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April 22, 2002

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci, M. Cheberenchick, P. Coffey, T. Kirk, N. Kovach, J. O'Malley, R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief; Borough Engineer K. Brett. Tax Collector S. Torris and Borough Manager D. Lane were absent.

The minutes of the April 8, 2002 meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; seconded by Ms. O'Malley; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.

Mr. Bernard Antonio, 578 Charlotte Drive requested an update on the on the parking situation for future tenants for 3744 Willow Avenue. Chief Lane recommended council approve four permit parking spaces at the meters on Poplar Avenue for 3744Willow Avenue. Mayor Baumgarten concurred with Chief Lane's recommendation. Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve four permit parking spaces at the meters on Poplar Avenue for tenants of 3744 Willow Avenue; Mr. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Mark Zemaitis, Partridge Venture Engineering representing Pat Magnotti, owner of a building at the intersection of Willow and Chestnut Avenues. Mr. Magnotti's building is experiencing severe drainage problems reportedly from uncontrolled runoff from the borough streets. Photos were submitted to council. Mr. Brett stated the engineers recommended the property owner install a french drain behind the building to divert the water before the borough expends funds to install a storm sewer. The railroad and roadway were in existence before the building was erected. The road was re-paved three years ago. Mr. Zemaitis stated the drainage is coming from a public right-of-way; therefore the expense should not belong to the property owner. Mr. Zemaitis added the railroad granted permission to bore under the railroad for storm sewer installation. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested Mr. Magnotti contact the borough engineers to discuss solutions.

Mr. Scott Philips, Philips & Associates discussed final approval for Castle Ridge Apartments land development. Mr. Paul Coffey motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute Service Order Authorization 253-004 1-024 Castle Ridge Planning Module; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach motioned to grant a waiver for relief from the requirements for 4 foot berms on slopes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Carlucci motioned to grant a waiver for relief from the requirement to provide bearings accurate to the nearest second for each call on the boundary description; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to grant a waiver for relief from the requirement of minimum 1 foot candle to foot candle illumination; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Philips requested a waiver for relief from requirement developing a sidewalk along Baldwin Street. A lengthy discussion continued on sidewalk ownership, maintenance responsibilities, pedestrian traffic, and sidewalk installation costs. Ms. O'Malley proposed a sidewalk from the plan to St. Anne's Street. Mayor Baumgarten voiced public safety concerns. Ms. Kovach motioned to waive the sidewalk requirement for Baldwin Street; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz requested a timeframe for the project. Mr. Philips replied the planning module would take 60-90 days. Mr. Zezulewicz requested Mr. Brett expedite the planning module. Mr. Brett discussed grading procedures, bonding requirements and county permits. Mr. Philips requested council accept a letter of credit from a financial institution as opposed to the bonding requirement. Council will take under advisement.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment portion of the meeting.

Bid Openings: Nothing to report.

Public Hearings: Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Mr. Cheberenchick noted a discrepancy in the real estate taxes of 90 cents.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach discussed residential complaints regarding the condition of the borough ball fields. Janis Landscaping has purchased the landscaping business from Senko.

Ms. Kovach discussed parade participation for Memorial Day. Ms. O'Malley discussed participation from bagpipe bands and discussed band fees. Council agreed to expend a maximum of $800 for the bagpipe band. Next committee meeting is May 1st. Senator Jack Wagner will be keynote speaker.

Ms. Kovach reported the Hamilton Park new pavilion is awaiting water company installation of lines. Mr. Coffey confirmed the fencing at Hamilton Park is being cleared of growth. Mayor Baumgarten added the fencing area by the tennis courts also requires maintenance.

Finance:Nothing to report.

Library: Ms. O'Malley announced a luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday; and the community room is ready. The elevator is operational. The children's section of the library has been relocated to the front of the building.

Ms. O'Malley discussed preparation of an article for the Spring newsletter. Patty Van Horn will obtain photographs of the library and Hamilton Park pavilion.

Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.

Public Safety: Chief Lane announced a three-day incident command training session will be held at the municipal center.

Chief Lane reported the residential request for a street light on Milton Drive would be cost prohibitive at $10,000 because the power lines run behind the houses. Signage for the sharp curve in the road is in place.

Public Works: Mr. Coffey stated repairs are being completed for the crack sealing machine.

Mr. Coffey reported the borough in-fields have been sprayed, and the ballfields were dragged.

Editorial Board: Mr. Zezulewicz will coordinate final articles with Ms. Lane and Ms. Van Horn for the Spring newsletter.

MRTSA: Mayor Baumgarten reported the response time for March was 3.9 minutes.

Municipal Associations:
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Mr. Kirk announced the annual dinner meeting is scheduled for 4/25.

Police Pension Review Committee: Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.

Engineer: Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: Council authorized the placement of an advertisement in the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department's carnival book. Mr. Cheberenchick reported the demolition of the Hamilton School has begun.

Mr. Kirk announced receipt of $60,429 from Municipal Risk Management.

Mayor's Report: Mayor Baumgarten reported the demise of Barbara Schaeffer, wife of Art Schaeffer (part time school crossing guard, fireman and long time resident of the borough).

Mayor Baumgarten questioned the investigation of the Mt. Lebanon Boulevard/Cooke Lane Culvert. Mr. Brett reported that Port Authority built the culvert, but PennDot had obtained a right-of-way prior to the construction of the culvert. The state was conducting a bridge inspection and notified the property owner of a culvert problem. Mr. Brett will send correspondence to PennDot regarding the culvert investigation. Mr. Zezulewicz requested Mr. Brett send the borough a copy of the correspondence and notify the property owner.

Mayor Baumgarten reported on a meeting regarding the Grove Road Bridge. PennDot bridge inspectors were concerned about tri-axle trucks from A&L Construction on this bridge. Chief Lane will obtain the axle ratio of trucks crossing the bridge for Giant Eagle deliveries, and PennDot will conduct a study and re-inspect the bridge.. A permit would be developed for the Giant Eagle trucks only. A&L Construction will build a temporary bridge for their construction use.

Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks : Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.

Other Business: Ms. O'Malley motioned to appoint Joseph Cordier of Frank Street to the Planning Commission for the remainder of James O'Brien's term ending December 31, 2003; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.



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