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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
September 22, 2014

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

The minutes of the September 8, 2014 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, the public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Swisher motioned to ratify the manager’s recommendation to award the CD40 demolition contract to the single bidder Jadell Minniefield Construction for $19,000; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Fifteen police candidates will be interviewed on October 10th for entry level positions.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works/Building & Grounds:
The Castle Shannon Youth Association received a grant from the Pittsburgh Pirates for $4,669 for infield rebalancing of the Municipal Center ballfield. Public Works will continue to monitor and address any ponding or surface drainage issues.

Public Works Foreman Raymond DeLallo attended the meeting and reported that the new sewer jetter was delivered with a switch installed instead of the requested hand operating lever. The manufacturer will be correcting this detail at no cost.

Public Safety/Fire:
The police department is the recipient of an aggressive driving grant. The traffic enforcement patrols will be scheduled from October 26th to November 22nd.

Officer John Kiefer was awarded the Top Gun Award for DUI Enforcement from the Pennsylvania DUI Association. The award ceremony will be held October 30th in State College.

Officer Fleckenstein conducted a truck inspection detail on September 19th with the following results: 30 trucks inspected; 23 violations; 10 citations issued; $2020 issued in fines; 2 trucks taken out of service. This program is also grant funded. Ms. Kovach added that the number of unsafe trucks travelling on our roads is amazing.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher motioned to ratify the August Treasurer’s Report; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier reported that Nobby’s Pizza has opened on Castle Shannon Boulevard, and Paint with Flair is obtaining a building permit for 250 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard.

Mr. Warhold, Mr. Hartswick, Mr. Bennett and Mr. Vietmeier attended the Southwestern Pennsylvania Downtown Center Conference in Sewickley. Many good contacts were made to explore options for regionally working together to move forward with funding revitalization activities.

Mr. Warhold reported that the Fall Festival went well and thanked Ms. Lisa Goodyear and her committee for their organization of the event. Mr. Warhold also thanked the public works department and police department for their assistance.

The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation will be meeting October 8th and will discuss the interviews held with companies that provided request-for-proposal submittals. Ms. Gallo has headed up the project to install planters with flowers in the downtown area, and the TreeVitalize application has been submitted for a 2015 planting.

Library:
The Friends of the Library Flea Market is scheduled for October 11th, and the Halloween Parade will be held October 26th.

The library is currently hosting an AARP Driver’s Safety program with the assistance of the Castle Shannon Police Department.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Seiler is doing an outstanding job in preparing the newsletter. The first draft will be ready for the editorial committee by Wednesday.

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:
Ms. O’Malley reported that the board has reviewed the 2015 budget.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the 2015 Minimum Municipal Obligation of $176,743 for the police pension plan; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Warhold also motioned to approve the 2015 Minimum Municipal Obligation for the non-uniformed pension plan of $50,612; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Engineer’s Report:
Nothing to report

Earned Income Tax:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten, Mr. Warhold and Mr. Hartswick attended meetings held in Mount Lebanon with legislators, county council members, and representatives from several other communities to discuss the overpopulation of deer in the area. Deer culling is not an option for Castle Shannon. The communities might explore a regional sterilization program with the State Game Commission. Ms. Kovach stated that many communities are instituting an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of deer. Mr. Warhold added that when Mt. Lebanon passed the ordinance prohibiting feeding the deer, the number of traffic accidents involving deer significantly declined, possibly from the limited food sources or a hard winter.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten reported that the Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association is preparing a press release to publish in local newspapers questioning why our legislators have not addressed the bill to allow local law enforcement officers the use of radar.

Planning Commission:
The agenda contained the minutes of the June 16, 2014 meeting, which listed a recommendation for a conditional use hearing.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Nothing to report.


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