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July 8, 2013

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

The minutes of the June 24, 2013 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach temporarily turned the meeting over to Chief Truver, who introduced Police Officer Gary Watkins. Chief Truver listed Officer Watkin’s many accomplishments such as Police Department Range Instructor and Range Master, long-time DARE instructor for the borough’s elementary schools, Tactical Operator and Grenadier for the SHACOG’s Critical Incident Response Team, Certified Municipal Police Officer Education Training Commission Instructor, etc. Officer Watkins passed the written and oral exam for police sergeant and satisfies all of the requirements for the position. Chief Truver asked council to authorize the promotion of Gary Watkins to sergeant as approved by the Civil Service Commission. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the promotion; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mayor Baumgarten gave Sergeant Gary Watkins the official oath of office, and council congratulated Sergeant Watkins on his promotion.

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

Glenn Lackey, 1425 Blossom Hill Road – addressed council regarding a code violation notice received regarding location of a fence on his side yard. Mr. Lackey added that the fence has been in his yard for over ten years. Ms. Kovach advised that a variance through the zoning hearing board would be needed to approve the fence placement. Mr. Lackey will follow up with Mr. Vietmeier.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section. Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Ordinance #891 – adoption of the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of Castle Shannon. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Mr. Biondo noted that a public hearing was held at a prior council meeting; the ordinance was prepared by the planning commission with the assistance of a consultant expert; and this is the time for council to consider the final draft for approval. Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Ordinance #891 at its first reading; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris presented the June report with collections of $111,039.30 and a balance due of $251,934.95. Keystone Oaks School District taxes have been mailed.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon reported that a town hall forum is being offered on the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, October 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Pitt’s University Club. This will review health insurance exchanges in Pennsylvania. An RSVP is required to mckendreew@fswp.org.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher reported that public works continues the line painting program on local roads.

New playground equipment has arrived and will be installed at Riehl Park.

Critical sewer lines are jetted and televised on schedule.

Parts have been ordered to repair the air conditioning at the municipal center, and SAPP Roofing will be evaluating the roof for repairs.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver submitted a sobriety checkpoint statistics report from June 28th and 29th: Nine arrests (six DUI arrests, one possession of offensive weapon and controlled substance, one possession of drug paraphernalia, one county sheriff’s office warrant); and thirty-seven traffic citations (five driving under suspension, seven driving without a license, fifteen vehicle inspection violations, seven registration violations, two equipment violations, and one hazardous moving-careless driving). The detail was funded by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The truck inspection unit with Officer James Fleckenstein, including officers from West Mifflin, Carnegie, Bethel Park, Clairton, Mt. Lebanon, conducted a Castle Shannon MCSAP Detail on July 5th resulting in twenty-three truck inspections with twenty violations, nine citations with fines of $3,241.00 and three trucks taken out of service.

Nothing to report.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that an unauthorized construction site was removed from downtown. Mr. Vietmeier is working on multiple citations with District Magistrate David Barton.

The Shannon Hero’s Banner program continues to receive requests for banners – six requests last month.

Revitalization is exploring the possibility of placing a work shed at the community garden site.

The Fall Festival which is being planned for September 28th.

Greg Ceccatti is planning the CSRC golf outing for September 20th at Riverview Golf Club.

Ms. O’Malley reported that the Library will be closed on Sundays for the summer season.

Ms. Kovach noted that the library is hosting I-pad classes for adults age fifty and older. Ms. O’Malley noted that these classes fill up quickly.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold announced that MRTSA will be starting a Drug Take Back program to dispose of unwanted and/or out of date prescriptions.

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:
Jacob Bajek of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering gave a brief presentation to council on the Castle Shannon Borough Administrative Consent Order Feasibility Study for the borough’s sanitary sewer projects. The report is required to be submitted to the Allegheny County Health Department by the end of July. Eighty-three communities are tributaries to the ALCOSAN system and must comply with the ACO. Castle Shannon Borough has twenty points of connection to ALCOSAN’s Saw Mill Run Interceptor. Simplex and duplex points of connection have no action alternate for surcharging a two-year design storm, except for Manhole 89 – Weyman Run which is a multi-municipal point of connection including the Boroughs of Brentwood and Whitehall, and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. Castle Shannon’s share to correct flow into Manhole 89 is approximately $230,000.

Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution #587 – Resolution for feasibility study submittal to Allegheny County Health Department; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #585 – a Slums and Blight Resolution for 840 Bockstoce Avenue and 3708-3710 Poplar Avenue. Mr. Swisher motioned to adopt Resolution #585; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #586, a Concurring Resolution authorizing the filing of an application for funds in the amount of $79,560 from the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development. Ms. Brannon motioned to adopt Resolution #586; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten discussed Congressman Murphy’s notice regarding the high financial costs that will be associated with the 2014 Affordable Health Care Act.

Mayor Baumgarten and council congratulated Mr. Hartswick on achieving the designation of Certified Public Manager through a nationally accredited course at Millersburg University. Mr. Hartswick is the only manager in Pennsylvania with the Certified Public Manager designation.

Planning Commission:
Council acknowledged receipt of the minutes of May 20, 2013. Action on the Shannon Transit Village was taken at a prior council meeting.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold thanked the planning commission for their time and efforts associated with the zoning hearing revisions.

Mr. Warhold noted that the POEMS (Project Outreach Equipment and Medical Supplies) program is doing exceptionally well in providing residents with needed medical equipment. St. Gabriel’s Church of the Sorrowful Virgin plans to donate several items to the program. Darlene Vietmeier is doing an outstanding job of running the program.


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