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October 10, 2011

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

A moment of silence was observed in memory of Councilman George Orr.

The minutes of the September 26, 2011 council meeting were presented. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Dzemal Kabaretovic, 3196 Home Avenue – addressed council regarding the repaving of Home Avenue in relation to his property and parking pad. He claims the contractor came into his property too far, and his parking pad is now part of the street. Also the curbing to his driveway is too high which is damaging his car. His car has been hit while parking on the parking pad area. Pictures were presented. After much discussion, council directed the borough manager to schedule a meeting with the resident, the contractor and the engineer as early as possible to address all concerns.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Total collection for September is $3,403.76. The borough’s assessment was lowered by $547,000. Outstanding collections are $141,588.69. The school district is appealing an assessment reduction for the Arby’s property of $10,000.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Until the vacant council seat is filled, Mr. Zezulewicz will fill in on Mr. Orr’s committees. Community Day planning will begin in November. Mr. Warhold volunteered to chair the Community Day Committee.

Mr. Smith motioned to pay the bill list; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley stated there was a meeting on Thursday, and the board is in the process of filling the open position. October 15th is Friends Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Friends of the Library collected $971.00 on the book sale last week.

Halloween Parade on October 23rd at 2 p.m. sponsored by Friends of the Library. Mayor Baumgarten plans to attend.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold stated there will be a meeting on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. with Greg Jones from Economic Development South looking for a partnership to move forward on grant money. Wednesday evening is the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation board meeting. Mr. Warhold deferred to Ms. Kovach for Fall Festival information.

Ms. Kovach stated the Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the area between Poplar and Pine. This is a good opportunity to bring people to the downtown area and to get businesses involved in the community. Vendors for the Fall Festival will include Jim Jenkin’s Nursery (flowers), Cub Scouts (face painting), Kimmies (food), Mike’s Pizza, Kabob G, Brewsters, and a farmer with a sheep shearing display. Mayor Baumgarten will M.C. the event. The pet parade route is planned around the Gracious Living parking lot. Flyers went home with all school students of Myrtle Avenue Elementary School and St. Anne School. The traffic pattern will be the same as the Fresh Market. The committee is working on getting the information out to residents.

Mr. Warhold reported that planning for the Veteran’s Day event is in progress. He expressed his thanks to council for their support for the first CSRC golf outing which was very successful. He also thanked the people who attended, the members of the business community involved, the tee sponsors and the people who provided donations.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver announced that October 29th is our third Drug Take Back Day at fire hall to collect prescription medication.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

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 will meet with Lou Gorski of SHACOG to discuss the deer issue.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
There is an area wide concern regarding getting the 1% EIT taxes to boroughs.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Hartswick that the Home Avenue issue be addressed quickly.

Mr. Hartswick presented two pieces of correspondence to council for their consideration:

1) On-going dispute between Highmark and UPMC. Although MEIT does not have affiliations with either group, they are concerned with their contract since many municipalities may not be able to fulfill their contractual obligations to provide affordable health care. Act 94 limits what the State can do between businesses with disputes, so we are asking for support that those two entities come back to the negotiation table and see if they can arrive at a decision in the best interest of their clients and tax payers. Contract ends July 2013 and State Insurance Commission can extend that another 3-6 months. Ms. O’Malley motioned to allow the appropriate officials to send a letter to our state legislator, seconded by Mr. Warhold; all in favor; motion carried.

2) Prevailing Wage Reform – PA State Association of Boroughs – the threshold of $25,000 is to be raised to at least $500,000. This increases their profit by 10% to 25%. Mr. Hartswick is requesting the support of these bills and asked council to act expeditiously. Ms. Kovach motioned to allow permission to send appropriate notification; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Medical Rescue Team South health care costs increased $180,000.00 or about 39%.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo advised that council needs to declare a council seat vacancy. Mr. Warhold motioned to declare the council seat previously held by Mr. Orr as vacant effective October 10, 2011, and council should take appropriate action to fill within 30 days for requirement purposes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Kovach asked Chief Truver to look into the Castle Shannon churches’ one way signs put out during Sunday services. Chief advised that the signs are not legally binding and the solicitor concurred. After much discussion, Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten will talk to both churches to request removal of signs.


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