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September 24, 2007

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Member P. Coffey and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; H. Lane, Police Chief; D. Ross, Building Official; D. Biondo, Solicitor. Jr. Council Person A. Kocelko was absent.

The minutes of the September 10, 2007 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Phillip Grabowski, 940 Newport Drive and Robert Ausman, 952 Newport Drive - expressed concerns regarding the dust caused by construction on the adjoining MARSA property. Mr. Ausman suggested that MARSA treat the road to help control the dust. The dust is settling on the neighbors houses and limiting their use of air conditioners and outdoor facilities. Mr. Biondo advised that the borough does not have an ordinance against this situation, but the residents may have a civil cause if damage is done to their property. Mr. Ross will contact Paul Scabilloni to ask for some dust control and report back to Mr. Zezulewicz.

Mr. Ausman also reported that a dead deer in the hollow in back of his house needs limed. Mr. Hartswick will advise public works. George Orr, 791 Killarney Drive - commended Mr. Ross on his code enforcement efforts on the duplexes on Killarney Drive.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented bids for the Year 2 ACO Sanitary Sewer Repairs. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to award the bid to Robinson Pipe Cleaning Company for $732,470.00; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented bids for the Year 2 ACO Manhole Installations. Ms. O'Malley motioned to award the bid to the lowest bidder, Soli Construction, Inc. for $241,450.00; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented bids for the Addition and Alterations to the Public Works Garage. Mr. Carlucci motioned to award the heating and ventilating contract to the low bidder, J. Greenawalt Builders, Inc. for $8,998.00; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach motioned to award the electric work contract to the low bidder, C&L Electric for $10,000.00; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick recommended that council reject the plumbing bid. The work can be done internally through the public works department. Ms. Kovach motioned to reject the plumbing work contract bids; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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:
Mr. Warhold reported that the first Community Day committee meeting was held with great success. Subcommittees were formed and ideas were exchanged. The next meeting will be held in November.

Mr. Warhold discussed the Peer-to-Peer meetings and intergovernmental agreement with Dormont, Greentree, Keystone Oaks and Castle Shannon. Mr. Warhold added that this program is not a good fit for our borough. Ms. O'Malley motioned to rescind the borough's participation in the Peer-to-Peer program/agreement; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley discussed the need to replace the boiler. According to Mayor Baumgarten, the borough has historically funded any major repairs for the library building. Ms. O'Malley added that the library will apply for a $20,000.00 grant to assist in the cost of the heating repairs. The bidding process will be handled through borough administration.

Planning and Codes:
Nothing to report.

Public Safety:
Chief Lane stated that the Adopt a Highway agreement was reviewed by the borough's solicitor. Public Works is removing the fallen trees from the roadside on Route 88 between Connor Road and Shady Run. A volunteer group or groups will be needed to maintain litter control. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy was contacted.

Mr. Carlucci noted that trees were hanging over the road on Greenridge by the stop light. Mr. Ross will review the area.

Chief Lane stated the trees that block the streetlights on Hoodridge Drive and Vermont Avenue should be trimmed the second week of October. One quotation was received. The borough has funds available for this maintenance.

A good working relationship has developed between the foreman for the Library Road construction project and the police department. Cooperation with MARSA has also been good. Construction will cease in November and begin again in March 2008.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

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. Kovach gave a report from the September meeting. The rock salt bid came in at $42.97 per ton on a two year contract with Cargill Salt. The SHACOG budget was passed with no increase in membership dues. The Fire Chiefs' Advisory Committee will host a major speaker in February. The next meeting will be October 12th in Mt. Lebanon.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor Baumgarten thanked Chief Lane for his efforts in researching the Adopt a Highway program and thanked the road department for their work on Route 88.

Mayor Baumgarten reported that a storm sewer runs from Rolling Rock and comes out onto the MARSA property. D. Ross and R. DeLallo are aware of this sewer.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo discussed the Borough of Castle Shannon's property transaction agreement with the Hudson family. Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreements and deeds necessary to finalize the transaction; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Cheberenchick requested that the borough send correspondence to Ms. Karlovich thanking her for saving the borough money through price comparison of printing services and office supplies.

Mr. Cheberenchick discussed the legal process and fines involved in citing residents for high grass and weed violations.

Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the intersection redesign on Willow Avenue and Baldwin Street. Mr. Ross answered that Port Authority must redirect the lights. Mr. Calabria is getting painters for the street lines. Then breakaway poles can be installed.

Ms. O'Malley reported that two patches remain on Saint Annes Street from water company repairs. Mr. Ross added that the paving has not been completed.


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