The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Member R. Zezulewicz was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; D. Ross, Building Official; L. Pusateri, Junior Council Person. Police Chief H. Lane was absent.
The minutes of the April 24, 2006 council meeting were presented. Mr. Coffey motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Ms. Kovach officially closed the public comment section of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms Torris reported April collections of $26,894.27, leaving a balance due of $382,798.07 which included an increase from county change orders. Ms. Torris stated that additional deposits of $35,000 have been received in May.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds:Mr. Warhold reported that the CSYA storage building at Riehl Park is approximately half way completed.
The lower gate at Hamilton Park was moved and posts were installed to designate a loading zone by the pavilion area. The public works department did a great job.
Mr. Warhold presented council with photographic evidence of the inferior grass cutting job that the borough landscapers did at Hamilton Park. In prior years, the landscapers would double cut the fields to redistribute mounds of cut grass. When asked to double cut the field, Mr. Falbo replied he did not have time because he had other boroughs' grass to cut. Mr. Warhold presented council with a letter from the Castle Shannon Youth Association indicating their dissatisfaction with the condition of the field. Correspondence has been sent to Mr. Falbo requesting the field be double cut as last year when needed. Mr. Warhold will continue to monitor the grass cutting throughout the summer.
Mr. Cheberenchick reported that children are still climbing the batting cages at Hamilton Park. Signage has been ordered to post on the cages. Even with the signs posted, if the borough does not enforce the postings, the borough could be liable.
Mr. Warhold discussed the problem of residents walking their dogs at Hamilton Park. Hamilton Park is posted with "No Dogs Allowed" signs; however enforcement of the signs is difficult. Ms. O'Malley questioned if a designated area could be provided for dog walkers. Mr. Warhold added that in South Park, people do not clean up after the dogs in the designated area. Ms. O'Malley stated that if a resident's license plate is obtained, the police department could send correspondence.
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the April Treasurer's report; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Cheberenchick reported that the police department spends $30,000 annually on gasoline purchases of 10,000 gallons per year. Due to the increased cost of gasoline, the police cars should not be left running when the officers are in the building. Mayor Baumgarten discussed the need for the K-9 vehicles to be cool for the dogs; however he has discussed conservation of gasoline with the police department. The expedition is used for patrol and has a high gas cost. Council discussed the number of police cars in the fleet (7) and mileage reports.
Ms. O'Malley announced that the board of trustees is seeking a new member. Deadline for applications is May 15th.
Planning and Codes:
Mr. Ross reported that the Linden Grove has opened under new management.
Ms. Kovach stated The Saucy Noodle has officially opened.
No littering signs were placed on Park Avenue to deter litterbugs.
Public Safety: Nothing to report.
Public Works: Nothing to report.
Editorial Board: Spring newsletters have been mailed. No delivery problems have been reported. Ms. Kovach noted it is never too early to start preparation of articles for the fall mailing.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Golf outing is scheduled for July 19th. Ms. O'Malley reported the May dinner was well attended.
Police Pension: Mr. Hartswick reported first quarter income of $162,880.96 gross, with a net increase of $116,566.51.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick advised borough council that on Friday, May 5th, Mr. Michael Dulski verbally provided his resignation as Emergency Management Coordinator. Chief Reffner agreed that David Ross would be a good candidate for the position. Mr. Hartswick requested council accept Mr. Dulski's resignation and appoint Mr. Ross.
Mr. Carlucci motioned to accept the resignation of Michael Dulski as Emergency Management Coordinator; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Coffey motioned to appoint David Ross as Emergency Management Coordinator; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor: Nothing to report.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Ms. Pusateri reported the AP Government & Politics Class will debate immigration issues on May 16th on the house floor in Washington, D.C.
The academic awards dinner will be held in Greentree on Monday, May 15th.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other: Mr. Warhold thanked Sgt. Rob Hick and Officer Matt Abel for their assistance when Mr. Warhold's brother-in-law, retired police officer Wayne Mason passed away. The officers provided great comfort, help, concern and kindness to the family.
Ms. O'Malley questioned Mt. Shannon Associates consolidation plan. Mr. Ross explained this is for the First Commonwealth Bank building.
Ms. Kovach called for a moment of silence for former police officer Wayne Mason, who passed away May 8th, and Bethel Park Councilman Ted Levitsky, who passed away on May 4th.