The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Member M. Cheberenchick and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; H. Lane, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor.
The minutes of the October 10, 2005 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.
Steve O'Farrell - Steel City Collision Inc., 951 Killarney Drive - provided council with information on the services provided by his towing company. Although Steel City Collision is not currently bonded, they provide towing services for Dormont Borough and the Municipality of Mt. Lebanon. Mr. Coffey reported visiting the facility. Mr. Coffey motioned to approve the use of Steel City Collision Inc. as a towing company for the borough on an alternate monthly rotation; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. O'Farrell stated that a copy of the insurance policy will be provided and bonding requirements will be finalized.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment section of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Mr. Hartswick presented the 2005-2006 Winter Road Material Bids through SHACOG. Ms. Kovach motioned to accept the bids; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz noted that because of storm damage from Hurricane Katrina many barges were damaged and the borough will experience difficulty in obtaining rock salt from Louisiana. Mr. Hartswick reported the borough currently has 100 tons on site, and the rock salt supply at the Clairton facility is low. Due to various circumstances, the borough has encountered salt delivery problems in the past. Mr. Zezulewicz stressed the importance of having additional salt storage included in the design for the Public Works garage renovation.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Nothing to report.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: - Nothing to report.
Finance: Mr. Hartswick reported the budget committee has had two initial meetings and a special budget meeting workshop will be scheduled for November 7th.
Library: Ms. O'Malley announced the Halloween parade is scheduled for October 30th at 2:00 p.m.
Planning and Codes:
Matt Greiner, Greicon Construction & Development Company - presented the revised May Street Townhomes plan. The Planning Commission has approved the revised plans. Mr. Warhold questioned if May Street would be widened. Mr. Ross answered the "hook" at the end would be straightened and widened; however the entire street will not be widened. Chief Lane suggested that Fire Chief Reffner should review and approve the plans for emergency vehicle accessibility. Chief Reffner was presented with the plans, and Mr. Ross will contact Chief Reffner for his input. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve three waivers and approve the Planning Commission's decision for conditional subdivision approval; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Kovach announced that Mr. Ross has been appointment president of the International Codes Council regional chapter for Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ross discussed progress on the MARSA/ENX site.
Public Safety: Chief Lane requested council approve the donation of an 18 month K-9 dog from another department. There will be no purchase price for the dog, and the District Attorney's office will pay the cost of training ($6,000). The dog is from Holland and is named Nitro. Officer Jeff Recker will be assigned as Nitro's handler. Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve the acquisition of the dog; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Chief Lane stated he and Mr. Biondo are working on a new towing agreement to address rising fuel costs, operating hours, and caps on towing and impound pricing.
Public Works: Mr. Coffey reported the Rovver sewer camera was jammed in a pipe. The Public Works Department was able to retrieve the camera with minimal damage.
Pierpoint sewer camera has been repaired and will be retained for emergency back-up use.
Editorial Board: Winter newsletter draft was received on Friday, October 21st.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
Municipal Associations:Council denied the request for a banquet advertisement. The general membership meeting is scheduled for December 1, 2005.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Ms. Kovach reported that SHACOG discussed the reduction of barges for rock salt delivery. Profitability in the barge industry has been reduced due to increased fuel costs and damages from natural disasters.
Police Pension: The agenda contained the 2005 third quarter summary.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick discussed the borough's interviews with HT Capital Markets and Arthur Lestranges for investment banking services for a bond issue to address the requirements of Administrative Consent Order from the Allegheny Department of Health. Council also needs to address the appointment for bond counsel.
Mr. Hartswick recommended appointing Chris Brewer of Reed, Thorpe & Armstrong as bond counsel. Mr. Carlucci made the motion; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Council discussed the investment banking service presentations by HT Capital Markets and Arthur Lestranges. Mr. Carlucci motioned to appoint HT Capital Markets for the investment banking services for the borough's bond issue; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. O'Malley motioned to donate $150.00 to the Castle Shannon Community Light-Up Night; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor: Mayor Baumgarten thanked council for awarding the K-9 dog to Officer Recker. It is important in today's world to have the dog available to search the schools for drugs. The school board adopted a policy to allow the dogs in the high school; however the middle school should also be included. The K-9 dog is also a good public relations tool. Mr. Zezulewicz added the borough was fortunate enough to have this opportunity to obtain another K-9 dog to keep the community and the officers safe.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks: The agenda contained the minutes of the legislative meeting. Ms. O'Malley reported that Dr. Urbanek stated a school board position vacancy for Castle Shannon exists for the November 8th election. An interested candidate may get on the ballot as a write-in candidate. If no candidate decides to run, the school board can appoint someone.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other: Mr. Carlucci questioned if Mr. Fornear will demolish his property. Mr. Ross stated Mr. Fornear has two weeks to begin demolition or list the property with a real estate agent for sale.
Ms. O'Malley asked for an update on the paver stone for the Dormont stadium. Mr. Zezulewicz and Mr. Hartswick answered that the borough needs pricing on the project.