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April 26, 2010

The meeting of Castle Shannon Borough Council was called to order at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of the Castle Shannon Municipal Center, 3310 McRoberts Road, Castle Shannon, PA 15234.

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; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; P Vietmeier, Codes Official and K. Munson, Jr. Council Person.

The minutes of the April 12, 2010 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick 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 closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 872, an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance permitting billboards as a condition use in certain zoning districts. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing on Ordinance 872 was closed. Mr. Biondo reported that the ordinance was reviewed by the Allegheny County Economic Planning Department who recommended changes to the proposed ordinance. Mr. Orr motioned to table the ordinance subject to the revisions; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. The ordinance will be re-advertised for the May 10th council meeting.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Smith announced that a community day organizational meeting will be held on April 27th at 6:00 p.m.

Mr. Smith reported that the new sink and plumbing project for Castle Shannon Youth Association's use in Room A of the municipal building was completed. Mr. Zezulewicz requested that the borough have documentation prepared that states the youth association will be responsible for any plumbing clogs or repairs related to this project.

Nothing to report.

Mr. Orr reported that the public works department has caulked the roof flashing. Many ceiling tiles need replaced.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold announced that Ladds Sterling has accepted the position as part-time codes assistant.

The Original Gyro restaurant will be opening on Route 88 at the former Pizza House location. Mr. Vietmeier issued the occupancy permit on Friday.

Mr. Vietmeier discussed falling trees along the railroad property on Killarney Drive with a dispatcher at the railroad company. Photographs of the area will be forwarded.

Mr. Warhold thanked Kristie Munson, the Munson Family, and the Keystone Oaks Environmental Club for their gardening and planting assistance on Earth Day at the community garden.

A farmers' market meeting is scheduled for April 27th. Insurance issues have been resolved. Ms. Goodyear was invited to attend. The project requires a market manager.

Mr. Warhold reported that the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation regretfully accepted the resignation of Russ McKibben.

Public Safety:
Ms. O'Malley reported that the police department assisted the Attorney General's Office with a ten month investigation into a fraudulent prescription drug ring operating across four counties. Officer Brian McKeown was instrumental in this case.

The borough has a speed monitor on loan from Buckle Up, PA. It will be used in conjunction with our speed trailer to raise awareness on residential streets about speed and traffic volume. Buckle Up, PA is also providing a $1,500 grant for traffic enforcement over the Memorial Day holiday.

Three officers are attending the Allegheny County Police Training Academy for qualification as field training officers.

The advertisement for a police officer position was listed in Sunday's Post Gazette. Applications are available at the borough administration office and can be downloaded from the police department website.

Chief Truver reported that Officer Tom Yonek will be participating in the Strong Man Contest on May 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Castle Shannon Fire Department.

Public Works
Ms. Kovach reported that six applications were received for public works seasonal positions. Four college students have been hired to start on May 17th. A short discussion continued on the number of students hired.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz announced that it is not too early to start preparing articles for the fall newsletter. The spring newsletter will be taken to the post office on Friday.

Mr. Warhold stated that a board meeting is scheduled for April 28th.

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:
A police pension review meeting is scheduled for April 27th.

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 555 - Designation of Agent Resolution for PEMA's snow assistance program. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Resolution 555, Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz noted the CONNECT newsletter contained an article with Mayor Baumgarten and Mr. Hartswick. CONNECT is sponsored by the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. This organization is for all communities that border the City of Pittsburgh. The group does research on issues that affect the communities such as transit hubs and the administrative consent order. Mayor Baumgarten added that this organization is a tool to consolidate services.

Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten were checking public safety issues on the streets regarding parking problems. Residents parking on both sides of Rosalia Avenue have prevented the garbage truck's access to homes. One side of the street has now been posted for no parking.

A sharp curve on Blossom Hill is a dangerous situation when residents park on the street. Most residents have driveways that are not being used. This will affect six houses. No parking between signs will be posted.

Mayor Baumgarten commended the Munson family and George Orr for their hard work and hours spent on the community garden. Council agreed that a sign should be placed on site identifying the reason for the garden.

Planning Commission Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented two proposals for the borough's zoning ordinance update in the $20,000 range. No action was taken.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold and Mr. Munson discussed the time frame for the hero banners. Applications must be received the first week of May to be ready for Memorial Day. Banners will be displayed from Memorial Day through July 4th. Residents who apply after May 7th should be given notification of when their banners will be ready and/or displayed.

Mr. Munson asked residents to bring their banners to community day to display along the fence between home plate and third base by the young marines, the marines and the navy stands.

Mr. Warhold stated that the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation is very fortunate to have come this far. The representatives at Allegheny Together and the Pennsylvania Downtown center are extremely impressed with our development and programs. So many people in the community have assisted in this development, such as Harry Munson, George Orr, Nancy Kovach and Kristie Munson.

Mr. Warhold continued stating that people like Russ McKibben were integral part of the CSRC. Mr. McKibben was a former chief of police and interim manager in Dormont and worked with the Main Street Program. He was a great asset to the corporation in developing the by-laws. Mr. McKibben continues to service Castle Shannon as a member of the planning commission.

Ms. Munson expressed her appreciation to Paul Coffey & Son Tree & Landscaping Service for donating all the mulch for the community garden.


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