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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
July 28, 2014

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon, M. Cheberenchick, N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; D. Swisher; D. Baumgarten. Council Member M. Warhold, 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.

The minutes of the July 14, 2014 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Glenn Lackey, 1425 Blossom Hill Road – questioned if the street paving program would commence before school re-opens. Mr. Hartswick answered that the contracts were received this evening, however the borough does not have a starting construction date.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance #895 – amending the borough’s non-uniformed pension plan, providing for a deferred retirement option (DROP) form of benefit. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt Ordinance #895; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon announced that July 28th to August 2nd is Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department’s Carnival Week. Please support your fire department by purchasing car raffle tickets. Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguin’s mascot Ice Berg will visit the carnival, and on Wednesday evening the Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot will make an appearance.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
The public works department has received a new sewer jetter with a line reach of 500 feet. Mr. Cheberenchick added that this equipment is needed for ongoing repairs of the borough’s sewer lines.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Brannon motioned to accept the resignation letter of Elaine Conroy. Ms. Conroy has been employed as a school crossing guard for the past twenty-six years. Ms. O’Malley seconded the motion; all in favor; motion carried.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the July 25th check register. The finance committee will commence budget work sessions in August for the 2015 budget.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Precious Metals (an office/jewelry store) has received a building permit for renovations at 475 Mount Lebanon Boulevard, and a high end door/window business will be moving into Stoner Center.

The CSRC held a committee meeting for the 2014 Fall Festival. Vendor openings are available.

The 4th Annual CSRC Golf Outing will be September 5th at Scenic Valley Golf Club. Registrations and sponsorship commitments are being received.

Library:
Mr. Swisher reported that the library board does not meet in July and August. Monthly meetings will resume in September.

Editorial Board:
The editorial committee will be moving in a different direction for publishing the fall newsletter. Ms. Lynn Seiler, Administrative Assistant for the police department, will be producing the publication.

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.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained favorable 2nd Quarter Pension Reports.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
The first day of school is August 25th. Sports camps start next week.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
A Community Development Block Grant application was completed and accepted for demolition of 1426 Trance Drive and 840 Bockstoce Avenue. The demolitions should be completed by the end of October.

Mr. Hartswick submitted a Greenways Trails grant for a feasibility study to install a walking trail from Lebanon Shops to the downtown area. Favorable letters of support were received from Senator Wayne Fontana and State Representative Dan Miller. Representatives from the Department of Community and Economic Development commented that it had a compelling narrative and it was a unique project. The proposed project will make the downtown area more pedestrian friendly.

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

The CSRC 2014 Golf Outing is scheduled for September 5th at Scenic Valley. Thirty golfers and twelve tee sponsors have confirmed their participation. Information is available on the borough’s website.

Mayor's Report:
Ms. Kovach congratulated Mayor Baumgarten for receiving the Pennsylvania State Mayor of the Year Award. The chairman and committee of the Mayor’s Association will attend the August 25th meeting to make an official presentation.

Chief Truver is attending the FBI National Academy Annual Convention and has been elected to the executive board. Congratulations to Chief Truver.

Governor Corbett attended the mayor’s conference where he discussed a crisis with several pension plans. Several years ago the borough moved from a state plan to a private plan, which is in great shape. Senator Eichelberger discussed Act 111 pension plans. James Nowalk, Mayor of Whitehall and President of the Pennsylvania State Mayor’s Association, organized a very informative conference with excellent speakers.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo discussed a pending zoning hearing board appeal with Judge James in the Court of Common Pleas for Mr. Cerminara. The owner submitted a site plan for the property on Castleview Drive, and a proposed settlement agreement is pending. Ms. O’Malley motioned to authorize the borough solicitor to enter into a settlement agreement with Mr. Cerminara to be signed by the court and entered as a court order; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Nothing to report.


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