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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
April 25, 2011

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

Mr. Zezulewicz requested everyone to observe a moment of silence to acknowledge William Ralston, an employee of the Community Library of Castle Shannon for twenty-seven years, who passed away on April 22, 2011.

The minutes of the April 11, 2011 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten, who introduced Isabella Ho - the DARE essay winner from St. Anne School. Ms. Ho read her winning essay to the audience. Mayor Baumgarten presented her with a DARE certificate of recognition.

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

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented two ordinances to amend the borough’s police pension plan to be in compliance with the arbitration award and state laws.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing on Ordinance #880 amending the borough’s police pension plan ordinance deleting the killed-in-service benefit in accordance with applicable law. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Ordinance #880 at its first reading; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing on Ordinance #881 amending the borough’s police pension plan providing for a deferred retirement option (DROP) form of benefit under the existing police pension fund. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Ordinance #881 at its first reading; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Finance:
Mr. Smith motioned to ratify the bill list; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library:
Ms. O’Malley reported that the open house was very successful. Many new library cards were issued and several people joined the Friends of the Library.

Mr. Orr added that the security cameras for the library will be installed this week.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation is being very proactive. Mr. Warhold and Mr. Vietmeier visited ten properties in the borough that a contractor showed interest in purchasing. Mr. Warhold has also been in discussions with a developer regarding vacant properties in the borough.

Mr. Warhold and Mr. Hartswick met with Bill Fontana, President of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center to discuss budget cuts by the governor for the Main Street and Elm Street programs and to explore other funding program options. The stakeholders meeting with Delta Development is scheduled for May 24th at the library.

Mr. Warhold is attending a façade workshop on Wednesday in Wilkinsburg.

Mr. Zezulewicz met with the planning commission regarding rezoning on Sleepy Hollow Road.

Public Safety:
The police department has many programs scheduled for the upcoming season:

The Drug Take Back Program is April 25-29 at the CSPD from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On April 30th the police department will join with MRTSA and the fire department for a stationary collection point at the park and ride lot.

Crime in America representatives will be soliciting businesses to sponsor an update for our community resource guide on resident and consumer safety on April 25th.

Eddie Eagle and the National Rifle Association will hold a gun safety class at Myrtle Avenue Elementary on April 26th at 1:30 p.m.

The Students Against Drunk Driving at Keystone Oaks will sponsor a mock car crash on May 18th for high school prom safety.

The police department has been awarded a $2,000 Buckle Up Pennsylvania grant for traffic enforcement which runs from May 23rd to June 13th. Ms. O’Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the grant agreement; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The Buckle Up speed trailer will be used in conjunction with the borough’s trailer during the month of May to assist with speed control.

May 15th to May 21st is Police Memorial Week. The police chief’s monthly meeting will address line of duty deaths across the nation.

The borough is a sub-recipient of a law enforcement JAG grant in the amount of $8,000 for the law enforcement justice allegiance system that will create enhanced automated data sharing between state wide law enforcement entities.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz stated that the newsletter preparation is on track. Final draft will be received this week.

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.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 563 appointing the borough manager as Chief Administrative Officer for the borough’s non-uniformed pension plan. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Resolution 563; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor:
Mayor Baumgarten stated that he has received a response from the governor’s office regarding his correspondence about the Castle Shannon station project. The information was forwarded to the secretary of transportation.

Planning Commission Report:
The agenda contained the planning commission minutes of April 18, 2011.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Ms. O’Malley asked Mr. Hartswick to contact Senator Casey regarding funding for the Shannon Station project. Mr. Warhold stated that Senator Casey’s representative has been in contact with Lynn Colosi regarding Mr. Aeillo’s project. As the Mayor suggested, the Department of Transportation may be able to provide some funding for the transit oriented development. Funding applications will be accepted in June.

Mr. Orr has received many complaints about the roadway patches on Sixth Street. Mr. Hartswick stated that the weather has not been conducive to paving; however he will contact Golden Triangle, the paving contractor for the water company.


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