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June 14, 2010

The meeting of Castle Shannon Borough Council was called to order at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of the Castle Shannon Municipal Center, 3310 McRoberts Road, Castle Shannon, PA 15234.

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council President R. Zezulewicz was absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; and P. Vietmeier, Codes Official. Junior Council Person K. Munson was absent.

The minutes of the May 24, 2010 council meeting were presented. Mr. Orr motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten, who presented the DARE essay winners from Myrtle Avenue Elementary School - Katrianna Hoffman; Nicole Ries and Kristy Lippert. The students read their winning essays. Mayor Baumgarten discussed the importance of keeping Myrtle Avenue Elementary open and the continuation of the DARE program taught by Sergeant David Lane and Office Gary Watkins.

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

Sheila Quinlin, 1000 Venetian Way, Miami, Florida - revisited the issue of four properties on Ulrich Avenue in Castle Shannon that are in need of code enforcement. Mr. Vietmeier explained that a citation was issued on one property and the district court will hear the case on June 30th and invited Ms. Quinlin to attend. Ms. Kovach added that the borough is proceeding within the perimeters of the law. Ms. Quinlin added that these properties have delinquent county real estate taxes.

Patricia Shaw, 528 Glenn Shannon Drive - presented a slide presentation and photos to borough council regarding flooding issues on Glenn Shannon from June 2nd and June 5th rainfalls. Water was coming out of the manhole and draining into her driveway. The water is coming from Armstrong Park. Ms. Shaw also presented council with written suggestions for alleviate drainage issues. A lengthy discussion continued on the storm lines and problem of a 24" pipe that drains into a 15" pipe. Council advised Ms. Shaw to give her presentation to the Baldwin Township council members. Public works will televise the line and build up curbing at four houses on Killarney Drive. Mr. Firek (LSSE) suggested arranging a meeting with both municipal engineers.

Chris Mastandrea, 1266 Hamilton Road - offered to work for the borough throughout the evening hours to patrol the park to deter vandals from damaging park facilities, in addition to cleaning, trash removal, opening and closing the park for picnic rentals, etc. Council will take Mr. Mastandrea's suggestion under advisement.

Mr. Warhold discussed a small piece of property that Vitte's wants to donate to the borough for parking. Mr. Firek estimated that to pave the area and include a storm water management plan would cost approximately $45,000. Council decided to install parking barriers, provide two hour parking, and leave the area unpaved.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported May collections of $58,215.01, which is an 87% collection rate. An additional $72,000 was collected thus far in June, which brings the rate to 90%.

Ms. Torris presented a request from Abby Kirkland, Vice President of Greenwain LLC to waive the taxes for the first quarter of 2010 and issue a credit or refund. Mr. Warhold motioned to refund to Greenwain LLC the sum of $171.83 representing property taxes for the first three months of 2010 in light of the fact that the property was purchased at Sheriff's Sale pursuant to a court order authorizing the sale clear of liens, taxes, etc. and directing the tax collector to make the refund authorized by this action; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Hartswick presented three bids to renovate the Castle Shannon Municipal Field and Hamilton Park Field. Mr. Smith motioned to award the bid to Natural Sand Company for $6,300.00 for the Municipal Field; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Cheberenchick added the project will be funded by the bond fund.

Mr. Smith presented information for a vandal-proof six camera security system for Hamilton Park at a cost of $7,310.65. Mr. Orr motioned to award the contract; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Mr. Orr presented a bid to repair the library roof for $3,975.00. Mr. Smith motioned to accept the bid; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold asked council members to get the word out about the Fresh Market opening on Willow Avenue this Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A hearing was held on June 2nd regarding code violations at the property on 975 Pine Avenue.

Mr. Warhold gave an update on local business real estate properties. The closing for the Shannon Hotel is scheduled for Friday. The Moses property has had an interested buyer. Catoris Candy and OPA are currently closed. Ms. Kovach added that a new restaurant on Willow Avenue called Kabob-G has very good food.

Ms. Kovach reported that the Memorial Day Parade was well attended, and Community Day was very successful. Kudos to Mr. Warhold for organizing these events. Mr. Warhold thanked Mr. Orr for his tremendous help on Community Day.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver reported that the police department worked thirty hours of overtime paid with a Buckle Up grant of $1,489.00. One hundred thirteen citations were issued for speeding, reckless driving, moving violations, etc.

Oral interviews for fourteen police candidates will be held on June 29th by a panel of chiefs from Plum Borough, Northern Regional and Carnegie Mellon University.

Public Works:
Applications are being reviewed for a future hiring.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Smith motioned to purchase a wall mount defibrillator for the first floor of the municipal center; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Mr. Hartswick reported on a bid opening for a sanitary sewer manhole rehabilitation project through SHACOG. The project will be partially funded through a grant obtained from Congressman Murphy for his member communities. Bids were opened on May 18, 2010. As this is a matching grant, Castle Shannon is applying for $19,617.23 and the borough's portion will be $16,050.46 for a total project cost of $35,667.69. Mr. Smith motioned to concur with the SHACOG recommendation to award the bids to State Pipe Services Inc. for Project 1 and Project 2; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley announced that SHACOG Board of Directors will be meeting on Thursday in South Park.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the May distribution report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo reported that a billboard case is being settled. The billboard will be 200 square feet instead of 330 square feet. The company will meet with Mr. Vietmeier this week.

Another billboard request was received on Route 88 beside the vacant lot across from Calabria's Restaurant. A 100 square foot billboard would be permitted; however the company is appealing to the zoning hearing board.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold commented that over the years the Shannon Hero's Program and Community Day programs have been successful. Council members are optimistic that the Fresh Market will also be successful.

Ms. O'Malley noticed many dumpsters in town. Mr. Vietmeier stated that the codes office is notified; however a permit is not required. The police are working on a program to prohibit dumpsters from being parked on the street.


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