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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
September 08, 2008

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

The minutes of the August 11, 2008 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

George Orr, 791 Killarney Drive - voiced concerns about traffic delays on Route 88 caused by gas company construction. Although the contractor could and may work at night in the future, Mr. Zezulewicz noted that the noise would disturb residents living in the area.

Mr. Orr stated that the road patching from Pennsylvania American Water utility cuts on McCully Road is uneven and dangerous. A number of the borough streets have the same problem. Mr. Hartswick has had continuing dialogue with a water company representative, who advised that the water company's restoration work is several weeks behind.

Mr. Orr requested that council consider placement of a three way stop sign at McCully Road and Janet Drive. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that placement of new stop signs would require the recommendation of Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Lane.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment section of the meeting.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick reported that the borough advertised a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria surplus police car for sale with a minimum bid of $3,000; however no bids were received. Mr. Coffey motioned to re-advertise the vehicle with no minimum bid; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick noted that the borough advertised surplus sewer flow monitoring equipment for sale. No bids were received.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris presented the August collection report. Collections - $15,960.25. Balance - $117,483.44. Ms. Torris noted that collections are more than $7,000 higher than last year.

Ms. Torris discussed a letter requesting that council waive the tax penalty on a property because the tax bill was not received. Council determined that the penalty will remain. The borough cannot set a precedent by eliminating tax penalties.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold discussed the formation of the downtown revitalization committee. Committee members are Nancy Kovach and Mike Warhold from Borough Council, Marv Levin and Russ McKibben from the Planning Commission, Marian Randazzo - Keystone Oaks School Board, Brad Johnson - Lawrence Music, and Lisa Scuillo - Scuillo & Good Year Law Office. The first meeting will be scheduled in October. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the downtown area is in a desperate state, and the committee has a monumental task. Mr. Warhold added that funding may not be realized for three to five years. Mr. Vietmeier will begin code enforcement procedures immediately.

Finance:
Nothing to report.

Library:
Ms. O'Malley announced the Friends of the Library book sale is scheduled for this week.

The Friends of the Library held a reorganization meeting, elected new officers, and are having a membership drive. This group supports all the children's programming.

Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach noted the agenda contained the August building permit report.

Ms. Kovach asked for an improved line of communication for notification of new businesses being established in the borough.

Public Safety:
Chief Lane reported that District Attorney Stephen Zappala has provided thousands of dollars to the borough for the truck inspection unit and K-9 expenses. The police department has received a grant of $21,000 for a joint radio purchase with Baldwin Township. Chief Lane asked council to approve donating the surplus radios to the district attorney's office for their detectives. Council agreed.

Officer Watkins is participating in the tactical team through SHACOG. The training is very strict and disciplined and geared toward everyday scenarios in municipalities.

Our K-9 dog Riad has passed certification for drug detection and is completing the tracking and aggression training.

Officer Brian McKeown has been solving many cases with his investigations. A burglary occurred in the area involving many guns. Officer McKeown received a tip, made the arrest and recovered the guns within one day. Officer McKeown did an outstanding job.

A number of K-9 dogs, including Riad, were brought into the Allegheny County Jail to conduct a random drug and weapons search. This was a good training exercise for the K-9.

Public Works:
Mr. Coffey noted that the sewer camera is inoperable, and the loaner camera is also non-functioning. Repair options are being explored.

Editorial Board:
Article deadline is September 22nd.

MRTSA:
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:
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 2009 Minimum Municipal Obligation Worksheets for the police pension and non-uniformed pension plans. The borough's obligations should be covered by state aid.

Mr. Hartswick presented modifications to the 2008 budget pursuant to a memorandum of August 25, 2008. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the budget changes, Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor:
Regarding the revitalization project, Mayor Baumgarten suggested making a concerted effort to renovate the borough's brick streets where asphalt patches have been placed, in addition to eliminating grass and weeds in the bricks, along the curbs and between the street and sidewalks.

Mayor Baumgarten suggested purchasing new "Welcome to Castle Shannon" signs with the date the borough was established. Mr. Hartswick will investigate pricing and designs for a 2009 purchase. Ms. O'Malley suggested applying for grant funds for the signage.

Mr. Cheberenchick asked Chief Lane to investigate having the historical sign on Route 88 repositioned to a more visible location. Penndot relocated the sign during construction.

Mayor Baumgarten wants to set a system wherein tenants can contact the borough to report code violations on rental properties. At the renter's request, Mr. Vietmeier can then perform safety inspections.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo is preparing a draft to change the traffic ordinance for parking.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Coffey questioned the status of replacement of gravel driveways on Sleepy Hollow. Mr. Vietmeier answered the landlord is preparing a sub-base for asphalt. The landlord plans to asphalt six driveways each year. Columbia Gas construction has delayed the process.


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