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September 14, 2009

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Member B. Carlucci was absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief and P. Vietmeier, Codes Official.

The minutes of the August 10, 2009 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick stated that the finance chairman has reviewed and approved the treasurer's report. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried

Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten. Mayor Baumgarten gave the oath of office to Kristie Munson as appointed Junior Council Person for the 2009-2010 school year. Council congratulated Ms. Munson on her appointment.

Mayor Baumgarten introduced District Justice David Barton. Judge Barton gave the oath of office to Kenneth M. Truver for the position of Chief of Police. Judge Barton added that Castle Shannon has one of the most outstanding police departments in the South Hills.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Stanton R Pollak, 1236 Hamilton Road - asked about a letter of encroachment for access to the borough sewer from his property. Mr. Biondo explained that an encroachment agreement is needed according to the county health department to allow two residents to connect their joined common lateral into the borough's sewer line and have as an attachment to the resident's deeds. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to authorize the borough solicitor to prepare documentation for the borough officials to execute; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Michael Whelan, 4013 Canal Street - was nominated by his neighbors as spokesperson for this meeting. Mr. Whelan stated that Canal Street has become a short cut street and requested speed control enforcement for the 15 mile per hour zone. Mr. Whelan proposed that the borough install risers or block off one end of the street to eliminate the short cut route. Mr. Zezulewicz admitted that Castle Shannon is a cut through community and many streets are used as shortcuts. Council will work with Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Truver to target the area for speed control. Ms. Kovach suggested posting a "No Right Turn" sign during high traffic hours due to visual limitations. Council will take under advisement and respond back to Mr. Whelan.

Jason Stanton, Field Operation Manager from Pennsylvania American Water - presented a check for $500.00 to Fire Chief William Reffner of the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department from an annual grant program.

Fire Chief William Reffner - stated that the water company has a good working relationship with the fire department. Chief Reffner congratulated Chief Truver on his appointment, and added that the fire department pledges their support. Several volunteers from the fire department will be going downtown with a fire engine for the G20 Summit through a mutual aid request.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

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 collections of $13,520.81. Ms. Torris stated the balance to be collected is $134,989.24. Collections are at 94%.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold reported on the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation meeting.

Mr. Warhold praised Kristie Munson for her work since June on a community garden for Route 88 by Killarney Drive. We are waiting for a vegetation permit through Penndot and seeking volunteers for the project. Mr. Warhold added that the garden will encompass all seasons. Ms. Munson explained her plans for the community garden. Beginning in October some plantings and top soil preparation can be completed. The top soil will be donated and Lowe's may be able to donate plants for the garden.

A presentation was made to the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department and the American Legion for the Shannon Soldier's program. Mr. Warhold explained that on Veteran's Day the banners will be unveiled honoring past and present veterans that have served in the armed forces. Additional information can be found on the borough's website.

Nothing to report.

Ms. O'Malley reported that two vacancies exist on the library board. Applications should be sent to the library.

Ms. O'Malley announced that the Friends of the Library are having a book sale on September 15th, 16th & 17th. In addition, on Thursday a person will be available to evaluate and purchase old gold jewelry.

On October 29th,Wendy's is sponsoring a day that 10% of the total daily profit will be donated to the library.

Ms. O'Malley commented that the library director does a good job in advertising library events and board openings through the Almanac.

Mr. Hartswick added that the library roof project has been completed, and the contractor is moving on restoration.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier stated that a building on Willow Avenue has been condemned. The owner has thirty days to make repairs or demolish the structure.

A resident on the corner of McRoberts Road and Grove Road was contacted regarding trimming a tree to allow for better line of sight for traffic. The resident willingly complied and requested a "Hidden Driveway" sign. In addition, the guide rail is loose and needs repaired.

The National City Bank on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard will be changed to First Niagra Bank.

The Feller garage property is being cleared of junk cars.

A new pizza shop will be opening in the Lebanon Shops.

Public Safety:
The agenda contained the July and August police reports.

Public Works:
Mr. Coffey discussed the SHACOG joint purchase for rock salt. Cost will be $54 per ton. Mr. Hartswick will revisit salt purchasing with Chief Bill Reffner for the fire department with a recommendation to be presented to borough council.

Editorial Board:
A deadline for articles for the fall newsletter will be determined, and the information will be sent in council's mail.

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.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
August Distribution Analysis: EIT - $77,995.48; LST - $14,755.88.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented the 2010 Minimum Municipal Obligation Worksheets for the police pension and non-uniformed pension plans. The borough's obligations should be covered by state aid.

Mr. Hartswick presented the Municipal Operations Continuation Plan for Castle Shannon Borough. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt the plan; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The public works department presented a request to sell a 2001 bucket truck. Mr. Coffey motioned to advertise for bids; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten reported that a boy scout is planning a memorial for Sgt. Ryan Lane for his Eagle Scout project. The scout will appear before borough council in the near future to discuss the project.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed the borough's emergency management coordinator position. Ms. O'Malley motioned to appoint Police Chief Ken Truver, Fire Chief Bill Reffner, and Code Official Paul Vietmeier as deputy emergency management coordinators; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten stated that he is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The coalition blocked an amendment to undermine Pennsylvania's gun control laws. A local ordinance will be proposed to require a gun owner to report a stolen gun within seventy-two hours after it is discovered missing. The ordinance will be presented to borough council at a future meeting.

Planning Commission Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented proposals for zoning ordinance modifications from EPD for $4,912 and Pashek & Associates for $4,500. The borough engineers recommend EPD and have worked with this firm in the past. Mr. Cheberenchick suggested waiting until the 2010 budget is prepared. Council tabled this item until October.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold discussed additional construction trailers parked behind the Ice Castle. Mr. Vietmeier added the zoning ordinance states a trailer can only be in position for six months. Mr. Biondo and Mr. Vietmeier will review the legalities regarding the trailers.

Mr. Warhold reminded borough council that new council members must also complete emergency management and NIMS training.

Ms. O'Malley expressed her wish to have some of the pictures in The Almanac and Pittsburgh Post Gazette-South from tonight's appointments.


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