Warhold and Chief Truver discussed the possibility of traffic signal preemption devices to coordinate green traffic signals at intersections for emergency vehicles.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Ms. Kovach reported that the board is investigating the possibility of gearing educational programs to three specific regions.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Mr. Warhold discussed conference topics regarding the turnkey program, legislative panel discussion and deer control. Mt. Lebanon is hosting free seminars on deer control at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library on Sunday, April 27th from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. O’Malley announced the annual banquet will be at Nevillewood on April 23rd.

PA State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Fabbio announced a football purse bash is scheduled on Saturday, May 16th.

The Keystone Oaks 50th Anniversary Celebration will have an alumni reception and tour of the high school on May 7th and alumni picnic on May 9th at Hamilton Park.

The Prom Mock Car Crash is scheduled for April 16th. Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten described this program geared to promote seatbelt safety and prevent underage drinking.

Earned Income Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten stated that US Attorney David Hickton is a great guy who never forgot his Castle Shannon roots. His father, Jack Hickton, served as Castle Shannon’s borough solicitor for many years.

Mr. Hartswick and Mayor Baumgarten attended the CONNECT Congress. This is a very worthwhile organization for the borough and consists of thirty-seven communities that are adjacent to the city of Pittsburgh.

Mayor Baumgarten attended a ceremony and accepted the borough’s re-designation as a banner community noted for efficient government services.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo presented the employment agreement between the Borough of Castle Shannon and Thomas C. Hartswick for council’s approval. Mr. Warhold motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreement; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to Report.


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