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April 14, 2008

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

The minutes of the March 24, 2008 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

George Orr, 791 Killarney Drive - discussed several issues of concern:

Mr. Orr reported that on street overnight parking on Killarney Drive on the weekends is a problem. Chief Lane and Mayor Baumgarten will address the parking issue.

A horse trailer is parked in a driveway on Killarney Drive. Mr. Vietmeier will investigate.

The hillside on Route 88 from Connor Road to Shady Run Avenue has litter and debris that needs removed. Public works will schedule a clean up day. Chief Lane reported that he has received approval for the Adopt-A-Highway program. The state would provide vests and supplies to an interested community service group to adopt the highway for clean up three times a year. A newsletter article will be prepared to search for a group.

Mr. Orr questioned Penndot's paving project on Route 88 and removing a "No Turn on Red" sign from Killarney Drive onto Route 88. Penndot will restore Killarney Drive where the road was opened. Chief Lane will investigate the signage.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented the March collection report. Collections as of April 11, 2008 are $81,000 higher than April 30, 2007.

Mr. Carlucci questioned if the borough was represented as well as the school district in the appeal hearings at the Board of Property Assessment, Appeals and Review. Mr. Hartswick stated that the school district normally appeals the reduced assessments.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold requested that Mr. Hartswick contact Clint Clifford to review electric requirements for Hamilton Park for community day.

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

Ms. O'Malley stated that the director and children's librarian are doing an outstanding job of redecorating and adding a teen furniture section in the library.

Friends of the Library held a flea market which made over $800.00 to be used for the children's program.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach requested that council accept the manager's recommendation to appoint Paul Vietmeier as permanent part-time code enforcement officer. Council agreed. Mr. Zezulewicz added that the job was properly advertised, interviews were conducted, and internal recommendations were considered by council in selecting Mr. Vietmeier for this position.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that various code violations exist in the borough. Several dumpster enclosures need constructed, and many junk cars are being removed.

Public Safety:
Chief Lane stated that the police department has been doing very heavy traffic enforcement. An abundance of citations have been written for excessive speed and stop sign violations on the side streets, mostly by non-residents.

Chief Lane gave an update on the Route 88 road project. Penndot has purchased property going up Grove Road on the right side. Grove Road expansion construction will be going out for bid with work starting in August. A new left turning lane and new signals will be installed on Grove Road at Route 88. The Library Road and Sixth Street new road connection should occur the weekend of May 5th.

Mr. Warhold added that Library Road is congested since Baptist Road is closed. If Grove Road construction starts in August, traffic will be a definite problem since Baptist Road does not reopen until September.

A green space on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard at Cooke Lane should be replanted. Port Authority trucks damaged the grassy area.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
The newsletter draft is being prepared to meet scheduled timelines.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
The general membership meeting will be May 8th.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
The annual dinner will be April 24th at the South Hills Country Club. The golf outing is scheduled for July 17th.

Police Pension:
Mr. Hartswick discussed Senate Bill 596 to establish a state wide mandatory police pension plan. The plan could result in adverse consequences to the borough's police pension plan. Mr. Carlucci authorized the borough manager to send a letter to Senator Fontana with a copy to Representative Chelsa Wagner stating council's opposition to Senate Bill 596; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
March Distribution Analysis: EIT - $63,769.08; LST - $1,617.20.

Engineer's Report:
Mr. Hartswick advised that Mr. Jason Stanton will attend the next council meeting to discuss construction costs and options for the Administrative Consent Order Watershed III. The project will go out for bid in June.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor Baumgarten agreed with council's decision to hire Mr. Vietmeier, who has given the police department great cooperation and established a follow-up communication process for code violations reported by the officers while on patrol.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo stated the borough is close to finalizing the property swap acquisition for the public works' garage. Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to finalize the documentation for the property swap acquisition with Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hudson; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Carlucci discussed Penndot's intersection redesign for Connor Road at Greenridge and Terrace.

Mr. Warhold commented on the Pennsylvania American Water Company meeting that advised neighbors of the rehabilitation of the Castle Shannon water distribution tower located in Bethel Park. Tony Emmanuel and his representatives answered questions and provided business cards to residents for customer service contact.

Ms. Kocelko announced that the Future Business Leaders of America are hosting a basketball game starring members of the Pittsburgh Steelers versus Keystone Oaks Faculty on Saturday, April 19th at 8:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the American Trauma Society.


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