The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Member P. Coffey was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief; D. Ross, Building Official.
The minutes of the September 11, 2006 council meeting were presented. Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section of the meeting.
Mr. Hartswick presented bids for a 2001 and 2003 Ford Crown Victoria surplus police vehicle. Two bidders did not submit a bid security and were disqualified. Ms. O'Malley motioned to award the bids to Grace Quality Used Cars as follows: 2001 - $2,458; 2003 - $3,158; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Nothing to report.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Nothing to report.
The Finance Committee met to prepare preliminary budget figures.
Ms. O'Malley announced the Friends of the Library book sale made a profit of approximately $1,000.00.
Ms. O'Malley advised that the Library Board will prepare an advertisement for the library director position and an advertisement will be placed on the ACLA website.
Planning and Codes:
Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the May Street Townhome project. Mr. Ross answered that an erosion and soil control plan was submitted and financing is being secured.
Mr. Ross stated the Department of Labor and Industry audited the Planning and Codes Department for accessibility compliance, and the borough's department received a good review.
Chief Lane gave a report on the website activity on the police department's pages and listed the various number of "hits" for each section. Chief Lane added that the website has been a great tool for getting information into the community and for keeping residents informed.
The police department has received complaints from residents on Baldwin Street regarding the transit users parking on the street. The street currently has a one hundred foot zone designated for two hour parking; however the transit users are parking above that zone, and limiting the residential parking. Chief Lane asked council to approve a study for a four hour parking zone with residential permits. Residents will be contacted for input and recommendations.
A fire occurred in the woods off Castleview, and buses coming out of the driveway almost hit the fire fighters. A stop sign should be installed where the bus driveway meets Castleview.
The commercial vehicle inspection unit was sold this year. A 1998 GMC Blazer has been purchased for $2,500 to resume the inspections. The sale of the surplus vehicle, and unused budget line items will pay for the new purchase. Mt. Lebanon, Jefferson Hills and Castle Shannon will assist Heidelberg with truck inspections. Many business owners request inspections for their fleet.
Officer James Fleckenstein has done an outstanding job this year with the commercial inspections. Over one hundred trucks were inspected in Castle Shannon. Vehicle accidents are at a low ratio because of the continuous enforcement and presence of officers on patrol.
Public Works: Nothing to report.
Mr. Zezulewicz announced that articles must be submitted by October 1st.
Mayor Baumgarten reported that seven ambulances will be purchased in 2007. A purchase option is a removable box on the chassis that can be changed as vehicles are replaced. Mr. Cheberenchick added the fleet needs replaced due to high mileage. Trade-in values for the 2003 models are approximately $50,000.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. O'Malley requested the borough send correspondence regarding the federal state cable legislation.
Ms. O'Malley announced a rock salt meeting on October 12, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Baldwin Borough Municipal Center.
Ms. O'Malley requested a public works employee attend the Public Works Committee meeting in Dormont next month.
Police Pension: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Mr. Hartswick presented the 2007 Minimum Municipal Obligation Worksheets for the police pension and non-uniformed pension plans. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the 2007 MMO for the police pension; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve the 2007 MMO for the non-uniformed pension; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Kovach motioned to approve a $100.00 advertisement for the Keystone Oaks Boys Basketball Boosters; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor Baumgarten discussed a symposium for children hosted by State Representative Michael Diven and held at the Castle Shannon Fire Department. Several police departments and K-9 units participated, and the program was well attended.
Planning Commission Report:
Mr. Hartswick reported that one vacancy exists on the planning commission, and the borough has received a letter of interest. Mr. Warhold motioned to appoint Russell McKibben to fill the remaining term of Joanne Ross; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Mr. Cheberenchick asked council to approve scheduling a public works employee to install a sound system on a rainy day in the library's meeting room. Council agreed.