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September 24, 2012

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

The minutes of the September 10, 2012 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Truver who presented Good Citizenship Certificates to three employees of Asti’s Pharmacy - Samantha Pitzarella, Kyle Smith and Michael Depaz. The employees were instrumental in the apprehension of a robbery suspect on August 1, 2012. The Borough of Castle Shannon acknowledges the decisive and well thought out actions of these citizens and presented them with recognition and appreciation for their assistance.

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

Ms. Kovach deviated from the agenda to have Jason Stanton of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering address council. Mr. Stanton discussed the status of the liquid fuels road program that included the paving of Grove Road, and the status of the capital projects road program that included paving sections of Willow Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Sleepy Hollow Road and Middleboro Road.

Mr. Stanton presented council with an evaluation of borough roadways that were resurfaced from 1992 to 2002, i.e. roads that have not been paved for over ten years. The roads were rated based on the current condition of the road. Roads were classified as collector (heavily traveled cut through roadways), neighborhood (local residential only) and brick roads. Council discussed the estimated cost of a comprehensive road program, cost of repaving the roadways rated one to four, and the borough’s annual budgeted expenditure for paving. The engineer’s study can be used for capital borrowing for a comprehensive program or as a tool to program the next five years of expenditures.

Mr. Stanton discussed the Castle Shannon Borough sanitary sewer program with regard to the Administrative Consent Order and ALCOSAN’s Wet Weather Plan:

  1. The borough has completed Phase I and II of the flow monitoring plan, and the engineers have developed an operation and maintenance plan and schedule for the next ten years. The borough currently expends $200,000 to $300,000 per year on sewer repairs. Mayor Baumgarten suggested consolidation of several years’ projects of the O&M Plan with available funds. Council will take under advisement.

  2. ALCOSAN has a consent decree and enforcement order with the DPA, DEP, health department, etc. which involves billions of dollars of sewer improvements. Although ALCOSAN has determined that the borough has sufficient capacity and no service upgrades are planned for the Saw Mill Run Interceptor, ALCOSAN’s sewage costs will escalate on an average from the current average of $44 per month to $106 per month by the year 2027 since ALCOSAN’s repair costs are distributed between all communities using the service.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance #887 to allow parking at a location on Baldwin Street and establish a special purpose parking area on Myrtle Avenue adjacent to Myrtle School. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Ordinance #887. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Mr. Swisher motioned to adopt Ordinance #887 at its first reading; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept the Civil Service Commissions promotion certification lists for sergeant and lieutenant; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained a request from Ms. Torris to council to consider an increase in real estate compensation collection to $2.50 per line for the 2014-2017 elected term of office.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon thanked Mr. Stanton for his concise and informative presentation to council on the road and sewer programs.

Public Works/ Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher reported that all public works’ employees have viewed the instructional DVD for use of the new leaf vacuum, and public works will conduct a leaf sweep on designated borough roads the second week of November.

Field and building repairs were completed at Hamilton Park. The park security cameras should be operational by next week.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver posted criminal mischief information on Next Door-Hamilton Park with tires being slashed on Blossom Hill, Rebecca Street and Willow Avenue.

Ms. Brannon commented that the Citizen’s Fire Academy being hosted by the Castle Shannon, Dormont, and Mt. Lebanon fire departments has been well received and attended.

The finance committee met to review assessment data and projected revenues for the 2013 budget.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that Mr. Vietmeier has eight cases before the district magistrate this week on twenty-seven code violations. The results from last month’s cases were that one case was dismissed, and the other cases were postponed for thirty or sixty days.

The “Images of America - Castle Shannon” book will be received and be available for sale next week for $20.00 per book.

Mr. Hartswick met with Susan Hockenberry of Local Government Academy, who was very interested in the borough’s progress on demolition of blighted properties. Ms. Hockenberry commended Mr. Vietmeier and the borough’s perseverance.

Mr. Warhold reported that the POEMS (Project Outreach Equipment & Medical Supplies) program being coordinated with Emmanuel Lutheran Church will be ready in October. Residents can contact borough administration for information.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that the planning commission approved plans to expand the UPMC on Route 88 at Castle Shannon Boulevard.

The Friends of the Library Flea Market is scheduled for October 13th. The CSRC will have the “Images of America - Castle Shannon” books available for sale.

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:
The agenda contained the September meeting minutes.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Hartswick noted that Makenzie Kunig was selected as a KDKA Extra Effort Award Winner. Ms. Brannon added that Makenzie was also named homecoming princess this month.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented a proposal from Parking Lot Paving for painting center lines on various streets. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the proposal after Mr. Swisher’s review of costs; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten asked for a status update on the residential demolition projects. Mr. Hartswick answered that we are waiting for the final contracts to be signed and submitted back to SHACOG for this year’s Arch Street project. Grant applications for 2013 have been submitted to fund next year’s two demolition projects.

Copies of the new borough code will be submitted to council members and the mayor.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.


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