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July 14, 2014

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon, M. Cheberenchick, N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten. Council Member V. Smith and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; D. Biondo, Solicitor; B. Fabbio, Junior Council Person. Police Chief K. Truver was absent. K. Simms Strnisa of Simms Strnisa Court Reporting was present to record the public hearing section of the meeting.

The minutes of the June 23, 2014 council meeting were presented. Mr. Swisher noted a correction in the library section. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting. Mr. Biondo advised that audience that comments regarding the conditional use hearing will be accepted in the public hearing section. Being none, the public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Warhold motioned to award the Municipal Center Roof bid to Ramp Construction Company for $161,660; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Biondo stated that two public hearings are scheduled for this meeting. The first public hearing on Ordinance #894 will amend the zoning ordinance to define a commercial school, and the second public hearing is a conditional use hearing for School of Rock. Ms. Simms swore in four audience members, who planned to provide testimony at the public hearings, and took minutes verbatim of the public hearings.

  1. Ordinance #894 – An ordinance amending the zoning ordinance of the Borough of Castle Shannon to amend the definition of a “school” and to add a definition for a “commercial school” and amending Table 1 to add a “commercial school” as a conditional use in the C-1 general commercial district, C-2 central commercial district, and TOD Transit Oriented Development zoning districts. The planning commission recommended approval of the zoning ordinance amendment, and Allegheny County has had the ordinance for the recommended 30 days for review. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Ordinance #894. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Ordinance #894 at its first reading; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

  2. Mr. D.J. Blackrick of Blackrick Rock Group II LLC addressed council regarding the School of Rock conditional use application. The school provides music instruction, will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and will be located at 4100 Library Road in Castle Shannon. Patricia Dekret, 4103 Willow Avenue stated that she lives close to the proposed school and is concerned about the noise level that may occur. Mr. Blackrick stated the School of Rock gives music lessons and has rehearsal rooms for children from the ages of three to eighteen. The cement block building will have sound proofing measures provided by a double dry wall, air space, insulation and another double dry wall. In addition, the amplifiers used are the low volume mini-type. Mr. Blackrick stated he is confident that the neighbors should not experience a noise problem from the school. Photographs were provided to borough council.
Mr. Biondo stated the school will be operating in a C-1 zoning district. The ordinance council passed this evening permits a commercial school to operate in the C-1 zoning district as a conditional use. The conditional use request is made with the consent of the property owner.

Mr. Blackrick referred to the success of the School of Rock in Wexford, Pennsylvania and introduced Alicia Pascazi, general manager of the school located in Wexford. Mr. Warhold referenced the cooperation between the local music businesses such as Drum World, Lawrence Music and Hollis German Music and would welcome School to Rock to partner with the existing music businesses. Ms. Pascazi discussed their community participation in events such as fundraising, community days and charity events where the students get the opportunity to provide entertainment with classic and modern rock songs. The instrument focus is on guitars, bass, drums, vocals and keyboards.

Mr. Biondo stated that anyone who objects to the approval of a conditional use for the School of Rock should speak at this time. No comments were received. Ms. Kovach called for roll call vote for the approval of the conditional use: Ms. Brannon – yes, Mr. Swisher – yes, Ms. Kovach – yes, Mr. Warhold – yes, Ms. O’Malley – yes, Mr. Cheberenchick – yes. Motion passed.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the June collection report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Borough representatives have been working on a personnel policy over the past few months. Each member of council has been presented with a copy of the policy for review. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt the Castle Shannon Borough Personnel Policy effective June 23, 2014; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon reported that the borough’s Facebook page has 508 likes.

The annual Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department Carnival is July 28th through August 2nd. On Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Pittsburgh Penguins mascot Ice Berg will be attending. On Wednesday, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot will be visiting. Car raffle tickets are $1.00 each. First prize is a Chevy vehicle or up to $19,000 cash and second prize is $7,000.

Ms. Kovach asked Ms. Brannon to advertise the CSRC Fall Festival on Facebook. The event is scheduled for September 20th on Willow and Park Avenues from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The committee is seeking vendors to participate or donate gift baskets.

Public Works/Building & Grounds:
Public works has been mulching the trees in the downtown area. Ms. Kovach noted that the trees also need trimmed. Flower planter locations have been designated to a fall planting to make the downtown area more attractive.

Public Safety/Fire:
The agenda contained the June reports.

Mr. Swisher approved the check registers. Ms. O’Malley motioned to ratify the June Treasurer’s Report; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold announced that the 4th Annual CSRC Golf Outing will be September 5th at Scenic Valley Golf Club. Registrations and sponsorship commitments are being received.

Proposals for the Keystone Community feasibility grant are due July 31st. One proposal has been received.

The CSRC’s Veterans Affairs Committee is chaired by Kevin Brannon. The committee has been doing research for a new veterans’ monument. Paul Scabilloni plans to assist with building material and labor for the monument. Project completion date is Memorial Day 2016.

Ms. Kovach reported on the possibility of constructing a walking/bicycle trail to connect Castle Shannon Boulevard (from Martin’s Auto Gallery) to the Lebanon Shops. Allegheny County representatives reviewed our proposal for a Greenways, Trails and Recreation Feasibility Study grant. A phase two project could include a walking trail connecting the elementary schools and library, and a phase three could possible connect the trail to South Park. Mr. Warhold added that both the Greenways, Trails and Recreation and Keystone Community feasibilities studies will be funded by grant money. Ms. Kovach stated that the borough’s goal is to have a pedestrian friendly walkway from the light rail transit stop to the downtown business district.

Mr. Swisher reported that the library board held their last meeting for this summer. Monthly meetings will resume in September.

Editorial Board:
The editorial committee would like to find a way to produce the newsletter more efficiently.

Mr. Warhold noted an article in the Tribune Review on ambulance service funding shortfalls due to reduced co-pays for service fees and unpaid patient accounts. Ms. Kovach explained that the insurance companies pay the patient directly for their ambulance trips; however many patients do not use those funds to pay their MRTSA bill. Mayor Baumgarten added that insurance company will not pay the ambulance company because the insurance company wants to negotiate a discounted rate for the ambulance service. MRTSA has approximately $800,000 outstanding for unpaid services.

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.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
The first day of school is August 25th.

Engineer’s Report:
Nothing to report

Earned Income Tax:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Swisher motion to ratify the manager’s authorization of Change Order #1 for the ACO Year 2 Structural Deficiencies Project increase of $2,654 for an environmental insurance rider required by Port Authority for Bockstoce Avenue; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick proposed that council participate in a Duquesne Light LED street light pilot program to replace eighteen street lights on Willow Avenue from Connor Road to Castle Shannon Boulevard. The cost is $109 per light, which can be funded from the capital projects fund. Ms. O’Malley motioned to participate in the program; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #603 to request for a Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant in the amount of $28,560. Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution #603; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten commended Chief Truver for his outstanding initiative regarding the police department’s ability to install and use the latest available technology to apprehend drivers for various traffic violations and DUI arrests. When a citation is issued, it is immediately electronically transferred to the District Magistrate.

Mayor Baumgarten expressed his disappointment in the Pennsylvania legislators’ recent denial of bills to permit local law enforcement officers to utilize radar, to strengthen gun control laws, and to permit privatization of liquor stores.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Brian Kemp, 3717 Grant Street – addressed council on the matter of a manhole installation in his front yard and provided photographs of the site. Installation of the manhole was completed by Tri-State Grouting LLC for the borough’s operation and maintenance reporting program. The manhole is located in the borough’s right-of-way. Mr. Kemp was advised that the company needs to install a second manhole in his back yard, and he is concerned about falling trees if the roots are disturbed and undermining of an existing wall. A lengthy discussed continued on residential notification of the project, abandoned paper streets, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Ms. Kovach directed the borough manager to investigate options and solutions for Mr. Kemp. Mr. Kemp requested a copy of the engineer’s insurance. Mr. Biondo advised that a damage claim should be filed against the party that caused the property damage, not with their insurance company. Mr. Hartswick stated that payment will not be made to the contractor until the manhole site is corrected and restoration completed.


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