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April 23, 2012

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

The minutes of the April 9, 2012 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Evelyn Petrich, 195 Mt. Lebanon Blvd. – As the secretary of the St. Anne’s Senior Citizens, Ms. Petrich requested council approve an annual donation to the senior citizens group. Ms. Petrich reported that the group has thirty-two members. Ms. O’Malley added that although the group has non-resident members, the majority of members that attend the meetings are Castle Shannon residents. Council approved a donation of $500.00.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Ms. Kovach presented Resolution 575 to appoint Karen Brannon as council member due to a vacancy resulting from the resignation of Regis Zezulewicz. Mr. Smith motioned to adopt Resolution 575; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mayor Baumgarten gave the oath of office to Ms. Brannon, and council welcomed her to the board.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Ms. Kovach reported that Mr. Carlucci met with the summer recreation director and adult counselors and gave a brief summary of the meeting notes. The program will run from June 18th to July 27th and sign up dates are planned at the Municipal Center and Library for June 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Mr. Smith motioned to approve the March treasurer’s report; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley reported that the Friends of the Library Flea Market was very successful. Applications for a part-time position for the library assistant/page position are being reviewed.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold discussed a proposed Community Outreach Program to provide medical equipment such as wheelchairs, canes and walkers to borough residents at no charge. Liability release forms will be required. The medical equipment is being donated to the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation.

The booklet for Community Day is in print. Four bands are booked: Johnny Angel and the Halos, Kenny Blake and the Witchdoctors, Rhythms of Life, and The Stickers. All vendor booths have been reserved.

The Castle Shannon Revitalization Building at 3776 Willow Avenue has been sold, and the borough is looking forward to having an ice cream shop installed in the future.

Mr. Warhold will be attending a Neighborhood Partnership Program seminar on May 8th.

The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation is hoping to partner with Project Coffee House to open a community center/coffee shop on Willow Avenue.

Ladds Sterling started April 16th and will be reviewing properties for high grass and junk car violations. Mr. Vietmeier continues to work on eliminating blighted properties in the borough.

Public Safety:
Ms. O’Malley announced that the Drug Take Back day is scheduled for April 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department for residents to dispose of unwanted/expired prescription medications.

Public Works:
The 2010 road improvement program includes sections of Hoodridge Drive and Grove Road, along with add alternates on Myrtle Avenue and Middleboro Road.

Editorial Board:
The spring newsletter is in print and should be ready for labeling by the Friends of the Library 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:
Castle Shannon Borough satisfied its purchasing requirements through the SHACOG rock salt agreement.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Kunig reported that Cody Alward was crowned Mr. Keystone Oaks on Friday, April 20th.

Ragu Gautam, Ryan Gample, Amanda Karcher, Allison Hosko and Cory Demino were named 2012 Outstanding Young Citizens.

The Challenge Program, which awards students for outstanding effort in academics, community service, attendance, and improvement will be holding an assembly next month.

Prom will be held May 25th at the Marriot Pittsburgh.

The Lady Eagles Softball Team leads their section with an 8 to 1 record.

PSSA science tests will commence on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick stated that pension board meetings will be held on May 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Approval was granted for the CDBG grant through SHACOG for the demolition of 951 Arch Street.

Eight communities are participating in the multi-municipal bid through SHACOG for sewage billing. PA American will cease billing for sewage in October 2012.

Mr. Hartswick presented council with the Castle Shannon Borough ten year scope of work for sewer line structural deficiencies pursuant to requirements by the Administrative Consent Order.

Mayor Baumgarten welcomed Ms. Brannon to borough council.

Planning Commission:
Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the minutes of the March 19, 2012 meeting; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Warhold motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into the settlement agreement for the assessment appeal of 941 Pine Avenue; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Brannon thanked council for giving her the opportunity to work for the Borough of Castle Shannon and looks forward to working with borough council.


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