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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
June 23, 2014

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

The minutes of the June 9, 2014 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Glenn Lackey, 1425 Blossom Hill – questioned if his street was listed on the 2014 Road Improvement Program. Mr. Warhold answered that Blossom Hill will be paved from Gene Drive to Middleboro Road.

Mr. Lackey also listed concerns regarding vehicles driving over the top of his driveway due to the no parking signs and impatient drivers not willing to wait until the lane of traffic is clear. Since Mr. Lackey’s driveway is private property, the borough cannot take any action on this matter. Mayor Baumgarten stated that the no parking section of the bend is required for public safety.

A short discussion continued on overnight parking on the street.

Dick Spolar, 1422 Blossom Hill - agreed that there is no perfect solution to on-street parking on Blossom Hill; however he believes the current parking restrictions are effective.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Ms. Kovach presented the bid opening results for the 2014 Road Improvement Contract 14-R01 for the liquid fuels fund. Mr. Warhold motioned to award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder – Victor Paving & Construction Inc. for $107,265.00; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach also presented the bid opening results for the 2014 Road Improvement Contract 14-R02 for the general/capital fund. Ms. O’Malley motioned to award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder – Victor Paving & Construction Inc. contingent on Victor Paving signing a deduct change order to eliminate Rockwood Avenue for an overall award of $177,231.00; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Ms. Kovach presented Ordinance #893 to establish additional locations on Highland Villa Drive where parking is prohibited. The public hearing was opened on the ordinance. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Mr. Swisher motioned to adopt Ordinance #893; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The public hearing for the conditional use application for the School of Rock was continued to the next meeting upon receipt of an e-mail from the applicant indicating that he would not appear and would waive the 60 day time limit on the application.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Borough representatives have been working on a personnel policy over the past few months. Each member of council has been presented with a copy of the policy for review. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt the Castle Shannon Borough Personnel Policy effective June 23, 2014; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver stated that two grants were received this year for traffic safety programs, i.e. $1,500 for Aggressive Driving and $2,500 for Buckle-up. The borough has been awarded another grant for $2,000 for a second Aggressive Driving Wave that will be in effect from July 7th to August 31st. Police officers will target motorists who exhibit unsafe driving behaviors such as: driving too fast for conditions, careless driving, distract driving, speeding, not observing work zone safety, and any other aggressive driving actions.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the June 20, 2014 check register.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold referenced a great article in the Tribune Review regarding the Department of Community and Economic Development planning grant for a feasibility study for Keystone Community designation. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the Castle Shannon business district’s competitive position, and test the market potential for attracting new businesses and retaining current establishments.

Ladds Sterling, Codes Assistant, has been very busy on high grass violations throughout the borough.

Kevin Brannon has been appointed to the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation and will be in charge of Veterans’ Affairs.

Mr. Vietmeier will be presenting code violation cases before Judge Gallo this week.

Library:
Mr. Swisher stated that many libraries within the county may experience fiscal challenges due to fixed revenue income and increasing expenses. Ms. Kovach noted that our library is funded by a designated millage from real estate taxes.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
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:
Nothing to report.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police/Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Engineer’s Report:
Nothing to report

Earned Income Tax:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten reported that a senate hearing accepted testimony presented by a number of police agencies and the president of the mayor’s association regarding bills to permit local law enforcement agencies to utilize radar technology.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo attended the planning commission meeting last Monday. The planning commission recommended approval of the pending ordinance to amend the zoning ordinance to define a commercial school.

The borough has received a change order for the Municipal Center Canopy Project for $1,500 for additional cement work that has been completed on the canopy base. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the change order; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried. The contractor was extremely late in completion of the project, and liquidated damages will be pursued.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Swisher stated that financial discussions will begin in August for work sessions on the 2015 budget.


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