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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
May 9, 2011

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

Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten, who introduced Shane Bauer, Matt Conrad and Libby Pellarin - the DARE essay winners from Myrtle Avenue Elementary School. Mayor Baumgarten presented each with a DARE certificate of recognition, and council congratulated the students.

The minutes of the April 25, 2011 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Dan Mamula, representing Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church – discussed the steps taken for their sewer project to link the festival grounds located in Bethel Park to the borough’s sanitary sewer line. A grease trap was installed in the sink at the picnic grounds to eliminate suspended solids, and Mr. Hartswick sent a letter to the manager of Bethel Park to have the sewage paid to Castle Shannon. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that the borough wants to insure that the project is in compliance with proper procedures and that the grease and sewage flow would not obstruct the sewer line for our residents. Mr. Biondo drafted a revised developer’s agreement for the project. Mr. Warhold motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into an agreement with Holy Trinity for the sewer line installation; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Kevin Brannon, 3185 Home Avenue – asked about the criteria for placing roads on the paving program. Mr. Zezulewicz answered that
1) a visual study is done of the roads,
2) the number of vehicles that utilize a road is taken into consideration, and
3) the cost to pave the road.
Mr. Brannon stated that Home Avenue is severely deteriorating, and this street affects twelve or thirteen homes. Mr. Zezulewicz explained that the budget for the 2011 road paving program is $150,000, and most communities are making cuts to stay within budget. Council is preparing a program to calculate if additional funds could be generated with the refinance of a current bond.

Mary Ruth Haid, 3195 Home Avenue – stated that Home Avenue is in terrible condition and people are afraid of falling in the street. Ms. Haid added that Home Street has only been paved once in the forty-nine years that she has lived there.

Mr. Zezulewicz explained that the cost to pave Home Avenue was $40,000, and this figure is not available in the budget. Federal mandates without funding and contractual obligations from arbitration awards have stressed the borough’s budget. Council does care and tries diligently to take care of the residents’ concerns. Mr. Warhold stated that the Penndot Route 88 project has destroyed our side streets from the increased traffic flow. Council recognizes that a comprehensive road paving program is needed and has received estimates that the cost to repave all necessary streets in the borough is approximately $5,000,000. The public works department will examine the road to determine if a temporary repair could be done.

Cathy and Bob Marchett, 900 Sleepy Hollow Road – are owners of the Wash Works building and would like to have the zoning changed from residential R-3 to commercial in order to sell the property. Mr. Marchett said that the property was sold to them as commercial property. This rezoning request was presented to the planning commission, but was denied. Mr. Biondo clarified that the property is zoned residential, but was used for commercial purposes. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that if a purchaser wants to buy the property, an agreement between the buyer and seller could stipulate that the sale is based upon approval of the rezoning by the planning commission. A lengthy discussion continued on the zoning approval process and re-zoning requirements.

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:
The agenda contained the April report with collections of $1,480,852.36. The collections are three percent higher than April of 2010.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
The public works department has applied wood preservative at Hamilton Park, and the Municipal Center asphalt sealing project will commence on Tuesday of this week. The public works seasonal workers started this month.

Finance:
Nothing to report.

Library:
Mr. Orr reported that the library security cameras have been installed. Funding for cameras was provided through a DCED grant.

Planning and Codes:
A hearing on codes violations for 975 Pine Avenue is scheduled for Wednesday at District Magistrate David Barton’s office.

Mr. Warhold and Mr. Hartswick met with Bill Fontana, President of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center to explore funding program options for the revitalization project.

On May 4th, Mr. Warhold attended a documentary screening of The New Metropolis at the opening of the Hollywood Theater in Dormont sponsored by 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania.

The borough’s website will be updated to include available properties including foreclosure and sheriff sales.

Mr. Warhold and Ms. Goodyear will attend an advanced organizational sustainability seminar on May 18th and 19th.

The Delta Development revitalization presentation is scheduled for May 24th at the Community Library of Castle Shannon.

The soldier banners have been posted for display in town.

The bridge on Castle Shannon Boulevard at Poplar Avenue is being repaired thanks to Penndot.

Public Safety:
Ms. O’Malley reported that the police department had a DUI checkpoint on Library Road on May 6th in cooperation with several neighboring police departments. The results were six DUI arrests, one false identification arrest, two drug arrests and 19 citations for various violations.

The police officers will be wearing black mourning bands and flying blue ribbons on the vehicles from May 15th to May 21st in memoriam of fallen police officers.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
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 administrative advisory meeting is scheduled for May 11th.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the 1st quarter 2011 report.

Non-Uniformed Pension: The agenda contained the 1st quarter 2011 report.

Junior Council Person:
The AP tests were conducted, and the Mr. Keystone Oaks competition was held to raise money for charities. Some members of the track and field team will be going to the qualifiers.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick has been authorized to submit a community development block grant application for the potential demolition of the structure at 975 Pine Avenue.

Mayor:
Mayor Baumgarten presented a proclamation for National Police Week from May 15th to May 21st 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, 2011 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.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Orr calculated that $15,000 has been collected for Community Day in advertisements, vendor registrations and donations.


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