The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P Coffey; T. Kirk; J. O'Malley; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Member N. Kovach was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief.
The minutes of the April 26, 2004 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley noted a correction and motioned to approve the minutes as corrected; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.
Ms. Janet Stella, 3145 Belleville Street - asked the status on the condemned property at 3131 Belleville. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that after legal discussions the borough has determined to proceed with the demolition upon council's directive. Mr. Hartswick will contact the demolition company to proceed. Ms. Stella state the grass needs cut.
A resident - reports problems with unsupervised children throwing stones towards her home during baseball games. Damage has occurred on vinyl siding and the sliding glass door. Police have been notified and resident has confronted the boys. Resident asked if fencing could be installed along hillside. Mr. Zezulewicz stated CSYA can be contacted to request that parents supervise their children. Chief Lane requested resident continue to call the police department and give descriptions of the children.
Eileen and James O'Farrell, 3146 Elm Street - asked about ordinances for property maintenance and mini-bikes. Chief Lane responded mini-bikes may be ridden on private property with permission, but not on public property. Mr. O'Farrel reported the neighbor's children and their friends are riding the bikes on the borough property (by the borough garage), the neighbor's garage needs maintained, and the neighbor's debris (tar paper and plastic) from their garage has blown into the O'Farrell's pool along with glass and rocks. Mr. Kirk noted the borough garage area has vandalism. Chief Lane stated "No Trespassing" signs can be installed, and police can confiscate mini-bikes being ridden on the borough property.
Mr. Stanley Karas, Jr., 3112 May Street - questioned whether the temporary barricades places on Killarney after a vehicle accident several years ago would be replaced. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that the borough does not have the funding available to make permanent repairs.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: - Mr. Hartswick presented the Public Works Summer 2004 Road Material Tabulation through SHACOG. Mr. Coffey motioned to accept the bids; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Public Hearings: - Mr. Ross summarized Ordinance 841 as a revision of the zoning ordinance. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing on Ordinance 841; no comments were received. Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing on Ordinance 841. Mayor Baumgarten stated the zoning officer, solicitor, manager and council president have reviewed the ordinance. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Ordinance 841 at its first reading; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Civil Service Commission: - Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: - Ms. Torris reported April collections were $246,553.72. Balance to collect is $319,752.63, which is 14%. Mr. Coffey commended Ms. Torris on her collection efforts.
Ms. Torris will attend two seminars on Friday to attain the continuing professional education hours necessary to retain her status as qualified tax collector.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: - Mr. Hartswick reported that Pampini Construction has begun construction on Hamilton Park Phase II. No conflicts have arisen from CSYA or residents utilizing the fields and pavilion during construction.
Mr. Zezulewicz requested additional picnic tables for the Municipal Center pavilion.
Finance: - Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: - Ms. O'Malley reported that the state aid has been cut and Ms. New is seeking a grant through Representative Diven for $10,000 for children's presentation equipment.
Ms. O'Malley discussed the problems with a local business utilizing the library's parking lot. Signage restricting parking will be installed and police will ticket violators. Mr. Ross added that a potential buyer for 918 Park Avenue is seeking adjacent properties for parking.
Planning and Codes: - Mr. Coffey motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into an agreement with Eric Jones Company subject to insurance confirmation for the demolition of 3131 Belleville; Ms. O'Malley seconded; Mr. Cheberenchick voted no; majority in favor; motion carried.
Public Safety: - Chief Lane discussed a traffic engineering services proposal from Trans Associates for the intersection of Baldwin Street and Willow Avenue. No action was taken.
Mr. Carlucci presented the April reports: District Court Fines - $2,985.90; Parking Citations - $440.00; Report Fees - $245.00; Meter Fines - $245.00; Alarm Fines Received - $150.00; Special Services - $493.55.
Chief Lane reported on enforcement of speeding complaints. Average speeds on Blossom Hill are 35 mph. Vehicles often find alternate routes to avoid enforcement areas. The police also move to alternate areas. Fifty-five percent of speeding and stop sign violations are issued to residents. Enforcement will continue throughout the summer.
Animal control calls have increased to 5.44% from 3% due to animal control revisiting residences to unload traps. Chief Lane suggested the borough levy a one-time cost to a resident for placement of a trap. Mr. Zezulewicz asked the actual cost. Chief Lane added that if a resident owns their own trap, the resident should be charged for animal disposal.
Mayor Baumgarten asked the status of unlicensed/unregistered vehicles on Home Avenue. Chief Lane responded that one vehicle has been towed, one vehicle will be given to Goodwill, and the third will be towed this week.
Mr. Coffey discussed the parking situation on May Street. Chief Lane discussed the parking on Baldwin Street and utilizing the alley behind for parking. Mayor Baumgarten stated that reclaimed asphalt will be placed on the alley.
Public Works: - Mr. Coffey questioned the number of seasonal workers hired. Mr. Hartswick answered that two have been hired; L. Miller added four additional applications have been received.
Mr. Coffey questioned the status of negotiations with the railroad for the public works' garage expansion. Mr. Hartswick replied that the hospitalization of a railroad official has delayed negotiations.
Editorial Board: - Nothing to report.
MRTSA: - Nothing to report.
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 requested council approve the extension of the rock salt contract from August 1, 2004-July 31, 2005. Mr. Coffey motioned to extend the contract; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
- Mayor Baumgarten reported dialogue has been opened with the county executive and developer of the Castle Shannon Station. An invitation was extended to Ms. Cleary to meet with the manager and mayor to review the development and the county's role in the development.
The Citizens' Police Academy has graduated nine residents who attended an eleven week session. This is the second class sponsored. Graduates have a better appreciation for the police officers and their duties.
Planning Commission: - Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept Sarina Bodner's resignation from the Planning Commission; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Hartswick stated the borough is seeking two applicants for vacancies on the commission.
- Mr. Biondo advised that several ordinances will be presented for action at the next council meeting.
Mr. Cheberenchick questioned if the borough will execute the judgment on Janas Landscaping. Mr. Biondo confirmed the borough will proceed.
Keystone Oaks : - Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.
Other Business: - Mr. Ross stated the reconstruction of Home Avenue due to a water company break was delayed by pipe delivery. Construction will commence May 5th.
Mr. Cheberenchick questioned paving overlap by utility companies when opening streets. Mr. Ross stated the pavement must overlap 6". Mr. Cheberenchick noted many patches are placed without an overlap. Mr. Ross will schedule inspections of street repairs.
Mr. Cheberenchick questioned occupancy permits for rentals. Mr. Ross answered the property owner is responsible for the permit and change of occupancy form with renter's information. Citizens can report moves.
Mr. Coffey questioned the applications for the public works summer jobs. Mr. Hartswick reported three applications have been received. Six openings are available. Council debated the number of hires needed.
Ms. O'Malley stated the sidewalk on Willow Avenue and Castle Shannon Boulevard has been repaired.
Ms. Kovach thanked Ms. Cleary for the county flag presented to the borough.