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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
July 14, 2008

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach, J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Member P. Coffey was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; J. Stanton, Lennon Smith Souleret Engineering. Police Chief H. Lane was absent.

The minutes of the June 9, 2008 council meeting were presented. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Betty Kelly, 1434 Trance Drive - reported that a house on Sycamore has high hedges falling onto neighboring properties, plus dog feces and a pile of dirt has remained in the front yard for weeks. Mr. Vietmeier will investigate the violations. Edward Guzik, 1427 Trance Drive - stated that the dog law should be amended, i.e. dogs that are being walked should be kept on the street and off people's lawns. A short discussion continued on the borough's dog feces ordinance.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 861 adopting the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Ordinance 861 at its first reading; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris presented the June collection report. Collections - $75,219.35. Assessment changes - additional $44,700; Balance - $157,288.94. Ms. Torris added that collections are higher by $92,500 than collections of June 30, 2007.

Ms. Torris suggested running a list of names and delinquent tax amounts in the local newspapers. This procedure is done in Maine and Jackson County, West Virginia.

Ms. Torris reported that 700 school tax bills were mailed without the Homestead Exclusion deduction. Jordan Tax readjusted the bills and mailed them.

Council will review a request to waive the 10% penalty on one tax bill.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold reported the summer recreation program is progressing well. A trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo is scheduled for the children.

Mr. Warhold gave an overview of a request to remove the parking meters in the borough for economic development in the downtown area where a number of buildings are vacant. Many business owners are in favor of removing the meters and strictly enforcing two hour parking limits with maximum fines. If Shannon Station proceeds, Mr. Warhold would like to work with the state or county to redevelop the downtown business district. The issue of removing of the parking meters was tabled.

Finance:
Nothing to report.

Library:
Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier reported that he has received numerous complaints about code violations and is prioritizing the information.

Public Safety:
Mayor Baumgarten presented information received by Chief Lane's memorandum regarding a request to advertise two police vehicles for sale and advertise for a part time substitute school crossing guard position.

Mayor Baumgarten voiced concerns regarding a stop sign on Willow Avenue that is too far from the intersection at Baldwin Street. The Mayor believes the stop sign should be removed. A second traffic study is not required. Mr. Warhold agreed that the sign is located too far from the intersection; however there is no closer place to relocate the sign. Ms. O'Malley and Ms. Kovach stated the stop sign slows traffic at the intersection, and the new intersection design is much safer for vehicle and trolley traffic. Mayor Baumgarten reported that after 90 days the signage would be added to the traffic ordinance.

Mr. Carlucci motioned to hire Cintas's services to clean the Municipal Center. A short discussion continued on the sanitizing costs and cleaning services. Mr. Carlucci rescinded his motion and motioned to enter into an agreement with Janis King for $250.00 per month; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
Mr. Warhold reported that MRTSA is holding a meeting on July 15th for the six communities and operation members.

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 reported the SHACOG golf tournament is scheduled for Thursday of this week.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report:
Mr. Stanton discussed the planning commission meetings regarding the Sweeney Shank Associates LLC Office Building major land development on Castleview Drive. The planning commission voted on June 16, 2008 to approve the development contingent upon satisfying the requirements in Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering's letter from Jason Stanton on June 13, 2008.

Brad Shank, Sweeney Shank Architects LLC - stated that they are currently receiving bids for the stormwater management and geotechnical report. Documentation from the utility companies to provide service to the building has been received. J. Stanton reported the sidewalks were not developed on the ENX or MARSA developments as per the pre-approved plan. A discussion on the sidewalk requirement continued. Mr. Biondo advised that council should specify that any plan provided must be subject to approval by the borough engineer. Mr. Biondo also discussed the applicant's waiver of an amenities bond and the sidewalk installation requirement by Mr. Scabilloni.

Ms. O'Malley motioned to accept the approval of the planning commission to grant conditional approval pending fulfillment of all the requirements in the June 13, 2008 letter from the Borough Engineers, pending the borough engineer's approval of the stormwater collection and conveyance system design, and to waive the amenities bond; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz and Mayor Baumgarten noted that the borough will not adopt Castleview Drive as a borough street until sidewalks are installed pursuant to the original site development plan from Mr. Scabilloni.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 536 - a concurring resolution authorizing the filing of an application for funds with the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development in the amount of $360,000 for replacement of the Grove Road Bridge. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt Resolution 536; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 537 requesting an Infrastructure Development Grant of $450,000 from the DCED for the Grove Road Bridge Replacement. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt Resolution 537; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to waive the fee for Hamilton Park for the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department's event on September 14, 2008; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
The agenda contained the minutes of the June 16, 2008 meeting.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Warhold reported that the Pennsylvania American Water project of painting the water tower has done a great job with public relations in our community.

Mr. Warhold discussed a situation in the borough regarding alarm system solicitors. Although the police department and news media warn elderly residents about allowing strangers into their homes, one elderly lady still invited the solicitor into her home. Additionally, installation of the alarm systems was occurring at 10:15 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. The permit stated "no soliciting after 7:00 p.m.". Ms. Sharon reported that the alarm company's permit was rescinded in Mt. Lebanon due to many permit violations.

Mayor Baumgarten stated the AFCLO will be soliciting in the borough until 9:00 p.m. by court approved rights. The borough requests that solicitors provide names and driver's license information to the borough. Mr. Biondo will research legal rights regarding fund raising soliciting versus commercial soliciting.

Mr. Carlucci reported that Verizon was soliciting in the borough at 7:30 p.m. Mayor Baumgarten added that the he has permitted solicitation until 8:00 p.m.

Ms. Kovach questioned how the parking situation on McRoberts Road was resolved from the prior meeting. Mr. Hartswick answered that Mr. Biondo prepared correspondence that was forwarded to the resident at 3486 McRoberts Road.


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