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August 13, 2007

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

The minutes of the July 9, 2007 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten. Mayor Baumgarten swore in Aleksandra Kocelko as Junior Council Person for Castle Shannon Borough.

Mayor Baumgarten introduced Larry Dunn, former Allegheny County Commissioner and Chairman of Amen Corner. Mr. Dunn explained that Amen Corner is a civic and social organization that sponsors a law enforcement awards program for officers that go above and beyond the call of duty. Mr. Dunn presented an honorable mention award to Officer James Fleckenstein, the borough's commercial vehicle safety inspection officer. Officer Fleckenstein has made the highways safer and reduced the risk of dangerous vehicles traveling through the Pittsburgh area. Officer Fleckenstein also assisted the City of Pittsburgh by checking the security of commercial vehicles during the 2006 World Series.

Mr. Dunn invited the public and council to the next luncheon of Amen Corner on November 2nd.

Mr. Zezulewicz thanked Mr. Dunn for his visit and continued interest in our community. Mr. Zezulewicz added that Officer Fleckenstein is a treasure to our community. Officer Fleckenstein stated that the Mayor, Chief Lane, borough council and the citizens give total support to the programs and officers. Mayor Baumgarten added that Officer Fleckenstein has received congratulations from other communities for his assistance in various incidents, and he represents a fine example of the excellent caliber of the Castle Shannon Police Department. Council congratulated Officer Fleckenstein.

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

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report. .

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris presented the July tax collection report: Collections - $21,440.09; Balance - $220,748.21. This is a 91.5% collection rate.

Council discussed the appointment of a deputy tax collector for borough taxes. Mr. Biondo added that the deputy tax collector would not be responsible for collecting school taxes since the school district did not concur that a deputy tax collector was necessary. Ms. Kovach motioned to appoint Loretta Miller as Deputy Tax Collector for Castle Shannon Borough real estate taxes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mayor Baumgarten added that the school district is not required to utilize the borough's tax collector and can appoint their own collector.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Cheberenchick had concerns regarding expenses for the borough garage expansion project. Mr. Hartswick explained that the project plan changes incurred additional costs. Mr. Zezulewicz asked that any future design plan changes be reviewed with the finance committee.

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

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the Baldwin Street/Willow Avenue intersection redesign. Mr. Hartswick stated the borough is waiting for Port Authority to change signals.

Public Safety:
Mr. Carlucci asked that the police department or Mr. Ross contact the residents on Thornwood Drive regarding the borough ordinance for dates and times residents can place trash curbside.

Chief Lane met with Port Authority Transit, and the lights for Baldwin Street/Willow Avenue should be installed by the end of the month. Signage has been ordered. The sidewalk needs saw cut to install posts. Barrels will be temporary placed to alert drivers of the new traffic pattern.

Chief Lane suggested that council review the question of removing the meters in town and installing two-hour parking signs. Removing the meters will help the businesses. Higher fines are received for two hour parking violations, than metered violations. The present meter person can chalk tires and would still walk the same route to check for violations. Mr. Warhold agreed that pulling the meters is a good idea. Mr. Zezulewicz requested that a presentation be prepared for council to show that by pulling the meters, the meter person's time could be more efficiently utilized for other departments.

Duquesne Light's policy does not require their contractor to trim around street lights. Ten to twelve street lights need trimmed on Vermont and Hoodridge. The trees are in the borough's right of way. Chief Lane requested that the borough plan for the hiring of a contractor in 2008 to trim the lights for security and safety reasons.

Castle Shannon Borough and Baldwin Township police departments have jointly applied for a $21,000 grant through Representative Chelsa Wagner's Office to upgrade radio equipment and enhance communications with the county 911.

The police department will have zero tolerance for speeding traffic on McRoberts Road due to bypass traffic from the Route 88 Penndot project. Chief Lane added that Penndot's contractor will be approaching borough council to allow additional evening hours for construction work. Traffic lanes will be open during rush hour.

PAWC will be replacing the main water line from Sixth Street to Rockwood Avenue on Route 88 this winter.

Ms. Kovach ask the status of the speeding traffic problem on Poplar Avenue. Chief Lane replied that strict enforcement was used.

Stop signs were posted by the exit of the borough garage for an emergency exit.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz stated that articles will be accepted until October 8th.

Mayor Baumgarten reported that eight new ambulances will be unveiled at a ceremony this month.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
A notice of a proposed amendment to the bylaws was enclosed.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the investment report for the period ending June 30, 2007.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
June Analysis: EIT - $35,552.42; EMS - $13,546.74. July Analysis: EIT - $21,527.14; EMS - $1,786.90.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
The Rebecca Street Wall project is moving along. The contractor was milling today, and paving should be completed curb-to-curb this week.

Garage expansion contract bids will be presented to council on September 10th.

Phase II Sanitary Sewer Deficiency Correction project bids will be presented to council on September 24th.

The comprehensive plan draft version was presented to our contiguous municipalities. One finalized review and public hearing will occur before council.

Mr. Coffey questioned the borough's road paving project. Mr. Hartswick answered that the project is nearly complete; however some minor restoration issues rema

A resident requested the borough install an additional street light on an existing pole on Rebecca Street. Council authorized the borough manager to discuss the possible light installation with nearby residents before proceeding.

Mayor Baumgarten stated the borough needs to be proactive in the redevelopment of eight vacant store fronts in town. Mr. Warhold reviewed the area with one independent developer. Ms. Kovach suggested piggybacking with the county for a redevelopment grant. Mr. Hartswick will send photos and correspondence to the county and state representatives to request a recommendation.

The Allegheny County Mayor's Association is hosting a meeting on September 6th. Michael Foreman of the Governor's Center for Local Government Services will speak about the regionalization of police forces.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
The agenda contained the minutes of the business/legislative meetings of April 19th and May 17th.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. O'Malley questioned the status of the Litwin zoning board hearing. The minutes of the meeting will be forthcoming.

Mr. Cheberenchick noted an article regarding the legal ramifications of illegally installed stop signs placed to slow down traffic. Chief Lane added the borough is in compliance with stop sign regulations.


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