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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
April 26, 2004

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; D. Baumgarten. Council Members R. Zezulewicz, R. Carlucci, T. Kirk and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief.


The minutes of the April 12, 2004 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach called for public comments or requests.

Ms. Janet Stella, 3145 Belleville Street - asked for an update on condemned property at 3131 Belleville. Ms. Kovach stated a compilation of liened taxes and funds owed against the property is being prepared. Bids for demolition have been received. Mr. Ross is researching the title of the property to determine the disposition of the property after demolition. The current owner has no objections to the demolition. More information will be available at the next public meeting.

Mr. Don Howard, 3151 Belleville Street - commented that the property at 3535 Belleville will be vacant soon due to a foreclosure on May 15th. Mr. Howard had concerns that this property could also fall into disrepair due to vacancy. Mr. Ross answered that when the bank forecloses on a property, the bank maintains the property. Mr. Howard stated that four houses are vacant on Belleville. Mr. Ross will contact the lending institution to set up a maintenance schedule.

Mr. Arnold Dickson, 1467 Blossom Hill Road - discussed traffic problems (speeding and stop sign violations) that create a danger to children in the area. Mr. Dickson invited borough police to utilize his driveway from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to ticket violators. Ms. Kovach noted that speeding violations occur in all areas of the borough. Chief Lane stated that although his department has three officers injured, the remaining officers have been working traffic. Mr. Dickson and Mr. Howard suggested placing a dummy in a stationary police cruiser to slow down traffic. Ms. Kovach asked the public to write to the state legislators requesting their support in approving the use of radar by local police.

Mr. Dickson asked about an ordinance for political signs. Mr. Ross stated there is no ordinance; however signs cannot be placed on electric poles (electric company rule) or right-of-ways. Mr. Dickson stated that signs he placed were removed. Ms. Kovach noted that signs cannot be placed on private property without the owner's permission. Mr. Ross stated that standard signs are permitted on private property and must be removed twenty-four hours after the election.

Mr. Dickson stated in the past the Democratic committee used the Municipal Center for meetings, and Mr. Dickson asked if the building was available for the current committee meetings. Ms. O'Malley stated the open meetings with the candidates were held in council chambers, however committee meets were held in Room 108. Use of the meeting rooms will be coordinated with borough administration.

Ms. Kovach recognized Ms. Joan Cleary, Allegheny County Council Member for District 6. Ms. Cleary offered her assistance to the audience and specifically to residents on Belleville regarding a rat infestation.

Ms. Kovach officially closed the public portion of the meeting.

Bid Openings: - Mr. Hartswick presented bids for the 1997 Ford Crown Victoria surplus police vehicle. Ms. O'Malley motioned to award the bid to Bay Ridge Motors, Inc. for $1,911.00; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings: - Ms. Kovach presented and read Ordinance 839 adopting the uniform construction code as the municipal building code of the borough. Mr. Ross stated this code will solidify Pennsylvania's construction code statewide. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Ordinance 839; no comments were received. Ms. Kovach closed the public hearing on Ordinance 839. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Ordinance 839 at its first reading with an effective date of May 3, 2004; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented and read Resolution 493 authorizing the Allegheny County Health Department to conduct plumbing inspections for the borough. Mr. Coffey motioned to adopt Resolution 493; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented and read Ordinance 840 providing for stormwater management regulation as required by DEP to conform to the municipal separate storm sewer system phase II requirements. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Ordinance 840; no comments were received. Ms. Kovach closed the public hearing on Ordinance 840. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt Ordinance 840 at its first reading with an effective date of May 3, 2004; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented and read Ordinance 838 adopting the international property maintenance code 2003. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Ordinance 838; no comments were received. Ms. Kovach closed the public hearing on Ordinance 838. Mr. Coffey motioned to adopt Ordinance 838 at its first reading with an effective date of May 3, 2004; Ms. O'Malley 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: - Ms. Kovach stated the parks have been inspected for maintenance and repairs. Ms. Kovach requested that future budgets have funding included to replace the parks' wood chips with rubberized mulch or flooring.

Ms. Kovach questioned use of the joint community street sweeper before Memorial Day. Mr. Hartswick discussed the agreement with Mr. Leventry, Whitehall Manager, and stated the equipment is housed in Brentwood. Mr. Biondo will review the agreement.

The Memorial Day committee met on site at the war memorial. Next meeting is scheduled for May 17th. PAT will install two electric outlets on site and provide a bus for transportation. PAT is having a grand opening June 1st at the memorial.

Finance: - Nothing to report.

Library: - Ms. O'Malley reported that Ms. McCue is preparing for the children's summer program.

Planning and Codes: - Mr. Coffey motioned to appoint Mr. Ross as Zoning Officer for the Borough of Castle Shannon; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Safety: - Chief Lane reported that three officers have been injured on duty this year.

A motorist reported to Mr. Coffey that PAT is running test vehicles on the new line, and the lights and gates are covered thereby giving no warnings. Chief Lane stated PAT is testing its switches and gates.

Ms. O'Malley stated that PAT will add a light and stop sign at the end of Baldwin Street. Chief Lane discussed the reconfiguration of the Balwin Street/Willow Avenue intersection.

Chief Lane discussed the borough's being used as a "cut-through" community. Police will be enforcing traffic violators. Ms. Kovach reiterated that the state legislators should be contacted to support local police officer's utilization of radar. Radar is used in all 49 states with the exception of Pennsylvania.

Public Works: - Mr. Coffey expressed concern about excess water running at Grove Road and Route 88. Mr. Ross stated the borough tested the water and it has been determined the sample was treated public water. Mr. Hartswick discussed an old water line that runs down Grove Road that was capped. Chief Lane added the road is being undermined and could collapse.

Editorial Board: - Ms. Katie Sharon stated the newsletter will be printed by Friday.

MRTSA: - Mr. Cheberenchick reported that MRTSA Medical Week will be held from May 16-22.

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: - Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report: - Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: - Mr. Hartswick requested council approve the extension of the rock salt contract from August 1, 2004-July 31, 2005. Mr. Coffey motioned to extend the contract; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report: - Mayor Baumgarten reported dialogue has been opened with the county executive and developer of the Castle Shannon Station. An invitation was extended to Ms. Cleary to meet with the manager and mayor to review the development and the county's role in the development.

The Citizens' Police Academy has graduated nine residents who attended an eleven week session. This is the second class sponsored. Graduates have a better appreciation for the police officers and their duties.

Planning Commission: - Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept Sarina Bodner's resignation from the Planning Commission; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Hartswick stated the borough is seeking two applicants for vacancies on the commission.

Solicitor: - Mr. Biondo advised that several ordinances will be presented for action at the next council meeting.

Mr. Cheberenchick questioned if the borough will execute the judgment on Janas Landscaping. Mr. Biondo confirmed the borough will proceed.

Keystone Oaks : - Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.

Other Business: - Mr. Ross stated the reconstruction of Home Avenue due to a water company break was delayed by pipe delivery. Construction will commence May 5th.

Mr. Cheberenchick questioned paving overlap by utility companies when opening streets. Mr. Ross stated the pavement must overlap 6". Mr. Cheberenchick noted many patches are placed without an overlap. Mr. Ross will schedule inspections of street repairs.

Mr. Cheberenchick questioned occupancy permits for rentals. Mr. Ross answered the property owner is responsible for the permit and change of occupancy form with renter's information. Citizens can report moves.

Mr. Coffey questioned the applications for the public works summer jobs. Mr. Hartswick reported three applications have been received. Six openings are available. Council debated the number of hires needed.

Ms. O'Malley stated the sidewalk on Willow Avenue and Castle Shannon Boulevard has been repaired.

Ms. Kovach thanked Ms. Cleary for the county flag presented to the borough.


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