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August 10, 2015

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; M. Randazzo; D. Swisher; D. Baumgarten. Council Members J. O’Malley and M. Warhold and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor. Codes Official P. Vietmeier was absent.

The minutes of the July 27, 2015 Council Meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach introduced Rachel J. Susko, the borough’s 2015 intern who was hired through the Local Government Academy Intern Program. Ms. Susko described the projects assigned to her which were to create a property parcel database for the Castle Shannon business development district and to conduct community outreach with borough businesses regarding online customer engagement and provide subsequent social media consulting. Ms. Susko appreciated the training experiences gained by attending the Pennsylvania Downtown Center Conference in Lancaster and the New Main Street Manager Training in Harrisburg. In closing, Ms. Susko thanked Borough Council for giving her this opportunity for professional development through her internship with Castle Shannon Borough and the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation.

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

Fire Chief William Reffner – discussed increased railroad traffic with tankers travelling through the community and the need for specialized emergency evacuation training. Fire Chief Reffner and Police Chief Truver contacted Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway, who will send Mr. John Vergis to conduct a Railroad & Train Emergency Responses Seminar for first responders (police, fire, EMS and emergency management officials) on September 28th at 7:00 p.m. SHACOG will be hosting this seminar.

Chief Reffner discussed the Insurance Services Office (ISO) and distribution of PPC Grades relating to fire department services. The classification scale runs one to ten, and the CSVFD has improved from Class 4 to Class 3, which means our fire department is one of the top 4,000 in the country out of 50,000 fire departments. This rating gives residents of Castle Shannon and Baldwin Township a better premium for fire insurance.

Chief Reffner described the success of the annual carnival, thanked the police department for their presence, and thanked borough council for their support. Ms. Kovach extended borough council’s appreciation to the fire department for their services to the community.

Jessica Rozwood, 1272 Shady Run Avenue – discussed concerns about multi-family rental properties in the single-family residential zoning district. Two houses in this district are coded as three-family and two-family residences according to the Allegheny County assessments website. Mr. Biondo responded that the residences in question could have preceded the zoning ordinance and therefore be grandfathered as a non-conforming use. Mr. Vietmeier will investigate this issue and respond to Ms. Rozwood.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report. The agenda contained the July collection report and listing of delinquent collections.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Council reviewed a letter and photographs regarding the overpopulation of deer in Castle Shannon and specifically on Mr. Durkin’s property. It is council’s recommendation that this issue be presented to Allegheny County Council to coordinate a comprehensive county-wide plan to obtain funding for a program.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
In preparation for an MS-4 audit, Mr. Ausman, Mr. Stanton and Mr. Hartswick are doing an overall review to ensure the borough’s compliance with MS-4 regulations.

Public Safety/Fire:
Mr. Cheberenchick commended Chief Truver for presenting council with concise, informative weekly reports.

Mr. Swisher approved the check register for August 7th and motioned to ratify the July treasurer’s report; Mr. Cheberenchick second; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Newsletter article deadline is September 21st.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed the fact that medical insurance companies pay patients for ambulance services, when they in fact should be paying MRTSA directly. In turn, then MRTSA must bill and collect the fee. The legislature is presenting a bill that requires insurance companies to pay the ambulance company, but only if a reduced rate for ambulance service is negotiated between the insurance and ambulance companies.

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.

PA State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

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

Earned Income Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve a contract with Cargill Inc. for $69.29 per ton for rock salt; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach asked Mr. Hartswick to send a letter to our local legislators in support of local police departments’ use of radar.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten discussed Chief Truver’s weekly police report and is amazed at the number of arrests and DUI arrests that are made, especially during the DUI checkpoints. Our borough has the reputation of ….. Don’t drink and drive Castle Shannon.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
A meeting is scheduled for July 8th at 7:30 p.m.

Nothing to report.


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