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July 9, 2012

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

The minutes of the June 11, 2012 council meeting were presented. Ms. Brannon motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Chris Peterson, 1453 Grove Road – has line of sight concerns when exiting her driveway due to the new construction of a neighboring retaining wall. Ms. Peterson thanked Chief Truver, Paul Vietmeier and Mayor Baumgarten for their help in this matter. Mr. Vietmeier will continue to work with Ms. Peterson and the neighbors to make modifications to the wall within code guidelines.

Michael Brooks, 4228 Willow Avenue – thanked council for their assistance in contacting the Port Authority regarding elimination of trolley stop closures. Although the Smith Street stop has remained open, the Martin Villa stop was closed. Mr. Brooks discussed the high cost to senior citizens and handicapped residents of using Access transportation instead of the trolley due to the stop closure. Mr. Brooks and Mayor Baumgarten described the dangers of local intersections due to speeding cars and stop sign violations. Port Authority will not install gates at the intersection of Baldwin Street and Willow Avenue by St. Annes School due to funding restrictions. Ms. Kovach stated that council will continue to pursue the reopening of the Martin Villa stop.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Ms. O’Malley motioned to award a public works surplus 2007 dump truck to the highest bidder – William Yarnot for $19,882.50; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick updated council on the request for proposal prepared by SHACOG for nine communities for sewage billing. Effective October 1, 2012, Pennsylvania American Water will no longer include the sanitary sewer billing with the water company invoice. Based upon the results of the RFP proposals, Mr. Hartswick recommended accepting the proposal by Jordan Tax Service for sanitary sewer billing. Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the Jordan Tax proposal for sanitary sewer billing effective October 1, 2012; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Hartswick added that residents will receive a monthly bill from Jordan Tax Service for their sanitary sewage usage effective October 1st.

Mr. Hartswick reviewed the bid openings for the two 2012 road improvement programs. Ms. O’Malley motioned to award the bid to Protect Asphalt for $93,843.00 for the 2012 Liquid Fuels Program; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Swisher motioned to award the bid to Protect Asphalt for $114,107.20 for the 2012 Capital Road Improvement Program base bid plus alternates two, three, four and five; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the June report with collections of $33,690.68. Balance to be collected is $328,858.62.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications – Ms. Brannon has established a borough facebook page at facebook.com/castleshannonborough with an e-mail address of contactus@csboro.com. Residents are invited to view the site which has photos of community day and links to the library, fire department, Castle Shannon Youth Association, financial wellness.

Ms. Brannon announced that the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Carnival is July 30th through August 3rd. The 2012 raffle tickets are $1.00 each with a Chevy Camero as first prize.

The CSVFD, Dormont Fire Department, and Mt. Lebanon fire department will be hosting a free Community Fire School on Wednesdays from September 5th - November 3rd from 7pm - 10pm at the Public Safety Center, 555 Washington Road.

Ms. Kovach advised that council is considering establishment of a shade tree commission to be eligible for a Treevitalize Grant for the business district. Mr. Biondo will prepare the ordinance for the August council meeting.

Public Works/ Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher will be contacting Mr. DeLallo regarding major summer projects. The college students employed for the summer are great employees.

Mr. Hartswick reported that at Hamilton Park a tree fell onto an electric pole and disconnected service to the security cameras and lighting. A new pole was installed and electrical service reestablished.

Public Safety/Fire – Nothing to report.

Ms. Brannon motioned to pay the invoices as reviewed by members of the finance committee; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes – Mr. Vietmeier stated that a new business - Yunzer’s Brew Pub - will be opening behind the Amped store on Library Road. The pub is a mini-brewery for takeout sales only.

Ms. Brannon announced the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation golf outing is scheduled for September 14th at 9:00 a.m. at Riverview Golf Club. This is a scramble format. Cost is $80 per golfer.

Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Kovach advised that council should begin preparation of articles for the fall newsletter.

The agenda contained the minutes of the May meeting. Mayor Baumgarten reported that two new ambulances were received and are on the road to service residents of the borough.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. O’Malley stated a representative from Mike Doyle’s office spoke to the board at the June meeting that was hosted by Mt. Oliver.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #578 regarding a cooperation agreement with Mt. Lebanon and ALCOSAN regarding the administrative consent order. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution #578; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #579 – a concurring resolution to apply for a CDBG grant for $44,800 for the demolition of two structures. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution #579; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #580 – slums and blight identifying structures for demolition and condemnation. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution #580; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed Mr. Vietmeier’s attempts to keep properties up to code regarding high grass violations and the many property owners that do not maintain their grass. The current system requires written notices before the magistrate issues a citation, and this procedure takes weeks. Mayor Baumgarten proposed that a policy be initiated where the property owner receives a notice of violation, and, if the grass is not cut after five days, the public works department will be notified to cut the grass. A lien should then be placed on the property for the expenses incurred by the borough. Mr. Vietmeier will provide public works with the addresses.

Planning Commission:
Mr. Swisher motioned to accept the recommendations of the planning commission meeting of April 16, 2012 to approve a conditional use in the Stoner Center shopping center for a fitness studio; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Swisher commented that he works at Heinz Field and uses the Red Line trolley. As a courtesy, the driver continued to stop three times at newly closed stops for commuters.

Christopher Roman, 448 Hoodridge Drive – addressed council regarding the closed Martin Villa trolley stop. Mr. Roman has multiple sclerosis and takes the trolley into town to work. Due to the extra distance to the St. Anne stop, he now uses a cane for the walk. Ms. Kovach stated that council will not let this closure rest, and will pursue the time savings of the closed stop with Port Authority and Mr. Fitzgerald. Mr. Roman added that Port Authority representatives have been obtaining data by observing and timing the stops.


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