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May 24, 2010

The meeting of Castle Shannon Borough Council was called to order at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of the Castle Shannon Municipal Center, 3310 McRoberts Road, Castle Shannon, PA 15234.

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Tax Collector S. Torris was absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; and P. Vietmeier, Codes Official. Junior Council Person K. Munson was absent.

The minutes of the May 10, 2010 council meeting were presented. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Sheila Quinlin, 1000 Venetian Way, Miami, Florida - represented her family and discussed concerns about the condition of four properties on Ulrich Avenue in Castle Shannon, i.e. trash and/or appliances on porches and yards, collapsing roof and porches, and delinquent real estate taxes. A lengthy discussion continued on anonymous ways to notify the borough of code violations. Mr. Vietmeier is aware of the situation. One property has been cited, and the borough is waiting for a hearing date from the district magistrate. The codes official will review the other properties and initiate the proper legal process for each structure. Mr. Vietmeier will provide council with an update.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the 2010 Road Program bids. Six bids were received. Ms. O'Malley motioned to award the bid to A. Folino Construction for $134,540.15; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Biondo presented Ordinance 873, an ordinance amending the zoning map to rezone property along Mt. Lebanon Boulevard from R-3 to C-1. The ordinance was publicly advertised, sent to the county planning agency, and adjoining properties were posted. The borough's planning commission has expressed their approval. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing; no comments were received. Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing. Mr. Orr motioned to adopt Ordinance 873 at its first reading; Ms. O'Malley seconded; Mr. Zezulewicz abstained; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Smith reported that a CDBG pre-application grant was submitted for $24,000 to replace playground equipment at the upper level of Hamilton Park. Full application will be submitted the third week of July.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the April Treasurer's Report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Orr reported that the borough engineers have been contacted to inspect the leaking roof.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold agreed that a residential area on Ulrich Avenue is appalling. The codes department is moving forward on code violations, and property owners have been cited.

Mr. Warhold reported that a hearing is scheduled on June 3rd at 9:00 a.m. regarding code violations at a property on Linden Avenue.

Reverend Rivera, a psychic reader, has opened a shop on Willow Avenue.

The committees are preparing for Community Day, and will meet on Saturday to review the parking areas. The field was double cut today. Public works will try to secure a field sweeper to groom the field. The county showmobile will arrive on Friday. Signage will be posted. The boy scouts have planned to camp out on Saturday evening.

Ms. Kovach asked for an update on the Fresh Market. Mr. Warhold answered the committee is currently securing additional vendors. Trax Farms and the Organic Gardener are confirmed. The next committee meeting will be May 26th.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver announced that June is Buckle Up Enforcement Month. The borough was awarded a $1,500 grant for this project.

The police applicants will take the physical agility test on Thursday at the Allegheny County Police Training Academy.

Effective June 1st, Grove Road will have one-way traffic. Uphill traffic will be detoured to Hamilton Road, with a left turn onto McRoberts. This traffic pattern will be effective for twelve weeks.

The police advisory board has applied for grants through SHACOG for auto license plate readers.

Mr. Zezulewicz requested that the police continue to patrol McRoberts Road for stop sign and speeding violations. Traffic has increased dramatically from Penndot's Route 88 construction project which will be completed in October. Mayor Baumgarten added the traffic on Route 88 is moving very well, except for possibly at the height of rush hour. Most of the contractor's work is being completed at night. A lengthy discussion continued about traffic patterns and speeding.

Public Works
Mr. Hartswick received a letter regarding an internal review of salt shed structures. The borough's architect will secure a quote from a structural engineer to conduct a visual review of the salt shed.

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:
Nothing to report.

Police 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:
Nothing to report.

Mayor Baumgarten attended the Keystone Oaks Honors dinner to present Kristie Munson with the Mayor's Community Service Award for 2010.

A new guard rail was installed at McRoberts Road and Grove Road to enable better visual line of sight for traffic.

The Grove Road Bridge is steadily proceeding. The project may be completed by mid June. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be planned.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo stated a request to install a billboard on Route 88 was denied by the planning commission and was appealed to the zoning hearing board. Two billboard requests have been made for Mt. Lebanon Blvd.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Kovach announced the Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:30 on May 31st at St. Anne Church.

Mr. Warhold stated that Diana Fornear won the Congressman Tim Murphy leadership award at the award banquet.

Ms. O'Malley stated that Facchiano Contracting did a good job on brick road installation on upper Willow Avenue.


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