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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
September 10, 2012

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

The minutes of the August 27, 2012 council meeting were presented. Ms. Brannon motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher 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 presented the August report: Collections - $32,696.93; Balance due - $182,951.54. This is a 93% collection rate.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon and Chief Truver are working on organizing the Next Door program to keep residents aware of local criminal activities. Chief Truver stated the program is virtual crime watches with areas localized such as the Borough Building Area, Hamilton Park, Killarney, St. Annes and Myrtle.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher reported that park rentals will continue until the second week of October for Hamilton Park. CSYA fall ball has started at the Municipal Center, and CSYA fall soccer has begun at Riehl Field. Public Works activities include trimming the overgrown weeds and removal of tree limbs at the Municipal Center walking trail, repairing lawn mowers, repairing a sidewalk on Killarney, jetting the critical sewer lines, painting street lines, installing new soldier banners and spraying weeds on cartways. Five dye tests were conducted last week for property sales.

Public Works employee Bob Ausman received his license as a state certified pesticide applicator and is certified to bait for rats on private properties. The property owner or tenant must sign a consent form to be eligible for this service.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver stated that three employees of Asti Pharmacy will be recognized at the September 24th council meeting. The employees’ actions were instrumental in the capture of an armed robber at the store. The female suspect also robbed a bank in Bellevue this year and was wanted by federal authorities.

Chief Truver requested that council authorize the sale of the outdated 2001 Smith and Esson bicycles by sealed bids to borough employees with a minimum bid of $75.00. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to authorize the sale; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Finance:
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the August treasurer’s report; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Hartswick announced that the finance committee will meet on September 24th to begin preparations for the 2013 budget.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold announced that the CSYA golf outing is September 14th. Participants include 110 players and 40 sponsors. Ms. Kovach noted that this is a fund raiser for the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation.

Samples of the “Castle Shannon – Images of America” book were received from Arcadia Publishing. Residents will be able to sign up to purchase a copy at the Friends of the Library book sale on September 13th to 15th at the Community Library of Castle Shannon. Mr. Warhold added that the book is very impressive and is a proud representative of borough history.

Mr. Hartswick, Al Bennett and Debbie Gallo have prepared the grant for the TreeVitalize program to plant trees in the business district. We will be notified in February if the grant was approved through the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

A medical equipment loan program is being coordinated with the Castle Shannon Revitalization Program and Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Anyone with a mobility issue or equipment donation can contact the borough administration office.

Mr. Vietmeier announced that Family Video has closed, and UPMC will be occupying the entire building.

The Planning Commission has been working on an extensive new zoning ordinance. The finalized version should be ready for council by the end of this year.

Library:
An AARP driver’s course program is being held September 19th and 20th for senior citizens. Participants 55 and older can receive a 5% discount off of their car insurance for completing this 2-day program.

The Friends of the Library Flea Market is scheduled for October 13th. The CSRC will have the “Castle Shannon” books available at that time.

Editorial Board:
Articles should be submitted to borough administration by September 14th.

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.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Mr. Warhold and Mayor Baumgarten discussed the results of Act 32 which restructured the earned income tax collection system in Pennsylvania. The borough (along with the City of Pittsburgh) is in the Southwest Allegheny County Tax Committee and taxes are collected by Jordan Tax Service. Collections are approximately $100,000 ahead of 2011 collections.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented a request from John Heinz History Center to extend the loan of the 1917 Pittsburgh Press soccer trophy for two additional years. Mr. Warhold motioned to grant the request, Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Allegheny County contacted Mr. Hartswick and Mayor Baumgarten to meet with representatives of the county and school district regarding the Shannon Station Project.

Mr. Hartswick presented the 2013 Minimum Municipal Funding Obligation worksheets for the police pension and non-uniformed pension plans. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the 2013 MMO for the police pension plan; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Swisher motioned to approve the 2013 MMO for the non-uniformed pension plan; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Truver will attend a 911 ceremony at Myrtle Avenue Elementary School. A breakfast is scheduled with the new superintendant of Keystone Oaks on Wednesday.

The quarterly Mayor’s Meeting is scheduled on Thursday with the director of Connect. Connect is an organization with members of the thirty-two communities surrounding the City of Pittsburgh.

Planning Commission:
The agenda contained the planning commission minutes of July 16, 2012.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo has prepared an ordinance to the traffic ordinance regarding parking for the next council meeting.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Jason Stanton of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering will be attending the September 24th council meeting.

Ms. Kovach and Mr. Warhold requested that Mr. Hartswick review grant funding options for renovation of the Municipal Center Gymnasium.


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