The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci, M. Cheberenchick, N. Kovach, J. O'Malley, R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief; D. Grass, Interim Manager. Council Members P. Coffey and T. Kirk were absent.
The minutes of the May 13, 2002 meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; seconded by Mr. Cheberenchick; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten.
Mayor Baumgarten introduced Michael Rossman, recipient of the 2002 Mayor's Community Service Award for Castle Shannon Borough. Mayor Baumgarten read a proclamation commending Mr. Rossman for his numerous accomplishments and achievements.
Mayor Baumgarten invited the following fifth grade student winners in the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) contest from Myrtle Avenue Elementary and St. Annes School: Rachael Waters, Samantha McCoy, Rebecca Battaglia and Alexandra Zepic. Ms. Zepic attended the meeting and read her essay to the audience. Council congratulated Ms. Zepic on her essay.
Mr. Jim Taylor, Principal of Myrtle Avenue Elementary School, congratulated Mr. Rossman on his award and thanked Mayor Baumgarten, Chief Lane and council for their involvement in the school and community.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.
Mr. Edward Guzik, 1427 Trance Drive – questioned the Public Works employees work schedule on Trance Drive and reported inactivity during their work schedule. Chief Lane reported that for safety reasons Public Works has been securing the foundation of a house that the fire department burned for training purposes. Mr. Zezulewicz will forward Mr. Guzik's concerns to the Public Works committee chairman.
Ms. Shirley Nedzesky, 934 Scott Way - reported several years ago her property was rezoned from residential to restricted commercial without notification to her. Mr. Zezulewicz assured Ms. Nedseksy that the proper procedures for advertising were followed. Ms. Nedzesky questioned if the property could be reverted back to residential and listed concerns that a construction company (Marsa Inc.) may purchase the adjacent lot thereby devaluating her property. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the rezoning issue would be investigated and legal counsel will advise.
Ms. Nedzesky reported problems with excess garbage at Gracious Living. Ms. Grass will address this issue with the codes office.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Ms. Grass reported a bid opening on May 15th for the 2002 Roadway Improvement Program. Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into a contract with Russell Standard Corporation for $245,805.75; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Grass reported a bid opening on May 28th for the James Street Culvert and Stream Channel Improvements. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into a contract with Gary Metzinger Cement for $63,111.00; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported a balance due of $260,000 which is 87% of the collections. Council congratulated Ms. Torris on her collections.
Ms. Grass noted a request for a 2001 tax refund to Dorothy Redpath of $143.29 due to an Act 77 administration error. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the refund; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach reported a successful event for Memorial Day. Mr. Zezulewicz requested an extended fireworks display for 2003. Mr. Carlucci suggested the fireworks would be more appropriate for July 4th. Mr. Zezulewicz discussed the American Legion's support of the fireworks and parade. Many other communities have fireworks for the Fourth of July and finding a vendor for that day may be difficult. Ms. Kovach and Ms. O'Malley agreed that Memorial Day is Castle Shannon's community day, and the fireworks are an essential part of that day.
Ms. Kovach reported grant money is available for upgrades at the parks, i.e. fencing, picnic tables, benches, etc.
Finance: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: Ms. O'Malley reported the renovations are 99% completed. The Public Works Department will complete downspout requirements.
The children's librarian position has been filled by Heather McCue.
Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.
Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci presented the May Reports: District Court Fines - $3,939.62; Parking Citations - $600.00; Report Fees - $165.00; Meter Fines - $260.00; Alarm Fines Received - $50.00; Alarm Fines Billed - $150.00; Special Services - $0; Police Calls – 413; Hospital report – 52.
Chief Lane reported the civil service eligibility list expires June 14th. Mr. Carlucci motioned to continue the civil service eligibility list for an additional year; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Chief Lane will notify the civil service commission.
Public Works: Nothing to report.
Editorial Board: Mr. Zezulewicz reported articles may be received for the fall newsletter.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
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 Review Committee: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Distribution Analysis for May 2002: EIT - $114,341.36; OPT –$7,117.80.
Engineer: Ms. Kovach motioned to execute Service Order Authorization 253-42 Fire Hall Grinder Pump; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Manager's Report: Ms. Kovach motioned to renew website maintenance agreement; Ms. O'Malley seconded; Mr. Cheberenchick voted no; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. O'Malley motioned to appoint Deborah J. Grass to the position of interim manager retroactive to May 1, 2002 for the provision of interim management services to the Borough of Castle Shannon through D G Consulting & Management Services and to further authorize the proper officials to sign an agreement with D G Consulting & Management Services contingent on the final review of the contract language by the Borough Solicitor; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Grass stated a monthly activity report would be forthcoming.
Mayor Baumgarten requested council consider a sheriff sale on several properties on the liened tax list from Jordan Tax. Mr. Biondo stated council has hired Ira Weiss to collect the liens and noted his collection reports in the Real Estate section of the agenda. Mr. Biondo suggested council may wish to prioritize depending on amount owed, and added the cost of a sheriff sale is the same regardless of the size of the lien. Mayor Baumgarten noted several liens with unknown addresses from many years ago. Mr. Carlucci will make recommendations regarding the ten largest liens of properties with houses.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Mr. Biondo noted a request from Marlene Hawk's attorney regarding abandoning a sewer line running under her home. Council discussed the manholes. Mr. Zezulewicz stated council would accept the engineer's recommendations.
Keystone Oaks : Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to appoint Jerry Searles to the board; Mr. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Other Business: Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the waterproofing of the municipal center entrance. Chief Lane answered Atlantic Waterproofing will re-seal the area.
Ms. Kovach discussed the municipal center re-pointing status and outside access door for the CSYA room. Ms. Grass will obtain pricing after determining the scope of work. Mr. Cheberenchick suggested the borough engineers be consulted for the outside access door and will furnish names of companies that can perform the pointing. Chief Lane added TRACO would make recommendations.
Mr. Cheberenchick reported the Chestnut Street storm drain was sent to three contractors for pricing.