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October 26, 2009

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

The minutes of the October 12, 2009 council meeting were presented. J. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; M. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public section 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. Warhold announced that the unveiling of the Shannon Hero banners will be held on Veterans Day, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Site in town. Mr. Hartswick added that he has spoken to Mr. Munson and Mr. DeLallo regarding the final plans and agenda for the Veterans Day Celebration, and the preparations are moving right on track.

Mr. Cheberenchick questioned Mr. Warhold if applications will be accepted for the banner program after November 11th. Mr. Warhold stated the program would be an on-going process with banners being displayed from Memorial Day through July 4th.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the September Treasurer's Report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz requested a brief overview of the budget as to where it stands right now. Mr. Cheberenchick stated the next budget meeting will be held the earlier part of November. Mr. Hartswick informed council there will be some possible revisions to the fund balance and modifications to the police budget but the overview of this year is rather fine with our revenue fairly stable.

Ms. O'Malley stated there will be a Vendor Fair on November the 14th at the Library with the proceeds going to the Library due to R.A.D. cuts.

Ms. O'Malley stated the Library Budget for 2010 was passed at the October Board Meeting.

Ms. O'Malley also reported that two vacancies for the library board have not been filled. The date for accepting applications has been extended to November 1st.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier informed council that Pep Boys submitted plans to eventually occupy the vacated Flynn Tire Building.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver is receiving all residential complaints regarding speeders in local neighborhoods, and the speed trailer has been set up on various streets for a month. Chief Truver thanked the Munson's for all their help with the borough's website.

Public Works:
Mr. Hartswick noted that he has a meeting with the Carpenters' Union regarding the Public Works contract.

Mr. Zezulewicz questioned why ground was dug up at the site of the Public Works garage. Mr. Hartswick replied that PW put in a new drainage grate in front of the salt shed. Public Works will also re-build the drainage troth at the Municipal Center by the ball field next spring to improve water drainage.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Hartswick stated final corrections of the fall newsletter have been made, and it is being sent to the printer.

Mr. Baumgarten stated to council that MRTSA is not being reimbursed for ambulance services from some insurance companies for transporting patients. The payment is being sent directly to the patient. Mr. Baumgarten explained that when you subscribe to the ambulance service you are agreeing to have MRTSA bill your insurance company.

Mr. Zezulewicz questioned whether there is an assignment clause which has to be signed by the subscriber. After a lengthily discussion, Mr. Zezeulewicz suggested that MRTSA's legal council look into having a pre-assignment clause on the subscribers card stating that any transporting charges incurred would be paid directly to the ambulance service from the insurance company.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Mr. Hartswick stated a membership meeting will be held on November 9th at the residence of Kathy DePuy. Ms. Kovach, our current delegate, will remain our representative.

Mr. Zezulewicz noted an ACBA general membership meeting will be held on December 3, 2009 at the Churchill Valley Country Club.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick requested that council have SHACOG re-bid the Grove Road Bridge. Mr. Cheberenchick made a motion to advertise through SHACOG to re-bid the Grove Road Bridge and authorize the appropriate officials to execute the documents; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Baumgarten along with Mr. Cheberenchick thanked Mr. Hartswick for re-bidding the Grove Road Bridge Project which has been trying to get resolved for the past twenty five years.

Mr. Hartswick presented the Regional Consolidation Police Study from Ron Stern at Local Government Services. Mr. Hartswick spoke to Mr. Stern and stated that it was not Council's perspective to include any other community in the study but Baldwin Township. After speaking with Mr. Stern it is understood that the study will move forward with Baldwin Township and Castle Shannon Borough only.

Mayor Baumgarten commended Mr. Vietmeier on doing a great job for our community with the code enforcement issues in the borough. Council agreed.

Planning Commission Report:
Mr. Biondo stated that the Planning Commission requested an approval by council to make a motion to allow a commercial garage addition subject to securing all needed permits. Mr. Cheberenchick made a motion to approve and accept the recommendation from the Planning Commission on the proposed project as noted in the October 19th Planning Commission Meeting minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Munson reported that soil for the proposed Rt. 88 garden will be delivered in April.

Mr. Warhold, on behalf of his family, would like to thank everyone for their love and support in the passing of his father.

Mr. Hartswick announced an upcoming meeting on November 12th with Environmental Planning & Design.


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