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August 12, 2013

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

The minutes of the July 22, 2013 council meeting were presented. Ms. Brannon motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Scott Bruce, 981 Pine Avenue – requested council consider the installation of speed humps on upper Pine Avenue to slow the traffic to and from the Mt. Lebanon Golf Course for the safety of children on that street. High traffic times are 7:00 a.m. in the morning, early evening and weekends. Mr. Biondo advised that council would have to assess the risk management factors regarding vehicle damage from speed humps. If the street is paved utilizing liquid fuel funds, speed humps are not an option. Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Truver will discuss increased patrols and other options.

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:
The agenda contained the July collection report: Collections - $16,872.69; Balance - $235,873.84. Mr. Hartswick stated that the taxable value has been decreased from the county at an alarming rate.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon reported that the borough has 340 likes on Facebook. The Facebook stories reach several thousand people.

Keystone Oaks School begins August 26th.

Congratulations for the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department winners: Dee Kerin won first prize; R. Ginny won second prize; and Lawrence O’Leary won the resident raffle.

Community Fire School starts September 11th at 7:00 p.m. for ten weeks. Information is available at mtlfd.org.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher reported that public works has been busy with grass cutting at the borough parks.

Soli Construction loaned the borough a skid steer loader to facilitate playground site preparation at Riehl Park. Playland Systems will complete the installation.

A new sewer push camera has been received to assist public works with sewer televising, and a training session will be scheduled with the sales representative.

Public Safety/Fire:
The agenda contained the July reports.

Ms. O’Malley motioned to ratify the July treasurer’s report; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Ms. Kovach reported that the Fall Festival is scheduled for September 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. between Poplar and Park Avenue. Vendors, artisans, food vendors, sheep shearing demonstrations, and children’s activities are planned.

The CSRC Annual Golf Outing is scheduled for September 20th at the Riverview Golf Club. Tee time is 9:00 a.m.

Article deadline for the fall newsletter is October 4th. Ms. Miller will contact Katie Sharon regarding an article for Laughlin’s 100th anniversary

Editorial Board:
Article deadline for the fall newsletter is October 4th. The committee is hoping to feature Laughlin’s 100th anniversary.

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:
The monthly meeting will be hosted by South Park on August 15th.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the second quarter 2013 report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
The agenda contained the second quarter 2013 report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick reported that administration will be conducting an internal audit for earned income tax records.

The second year of the Administrative Consent Order project will be ready late October/November with an estimated cost of $430,000.

The Ellison Place Townhouse residential development will be submitted to the planning commission on August 19th.

A meeting has been scheduled in Whitehall for the new solid waste and recycling contract through SHACOG.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten stated that the new police license reader technology is very effective. Officers can obtain a vehicle’s license number, registration, driver’s license number, and print tickets on site which automatically transfers to the district magistrate. The license plate readers have been utilized successfully to catch unlicensed/unregistered vehicles and unlicensed drivers.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Council will be seeking candidates for the Junior Council Person position.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Brannon announced that the Keystone Oaks Marching Band Festival is September 14th at Dormont Stadium.


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