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May 12, 2003

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

The minutes of the April 28, 2003 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests. Being none, Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public portion of the meeting.

Bid Openings: Nothing to report.

Public Hearings: Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported the original 2003 county assessment figures for the borough were $305,218,150, which resulted in a face tax amount of $2,054,118.15. The assessed value on the tax statements was $301,337,998, which resulted in a face tax amount of $2,028,004.73. Ms. Torris will provide a memorandum to the manager.
Ms. Torris will be mailing reminder notices to residents with unpaid real estate taxes before the delinquent date.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach reported the playground equipment from Miracle Equipment has arrived for the borough parks. Public Works Department will complete the installation.
Final meeting for the Memorial Day Event is scheduled for May 19th at 6:00 p.m.

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

Library: Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.

Public Safety: Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 484 -Emergency Operations Plan. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Resolution 484 at its first reading; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Carlucci presented the Fines & Fees Report: District Court Fines-$3,256.21; Parking Citations-$360.00; Report Fees-$150.00; Meter Fines-$300.00; Alarm Fines Received-$50.00; Alarms Billed-$300.00; Special Services - $613.65.

Public Works: Mr. Coffey questioned the status of the applicants for the seasonal positions with the Public Works Department. Mr. Hartswick stated that all six positions have been filled.

Editorial Board: Mr. Hartswick reported the spring newsletter proof has been approved and is at the printers.

MRTSA: Mr. Cheberenchick announced an open house on May 18th from 1:00-4:00. Mayor Baumgarten added a Health Fair is scheduled for Friday.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments: Mr. Kirk announced the monthly meeting is scheduled for May 19th at South Park.

Police Pension: Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: April distribution analysis: EIT - $53,394.89; OPT - $1,713.80.

Engineer Report: Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick presented the SHACOG bid results for the 2003 Summer Road Material tabulation. Mr. Coffey motioned to approve the 2003 Summer Road Material tabulation; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report: Mayor Baumgarten commented on Whitehall's “Welcome” signs and suggested the borough may wish to purchase new signs.

Planning Commission: Mr. Hartswick received a letter of interest for serving on the board from Vince Kochenderfer. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to appoint Mr. Kochenderfer to complete the term vacated by Joseph Cordier with an expiry of December 31, 2003; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Zezulewicz requested Mr. Hartswick attend the June 19th meeting to introduce Mr. Kochenderfer to the other board members.

Solicitor: Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks: Mr. Hartswick requested council approve the use of the Municipal Center for the Hitters World Baseball Camp from June 16-19 through the youth association. Council concurred.

Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.

Other Business: Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the purchase of a bunker rake. Mr. Hartswick answered the rake was ordered.

Ms. Kovach addressed the inadequacy of storage space at the Public Works garage and proposed an addition to the current building. Mayor Baumgarten suggested placing a storage building at Hamilton Park and outlined problems with the railroad in obtaining land on Elm Street. Mr. Hartswick will contact architect David Tarbot. Mr. Zezulewicz discussed the need for a salt storage facility.

Mayor Baumgarten stated the car crash scene enacted by Keystone Oaks prom students was very moving, dramatic and effective. .


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