The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci, P. Coffey, M. Cheberenchick, T. Kirk, N. Kovach, D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council President R. Zezulewicz and Council Member J. O'Malley were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager, D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief.
The minutes of the October 8, 2002 meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; seconded by Mr. Cheberenchick; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Coffey temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten. Mayor Baumgarten recognized State Representative Ralph Kaiser who served Castle Shannon for 14 years. Mr. Kaiser has secured tax dollars for grants to benefit various organizations in the community, i.e. police department, fire department, MRTSA, youth association, senior citizens, etc. Funding was recently secured for a new pavilion, kitchen and restrooms at Hamilton Park. Mayor Baumgarten presented a proclamation dedicating the new pavilion as Representative Ralph Kaiser pavilion and announced 10/28/02 as Ralph Kaiser Day.
Representative Kaiser discussed the amenities of the new facility and thanked borough officials and council for their team effort. Mr. Kaiser stated he would be leaving office in December, but would like to continue working for the region in a different capacity. Mr. Kirk thanked Mr. Kaiser for his efforts with the fire department's radio system and truck purchases.
Mr. Coffey called for public comments or requests. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Coffey 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: Ms. Torris reported there are 550 real estate appeals pending. A decrease of $250,000 for 2001 and 2002 appeals has been awarded. Ms. Torris will be attending a seminar for tax continuing education credits.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds – Ms. Kovach proposed the installation of a retaining wall at Hamilton Park in place of silt fencing and is examining various playground equipment for borough parks. Infield mix was installed on ballfields for winter settling.
Finance – Mr. Cheberenchick reported the 2003 budget is ready for advertisement. Mr. Hartswick discussed advertising and hearing requirements. Mayor Baumgarten reported no increase in tax millage for the 2003 budget. Because of the uncertainty of tax assessment appeals, millage will not be changed.
Library – Mayor Baumgarten commended Heather McCue on outstanding organization of the Halloween parade.
Planning and Codes – Nothing to report.
Public Safety – Nothing to report.
Public Works – Mr. Hartswick reported SHACOG will advertise for a joint bid for the 2003 dump truck purchase.
Editorial Board – Photos and articles were requested for the newsletter. Katie Sharon will prepare the newsletter.
MRTSA – Mayor Baumgarten discussed Medical Rescue Team South Authority withdrawing from South Hills Regional Dispatch Center. The contract specifies a 180-day notice before withdrawing; therefore the notice for 2004 would have to be submitted in July 2003.
Municipal Associations –
Allegheny County Boroughs Association – Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities – Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments - Ms. Kovach discussed the consent order with DEP. The borough has submitted a counter proposal consent order to DEP for consideration. Mr. Hartswick reported the budget reflects the CAP progress as outlined by borough engineers.
Police Pension Review Committee – The agenda contained the 9/30/02 investment review.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report – Nothing to report.
Engineer – Mr. Hartswick presented Service Order Authorization 253-04-29 for the Family Video Store Planning Module. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the service order; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Shane Napper, Project Manager for Rockford Construction, discussed PennDot's traffic study. The turning lane will be shortened to allow entry into the parking lot. Traffic signals will be retimed and the roadway will be restriped.
Manager's Report – Mr. Kirk noted a donation request for light-up night and motioned to donate $300.00; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor's Report – Nothing to report.
Planning Commission Report: Mr. Hartswick discussed the planning commission recommendations for the Inverso/Waverly Street subdivision. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to grant preliminary subdivision approval for a 13-lot subdivision; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick discussed the planning commission recommendations for the Family Video Movie Club development. Ms. Kovach motioned to grant preliminary and final site plan approval for Family Video Movie Club; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Solicitor's Report: Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks – Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other Business: Mr. Kirk discussed the Holiday Giving Program and requested articles are placed in the newspapers requesting donations.
Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the economic development plan. Mr. Hartswick stated once the zoning plan is approved and PennDOT finalizes the Route 88 widening plan, the effect on Rt. 88 businesses will be examined by Rick Drozynski in 2004-2005. Ms. Kovach requested an update from Mr. Drozynski.
Mr. Cheberenchick noted a good return on the police pension fund. Mr. Cheberenchick commended Chief Lane for his presentation at the County Council Public Safety Meeting and noted correspondence from the Forensic Laboratory Division thanking Chief Lane.