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May 11, 2015

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; M. Randazzo; M. Warhold; D. Swisher; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; Junior Council Member, B. Fabbio.

The minutes of the April 27, 2015 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Brannon motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Carl Scheidhauer, 3336 Mary Place – reported that a dead tree at the end of their cul-de-sac poses a danger if it falls into the street. Mr. Vietmeier discussed the tree with Whitehall representatives and will check surveys to determine ownership. Ms. Kovach stated that if ownership cannot be determined, the borough may take steps to have the tree removed.

The following residents addressed council to request that parking on both sides of the street be reinstated on Poplar Avenue:
  • Nick Fortunato, 3530 Poplar Avenue
  • Bryan Gigliotti, 3545 Poplar Avenue
  • Robert Harris Jr., 3540 Poplar Avenue
  • Gene Francheschi, 3549 Poplar Avenue
  • Jodi Hogben, 3535 Poplar Avenue
  • Caryn Kuhn, 3538 Poplar Avenue
  • Mary Ann Bitters, 3547 Poplar Avenue
  • Joann Binek, 3527 Poplar Avenue
Chief Truver presented photographs depicting the limited access for the fire truck equipment on that street when vehicles are parked on both sides. Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten recommended the no parking on one side of the street remain posted according to borough’s parking ordinance. Council will take this matter under advisement.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick reported we received two bids for the 2014 Operation and Maintenance Repair Program. Both bids were in excess of the engineer’s estimate. Mr. Swisher motioned to reject the bids and rebid the project; Ms. Brannon 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 April collections of $1,815,084.81. This is an 86% collection rate.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon announced that the Keystone Oaks Boys Soccer has two fundraising events planned. On May 20th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Arby’s on Route 88 will donate 15% of proceeds to the team; and on May 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Coach’s Bottleshop & Grille on Banksville Road will donate 15% of all food sales to the team.

Ms. Brannon added that a link has been created for Detective PJ Koropal’s family at http://wppbf.org/images/koropal-tshirt-form.jpg

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver discussed the Keystone Oaks program to provide bagged lunches to children 18 years or younger at the Municipal Center pavilion from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June 15th to August 14th. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve use of the Municipal Center pavilion; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Other sites in Castle Shannon for this program are the Community Library of Castle Shannon and Alvern Gardens.

Chief Truver sadly reported that two officers in our area have recently passed away in the line of duty: Lt. Eric Eslary of the Ligonier Township Police Department, and Allegheny County Detective Paul Koropal. Chief Truver asked that people remember these two officers while we memorialize police officers nationwide and recognize our own local police department during National Police Week.

Mayor Baumgarten presented a proclamation recognizing National Police Week from May 10 – 16, 2015 to honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy. A copy of the proclamation is attached to the minutes.

Chief Truver requested permission to sell a used light bar from a police car to the Green Tree Police Department for $200.00. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the sale; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Swisher motioned to ratify the April Treasurer’s report; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier stated that a farmers market is planned this summer for the former McGinnis property every third Sunday of the month starting in June.

Mr. Warhold announced several committee meetings this week: May 12 – Community Day and CSRC Promotion, and May 13 – Memorial Day and CSRC’s board meeting. On Friday, May 15th, Mr. Warhold and Mr. Cassidy will visit Harrisburg to meet with DCED and the Pennsylvania Downtown Center representatives.

Mr. Cassidy reviewed the Keystone Communities’ Anchor Building Grant for $500,000 to be loaned to Mr. Earle Martin to renovate the building at 918 Park Avenue. The borough would be the recipient of the grant.

Mr. Cassidy also discussed a Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) Program grant to fund a project improving connectivity or utilization of existing transportation assets. This would be a 30% matching grant to be used for the streetscape project.

Mr. Swisher reported that the lottery raffle has made $511.

An additional fundraiser is planned for Gianna Via’s in Caste Village on June 25th. Coupons are being distributed.

Keystone Oaks will have the children’s lunch program hosted at the Community Library.

Mr. Swisher urges residents to recycle paper at the library. Once again, the Library will receive money for the recycling collected. Also, cardboard and phone books are now on the approved list of materials.

Registration is open for Vendor and Craft Fair to be held November 14th.

The library board meeting of June 4th will have a special guest - Executive Director of Allegheny County Libraries Association, Marilyn Jenkins.

Editorial Board:
The newsletter has been received in residences last week.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Ms. Kovach will attend the board meeting of June 4th.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

PA State Association of Boroughs:
Council congratulated Mr. Warhold for being awarded the PBCA Outstanding Councilmember of the Year award. Mr. Warhold attended the annual conference in Lancaster. After meeting delegates from other regions, Mr. Warhold stated that Castle Shannon is at the forefront in every department such as codes enforcement, public safety, emergency management, and fire department services. Castle Shannon is truly a hidden gem.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles Football Purse Bash is Saturday, May 16th at 12:00 noon.

The last day of school for students is June 11th.

Earned Income Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick asked council to accept the 2015 Summer Materials bids through the SHACOG purchasing alliance. Results will be tabulated and presented to council on June 11th. Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the bids; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten stated that AR Builders are planning a development on the Mastandrea property, and their project in Pleasant Hills is very impressive.

In recognition of National Police Week, Mayor Baumgarten thanked Chief Truver and the officers of the Castle Shannon Police Department for their service to the community.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
The high school principal and assistant superintendent are retiring this year.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold attended an enjoyable concert at Myrtle Avenue Elementary School, and attended a cyber-bullying class sponsored through the attorney general’s office. Mr. Warhold invited council to visit and view the arts and crafts on display throughout the school.


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