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August 9, 2010

The following elected officials were present: Council President R. Zezulewicz; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Councilperson M. Warhold was absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; and K. Truver, Police Chief. P. Vietmeier, Codes Official was absent.

The minutes of the June 14, 2010 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz introduced Debbie Grass and Dan Santora of Delta Development Group and Paula Mayne, Architect from Mayne Associates. Ms. Grass presented an overview of the Business District Revitalization proposal to create a new image, create green space and to promote community events. The plan will be funded through a $30,000 grant through Allegheny County. The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation will provide an additional $7,500.00 for the project. Mr. Zezulewicz questioned a timeline for the project. Ms. Grass answered generally 8-10 months. Mr. Zezulewicz questioned after study is complete, what is next process? Ms. Grass replied that Delta helps take the components of the plan and turn them into funding opportunities.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Judy Wolfe, 3171 Maplene Avenue - expressed her displeasure with council's decision to have no right turn from Sixth Street to McRoberts Road. All residents have dealt with a lot of traffic issues due to the construction.

John Guthrie, 1382 Hamilton Road - discussed the lights that were installed to stop traffic going down Hamilton Road and a sign that was installed in his yard that killed the grass. Mr. Zezulewicz responded that this was a PennDOT project.

Kevin Brannon, 3185 Home Avenue - A high percentage of traffic is making the first right turn off Sixth Street which is Home Avenue and a dead end street. Vehicles are turning around in the neighbor's yards. A dead end sign is being blocked by a construction barricade. A "No Outlet" sign needs to be installed in a visible location. Chief Truver will review the sign placement.

Bert Griffiths, 787 Killarney Drive and Kelly Derbish, 783 Killarney Drive - would like council to force Baldwin Township to do something about the continual flooding issues from storm water runoff. Mr. Orr and Mr. Hartswick have been involved in meetings with Baldwin Township officials. Mr. Orr stated the engineers are reviewing our sewer systems and have a number of recommendations. A lengthy discussion continued on the sewer piping and retention pond in Baldwin Township. Castle Shannon is being proactive and will keep the residents abreast of the engineer's findings

Kelly Derbish, 783 Killarney Drive - suggested putting a 12" curb from the corner of her property to the first five houses. Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Hartswick to set up a meeting with the public works department and the five property owners to obtain permission for the curbing.

Mr. Griffiths asked for copies of the engineer's study for their lawyers. Mr. Zezulewicz responded that the borough will supply whatever is considered a public record.

Jan Toci, 3160 Library Road - is owner of the Castle Tavern and stated that a Revitalization Committee for downtown Castle Shannon is a good idea; however the existing businesses on Route 88 have been severely affected by the PennDOT project and could use the borough's assistance. Ms. Toci was upset about the lack of communication between the business owners, the borough and PennDot regarding the timing, the plans and the lack of signage for the construction project. Mr. Zezulewicz explained that PennDOT does not give the borough advance notification of their plans; however he indicated that PennDOT officials had assured the borough that all business owners were notified. Route 88 should have two lane traffic restored within two weeks.

James Bauer, 1233 Havelock Street - reported on alarming problems in his neighborhood such as no speed limit signage on Havelock and drug transactions occurring at the Waverly Apartments. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that speed limit signs can be posted, and recommended that Mr. Bauer have a private conversation regarding the drug transactions with Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten.

Ron Carso, 3257 Waverly Street - listed concerns with residents from Waverly Apartments blocking his driveway, on average six times a day. Mr. Carso requested that the vehicles be ticketed when the police patrol the street.

Mr. Carso also related a problem with a local contractor regarding an air handler in the attic and requested that the building inspector examine the work to verify if the HVAC is in code compliance.

Melanie Shearer, 881 Middle Road - discussed an incident where approximately six inches of raw sewage entered the basement through the sanitary sewer. Ms. Shearer's plumber said it was the borough's responsibility. Four other neighbors had the same issue. Mr. Biondo advised Ms. Shearer to turn the claim into the insurance company. Mr. Zezulewicz added that the borough tests every house to insure the storm water does not enter into the sanitary sewers, but other boroughs connect into our lines. Mr. Hartswick advised that he had received the Shearer's damage correspondence and had forwarded same to the borough insurance carrier.

John Shearer, Middle Road - questioned if the borough would install a backflow device? Mr. Zezulewicz answered that a homeowner can install a backflow device; however the borough does not absorb those costs. This is once again a problem where the water is draining from Baldwin Township. The borough will advise Mr. Shearer when the next meeting with Baldwin Township is scheduled.

Mr. Zezulewicz thanked everyone for coming and expressing their concerns. The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented bids to replace a section of sidewalk on Sixth Street that belongs to the borough dating back to the early 1930's. Two bids were received: D'Andrea for $8,564.00 and Palmiere Construction for $8,800. Mr. Orr motioned to award the bid to D'Andrea; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported June collections of $135,172.61 and July of $2,560.14, which is a 93% collection rate.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the security cameras at Hamilton Park? Chief Truver answered the cameras are installed, and the police department is looking at a subscription service that can be accessed via the internet.

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

Mr. Orr reported that the roof is leaking. Mr. Hartswick added that contractors have been contacted to replace/repair the flat section.

Planning and Codes:
Nothing to report.

Public Safety:
Ms. O'Malley reported on an oral rabies vaccination area from August-September. Please contact Chief Truver with any questions.

Public Works:
Ms. Kovach reported that Ray Eichel has returned to work, and the seasonal help is nearly finished.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz stated that council would like to get the winter newsletter out by the end of October or early November, and advised council to start moving forward with articles.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Mr. Hartswick reported that there have been a series of bills introduced at the state level in both the house and senate regarding reducing the county to be the lowest form of government in Pennsylvania. House Bill #2431 would have communities cease to exist in the form as you know it, and House Bill #1357 would establish a non-elective boundary commission. Mr. Hartswick asked council to take an affirmative position against House Bill #2431, and authorize him to draft a letter to Representative Wagner and Senator Fontana regarding our opposition to this legislation. Council agreed.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Mr. Hartswick stated that after receiving notification that the rock salt bid would not be renewed again from our past supplier, SHACOG received a bid from Morton Salt for the 2010-2011 season for $51.40/ton which is $1.35/ton less than last year. Mr. Smith motioned to approve the bid for the upcoming season; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley announced that the SHACOG meeting will be held August 19th at Baldwin Township.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented the proposal from Delta Development on the Revitalization Plan. Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into the contract; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Orr motioned to waive the Hamilton Park fee for the Relay for Life for August 17, 2010 due to their non-profit status; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten reported on Public Works' assistance to Myrtle School with flooding issues. One final project will be finished tomorrow. Tony Fazio completed most of the work.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed a meeting with Baldwin Township about a proposed police merger. The DCED study provided budget numbers for the merger. The study is designed to retain employees, and the departments would not downsize for at least five years. Baldwin Township is not on board. A short discussion continued on the fact that no cost savings would be realized for five years, and the merger does not seem to benefit the borough. Ms. O'Malley believed that one option was for Baldwin Township to hire us to take over the police department; however Chief Truver stated that Baldwin Township has not discussed that option. Mayor Baumgarten suggested that Mr. Hartswick talk to the other borough managers for their feedback and plans, and then send a letter. Mr. Zezulewicz agreed.

Mayor Baumgarten noted and agreed that there have been 350-400 cars an hour on McRoberts Road due to the Route 88 construction.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.


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