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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
October 27, 2008

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

The minutes of the October 13, 2008 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 862 amending Ordinance 809 Section 208 to establish and expand a residential permit parking area along St. Anne Street. The public hearing was opened on Ordinance 862. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Ordinance 862; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 863 amending Ordinance 809 Section 501 and 405 regarding the parking meter zone and establishing locations where parking is limited to a specified amount of time. Mr. Coffey questioned enforcement of the two hour parking locations. Chief Lane answered that a borough employee will be taking license numbers two or three times a day. The public hearing was opened on Ordinance 863. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Mr. Carlucci and Mr. Cheberenchick stated they would like to have the meters remain in town. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Ordinance 863. A roll call vote was held: Mr. Cheberenchick - no; Mr. Coffey - no; Ms. Kovach - yes; Mr. Carlucci - no; Ms. O'Malley - yes. The ordinance failed to pass.

Mr. Biondo advised that if council wishes to reintroduce this ordinance at a later date, it would require re-advertising.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Ms. Kovach noted that several revitalization meetings have been held, and a future meeting will be arranged with Jack Machek and Jack Nolan of the Governor's action team through DCED. Fourteen surveys were answered and returned by local business owners.

Finance:
Nothing to report.

Library:
Ms. O'Malley announced two openings on the library board. Interested applicants should send a resume to the library.

Ms. O'Malley added that she will require a letter from the borough re-appointing her to the board.

Planning and Codes:
Council approved of the condensed code violations report. Two violations from April have been given additional time for compliance. Council agreed that Mr. Vietmeier is getting many businesses and residences into compliance with code requirements.

Mr. Vietmeier attended a very beneficial Pennboc fire inspection seminar for code enforcers.

A Mexican restaurant may be applying to transfer a liquor license to open a restaurant in the Lebanon Shops.

Regulations regarding A-frame signs will be presented to local business owners who utilize this type of signage.

Public Safety:
Chief Lane announced Duquesne Light Company has donated nine thousand glow lights to police departments in Allegheny County to distribute to children on Halloween.

Public Works:
The borough is at full capacity for salt storage.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
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:
Peters Township expressed their interest in joining SHACOG.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented information for the purchase of welcome signs in the borough. Mayor Baumgarten stated that the design created by Carl's Signs has a copy write. Also, other neighboring municipalities have welcome signs. The borough is starting a revitalization project, and the purchase of signs is a good first step. Mr. Coffey motioned to purchase the signs; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented donation requests from the Keystone Oaks Lady Eagles Basketball Team and Keystone Oaks Boys' Basketball Boosters. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve a $100.00 advertisement for each group; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor:
Mayor Baumgarten discussed his dissatisfaction with Columbia Gas's paving restoration project on Grove Road. Curb to curb restoration was not completed pursuant to borough ordinance.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Coffey noted a letter in council mail regarding the Peer-to-Peer program. Mr. Hartswick added that the borough is not a participant in the program.

Mr. Carlucci questioned if the police testing results through SHACOG have been received. Chief Lane answered the data should be forthcoming.

Ms. O'Malley discussed a dangerous bridge wall at the bottom of Poplar. Metal spikes protrude from the wall. Mayor Baumgarten and Mr. Cheberenchick agreed that it is a bridge wall owned by the state for a creek that runs under Castle Shannon Boulevard. Borough administration will send a letter to the state to advise them of the danger.


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