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July 13, 2009

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; Paul Coffey; D. Baumgarten; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; S. Torris; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; and P. Vietmeier, Codes Official.

The minutes of the June 8, 2009 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Merle Michelucci, 818 Maplewood Drive - addressed council with his concerns regarding the interviewing and possible hiring of a chief of police outside the borough's police department. Council stated that under the advisement of the former Chief of Police Harold Lane, interviews should be extended beyond the department to insure the most qualified candidate would be hired.

Ed Guzik, 1427 Trance Drive - thanked council for resolving the situation on his street. He also expressed his worries in regards to a safety issue concerning a tree obstructing clear vision of traffic coming up Grove Road at the stop sign at the intersection of McRoberts and Grove Road. Council stated they would look into the matter.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the bid results for the Hamilton Park tennis courts resurfacing. All bids exceeded the borough's projected budget of $75,000.00. Mr. Hartswick stated the borough received DCED funding in the amount of $20,000.00 with an additional $25,000.00 grant to be received. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to reject the present bids and re-bid the project; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented parking Ordinance #868 to establish no parking locations on Blossom Hill Road and Hastie Road. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the floor to address questions pertaining to Ordinance 868; no comments were received. Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing. Mr. Coffey suggested sending letters to residents who will be affected. Ms. O'Malley made a motion to accept Ordinance 868 at its first reading; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz presented the conditional use application for Fitness Innovations located in Lebanon Shops that was approved by the Planning Commission last month. Jeff Riley, the proprietor, was present to request approval from council for the opening. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing; no comments were received. Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing. Mr. Coffey made a motion to adopt the conditional use application for Fitness Innovations subject to recommendations by the Planning Commission; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Riley questioned if there was a time limit on the conditional use. Council stated there are no time restraints. Mr. Riley also asked if the conditional use was approved for his company or for the business space. Mr. Biondo answered it was for the use of the space as long as it remained that particular type of business. Mr. Riley thanked Council for their time and cooperativeness.

Mayor Baumgarten vetoed Ordinance #867 (Baldwin and Willow Street intersection stop signs). Mayor Baumgarten stated the stop sign going south on Willow Avenue is too far from the intersection and gives a false sense of security to those exiting Baldwin Street to turn left on Willow. Mr. Zezulewicz declared that council would have to secure enough votes to override the veto or start over again.

Ms. Kovach read a letter dated June 18, 2004 from the engineer who did the traffic study for the intersection with his recommendations. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the study was completed by David Calabria, who is qualified and formerly did this type of work for Penn Dot. Mr. Calabria saved the borough by charging a minimal fee of $3,000.00, with a savings of approximately $8,000.000.

Council concurred there is no perfect solution for the intersection; however the stop signs slow down vehicles. After a lengthy discussion, Ms. O'Malley made a motion to enact Ordinance #867 over the Mayor Baumgarten's veto; Nancy Kovach seconded; a roll call was taken; Ms. O'Malley-yes; Mr. Carlucci-no; Mr. Warhold-yes; Mr. Zezulewicz-yes; Mr. Coffey-yes; Ms. Kovach-yes; Mr. Cheberenchick-no. The veto was over ridden by a vote of five to two.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported June collections of $108,557.29 with the discount period ending on June 30th. Ms. Torris stated after a decrease in assessments, the balance to be collected is $165,086.06. Collections are at 93%.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold commented that the summer recreation program was successful with the new coordinator, Amanda Constantine. The program will be ending July 24th. A record number of 145 kids enrolled in the program, and a field trip to the Carnegie Museum was scheduled.

Regarding community revitalization, Mr. Warhold would like to install a community garden on Rt. 88 upon entering Castle Shannon where the welcome sign is located. Penn Dot must approve the project. A power point presentation is on the borough's web site depicting the garden. Mr. Warhold wants to honor our hometown heroes with 2x4 foot banners purchased by the families of past and present veterans with connections to Castle Shannon. These would be displayed on lampposts in town. Mr. Warhold hopes to have this accomplished in time for Veterans Day.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the finance report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier commented that Paul Henney is buying Laughlin's Funeral Home and some code issues will need to be rectified. Mr. Henney is planning on repaving the driveway and salvageable sidewalk pavers will be saved for Public Works.

There is a possibility of another pizza shop on Mt. Lebanon Blvd.

Mr. Carlucci questioned the status of some outstanding code violations since April 28, 2009 and wanted to know if the hot dog station was in Pruni's Auto Body lot.

Public Safety:
Nothing to report.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Golf tournament on July 16th 2009.

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 presented Resolution #546 to request funds from the Department of Economic Development in the amount of $42,500.00 under the Community Development Block Grant for CD Year 36. The funds would be used to pursue a downtown revitalization study in conjunction with the application to the Allegheny Together Program. Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt resolution #546; Nancy Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
Ms. Kovach questioned the status of modifications to the sub-division and land development ordinance. Mr. Hartswick stated that he has been in contact with Mr. Levin, Mr. Biondo and Mr. Vietmeier and will secure pricing for modification updates to the zoning ordinance. The current zoning ordinance is approximately 10 years old.

Mr. Vietmeier noted that since meeting with the Planning Commission on June 15th everything should be on course.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo reported there were two recommendations from the Planning Commission on items C & E in the Planning Commission Meeting minutes. The first recommendation would require a building permit for all residential utility structures that exceed 200 square feet. The second issue is the re-wording of the sub-division and land development ordinance to better guide the zoning officer. Ms. O'Malley made a motion to authorize Mr. Biondo to investigate and proceed with the recommendations of the Planning Commission; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
Mr. Zezulewicz stated he received correspondence from Keystone Oaks School District for a meeting regarding the review from Kimball Architects for the building utilization study. Mr. Zezulewicz will attend.

Ms. O'Malley noted that in the Keystone Oaks board minutes there was a discussion of changing the name of Myrtle Avenue Elementary School.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. O'Malley questioned the sinking patch of asphalt on upper Willow Avenue. Mr. Cheberenchick stated that when the Port Authority put up the wall by the tracks, the road started to cave. Public Works will look into it.

Mr. Warhold praised Mr. Vietmeier for the wonderful job he is doing for the Borough and admitted that some areas downtown will take time to get cleaned up.

Mr. Zezulewicz toured the downtown area by foot and thanked Mr. Warhold for his diligence in trying to make the Borough a nicer place to live.


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