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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
June 8, 2015

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


The minutes of the May 11, 2015 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Brannon motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Carl Scheidhauer, 3336 Mary Place – questioned the status of removing a dead tree at the end of their cul-de-sac. Mr. Hartswick stated that a private contractor will be hired to remove the tree.

Bryan Gigliotti - 3545 Poplar Avenue and Nick Fortunato - addressed council to request that parking on both sides of the street be reinstated on Poplar Avenue. Ms. Kovach stated that borough council has debated the concerns of the resident and has reviewed all information and recommendations received from emergency management agencies, i.e. police, fire, and medical rescue. All three agencies advise that parking on both sides of the street restricts their ability to efficiently maneuver emergency vehicles to provide services to the residents on Poplar Avenue.

Fire Chief Bill Reffner – addressed to the above parking situation and reported on a major fire that required use of the aerial truck, which requires two lanes to set up and open the doors. In addition, laying the hose requires space. Parking on both sides of the street creates a tight fit which could cause delays in response time for a fire. As a fireman sworn to protect all the citizens of the community, Chief Reffner agrees with council on the need to limit on street parking on Poplar Avenue. Ms. Kovach stated that council has a legislative responsibility to review the whole picture for protecting the community. Mayor Baumgarten stated that council has decided that the five houses on Poplar Avenue without driveways will be issued permit parking tags. The street will have designated parking spaces for these five residences, and the other residents should utilize their driveways. Ms. Brannon motioned to authorize the borough solicitor to prepare an ordinance amendment to allow permit parking on a section of Poplar Avenue; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Frank and Trudy Lerta, 517 Glenn Shannon Drive – questioned the procedure to secure an adjacent piece of property that has delinquent taxes. Mayor Baumgarten advised that the property would have to be listed for sheriff’s sale for the amount of delinquent taxes, and Mr. Lerta should contact Jordan Tax Service for advice.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the summer 2015 road material tabulation through the SHACOG purchasing alliance.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the May collection report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon commended Mr. Warhold and his committee for a very successful Community Day.

Ms. Brannon announced that the St. Anne Fair is scheduled this week and urged people to come out and support the church. In addition, the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department Carnival will be held July 27th – August 1st. Residents are encouraged to buy or sell their raffle tickets.

The ballfield resurfacing project at the municipal center ballfield has held up well with the current rainfall.

The last day of school for Keystone Oaks is June 11th.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
The title for the asphalt reclaimer was received and the license plate application completed. Council will be contacted to view a demonstration when the equipment is ready for use.

A mock Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) inspection will be held this month with Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering.

The borough has hired a contractor to cut the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department parking lot hillside on a weekend before the carnival. The contractor will coordinate the project with Fire Chief Reffner. Chief Reffner stated that the fire department’s manpower is stretched, and fire department bingo revenues are down due to the opening of casinos. Chief Reffner thanked borough council for their support and annual donation for training.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the resignation of Rodger Peirce as school guard; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Ms. Randazzo motioned to appoint Harry Handmaker, a substitute school guard, to the position at Vermont & Greenridge; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the installation of a radio repeater and antenna at the municipal center at no cost to the borough; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check register for June 5th. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the bill list; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Ms. Kovach commented on the wonderful Community Day and Memorial Day. Both the weather and attendance was outstanding.

Mr. Warhold is attending the Pennsylvania Downtown Center Conference to position the CSRC to receive grant funding for revitalization activities.

Mr. Vietmeier has been in discussions with Ted Mucellin of Community Champions, which provides services to municipalities to help them track, research, communicate and follow up with vacant and foreclosed properties and the banks that have mortgages on them. This program would be at no cost to the borough.

The tavern/restaurant on the former McGinnis property will not open until next year due to extensive renovations. Meanwhile, the Mindful Garden Market will be held the third Sunday of each month. The first market date will be June 14th.

A condemned home at 903 Arch Avenue slated for demolition by the borough has a possible buyer.

Library:
Mr. Swisher reported that the director of the Allegheny County Libraries Association attended the June board meeting. Mr. Swisher thanked Mayor Baumgarten, Mr. Warhold and Ms. Randazzo for attending the meeting.

The library raffle collected $670.00 and the winner was a regular patron of our library. In addition, the library received $168 from the sale of popcorn and cotton candy at Community Day.

On June 25th, a fundraiser will be held at Gianna Via’s Restaurant in Caste Village from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fifteen percent of all sales will be donated to the library.

A “Support the Library” tab has been added to the library website to assist with donations and fundraisers.

The Keystone Oaks free lunch municipal program will begin June 15th for children 18 and under. No sign-ups are required.

Enjoy books will be sold through the library and delivered mid-September.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Ms. Kovach attended the board of directors meeting on June 4th.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. O’Malley reported that the monthly meeting was held in Findlay Township and was well attended.

PA State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
Group pension meetings were held with Ron Bittner of Univest in May. The agenda contained the investment reports.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick reported that Trans Associates conducted a traffic study of the intersection of McRoberts Road and Grove Road. Trans Associates opinion was that the current restriction of traffic southbound McRoberts Road to right turns only through the use of signage provides the greatest cost/benefit in reducing the number of crashes at the intersection of Grove Road with McRoberts Road and further recommends that these restrictions be made permanent. Mr. Biondo will prepare the appropriate ordinance to make the traffic restrictions permanent.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten invited council to attend the Allegheny County Mayor’s Association dinner on June 18th. Sally Wiggin of Channel 4 Action News will be speaker.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
The high school principal and assistant superintendent are retiring this year.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Ms. Brannon questioned the results of the shredding event. Chief Truver answered that a steady line of customers participated and more money was received compared to last year.

Don Howard, 3151 Belleville Street – vehemently opposed the right hand turn only from McRoberts Road to Grove Road because it directs additional traffic onto Route 88 and local roads.


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