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June 11, 2007

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

The minutes of the May 14, 2007 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten, who introduced Paul McMullen, Community Service Award Winner for Castle Shannon for 2007. Mayor Baumgarten stated that Paul and his brother are both eagle scouts, Paul's father was a member of the school board, and Paul's mother is very active with the school functions. Mayor Baumgarten read a proclamation commending Mr. McMullen, and Borough Council congratulated Mr. McMullen.

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

Sam Scuillo, 3900 Frank Street - has been a resident for over fifty years. A wooded area adjacent to his property was in the process of being developed, however the property has been left in a dangerous condition with stacks of cut trees which could be a hazard to children. Mr. Scuillo has a restrictive covenant on a parcel of the property, which he obtained through a legal action to act as a buffer between the properties. Mr. Scuillo cited the area as an attractive nuisance and put the borough on notice that the stacks of wood could be a dangerous condition. Mr. Scuillo has contacted the property owner without response and requested that the borough contact the property owner.

James Litwin, 165 Oakdale Avenue - received a notice to remove his trailer from his driveway. Mr. Litwin presented photos to council of his property and has received quotations for the installation of a cement pad on the side of his home. Mr. Litwin had liability concerns if the trailer went over the hill. Mr. Ross stated the zoning laws do not permit a trailer in front of a house. Mr. Ross suggested placing the trailer in a storage facility or on the side of the house. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested Mr. Litwin discuss filing an appeal to the zoning hearing board with Mr. Ross. Filing an appeal stays all further action until a decision is made at the hearing.

Joseph Furey, 4002 Willow Avenue - presented photos to council and reported that his car has been hit five times since January of 2005 while parked on Willow Avenue. Mr. Furey questioned the status of the redesign of the Baldwin Street/Willow Avenue intersection. Mt. Lebanon has installed speed bumps in Mission Hills that have proven effective for traffic calming measures. Mr. Furey discussed his costs associated with the frequent repairs to his vehicles. Mr. Zezulewicz answered that the intersection improvements will be completed with stop signs installed on either side of the trolley tracks.

Mark Mathews, 4004 Willow Avenue - has had vehicles damaged from parking on Willow Avenue also and questioned why the stop sign could not be placed on Willow Avenue at St. Annes Street. Chief Lane answered that Penndot would not authorize placement of a stop sign due to the low volume of traffic from St. Annes Street.

Mr. Zezulewicz stated that Penndot regulations require a traffic study before placement of a stop sign. Mr. Zezulewicz requested time to investigate options and asked the borough manager to advise the residents as progress is made. The first plan is to place stop signs by the trolley tracks at the Baldwin Street/Willow Avenue intersection when the area is redesigned. The borough will explore options for an additional stop sign on Willow Avenue at St. Annes Street through Chief Lane and Penndot regulations. The borough will also explore options for speed bumps or rumble strips with our insurance carrier.

Mr. Matthews reported that water run off comes down St. Annes Street that causes icy conditions in the winter. Ms. O'Malley reported that PAWC did fix a water repair, however a second leak now exists by the cemetery driveway that is PAWC's responsibility.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented one bid for a surplus 1999 Ford F350 Dump Truck for $15,551.00 from Daniel Gribbon. Ms. Kovach motioned to accept the bid; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris presented the May tax collection report: Collections - $161,024.88; Balance - $269,908.86. This is an 89% collection rate.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold reported that the first Memorial Day Weekend was a success. Mr. Warhold thanked the committee, CSYA, Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works Department, Coor's Light and PNC for their work and donations for the parade, concert and fireworks assistance. Mr. Zezulewicz commended Mr. Warhold for his involvement and creative ideas. Mr. Warhold added the concert was a family event with ball games, face painting, balloons, etc. The crowd attending the concert was respectful of the property and helped to clean up. The parade seemed to flow effortlessly with no problems.

A meeting was held with Julie Mitchell, the new summer recreation director, Ms. Conroy and Ms. Breinig. Approximately 100 children are registered, and thirty counselors were hired.

A Peer-to-Peer meeting will be held on June 20th.

The follow-up Memorial Day Committee meeting will be scheduled for Monday, June 25th at 5:30 p.m.

Mr. Warhold will be forming a Community Day Committee this summer for an event in 2008.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley announced The Friends of the Library flea market will be planned for September.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Ross reported the former Inverso plan of lots was sold to a developer, who has applied for a grading permit. The initial proposal is to build sixty-five town homes.

Council discussed the condition of the Staley property on Bockstoce Avenue which Mr. Scuillo referenced earlier in the meeting. Correspondence was been sent last year requesting the owner to clear the property of logs. Additional correspondence will be sent.

Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the May Street Town Homes. Mr. Ross answered that the developer is working through financing details.

Public Safety:
Mr. Carlucci questioned if the borough would be utilizing the SHACOG civil service testing this year. Chief Lane answered the cost would not be feasible for this year.

Mr. Carlucci questioned the status of the property at 1300 Martha Street. Mr. Ross answered the owner is in the process of selling the property.

Chief Lane noted an ordinance would be required to place stop signs at Baldwin Street and Willow Avenue.

Regarding the water on St. Annes Street, Chief Lane suggested that the public works department or engineers review the catch basins. An underground spring may be evident. Ms. O'Malley stated the water is always draining, and the street has been marked for a PA One Call.

The police will deploy in the area on Willow Avenue by St. Annes Street for speeding and vehicle violations.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
General membership meeting is scheduled for August 30th.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. O'Malley announced a meeting is scheduled for June 21st.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

The attorney general has been working with the police department on complaints received from residents regarding a contractor in the borough. The contractor was not finishing work and receiving money without doing the constructions. After several years an assurance of voluntary compliance was received for about $18,000.00. Citizens should feel free to contact the attorney general's office for these types of remodeling scams.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Mr. Coffey noted that Mr. Brian Hutchin was appointed as Head Coach Varsity Wresting. Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.

Mr. Zezulewicz discussed action items from the residents' concerns voiced at this meeting: 1) The borough needs to contact the property owner to have the trees removed for Mr. Scuillo; 2) Mr. Ross will meet with Mr. Litwin for direction on his trailer; 3) The borough will explore the possibility of a stop sign on Willow Avenue at St. Annes Street and/or other options to protect the vehicles parked on the 4000 block of Willow Avenue.


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