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June 9, 2014

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; D. Swisher; 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; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; D. Biondo, Solicitor. Junior Council Person B. Fabbio was absent.

The minutes of the May 12, 2014 council meeting were presented. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Dan Collins, 1413 Highland Villa Drive – stated that his wife, Beverly Collins, was unable to attend the meeting; therefore Mr. Collins read a letter to council from Beverly Collins regarding the restricted on-street parking recently posted on Highland Villa Drive. Ms. Collins requested that council reconsider whether restricted parking is necessary.

Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Truver agreed that the on-street parking on Highland Villa Drive needs to be restricted to one side for the safety of residents, for emergency access for vehicles, and due to the fact that on-street parking on both sides forces traffic into the on-coming lane, which is a traffic hazard. Mr. Warhold added that there have been other accidents on the street, and Lt. Lane had to visit homes and ask people to move cars in order for a police vehicle to navigate the road.

Donald Weimer, 1408 Highland Villa Drive - stated that many residents are using their driveways since the “No Parking” signs have been posted.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented a bid for the 2008 Ford F350 pickup truck from Shop-N-Go for $12,900. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept the bid; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
The public hearing for the conditional use application for the School of Rock was tabled as no representatives were present. The hearing will be continued to the next council meeting on June 23rd. Mary K. Quinlin, 4105 Willow Avenue – questioned council regarding noise/decibel levels and hours of operation for the School of Rock conditional use hearing. Mr. Vietmeier responded that the hours would be between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported May collections of $66,664.33. Balance remaining is $386,312. This is an 88% collection rate which is the same as collections at this time last year.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon reported that Keystone Oaks School High School graduation is tomorrow, and congratulated Ms. Bailey Collins who graduates this year.

Ms. Christina Morrow has been extremely helpful with Facebook postings. The page is at 468 likes.

Ms. Brannon congratulated Mr. Warhold for a wonderful Community Day and Memorial Day program. Mr. Warhold noted that it took many volunteers on both committees to make this a successful event.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver reported that a $2,500 grant was received for the Click it or Ticket campaign which ran from May 19th through June 8th. The campaign resulted in sixty-nine contacts and sixty-seven citations for: 7 seatbelt violations, 14 speeding violations, 18 other moving citations, 2 suspended drivers, twenty–six administrative violations (license, registration, inspection, etc.) and one DUI arrest.

The police department conducted a grant funded sobriety checkpoint on June 6th through June 7th in the 3900 block of Library Road which resulted in: 9 DUI arrests; 3 arrests for underage drinking; 2 arrests for marijuana possession; and 25 traffic citations.

Castle Shannon is one of seven municipalities participating in the 2014 Joint Police Testing through SHACOG for entry level police positions. The test will be held Saturday, August 9th at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Hall.

Mr. Swisher approved the check registers. Ms. O’Malley motioned to ratify the May Treasurer’s report; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that the 2014 Community Day and Memorial Day Parade were the best events ever. The weather was great and both events were well attended. A follow-up committee meeting will be held tomorrow evening. Ms. Kovach agreed that both events were excellent this year.

A Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation meeting is scheduled for June 11th.

Mr. Swisher reported that the board meeting will be held June 12th.

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. Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Mr. Warhold asked council to consider a drop pension provision for the non-uniformed pension participants. Ms. Kovach noted that the police pension does have a DROP provision. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to incorporate a drop pension option in the pension plan documents; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Miller presented the report for Ms. Fabbio. Senior Keystone Oaks baseball player Taylor Lehman was drafted by the Miami Marlins in this weekend’s major league baseball draft.

June 10th is the last day of school for all students.

The St. Anne Carnival will be held this week. If you have some free time, stop down for games, rides, food, bingo and a flea market.

Engineer’s Report:
Nothing to report

Earned Income Tax:
Mr. Hartswick, Mayor Baumgarten and Ms. Miller will be meeting with Bill Linnert from Jordan Tax Service tomorrow to discuss collection procedures.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten asked Mr. Warhold to explain the DROP pension provision. Mr. Warhold explained that if an employee is at least 60 years old and planned to retire in three years, they could participate in the DROP pension and provide the borough with an irrevocable retirement date. The pension amount is set at the time of the DROP based on wages and years of service, and their monthly pension payments are deposited into a separate account for the final three years they are employed. On the date of retirement, employees can roll the separate pension account into an IRA. There is no cost to the borough to provide this option, and it benefits the borough by providing employers with a retirement date well in advance for hiring/training new employees.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Swisher and Mr. Warhold participated in a short police car ride along to get first-hand knowledge of the equipment used in the borough’s police vehicles. The councilmen were very impressed with the technology. Chief Truver extended an invitation for another ride along to other council members.


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