The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; T. Kirk, J. O'Malley; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Member N. Kovach was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief.
The minutes of the September 22, 2003 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.
James Robertson, 1507 Blossom Hill Road - reported a continuing noise disturbance when a neighbor at 1510 Blossom Hill Road plays drums with an open garage door. Chief Lane advised Mr. Robertson to call the police department when this occurs to have the resident cited for disorderly conduct when witnessed by a police officer. Mr. Robertson can also file a complaint with the magistrate as a witness to the disorderly conduct. A short discussion continued of the use of a decibel meter. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested the patrol officers be advised of the situation.
Ruth Edwards, 1502 Blossom Hill Road - thanked the police department and codes officer for responding to calls regarding loud music playing at a neighbor's home. Ms. Edwards added that the drumming at 1510 Blossom Hill is very loud and can be heard five houses down.
Joseph Merante, 1510 Blossom Hill Road - requested information regarding the ordinance that prohibits playing loud music and reported his son plays after 12:00 noon and before 6:00 p.m. at 45 minute increments. Mr. Merante discussed a personal neighbor dispute that precipitated the complaints against his son. Chief Lane reported if noise becomes prolonged or disturbs the neighbors, the police officer will first request the garage door be closed and then issue a disorderly conduct citation if the garage door remains open. The neighbors will have to testify at a magisterial hearing. Mr. Merante added his son has been playing all summer at the same sound level without a complaint. Mr. Merante stated he would like to work within the law and would welcome the opportunity to resolve the issue at the magistrate's level. Mr. Merante stated he would not close the garage door, nor reduce the volume.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Mr. Hartswick presented the SHACOG Purchasing Alliance 2003/2004 Fall Commodities bid tabulation. Mr. Kirk motioned to accept the bid tabulation; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Mr. Hartswick presented the tax collection report for September. The revised assessed value is $301,337,998. Balance to be collected is $74,350.50.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Nothing to report.
Finance: Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the September Treasurer's Report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: Ms. O'Malley announced the annual Halloween Parade is scheduled for October 26th.
Planning and Codes: - Mr. Ross presented an offer from the Department of Transportation for purchase of a right-of-way for $500.00 to run an aerial easement beside the pet hospital on Route 88. Mr. Coffey motioned to accept the offer at REMIS Project 110049; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz questioned when the repaving and milling will be done on Route 88. Mr. Ross answered next week PennDot will mill and pave Route 88 from McNeilly Road to Grove Road. Chief Lane added this is an overlay project only and no traffic problems are expected.
Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci presented the Fines & Fees Report: District Court Fines-$2,551.81; Parking Citations-$470.00; Report Fees-$210.00; Meter Fines-$170.00; Alarm Fines Received-$200.00; Alarms Billed-$700.00. Police calls - 353
Chief Lane stated the Civil Service Commission is in favor of police candidate joint testing through SHACOG. The physical agility course will be changed to conform to state police standards. The borough will retain the Act 120 qualification requirement for future hires.
Chief Lane reported that future repairs are needed on the Sleepy Hollow construction due to visibility problems.
Public Works: Nothing to report.
Editorial Board: Mr. Zezulewicz will schedule a conference call with the editorial board.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Mr. Kirk announced that bridge repairs are needed on Poplar Avenue. Mr. Zezulewicz noted that it is a state bridge. Mr. Hartswick will investigate the possibility of state repairs.
Mr. Kirk announced the fire department will be making photo identification cards for school guards on Thursday evening. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested council and employees have identification cards also.
Police Pension: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: September distribution analysis: EIT - $28,960.14; OPT - $381.55.
Engineer Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick presented a donation request for an ad from the Keystone Oaks Boy's Basketball Boosters. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve a ½ page ad; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor's Report: Nothing to report.
Planning Commission: Nothing to report.
Solicitor: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other Business: Mr. Coffey questioned the status of the solid waste bid. Mr. Hartswick answered that council will be presented with recycling options for action at the next council meeting.
Mr. Kirk reported a leaning pole on Willow Avenue in the middle of the sidewalk. Chief Lane stated the pole is supporting an electric pole.