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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
May 11, 2009

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

The minutes of the April 27, 2009 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten.

Mayor Baumgarten introduced the DARE essay winners from Myrtle Avenue Elementary. Kaitlyn Burkhart and Alyssa Sipko were present to read their winning essays to the audience. Mayor Baumgarten praised Sgt. David Lane and Officer Gary Watkins for teaching the DARE classes to the borough's elementary schools.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Ms. O'Malley motioned to accept the summer 2009 Road Materials bids through SHACOG; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented the bids for the 2009 Roadway Improvement Program. Ms. Kovach motioned to award the bid to the lowest bidder - Victor Paving and Construction Inc. for $121,648.00; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented two bids for a 2001 Ford F450 surplus dump truck. Ms. Kovach motioned to accept the highest bid - William Yarnot for $17,550.50; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported collections of $1,135,371.56, leaving a balance of $633,301.76. Ms. Torris added that $276,000 has been collected in May. The borough is at an 84% collection rate. Many residents and businesses requested that the borough real estate tax collection discount date be moved to April 30th annually.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold discussed a meeting held with a reporter and photographer from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for an article on the downtown business district. A merchants' meeting is scheduled for May 13th with Jim Aeillo, a representative from the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, local business owners and the revitalization committee.

Mr. Warhold reported that the highway signs and booklets are prepared for Community Day. Flyers to advertise the event will be distributed to the business community, schools and election polls. Canned food items and donations will be accepted at Community Day for St. Winifred's Food Pantry. A Chinese auction will be held with proceeds to be donated to the Castle Shannon Holiday Giving Program.

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

Library:
Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier reported that St. Vincent DePaul's store will open May 18th. A Verizon cell phone store will open by Supercuts. An art store will be opening in the antique shop.

Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Vietmeier to check into a house on McRoberts that needs their grass cut.

Mr. Cheberenchick noted a large tree hanging over McRoberts Road by Havelock Street.

Borough Council congratulated Mr. Vietmeier on receipt of his certification through the Uniform Construction Code.

Public Safety:
Police Chief Harold Lane has submitted his resignation. Chief Lane has accepted a position as director of the Allegheny County Crime Scene Unit. Borough council regretfully accepted Chief Lane's resignation and wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor. Council agreed that Chief Lane will be truly missed.

Chief Lane discussed the no parking areas of the borough that have been temporarily posted.

A new Dodge Charger vehicle has been received in the police department.

The borough has received an ENRAD machine through grant funds.

A JAG grant will be forthcoming to purchase new computers in the police department.

Chief Lane discussed the county 911 service and commended council on choosing this service and saving borough tax payers approximately $70,000 a year.

The police department continues to work towards the state accreditation status.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

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:
The agenda contained the 2009 First Quarter Investment Report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
April Distribution Analysis: EIT - $90,423.70; LST - $5,851.38. Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick discussed the legislative alert request to send correspondence to our senator to preserve funding for the Main Street and Elm Street programs. Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the borough manager to send appropriate correspondence; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor:
Mayor Baumgarten reported that the Penndot Route 88 project will be re-bid and paving will not start until Spring of 2010.

Mayor Baumgarten requested that Columbia Gas Company be contacted about Grove Road restoration from their construction project.

Mayor Baumgarten thanked Chief Lane for making his job easier and running a well-organized police department.

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. O'Malley discussed meetings with the Allegheny Regional Asset District and the formula change that would reduce distributions to the library.


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