The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; P. Coffey; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Members M. Cheberenchick and N. Kovach and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; H. Lane, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor.
The minutes of the September 12, 2005 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.
Jackie Bidzilya, 3504 Poplar Avenue - discussed the deplorable condition of 3524 Poplar Avenue. Rodents, high weeds, water draining onto her property from holes in the gutters, holes in the exterior walls, squirrels and chipmunks in the home, cracked windows, loose fencing, etc. D. Ross sent a notice of violation on July 15th giving the resident thirty days for corrections. Mr. Ross reported the property owner at 3524 Poplar did complete some repairs (reattachment of gutters and downspouts to storm drains) and requested additional time for repairs. Mr. Ross added the gutters are very high and possibly clogged. Mr. Ross will take photographic evidence of remaining violations, send a five day notice, and issue citations. Ms. Bidzilya will send photos of the rodent problems to the codes office. Ms. Bidzilya reported that stray cats are living in the shed. Mr. Biondo stated that unless there is a violation of a property maintenance ordinance with a specific provision for stray animals, the borough cannot act on this. Mr. Biondo suggested Ms. Bidzilya call the health department regarding the cats. Mr. Zezulewicz requested a progress report from Mr. Ross for the next council meeting to try to resolve applicable issues within borough codes. Ms. Bidzilya added that a strong sewer odor emits from the property. Public works discovered an item causing blockage in the line and removed it.
Diane Metro, 1015 Thornwood Drive - submitted a photo of a tractor-trailer truck that parks in a driveway on Milton Drive on weekends. Mr. Ross stated the truck is on private property. Chief Lane stated the truck is overweight for that street. Police will patrol the area.
Ms. Metro reported vehicles parked in the grass at 1012 Milton Drive and 1051 Hastie Road on weekends.
Ms. Metro questioned how a resident could add a parking pad to their driveway. Mr. Ross answered there is no permit required. Mr. Carlucci noted a permit is required for grading over thirty cubic yards of dirt. Mr. Zezulewicz stated there are restrictions regarding parking pads in front of homes. The regulations will be reviewed.
Mr. Zezulewicz recognized Congressman Tim Murphy, who took time from his busy schedule in Washington D.C. to visit Castle Shannon and attend the council meeting. Grove Road Bridge replacement and/or repairs were discussed. Congressman Murphy provided the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department with a FEMA grant for $89,000 last year. Health care issues are a top priority to the congressman. Congressman Murphy advised that, although Hurricane Katrina is having a huge effect on the budget, funding for the transportation and federal Medicare prescription drug plan will not be cut. Funding is being proposed for police car video camera equipment. Mayor Baumgarten questioned if the Medicare prescription drug program would be delayed. Congressman Murphy stated there will be no delay and discussed the Medicare prescription drug program and PACE programs. Additional information is available on his website at http://murphy.house.gov.
Mr. Zezulewicz thanked Congressman Murphy for attending the meeting and requested a photo and article for the next winter newsletter.
Albert Jalso, 3026 May Street Extension - asked for an update on the May Street Extension townhouse project. Mr. Ross stated the subdivision plan was submitted to the planning commission and forwarded to the borough engineers for review. The engineers required a resubmission to the planning commission for minor technical issues before plans will be submitted to council. Mr. Jalso questioned where the sanitary and storm sewers would be located. The sanitary sewer must go down Sixth Street to Route 88 to connect with the ALCOSAN interceptor. Mr. Ross answered the storm sewer will have a negative impact and the outfall will be less than the pre-development. Mr. Jalso described concerns about possible sewer problems after the townhouses are built. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that if no storm water gets into the sanitary sewer system, there should be no problems. Mayor Baumgarten added the borough's sanitary sewer system can handle the capacity, and sanitary sewer overflows occur when infiltration of rainwater enters the system. A short discussion continued on the water sheds and Administrative Consent Order. Mr. Jalso questioned if May Street Extension would be widened. Mr. Ross answered the hooked part at the end will be widened. Construction should begin next spring with excavation starting sooner. Mr. Zezulewicz and Mr. Ross invited Mr. Jalso to come to the planning and codes office and attend the October 24th council meeting for more detailed plans.
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: Nothing to report.
Finance: Nothing to report.
Library: Nothing to report.
Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.
Public Safety: Chief Lane reported receipt of a memorandum from PEMA encouraging all municipalities to have emergency evacuation plans. Chief Lane added the borough's plans were prepared in 2001 after September 11th.
Chief Lane reported a serious problem with parked cars at Columbia and Arch. Mr. Carlucci motioned to post the area with no parking signs for a 60-day term; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Public Works: Mr. Coffey reported that Ray DeLallo should be returning to work mid-October. Mr. Hartswick announced a rock salt meeting is scheduled for October 13th.
Editorial Board: Mr. Zezulewicz announced that newsletter articles are due October 10th.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Ms. O'Malley questioned if the borough participates in the SHACOG bidding for police cars. Chief Lane answered the borough does participate and will be purchasing one car next year.
Police Pension: Mr. Hartswick presented a moderate asset allocation model as proposed by Trollinger Consulting and approved by the police pension committee. Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve moving the police pension assets into the moderate asset allocation model; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Distribution analysis for August: EIT - $59,468.90; OPT - $482.76.
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 504 reducing the police pension contribution from 7.6% effective August 1, 2005 to zero percent for the remainder of 2005 and resume at five percent effective January 1, 2006. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 504; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick presented the Minimum Municipal Obligation Worksheets for 2006 for the non-uniformed pension plan at $10,728 and the police pension plan at $80,724.
Mr. Hartswick presented a request from Allied Waste requesting a proposed fuel recovery fee. Mr. Coffey motioned that council would not entertain any surcharge and will abide by the current contract as signed; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor.
Mr. Coffey motioned to re-bid the surplus sanitary sewer jetter; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor: Mayor Baumgarten reported Dan Onorato spoke at the Allegheny County Mayors' Meeting and discussed the inability of fixing the inequities in the assessment system and his attempt to make the reassessments as palatable as possible.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Mr. Biondo is drafting an agreement with Baldwin Township for sharing the sewer camera.
Mr. Biondo stated the property owner of the Magnus Building wishes to purchase the paper street named Pennsylvania Avenue off Cooke Drive along the trolley tracks to rebuild a commercial building.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other: Ms. O'Malley revisited the issue of the property condition across from St. Annes School. Mr. Ross has left a message with the property owner. Council requested Mr. Ross send correspondence.
Ms. O'Malley discussed the trolley tracks on Willow Avenue that has unsightly pieces of concrete. Chief Lane stated the PAT property across from Raylan Roofing needs cleared and blacktopped. Port Authority will be contacted.