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August 10, 2009

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz. Council Members N. Kovach, P. Coffey and Mayor D. Baumgarten were absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager and P. Vietmeier, Codes Official.

The minutes of the July 27, 2009 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Ed Guzik, 1427 Trance Drive - discussed a tree at the corner of McRoberts Road and Grove Road that restricts the line of sight for traffic coming up Grove. Mr. Vietmeier agreed with Mr. Guzik, however the tree is within the owner's property. It was noted that traffic is a police department matter. Mr. Biondo will review the legal options to have the owner trim/remove the tree.

Mr. Guzik stated that borough council appointed a new police chief from Mt. Lebanon and questioned his experience and qualifications. Mr. Zezulewicz explained that the borough hired a third party, an independent board of police chiefs, to evaluate all candidates' qualifications for education and experience, including two officers from Castle Shannon. Borough Council hired the number one ranked police officer. Council all agrees that Castle Shannon Borough has phenomenal police officers.

George Orr, 791 Killarney Drive - questioned when Grove Road will be repaved. Mr. Hartswick explained that the gas company agreed to pave Grove Road if Penndot did not. At this point in time, Penndot has yet to re-bid the Route 88 project which includes a portion of Grove Road.

Mr. Orr reported that thirty-seven cars went through the stop sign on Killarney Drive one evening, and asked council to have a police car stationed on the road.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the SHACOG Purchasing Alliance bid results for rock salt, and reported the borough's salt storage is at full capacity which is five hundred tons. Mr. Carlucci motioned to award the bid to the Cargill Inc. for $52.75 per ton; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented the bid tabulation for the Grove Road Bridge through the South Hills Area Council of Government. All bids exceeded the estimated budget. The lowest bid was for $1,131,105.00 from Pugliano Construction. Mr. Hartswick noted that the grant funding would still be available next year and advised council to reject the bids. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to reject the bids and re-bid at a later date; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented the Hamilton Park Tennis Court Reconstruction Re-bid. All bids exceeded the estimated budget of $80,000.00. Lowest bidder was Ellis Asphalt for $92,436.50. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to reject the bids; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported July collections of $8,906.65. Ms. Torris stated after a decrease in assessments, the balance to be collected is $147,280.85. Collections are at 93%. Mr. Zezulewicz explained that St. Vincent DePaul, a non-profit, tax exempt organization, purchased a local property which reduced the borough's tax base by $1,215,700.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold announced that the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation has achieved the 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit corporation.

Mr. Warhold and Mr. Montgomery will host a meeting with local business owners on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Ice Castle.

Jack Macheck, Southwest Regional Director of the Department of Economic Development, met with Mr. Warhold, Mr. Vietmeier and Ms. Scuillo. Mr. Macheck suggested many good ideas and discussed groups to partner with to move the revitalization forward.

A community garden on Route 88 by Killarney Drive is being planned. The volunteers have been secured and the garden plan is ready. We are awaiting the permits from Penndot.

The Hometown Hero's Program will honor veterans from Castle Shannon that have served in any area of the armed forces or conflicts. Banners will be unveiled on Veteran's Day. Additional information is available in the borough administration offices or the Shannon's Soldier section of the website.

Mr. Warhold reported being the keynoted speaker at the South Hills Rotary Club regarding the borough's revitalization program.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the finance report subject to the chairman's final review; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick reported that a pre-construction meeting is scheduled for the roof replacement contract this week.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Hartswick stated that one proposal has been received for zoning ordinance revision. Additional proposal are expected before the September council meeting.

Mr. Vietmeier announced that he will attend Pennsylvania Construction Code Academy classes next week.

Public Safety:
Mr. Carlucci motioned to permit the chief of police to elect or decline to participate in the borough's Act 600 police pension plan, and furthermore, if he declines to participate in the Act 600 police pension plan, he may participate in the 457(d) deferred compensation plan which is available to other borough management employees; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

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:
Golf tournament on July 16th 2009.

Police Pension:
Mr. Carlucci noted an increase in the 2009 second quarter investment report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Mr. Warhold motioned to appoint Russ McKibben as delegate and Thomas Hartswick as alternate representatives from Castle Shannon Borough to the Tax Collection Committee pursuant to Act 32 of 2008; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Zezulewicz stated that Baldwin Township contacted Castle Shannon Borough to determine interest in a free police study to determine the feasibility of consolidating police services because of Baldwin Township's financial need. Although the borough is not pursuing consolidation, Borough Council agreed to join the study. Representatives from Dormont have contacted the borough to express their interest in joining the study with Baldwin Township and Castle Shannon. Mr. Zezulewicz added that currently the borough is responding to a prior request from Baldwin Township to explore this concept. After the study's conclusion, a further discussion regarding expanding the service may develop. Mr. Zezulewicz stressed that he would never be in favor of laying off Castle Shannon officers for a merger with another community. Mr. Carlucci motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to notify the state that the borough would be interested in participating in a police study with Baldwin Township at no cost to the borough; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #547 - Commercial Revitalization to request Community Development Block Grant for the elimination and prevention of blight. Mr. Warhold made the motion to adopt Resolution 547; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
The agenda contained the minutes of July 20, 2009.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold showed the audience a banner for the Hometown Hero's Program.


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