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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
October 25, 2004

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


The minutes of the October 11, 2004 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Marv Levin, 861 Corbett Drive - questioned the status of the change signal signs for Willow Avenue. Chief Lane answered the signs were received today. Mr. Levin discussed areas where trees obscure signs.

Patty Stangl, 1003 Connor Road - asked if the borough had a written contract with the county to dispatch 911 services. Chief Lane answered a contract will be received within the next few weeks. Chief Lane added that verbal confirmation from the county was received two to three weeks ago. Ms. Stangl asked the cost of services. Mr. Zezulewicz answered that there is no cost to the community; the cost is paid for through the 911 service on residential telephones. Ms. Stangl questioned changes to the radio system. Chief Lane answered the borough will be on with southwest and the area was tested. Additional frequencies may be added. Ms. Stangl questioned if the borough would remain with MRTSA. Mayor Baumgarten answered that MRTSA will be joining the county's services on January 1st as well. Ms. Stangl voiced concerns regarding dispatching delays since her telephone exchange is Bethel Park and questioned how Castle Shannon police officers will receive back up. Chief Lane answered the county has been advised of the police mutual aid program and an additional radio will be purchased for police vehicles to monitor Mt. Lebanon. Training programs will be scheduled for procedure to notify Mt. Lebanon if Castle Shannon requires backup. Ms. Stangl asked if the Castle Shannon Fire Department would still have radio contact with the police, since the fire department has remained with South Hills Radio Dispatch Center. Chief Lane answered that communications can continue through the public works radio channel. Mr. Zezulewicz assured residents that council would never make a move that would jeopardize any citizens, and the borough is working towards a smooth transition.

Kelly Derbish, 783 Killarney Drive - thanked the borough for installation of the storm sewer pipe and questioned what additional steps are being taken to prevent sewer backup on her property. Mr. Hartswick replied that the county assessment office was contacted and forms for assessment reduction were mailed to Killarney Drive residents with flooding concerns. Borough engineer and officials conducted a visual inspection of a drain on the Bradshaw property. Baldwin and Castle Shannon will maintain the catch basin. Stones will be placed to slow water from Armstrong Park. Baldwin and Castle Shannon engineers will coordinate a joint project. Baldwin Township has purchased additional catch basins that Castle Shannon will assist in the installation. Castle Shannon catch basins have been cleared.

George Orr, 791 Killarney Drive - reported the diffusers on Kerry Hill have not been installed. D. Ross will contact the property owners. Mr. Orr questioned storm pipe installation on his property. Mr. Zezulewicz replied the installation of the storm pipe is being reviewed and pricing obtained. Mr. Orr questioned status of the sewers behind Killarney. Mr. Hartswick answered some properties have severe root infiltration in the residential laterals.

Pam Kupfer, 788 Killarney Drive - discussed a flooding problem in her game room. The flooding is causing deterioration on the back hill of her property from storm water on Riehl Drive. Mr. DeLallo has conducted a visual examination of the area and will discuss with Mr. Ross. Installation of a catch basin was suggested. Ms. Kupfer added the hillside is being used for a dumping ground. Mr. Ross inspected two neighboring homes for flooding issues. Mr. Biondo stated this is not a borough issue unless the borough is diverting the water. Mr. Biondo added that unless a violation of a code provision exists, there is no basis for a civil suit against other homeowners. Borough officials will inspect the property to determine options.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public portion of the meeting.

Bid Openings: - Nothing to report.

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: - Mr. Hartswick presented a change order for the repair of a retaining wall for the Hamilton Park Phase II project. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the change order; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Finance: - Nothing to report.

Library: - Ms. O'Malley announced the Halloween Parade is scheduled for October 31st at 2:00 p.m.

Planning and Codes: - Nothing to report.

Public Safety: - Nothing to report.

Public Works: - Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 841-A - prohibiting the contribution of storm and ground water into the borough's sanitary sewer system, requiring the inspection of sewer laterals prior to the sale of property within the borough and the repair of defective sewer laterals and setting penalties for failure to comply with the procedures set forth in the ordinance. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing for Ordinance 841-A. Mr. Cheberenchick questioned the penalty for residents that reattach drains into the sanitary system after the dye tests. Mr. Ross answered the occupancy permit would be revoked and a case prepared for the magistrate. Mr. Carlucci noted Section 14 - Violations and Penalties, listed in the ordinance. Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public hearing on Ordinance 841-A. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Ordinance 841-A at its first reading; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Editorial Board: - Committee meeting will be scheduled.

MRTSA: - Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association: - Mr. Coffey motioned to appoint Ms. Kovach as official delegate and Mr. Kirk as alternate delegate; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Allegheny League of Municipalities: - Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments: - Nothing to report.

Police Pension: - Meeting is scheduled for November 4th at 8:30 a.m.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: - September distribution: EIT - $31,871.40; OPT - $112.53.

Engineer's Report: - Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: - Mr. Kirk motioned to place a half-page advertisement for $100.00 with the Keystone Oaks Boy's Basketball Boosters; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented the Police Pension Revised 2004 Minimum Municipal Obligation for council's review.

Mayor's Report: - Mayor Baumgarten affirmed his confidence that the dispatching change to the county's 911 system will be effective. Residents should notice no change when calling 911. Last week the City of Pittsburgh was incorporated into the county's dispatching system, with relatively few problems. Castle Shannon and Baldwin Township should pose no problem. The capabilities and technology at the county are outstanding.

Planning Commission: - Ms. O'Malley motioned to appoint David Calabria to a four year term to the Pennsylvania Construction Code Board of Appeals; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Council authorized Mr. Biondo to prepare an ordinance for a zoning map amendment for the DiCello Plan of Lots from R1 to R3.

Solicitor: Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks : - Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.

Other Business: - Ms. O'Malley questioned the status of the Baldwin Street and Willow Avenue intersection. Chief Lane answered a plan has been prepared.

Mr. Kirk questioned the sign on Willow Avenue "Dale Hamilton Highway". Chief Lane answered that the Port Authority has named the PAT way.

Mr. Kirk noted the red van that constantly parks on Willow Avenue. Chief Lane stated the vehicle is inspected and registered. Mr. Kirk reported a vehicle parked on Cooke Drive that is unlicensed.

Mr. Kirk discussed the Port Authority parklet at the Memorial. Trees and bushes need replaced. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the property does not belong to the borough, therefore a maintenance agreement with PAT is required.


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