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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
May 13, 2013

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

The minutes of the April 22 2013 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Ken Truver introduced Officer Justin Majors who was hired on April 29, 2013. Mayor Baumgarten gave the official oath of office to Officer Majors. Council welcomed the officer.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, the public comment section was closed. Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported collections of $1,555,660.89 for April. Collections are in line with 2012 reports.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon announced a benefit spaghetti dinner at the Keystone Oaks cafeteria on May 19th to benefit Daryl Hays, who is suffering a life-threatening illness.

Ms. Brannon discussed the TreeVitalize planting on April 27th. Fifty-five volunteers attended to plant 19 trees. Photos will be posted on Facebook and Shutterfly. Ms. Kovach added that it was a great event, and everyone is looking forward to another planting next year.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher reported that the 2013 public works dump truck was delivered today. Mr. DeLallo and Ms. Miller delivered the spring newsletters to the Northside post office. Public works has completed numerous dye tests for property sales.

The following employees have been hired for the seasonal public works department: Logan Ausman, Jonathan Welch, Ryan Fawcett and Joseph Grecek.

The hero banners have been installed, and Chip Myrah created a location chart to help residents locate their banner.

Mr. Hartswick presented a proposal for stump removal and grading at 951 Arch Avenue for $750.00 by Soli Construction. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the proposal; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick also presented a proposal to install two manholes on Sleepy Hollow Road for $9,800.00 by Soli Construction. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the manhole installation within the borough’s right-of-way; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver noted that Police Officer Jeffrey Recker and his canine Nitro was recognized in an article in the Chiefs of Police newsletter.

The Castle Shannon Police Department received a $2,500 Buckle-Up grant to fund additional details from May 20th through June 9th.

This week is Police Officer Memorial Week. Officers will be wearing black mourning bands on their badges, and the patrol cars will display blue ribbons in observance of the forty-seven law enforcement officers that were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2012. Chief Truver read the FBI preliminary statistics outlining the circumstances relating to the deaths. Forty-three of the deaths involved firearms.

Finance:
Mr. Cheberenchick reported that collections are in line and expenditures are slightly less than the April 2012 report. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the March treasurer’s report; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that Paul Vietmeier and Ladds Sterling are extremely busy and many hearings are scheduled in June with District Magistrate David Barton.

A Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation meeting is scheduled on May 20th at 1:30 p.m. with Dormont Community Development Corporation and Cindy Gormley of the Department of Community and Economic Development for explore partnership opportunities for a Keystone Community grant.

Mr. Warhold stated that the TreeVitalize planting was a fantastic day and fun day for everyone involved. We had a nice community turnout. Ms. Gallo and the other tree tenders will be scouting the borough for potential planting areas for next year. In addition, she will be reviewing the downtown district to suggest places for flowering planters or additional trees.

A meeting is scheduled tomorrow for Community Day. Everything is going well and the committee is looking forward to a beautiful day. The event will be bigger and better than ever.

Library:
Starting next week, the library will be closed on Sundays for the summer season.

Editorial Board:
Newsletters should be received in homes this week.

MRTSA:
Mr. Warhold stated that MRTSA is purchasing software for their human resources department to streamline administrative practices.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. O’Malley reported the May meeting will be hosted by Pleasant Hills.

The administrative advisory committee met May 8th and viewed a presentation from Waste Management in preparation for the new waste contract bidding for 2014.

The borough will be applying for two home demolition projects for the CDBG Year 40 grants.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the first quarter 2013 report. Pension meeting will be held May 20th.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
The agenda contained the first quarter 2013 report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Kunig reported that the Keystone Oaks vs. Elizabeth Forward baseball game held at 2:00 p.m. today will be featured this week on the MSA Sports Network at www.nsasports.net.

The Powderpuff game will be held on May 21st at 7:00 p.m. at Dormont Stadium.

Keystone Oaks has been nominated for the Gene Kelly Award (which is the equivalent of the Tony Awards) for Allegheny County high school musicals. The Drowsy Chaperone was nominated for best musical, best lighting design, best supporting actor (Lucas Grasha), best supporting actress (Molly Young), best ensemble, best choreography, and best direction.

Ms. Brannon announced that the Keystone Oaks Middle School band concert is May 14th, and the high school band concert is May 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten read a proclamation recognizing National Police Week 2013 and 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.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed legislation for stricter regulations for gun control permits. The bill is before the House of Representatives. A similar bill was voted down by the Senate earlier this year. Mayor Baumgarten stated that as a member of Ceasefire Pennsylvania and Mayors against Illegal Guns, he would like to have this bill passed. There are too many illegal guns in circulation, and too many people getting killed.

Mayor Baumgarten commended the actors for the mock car crash staged by Keystone Oaks and Seton La-Salle.

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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