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June 10, 2013

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council member K. Brannon and V. Smith were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; Police Chief K. Truver; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official.

The minutes of the May 13, 2013 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach turned the meeting over to Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten. Chief Truver introduced retiring canine Nitro with partner Officer Jeff Recker. During Nitro’s eight years of service to the borough, he conducted scores of canine demonstrations and community service details, was responsible for numerous criminal apprehensions and the seizures of an abundance of drugs, paraphernalia and illegal cash. The canine team of Officer Recker and Nitro are also credited with finding missing children and endangered persons, conducting arson searches and assisting with crowd control at community events and disturbances in Castle Shannon and neighboring communities. On June 1st, Nitro was honored by a radio broadcast from Allegheny County dispatch center.

Council commended Officer Recker for his devotion to the K-9 program over the past eight years. Officer Recker will continue with his duties as patrol officer, department firearm training instructor and field training officer. Mayor Baumgarten presented Officer Recker and Nitro with a plaque commemorating the canine team’s service to Castle Shannon Borough.

Ms. Kovach deviated from the agenda to the planning commission section of the meeting.

Planning Commission:
Darwin Owens of JRA Development and Pat Cooper, the site engineer for Gateway, presented the Shannon Transit Village plan to borough council. The plan includes 17,000 square feet of retail space, a parking deck and 128 one or two bedroom apartments. Mr. Owens requested three waivers for the project. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing for Shannon Transit Village. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the Land Development Plan of Shannon Transit Village subject to the following conditions:
  1. The applicant must comply with all state and county requirements and obtain all necessary permits and approvals;

  2. The applicant will address and comply with all of the comments of the borough engineer as noted in the June 7, 2013 letter from Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc.;

  3. The applicant will comply with all borough ordinances except the following requirements which are waived:

    • a. Cross section drawings as required by the Grading and Excavating Ordinance (Section 104.1.B) will not be required.

    • b. The bonding and cost estimate requirement of section 105.2 of the Grading and Excavating Ordinance will not be required initially, but may be required at a later date as outlined in the Developer’s Agreement.

    • c. The applicant may utilize the existing stormwater system on the site, and the requirements of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (sections 604.1.1.21, 607.D.24, 908.1 and 908.3.C.1 requiring that the stormwater system be designed to convey the 100-year design storm) are waived.

    • d. The bonding and cost estimate requirement of section 607.D.27 and 611 of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (regarding an amenities bond for completion of private improvements) will not be required initially provided that no certificate of occupancy will be approved or granted if those private improvements are not completed or a bond for completion of those private improvements is provided at that time.

  4. The applicant will enter into a Developer’s Agreement with the Borough in a form that is acceptable to the Borough’s Solicitor and incorporates the conditions set forth in this approval.

Mr. Cheberenchick seconded the motion; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the subdivision plan for the Shannon Transit Village as previously approved by the planning commission; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, the public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the 2013 Road Improvement Program-Liquid Fuels bid results. Ms. O’Malley motioned to award the bid to T.A. Robinson Asphalt Paving for $128,497.80; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented the 2013 Road Improvement Program-General Fund bid results. Ms. O’Malley motioned to award the bid to Victor Paving & Construction for $181,221.50 plus add alternate one for $2,911.60; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Swisher motioned to award the sale of a surplus 2008 Ford F450 truck to Long Branch Borough for $27,000; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Carolyn Yagle, Environmental Planning & Design, reported that no formal written comments have been received from the public review of the revised zoning ordinance. In additional, Allegheny County has not submitted any comments. Formal adoption of the ordinance will be scheduled after the 45 day review and after coordination with the borough solicitor.

Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on the zoning ordinance. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. This item will be on council’s June 24th agenda for adoption.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported collections of $56,952.53 for May with a balance due of $362,953.21. June 18th is the final date to pay taxes before a penalty is added.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher reported that bidding requirements for the truck sale to Long Branch Borough are not mandatory when the sale is to another governmental entity.

Pricing is being obtained for new light ballards at the Municipal Center. Replacement parts for the current equipment are costly.

Public Works will be purchasing a push sewer camera from H.K. McJunkin to assist in sewer televising. The company is local and also services their products locally.

At the post Community Day meeting, Ray DeLallo reported that everything went well.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver was elected to serve on the executive board of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association for a four year term. Official installation will be June 24th at Camp Hill; therefore Chief Truver will not be attending the council meeting that evening.

The Buckle-Up Grant concluded April 9th. Seventy citations were issued including fifty-five for speeding and only five seat belt violations. The project is funded through a national highway safety grant.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the May treasurer’s report; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that Community Day went very well and a follow up meeting was held to discuss improvements and enhancements for 2014.

A Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation meeting is scheduled on June 12th to discuss TreeVitalize and a fall festival. In addition, the annual golf outing is scheduled for September 20th at 9:00 a.m.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that houses are selling very quickly in the borough.

Mr. Warhold attended the Palooza Day with the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department at Myrtle Avenue Elementary. Each class of students has over 23 children enrolled.

Ms. O’Malley announced that the library is closed on Sundays for the summer season.

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 the June meeting will be hosted by Moon Township.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten announced that Mr. Hartswick received the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Manager Award for successfully completing 140 credit hours of instruction in the voluntary Professional Development Program through APMM, a state affiliate of ICMA. Council congratulated Mr. Hartswick on his achievement.

Mayor Baumgarten attended the graduation awards dinner for Keystone Oaks High School and presented a proclamation and award to Makenzie Kunig for the Mayor’s Community Service Award. Mayor Baumgarten listed Ms. Kunig’s many accomplishments and added that Ms. Kunig is a very brilliant person and has an outstanding career ahead of her.

The Allegheny County Mayor’s Association dinner is scheduled for June 20th. District Attorney Stephen Zappalla is keynote speaker.

Mayor Baumgarten thanked borough council for approving the Shannon Transit Village project.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold noted an article that listed Keystone Oaks as rated in the top 10% of United States High Schools.


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