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September 13, 2010

The following elected officials were present: Council President R. Zezulewicz; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; and K. Truver, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official.

The minutes of the August 9, 2010 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes with corrections; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Patricia Shaw, 528 Glen Shannon Drive - requested an update on the Baldwin Township/Castle Shannon watershed discussions. Mr. Orr answered that he presented a right-to-know request for Baldwin Township's storm water management plan. The request was denied based on the statement that Baldwin Township did not have this information. Mr. Orr appealed this answer, and a state official will be handling the case. The borough engineers reported that multiple factors contribute to the flooding issue on Glen Shannon and Killarney Drive, and several solutions were presented to attempt to lessen some of the water runoff. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that one main issue is that when Saw Mill Run Creek backs up, the storm water cannot drain into the creek. There is no short term solution or one single solution. Mr. Hartswick reported that a joint meeting with the borough managers and engineers will be scheduled in the near future. Mr. Orr added that a resident from Killarney Drive has contacted the DEP.

Ms. Shaw inquired about the Three Rivers Wet Weather organization that assists communities with storm water problems. The borough has been involved in this organization for several years. Mr. Zezulewicz discussed the Federal Clean Water Act and Administrative Consent Order that requires municipalities to negate storm water from sanitary sewers.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented bids for the 2010 storm sewer improvements to relocate a borough storm sewer pipe on Castle View Drive. Mr. Smith motioned to accept the lowest bid from D'Andrea Plumbing & Construction Inc. for $38,300; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 874 electing to withdraw the Castle Shannon Borough Municipal Employee pension plan from the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System. Mr. Zezulewicz noted that this plan change does not cost the borough anything. The plan is funded by employee payroll deductions. The agenda contained a listing of enhanced benefits with Trollinger Consulting Group. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing on Ordinance 874. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Mr. Warhold questioned if several pension firms were reviewed; Mr. Hartswick answered yes. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Ordinance 874 at its first reading; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported August collections of $9,594.15 with a remaining balance of $134,368.09. A local businessman owes $40,000. We are at a 94% collection rate.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Smith reported that the Castle Shannon Youth Association refinished the field at Hamilton Park. A cross country team utilized the field and ruined the clay. The borough will look into having the field repaired.

Mr. Zezulewicz requested that the borough manager obtain pricing for resurfacing/sealing the municipal center parking lots and walking trail. Ms. Kovach suggested contacting the borough engineer to review the parking lot design.

Mr. Smith reported the batting cage at Hamilton Park needs repaired. Pricing for this cage and fencing for the one-half basketball court will be obtained and reviewed.

Mr. Cheberenchick asked to be removed from the finance committee. Mr. Zezulewicz requested this action in writing.

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that an individual looked into the Moses Building to open a real estate office. A meeting with the planning commission is scheduled for Monday.

A landscaper is interested in opening a business on the MARSA/ENX development.

Delta Development will be meeting with the revitalization committee in October to review ideas for the downtown area.

The Fresh Market is officially closed for this season.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that Genesis picked up their sign permits for the billboards.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that Ladds Sterling is doing a great job and is distributing red warnings notices for minor code violations. Mr. Warhold suggested extending Mr. Sterling's employment until the end of October. Council agreed.

Ms. Kovach noted visible holes in the former Sun Rays building on Route 88. Mr. Vietmeier will review the property.

Mr. Orr noted several unenclosed dumpsters on local businesses. Mr. Vietmeier is working on dumpster and signage ordinance compliance.

Ms. Kovach discussed the home occupancy inspections that Mr. Vietmeier conducts to bring residences up to code to insure resident's safety.

Public Safety:
Ms. O'Malley reported that Officer John Kiefer was sworn in by Mayor Baumgarten on August 30, 2010. He will be participating in an organized Field Training Program over the next three months.

The K9 Nitro suffered a groin injury and will be off duty recuperating for 4-6 weeks.

The Police Department and Fire Department are sponsoring the "Take Back" initiative for Castle Shannon on Saturday, September 25th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire department. Old, unused and expired over the counter and prescription medications will be collected as part of the DEA program.

A DUI checkpoint on Library Road on September 10th resulted in seven DUI arrests, four citations for suspended licenses, one arrest for possession of marijuana, and one driver was unlicensed. Several citations were issued for equipment violations.

Public Works:
Ms. Kovach reported that a public works driver, Fred Hart, has resigned. Mr. Orr motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to extend an offer of employment to a candidate chosen by council; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz announced that October 15th is the deadline for newsletter articles.

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:
Ms. O'Malley reported the next meeting will be Thursday, September 16th.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the 2009 Financial Statements.

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Hartswick will arrange a meeting with Michelle Yanda regarding an appointment for the 2010-2011 term.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution No. 556 - opposing the closing of Myrtle School. Mr. Smith motioned to adopt Resolution 556; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley motioned to accept the tax appeal stipulation for 3912 Library Road regarding an appeal by the Keystone Oaks School District; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the borough solicitor to prepare an ordinance regarding regulating the placement of waste dumpsters within the borough; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed the borough's participation in the Connect program that includes thirty-six communities around Allegheny County. There are seventeen medical rescue teams that are seeking funding for emergency services.

Several communities are purchasing LED lights for street lights and realizing potential savings.

Mayor Baumgarten invited council to attend the 23rd Quarterly Allegheny County Mayor's Association dinner on Thursday, September 23rd. Congressman Tim Murphy will be speaking on the new national health care plan. An FBI representative will also attend to discuss scamming and fraud against senior citizens.

Planning Commission Report:
Barson Development attended the August planning commission meeting to request a building permit for a shed/garage behind the Methodist Church on Myrtle Avenue. The property is zoned appropriately; however there is no driveway to the property. The planning commission approved the permit subject to the owner's ability to have a way to get to the property. More information will be available for the next meeting.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
The agenda contained the minutes of the August 19, 2010 meeting.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Orr discussed curb-to-curb paving for street openings and noted some utility companies are not complying with this ordinance. Mr. Orr asked for a stricter limitation on the time frame for companies to comply and stricter penalties for non-compliance. Mr. Biondo will review the existing ordinance.

Mr. Cheberenchick reported that a dead tree fell on a moving car on Route 88 by Kerr's Auto Body. Fortunately, there were no injuries. The 20 foot wide ribbon of property belongs to the Pittsburgh Terminal Corporation, aka the estate of Monroe Guttman. A trustee of the estate will meet with Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Truver tomorrow to discuss the property.


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