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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
January 23, 2017

The following elected officials were present: M. Heckmann; T. Kirsch; W. Oates; M. Randazzo; D. Swisher; D. Baumgarten. Council Members N. Kovach and M. Warhold 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 N. Mastandrea was absent.


Ms. Randazzo congratulated Sergeant Joseph Caruso for 36 years of service with the Castle Shannon Borough Police Department. Mayor Baumgarten read a proclamation highlighting Sgt. Carusoís various positions in the department such as Shift Supervisor, Investigations Supervisor, Narcotics Unit Supervisor, Evidence Custodian, Field Training Officer and Computer Systems Custodian. Mayor Baumgarten called upon all citizens of Castle Shannon to join in commemorating Sgt. Caruso, who by his faithful and loyal devotion to his responsibility, has rendered a dedicated service to this community, and established for himself an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.

Chief Ken Truver presented Sgt. Caruso with his retirement credentials. Council congratulated Sgt. Caruso and thanked him for his many years of service.

Ms. Randazzo officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none; the public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings: Nothing to report.

Public Hearings: Maurice Strul of Allegheny County Economic Development on behalf of the Redevelopment Authority presented information to council regarding the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for Shannon Transit Village. In 2013, the TIF was approved by all three taxing bodies (Allegheny County, Keystone Oaks School District and Castle Shannon Borough). The TIF is necessary for funding to pay for the public infrastructure, specifically the parking deck. Mr. Strul stated that the project has been restructured to be slightly larger than originally planned with a stand-alone structure, 152 apartments and three stories for parking. The newly designed parking will increase by 56 spaces with a portion dedicated to apartments and retail. When completed, the park-and-ride will provide paid parking facilities for transit riders.

Ms. Randazzo opened the public hearing on Resolution 635 to amend the start date for the Shannon Transit Village TIF District to May 1, 2017. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Mr. Swisher motioned to adopt Resolution 635; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Randazzo opened the public hearing for a conditional use hearing for a doggie grooming service at 4136 Library Road in Stoner Center. Mary Stoner addressed council and stated she has been providing dog grooming services out of Bethel Park since 2001, and she is looking forward to opening an establishment in Castle Shannon. Mr. Kirsch motioned to approve the conditional use; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Mr. Oates motioned to exonerate the tax collector for the 2016 taxes in the amount of $77,180.27 and transfer the taxes to Jordan Tax Service for delinquent collection; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann stated that borough got a nice shout out for Mindful Brewing for their grand opening, which has been widely successful.

Public Works:
Mr. Oates motioned to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Castle Shannon Borough and the Keystone+Mountain+Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters beginning January 1, 2017. Mr. Kirsch seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Kirsch reported that the Community Day Committee held their initial meeting last week to begin preparations for 2017. Ideas were proposed for childrenís rides with donations for the fire department. The next meeting will be February 22nd. Public Safety/Fire:
The agenda contained the December reports.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for January 13th and January 20th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
The agenda contained the violations report.

Library:
The Buncher Foundation donated $5,000 to each of the forty-five Allegheny County libraries. Our library used the funds to purchase a new outdoor drop box and some computer items.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
Mr. Swisher will be attending the board meeting this Wednesday as our new board member.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Mr. Kirsch noted that SHACOG had to reject the demolition bids for May Street and Poplar Avenue. The project will be re-bid for Poplar Avenue.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented an invoice for $634.00 for CONNECT 2017 membership dues. Mr. Heckmann motioned to continue the membership; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering service order authorization for Stormwater Management Rate Fee Analysis and Report was presented to council.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten stated that the opening of Mindful Brewing created traffic problems from patrons parking on Shady Run. Temporary no parking signs have been installed.

In reference to the funding for the Shannon Transit Village, it should be noted that $12 million of public monies was secured through Governor Rendellís personal meeting with Mayor Baumgarten and Manager Tom Hartswick.

Planning Commission:
The agenda contained the minutes of the October 27, 2016 meeting.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
The Zoning Hearing Board held a hearing on a variance request from Walls, Floors and More.

Other:
Mr. Swisher noted that the Shannon Transit Village will have more parking spaces than planned in the original design.




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