The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci, M. Cheberenchick, T. Kirk, N. Kovach, J. O'Malley, R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief; D. Grass, Interim Manager. Council Member P. Coffey was absent.
The minutes of the April 22, 2002 meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; seconded by Ms. O'Malley; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.
Mr. Joseph Holzer, 3112 Home Avenue reported a concrete gutter was placed on Ornament Way that requires clearing of leaves, debris and poison ivy. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the borough would investigate ownership and determine appropriate action.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment 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 total collections of $425,178.87 for 2002 taxes. Balance due $1,413.208.49. Mr. Carlucci questioned if a delinquent tax list could be obtained. Ms. Torris answered Jordan Tax Service has all delinquent accounts.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach stated the Memorial Day parade will have the following participants: The Blue Knights, Keystone Oaks High School Band, MacDonald Pipe Band, antique cars and motorcycles. The fireworks display will be executed from Sleepy Hollow Field.
Mr. Zezulewicz discussed traffic control for Memorial Day on Maplewood Drive with Chief Lane. Chief Lane recommended closing the street. Mr. Kirk added Fire Chief Reffner should be contacted regarding the fireworks display. L. Miller will prepare flyers for the elementary school children.
Ms. Kovach reported equipment, pipes and gravel are being stockpiled at Hamilton Park from Steiger Street construction. Chief Lane will address the issue with the construction companies.
Borough staff will complete flower planting at the Municipal Center.
Mayor Baumgarten discussed falling ceiling tiles in the police locker room from water damage. Council discussed enclosing the front door area. Chief Lane contacted Atlantic Waterproofing regarding the leakage. Public Works will dye test the front door area.
Finance: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: Ms. O'Malley reported the library renovations are 99% completed. The opening celebration will be scheduled for September.
The children's librarian position has been filled.
Ms. O'Malley announced a book sale is scheduled for May 16, 17 & 18.
Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.
Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci presented the April Reports: District Court Fines - $3,391.40; Parking Citations - $500.00; Report Fees - $135.00; Meter Fines - $300.00; Alarm Fines Received - $0.00; Alarm Fines Billed - $150.00; Special Services - $1,374.83; Police Calls – 447; Hospital report – 45.
Chief Lane reported the police supervisors are certified in incident command management from the recent training session held at the municipal center. Supervisors will be able to further train the police officers.
Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association is offering law enforcement state accreditation.
Public Works: Mr. Cheberenchick reported the Canal Street Pump Station crew has been rotated.
Mr. Zezulewicz noted crack sealing on borough streets should commence.
Mr. Kirk received complaints of rats on Castle Circle. Mr. Cheberenchick replied the sewers have been baited.
Editorial Board: Ms. Miller reported on Spring newsletter printing and mailing progress.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Mr. Cheberenchick announced a membership meeting on May 23rd.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Ms. Grass noted the extension of the rock salt contract for an optional year. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to extend the contract; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Grass reported the CDBG CD Year 29 pre-applications are due May 31st. Kevin Brett of Lennon, Smith, Souleret suggested repairs to sewer lines. Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve a pre-application for the CDBG CD Year 29; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Police Pension Review Committee: Ms. Grass noted information on Act 600 Amendments. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the committee is aware of the changes. Mr. Biondo has been on contact with Bill Asay of Mockenhaupt Associates. Chief Lane noted the collective bargaining agreement expires December 31, 2003.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Distribution Analysis for April 2002: EIT - $37,244.92; OPT –$608.90.
Engineer: Mr. Zezulewicz questioned correspondence regarding a Duquesne Light new guy pole to replace the pole at Sixth Street and McRoberts. Ms. Grass reported the borough engineers recommend signing and returning the request form as this is a routine procedure.
Mr. Cheberenchick reported the borough garage sanitary sewer line was punctured by a Duquesne Light Pole. Port Authority discovered the problem due to LRT construction, and will have A&L Construction replace the line and manhole.
Mr. Zezulewicz questioned correspondence from Robert Firek to Russell Standard regarding the 2002 Liquid Fuels Roadway Improvement Program. Mr. Carlucci reported on the construction process.
Ms. Kovach noted Park Avenue requires restoration work from a sewer repair.
Manager's Report: Ms. Kovach motioned to renew PLCM membership dues for PELRAS of $325.00; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Grass noted a maintenance renewal agreement for the web site. No action taken.
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the 2002 budget changes as of 4/3/02; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Grass reported on reorganization of the code enforcement office. Mr. Zezulewicz requested a work session with Mr. Rick Drozynski.
Ms. Grass discussed a letter of support for the development of a four-unit building at 3744 Willow Avenue.
Ms. Grass reported a meeting with Port Authority is scheduled for May 15th at 4:00 p.m.
Ms. Grass noted a grant contract from the DEP for $20,000 for a pump station for the fire department. Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the grant contract; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor Baumgarten reported the BOMAC training for the police department and commended Lou Gorski of SHACOG for coordinating the impressive training.
Mayor Baumgarten stated a tree in the borough right-of-way on Pine Street needs removed. Mr. Biondo stated that if the borough did not plant and maintain the tree, it is the property owner's responsibility. If damages occur, the entity responsible is the person negligent in not taking care of the tree. Council discussed the necessity of a written policy on tree removal in borough right-of-ways.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: The agenda contained a proposed agreement with Port Authority; information regarding a 3 Rivers Wet Weather Meeting, and information on the sanitary sewer project for 1440 Orr Drive.
Keystone Oaks : Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Vacancy appointment was tabled.
Other Business: Ms. O'Malley stated it has been a pleasure working with the staff in borough administration.
Mr. Zezulewicz announced borough council is scheduled to meet the June 10th, July 8th and August 12th.