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August 11, 2008

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

The minutes of the July 14, 2008 council meeting were presented. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment section of the meeting.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick stated that two vehicles were advertised for a bid opening on August 8th.

One bid in the amount of $150.00 was received for a 2000 Ford F350 pickup truck that had been severely damaged in an auto accident. Mr. Cheberenchick questioned the towing and storage fees from Steel City that were being waived. Mr. Hartswick clarified that the storage fees occurred because the insurance company took an inordinate amount of time to process the claim. In the future, severely damaged borough vehicles should be towed to the borough garage. Ms. Kovach motioned to accept the bid from Steel City for $150.00; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Three bids were received for a 1998 GMC SUV; however two bids were disqualified because no bid security was received. Ms. O'Malley motioned to accept the bid by James Sokol for $778.00; 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 presented the July collection report. Collections - $27,179.39. Balance - $132,507.86.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold proposed eliminating the parking meters in the downtown area. This is being proposed to begin to revitalize the business district. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested using the most cost effective procedure for the meters, i.e. covering the meters versus removing them. A short discussion continued on the effective date to cover or remove the meters. Mr. Warhold motioned to eliminate the meters and strictly enforce two hour parking limits for a one year period of time to begin after the downtown revitalization committee is formed, with the stipulation that this subject will be revisited in one year's time; Ms. Kovach seconded. Mr. Zezulewicz called for a roll call vote. Ms. Kovach, Ms. O'Malley; Mr. Warhold; and Mr. Zezulewicz voted yes. Mr. Carlucci and Mr. Cheberenchick voted no. Motion passed.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the July Treasurer's Report; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach commented on the July building permit report.

Public Safety:
Chief Lane discussed the resignation of two crossing guards, Audrey Smith and Mary Graeser. Two substitute school guards have been offered these positions - Barbara Searles and Henry Braun. Mr. Carlucci motioned to promote the two substitute school guards to the part-time positions; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Carlucci motioned to advertise for the substitute crossing guard positions; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Carlucci motioned to advertise for sale a red unmarked police vehicle; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Lane suggested extending the parking on St. Annes Street by designating two spaces for permit parking only, for a total of four spaces to assist the residents. Any parking changes must be done by amendment to the borough ordinance. Ms. O'Malley motioned to advertise to amend the parking ordinance to allow for two additional permit parking spaces on St. Annes Street; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Lane stated that State Representative Chelsa Wagner provided a $21,000.00 grant for a joint radio purchase with Baldwin Township.

Chief Lane announced that the borough is not responsible for the poor paving and patching jobs being completed by the utility companies on the borough streets. Pennsylvania American Water's subcontractor is not compliant with paving requirements on Edgeworth, Hampton, Newport and McCully. Mr. Hartswick has contacted the utility company, and the paving will not be scheduled until a sufficient quantity of paving material is needed to create a batch.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz requested that council prepare articles for the winter newsletter. Article deadline will be September 29th.

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:
The second quarter investment report was included in the agenda.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The June and July distribution analysis was included.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented a letter from Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering with inventory information regarding surplus sewer monitoring equipment. Ms. Kovach motioned to advertise the equipment for sale; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed an alarm company that had solicited in the borough. Many residents have had a difficult time canceling the installed equipment and contract. Mayor Baumgarten asked what advice the borough could give the residents. Mr. Biondo advised that the borough cannot intercede as this is a business contract between the alarm company and the resident; however a resident can contact the consumer department at the attorney general's office or hire an attorney to review the contract.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo is researching both commercial and non-commercial soliciting to review the ordinance for a possible revision.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Cheberenchick noted that the public works department's fuel line is over budget. Mr. Hartswick will discuss fuel conservation with the department.

Ms. Kovach questioned if the public works equipment has been inventoried recently. Mr. Hartswick answered that each department's inventory list is updated annually.


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