The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Members N. Kovach and R. Zezulewicz were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; D. Ross, Building Official. Police Chief H. Lane was absent.
In the absence of the President and Vice President of Council, Borough Council appointed Mr. Coffey to conduct this meeting.
The minutes of the June 12, 2006 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Coffey officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.
A resident of Blossom Hill - discussed a parking problem on the 1600 block of Blossom Hill with Chief Lane and Mayor Baumgarten. Due to residents parking on the street, the visibility of oncoming traffic is impaired. Mayor Baumgarten asked council to approve the installation of no parking signs to improve safety and assist in enforcement of citations. Mr. Biondo advised that the state law permits the borough to install the signs. Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the installation of no parking signs in the 1600 block of Blossom Hills where McCully intersects the road by the stop sign; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Warhold added that the parking situation on Middleboro Road is also a concern due to a truck parked at the top of the street that impairs visibility of oncoming traffic. Council debated a statement that if a vehicle has two wheels off the street, a vehicle is parked legally.
Mr. Coffey officially closed the public comment section of the meeting..
Bid Openings: Mr. Hartswick presented bids received for three surplus borough vehicles. Mr. Carlucci motioned to award the bid for the 1997 Ford Crown Victoria to James Sokol for $656.00; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. O'Malley motioned to award the bid for the 1997 Ford F350 dump truck to Roy Smith for $14,099; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Biondo advised that the borough cannot accept the bid for $500.00 for the 1984 Chevy Blazer, since the vehicle was advertised with a minimum bid of $800.00. Ms. O'Malley motioned to re-advertise the vehicle in the Almanac with a minimum bid of $500. Council debated whether to have a minimum bid amount listed. Ms. O'Malley amended the motion to re-advertise with no minimum bid; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 853 to rezone property along Mt. Lebanon Boulevard and Castle Shannon Boulevard from C-2 to Transit Oriented Development District. Mr. Hartswick added that the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development and Castle Shannon Borough Planning Commission have approved the rezoning. Mr. Coffey opened the public hearing on Ordinance 853. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Coffey closed the public hearing. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt Ordinance 853 at its first reading; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms Torris reported June collections of $11,201.89, leaving an adjusted balance due of $179,751.37 which included a decrease from county change orders.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Mr. Warhold reported the summer recreation program is proceeding with a registration of 150 children. A zoo trip is planned for July 19th. The program provides various craft and sports activities for the children in the borough. The borough has hired a number of counselors to allow for each counselor to have the supervision of three children.
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the June Treasurer's report; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. O'Malley reported that through the Allegheny County Library Association a session resulted in the recommendation that the number of members on the library board be reduced to five or seven instead of the current nine. Since one board member recently resigned, that position will not be replaced.
Planning and Codes:
The Planning and Codes Department has started an aggressive code enforcement program and has mailed approximately 70 letters to residents and businesses with high grass, missing dumpster enclosures, junk vehicles, etc.
Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci questions whether any construction has begun on Willow Avenue on the former Sepich property. Mr. Ross responded the property is being surveyed; however no plans have been presented.
Public Works: Mr. Hartswick reported that a new public works truck has been received; and it is being outfitted with the chassis.
Editorial Board: Nothing to report.
MRTSA: Mayor Baumgarten reported that the board authorized the executive director to purchase eight new ambulances on a lease purchase agreement.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Golf outing is scheduled for July 19th.
Police Pension: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: Mr. Hartswick noted that a preconstruction meeting is scheduled with A. Folino Construction on July 12th for the 2006 road construction program.
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 515 to approve the Basic Conditions Report that finds and determines that the study area, namely the Transit Oriented District, is a blighted area in need of development. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 515; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 516 for a Community Development Block Grant through SHACOG for CD33 Willow Avenue Sanitary Sewer Improvement for $52,325.00. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Resolution 516; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Cheberenchick noted a request from the Keystone Oaks Boy's Soccer Booster Association to refund a $150.00 deposit for use of Hamilton Park for a picnic. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to refund the deposit; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick requested council consider moving forward with a free and clear sale of all taxes for the following properties: Lot 191-H-228; Lot 191-L-254; Lot 191-H-254. Mr. Cheberenchick made the motion; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor: Mayor Baumgarten stated a few vacant borough properties are in deplorable condition with high grass and weeds. Council discussed waiting until the next meeting to have a list of the properties prepared. Since the next council meeting is scheduled for August 14th, Mayor Baumgarten requested that an independent contractor or the public works department be authorized to maintain the grass. Mr. Carlucci advised that the borough should place a lien on the properties for the cost of the cuttings. Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the manager to address the high grass situation on properties designated by the Building and Code Official and place liens on the properties; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Planning Commission Report: Mr. Warhold motioned to accept the Planning Commission minutes of June 19th; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Ms. O'Malley noted that Port Authority Transit placed new ballists between the tracks at Willow Avenue and Baldwin Street and asked the status of re-configuring the intersection. Mr. Cheberenchick advised that this project was not included in the budget. Ms. O'Malley responded stating this project should be included in the 2007 budget and stressed the dangerous conditions caused by the traffic patterns at this intersection. Although various plans have been proposed, a definite plan has not been devised. Chief Lane, David Ross and David Calabria should meet to form plans.