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May 14, 2007

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

The minutes of the April 23, 2007 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the 2007 Summer Road Material Bid Tabulations from the SHACOG bid opening. Mr. Coffey motioned to accept the bids; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris presented the April tax collection report: Collections - $158,943.68; Balance - $432,173.11. This is an 82% collection rate.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold reported that five applications were received for the summer recreation director position. Mr. Warhold recommended hiring Julie Mitchell due to her experience with the YMCA as counselor and director. Mr. Warhold motioned to hire Ms. Mitchell; Ms. Kovach seconded; Mr. Zezulewicz voted no; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold stated the Peer to Peer program is in the program analysis phase to determine the recreational assets and liabilities for each community.

The borough's concert in the park is scheduled for May 27th. The concert will be advertised in The Almanac, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette will be contacting Mr. Hartswick for information. PNC will be assisting in the sponsorship. Face painting, balloons, and jugglers will be available to entertain children. The next meeting of the Memorial Day Committee will be May 21st.

Mr. Cheberenchick stated the borough must strive to keep within the budgeted line items. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach stated another business owner noted several empty store fronts in the business section of town. Mr. Hartswick is attempting to work with the county development authorities.

Public Safety:
An emergency drill at Myrtle Avenue Elementary had a five minute evacuation time. The halls were filled with smoke. Teachers were trained through Blue Line Consulting.

Mr. Hartswick and Chief Lane have been working with the Penndot representatives for a pre-construction meeting for the Route 88 project. A big concern is cut-through traffic on residential roads. The police will have heavy enforcement for speeding and traffic violations. No detours will be scheduled. The project will start in June.

Mr. Carlucci voiced concerns regarding the clean up of brush and debris on Route 88 from Connor Road to Shady Run. Chief Lane will contact State Representative Chelsa Wagner.

A computer predator watch program is being organized with the Parent Faculty Organization at Myrtle Avenue Elementary. Sergeant David Lane and Officer Gary Watkins will also conduct a session for the students. The adult program is scheduled for May 29th at 7:00 p.m.

Two officers are scheduled to be present at the Kenny Blake Concert on May 27th to help with handicapped people assistance and patrol the grounds. All residents in the vicinity of the park will be notified that the parking will be restricted to one side of the street, and they will be notified of the event. Officer Jeff Recker and our K-9 dog Nitro will be available also. MRTSA will attend and have an ambulance nearby.

Public Works:
Mr. Coffey questioned if Mr. Myrah had received his NASCO certification. Mr. Hartswick answered yes.

Mr. Hartswick stated that five applications were received for seasonal employment with the public works department. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to set the wage for 2007 at $7.50 per hour; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Hartswick stated that the newsletter is printed and will be labeled and mailed. Council discussed the time frame and process of preparing the newsletter for print.

Nothing to report.

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 announced a meeting is scheduled for May 17th.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the first quarter investment report for 2007.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
April distribution analysis: EIT - $82,146.36; EMS - $5,852.50.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick advised that the Port Authority had started the process of the removal of the concrete pedestal on Willow Avenue. Ms. O'Malley added that the pedestal is still in place.

The joint purchased street sweeper was utilized in the borough today in preparation for the Memorial Day parade.

The magnitude of underground pipes associated with the Shady Run/Route 88/Castle Shannon Boulevard intersection has posed a problem for a permanent solution. The area will be repaved for an intermediate term fix. A complete re-build with redesigned pipe configurations will be initiated next year.

Allied Waste has extended an invitation to all SHACOG municipalities to attend a meeting on June 14 from 11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Aleksandra Kocelko has sent e-mail correspondence requesting consideration for the position of junior council person. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested that council schedule an interview Ms. Kocelko.

Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo reported receipt of a fax from Trollinger to amend the police pension plan. The amendment would clarify when the cost of living increase would occur. The current plan uses a retiree's anniversary date, and the amendment would have the increase on January 1st of each year. Mr. Biondo advised that since the borough is currently in the midst of arbitration, this amendment should be postponed.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report. Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.

Mr. Cheberenchick questioned why the public works crack sealing activities have ceased, and noted a street that was not only one-half sealed. Ms. Kovach added that only one-half of Park Avenue was sealed. Mr. Hartswick will discuss crack sealing with public works.

Mr. Cheberenchick questioned if the Kossman development on Castle Shannon Boulevard will be tapping into our sewers. Planning modules would be presented to borough engineers for analysis and then to borough council if a tap-in is requested.

Mr. Warhold questioned why the Grove Road intersection traffic lights could not be designed like the Shady Run/Castle Shannon Boulevard lights. Chief Lane answered that the traffic lights will be redesigned by Penndot in the Route 88 project; however Penndot will not change the lights at this time.

Ms. O'Malley noted that no action has been taken on the Fornear property. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the building will have to be demolished and the property filled in through the proper legal channels.

Ms. O'Malley also noted that there has been no action on the Baldwin Street and Willow Avenue intersection redesign.

Ms. Torris presented a request from Freedom Point to waive interest and penalties on a parcel of land on Middleboro Road. Council denied the request.


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