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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
April 24, 2006

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Member M. Cheberenchick and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; D. Ross, Building Official; L. Pusateri, Junior Council Person. Police Chief H. Lane was absent.

The minutes of the April 10, 2006 council meeting were presented. Mr. Coffey motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment section of the meeting.

Bid Openings: Mr. Hartswick presented the 2006 Summer Road Materials bid tabulation results through the SHACOG Purchasing Alliance. Mr. Coffey motioned to accept the bids; 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: Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: Mr. Warhold reported that the public works department began construction on the footer for the Castle Shannon Youth Association shed at Riehl Park.

The lower gate at Hamilton Park will be moved in the near future for the park rentals.

Mr. Hartswick reported that a significant amount of graffiti was discovered at Riehl Park and Sleepy Hollow Park. The public works department repainted the areas.

Mr. Warhold reported that the Parent/Teacher Faculty Organization will plant and care for the Port Authority Lot on Castle Shannon Boulevard with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Ms. Kovach received information that children have been climbing the batting cages at Hamilton Park. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested posting signs on the fences and cages. Mr. Mazzarini will notify the youth association parents to call the police if they witness children climbing the cages.

Finance:
Nothing to report.

Library:
Ms. O'Malley announced the Friends of the Library Flea Market was successful. Castle Shannon Borough donated surplus Christmas wreaths that were sold; and the funds will benefit the library.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach announced that the Saucy Noodle will open May 2nd if staffing problems are resolved.

The Grove will be opening in the near future under new management.

Barker's Plaza is scheduled for demolition. Road work on Route 88 in Castle Shannon will begin in 2007.

The Inverso property on Waverly Street is for sale. The property is zoned R-3 high density residential.

Several developers have indicated interest in the Sepich property on Willow Avenue at Rockwood.

The building for the Scuillo property on Willow Avenue is being designed.

S&A Homes discussed a plan for townhouses on Bockstoce Avenue.

Mr. Fornear will be issued a building permit for 1300 Martha Street. Code requirements have been met to begin construction.

Ms. O'Malley commented that the large stone planters on Willow Avenue are very attractive. The planters were installed by the building's owner.

Mr. Carlucci noted that the public works department has landscaped the flower bed at Greenridge and Connor Road.

Public Safety: Mr. Coffey questioned if any response had been received by the Hudson family for the property purchase proposed by the borough. Mr. Ross answered the borough's second certified letter was mailed and received.

Public Works: Nothing to report.

Editorial Board: Mr. Zezulewicz stressed that other vendors be sought for the next newsletter.

MRTSA: Mr. Baumgarten asked council to consider Mr. Cheberenchick's request to appoint a new representative.

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.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Distribution Analysis for March: EIT - $59,239.43; EMST - $1,075.18.

Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick presented correspondence from the Department of Community and Economic Development stating that the Federal Emergency Management Agency requires local elected officials to be trained and certified under the new National Incident Management System (NIMS) by September 30, 2006. Borough officials will be registered for a June 10th training class in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Hartswick presented a request from the Holy Cross Church to hang a banner in Castle Shannon on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard. Council agreed.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 513 for installation of a banner across Penndot Route 88 for the Holy Cross Greek Church Food Fair. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Resolution 513 upon receipt of a letter of indemnification and certificate of insurance from Holy Cross Greek Church; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor: Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report: The planning commission minutes of March 20th were included in the agenda,

Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.

Other: Ms. O'Malley thanked borough administration for contacting American Water Company to repave a section of St. Annes Street.

Ms. O'Malley noted the property at the corner of Havelock Street and Route 88 is unsightly and dirty. Mr. Ross will contact the property owner.

Mr. Warhold announced a benefit dinner for the Keystone Young Marines to be held on Friday, April 28th at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Castle Shannon starting at 4:00 pm.

Ms. Pusateri reported on the Future Business Leaders Club of America state competition. Keystone Oaks placed sixth in raising money for the American Heart Association.

Mr. Coffey noted a letter to the borough's landscapers. Mr. Warhold stated that last year Hamilton Park field was double cut as needed.

Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the borough's chamber of commerce. Mr. Ross answered the office and office equipment on Park Avenue is in tact, but vacant. Letters have been sent to borough businesses requesting dues payments. The borough has no affiliation with the chambers.

Ms. O'Malley and council commended Mr. Warhold for the senior seminar he organized at the Castle Shannon Fire Hall.


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