The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; T. Kirk; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Councilman P. Coffey was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor. Police Chief H. Lane was absent.
The minutes of the May 9, 2003 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten for a special presentation.
Mayor Baumgarten stated it is an honor to participate in the awards programs for the schools. Castle Shannon's DARE program is the best in the school district. The following students read their award winning DARE essays to the audience: Lindsay Lippert, Olivia Mussina, Brittney Schwalm, and Mia Fehl. Tyler Hans, the other DARE essay winner, was absent. Council applauded and congratulated the children.
Mayor Baumgarten commended the principals at Myrtle Avenue Elementary and St. Anne Elementary.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.
Edward Guzik, 1427 Trance Drive - commented that high weeds around the walking trail need cut and graffiti on the back door of the Municipal Center should be removed.
Chris Durkin, 3163 Maplene - discussed the needs to reduce the growing population of whitetail deer in the borough because of
1) the hazard to vehicles,
2) lime disease from deer ticks,
3) damage to residential landscapes and gardens.
Mr. Durkin suggested council permit fall archery hunting through local control and the PA Game Commission's safe hunting regulations. Mayor Baumgarten, Mr. Carlucci and Chief Lane would consider this request after consultation with the borough's liability insurance carrier. Mr. Durkin left his home phone number of 412-881-3175.
Richard Schneeman, 365 Murray's Lane - discussed a letter that council signed endorsing David Barton as District Justice. Mr. Schneeman was Mr. Barton's opponent in this year's primary election, and questioned if borough tax dollars were expended for the mailing. Mr. Zezulewicz affirmed that no tax dollars were involved. Mr. Schneeman listed his qualifications for the position and questioned Mr. Barton's law enforcement endorsements and political affiliations. Mr. Schneeman took umbrage that the borough officials signed the letter, and the letter was mailed two days prior to the election.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported the balance to be collected as $153,259.26 as of 5/31/03. Four hundred letters were sent to residents for unpaid 2003 taxes with a reminder of the deadline date.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach met with the Public Works Department to map out the stations for the park equipment. Trash receptacles are needed. Placement for the picnic pavilion at the Municipal Center was discussed with regard to viewing the ball field.
The summer recreation director has resigned. Mr. Hartswick will interview applicants and hire a replacement before the program begins on June 23rd.
Mr. Hartswick requested Mr. Brett completed modifications for Phase III for Hamilton Park for the balance of the available grant funds
Finance: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: Ms. O'Malley noted the library deck and steps need replaced. Bids have been obtained.
Planning and Codes: Mr. Ross discussed revising the current fee structure. Mr. Biondo proposed that an ordinance be drafted to set fees by resolution.
Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci presented the Fines & Fees Report: District Court Fines-$3,140.07; Parking Citations-$540.00; Report Fees-$90.00; Meter Fines-$335.00; Alarm Fines Received-$100.00; Alarms Billed-$400.00; Special Services - $740.00.
Public Works: Mr. Hartswick presented the bid results for the surplus 1996 F-350 Dump Truck: Kenneth McClelland Jr. - $16,509.00; TriLine Associates Inc. - $17,100.00. Mr. Carlucci motioned to accept the bid by TriLine Associates Inc.; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Editorial Board: Nothing to report.
MRTSA: Mr. Cheberenchick announced a disappointing response to the donation request from residents for matching funds for new laptop computers. A total donation of $7,000 was needed for matching grant funds.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Council declined to attend the conference in Monroeville.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Mr. Kirk announced the monthly meeting is scheduled for June 19th at South Park.
Police Pension: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Engineer Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick discussed the Community Development Block Grant for sanitary sewer system replacement on McCully Road. Mr. Hartswick presented and read Resolution 485 - Concurring Resolution authorizing the filing of application of funds. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 485 at its first reading; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick discussed the easements necessary to proceed with the Sleepy Hollow Flood Mitigation project through SHACOG. Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the borough solicitor to proceed with condemnation proceedings if the necessary easement agreements are not secured; Mr. Kirk seconded. Mr. Zezulewicz called for a roll call vote. Ms. O'Malley, Mr. Carlucci, Mr. Kirk, Mr. Zezulewicz, and Ms. Kovach voted yes. Mr. Cheberenchick voted no. Motion passed.
Mayor Baumgarten commented that MRTSA will be requesting donations from the borough for financial aid in the future.
Mayor Baumgarten discussed a parking situation on Pine Street wherein business owners are using the street for parking and causing parking difficulties for residents. Mayor Baumgarten suggested posting one or two hour parking signs or having permit parking only for residents. Ms. Kovach discussed the North Star traffic from its sales force. Mr. Carlucci motioned to post appropriate signage on a 90 day basis; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Planning Commission: Nothing to report.
Solicitor: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Mr. Hartswick announced a meeting scheduled for June 23rd.
Other Business: : Ms. O'Malley thanked Mr. Ross for requiring weed control on the Castle Ridge property.
Mr. Carlucci commended Ms. Kovach, Ms. O'Malley and the committee for a successful Memorial Day event.
Mr. Cheberenchick discussed a sign posted on Poplar Avenue advertising sales.
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adjourn; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Approved as presented this 23rd day of June 2003.