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October 25, 2010

Mayor Baumgarten gave the oath of office to Michelle Yanda as Castle Shannon Borough Junior Council Person for the 2010/2011 term.

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Tax Collector S. Torris was absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; M. Yanda, Junior Council Person.

The minutes of the October 11, 2010 council meeting were presented. Mr. Orr motioned to approve the minutes with corrections; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none; the public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the SHACOG bid tabulation report for the winter road materials joint purchasing. Ms. Kovach motioned to accept the bids; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 875 – regulating the placement of waste dumpsters and the storage of other items within the right-of-way of any public street in the borough. Ms. O’Malley noted a correction on Page 4; Article K that the liability insurance should be one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000). The police department and codes department will coordinate enforcement of this ordinance. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing on Ordinance 875. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Ordinance 875 at its first reading; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Orr motioned to set the application fee at fifty dollars ($50.00) for a dumpster permit to be issued through the codes office; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Smith commended the public works department for doing an excellent job in maintaining the fields. The tracks created by construction equipment for the tennis court restoration project has been filled. Ms. Kovach added that water is pooling on the newly installed tennis court.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the September treasurer’s report; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Orr reported that one hundred thirty-five (135) children attended the Halloween parade on October 24th. The police department, fire department and ambulance service participated.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported on a meeting with Delta Development and the revitalization steering committee. A stakeholders meeting will take place on November 17th at 6:30 p.m. with the steering committee, borough council members, planning commission members, local businesses, etc.

Mr. Warhold stated that Mr. Vietmeier will be meeting with Judge David Barton on Thursday regarding a codes violation case from a residence on Ulrich Street. Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Vietmeier to notify Ms. Quinlin of the hearing results.

A Veteran’s Day ceremony is planned for November 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the Memorial Parklet to honor our past and present servicemen and women.

Mr. Vietmeier advised that Ladds Sterling’s seasonal employment will end on October 29th. Mr. Sterling has been advising local businesses of the portable sign permit requirements.

A party, toys and accessories store named Family Shop MT will be opening on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard.

Mr. Biondo stated that a variance was requested by Aruba Tan to install a used car lot. The zoning hearing board denied the variance since the request did not meet the zoning requirements.

Public Safety:
Officer Brian McKeown received the highest Amen Corner award for “You can run, but you can’t hide” for his drug investigation activities.

Public Works:
Mr. Zezulewicz stated that the Highland Ball Field will be locked as of October 31st.

The broken window at Riehl Park was replaced, and the ball fields continue to be dragged for CSYA use.

Mr. Hartswick has authorized Mr. DeLallo to investigate the possibility of purchasing a multi-purpose vehicle to address several equipment needs for leaf collection, snow removal, bucket truck lift, etc.

Editorial Board:
The draft will be sent to the printers today.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. O’Malley discussed the AIM service sharing and consolidation grant program.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Yanda announced that the boys’ soccer team’s first playoff game is this evening.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
September Distribution Analysis: EIT - $41,886.70; OPT - $3,678.52.

An Act 32 meeting will be established with our representative, Russ McKibben in November. Jordan Tax Service has been appointed the Southwest District’s collector for earned income tax.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented a change order request for D’Andrea Plumbing for the storm sewer relocation project at ENX to address an icing issue on Middleboro at a cost of $6,517.00. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the change order; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed a Keystone Oaks School Board facilities and finance meeting. The vote resulted in a five-to-four vote to advertise for a hearing to close Aiken Elementary. A discussion continued on the costs of wages and benefits, balancing the school budget, outstanding debt, and the possibility of receiving an exemption to raise school taxes higher than the approved index. Mayor Baumgarten commended the members of the task force for their outstanding work on this committee. Mr. Zezulewicz thanked Mr. Warhold, Mayor Baumgarten, Karen Brannon and Linda Wilson for serving Castle Shannon Borough on the Keystone Oaks Task Force.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. O’Malley asked the status of the fire department’s request for $3,600 due to lost revenue from the Grove Road Bridge project. Council approved the expenditure.

Mr. Orr described several areas where companies have created street openings for utility repairs, and the companies have not complied with the paving requirements for restoration. Mr. Hartswick stated that the utility companies have assured him that the roads will be repaved.

Mr. Warhold discussed the need for an ordinance regarding storage trailers at businesses. Mr. Vietmeier will research existing ordinances for this subject. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested purchasing software for the codes department to enable searches for ordinances.


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