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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
April 27, 2015

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; M. Randazzo; D. Swisher; D. Baumgarten. Council Members K. Brannon, M. Warhold and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; Junior Council Member, B. Fabbio.


The minutes of the April 13, 2015 Council Meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. The following residents addressed council regarding parking on Poplar Avenue:

Bryan Gigliotti, 3545 Poplar Avenue – presented council with a petition with 58 signatures to have parking restored back to both sides of the street. Mr. Gigliotti listed concerns regarding: 1) Some residents do not have driveways and need on street parking availability; 2) due to the number of vehicles on the street, residents cannot park in front of their homes, which is difficult for elderly residents; and 3) Some residents have more vehicles than can fit in their driveway and need additional parking.

Nick Fortunato, 3530 Poplar Avenue – addressed the limited parking availability for visitors, described line of sight problems at Race and Poplar due to vehicles parking too close to the intersection, and discussed an increase in vehicles speeding on the street.

Joan Francheschi, 3549 Poplar Avenue – reported that Mt. Lebanon traffic is using Poplar Avenue as a cut through street and parking on both sides of the street slows the traffic. Mr. Franchesci added that some vehicles are parked on the street for several weeks at a time without moving.

Virginia Beck, 3537 Poplar Avenue – stated that parking on the street further away from their home is difficult due to medical conditions, and they do not qualify for a handicapped space.

Scott Hogben, 3535 Poplar Avenue - discussed that this problem was brought to council’s attention many years ago. Council eliminated the parking restriction, and he suggested that ordinance should have been changed at that time.

Chief Truver explained that the police department was notified that a public works truck could not make the bend on Poplar due to vehicles parking on the street. The ordinance was then reviewed, which states that parking was restricted to one side on Poplar Avenue; therefore, the street was posted according to the ordinance. The signage was installed for public safety reasons to allow access for road maintenance and emergency vehicles.

Mayor Baumgarten added that when residents park on both sides of a street this situation causes a hazardous condition for vehicles that must traverse into the opposite lane of traffic. Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten plan to conduct a site visit, meet with individual residents, and report back to council.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Public Safety/Fire:
Nothing to report.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher reviewed April 16th check registers and found everything in order.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Ms. Kovach announced that Mr. Warhold is attending the Pennsylvania State Borough’s Association conference and will be receiving the PBCA Outstanding Councilmember of the Year award. In addition, Mr. Hartswick will be receiving the Cecil K. Leberknight Award for 10 Years of Service.

Library:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
The newsletter is at the printers.

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:
Castle Shannon will be hosting the Police Chief’s Advisory Board meeting the first Wednesday in May.

PA State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Fabbio announced that the Honors Award Banquet will be held Tuesday, May 5th. Mayor Baumgarten will be attending to present the Mayor’s Community Service Award to Brittany Bolla. Ms. Fabbio will be receiving an Excellence Award for Child Development.

Earned Income Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented the following list of roads for the 2015 Road Improvement Program:
1) Greenridge Road from Kewanna to Vermont;
2) Willow Avenue from Connor to Vermont;
3) Willow Avenue from Vermont to Rockwood;
4) Willow Avenue from Grove Road to 3500 Willow Avenue;
5) Sleepy Hollow from House #937 to the tunnel and
6) Hoodridge Drive.
Estimated cost for these road segments is $434,000.00.

Mayor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:
The agenda contained the meeting minutes of March 16, 2015. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the consolidation and plans for expansion of the parking at 3147 Library Road with the understanding that all grading and similar issues delineated by the Borough Engineer be satisfied before any permit is issued. Mr. Swisher motioned to accept the recommendations; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Nothing to Report.


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