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October 13, 2008

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Members R. Carlucci and P. Coffey were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official.

The minutes of the September 22, 2008 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Jim Pacconi, 3381 Hiwood Drive - presented an invoice for his sister's vehicle damage on Arch Street during road construction. Although the invoice was previously submitted to the borough engineers and Victor Paving on July 28th, the payment remains unresolved. Mr. Hartswick assured Mr. Pacconi that final payment has not been submitted to Victor Paving, and he will investigate the incident with the borough engineers.

District Justice David Barton- attended and presented council with a copy of the 2005 and 2006 Audit from the auditor general's office. Judge Barton was pleased to announce the report contained no findings. The court tries to accommodate police officers' schedules by coordinating scheduling with Chief Lane. Mr. Zezulewicz thanked Judge Barton for his fairness to borough citizens and support of the community.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented a summary of the Solid Waste Disposal Bids conducted by the South Hills Area Council of Government. Mr. Cheberenchick questioned if recycling was paid by tonnage or frequency of collection. Mr. Hartswick answered the borough is charged by tonnage. Ms. Kovach commented that the price per ton has increased 44%. Ms. Kovach motioned to award the five year Solid Waste Disposal Contract to Allied Waste; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick questioned if council wished to proceed with advertising two pending ordinances regarding parking in the borough. Council agreed to proceed.

Ms. Kovach asked about installation of a ten minute parking spot on Willow Avenue for borough businesses. Mr. Biondo advised that an ordinance must be advertised to amend the traffic ordinance. Chief Lane will provide Mr. Biondo with the perimeters.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported September collections of $117,483.33. Revised balance after assessment changes is $109,951.79. Collections are up $85,000 from 2007.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold discussed a proposal for remodeling borough administration offices to install security measures from Gumina Remodeling in the amount of $3,600.00 each for administration and codes. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept the proposal; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the August treasurer's report; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley announced the Friends of the Library are having a flea market on October 18th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ms. O'Malley invited borough council to participate in the Halloween parade on October 26th at 2:00 p.m.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier has witnessed and is pursuing removal of many unregistered, unlicensed vehicles in the borough and many structural deficiencies.

Mr. Vietmeier reported via memorandum to council that residents can burn clean, dry wood in open fire pits pursuant to Allegheny County's guidelines.

A comic book store will be relocated to Lebanon Shops. Piacquadio's Inc. is opening a restaurant in the former Saucy Noodle location. E'vol Memoirs, a wedding planner and floral designer will be opening on Willow Avenue. A buyer has expressed interest in the Paradise Café location.

Ms. Kovach noted that eight thirty foot dumpsters were used to clear the inside of 918 Park Avenue.

Mr. Cheberenchick requested that the code violation list be submitted quarterly. Council agreed to have the report condensed to only open items with the report submitted for council meetings.

Public Safety:
Chief Lane announced that Sergeant Joe Caruso will be awarded an Amen Corner life saving award on October 22nd.

Approximately $3,000 has been received from local businesses for a K-9 fund drive.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
The editorial board has reviewed and approved the articles for the winter newsletter.

Mr. Warhold reported that a meeting is scheduled for October 15th with Quick Med, the billing and collecting company.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
The District III ACBA elections will be held October 28th.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the September distribution analysis.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented a donation request from the Castle Shannon Annual Light-Up Night Committee. Ms. O'Malley motioned to donate $150.00; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Welcome to Castle Shannon signs will be reviewed to determine sizes and costs for various locations.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed the Amen Corner award and the incident where Sergeant Caruso saved the life of a female resident on January 6, 2008. This is the fourth year in a row that a Castle Shannon police officer received an award from Amen Corner. Mayor Baumgarten read a letter of commendation from Chief Lane to Sergeant Caruso. Council agreed to pay for Mrs. Caruso's ticket to the Amen Corner luncheon.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo discussed the difference between commercial and non-commercial door-to-door solicitation. Examples of non-commercial solicitation would be for religious, political and fund-raising efforts. The courts are very unwilling to sanction restrictions on this type of solicitation, and the borough cannot require a permit. The borough can set limits on reasonable times for soliciting and require door hangers or fasteners for literature to prevent littering. The borough can require a permit for commercial solicitation. The borough cannot decline a commercial soliciting permit or ban commercial soliciting. The borough can place a charge on the permit for commercial soliciting. Council agreed that $20.00 is a reasonable fee for permits and this amount is listed in the borough ordinance. No soliciting stickers are available in borough administration to prevent unwanted soliciting.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.


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