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May 14, 2012

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; 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, Junior Council Person.

Mr. Hartswick submitted the resignation letter of Robert Carlucci from Borough Council. Ms. Kovach presented Resolution 576 to appoint Daniel Swisher as council member due to a vacancy resulting from this resignation. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt Resolution 576; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mayor Baumgarten gave the oath of office to Mr. Swisher, and council welcomed him to the board.

The minutes of the April 23, 2012 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

William Patterson, 918 Edgewood Avenue – reported that when Edgewood Avenue was paved many years ago, the curbing was installed approximately four inches above road level. As a result of cars parking on the curb, it has deteriorated significantly. Ms. Kovach stated that the public works department will examine the curbing, and council is currently contemplating a comprehensive road paving program for the borough. Mr. Patterson questioned placement of cars parked by his driveway. Chief Truver answered that as long as the driveway is not blocked, people may park on the street.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the 2012 Summer Road Materials bid through SHACOG; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the actions taken by the Civil Service Commission and accept the minutes of the April 25, 2012 meeting; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported collections of $514,006.02 for the month of April. Balance to be collected is $1,987,216.49.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold stated that the Memorial Day Parade and program have been finalized.

The Summer Recreation Program will begin June 18th. Kristine Malia has agreed to take the position of director; and Elaine Conroy and Betsy Breinig will work as adult counselors.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the April treasurer’s report; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley reported that the library presented the movie “The Vow”. The next new release movie date is May 17th at 1:00 p.m.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold will be meeting with Harry Handmaker and Tim Kirsch to review vendor parking at Hamilton Park for Community Day.

On May 26th at 10:00 a.m. a Shannon Hero’s banner tribute will be held at the Memorial Fire Hall. Representatives from the police department, fire department, Medical Rescue Team South, and local media will be present along with esteemed speakers and legislators.

The CDBG Year 38 Grant for the Arch Street demolition should be received next month. Mr. Hartswick is applying for a CDBG Year 39 grant to demolish two more residences on Ulrich and Hamilton.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that #1 Cochran has received all building permits to proceed with their renovations on Sleepy Hollow Road.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver reported that the police department will be participating in an annual emergency drill at Myrtle Avenue Elementary School.

A $1,000 grant was received from Buckle-Up PA. From May 21st to June 10th the police department will be focusing on seat belt safety.

Chief Truver announced that this is National Police Memorial Week, and the police cars will be sporting blue ribbons in memory of all officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty. Two officers from western Pennsylvania lost their lives last year.

Public Works:
Four seasonal workers have been hired for the 2012 summer.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

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:
The monthly meeting will be held Thursday evening at Jefferson Hills.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the first quarter report for 2012, and Mr. Bittner of Univest Consulting will be holding pension meetings on May 22nd for the police pension and non-uniformed pension plans.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
The agenda contained the first quarter report for 2012.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Kunig reported that the last school day for seniors will be June 4th, and graduation will be held Friday, June 8th at 7:30 at the Dormont Stadium. The senior awards banquet will be May 16th at the Holiday Inn.

Six Lady Eagles track runners made WPIAL championships: Emily Bigler, Katie Palmer, Maria Scanlon, Sarah Abbot, Mariah Berman and Jess Schwietzer.

Girls’ softball playoffs begin this week, as well as boys’ volleyball.

Alexa Xenakis signed a full basketball scholarship with Point Park. Emily Valley and Megan Farrel took first place at Future Business Leaders of America. They will be representing Pennsylvania in Texas.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the April Berkheimer distribution reports.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick reported that the Three Rivers Wet Weather Southern Basin Group meeting will be held May 21st at 6:30 p.m. at the Greentree Municipal Building. Council will need to appoint a representative.

Mayor Baumgarten welcomed Mr. Swisher to borough council and added he was privileged and honored to have known Mr. Swisher’s parents. The Swisher family has been involved in borough activities such as the fire department and planning commission for many years.

Mayor Baumgarten presented a proclamation for National Police Week from May 14th to May 19th to honor the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy. Further, the mayor called upon all citizens to observe May 15, 2012 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day to honor officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice or have become disabled in the performance of duty, and to recognize and pay respect to the survivors of our fallen heroes.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed that fact that Borough Council passed a gun ordinance requiring residents to report lost or stolen guns. Gun advocacy groups have lobbied to pass House Bill 1523 and Senate Bill 1438 which would encourage frivolous, costly lawsuits against municipalities by extreme gun advocacy groups and gun owners, even if no evidence is presented indicating that their rights have been infringed upon. Mayor Baumgarten presented Resolution #577 in opposition of House Bill 1523 and Senate Bill 1438. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution #577; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo reviewed a court case regarding sewer line damage from a Columbia Gas/Alex Paris Contracting construction project on Grove Road, and asked for council’s authorization to accept a settlement. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into the settlement agreement; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Biondo reported that the Corpomix USA owned property at 975 Pine Avenue has sold free and clear of municipal claims and liens. This sale will put the property back on the tax role.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. O’Malley stated that the Port Authority wall across from Someone Else’s Place has litter and debris that needs cleared. Mr. Hartswick will notify Port Authority. Public Works will also be notified.

Ms. Brannon asked for the most appropriate way to observe National Police Week. Chief Truver suggested tying a blue ribbon on your car or voicing a thank you to the officers.

Mr. Swisher expressed his appreciation for council’s confidence in his appointment, and stated he is looking forward to working with each member of borough council


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