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Allegheny County

September 9, 2002

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

The minutes of the August 12, 2002 meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; seconded by Ms. O'Malley; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.

Mr. Carl Scheidhauer, 3336 Mary Place – thanked council for their action in having the soil and debris removed from the street on his cul de sac. Mr. Scheidhauer added the railroad tie wall is deteriorating.

Ms. Stacey Tomko, 915 Rolling Rock Road – expressed her dissatisfaction of wall restoration on her property. Ms. Tomko presented council with photographs of the construction process and restoration. Flooding occurred from an uncapped roadway rain pipe. South Hill Contractors reported the restored wall as unsafe and separating. Mr. Zezulewicz stated council would take under advisement. Mr. Hartswick suggested withholding payment to Oakdale pending satisfaction of residential restoration.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public portion of the meeting.

Bid Openings: Nothing to report.

Public Hearings: Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported August balance due as $146,365.54, which is a 93% collection rate. Ms. Torris discussed attendance at a taxation seminar on September 6th and completed six more hours of certified training.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the municipal center front door waterproofing. Mr. Hartswick and Mr. Biondo are investigating options for enforcement of the warranty.

Ms. Kovach questioned the status of re-pointing the municipal center building. Mr. Hartswick reported two architects have been consulted regarding the re-pointing, installation of a youth association access door, and front entrance waterproofing solutions.

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

Mr. Zezulewicz questioned the time frame for beginning the 2003 budget and indicated one goal for the 2003 budget is a possible tax break for residents.

Library: Ms. O'Malley stated that Heather McCue, the children's librarian, has received three thank you notes from children for the summer reading program.

Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute a service contract with ICE – Industrial Commercial Elevator; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Friends of the Library will be sponsoring a flea market on September 14th.

Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.

Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci presented the August reports: District court fines - $2,887.98; Parking Citations $340.00; Report Fees - $225.00; Meter Fines - $285.00; Alarm Fines Received - $900.00; Alarm Fines Billed - $500.00; Special Services - $799.85, Police calls – 476; Hospital report – 52.

Chief Lane reported tickets are being issued for speeding on Killarney pursuant to a residential complaint regarding the McNeilly/Route 88 detour. Average speed was 32-35 in a 15 mile per hour zone.

Chief Lane noted a residential complaint regarding ground hog holes at Riehl Park which could cause accidents. Public works and animal control will set traps.

Chief Lane announced October 1st the commercial truck inspection unit will be state certified.

Mr. Kirk discussed a handicapped parking space on Rosalia.

Chief Lane discussed a seven second delay light on Route 88 and Shady Run that was proposed by Mr. Calabria of PennDot. Grove Road will be investigated next. Mr. Hartswick announced a report from Trans Associates would be forthcoming. Mr. Zezulewicz voiced concerns regarding coordination of traffic lights with PennDot and Port Authority construction.

Chief Lane discussed reporting street car violations to supervisors.

Ms. Kovach noted the deterioration of the street paving on Route 88.

Public Works: Nothing to report.

Editorial Board: Mr. Zezulewicz stated articles for the fall newsletter must be received by October 1st.

MRTSA: – Mayor Baumgarten requested permission to formally speak to council as a board representative to MRTSA. Mr. Baumgarten stated he and Mr. Cheberenchick have been members of the board of directors for MRTSA for 27 years and are extremely concerned about the long-term future of MRTSA resulting from the unjustified firing of William Taylor, Chief Operations Officer after 27 years of service. Three issues were discussed: 1) Each MRTSA employee was hired and trained under Mr. Taylor's supervision; therefore the training and hiring process has ceased.
2) The financial situation is serious, i.e. expenses exceed revenues and the board has indicated the municipalities might have to help fund MRTSA.
3) Some board members believe they have no accountability to the communities that appointed them. Mr. Baumgarten read excerpts from letters written by Mayor Thomas Lloyd and MRTSA Chairman James Eaborn.

Mr. Baumgarten requested council issue a letter stating the MRTSA board is not autonomous to the communities and members do have the responsibility to account for their actions to their individual communities. Mr. Zezulewicz discussed the responsibilities of being appointed to a board of an authority and the authorities act. Correspondence from council will be drafted.

Chief Lane announced MRTSA has never extended the courtesy of a professional notification to the police department that Mr. Taylor was dismissed, and a key contact person has not been assigned for emergency situations.

Mayor Baumgarten added that only two years ago, MRTSA was recognized as the #1 service in Pennsylvania due to the efforts of the exceptional staff such as Mr. Taylor.

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 Review Committee: The agenda contained investment management statements.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Distribution Analysis for August 2002: EIT – $62,531.25; OPT – $1.004.65.

Engineer: Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute Service Order Authorization 0253-043-Phase II Stormwater-General Permit; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Coffey motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute Change Order 1 – 2002 Roadway Improvements Program “Liquid Fuels”; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Kirk motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute Service Order Authorization 0253-034-James Street Culvert and Stream Channel Improvements; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented the 2003 minimum municipal obligations for the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System and Castle Shannon Police Pension Plan.

Mr. Hartswick announced Mr. Roddey will meet with SHACOG representatives on September 18th at 8:00 a.m. at the Baldwin Township Municipal Building. Mr. Kirk will attend.

Mr. Hartswick related information on the Keystone Grant application. Mr. Zezulewicz issued orders to proceed.

Mayor's Report: Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report: Mr. Biondo presented a proposed ordinance to increase tax certification fees. Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the advertisement; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks : The agenda package contained the minutes of the meetings.
Mr. Kirk related residential complaints regarding the middle school and high school:
1) room temperatures reaching 93°,
2) windows cannot open, and
3) construction is causing dust which can affect children with allergies.
Mr. Kirk will contact the school board representatives.

Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.

Other Business: Ms. O'Malley requested Steiger Street residents receive a letter thanking them for their patience during the lengthy sanitary/paving construction process. Mr. Hartswick will draft correspondence.

Mr. Kirk discussed a disabled resident that needs an electric wheelchair. Chief Lane suggested Mr. Kirk contact the department of aging.

Ms. Kovach noted borough ballfields require infield mix installed before winter. R. DeLallo will be advised.

Mr. Cheberenchick asked the status of the bid for Cooke Drive storm line. Mr. Hartswick stated the bid has not been received.

Mr. Cheberenchick requested council prepare correspondence to Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering commending our current engineer Mike D'Bagio and recommending he be retained for Castle Shannon projects.



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