The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Member P. Coffey was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor. Police Chief H. Lane was absent.
The minutes of the August 8, 2005 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten for a special presentation.
Mayor Baumgarten was pleased to recognize Ted Kirk for his many years of community service to the borough. Mr. Kirk served the borough as councilman for over thirty years, chairman of the Holiday Giving Program for twenty-four years, member of the volunteer fire department for over fifty years, member of St. Annes Church and ethnic food committee chairman for the church. Mayor Baumgarten presented Mr. Kirk the Cross Weight Award from the Pennsylvania State Borough's Association for over thirty years of service as a public official. Mayor Baumgarten read a proclamation declaring September 12, 2005 as Ted Kirk Day and presented Mr. Kirk with the key to Castle Shannon Borough.
David Kriesel presented a certificate to Mr. Kirk for his dedication and years of service to the Holiday Giving Program which provided thousands of meals and holiday gifts to the underprivileged families in Castle Shannon.
Mr. Kirk thanked council and the various members of the fire department present for their support. Mr. Kirk stated that providing meals for the Holiday Giving Program brought joy to his holidays also. Mr. Kirk added that serving as councilman for the borough was a pleasure. Mr. Kirk plans to continue serving the community through St. Annes Church.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none; Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment section of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 846 providing for the issuance of municipal certificates prior to the payment of certain fire loss claims sustained by structures located within the borough and providing for the implementation of other procedures for payment of loss claims due to fire mandated by Section 638 of the Insurance Company Law of 1921, as amended by Act 93 of 1994. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing for comments on Ordinance 846. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Ordinance 846 at its first reading, Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 847 adopting a schedule of attorney fees in connection with the collection of delinquent real estate taxes and other municipal claims. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing for comments on Ordinance 847. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Ordinance 847 at its first reading, Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported August collections of $6,552.85; with county change order decreases of $891.12, leaving a balance due of $131,966.51.
Ms. Torris presented a requested from West Realty Land and Development Company for a refund of taxes for a number of years on Bockstoce Avenue (191-J-254). Ms. Torris stated that she is not authorized to issue a refund without a county change order. Mr. Carlucci noted the property is a small strip of land, possibly a right-of-way. A duplex was built on Mr. West's property that is owned by John Lloyd, the adjacent property owner. Council discussed the various property owners involved. Mr. Ross will investigate the lot and blocks. Ms. Torris and Mr. Hartswick will discuss the request further and send correspondence to West Realty Land and Development Co.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Nothing to report.
Finance: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick advised that the budget draft will be finalized after the September expenses and revenues have been recorded. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the 2006 budget should be advertised for the November 21st council meeting with final budget adoption on December 12th.
Library: Ms. O'Malley reported that Anne New received a grant application from Michael Diven for $20,000. Mr. Hartswick assisted Ms. New with the grant application form which will be used for facility improvements and parking lot paving.
Ms. O'Malley announced a book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library is scheduled for September 15-18. Refreshments will be served.
Ms. New will be giving a light hearted book talk in song and story for adults on October 11th at 7:00 p.m.
The Halloween Parade is scheduled for October 30th at 2:00 p.m.
Planning and Codes: Ms. Kovach noted that new businesses are operating at 250 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard.
Mr. Ross stated that an interested buyer was pondering the purchase of a large piece of property at the corner of Bockstoce and Willow.
Mr. Zezulewicz questioned changes on the Pruni Auto Body property. Mr. Ross stated the building will be expanded next year.
Mr. Carlucci questioned the Manage My Car showroom property that will be renovated into a pizza restaurant. Mr. Ross stated no further information has been received.
Mr. Zezulewicz received resident's complaints regarding weeds growing out of the sidewalk at the bottom of Sixth Street. Mr. Ross stated the former Barker property is owned by Penndot. Derelict trucks across the street are also owed by Penndot; however a representative has agreed to have the trucks moved. Mr. Ross will contact the Penndot representative regarding the weed problem.
Public Safety: Mayor Baumgarten stated that Art Schaeffer has resigned as substitute school guard. Three applications were received. Chief Lane and Mayor Baumgarten recommend the hire of Henry Braun from Lyndell Street. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the hire of Henry Braun; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Public Works: Mr. Hartswick reported the new sewer camera has been jointly purchased with Baldwin Township. The camera is being installed in the sewer van.
Editorial Board: Mr. Zezulewicz stated that the winter newsletter will be sent to residents in November, therefore the fall leaf cards with Halloween information will require a separate mailing. Halloween trick-or-treat will be October 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Mr. Zezulewicz requested council prepare articles for the newsletter.
MRTSA: Mayor Baumgarten disagreed with Whitehall councilman Bob McKown's opinion in a newspaper article that MRTSA should eliminate household subscriptions and increase the bills to communities. Mr. Cheberenchick and Mayor Baumgarten agree that the subscriptions provide $400,000 to $500,000 and should be retained. Approximately forty percent of residents in the borough subscribe to the ambulance service. The increased subscription fee has caused a decline in subscriptions. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested that residents be provided with payment plans.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Mr. Hartswick stated that representatives from Allied Waste Company, the borough's garbage haulers, have requested a meeting on September 13th to request an increase to offset rising gasoline prices. Mr. Biondo advised that the borough has a signed contract, and therefore no changes or price increases should be considered.
Ms. O'Malley reported that SHACOG has proposed a Fire Chiefs' Advisory Committee that will cost the borough $750 to $2,500. Council should consider whether the borough would agree to pay the fee. Mr. Hartswick reported the Administrative Advisory Committee has no cost; however the Police Cooperative Emergency Response Program does have a fee.
Police Pension: Mr. Hartswick reported that the police pension transfer to Trolling Consulting is nearly completed. A meeting is scheduled with Trollinger at 6:30 p.m. on September 19th.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick presented a change order for $6,710.00 for a sewer line repair on the Walnut Avenue Sanitary Sewer Improvement project. The repair is required under the Administrative Consent Order. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to authorize the change order; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick discussed the proposed mixed use development at the existing Port Authority park and ride lot at Castle Shannon Boulevard. The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County's Board of Directors approved the project overview and passed a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Inducement Resolution. Lynn Colosi, Clearview Strategies, has requested a letter of support for the project. Mr. Biondo advised that a very preliminary action was taken, however a letter of support would provide no commitment or binding effect on the taxing bodies at this point. Mr. Hartswick will send a letter of support.
Mayor: Mayor Baumgarten reported that residents on Steiger Street are concerned about when the resurfacing of the road by PAWC will commence. Mr. Hartswick stated the contractor requires at least a week to reconnect the new lines and then Colissimo Construction will proceed with the paving. The lines have been connected. Mr. Hartswick will contact PAWC.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other: Mr. Cheberenchick noted an expensive animal contract invoice.
Ms. O'Malley stated the property across from St. Annes School needs maintained again. Mr. Ross will contact the owner.
Ms. O'Malley noted that water is constantly running down St. Annes Street. Mr. Ross stated that PAWC disturbed the sub base of the road when fixing a valve, and the water is a spring coming out of the middle road patch. Ms. O'Malley and Mr. Zezulewicz agreed that this would be a liability issue in the winter time. Mr. Ross advised that if the depth of the spring is determined, a French drain could divert the water onto the curb. Mr. Hartswick will contact PAWC.
Ms. O'Malley attended a tour of the new high school stadium.