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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
September 14, 2015

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


The minutes of the August 24, 2015 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Dan Julian, 3106 Home Avenue – discussed a problem with non-residents parking on Home Avenue to utilize the Port Authority T-stop on Killarney. Although Mr. Julian has a driveway and the parking is not a concern for him personally, he had a petition signed by residents agreeing that the parking condition is a problem. The situation has escalated to where a few residents and commuters are leaving nasty notes on cars and in mailboxes. Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten will evaluate the situation.

Mr. Warhold noted the deplorable condition of a brick section of roadway on Home Avenue caused by water company repairs. PA American Water plans to remove the bricks and install asphalt.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Oral interviews for entry level positions will be held on September 30th for fifteen police candidates.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the August collection report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
The asphalt reclamation equipment has been used extensively for patching potholes in the borough. This was definitely a worthwhile purchase.

Equipment is being installed on 2015 dump truck purchase and the surplus truck will be sold to Deer Creek Township for $29,000.

Ms. Brannon commented that tire ruts are present on the field at Riehl Park. Public Works has filled several holes that were dug in the field and will be notified about the tire tracks.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver reported that 600 winter police magazines were distributed. Copies are available at the municipal center and library. The publication is funded by vendors and contains good information regarding home safety tips, preventing scams, drug abuse, etc.

A grant for $1,000 was received from the Office of Attorney General’s Community Drug Abuse Prevention Grant Program. Funds were used to purchase two alcohol test units for enforcement and education efforts.

Sgt. Brian McKeown has been accepted into the FBI Academy at Quantico for ten weeks of executive leadership training in April of 2016. The training is provided at no cost to the borough. For a small police department, Castle Shannon has been very fortunate to have several police officers graduate from this prestigious program.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for August 20th, August 28th, September 4th and September 11th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
The former Castle Tavern has been sold and the new name is The Coal Mine. Also, a coffee shop has opened in Lebanon Shops called the Blue Canary.

Mr. Warhold reported on Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation events. The CSRC Fall Festival will be September 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Over thirty vendors are registered. The CSRC Golf Outing is planned for September 25th. One hundred thirty-six golfers are registered. The CSRC concert at Linden Grove has been postponed, and the event is in the planning stages for 2016. Ms. Kovach noted that these events are all fund-raisers for the CSRC.

Chief Truver reported that Columbia Gas has provided $1,500 worth of carbon dioxide detectors that will be provided to the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department to provide to residents.

Library:
Mr. Swisher reported that twenty-two vendors are registered for the fair in November.

The Macy’s Shop-for-a-Cause program provided $85 to the library.

State Representative Dan Miller held a town hall meeting on August 26th and approximately twenty people participated. In addition, Representative Miller is also planning a Senior Fair on October 1st. The library will be partnering with the Allegheny County Library Association to attend this event.

The Keystone Oaks School District’s free lunch program held at the library was very successful and many children participated.

Enjoy books will be available for purchase at the library on September 21st. The books are selling for $30.00, and the library will receive $10 for each book sold.

An intern from Pitt Partners will be working at the library for three semesters starting this Tuesday.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Seiler plans to include a collage of photographs from the Fall Festival and CSRC Golf Outing in the winter newsletter.

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.

PA State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension/
Mr. Hartswick presented the 2016 Minimum Municipal Obligation for $175,790.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Mr. Hartswick presented the 2016 Minimum Municipal Obligation for $51,236.

Earned Income Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Mr. Hartswick described the MS4 (Storm Sewer System Status) information that is available on the borough’s website and Facebook pages.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick stated that Mr. Hagy sent a letter recommending Kateryna Kocelko for the borough’s Junior Council Person appointment. Mr. Warhold motioned to appoint Kateryna Kocelko as Junior Council Person for the 2015-2016 school year; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution #617 to approve the Winter Traffic Services Agreement with Penndot; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Randazzo motioned to authorize the filing of liens for the following properties that were demolished with CDBG grants: 1426 Trance Drive; 840 Bockstoce Avenue; 923 Ulrich Avenue and 1261 Hamilton Road; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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 board approved the following variance requests for A.R. Building Company at 1264 Hamilton Road: 1) Maximum lot coverage 35%; 2) Twelve foot wide access route; 3) Slope grade ratio and 4) Percent of parking spaces enclosed.

Other:
Nothing to report.


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