The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief; D. Ross, Building Official.
The minutes of the September 25, 2006 council meeting were presented. Mr. Coffey motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting.
Kirk & Jessica Wilson - recently purchased the residence at 3119 Home Avenue and came to witness the meeting. The Wilson's chose Castle Shannon since it is close to their family, their work, and Pittsburgh. Council welcomed the couple to the community.
Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported September collections of $8,466.01, leaving an adjusted balance due of $106,139.60, which is a 95% collection rate. Last year the balance due as of the end of September was $128,002.00 and a 94% collection rate, however this year's taxes are $170,000 higher, therefore more tax revenue has been collected this year.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold suggested scheduling a meeting in November for the Memorial Day Committee.
Finance: Nothing to report.
Ms. O'Malley announced the Friends of the Library flea market will be held on October 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The library board will be holding budget preparation meetings starting Wednesday. Advertising for the library director's position will take place in the near future. Ms. New's resignation is effective October 16th.
Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the annual donation of $150.00 to the library for the Halloween party; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Planning and Codes:
First Commonwealth Bank has been advised that their building in located in Castle Shannon, not Mt. Lebanon.
Council discussed safety concerns at the demolition site on Route 88 and Sixth Street.
Ms. Kovach suggested the placement of a stop sign on Myrtle Avenue at Park on the school side of the street. Chief Lane stated a traffic study would be required.
Mr. Hartswick requested council approve the purchase of a Lesco fifty (50) gallon mobile spray package for $2,457.94 for spraying weed killer. Mr. Coffey questioned the reel footage; Mr. Hartswick answered three hundred feet. Mr. Coffey motioned to approve the purchase; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Hartswick added that Mr. Ausman will obtain his pesticide license and certification. Council advised that two employees should be certified.
Mr. Coffey requested the public works department cut the weeds at the curbing on Sixth Street and Route 88. Council agreed.
The draft newsletter should be ready in one week.
Mayor Baumgarten reported that seven ambulances will be purchased in 2007. Financing will be in place next July.
Mayor Baumgarten stated MRTSA's subscription drive has started for 2007. An article will be placed in the borough's newsletter.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Mr. Carlucci motioned to appoint Nancy Kovach as delegate and Mr. Cheberenchick as alternate to the Allegheny County Boroughs Association.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. Torris requested permission to share the borough's tax office with SHACOG in the event of a major disaster that would shut down the SHACOG offices. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the request; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 518 to authorize a reduction of the police pension participant contribution rate to 3.5% for 2007. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Resolution 518 at its first reading; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Nothing to report.
Mayor: Nothing to report.
Planning Commission Report:
Mr. Hartswick stated the comprehensive plan is being prepared for presentation to the planning commission in November.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Mr. Cheberenchick commended Mr. Hartswick for presenting a proposed 2007 budget with no tax increases.
Mr. Warhold expressed his disappointment that the Grove Road Bridge rehabilitation project was not included on the 2007 Transportation Improvement Program. With Penndot reconfiguring the intersection of Grove Road and Route 88 in 2008, it makes no sense to delay the bridge repairs. Mr. Warhold reported the House Speaker Prezel, State Representative Michael Diven, State Senator Fontana and Congressman Tim Murphy all support the project. Mr. Hartswick stated the TIP is a funding source different from Governor Rendell's 2006-2007 Executive Summary Capital Budget, which has the project included. Mayor Baumgarten discussed the strategies used to fund projects at the state level.