The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; T. Kirk, N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief. Tax Collector S. Torris was absent.
The minutes of the September 8, 2003 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.
Christina Beltz, 287 Murray's Lane - reported the following problems with a neighbor's three dogs:
1) one dog is vicious,
2) one jumps up on people,
3) the neighbor does not remove dog waste.
Chief Lane stated under the borough ordinance dogs must be in control at all times and suggested Ms. Beltz call 531-5300 for non-emergency dispatch to contact animal control. Ms. Beltz related the dog waste issue was reported to the condominium association who sent fines and notices that went unanswered. Chief Lane stated a borough ordinance requires removal of dog waste and a witness would be needed to cite the owner and appear at a hearing. Ms. Beltz added the neighbor also has two cats. R. Zezulewicz suggested Ms. Beltz meet with D. Ross and Chief Lane during office hours to further resolve this issue.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Nothing to report.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Ms. Kovach reported price estimates have been received for the Hamilton Park Phase II Option II project. Equipment has been ordered.
Finance: Ms. Kovach requested the finance committee meetings be changed to Monday to accommodate her schedule.
Library: Ms. O'Malley announced the annual Holloween Parade is scheduled for October 26th. Ms. O'Malley invited council members to participate in the parade. Mr. Hartswick noted a donation request for the parade. Mr. Coffey motioned to donate $150.00; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Planning and Codes: - Nothing to report.
Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci questioned the safety of the borough's bullet proof vests. Chief Lane responded that Second Chance vests are adding panels to upgrade the safety issue.
Chief Lane met with Attorney General Fisher, Congressman Murphy, and DEA and FBI representatives to discuss the problem of increasing heroine usage in the area. Chief Lane provided information on the DARE programs and task force. Further meetings will be scheduled.
Chief Lane discussed a meeting with Attorney General Ashcroft who is committed to very strict enforcement on crimes involving gun laws, assaults and drug violations.
Chief Lane discussed the Baldwin/Willow Avenue intersection and a traffic study proposal by Trans Associates. Council may consider the proposal once Castle Ridge is occupied and PAT's light rail transit system is running. Chief Lane, Mr. Ross and Ms. O'Malley met on site and witnessed the uncoordinated traffic pattern. Mr. Coffey questioned when the traffic study should be done. Chief Lane answered in late spring of 2004. Ms. O'Malley suggested that a PAT traffic signal should be installed immediately at the bottom of Baldwin Street across Willow Avenue. Mr. Ross discussed installation of the signal with PAT's traffic engineering department. Mayor Baumgarten suggested arrowed line painting.
Public Works: Nothing to report.
Editorial Board: Deadline for articles is October 6th.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
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: Mr. Zezulewicz noted the fund has increased $272,493.52 this year.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Engineer Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick presented change orders for the 2003 Roadway Improvement Program that decreased the contract price due to adjustments to accommodate revised/actual field measurements of in place quantities. Mr. Coffey motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the change orders for the liquid fuels and capital improvements projects; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented a request from the Heinz History Center to display the borough's “Pittsburgh Press Trophy Season of 1917” soccer trophy for a three year loan. Ms. O'Malley questioned if the trophy was insured and requested insurance coverage before removal from the borough. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the three year loan of the trophy to the Heinz History Center; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor's Report: Mayor Baumgarten commended Sergeant David Lane for his participation in “Kid's Day America” at the fire hall. Sgt. Lane had a good rapport with the children and performed finger printing services.
Planning Commission: Nothing to report.
Solicitor: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other Business: Ms. O'Malley questioned the status of the public works garage renovations. Mr. Hartswick reported the survey is completed and council will be presented with options next month.
Ms. O'Malley questioned the status of Grove Road Bridge improvements. Mr. Zezulewicz will contact Senator Wagner. Ms. O'Malley and Mayor Baumgarten have discussed the bridge with Representative Diven. Mr. Hartswick forwarded a letter to Mr. Diven for his approval. Mr. Hartswick stated the deadline to provide information to the state transportation committee is early October.
Mr. Kirk noted that bushes have been planted by the large wall on Willow Avenue at James Street and the streets have been patched.
Mr. Coffey questioned the status of the solid waste contract. Mr. Hartswick answered two bids were received. The SHACOG Advisory Committee is meeting Wednesday to discuss variations in the bids.
Ms. Kovach questioned if leaf collection dates have been set. Ms. Miller will schedule this with Greenridge Waste.
Ms. Kovach discussed the use of radar for local police departments. Chief Lane stated Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association has lobbied this bill for years; however in Pennsylvania only the state police can utilize radar. Chief Lane related that due to the terrain in Castle Shannon, radar would be more effective than vascar. Mayor Baumgarten questioned why the representatives would oppose the use of radar. Chief Lane answered that legislators may believe the communities would use the radar as a revenue source for additional income.