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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
July 14, 2003

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; R. Zezeulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Members P. Coffey and T. Kirk were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; S. Torris, Tax Collector.
Police Chief H. Lane was absent.


The minutes of the June 23, 2003 council meeting were presented. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.

Al Bennett, 956 Pine Avenue - reported that parking problems on his street have been improved since working with Mr. Hartswick, Chief Lane and Mayor Baumgarten. Northstar Promotions sent correspondence apologizing for the parking inconveniences to residents. Northstar has purchased parking spots in the James Street lot. Mr. Bennett is concerned that a future T-station may cause the parking problem to resurface, and he requested signage limiting parking for Pine Avenue to residents only. Mayor Baumgarten stated that permit parking has been instituted. Proper wording for signage was discussed. Mr. Cheberenchick noted that permit parking provides a listing of residents which enables parking enforcement from the police department. Ms. Kovach stated that the T-station will be located near the Ice Castle, therefore parking on Pine Avenue may not be affected. Mr. Bennett commended Officer Kress on enforcement of parking violations.

Chris Durkin, 3163 Maplene - received correspondence from Mr. Hartswick stating that whitetail deer hunting will not be feasible in the borough due to liability issues. Mr. Durkin requested council find an alternate method to reduce the deer population. Mr. Zezulewicz stated some inquiries can be made through SHACOG.

Mary Kauer, 3486 McRoberts Road - presented photographs and a police report regarding a tree that fell on July 4th in the borough's sewer right of way. The tree damaged her vehicle. Ms. Kauer stated that during sewer construction large machinery damaged several tree roots thereby precipitating the accident. Ms. Kauer requested compensation for vehicle damage and removal of the existing hazardous trees. Ms. Kauer discussed debris and logs left in the right-of-way from prior construction. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the property ownership would be investigated.

Joyce Hedegus, 3482 McRoberts Road - agreed that the trees are a hazard and should be removed. The tree that fell on July 4th also damaged her brother-in-law's car.

Bob Kauer, 3486 McRoberts Road - stated the damage to the trees was reported to the former borough manager and requested the borough take responsibility since the problem was previously reported. Mr. Zezulewicz answered the situation will be investigated and discussed with the borough's legal counsel and insurance carrier.

Scott Strain, Chuck Stewart, and Eric Keefe - representing Boy Scout Troop 350 attended the meeting for merit badge requirements for communication and citizenship in the community.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment portion of the meeting.

Bid Openings: Mr. Hartswick presented the bids for the Shady Run Avenue Sanitary Sewer Improvements. Lowest bid received was $20,000 over estimated cost. Council debated whether to accept or reject the bids. A lengthy discussion continued on the sewer lines, dept of lines and manholes. Mr. Carlucci motioned to award the bid to the lowest bidder - Oakdale Construction for $84,385.00; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings: Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported June collections of $47,537.24. Ms. Torris will be attending a class in Erie for continuing education requirements. Future requirements may be reduced from 10 hours per year to six hours per year.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach presented Hamilton Park Phase II Options. Mayor Baumgarten discussed a request from young residents for a skateboard park. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that Bethel Park investigated the possibility of installing a skateboard park, however the insurance liability was excessive. A skateboard park may be installed in South Park in the future. Ms. Kovach discussed the purchase and installation of a tot lot, walking trail exercise equipment and horseshoe pits. Concerns were raised about the walking trail placement in front of the tennis courts, and Mr. Zezulewicz requested that CSYA be contacted due to field use. Ms. Kovach motioned to accept the borough engineer's Phase II Option II with the possible redirection of the walking trail path; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Finance: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the June Treasurer's report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library: Ms. O'Malley discussed the community gym bus article in a local newspaper and discussed the bus's visit to the library. Ms. O'Malley added the summer program is going well.

Planning and Codes: Mr. Zezulewicz questioned the progress on the Sleepy Hollow rental improvements. Mr. Ross stated the contract has been awarded and the driveways will have new gravel installed.

Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci presented the Fines & Fees Report: District Court Fines-$2,197.33; Parking Citations-$680.00; Report Fees-$180.00; Meter Fines-$229.50; Alarm Fines Received-$200.00; Alarms Billed-$850.00; Special Services - $3,013.00. Police calls received - 147.

Public Works: Nothing to report.

Editorial Board: Mr. Zezulewicz requested council begin writing articles. Ms. O'Malley suggested setting and keeping a deadline for articles.

MRTSA: 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: Nothing to report.

Police Pension: The agenda package contained the June investment management statement.

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

Engineer Report: Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick stated the codes department has a surplus vehicle to be sold. Mr. Carlucci motioned to solicit bids; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 486 - Concurring Resolution for a Community Development Block Grant for the McCully Road Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 486 at its first reading; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report: Mayor Baumgarten stated council is honored to have the 2003 Keystone Oaks Area U-12 Division 3 Boys PA West South District Champions at the meeting. Coach Kevin Brannon gave a summary of the team's game statistics and announced the entire roster was from Castle Shannon. Mayor Baumgarten presented certificates of appreciation to each team member: Anthony Altemara, Patrick Brannon, David Chajkowski, Patrick Donovan, Michael Flanigan, Matthew Franceschi, Kyle Gaetano, Jonathan Hartz, Justin Lasko, Damon Lippert, Alex Mazzarini, Jared Moore, Michael O'Leary, Nathan Ott, Robby Roche, Robert Svidron and Samuel Walton. Mr. Zezulewicz commended the coaches for their dedication to the team and the parents for having their children involved in sports activities.
Mayor Baumgarten noted that fencing at Hamilton Park has debris and weeds that needs removed.
Mayor Baumgarten questioned if the public works seasonal crew could paint guide rails in the borough. Mr. Hartswick noted that three of the drivers are on the daily sewer line televising project, thus reducing the staff available.

Planning Commission: Nothing to report.

Solicitor: Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: Mr. Biondo noted a zoning heard board decision denying a variance for building in a set back. Mr. Ross stated the planning code criteria were not met.

Other Business: : Ms. O'Malley questioned the status of traffic Baldwin and Willow Avenue. Mayor Baumgarten will discuss with Chief Lane.
Ms. O'Malley discussed unsightly weeds at a property across from St. Annes School. Mr. Ross answered the owner has passed away. Mr. Ross has issued a notice of violation and will issue a citation.
Ms. Kovach noted the arrow sign for no left turn has been removed from Cooke Lane by the bank.
Mr. Cheberenchick questioned the status of the property at 3131 Belleville Street. Mr. Ross reported the defendant did not appear at the magistrate's hearing. A bench warrant will be issued. The building has been condemned. Mr. Hartswick discussed accessibility problems for the demolition. Mr. Ross suggested a biological hazard team investigate the house before demolition.




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