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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
April 22, 2013

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten. Council members V. Smith and Karen Brannon and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; Police Chief K. Truver; D. Biondo, Solicitor; M. Kunig, Jr. Council Person. Codes Official P. Vietmeier was absent.

The minutes of the April 8, 2013 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, the public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
The agenda contained correspondence from the borough’s engineers Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. and a conditional use application from Kenny Ross Ford. Kim Gales of J.R. Gales & Associates presented a site plan to borough council. The conditional use request is to sell cars in a C-1 zone, which is an expansion of the existing conditional use. Interior renovation plans were discussed. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the conditional use request with the conditions outlined by Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineers’ correspondence of March 12, 2013 in addition to waiving the sidewalk installation requirement; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Council acknowledged communication from the Civil Service Commission regarding their recommendation to remove a police candidate from the eligibility list.

Ms. O’Malley motioned to offer a probationary police officer position to Justin Majors who was duly certified by the Civil Service Commission; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried. The officer will begin April 29, 2013.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Mr. Hartswick reported that the borough is receiving numerous assessment changes to the borough assessed valuation. The valuation decreased $16 million in March, and many assessment appeals are still pending.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Council commended Ms. Brannon on the wonderful clips on Facebook and U-tube showcasing photos from the 2012 Community Day.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher reported that Public Works is preparing the parks for May rentals, along with undertaking the municipal park grass cutting for 2013. The borough fields are on schedule to be dragged Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week, weather permitting.

Mr. DeLallo and Mr. Eichel attended a Sherwin Williams paint seminar in North Park demonstrating line stripping equipment. Mr. Ausman attended a pesticide/herbicide class for his continuing education in pesticide control.

Mr. DeLallo visited J&J Body to review the specifications on the newly ordered Ford F-450 dump truck purchased through the SHACOG Joint Purchasing Alliance.

Public works has been patching pot holes through the borough.

The Hero banners will be hung for display the first week of May

Public Safety/Fire:
Mt. Lebanon will be holding a Drug Take Back day at the MRTSA building on April 27th to dispose of outdated or unwanted prescription medications.

Seton LaSalle and Keystone Oaks staged a mock car crash to dramatize the consequences of drinking and driving. Actors from the theater department were dressed for prom. Emergency responders also attended with sirens and flashing lights, including a fire truck, police departments, an ambulance and a life flight helicopter. It is very impressive program.

Lock down drills were practiced at St. Anne School and Myrtle Avenue Elementary.

Finance:
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the March treasurer’s report; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that Debbie Gallo has done an outstanding job organizing the TreeVitalize program. On Saturday, April 27th forty-four volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Pine Avenue to plant nineteen trees in the downtown district.

The Community Day booklet is being prepared. All booths are taken and the advertisements have been received. The PGH Band, comprised of Tony Janflone, Shari Richards, and Sputzy are scheduled to appear. Mr. Warhold attended their first show at the Meadows last week, where thousands of people attended. The entertainment lined up for Community Day 2013 is off the charts.

Library:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
The first draft of the spring newsletter should be ready on Wednesday for the editorial committee’s review.

MRTSA:
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.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Kunig reported that Connor O'Leary was named Mr. Keystone Oaks at the annual Mr. Keystone Oaks Competition on April 19.

Emily Valley, Catrina Abbott, Kiersten Badzgon, and Morgan Leckie will represent Pennsylvania at the National FBLA conference in California.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented a change order to the sanitary sewer contract with Tri-State Grouting Contract 12-S1 with a net increase of $5,560. The overall pricing for the contract is running well below the original bid estimate. Ms. O’Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the change order; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold and Mr. Hartswick have been meeting with representatives from the Dormont Community Development Corporation and DCED to explore partnership opportunities with the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation for a Keystone Community designation. A planning grant application for $25,000 will be submitted to DCED to determine the feasibility of a joint hiring of a revitalization manager for the two entities. The feasibility study will cost each municipality a maximum of $12,500, and the funding is available in the revitalization budget.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten was disappointed with the senate’s failure to pass stricter gun control laws. Mayor Baumgarten added that the bomb situation in Boston on the news this week reported that one police officer was killed and another officer was seriously injured. The officers were shot by the bomb suspects with guns without permits.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Swisher noted that the animal control report listed a coyote sighting on Castle Road.


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