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June 9, 2008

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

The minutes of the May 12, 2008 council meeting were presented. Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten.

Mayor Baumgarten reported that the first Community Safety Day was held on May 18th. The event included child identification stations, a bike rodeo and bike inspections. Mayor Baumgarten recognized the three individuals who organized the event and presented David Lane, Dan Collins and Brian Brannon with certificates of recognition for their dedication and hard work in educating the children of our community.

Mayor Baumgarten introduced the DARE essay winners from St. Annes School and Myrtle Avenue Elementary. Nole Markel, Brittany Bolla and Brittany Fabbio were present to read their winning essays to the audience.

Mayor Baumgarten introduced Chadd Shaffer, the Community Service Award Winner for Castle Shannon for 2008. Mayor Baumgarten listed Chadd's many accomplishments and read a proclamation commending Mr. Shaffer. Mr. Shaffer discussed his experiences during a travel scholarship in Thailand. Borough Council congratulated Mr. Shaffer.

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

Don Howard, 3151 Belleville Street and Janet Stella, 3145 Belleville Street - presented council with photographs of high grass on their neighboring properties of 3135 and 3133 Belleville. Mr. Vietmeier stated that the third notice is being mailed today to the property owner. Mr. Zezulewicz added that the property owner has five days to cut the grass before the borough takes further action.

Bob Kauer, 3486 McRoberts Road
- introduced his wife Mary, his realtor Dino Bello, and the new property owner Kurt Steinmiller. For thirty-six years the Kauers have parked on nearby borough property. Mr. Steinmiller asked for a letter from the borough giving him permission to utilize the same parking area. A short discussion continued on parking permits and public parking. Mr. Zezulewicz advised that borough council will review the issue and decide how to handle the parking.

Dino Bello - has forty-five years in the real estate business and added that Castle Shannon has a very good reputation with many young people moving into the borough.

Edward Guzik, 1427 Trance Drive - discussed an on-street parking problem on Sycamore Drive. Chief Lane and Mr. Vietmeier will investigate the residence for parking violations and occupancy permits.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris presented the May collection report. Collections - $87,134.61. Assessment changes - $-7,200; Balance - $231,026.73. Ms. Torris added that collections are ahead by $75,000.00 as of June 30, 2006. Delinquent letters will be mailed this week.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the May treasurer's report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley discussed a renovated teen section of the library which has increased teen patronage.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Zezulewicz stressed the borough's obligation to our residents to have property maintenance issues resolved. Council agreed that Mr. Vietmeier is doing a great job.

Mr. Vietmeier discussed several notices of violations for rental properties on Sleepy Hollow Road.

The larger rental companies have been very cooperative in complying with code and occupancy violations.

Ms. Kovach noted a yard/house on Park Avenue and Myrtle Avenue that has junk and trash issues. Mr. Vietmeier will investigate.

Public Safety:
Chief Lane had concerns regarding road restoration for street openings by utility companies. Mr. Hartswick stated that all utility companies have received a copy of the borough ordinance for road restoration. Mr. Zezulewicz asked the police department to notify the borough manager when contractors are paving in the borough.

Council discussed the utility companies' and Penndot's lack of notification to residents and businesses when streets are closed.

Public Works:
Mr. Coffey questioned the number of seasonal workers hired for 2008. Ms. Miller answered that five employees have been hired.

Ms. O'Malley questioned the status of the public works garage expansion project. Mr. Hartswick answered that touch up painting was to be completed today, and all project components will be completed by the end of the week.

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:
Ms. O'Malley stated that Mr. Gorski reported the Fire Chiefs Advisory Committee has had great cooperation. SHACOG has been commended by other council of governments for the emergency response program.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
May Distribution Analysis: EIT - $134,084.71; LST - $17,548.67.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor Baumgarten had concerns about the procedure for notices of violation given for high grass code violations. The borough needs to narrow the time frame and to reduce the number of notices given to property owners. Chief Lane suggested having the police department issue daily citations after two notices from the code office. Mr. Carlucci suggested having the areas cut and liening the property for the costs. Mr. Biondo will review the ordinance, and Mr. Hartswick will contact other municipalities to determine alternate procedures.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed the need for public works to use the weed sprayer on several areas in the borough.

Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Lane discussed the opportunity for the borough to obtain an eighteen month old K-9 dog retired from the Pennsylvania State Police. District Attorney Steven Zappalla will donate funds for training in officer safety, drug detection and tracking. Ms. O'Malley motioned to acquire the dog; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Carlucci motioned to participate in joint testing through SHACOG to create a new police candidate list; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Carlucci noted a tractor trailer parked across from Feller's Garage. Chief Lane stated the vehicle was pulled off the road for safety violations.

Ms. O'Malley commended Mike Warhold, Harry Munson, the Castle Shannon police, fire and public works departments for an excellent job on community day.

Ms. O'Malley revisited the issue of removing parking meters from the borough. Mr. Zezulewicz had concerns regarding enforcement of two hour parking signs. The discussion was tabled until revenue and expenditure information is compiled for the next borough meeting.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed the stop signs at the Baldwin Street/Willow Avenue intersection and believes that two stop signs should be removed. Ms. O'Malley and Ms. Kovach disagree and believe the intersection is much safer and the traffic is slower and lighter. Chief Lane admitted that the one stop sign on Willow is confusing; however the signage was placed according to the traffic study. Chief Lane will discuss the signage with Dave Calabria and report to council.


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