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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
October 27, 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. Junior Council Member B. Fabbio was absent.

The minutes of the September 22, 2014 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting.

John Neuhaus, 4205 Willow Avenue – had issues with the newly posted no parking signs in yards along Willow Avenue between Hastie Road and Vermont Avenue, and presented council with a petitions with twenty signatures of residents that want the signs removed. Mayor Baumgarten stated that the parking ordinance designates that section of Willow Avenue as no parking. Mr. Neuhaus would like the signs removed. The signage is misleading, and correspondence was to be sent to residents (beyond the designated no parking zone) advising them that parking is available both sides of the street.

Vincent Engleman, 4201 Willow Avenue - noted the lack of communication issued to residents regarding the parking. In addition, Mr. Engleman stated that parking was only an issue on one particular day when an estate sale and wedding were held simultaneously. Mr. Engleman also was unhappy that the no parking sign was posted in the middle of his hedges. Mayor Baumgarten reiterated that this section of Willow Avenue is designated as no parking according to the borough’s ordinance; and when complaints were received, the signs were posted to enforce the ordinance.

Bruce Hill, 4207 Willow Avenue – was also concerned about the sign located since the no parking sign was placed in front of his parking pad. In addition, Mr. Hill questioned where his daughters could park when visiting. Mayor Baumgarten answered that Mr. Hill can call the police department to request street overnight parking for temporary visitors, and the placement of the signs can be reviewed. However, this is a public safety issue when residents park along the “S” bend in the street which forces vehicles into the opposite lane of traffic. The residents believe that speeding is also an issue.

Michael Kalanich, 4209 Willow Avenue – reported that the signs are not positioned to allow for traffic flow in and out of driveways, and there are too many signs.

Mayor Baumgarten apologized for the lack of communication to residents. Due to the fact that complaints were received, the police chief followed the ordinance and had the signs installed. Mayor Baumgarten summarized that there are three issues:
1) repositioning the signs;
2) removing the signs; and
3) speeding.
Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten believe that this is a dangerous section of road and the area should be posted in compliance with the ordinance. Ms. Kovach stated that the Police Chief, Mayor, Manager and/or road supervisor will review the area to determine if signage should remain or be repositioned.

Harry Maenz, 822 Kerry Hill Drive – discussed parking at the fireman’s lot and proposed the installation of a painted line to stop traffic on Grove Road to allow easier access for vehicles entering and exiting the parking lot. As this is a state road, council does not believe a painted line for parking lot access would be permitted. Signage that states “Do Not Block Entrance” was proposed. Mayor Baumgarten will review this request with Chief Truver.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on the conditional use application for Leonard Migale. Ms. Jeanne Manko, court reporter, took minutes verbatim of the public hearing. Mr. Migale attended the hearing to petition council to permit paid parking in his parking lot. Ms. Kovach presented a list of conditions to be met, i.e. proof of insurance, paved surface, lighting in accordance with code, and contact information for the police department, posting hours of operation, entrance and exits clearly marked to avoid obstructing traffic, pedestrian traffic safety, and keeping the area clean and clear of debris. Mr. Magale has been meeting with Chief Reffner and Ken Wolfe of the fire department to coordinate management of both parking lots by a locally based Pittsburgh company. Mr. Migale plans to sell monthly passes for his spaces starting in January 2015.

Mr. Biondo clarified for the record that this is a conditional use application by Mr. Migel to use his parking lot for a purpose which under the zoning ordinance is permitted as a conditional use. This request went before the planning commission, who made their recommendation; and council has reviewed their minutes. This is council’s determination as to whether to allow the proposed use as a conditional use with the stipulations listed.

Mr. Maenz questioned whether an ordinance existed that prohibited additional parking lots opening in the borough. Mr. Biondo stated that public lots that are in the transit district are different than what is being proposed here.

Ms. Kovach closed the public hearing. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the conditional use upon satisfying the listed conditions; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the September collection report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon reported that the library held a very successful Halloween Parade. Free fingerprinting and DNA testing was provided for the children.

Trick or Treat will be held on Friday, October 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The CSFVD Sportsmen’s bash will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh’s Veterans Day Parade will be held on Saturday, November 8th.

The CSVFD Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Craft Show will be November 22nd and 23rd. The Facebook page is up to 561 likes, and Ms. Brannon gave kudos to Ms. Christina Morrow for her assistance with keeping the facebook page current.

Public Works/Building & Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Public Safety/Fire:
The agenda contained the September reports

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the bill lists, and a budget meeting will follow the council meeting this evening.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that the Veteran’s Day program is completed and will be held on November 11th at 11:00 a.m. in the Memorial Parklet behind Ice Castle.

The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation has contracted with Barry Cassidy, who has developed programs for Lockhaven, Dubois, Phoenixville, South Street in Philadelphia, Downingtown and is currently working with Forest Hills. In addition, Mr. Cassidy has been with the Pennsylvania Downtown Center since its inception in 1985. The CSRC has five committees designated to outline goals and objectives to continue with the borough’s revitalization, i.e. Economic Restructuring; Physical Improvements; Design; Promotion; and Clean, Safe and Green. A meeting with local businesses in the business district is scheduled for December 1st at the Ice Castle at 7:00 p.m. Discussions will center around a façade improvement grant program.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that Steel City Vapors will be relocating to Stoner Center on Library Road.

Mr. Vietmeier has been asked to participate on the panel board for blighted homes at the Pennboc Conference. Three properties in Castle Shannon are scheduled for demolition in 2015.

Library:
The next board meeting is scheduled for November 6th.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Kovach announced that the fall newsletter is out. Council agreed that Ms. Seiler did a wonderful job as editor.

MRTSA:
Nothing to report

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Ms. Kovach plans to attend the November 6th meeting.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. O’Malley reported that SHACOG offices have moved to Scott Township.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
The agenda contained the 3rd Quarter 2014 Summary Statements.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Engineer’s Report:
Nothing to report

Earned Income Tax:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented two resolutions for the 2015 demolition of three properties. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 605 designating 903 Arch Avenue, 3465 McRoberts Road and 3190 McRoberts Road as blighted properties for demolition; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution 606 authorizing the filing of an application for funds with the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development in the amount of $58,650.00 under the Federal Housing and Community Development Act as amended; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick was pleased to announce that DCED approved the borough’s planning grant application for an urban walking trail in the downtown district.

Mr. Warhold and Mr. Hartswick attended a meeting in Mt. Lebanon with State Representative Dan Miller, Senator Matt Smith, representatives from Whitehall, Green Tree, Mt. Lebanon, the Allegheny League of Municipalities regarding a deer population control program in a regional context. Deer culling/hunting will not be approved in Castle Shannon; however a sterilization program in the future could be a possibility with funding coming from another source. Mr. Biondo will review a resolution for the borough to participate with neighboring communities in moving forward with a deer population control program with no funding commitments from the borough. Ms. O’Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the resolution upon review by the solicitor; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Warhold questioned if the borough has an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of wildlife. Mr. Biondo answered no.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept the resignation of Vince Smith from Borough Council; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Letters of interest will be sent to the borough manager by November 7th. Council must appoint within 30 days or the decision goes to a vacancy board.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten discussed the adoption of the existing traffic ordinance and advised that the posted section of Willow Avenue is a dangerous “S” bend that should not have vehicles parked on the street. It is a public safety issue for emergency vehicle access; however it is council’s decision if they decide to rescind this part of the ordinance.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed a meeting with Mike McCabe and Bill Linnert of Jordan Tax regarding delinquent real estate properties. Several groups are working with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to implement an inexpensive way to sheriff sale small parcels of unbuildable properties. Council plans to review the list of uncollectable properties totaling $165,000 that needs to be removed from the tax roll. If the parcels are donated to the borough, the taxes are forgiven.

Planning Commission:
The agenda contained the minutes of the September 15, 2014 meeting.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Ms. Brannon made several announcements. Keystone Oaks received the Safe Sports School Award which is award to secondary schools that provides safe environments for athletes.

Congratulations to Amber Palmer who was elected Homecoming Queen and Daniel Strickland who was elected Homecoming King.

Joe Santillo was accepted to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association honors board.

Sarah Welch has been appointed the new public relations liaison.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mayor Baumgarten organized the presentation to the third-grade students from the Myrtle Avenue Elementary School that visited the Municipal Center on October 22nd. The children especially enjoyed visiting the holding cells in the police department. The program went very well.


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