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; D. Ross, Building Official; H. Lane, Police Chief.
The minutes of the May 8, 2006 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Hartswick to discuss the Cooperation Agreement and Addendum between three communities involved in the South Hills Transit Reinvestment District. Mr. Hartswick explained that the agreement outlines terms for Dormont, Castle Shannon, Mt. Lebanon and the Allegheny County Development Authority to cooperate in the administration of the $225,000.00 overall TRID grant that was approved. Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to sign the cooperation agreement and addendum between the Allegheny County Development Authority, the Borough of Dormont, Castle Shannon Borough and the Municipality of Mt. Lebanon; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten to a special presentation.
Mayor Baumgarten introduced Boy Scout Troop 350 and Cub Scout Troop 350 who raised $1,000.00 for a bulletproof vest for Officer Recker's partner K-9 dog, Nitro. The scout troops presented a check to Officer Recker. The troops explained that the funds were raised through a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Cub Scout Troop and a spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Boy Scout Troop. Officer Recker thanked the scouts for working so hard for his partner, and commended the scouts for caring about the safety of Nitro and the community.
Mayor Baumgarten introduced the DARE essay winners from St. Annes School and Myrtle Avenue Elementary: Casey Gray, Johnny Hartzell, Erick Breit; Jada Harris and Christina Staab. The students were present to read their winning essays to the audience. Council congratulated the essay winners; and Mayor Baumgarten stated it is a great testimony to the DARE officers, Officer Gary Watkins and Sgt. David Lane, for their involvement in the DARE program.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.
Susan Walsch, 1304 Prospect Avenue - questioned what the $52.00 Emergency Municipal Services Tax is delegated for, and believes that the storm sewer at Prospect and Shady Run is collapsing next to the manhole cover.
Mr. Hartswick determined the location of the sewer and the Public Works Department will investigate the sinking area. Mr. Zezulewicz explained the $52.00 EMS Tax was adopted by most other municipalities in Allegheny County; and public hearings were advertised and held to adopt the tax. The funds are directed into the general fund to pay for road improvement and emergency municipal services.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment section of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Mr. Hartswick presented the 2006 Road Improvement bids. Seven bids were received. The lowest bidder, Protech Asphalt Maintenance was not PennDOT prequalified for bituminous placement at the time of the bid opening. Mr. Coffey motioned to award the bid to A. Folino Construction for $182,765.00; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented a request for an intermunicipal liquor license for 1230 Grove Road form JL & MKL Inc. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing on Resolution 514.
Mary Kay Lewandowski - discussed plans for the Pittsburgh Sports Bar and Grill at the former Original Italian Grill location on Grove Road. The restaurant should open July 5th, and sixteen televisions will be available to view sport shows. Ms. Lewandowski presented council with menus and explained the operating hours will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
No opposing comments were received. Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing on Resolution 514. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to grant the intermunicipal liquor license and adopt Resolution 514; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick discussed a rezoning request from JRA for the Shannon Station Project from C-2 Central Commercial to TOD - Transit Oriented Development. The Allegheny County Department of Economic Development had no objections to the rezoning. Mr. Zezulewicz opened a public hearing for the rezoning. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing. Mr. Cheberenchick questioned if the Shannon Station project does not proceed could the parcel be rezoned back to C-2. Mr. Zezulewicz agreed that while rezoning back to C-2 is an option, the TOD zoning could attract other potential developers. No action was taken.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms Torris reported May collections of $190,968.57, leaving an adjusted balance due of $190,020.78 which included a decrease from county change orders.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Mr. Warhold reported that Memorial Day was a great day. The parade and activities ran smoothly. A follow up committee meeting is scheduled for July 10th. Ms. Kovach added the borough has worked for the last several years to build up the parade participants to include a Civil War Group and bagpipe band and various other groups to make the parade interesting and fun for the residents.
The Castle Shannon Summer Recreation Program will begin Monday, June 19th.
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the May Treasurer's report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Cheberenchick asked the manager to get a quote for a speaker system for the library.
Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach noted that the Commonwealth Building Official's picnic was held at the upper level of Hamilton Park, and it was added that the park was in pristine condition. Mr. Warhold is taking photos of the park after the landscapers cut the grass. Mr. Biondo advised that any deficiencies in the service should be reported to the landscapers so that the problem areas can be corrected.
Public Safety: Chief Lane discussed the procedures for filtering animal control complaints through the police department. This procedure has reduced cost of animal control invoices. Animal control will be issuing citations to residents with consistent calls regarding their dogs running at large. Mr. Cheberenchick commended the police department for their cost control measures for animal control.
Police officers have been instructed to issue citations on site for residents that walk their dogs in the park and leave waste.
Port Authority Transit lights have been updated at Willow Avenue and Baldwin Street. Construction on PAT's rail bed will cause four to five day shut down of the thru way on Willow Avenue. Detour routes will be ready.
The command vehicle has been outfitted with computerized schematics for the Myrtle Avenue Elementary School. Teachers have been instructed for emergency procedures. The vehicle can be used as a complete command post for public safety and can print locations of each officer in the perimeter of an emergency.
Public Works: Nothing to report.
Editorial Board: Nothing to report.
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: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Distribution Analysis: EIT - $125,403.92; OPT - $25,200.82.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Mr. Hartswick requested the borough authorize the advertisement of three surplus borough vehicles for sale. Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the advertisement of three vehicles; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor: Mayor Baumgarten welcomed the new business owners to Castle Shannon.
Mayor Baumgarten recognized the accomplishments of Lauren Pusateri, Junior Councilperson who received several academic and athletic awards at the Keystone Oaks awards dinner.
Mayor Baumgarten commended Mr. Hartswick for his award from the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management for more than eighty hours of attendance at credited training seminars and conferences.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the signs for the batting cages at Hamilton Park. Mr. Hartswick responded that the signs have been ordered, but not yet received. Mr. Warhold added that Mr. Mazzarini has addressed the problem with the parents of the minors climbing the cages. It was noted that the minors were not Castle Shannon Youth Association members.
Ms. O'Malley stated that she was informed that the Sleepy Hollow Field is in good condition. Mr. Warhold attributed the field's condition to the Public Works Department's schedule of dragging the fields three days a week.