The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; T. Kirk; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; D. Baumgarten. Council Members R. Zezulewicz and S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor. Police Chief H. Lane was absent
The minutes of the June 14, 2004 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Kovach called for public comments or requests.
Mr. Kevin Brannon, 3185 Home Avenue - requested that the Borough get involved with their five month plight on Home Avenue regarding the PAWC installation of a new water main. Speaking for a number of residents that attended the meeting, they are upset that the job is far past the projected time of completion. He also stated that there is significant damage to their cars from the street being so bumpy.
Ms. Laura Thompson, 3127 Home Avenue - stated that she called the PUC to file a formal complaint in regards to the slow progress of the PAWC installation of a new water main. She along with other residents of Home Avenue would like to file a class action lawsuit against the PAWC for damages incurred to their cars and property. Ms. Thompson is also concerned about the safety of her children because of a six-foot hole in the road surrounded by only plastic fencing.
Ms. Karen Borlin, 3130 Home Avenue - stated that 2 feet of her cement-parking pad in front of her home was dug out and PAWC workers claimed that it would be filled back in with black top.
Mr. Dan Julian, 3106 Home Avenue - called the Municipal Center to make a complaint about the PAWC and was told to call the utility company. He stated that the streets belong to the Borough and he pays taxes to live in a safe environment. After Mr. Julian called the Mayor, the PAWC put up a cone indicating the presence of an opening in the street.
Mr. Gross, 3111 Home Avenue - stated that the Borough has a responsibility to the safety of their citizens and he would like the Borough to declare Home Avenue as an unsafe area and file an injunction to have the PAWC
work everyday to complete the project.
Ms. Kovach and Council Members do sympathize with the Home Avenue Residents and Mr. Hartswick stated that he and Mr. Ross call Mr. Eric Nix, a representative at the PAWC, on a daily basis to try and resolve this issue.
After a lengthy discussion, Council Members along with D. Biondo, D. Baumgarten, and D. Ross agreed that contacting the media would be the best possible solution. Residents would also like to present a case to the district magistrate and have Mr. Ross introduce evidence of all the damages done to their cars and homes. Once all the information regarding damages is collected from the residents, Mr. Ross will contact Mr. Brannon and proceed from there. D. Biondo will compile a letter to be sent to the PAWC regarding all of the complaints of the Home Avenue residents.
Home Avenue residents would like to have their street swept to eliminate some of the dust. Ms Kovach suggested if the Utility Company wouldn't do it, perhaps our Public Works Dept. can. Mr. Ross stated that we don't have the proper equipment to get the job done.
Mr. Coffey was concerned if an emergency vehicle would be able to access the road. Mr. Brannon stated that a fire truck might possibly collapse the road.
Jenna DeFrancesco, 829 Corbett Drive - a Senior at Keystone Oaks High School requested a donation for sponsorship from the Borough of Castle Shannon for being chosen as a finalist in the Miss Teen of Pennsylvania, to be held in August in Williamsburg PA. Council applauded Jenna for her honor and agreed to give a private donation towards her entry fees. Mr. Hartswick will submit a letter of acknowledgement for achievement attained, supported by the Borough of Castle Shannon.
Ms. Kovach officially closed the public portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: - Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: - Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: - Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: - Delinquent taxes collected by Ira Weiss for the month of June were $3,131.05.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: - A follow up meeting was held regarding the Memorial Day Parade with several suggestions made for improvements for next year. Ms Kovach stated that many positive comments were made regarding the fireworks.
Ms. Kovach stated that the work being done at Hamilton Park is progressing slowly. Mr. Hartswick declared another walk through with Mr. Pampena and Mr. Stanton has been scheduled for Thursday, July 15, 2004. The majority of the paving has been completed with the restoration of the park grounds to follow.
Finance: - Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the June Treasurer's Report; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: - Nothing to report.
Planning and Codes: - Nothing to report.
Public Safety: - Nothing to report
Public Works: - Mr. Hartswick stated the new jet rodder was received by the Borough a few weeks ago and is ready to be put into operation with training to begin mid week by A & H Equipment Company. Mr. DeLallo will have all members certified to use the jet rodder.
Mr. Carlucci questioned whether the Borough would allow another Municipality to use the jet rodder for a fee. Mr. Hartswick stated that a P.W. employee would have to be present and it may not be feasible but would consider it on an individual basis for request.
Editorial Board: - Articles are being accepted for the Fall Newsletter.
MRTSA: - Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: - Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: - Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: - Mr. Kirk stated that a future town meeting would be scheduled for all the South Hills members with the date to be determined.
Police Pension: - Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: - Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: - Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: - Mr. Hartswick indicated that he had received notification from Lou Gorski at SHACOG that Allegheny County had pre-approved the Borough CD 31 application. Mr. Hartswick further indicated as part of the county pre-approval a concurring resolution supporting the "Walnut Avenue Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project would be needed." Mr. Hartswick read resolution 494 and requested council approve the same along with authorization for Lennon Smith to complete a full application. Mr. Coffey motioned to approve the concurring resolution supporting the Walnut Avenue Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project; Mr. Carlucci seconded; Mr. Cheberenchick voted no; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented a request from Keystone Oaks Gridiron Club for a program ad for their 2004 Football program. Mr. Coffey motioned to approve the ad; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
- Mayor Baumgarten stated that H. Lane has the Police Department patrolling Killarney Drive and Poplar Avenue.
Planning Commission: - Nothing to report.
- Notice of lawsuit was received regarding BFI and the tipping fee. SHACOG is still in negations with BFI.
Keystone Oaks : - Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.
Other Business: - Mr. Cheberenchick questioned Mr. Ross as to what is meant by a conditional occupancy permit. Mr. Ross stated that it means all the conditions of the permit have not been met yet.
Mr. Kirk would like the holiday donations letter to be sent out in September.
Ms. O'Malley wanted to know if a Port Authority crossing light will be installed at the bottom of Baldwin Street. Mr. Ross stated that the intersection would have to be reconfigured. Mr. Ross explained that Penn Dot regulations do not allow a crossing light in the location Ms. O'Malley was referencing.
Mr. Kirk and Ms. O'Malley are concerned about the narrowness of Willow Avenue especially with parked cars.