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September 28, 2009

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Tax Collector S. Torris was absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief and P. Vietmeier, Codes Official.

The minutes of the September 14, 2009 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz advised the audience that council has been advised of the bicycle situation at Myrtle Parklet regarding "No Bicycles" signs. The signs will be removed, and children may ride their bicycles in the park; however no ramps or digging will be permitted.

Robin Wytiaz, 911 Chestnut Street - asked if public works was advised. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that council made their decision tonight, and public works would be advised tomorrow.

James Rockacy, 901 Laurel Street - stated that the parents appreciate the new equipment at the park, and stressed that the children have not damaged any park equipment. Mr. Warhold advised that the bicycle ramps are a liability issue; however council encourages residents and children to use the park. Mr. Zezulewicz added that borough personnel were following Resolution 349 enacted in 1992 that states bicycles may be ridden on paths only.

Brian Dougherty, 3700 Linden - stated in reference to the new park equipment that it is a pleasure to see residents' tax dollars used in a way that the people can enjoy.

Trista Rockacy, 901 Laurel Street - had concerns about the process of the signs being posted. Mr. Warhold stated that the children's safety is of utmost importance. Ms. Rockacy agreed.

Dana Cain, 3670 Myrtle Avenue - described speeding around the park on Union Street and requested speed limit signage. Ms. Cain added that a stop sign is missing at Spruce and Myrtle. Ms. Kovach suggested various signage for the park area. A discussion continued on speeding, Myrtle Avenue as a cut through street, speed bumps and stop signs. Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Truver will work to improve speed control and recommend signage options.

Keith Wytiaz, 911 Chestnut Street - asked if the bicycle ramps could be used on the street. Mr. Zezulewicz advised that bicycle ramps are not permitted on the streets.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

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:
Mr. Warhold reported that thirty-five banners have been ordered for the Shannon Hero's program. A target of fifty banners has been projected.

Nothing to report.

Ms. O'Malley announced a Vendor Fair on November 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The library is initiating additional fund raisers to increase revenues since the RAD funding has been cut.

The library's Halloween Parade is scheduled for Sunday, October 25th at 2:00 p.m.

Friends of the Library are having a Flea Market on October 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The proceeds will be used for the library's children's programs.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier reported that Genesis Outdoor Inc. has applied to the Zoning Hearing Board for a variance to install a billboard on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard. The hearing is set for October 13th.

A pet store is opening in Shannon Shops, and a pizza shop will be opening by Supercuts on October 1st.

Public Safety:
Mr. Carlucci welcomed Chief Kenneth Truver to Castle Shannon.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz referenced an e-mail in council mail which lists the deadline for articles as October 2nd.

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:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented two proposals for a zoning ordinance audit - EPD for $4,912.00 and Pashek & Associates for $4,500. The borough engineers have worked with EPD on prior projects and recommends the borough select EPD. Mr. Biondo advised that bids for professional services under $5,000 do not require the borough to select the lowest bidder. Mr. Carlucci motioned to award the zoning ordinance audit to EPD for $4,912; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 548, amending Resolution 540 regarding a liquor license transfer request for Mendoza Express. Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution 548, Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten commended Mr. Zezulewicz for his professional and diplomatic handling of concerned residents regarding the Myrtle Avenue bicycle signs.

Planning Commission Report:
The agenda contained the planning commission minutes of September 21, 2009.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Ms. Munson attended the Keystone Oaks board meeting on September 17th. The options from Kimball Architecture were discussed for consolidating the elementary schools. No concrete plans have been decided at this time. A decision will be made in the next eighteen months. Mr. Warhold also attended the meeting. Some of the consolidation options were 1) closing either Aiken or Myrtle and dividing the students between Dormont and the remaining school, or 2) rearranging the schools by class ages, i.e. kindergarten and first grade would attend Aiken, second and third grade would attend Mytle, and fourth and fifth grades to Dormont or 3) close all three schools and rebuild. Mr. Warhold expressed his concern and displeasure with all options presented.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. O'Malley discussed the library's need to replace the air conditioning system. Ms. Kovach questioned the speed control issue on Canal Street from borough council's prior meeting. Chief Truver admitted that Canal Street does have a lot of traffic, and the police department has provided heavy traffic control and installed the speed monitor. Chief Truver will make recommendations for signage for the next council meeting.


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