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September 8, 2014

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

The minutes of the August 25, 2014 council meeting were presented. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, 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:
Ms. Torris reported the balance to be collected is $13,601.89, which brings the collections rate to 94%. Ms. Torris is hopeful that outstanding borough taxes will be paid in the near future. Residents are paying school taxes now.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works/Building & Grounds:
Mr. Hartswick stated the SHACOG bid results for rock salt has gone up 33%. If salt is purchased through the state contract purchasing alliance, the amount of salt that can be ordered and delivered is limited. The SHACOG contract through Cargill allows the borough to purchase an unlimited supply. Because of the high cost increase from the bid result, Mr. Gorski of SHACOG plans to re-bid and is anticipating a better price.

Public Safety/Fire:
Nothing to report

Mr. Swisher approved the check register for August 29th

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
The 4th Annual CSRC Golf Outing at Scenic Valley Golf Club on September 5th was a huge success. There were 120 golfers, and Mr. Warhold thanked everyone who helped for their assistance. The leftover food from the golf outing was donated to the Light of Life Mission.

There will be a Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation (CSRC) meeting on September 17th to discuss future endeavors. Mr. Warhold reminded everyone about the Fall Festival on September 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Willow Avenue. Signs have been posted throughout the borough. Forty vendors are registered, and there will be fun activities for all ages. The event benefits the CSRC, and Mr. Warhold encouraged everyone to attend.

Mr. Swisher stated there will be a meeting with the Finance Committee in October to prepare the 2015 budget for the Library.

Ms. Kovach questioned if the Friends of the Library were part of the Finance Committee and if they are audited. Mr. Hartswick stated they are a separate entity and are not part of the Borough’s budget. Ms. O’Malley, former Secretary of the Friends, does not recall them being audited while she was in office. The committee was set up to raise funds for the library for children’s activities. The question was asked if they had 501(c)(3) non-profit status. These concerns will be addressed at the next library board meeting.

Heather Weleski was hired as the Children’s/Youth Coordinator for the Community Library of Castle Shannon.

A book sale is scheduled for September 10th through the 13th and a flea market is planned for October 11th.

Mr. Swisher mentioned a new book released by former County Commissioner Bob Cranmer recalling his paranormal activities in a house on Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh. Mr. Cranmer will make an appearance at the library on November 17th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss his book.

Ms. Kovach acknowledged State Representative Dan Miller who approached council to address his views and concerns before going back to Harrisburg. With the possibility of changing of leadership, Mr. Miller does not foresee any major changes happening in Harrisburg until after the elections.

Mr. Miller also talked about Mt. Lebanon’s Friends of the Library Committee, who are classified as non-profit 501(c)(3). As far as the Auditor General is concerned, it would be next to impossible to audit all small hometown non-profits. Mr. Miller noted non-profit corporations are a great tool for fund raising for many organizations. Mr. Miller added if he or his office could be of any assistance on this or any other matters to contact him.

Mayor Baumgarten questioned Mr. Miller on the status of the bill for the use of radar in local communities. The Allegheny County Mayor’s Association has been very proactive with this legislation. Mr. Miller stated with the limited amount of time left before the Congressional session adjourns for the year, chances are the bill would have to start over again. Mayor Baumgarten stated there are over seventeen senators in favor of the bill.

Mr. Miller thanked council for their time and is looking forward to serving our community. Mr. Miller congratulated Mayor Baumgarten on receiving his 2014 Mayor of the Year award.

Editorial Board:
Articles are due by September 12th.

Nothing to report

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Ms. Kovach will have a report following the board meeting on Thursday, September 16th

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
Three observations were made by the state auditor for the police pension. The first was resolved through the review of the last arbitration award, and the second is being worked on by Mr. Bittner (Univest). The third observation will be resolved with adoption of the following resolution: Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #604 to designate the Borough Manager as chief administrative officer for the borough’s police pension plan. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt accept Resolution #604; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Fabbio announced that open house is scheduled next week for the Keystone Oaks High School District.

Engineer’s Report:
Nothing to report

Earned Income Tax:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report:
Mr. Baumgarten thanked everyone for their outpouring of support for his Mayor of the Year Award and attending his recognition celebration at the fire hall.

Planning Commission:
Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the Planning Commission minutes for April and May 2014; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Swisher suggested that the Finance Committee begin meetings for preparation of the 2015 budget.


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