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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
May 12, 2014

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

The minutes of the April 28, 2014 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Donald Weimer, 1408 Highland Villa Road – discussed an incident where a side mirror was damaged on his vehicle due to the constricted roadway caused by vehicles parking on both sides of the street. Mr. Weimer’s comments at the April 28th council meeting precipitated a review of the parking on Highland Villa. Notices were mailed to residents on Highland Villa to advise them that no parking signs would be posted on one side of the street. One Saturday, a police officer had to request that residents move their cars because a police vehicle could not get through. Chief Truver explained that parking needs to be limited to one side to allow for emergency vehicle access for police, fire and MRTSA vehicles. Most of the streets in Castle Shannon are limited to parking on one side.

Richard Dragoo, 1436 Highland Villa Drive- noted that not all streets are posted for parking one side; however he agreed that all residents present want the streets to be safe. Mr. Dragoo noted that three houses have steep driveways that cause cars to scrape bottom going in and out of driveways. The residents must pull straight out onto Highland Villa, which could cause an issue if cars are parked across the street.

Rochelle Roeschenthaler, 1428 Highland Villa Drive– discussed line of sight concerns when cars are parked across the street on the bend. Mayor Baumgarten added that many residents are not using their driveways during peak traffic hours, which forces traffic into the opposite lane causing a very dangerous situation.

Gail Staab, 1432 Highland Villa Drive– stated that frequent pulling in and out of her driveway causes damage to her vehicle from scraping. Ms. Staab described many houses that have parking pads and pull off areas across the street. Because of the bend in the road, Ms. Staab believes that no parking signs should be posted on the odd (south) side of the street. The following residents agreed with Ms. Staab: Jeff Lewandowski, 1448 Highland Villa Drive; George Roeschenthaler, 1428 Highland Villa Drive; and Robert Greer, 1480 Highland Villa Drive.

Ms. Kovach commented that most people in the borough are considerate of neighbors and will park accordingly. The borough will look into the curbing issue and review storm sewer water drainage.

Chief Truver proposed changing the parking restriction to the south side of Highland Villa from McRoberts Road to Sycamore and continuing to the Whitehall line. Council directed the solicitor to prepare the parking ordinance and the parking signs will be installed for a 30 day trial before becoming permanent. Frank Lerdo, 517 Glenn Shannon Drive– described a neighboring vacant property with a dangerous dead tree. The property also has delinquent taxes owed. Mr. Lerdo has been working with Mr. Vietmeier on the tree problem, and Mr. Vietmeier has sent correspondence to the property owner. This property could be posted for sheriff sale.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the 2013 Summer Road Material bid tabulation from SHACOG. Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the bids through the South Hills Area Council of Governments Purchasing Alliance; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Sean Garren of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP presented Ordinance #892 authorizing the incurring of debt of $400,000 and finalizing the loan from Dollar Bank for the municipal center roof repair, sewer jetter purchase and police software purchase. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Ordinance #892. Being none, the public hearing was closed. Ms. Kovach called for a roll call vote to approve Ordinance #892: Mr. Swisher – yes, Ms. O’Malley – yes, Mr. Cheberenchick – yes, Ms. Brannon – yes, Mr. Warhold – yes, Ms. Kovach

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the April collection report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
The public works seasonal crew started this month.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver reported that the license plate reader technology resulted in a recent arrest for a stolen vehicle, and the driver had a firearm in the car.

The week of May 15th is National Police Week. Police officers will be wearing mourning bands over their badges, and the police cars are displaying blue ribbons.

Chief Truver invited council to schedule a short ride-along to review the most recent police vehicle technology.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check register for April 30th. Ms. O’Malley motioned to ratify the April Treasurer’s report; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Community Activities/Planning & Codes – Mr. Warhold stated that Ladds Sterling has started his seasonal employment and is sending out high grass notices.

Mr. Vietmeier has been receiving many zoning applications for residents to improve homes with concrete and asphalt parking pads.

Mr. Vietmeier condemned a small house at 3620 Elm Avenue during a recent inspection. The purchaser plans to demolish and rebuild.

The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation has a meeting scheduled for Wednesday. A shed was purchased for the community garden and will be delivered in two weeks. The board will be discussing the “Green Wall” on Willow Avenue. In addition, Mr. Warhold will be working with Ray DeLallo and Debbie Gallo on installing flower planters in the downtown district.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will be reviewing the TreeVitalize plantings from 2013 to insure the trees are thriving and the commitment to care for the plantings is being upheld.

A “Shred It” program is scheduled May 24th at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The first two banker’s size boxes of papers are free.

Community Day is scheduled for May 25th. Mr. Warhold thanked Bethany Kovach for preparing the advertising booklet for Community Day and Ed Larson for obtaining the support of local businesses with advertisements. Betsy Myers still needs volunteers to help with the children’s games. Annie Shaw is working on parking lot coordination, and Lynn and Dave Seiler are assisting with marking the lot. Mr. Warhold will be working with Public Works to coordinate tables, chairs, tents, picnic tables, etc.

The annual Memorial Day Parade is May 26th. Council commended Mr. Warhold for coordinating all the community events.

Library:
Mr. Swisher reported that John Ebel was appointed to the library board and Kevin Shortt has been hired as custodian.

Editorial Board:
The newsletter is in the printer’s rotation schedule.

MRTSA:
Through Connect, UPMC and Highmark are financing a pilot program where paramedics are visiting residences to determine if a hospital trip is required.

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. Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #600 to be included for three years in the CDBG grant funding program. Mr. Swisher motioned to adopt Resolution #600; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick was happy to report that the borough’s application was accepted for a Keystone Communities Grant in the amount of $14,500. Ms. Brannon motion to accept the grant; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The borough had submitted an application for a CDBG grant to demolish two properties, i.e. 840 Bockstoce Avenue and 3708-3710 Poplar Avenue. Due to the deplorable condition of the Poplar Avenue property, council authorized immediate demolition. The borough requested an amendment to the grant application to substitute 1426 Trance Drive instead of the property on Poplar Avenue. Although the substitution was denied, the borough will submit a second application for the Trance demolition. Therefore, Mr. Hartswick submitted Resolution #601 – a concurring resolution authorizing the application for funds with the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution #601 for $17,340.00; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

In addition, Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #602 – a demolition slums and blight resolution for 1426 Trance Drive. Mr. Swisher motioned to adopt Resolution #602; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten presented a proclamation recognizing National Police Week from May 11 – 17, 2014 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.

This week is also Salvation Army Week and next week is Emergency Medical Services Week.

Mayor Baumgarten reported the Keystone Oaks High School’s baseball and softball teams are in the playoffs.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Nothing to report.


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