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August 8, 2005

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

The minutes of the July 11, 2005 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten for a special presentation.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed a police incident on July 6, 2005 on Kerry Hill Drive wherein a father had stabbed his daughter. Through his professional and calm nature, Officer Jim Fleckenstein talked the suicidal suspect into surrendering his knife. Mayor Baumgarten gave Officer Fleckenstein a commendation for his outstanding performance while under stress in a critical situation. Officer Fleckenstein thanked Chief Lane, borough council and the community for their support. Borough council congratulated Officer Fleckenstein.

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

Jim Abraham - stated he lives in Dormont, and purchased property in Castle Shannon in 2002 from GLS Capital. Mr. Abraham made a prior request to council to waive penalties, interest, liens and lien costs on the property from 2003-2004 due to unpaid borough taxes. This request was denied. Mr. Abraham made the same request to Keystone Oaks School District for school taxes, and the request was granted reducing the amount owed to the face tax. Mr. Abraham stated the delinquent taxes occurred because the tax bills were being sent to the former owner. In addition, when Mr. Abraham purchased the property and received a reduced assessment in 2002, he believed that the overpayment would be credited to 2003 and 2004. Mr. Abraham stated the county's slow assessment, refund, and property owner change recording process caused the problem. Mr. Abraham stated the liens are affecting his credit, and he would willingly pay the penalties and interest if the borough would exonerate the liens and lien costs. Mr. Biondo will review the tax situation.

Ms. Joan Cleary, Allegheny County Council - stated she would review the county's system for updating property owner changes.

Ms. Cleary discussed the Transportation Improvement Program to get federal funding for roadway improvements. Mr. Hartswick attempted to include the Grove Road Bridge on the TIP program. The borough was advised that this is not a county bridge and is owned by the borough; therefore the bridge is ineligible for the TIP program. Council agreed that the borough should make another attempt to submit bridge repairs/replacement to the program. Ms. O'Malley stated that the borough should get documentation determining ownership of the bridge.

Ms. Kovach officially closed the public comment section of the meeting.

Bid Openings: Nothing to report.

Public Hearings: Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 845 adopting a schedule of attorney fees in connection with the collection of delinquent real estate taxes and other municipal claims. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt Ordinance 845 at its first reading, Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported July collections of $8,280.57; with county change order decreases of $64,800, leaving a balance due of $138,822.04. The collection rate remains at 94%.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: Mr. Warhold reported a record enrollment of 130 children at the borough's summer recreation program, which was completed last week.

Mr. Warhold, Chief Lane, Mayor Baumgarten and Mr. Hartswick have reviewed the lower entrance to Hamilton Park for gate and loading zone changes. The gate will be moved and faced toward the field.

Finance: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library: Ms. O'Malley reported the library summer programs are well attended.

Planning and Codes: Mr. Ross stated the planning commission approved the subdivision and final site plan of ENX on July 18, 2005. Ms. O'Malley motioned to accept the planning commission's recommendation to approve the subdivision; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Coffey motioned to accept the planning commission's recommendation to approve the site plan; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach questioned the occupancy on the former Eckerd pharmacy building. Mr. Ross stated most of the new businesses have received their final occupancy permits.

Ms. O'Malley noted the former owner of Pub & Pizza will be opening a new restaurant at 4100 Library Road.

Public Safety: Chief Lane stated a vacancy exists for a substitute school guard since Art Schaeffer has resigned.

Chief Lane asked council to consider authorizing the solicitor to consider a lawsuit against the body armor company that manufactured bulletproof vests that failed for police officers. Mr. Biondo stated that several class actions are pending. Mr. Biondo will review the information and determine whether it would be appropriate to join a pending class action. Council authorized Mr. Biondo to proceed.

Chief Lane discussed the pedestrian crossing signs at Mt. Lebanon Boulevard and the effectiveness of the signage.

Public Works: Mr. Hartswick presented a five year agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for winter traffic services in conjunction with Resolution 502. Mr. Coffey motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreement and adopt Resolution 502; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach noted the borough's sewer televising project is progressing. Mr. Hartswick reported that Phase I televising is completed and cost estimates and bid documents will be prepared for structural repairs.

Editorial Board: Article deadline will be mid-October.

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: Ms. Kovach announced the golf team of Mr. Warhold, Mr. Cheberenchick, Mr. Hartswick and Mr. Gilligan took first place at the annual SHACOG golf outing.

Ms. O'Malley reported the next SHACOG meeting is scheduled for August 18th.

Police Pension: Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 503 setting the police pension contribution rate at two percent for 2003. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Resolution 503; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: The agenda contained the June distribution analysis: EIT - $58,931.70; EMS - $7,554.81.

Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick reported a joint purchase of a sewer camera with Baldwin Township will assist in completing the Administration Consent Order requirements.

Mayor: Mayor Baumgarten discussed the activation of the mutual aid system regarding the Kerry Hill incident, and the excellent cooperation with four other police departments achieved through the county's 911 system. Chief Lane added that the installation of additional radios in the police cars have proved beneficial since Mt. Lebanon is not on the county system.

Chief Lane stated the borough has the best and most informative website in Allegheny County. A new link has been added for Megan's Law that lists registered pedophiles in specific zip codes.

Ms. Kovach questioned if the cause of a fire on Cooke Drive had been determined. Officer Brian McKeown is currently conducting an investigation with the county fire marshals.

Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.

Other: Nothing to report.


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