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May 10, 2010

The meeting of Castle Shannon Borough Council was called to order at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of the Castle Shannon Municipal Center, 3310 McRoberts Road, Castle Shannon, PA 15234.

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; and K. Munson, Jr. Council Person. Codes Official P. Vietmeier was absent.

The minutes of the April 26, 2010 council meeting were presented. Mr. Orr motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Dick Spolar, 1422 Blossom Hill Road - discussed concerns about "No Parking Between Signs" that were posted on Blossom Hill. Mr. Spolar presented a petition to borough council and data he collected regarding a survey of traffic that indicated the traffic flows faster since the signs were posted. Mayor Baumgarten stated that residents parking on the bend caused a line of sight restriction which caused a dangerous situation for oncoming traffic, and it is the borough's responsibility to make the area safer. Mr. Orr added that an additional safety issue concerns children walking in the street around the parked cars. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that the borough received numerous complaints about the dangerous condition, and we must address the situation within Penndot regulations.

Robert Mazzarini, 1429 Blossom Hill Road - stated the signs are posted from 1426 to 1438 Blossom Hill, and questioned the location of the signs. Mayor Baumgarten stated the original plan was to post the entire street to Middleboro Road. After Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Truver met with Mr. Spolar, the borough did compromise by limiting the area that was posted.

Mr. Mazzarini questioned how the borough would address the speeding issue on the street. Mayor Baumgarten stated that the police will patrol the street. Chief Truver added that residents can access crime reports and view traffic complaints and citations on the borough's website.

Debbie Ott, 1490 Blossom Hill Road - questioned if two tires were parked off the street and on grass, is it legal to park on the no parking side of the street? Chief Truver answered that is not true. Cars cannot park on the no parking side. Parking and traffic complaints can be sent to the chief via the website. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested that the residents be notified with first warnings about the illegal parking before citations are issued.

Theresa Mazzarini, 1429 Blossom Hill Road - calls the police department each evening to receive permission to park vehicles overnight on the street that are registered to her home. Ms. Mazzarini questioned if a vehicle could be exempt or a permit issued instead of calling each evening. Mr. Zezulewicz will confer with Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten.

Peggy Lipps, 3710 Linden Avenue - questioned the time frame for resolutions for code violations issued with her neighbor. Mr. Warhold answered that Mr. Vietmeier is working diligently on this case. Mr. Warhold and Mayor Baumgarten have contacted District Judge Barton, and citations are being issued. No hearing date has been set at this time.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 872, an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance permitting billboards as a conditional use in certain zoning districts. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing on Ordinance 872 was closed. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Ordinance 872; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported April collections of $1,052,838.01. This is an 85% collection rate, which is higher than last year at this time. Revised balance to be collected is $354,323.55. Mr. Biondo stated that the borough's property on Elm Street has been put on the exempt list.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the March Treasurer's Report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold announced that a community day meeting is scheduled for May 11th. A revitalization meeting is scheduled for May 12th. Many people are working on organizing a farmer's market. Trax Farms will be participating in the Castle Shannon Fresh Market that will be held each Thursday starting June 17th on Willow Avenue.

Public Safety:
Ms. O'Malley reported that a truck inspection checkpoint was conducted on May 3rd. The detail was funded with a grant from Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Fourteen trucks were stopped, resulting in 13 citations and $650 in fines. One trailer was impounded because it was 7,000 pounds overweight and had no brakes or lights.

The police department participated in a critical incident exercise with the SHACOG CIRT (Critical Incident Response Team) in South Park. The drill consisted of an active shooter scenario, a hostage incident and a bomb scenario. Agencies included SHACOG agency police patrol forces, Pittsburgh Bomb Team, Port Authority SWAT and K9 teams, County Emergency Services and Department of Energy Emergency Response Teams, as well as fire and EMS agencies.

Thirty-four applications were received for the entry level police officer position. The physical and written exam will be give at the Allegheny County Police Academy on May 27th.

Police Officer Tom Yonek competed in the North American Strong Man Competition held May 1st at the fire department. Officer Yonek dragged a 37,000 pound fire truck twenty-seven feet.

Public Works
Ms. Kovach reported that the public works department has been diligently working on clearing debris after a damaging storm on Saturday, May 8th.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

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:
The agenda contained the first quarter 2010 financial statement.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Munson presented a check from the Rotary Club for $250.00 for a donation to the community garden.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 555B - recognizing the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation as an authorized entity to protect the architectural heritage of the borough. Mr. Orr motioned to adopt Resolution 555B; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach motioned to waive the fee for the Keystone Oaks Lady Eagles Fastpitch Softball Team picnic on June 13th at Riehl Park; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten read a proclamation designating May 9-15, 2010 as National Police Week in Castle Shannon. The borough salutes the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.

Mayor Baumgarten suggested obtaining an AED device for borough administration. Mr. Smith is working on obtaining a device for the borough. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the purchase of an AED device for $1,600 if the borough cannot obtain the donation; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Planning Commission Report:
Mr. Biondo noted the Dollar Bank site plan and approval in the planning commission minutes of April 19, 2010. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the planning commission's recommendations; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Orr has noticed trucks and tractor trailers continually parked across from Feller's Garage. Chief Truver stated the trucks belong to the railroad and are legally parked on railroad property.


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