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August 26, 2013

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

The minutes of the August 12, 2013 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick 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.

Tim Kirsch, 900 Spruce Street– discussed the Vial of Life program being organized by Shop-n-Save Pharmacy and the Project Outreach Equipment and Medical Supplies (POEMS). The program will supply a free large blue prescription bottle to any interested resident. A Vial of Life Information Sheet should be completed for each family member and placed in the bottle in the refrigerator for emergency responders to access vital information. The POEMS volunteers will distribute the vials when lending medical equipment. In addition, vials were provided to Castle Shannon senior citizen groups. Information on the program can be found on the borough’s website under Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation’s POEMS program.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Mr. Swisher motioned to approve the Civil Service Commission’s recommendations for changes to Rule 305 regarding a tattoo policy, Rule 502 regarding a language modification to be compliant with the borough code, and to extend the current promotion list until September 14, 2014; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher presented a quote from Specialty Window & Door for a replacement window for the CSYA concession window. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the quotation; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt the Holy Trinity Church Sanitary Sewer Extension; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor, motion carried. Mr. Biondo will send Holy Trinity Church a notification of council’s adoption of the line.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver reported that the SHACOG joint police testing was held on Saturday with 110 officer candidate applicants, 96 participated, and 92 passed the physical agility test. Ms. Kovach noted that participation in the joint police candidate testing through the South Hills Council of Governments has provided the borough with substantial cost savings.

Penndot is creating a safer pedestrian crossing at Library and Sixth Street with recommendations of additional signage and crossing signals.

School started today and three police patrol cars were at each school.

The Castle Shannon Police Department is hosting two seminars at the Community Library of Castle Shannon for Pittsburgh area police officers. The classes are Quota-Free Police Productivity System and Performance Improvement Program.

Police Sergeant Gary Watkins was selected from thousands of candidates to attend the FBI National Training Academy in 2014.

Nothing to report.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold presented Resolution #588 – a fee establishment for conditional use hearings. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution #588; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold reported the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation will be meeting August 27th at 6:00 to discuss the Fall Festival and at 7:00 p.m. for the monthly board meeting. The Fall Festival is scheduled for September 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. between Poplar and Park Avenue and will include a number of craft vendors, artisans, food vendors, musical and dance performances, sheep shearing demonstrations, children’s activities and a pie tasting contest. Lisa Goodyear and her committee have done an outstanding job in coordinating this event.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that the Waterman building was sold and a mechanic shop will be moving in.

Ms. O’Malley reported that the library board will be meeting the first Thursday in September.

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:
The monthly meeting will be hosted by Baldwin Township on September 19th. Council discussed the CDBG demolition projects administered by SHACOG.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick discussed the benefits of participating in the SHACOG solid waste collection bids, which will be opened the beginning of October, the Fall Commodities Purchasing Alliance, and joint rock salt bid.

Mr. Hartswick will send correspondence to Mr. Hagy of Keystone Oaks High School requesting candidates for the junior council person position on borough council.

Mayor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo discussed a possible settlement of a long standing claim. Mr. Swisher motioned to authorize the borough solicitor to pursue a settlement with Mr. Janas; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.


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