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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
September 13, 2004

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


The minutes of the August 9, 2004 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley noted a correction on page 3, paragraph 3 (years was corrected to weeks). Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes as corrected; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.

Ms. Beverly Vallone, 819 Maplewood Avenue - discussed a safety issue with a neighbor's portable outdoor fireplace. Since the neighbor does not keep the lid on the fireplace, embers from the fire could damage the deck and canvas awning on her property. Police were called and the neighbor was instructed to keep the lid in place. Mr. Ross stated the outdoor fireplaces 3 feet wide and under are permitted by the county under the open burning ordinance. Mr. Biondo suggested that Ms. Vallone may file a civil case with the district magistrate since the smoke could be considered a public nuisance. Mr. Biondo added that the borough cannot pass an ordinance overriding the county's ordinance. Ms. Vallone recalled a time when burning rubbish was permitted in the borough within scheduled hours. Ms. Kovach suggested contacting SHACOG municipalities for information. Mr. Cheberenchick stated Mr. Ross could send a letter to the neighbor stating the smoke and embers are a nuisance to other residents. Mr. Zezulewicz assured Ms. Vallone that the borough would investigate options to resolve this issue.

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

Bid Openings: - Mr. Hartswick presented the 2004/2005 Winter Road Material Bid Tabulation through SHACOG. Mr. Kirk motioned to accept the bids; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings: - Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission: - Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: - Ms. Torris reported collections of $6,051.06 for the month of August, leaving a balance of $202,243.65. An additional $12,800 has been collected in September.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: - Ms. Kovach and Mr. Hartswick reported that significant restoration issues are pending.

Ms. Kovach questioned the landscaping maintenance at the Veteran's Memorial parklet. Mr. Art Hussy of PAT has contacted landscapers to restore the parklet. An onsite meeting will be planned. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the borough cannot landscape the area without an agreement with PAT. Mr. Kirk reported that sixteen trees need replaced and the grass is high. Mr. Hartswick and Mr. Cheberenchick will schedule a conference call with Mr. Henry Nuttbrown of PAT.

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

Library: - Ms. O'Malley reported the Library is working on budget preparation for 2005.

Planning and Codes: - Mr. Ross announced that several items are scheduled for the September planning commission meeting.

Mr. Zezulewicz questioned the status of the Waverly project. Mr. Inverso is seeking a joint venture partner to secure bonding.

Mr. Cheberenchick questioned the townhouse project on May Street. Mr. Ross answered this project is on the September schedule for the planning commission.

Two houses on Home Avenue are listed for Sheriff's sale.

Public Safety: - Chief Lane discussed the necessity of directional signs for parking for business customers in town. Ms. O'Malley motioned to have the Chief purchase directional signs; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The Lozier Company has been very cooperative in replacing their sign on Killarney Drive. Mr. Ross will contact Mr. Russell Graves who requested sign relocation and replacement. The borough has installed a sign stating "no tractor trailers beyond this point".

Penndot gave full responsibility for the road erosion on Library Road to the water company. The road should be reopened in approximately two weeks. Access has been given to the Batteries Plus business. Comcast is replacing lines through a conduit. Duquesne Light is relocating a pole. Mayor Baumgarten listed traffic concerns regarding the detour. Mr. Coffey proposed changing the directional flow of traffic during rush hour traffic.

Ms. Kovach suggested contacting PAT due to the trolley traffic and vehicle traffic on Willow Avenue. Chief Lane suggested placing stop signs both ways to stop traffic and discussed the need to redesign the intersection.

Mr. Kirk reported a red van parked on Willow Avenue for two weeks that needs removed. Judge Barton gave the owner five days to remove the vehicle.

Ms. O'Malley noted tree branches that conceal a no turning sign on Willow before intersection of Poplar Avenue and by the bridge. Public works will be instructed to trim the branches.

Resident at Myrtle Avenue and Park Avenue requested permit parking only because the solicitation company parks in front of the resident's home. Council discussed repercussions if other adjacent residents request the same, i.e. parking for school functions could be limited.

Chief Lane complimented the Castle Ridge project's appearance, construction and parking.

Public Works: - Mr. Ausman has returned to work.

An appraisal is being obtained for the surplus jet rodder.

The sewer van and camera have had repair difficulties.

Editorial Board: - Fall newsletter articles must be submitted by October 11th for a Thanksgiving mailing.

MRTSA: - Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association: - Ms. Kovach announced the next membership meeting is scheduled for October 14th.

Allegheny League of Municipalities: - Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments: - Mr. Kirk reported he will attend the September 16th meeting.

Police Pension: - The agenda contained the July and August investment management statements. A police pension meeting is scheduled for September 20th.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: - Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report: - Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: - Mr. Hartswick presented Change Order 4 for the Sleepy Hollow Drive Storm Sewer Construction project. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to have the appropriate officials execute the change order; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented the minimum municipal obligation (MMO) for the 2005 non-uniform pension plan. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the MMO; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report: - Nothing to report.

Planning Commission: - Council discussed board vacancies.

Solicitor: Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks : - Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.

Other Business: - Mr. Kirk announced the Fire Department's annual banquet will be held on October 9th.


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