The following elected officials were present:
R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; D. Baumgarten. Council Members R. Zezulewicz and 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; J. DeFrancesco, Jr. Council Person.
The minutes of the April 25, 2005 council meeting were presented. Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten.
Mayor Baumgarten swore in Police Officer Matthew Abel. Matthew's father, Officer Paul Abel of Scott Township presented Matthew with the Castle Shannon Police Officer Badge. Matthew Abel thanked borough council and Chief Lane for the employment opportunity and stated he would not let the borough down.
Mayor Baumgarten read a letter of commendation addressed to Sergeant Robert Hick for his outstanding supervisory role during a barricade situation on Vermont Avenue. Although partially injured, Sgt. Hick continued to move into a state of incident command and activated the mutual aid procedure and began negotiation procedures with the suspect. Council thanked Sgt. Hick for his ongoing professional work ethic and performance as a Castle Shannon Police Officer. Sgt. Hick thanked borough council and especially Chief Lane for his support and professional guidance.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported collections for April of $80,424.37. A change order caused a net decrease of $343.59, leaving a balance of $347,315.71 to be collected. Collections are down approximately $7,000 from last year due to slow collections. Council discussed the property assessment decrease for 277 Murrays Lane due to flood damage caused by an interior water break.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Mr. Warhold reported the Memorial Day Parade preparations are being finalized.
Finance: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report subject to his review; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: Ms. O'Malley stated that bids for the parking lot repair will be obtained.
Planning and Codes: Ms. Kovach questioned the performance of the landscaping company. Mr. Hartswick answered that continuing correspondence has assisted to identify areas that were not cut, and the landscaping company is attempting to correct the areas.
Mr. Zezulewicz questioned if Manage My Car was going out of business. Mr. Ross answered the business is relocating back to the lower level.
Ms. Kovach questioned if the old fire department building on Park Avenue was being sold. Mr. Ross stated Labor and Industry have completed the accessibility inspection. The building is being brought up to code.
Mr. Baumgarten questioned when the Bean Heating building would be demolished. Mr. Ross answered the demolition permit has been issued, and the building should be down shortly.
Mr. Ross reported that the houses at 873 and 875 Middle Road have been demolished, and the ground was graded and seeded.
Public Safety: Chief Lane announced that the police department's zero tolerance traffic enforcement on residential streets has been initiated.
The police will take care of barricades for the Memorial Day Parade.
Public Works: Nothing to report.
Editorial Board: A meeting to review the spring newsletter should be scheduled.
MRTSA: Mr. Zezulewicz questioned if the ambulance response time had changed since the dispatch was changed from South Hills Regional Dispatch Center to Allegheny County's 911 Center. Mr. Cheberenchick answered there has been no problems.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Ms. O'Malley noted the SHACOG annual dinner was well attended. Ms. DeFrancesco discussed the networking opportunity.
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 498 urging the committees of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to pass the Landslide Assistance & Insurance Program Act. Ms. Kovach stated that Southwestern Pennsylvania has the second largest incident of landslides in the country outside of California. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 498; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 499 adopting the Allegheny County Hazard Vulnerability Assessment and Mitigation Plan. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Resolution 499; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick discussed the community development block grant program for CD years 32-34 and recommended that council continue to opt-in to obtain funding for borough improvements. Council agreed and no action was necessary to be included in the program.
Mayor: Mayor Baumgarten discussed a meeting with Mr. James Aiello on the Castle Shannon Station development. Port Authority was very favorable for the project to progress. Within a few weeks a site plan will be developed. When an agreement is prepared by Mr. Aiello, the solicitors will review the agreement for the borough, school district and county to participate in a revenue sharing formula based on funds received from the rentals and sales of the development in lieu of taxes.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other: Ms. DeFrancesco thanked council for including her at the SHACOG Annual Dinner.
Mr. Zezulewicz stated that many complaints have been received from St. Annes Church authorities regarding the deplorable condition of the property across from St. Annes school. The borough is disappointed that the property owner continues to ignore requests to maintain the property. The borough will take action to force the property owner to comply. Mayor Baumgarten stated the church wants the community to understand that this is not church property.