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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
August 9, 2004

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


The minutes of the July 12, 2004 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.

Mr. Russell Graves, 778 Killarney Drive - described incidents where tractor trailer trucks miss their turn into the Lozier business and attempt turnarounds at Killarney and Glennshannon; thereby damaging his property. Witnesses were secured on July 16th and a police report was taken when a Werner truck damaged his driveway, lawn and wall; however the trucking company is denying liability. Mr. Graves has discussed the problem with Mike Magee, Plant Manager of Lozier. Mr. Graves requested: 1) the Lozier sign be relocated to a more visible area and directional signage or weight restriction signs be placed on poles facing the tunnel; 2) signs be placed on Route 88 instructing tractor trailers to turn right; 3) citations be issued to trucks that pass the turn off. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the police cannot be mandated to issue citations for the trucks; however the Police Chief and Mayor can notify officers of the problem. Mr. Graves was instructed to take photos or videos of future incidents and call 911 immediately with the trucks license plate number. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the borough will investigate appropriate signage and placement.

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

Bid Openings: - Nothing to report.

Public Hearings: - Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission: - Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: - July delinquent tax collection - $5,952.28.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: - Ms. Kovach noted the Hamilton Park Phase II project is nearing completion. Mr. Hartswick added that significant restoration issues remain.

Ms. Kovach requested the borough purchase a new basketball hoop for Hamilton Park.

Mr. Cheberenchick questioned replacing fencing at Hamilton Park behind the tennis court due to residential complaints of people walking through yards. Mr. Hartswick replied that new fencing will be installed.

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

Library: - Ms. O'Malley discussed personnel issues wherein several employees are resigning. Ms. O'Malley requested the Library tie in with the borough website since the computer technician will be resigning. Anne New, Library Director, should contact H. Munson.

Planning and Codes: - Nothing to report.

Public Safety: - Mr. Carlucci motioned to participate in the SHACOG joint police testing for 2004; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick advised council that the current list of police candidates should be eliminated. Mr. Carlucci motioned to instruct the Civil Service Commission to abolish the current list of police candidates; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works: - Nothing to report.

Editorial Board: - Fall newsletter should be sent out in November.

Mr. Kirk announced a South Hills Town Hall Meeting on Monday, August 30th at the Castle Shannon Fire Hall with Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato.

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: - Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: - Distribution analysis for July: EIT - $29,717.28; OPT - $2,048.25.

Engineer's Report: - Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: - Mr. Hartswick presented an Amended Street Sweeper Sharing Agreement with Whitehall and Brentwood boroughs. Mr. Kirk motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreement; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley motioned to waive the Hamilton Park fee for the Colt Baseball team on August 17th; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report: - Mayor Baumgarten recognized Ms. Joan Cleary, Allegheny County Council Member, and requested that the borough be appraised of any developments of the 911 center consolidation. Ms. Cleary stated that the task force representatives and Pete Harvin believed the consolidation should go smoothly.

Mayor Baumgarten stated Penndot's property along Route 88 from Connor Road to Castle Shannon Boulevard that needs maintained, i.e. trees down, high weeds. Ms. Cleary will discuss with Penndot representative.

Planning Commission: - Nothing to report.

Solicitor: Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks : - Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.

Other Business: - Mr. Ross discussed the development of twenty townhouse units on the DiCello Plan of Lots. The townhouses will be similar to the Shannon Heights development.

Ms. Kovach questioned maintenance of the borough's memorial site at the Port Authority property. The contractor has not turned the property over to Port Authority. When the property is PAT's, an agreement for the borough to maintain the property will be secured. Council discussed the lack of a water supply source and debated whether to hire a landscaping firm or have the public works' department maintain the landscaping.

Ms. Kovach discussed the timely completion of Home Avenue after a meeting with PAWC. Mr. Kirk stated Mr. Brannon wished to thank council, Mayor and borough administration for their coordination efforts in meeting with PAWC. Mayor Baumgarten reported the water leak was identified in February, however construction could not begin until April. Ms. O'Malley discussed PAWC's cooperation and noted the lack of communication between PAWC and Columbia Gas caused a major delay.

Mr. Carlucci questioned the demolition progress on Belleville Street. Mr. Ross stated the demolition is completed.

Ms. O'Malley questioned the no parking signs on Hoodridge that were placed when the street was paved several years weeks ago.

Mr. Zezulewicz asked for an update on the Grove Road water leak. Mr. Lucas of PAWC informed the borough manager that, since Home Avenue is completed, exploratory digging will commence.

Mr. Zezulewicz requested the public works' department to complete fencing gaps at the dugouts at the Highland Field.

Mr. Zezulewicz thanked Ms. Cleary for her interest in the borough.


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