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June 24, 2013

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

The minutes of the June 10, 2013 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick 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 introduced Brianna Pierce, the DARE essay winner from Myrtle Avenue Elementary School, and Anna Mathias, the DARE essay winner from St. Anne School. Mayor Baumgarten discussed the importance of the Drug & Alcohol Resistance Education program and presented each student with a DARE certificate of recognition. The students read their essays to the audience, and council congratulated the students. Council discussed the need for a DARE program at the Keystone Oaks Middle School, however government funding for the DARE program has been eliminated.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, the public comment section was closed. Bid Openings:
Mr. Warhold motioned to award the bid to for the Municipal Services Building Entrance Canopy to the lowest bidder, Investment and Enterprises for $51,500; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Due to advertising requirements, the zoning ordinance revision will be presented at the July 8th council meeting.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon reported on a great Community Day. The video is available on the borough’s facebook page.

The Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department carnival is scheduled for the week of July 29th. High school volunteers are needed for community service and adult volunteers are needed also. Ms. Brannon invites everyone to attend the carnival and support our local fire department.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher reported that public works removed a large tree that fell on the Municipal Center walking path. Other dead trees at Hamilton Park were also removed for resident’s safety.

Public works is maintaining the watering schedule for the Treevitalization program through the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation with the Treegator bags provided by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

The annual street line painting program is under way.

Ms. Kovach added that the public works department completed the hillside cutting for the fire department. Mr. Warhold added that this small type of assistance promotes a good working relationship between the borough and fire department.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Kovach discussed an article from Governor Corbett regarding regionalizing 911.

Ms. Brannon noted that Penndot’s construction on Castle Shannon Boulevard is scheduled to begin July 23rd.

Nothing to report.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold stated that the revitalization corporation’s plans to install planters and shrubs on Castle Shannon Boulevard and Willow Avenue will be delayed until after Penndot’s road construction project is completed.

Mr. Warhold will contact a Port Authority representative to discussed installation of a green wall and possible mural at the PAT wall on Willow Avenue.

The summer recreation program at Hamilton Park began June 17th. A record number of 153 children are enrolled.

Ms. Kovach and Lisa Goodyear are co-chairs of the Fall Festival which is being planned for September 28th. Food, craft, and farmer’s market vendors are planned, along with a possible sheep shearing demonstration.

The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation’s annual golf outing is scheduled for September 20th at Riverview Golf Club. Ms. Brannon and Ms. Kovach volunteered their assistance with the outing.

A new ice cream business will be opening on Willow Avenue in July, and Franco’s Pizza will be opening also on Willow Avenue.

Ms. O’Malley reported that the Summer Reading Program has started. One hundred seventy-three children are participating.

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:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick discussed Senate Bill #1 which is a $2.5 billion transportation funding bill that would provide adequate, long-term, and growing state funding for mass transit and other transportation needs across the Commonwealth. Today, an amendment to Senate Bill #1 was introduced in the PA House Transportation Committee. This amendment will eliminate nearly all the gains for mass transit provided in the original bill. Council authorized the borough manager to send correspondence to Pennsylvania State Representative Erin Molchany in support of Senate Bill #1 as originally submitted.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten announced Legendary Motors is up for sheriff sale.

Senterra Development Inc., the development company for the May Street townhouse project, has completed a really nice project in Scott Township across from Kane Hospital.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo discussed the possibility of receiving restitution from a 2003 landscaping case.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Kovach commended Officer Fleckenstein and K-9 Riad for assisting in the retrieval of a gun from a shooting incident in Clairton.


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