The following elected officials were present:
R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; D. Baumgarten. Council Members R. Zezulewicz and M. Warhold and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent.
The following appointed officials were present:
T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief; J. DeFrancesco, Jr. Council Person.
The minutes of the April 11, 2005 council meeting were presented. Mr. Coffey motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Kovach temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten for a special presentation. Mayor Baumgarten discussed the variety of emergencies that the borough police respond to, and the officers' dedication to keeping the neighborhood safe.
Mayor Baumgarten read a letter of commendation addressed to Officer Gary Watkins for his outstanding work in the arrests of two suspects involved in the break-ins of vending machines on March 14, 2005.
Mayor Baumgarten read a letter of commendation addressed to Officer James Fleckenstein for his outstanding work with the truck safety inspection unit.
Officer Gary Watkins thanked council for the commendation. Officer Watkins noted that even though some officers do not reside in the borough, the officers have a sense of community and will patrol and work to keep this community safe. Officer Watkins stated he is proud to work for Castle Shannon Borough, and thanked Sergeant Lane, Chief Lane and all the supervisors for their management skills and confidence in the police officers.
Ms. Kovach opened the public comments section of the meeting.
Mr. Michael O'Brien, 3280 Waverly Street- reported the noise from the car wash has not been addressed, and Mr. O'Brien invited council to come to his house to witness the annoyance. Mr. Ross stated he has an agreement with the owner that the enunciator will be turned off at 7:00 p.m., however this has not been done. Mr. O'Brien would like the enunciator turned off permanently. Mr. Ross stated the noise level does not exceed the decibel level for the borough ordinance. Mr. Coffey suggested the ordinance may need updated. Mr. O'Brien requested the decibel level be checked on his property. Council agreed that an amicable agreement with the owner would be the best solution.
Mr. O'Brien reported on a water leak where his backyard is sliding. PAWC tested and confirmed the water was chlorinated, and will attempt to locate the source of the leak. Ms. Kovach suggested the borough contact PAWC's representatives to expedite the process.
Ms. Joan Cleary, Allegheny County Council Representative - presented an Allegheny County flag to the borough for the Memorial Day ceremony.
Ms. Cleary stated the house and senate are putting forth legislation on landslide insurance. A sample resolution will be forthcoming. Mr. Ross noted that a FEMA report stated that southwestern Pennsylvania has the second highest incident of landslide in the country.
Ms. Cleary reported that the 911 service charge on phone bills will be changing county wide to $1.00.
Ms. Kovach officially closed the public portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Mr. Hartswick presented the SHACOG Summer 2005 Road Material Tabulation. Mr. Carlucci motioned to accept the bids; Mr. Coffey 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: Ms. Kovach questioned the results of the landscapers meeting. Mr. Hartswick reported the meeting was very productive. Castle Shannon Youth Association indicated their gratitude to the Public Works Department for their field dragging and preparation.
Finance: Nothing to report.
Library: Ms. O'Malley announced that the library is hosting a Computer Resources for Senior Citizens program on May 4th at 1:00 p.m.
Planning and Codes: Mr. Ross reported that three demolition permits have been issued for the following addresses: 873 Middle Road, 875 Middle Road and 3842 Library Road.
Public Safety: Chief Lane thanked council for recognizing the outstanding performance of the police officers.
Chief Lane reported that this morning a barricade situation occurred on Vermont Avenue. All officers worked very calmly and with great discipline and there were no injuries. The SHACOG mutual aid communities and the county's special operations unit joined the case.
Public Works: Mr. Coffey reported the sewer camera is back in operation. Mr. Coffey added that because of the fine televising job the department has undertaken, the project was ahead of schedule. The repair time should not adversely affect the televising timetable.
R. DeLallo has returned to work.
Editorial Board: The newsletter draft has been received.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
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: Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Coffey motioned to authorize the borough manager to extend the term of the rock salt contract for an additional term of one year commencing August 1, 2005 and ending on July 31, 2006; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor's Report: Mayor Baumgarten thanked Chief Lane and the police department for an outstanding job on the recent barricade situation.
Henry Nuttbrown of PAT was contacted regarding the Memorial Site landscaping. PAT has agreed to restore the parklet, however Joseph B. Faye, a subcontractor, is under contract for the landscaping until November.
Mayor Baumgarten discussed the nuisance of distributions of rolled up advertisements in residents' driveways. Mr. Biondo will research options to eliminate the distribution. Ms. Kovach suggested discussing this issue at the next SHACOG meeting.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: The agenda contained the business/legislative meeting notes of April 20, 2005.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other: Mr. Coffey questioned the status of the public works seasonal applications. Ms. Miller answered that two applications have been received, and suggested mailing a notice to Keystone Oaks High School. The newsletter will also have an article regarding the jobs.
Mr. Carlucci reported on a meeting with Keystone Oaks regarding delinquent liened taxes. The borough and school district would like to eliminate properties from the tax roles for small, uncollectible taxes that are liened every year.
Ms. O'Malley questioned a permit that was approved for a temporary fireworks sales tent. Mr. Ross stated the fireworks were of a small, legal sparkler type; however the local business has refused to rent the space.
Ms. O'Malley noted a sky diving sign was installed at the agent's building on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard. Mr. Ross stated the sign has been removed.
Ms. O'Malley thanked Ms. Cleary for the donation of the county flags.
Ms. DeFrancesco stated the National Honor Society is inducting twelve new members. The award dinner is scheduled for May 25th.
Ms. Carol Johnston, 725 Shady Lane - stated she resides between two Port Authority stops and goes into Pittsburgh for short periods of time. Ms. Johnston stated she should not have to pay to park at Memorial Hall since PAT provided a lot on the site that is blocked off. Ms. Kovach answered the both parking lots are owned by the fire department, and this is not a PAT park-n-ride lot like Rockwood Avenue or Castle Shannon Station.