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October 10, 2016

The following elected officials were present: M. Heckmann; T. Kirsch D. Swisher; N. Kovach; W. Oates; M. Randazzo; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Member M. Warhold was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; D. Biondo, Solicitor; N. Mastandrea, Junior Council Member. Police Chief K. Truver was absent.

The minutes of the September 26, 2016 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirsch motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Bill Gross, 3111 Home Avenue – questioned the status of parking issues on Home Avenue due to transit riders parking their vehicles on the residential street. Mayor Baumgarten stated that residents were advised to call the police department if they had parking problems, and no residents have called. Chief Truver has visited the area on several occasions, and there was parking available. The police department needs to observe, document and collect data before parking restrictions could be implemented. Mr. Gross added that more people are parking on their street since the fire department’s park-and-ride rate was raised to $5.00.

Mary Norcott, 3112 Home Avenue – agreed that the parking is a problem on Home Avenue with non-residents parking in front of her home.

Sherri Suppa, 3409 Lockridge Drive – discussed trees being cut down in Hamilton Park and the depressing site of the adjoining development. Mayor Baumgarten stated that public works has cut dead trees along the hillside to clean up the borough park property.

Ms. Suppa asked about sticks being placed in yards with pink plastic ribbon. Mr. Hartswick answered that the gas company is planning a gas line replacement project in the public right-of-ways, and recommended that homeowners contact Columbia Gas with questions.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Barry Cassidy, Main Street Manager and Keystone Communities Coordinator, presented Resolution #630 authorizing the filing of a proposal for funds in the amount of $50,000 with Department of Economic Development for façade improvements in the downtown Keystone Community target area. Mr. Cassidy thanked the residents attending for completing the sign in sheet. In 2015, the borough’s application for funding a façade program was denied; therefore the borough will resubmit the application this year. The funds will be used for building and structural improvements as outlined in the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation design guidelines.

The public hearing was opened. Ms. Kovach noted that a business/building owner would receive a 50% match up to $5,000. Mr. Oates asked if the project was limited to a certain area. Mr. Cassidy answered the building must be in the designated business district. The public hearing was closed.

Mr. Heckmann motioned to adopt Resolution #630; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported September collections of $6,991.05. Collections are at 95%, and delinquent tax letters will be mailed next month.

Ms. Torris noted that online payments for taxes are available. MuniciPAY will be implementing a $25 per month charge to the borough/school district when collections are under $8,000. Mr. Heckmann noted that the new charge is a nominal amount for the service to our residents, and added that the percent rate charged to taxpayers also increased from 2.45% to 2.65%. Mr. Biondo advised taxpayers must be notified of the increased fee of 2.65%. More information will be obtained on the MuniciPAY fee to the borough and whether the school district would agree to split the cost.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works:
Mr. Oates reported that public works assisted the library with fall decorations and landscaping requests, in addition to cutting dead trees at Hamilton Park.

Renovations were completed in the police locker room to accommodate the recently hired female officer.

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Kirsch reported that the municipal center flooring looks nice, and public works painted the concrete ramp on the municipal center lower level. Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Kovach noted that Officer James Fleckenstein will be promoted to acting sergeant effective November 4th.

Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for September 22nd, September 29th and October 7th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Randazzo stated that the library board sent a letter of support to strengthen the grant application for funding a K-9 officer.

The Love Your Library campaign through the Allegheny County Libraries Association (ACLA) closed September 30th with donations received of $2,522.26.

Enjoy books are on sale at the library for $30.00.

The Halloween Parade at the library is October 23rd at 2:00 p.m., and Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for December 10th. Marilyn Jenkins, President of ACLA, is hoping to provide grant applications by the end of the month to assist with the purchase of a backup generator for the library for emergencies. Ms. Randazzo noted that ACLA encompasses all Libraries in Allegheny County to be eligible for any grant funds and not just our local Castle Shannon Library.

Meetings continue to be held at local libraries for the member library agreement with ACLA.

Editorial Board:
Final corrections on the newsletter are being made.

Nothing to report.

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:
Nothing to report.

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

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Mastandrea stated that Keystone Oaks High School had their pep rally and homecoming dance last week. The Keystone Oaks High School Football Team is at 5 and 1.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #631 – a Slums and Blight Resolution designating the following properties for demolition: 3725 Middleboro Road, 4123 Steiger Street and 3473 McRoberts Road. Mr. Heckmann motioned to adopt Resolution #631; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick also presented Resolution #632 – A Concurring Resolution authorizing the filing of a CDBG grant application for $38,500 for demolition of the aforementioned properties. Ms. Randazzo motioned to adopt Resolution #632; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Kirsch motioned to adopt Resolution #633 – requesting a PA Small Water and Sewer Program grant of $160,000 for structural system and flow reduction repairs in the municipal sanitary system; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten reported that the police department continues to make many drug related arrests in the borough to address the severe epidemic of drug use. MRTSA answers numerous drug related and drug overdose calls. For example, MRTSA answered 16 overdose calls in one eight hour shift for their six participating communities.

There is a very serious heroin and cocaine problem throughout the state. One individual was apprehended with 33 bricks of cocaine. There are 50 bags in a brick that sell for $6.00 a bag.

Many lives have been saved with the use of Narcan, and schools are planning to have Narcan available to save student lives. Statistics report that eighty–four people a day die from an overdose of drugs.

The Castle Shannon Police Department will continue to be vigilant in helping victims of this drug epidemic, prosecuting drug dealers, and getting drugs off the street.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.


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