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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
September 9, 2013

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council member V. Smith was 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 26, 2013 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach moved to the Public Hearings portion of the agenda and introduced James Dinert, President of Senterra Building and Development, who presented plans for the Ellison Place Townhouses and requested three waivers on the conditional use application for the planned residential development (PRD): 1) waiver to eliminate cul-de-sac; 2) waiver for 50 foot paved area in cul-de-sac; and 3) waiver on sidewalk requirements. The road system meets borough ordinances and specifications for emergency management were discussed with Fire Chief William Reffner. Each townhouse unit will include a basement with two stories.

Mr. Warhold questioned the parking availability. Mr. Dinert answered that each unit will have a two car garage in addition to a two car driveway, and eight additional parking places are available along E. May Street. Mr. Warhold added that the plans include ¼ acre of green space and street lights included in the design.

Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on the Conditional Use Application PRD for Ellison Place Townhouses.

Harry Munson, 2905 Belleville Street – asked how close the buildings will be to his property line. Mr. Dinert answered twenty feet away with a buffer zone of plantings/trees.

Bernard Lynch, 5080 Earlsdale – had concerns regarding the geography of the area how it would affect his property. Mr. Lynch suggested the plans be available for public viewing at the municipal center, and council agreed the plans would be available in the codes department. Mr. Dinert stated that the existing grade by Mr. Lynch’s property will remain undisturbed.

Mr. Warhold discussed the attractive development that Senterra built by Kane Hospital, and Mr. Dinert described two other successful developments – Highpoint Development and Holiday Point.

Robert Miller, 3011 E. May Extension – questioned if the other developments were similar to the Ellison Place plan. Mr. Dinert answered they are similar, however the project by Kane has duplexes.

Donald Strassner, 3001 E. Belleville Street – questioned the price range for the proposed townhouses. Mr. Dinert stated that the projected sale price is $195,000 which includes 17,550 square feet, three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, and a two car garage.

Jacqueline Miller, 3011 E. May Extension – questioned the single access plan to the development and discussed traffic concerns. Mr. Dinert answered that inaccessibility across multiple properties and the steep grading would not allow for another entrance. Ms. Miller asked if a three way stop sign could be installed on Diluth and May. Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Truver can review traffic concerns once the project is complete. Mr. Warhold noted that traffic is not a problem from the Shannon Heights development onto Grove Road, and Ms. O’Malley agreed that the Castle Ridge Development did not adversely affect traffic on Baldwin Street.

Mark Lacey, 5090 Earlsdale Road – asked about sewer taps. Mr. Hartswick replied that the sewer taps would be purchased from Castle Shannon. Mr. Lacey had concerns about the existing width of the roadway on May Street Extension and questioned the ability of construction vehicles to navigate that road if vehicles are parked on the street. Mr. Lacey also had concerns regarding retaining trees around the construction zone.

Russell McKibben, 1456 Highland Villa Drive – addressed council as a member of the borough’s Planning Commission and explained that this hearing is a preliminary public hearing for zoning. The hearing is not for final approval of the project. The final development plans will be resubmitted to the Planning Commission, who will then make recommendations to borough council for approval. The Planning Commission will take all residential concerns under advisement.

Cynthia Ries, 1316 Sixth Street – explained that she has experienced sewage flooding in her basement in the past and had concerns that additional flow capacity might cause a reoccurrence. Mr. Dinert explained that the sewers on Sixth Street will not be affected.

June Hollingsworth, 2901 Broadway Avenue – also discussed storm and sewage flooding concerns. Mr. Dinert discussed the detention basin installation and storm water sewer plan.

Henry Wagner, 3339 Mary Place – questioned the sanitary sewer plans. The sewer will connect to an existing manhole on Broadway that drains into Whitehall’s sanitary line. ALCOSAN will review the sewer plans for capacity and flow.

Timothy Surmick, 3001 Broadway Avenue – questioned the construction time frame. Construction should begin next spring and be completed by fall with the sale of townhomes commencing over a two to three year period.

With no further comments, Ms. Kovach closed the public hearing on Ellison Place Townhouses. Mr. Warhold motioned for conditional use approval for the tentative development plan of Ellison Place with the aforementioned waivers for the cul-de-sac and sidewalks; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. The project will be reviewed by the zoning hearing board and planning commission

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

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 collections of $6,993 with a balance due of $231,743. Delinquent real estate notices will be mailed next week.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon announced the Keystone Oaks Band Festival at Dormont Stadium on Saturday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m.

The Community Fire School started August 28th.

The DUI checkpoint post from the police department on Facebook reached 12,216 people.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher reported that public works is installing playground equipment at Riehl Park.

P.W. is also preparing the library for the Friends of the Library fall used book sale which starts the 12th of September. Public Works’ seasonal help has returned to college.

In addition, public works has been tending to the tree gator bags on Willow Avenue, James Street and Poplar Avenue to nurture the TreeVitalize plantings.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver has scheduled a meeting with the Army Core of Engineers, DEP, Chief Reffner, Mr. Hartswick, Mr. DeLallo and Mayor Baumgarten to discuss flooding of the creek at Grove Road on September 11th.

The police department will have beta testing with Mt. Lebanon for electronic citations and thermal scanners and printers. This technology will enable automatic uploading to the police office, the local magistrate and Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC).

Chief Truver reported on the police department’s sobriety checkpoint statistics for September 6th and 7th on Library Road. Seven DUI arrests were made including two involving drugs. Thirty-one citations were issued including: 5 – driving under suspension; 1 driving without a license; 1 permit violation; 10 inspection violations; 12 registration violations; 14 tows and impounds.

Finance:
Nothing to report.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold thanked Fire Chief Reffner for installing signs to advertise the CSRC’s Fall Festival.

Mr. Vietmeier has nineteen citations pending before District Magistrate David Barton for September 19th.

The Tribune Review published an article on September 7th by Selena Zito regarding the CSRC’s Shannon Heroes Banner Program. As a follow-up, the Tribune Review will also be publishing a letter Mr. Warhold comprised in their Letters to the Editor.

Ms. Brannon noted an article was published on August 24th on the TreeVitalize Program. Ms. Gallo is working with Bob Ausman and Ray DeLallo to reviewing planting areas at Hamilton Park for 2014.

Library:
Ms. O’Malley announced that the Library Board has an open seat for interested residents.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
Mr. Warhold commented that the borough is very fortunate to have MRTSA servicing our residents. MRTSA is the best ambulance service in Pennsylvania. Mr. Warhold summarized a letter written to MRTSA from Bob Tucker, whose life was saved by four paramedics in July of this year.

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.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick proposed a candidate for the Junior Council Person position.

SHACOG held a solid waste contract update meeting for participating municipalities. A third bidder may be interested in the contract.

The Shannon Transit Village Part II permit application was signed and sent to Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering for transmittal to the Department of Environmental Protection.

Mayor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
The Ellison Place zoning hearing is scheduled for October 15th.

Other:
Nothing to report.


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