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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
April 23, 2007

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

The minutes of the April 9, 2007 council meeting were presented. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting.

George Orr, 791 Killarney - stated that there has been some improvement in code violations on Killarney Drive. Mr. Orr revisited the tax amount listed from an article discussed at the last meeting. Mr. Hartswick answered the average price of a house in Castle Shannon is $82,000 times 7.9 millage equals $647.80 as an average borough tax.

Mr. Orr questioned the number of Section 8 housing in the borough. Chief Lane answered the number is under ten houses. Mr. Zezulewicz added that every community in the South Hills has Section 8 housing as required by a federal law.

Lori Martch, 3236 May Street - would like the borough to expand the recycling program and look at the ecological footprint of the borough and cost effective ways to make healthier choices for the enviroment. Ms. Martch has collected a wealth of information that on environmental solutions, and discussed sewage overflow problems. Mr. Zezulewicz discussed the borough's compliance with the Clean Water Act and asked Ms. Martch to provide the manager with an executive overview of the collective information for council's review.

Joseph Furey, 4002 Willow Avenue - listed concerns regarding speeding on Willow Avenue and reported on several incidents where his parked vehicle was damaged by other drivers. Mr. Furey asked council to have a speed bump or barrier installed. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that the borough cannot install speed bumps or barriers due to insurance liability reasons. Mayor Baumgarten reported that the police can patrol the area frequently, and that traffic is slowed down for school children during the daytime. Chief Lane added that the Baldwin Street/Willow Avenue intersection redesign will assist in slowing down traffic. Mr. Furey will discuss obtaining a permit for a parking pad with Mr. Ross.

Mr. Zezulewicz 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:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Hartswick reported that the Memorial Day Committee met earlier today. Publicity for the Kenny Blake concert scheduled for May 27th was discussed.

Finance:
Nothing to report.

Library:
Friends of the Library held an open house and provided cookies and punch to residents. Several residents expressed an interest in joining the Friends of the Library.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach stated that Mr. Ross has been issuing notices of violations and citations on code issues as they are reported. Mr. Ross added that over ninety percent of the residents have voluntarily complied. Mr. Zezulewicz asked council to contact Mr. Ross or Mr. Hartswick to report code violations.

Ms. Kovach noted that the Pop & Beer Warehouse will have an upper level added and be converted into a storage building. A new building will be constructed for the beverage store.

Ms. Kovach asked about the status of construction on the Inverso property. Mr. Hartswick answered that three various types of multi-family developments are being considered. Council discussed the zoning for the property.

Mr. Carlucci asked about the status of the May Street Townhomes project. Mr. Ross answered that no further progress has been made.

Ms. Kovach noted a letter from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy regarding planting flowers at the Port Authority property on Castle Shannon Boulevard. In the past, school students from Keystone Oaks planted the flowers. Mr. Zezulewicz asked for confirmation as to who would be planting the area.

Public Safety -
Chief Lane discussed Blue Line Consulting and the emergency evacuation procedures for the borough's elementary schools.

The police department is working with the Myrtle Avenue Elementary Parent Faculty Organization on internet safety and available security programs for computers.

Officer Fleckenstein has been working with District Attorney Steve Zappalla's office on commercial vehicle inspections. Businesses voluntarily brought trucks to be inspected for safety issues.

A five thousand dollar grant has been received to purchase a composite machine, fingerprint fuming machine and digital camera for the Police Department's investigation unit. Officer McKeown has a ninety-five percent closing rate on police cases.

Mr. Carlucci asked about the health of Xato, the elder K-9 dog. Chief Lane reported that the operation was a success; and the dog is walking better than before, although Xato may have to retire this year.

Public Works - Mr. Coffey reported that Chip Myrah, the new Public Works employee will be attending NASCO certification training on April 24th and 25th.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Sharon presented council with draft copies of the Spring newsletter.

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.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 523 for installation of a banner across Penndot Route 88 for the Holy Cross Greek Church Food Fair. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Resolution 523 upon receipt of a letter of indemnification and certificate of insurance from Holy Cross Greek Church; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented a request to waive the park fee at Riehl Park for Cub Scout Pack 250 on June 2 for an achievement award ceremony. Ms. O'Malley motioned to waive the fee; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 524 to authorize the purchase of property for expansion of the public works facility. Mr. Coffey motion to adopt Resolution 524; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor:
Mayor Baumgarten reported that a section of abandoned property on Rockwood Avenue has broken bags of garbage, bottles, cans and other debris that should be cleaned up. The property owner will be contacted.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Cheberenchick discussed a sanitary line that runs in Castle Shannon but does not have borough resident connections. Mr. Biondo stated the borough would need to investigate whether a down flow inter-municipal agreement exists to determine responsibility for the sewer line.

Mr. Cheberenchick reported that the utility companies are patching sections of the roads, and not paving curb to curb. Mr. Zezulewicz questioned on what roads the patches are located, and stated that information should be provided to the borough manager.

Mr. Cheberenchick reported that Route 88 at Castle Shannon Boulevard has many trees hanging over the road that are ready to fall. Chief Lane added the property belongs to Mr. Haas. Mr. Biondo stated that the trees are not the borough's responsibility since they are not on borough property and the road belongs to Penndot. Penndot will be notified by letter of this dangerous condition. Mayor Baumgarten suggested contacting our state representative. The property owner may also be notified. Mr. Carlucci questioned the time frame for Berkheimer to remit the Emergency Medical Services tax refunds to residents. Ms. Miller responded that it could take six to eight weeks to receive the refund. Ms. Kovach questioned the availability of the EMST refund forms. Ms. Miller answered that the forms are available to download through the Berkheimer website, and borough administration office also has a supply. Ms. Miller will have the form made available on the borough's website under the tax section.

Ms. O'Malley discussed council providing a benefit to the full-time borough administration employees of MRTSA ambulance subscriptions. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to pay the subscriptions; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley questioned the status of the Baldwin Street/Willow Avenue intersection redesign. Mr. Ross answered that he and David Calabria would line out the design when the weather improves.


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