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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
October 24, 2016

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


The minutes of the October 10, 2016 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Kirsch seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Bill Gross, 3111 Home Avenue – questioned if any resolution concerning parking issues on Home Ave. has been made since the last meeting he attended on October 10th. He reiterated the problems with non-residents parking on their street and walking to the t-stop; and as a result residents do not have available spaces in front of their homes.

Mr. Gross explained his wife did call the Police Department to report an occurrence and an officer took a report. Chief Truver will look into the matter and will have Public Works post signs on the street to discourage any non-resident from parking there. Chief Truver advised the Police Department can also run the license plates to see who the offenders are.

RaeAnne Lindsey, 3114 Home Avenue – talked about the lack of parking in front of their residence on Home. With a lot of elderly living there, it is an inconvenience, especially when they are getting transported via ambulance or access. Ms. Lindsey suggested a few ideas to alleviate the parking problems which council will consider.

Chief Truver will take whatever action deemed necessary that council recommends to rectify the Home Avenue parking situation.

Ms. Lindsey also questioned what happened to a 2015 petition signed by residents of Home Avenue last year concerning the parking problems. Chief Truver will check last year’s minutes for the signed petition.

Stacy Orr, 791 Killarney Drive – expressed an interest in purchasing the home at 3415 Poplar Avenue which is slated for demolition. Ms. Orr is willing to bring the blighted property up to code, if she can find the owner and work out a deal with him. Ms. Orr stated she would buy it from a Sheriff Sale if the owner could not be contacted.

Council emphasized that the property, having being vacated for a number of years, may not be worth investing money and time into. Jordan Tax Service would also have to be contacted for any back taxes owed. Mr. Biondo stated if she intends to do this, it would have to happen sooner than later.

Nick Fortunato, 3530 Poplar Avenue – stated the curbing in front of his house is disintegrating and would like the borough to fix the problem. Mr. Fortunato invested money in a new sidewalk a few years ago and eventually the lack of curbing will cause the sidewalk to crack. Pictures of the affected area were distributed to members of council. Mr. Hartswick will have Public Works look into the matter.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the 2016/2017 winter road bid tabulation materials through SHACOG. Mr. Oates motioned to accept the bid as presented by SHACOG for winter road materials; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented a single bid for the demolition of 3415 Poplar Avenue and 3112 May Street from Liokareas Construction Co. through SHACOG and requested that Council reject the bid in the amount of $127,680.00. Mr. Kirsch motioned to decline the bid; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick stated the property at 3112 May Street has since been sold; therefore the re-bid through SHACOG would be for 3415 Poplar Avenue only. Mr. Kirsch motioned to re-bid the demolition of the 3415 Poplar Avenue property; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann announced that pictures from the Library Halloween Parade will be posted on the CSRC’s website. If anyone wishes to submit pictures, please send them to the library to share.

Public Works:
Mr. Oates noted seventeen applications were received for the entry level position for the two employment openings for the Public Works Department. Four of the candidates who are Castle Shannon residents were interviewed, and council chose Mr. Ryan Fawcett. He will start on Monday October 31st, and Mr. Patrick Brannon will begin at a later date pending his acceptance.

Mr. Heckmann motioned to extend an offer of employment to Ryan Fawcett; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

A retirement luncheon will be held for Ray Eichel at 11:30 a.m. on October 31st at the Municipal Center to commemorate his nineteen years of service to the borough.

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report. Public Safety/Fire:
Nothing to report.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check register for the week of October 21st.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier confirmed that a new men’s clothing store (Enso Nico) will be opening up at 250 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard where the former Model Cleaners was located. The proprietor is Larry Altman, whose clothing store use to be located in South Hill Village.

Mr. Vietmeier also stated Planet Fitness and Shannon Optical are two other new businesses that will be opening at 300 Mt. Lebanon Blvd.

The blighted property at 911 Bockstoce was presented before the Planning Commission and will be demolished and rebuilt higher up on Bockstoce Road conforming to all borough codes.

Ms. Kovach announced the annual Veteran’s Day Services will be held behind Ice Castle at the parklet on November 11th at 11:00 am. Mr. Heckmann will post it on the CSRC’s website.

Library:
Ms. Randazzo commented the Library Halloween Parade on Oct. 23rd was well attended and the weather was perfect.

Ms. Randazzo reminded everyone the Breakfast with Santa will be held at the library on Saturday December 10th at 11:00 a.m. with tickets going on sale November 1st

The next Library Board meeting will be held on November 3rd.

Editorial Board:
Fall newsletters are labeled and will be taken to the North Side Post Office October 25th for bulk mailing.

MRTSA:
Subscription renewal notices for 2017 will be mailed out shortly.

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 commended the Keystone Oaks Band for their performance at the Library Halloween Parade.

He also stated students involved with a program called SADD (Students against Drunk Driving) have put together a presentation to express the importance of buckling up in your car.

Keystone Oaks Football team has won their division in the WPIAL and are in the playoffs.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

MS4
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax -
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report:
Mr. Baumgarten thanked the Police Department for their help with the Castle Shannon Library Halloween Parade.

Planning Commission:
Mr. Swisher motioned to approve the minutes of the Planning Commission Meeting for August 15th and September 19th; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Nothing to report.




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