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April 28, 2014

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

The minutes of the April 14, 2014 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Mr. Donald Weimer, 1408 Highland Villa Road – reported that a side mirror was damaged on his vehicle due to the constricted roadway caused by vehicles parking on the street. Most borough streets limit parking to one side; however “No Parking” signs may have been removed during road paving. Chief Truver will review the traffic ordinance and notify residents on Highland Villa of the parking regulations.

Mr. Weimer also discussed neighborhood trash collection, and a rainwater infiltration problem.

The public comment section was closed.

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:
Ms. Brannon reported that access to the Facebook website was given to Christina Morrow in borough administration. Ms. Morrow will be working on Facebook updates. The site currently has 448 likes.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Ms. Brannon questioned the public works mowing schedule and reported that Riehl Park needed cut last week. Fields are dragged Monday, Wednesday and Friday and grass is cut when weather permits in the following order: Municipal Center, Hamilton Park, Riehl Park, etc.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Brannon motioned to adopt Resolution #598 supporting Senate Bill 1340 and House Bill 1271 enabling all municipal police to use the same motor vehicle speed-timing equipment as the Pennsylvania state police; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mayor Baumgarten noted that Mayor Nowalk of Whitehall, President of the Pennsylvania State Mayor’s Association has been instrumental in getting the senate and house bills presented.

Mr. Swisher approved the check register for April 18th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold commended Linda Karlovich for doing a fantastic job in assisting with the Community Day plans. Mr. Warhold is seeking volunteers. Mr. Swisher volunteered to drive a golf cart, and Ms. Brannon volunteered her son. Betsy Myers is recruiting sixteen to eighteen volunteers through the PFO for the children’s games.

Mr. Warhold thanked council for their support of the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation and reported that the feasibility study grant application has been received by DCED in Harrisburg. Representative Miller’s office confirmed that the application was received before the deadline.

The borough and CSRC will be purchasing a shed to assist the volunteers with the Community Garden on Route 88.

Mr. Vietmeier stated that Ladds Sterling began his seasonal employment in the codes department

Mr. Swisher reported the library has hired a custodian.

Editorial Board:
The printers are preparing a draft of the spring newsletter for the editorial board’s review.

Mr. Warhold announced that MRTSA is the recipient of a 2014 Lifeline Emergency Medical Services Bronze Performance Achievement Award issued by the American Heart Association. Mr. Wiemer related an incident where a family member had a heart attack and added that the borough has the best emergency responders in the world.

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. Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the Univest Police Pension Review and Non-Uniformed Pension Review. Mr. Bittner from Univest will be meeting with pension participants on May 23rd.

Non-Uniformed 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 three resolutions for council’s consideration.

Mr. Swisher motioned to adopt Resolution #596 establishing procedures for the sale or disposition of surplus personal property with an estimated value of less than one thousand dollars. Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution #597 supporting increased 2015 CDBG program funding; Ms. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Brannon motioned to adopt Resolution #599 authorizing the disposition of certain records of the police and administration departments; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. The CSRC and borough are sponsoring a Community Shredding Event on May 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department for residents to dispose of personal records.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten presented a proclamation for Childhood Cancer Awareness Week from April 27th to May 3rd

Planning Commission:
Council acknowledged receipt of the reorganization meeting minutes of March 17, 2014.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.


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