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October 28, 2013

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten. Council Member K. Brannon and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; B. Fabbio, Junior Council Member. Council Member V. Smith participated via a teleconferencing device.

The minutes of the October 8, 2013 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold opened the public comment section of the council meeting

Mr. James Dinert, President of Senterra Building & Development Inc. – requested final approval of the Ellison Place Development. Mr. Dinert described the project which consists of twenty-three townhouses. Each townhouse will be a three bedroom, two and one-half bath, two car dwelling. Units will be listed at $195,000 each. The planning commission approved the project subject to conditions listed in a letter by the borough’s engineers. Development is scheduled to commence in the spring of 2014.

Ms. Kovach opened the floor for comments on the final site development and zoning map modifications. None received; therefore the public comment section was closed.

Mr. Swisher motioned to approve the final site development and building plan for Ellison Place Development subject to the requirements of the Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. correspondence; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the zoning map modifications to allow for a Planned Resident Development (PRD) for Ellison Place Development; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting.

James Tag, 5106 Hays Avenue – had concerns about signage on Route 88 North by the sharp curve at a railroad bridge underpass by the Antique Mall. Chief Truver stated that there is an existing flashing yellow light before the bridge warning that a traffic light follows. Mayor Baumgarten added that Route 88 is a state highway and regulated by Penndot. Chief Truver will revisit the signage options.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Chief Truver reported on joint police candidate testing through SHACOG. Fifteen candidates were selected for oral interviews by the borough, and only seven candidates appeared for interviews. The civil service commission will sign the eligibility list for the two candidates who passed the oral interviews.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Hartswick reported that Mr. Biondo and Mr. Stanton are working on finalization for sanitary sewer line modifications on Bockstoce.

Public Safety/Fire:
For several years the borough has participated in seat belt safety grants through Buckle-up PA through national highway safety funding. Chief Truver requested council approve the application for grant funding for PA Aggressive Driving Enforcement Project. Ms. O’Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the grant application; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Truver described the license plate reader’s purchase. It is a great law enforcement tool that uses three infrared cameras to take license plate photographs with optical character recognition. The raw data is compared to three data bases downloaded from the state, i.e. expired license plates, suspended license plates and stolen license plates. In summary, when the license plate reader and vehicle is deployed, it constantly snaps photographs of license plates and alerts the officer if a plate is expired, suspended or stolen. The reader has been very successful and has been used to report a wanted person in Mt. Lebanon, a stolen vehicle from the City of Pittsburgh, and a stolen license plate to Baldwin Township Police Department.

Chief Truver announced that Police Clerk Shirley McMonagle is retiring on Thursday, October 31st after 31 years of service to the Castle Shannon Police Department.

Nothing to report.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
The Veteran’s Day ceremony is scheduled for November 11th at 11:00 a.m. The master of ceremonies will be Mayor Baumgarten, with keynote speakers including State Representative Dan Miller and Steven Rash, a retired colonel from Vietnam.

The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation’s meeting will be November 18th at 7:00 p.m. with Cindy Gormley from the Department of Community and Economic Development. Ms. Gormley was recently awarded the Yvonne Zanos Woman of Courage award. Several representatives from Dormont are invited to attend to determine the feasibility of moving forward for a joint Keystone Community Grant.

Ladds Sterling’s seasonal employment has ended for this year.

The library board has an opening for a board member.

Mayor Baumgarten, Mike Cheberenchick, Karen Brannon and Chief Truver attended the annual Halloween parade.

Editorial Board:
The first draft of the newsletter was submitted and is being reviewed by council members and administration.

Annual subscriptions will be mailed in the next few weeks and can now be renewed online.

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 questioned the SHACOG board members about their practices regarding deer hunting. The communities of Upper St. Clair, Peters, Jefferson and Findley permit archery hunting of deer in selected areas. The communities of Brentwood, Whitehall, Baldwin Township, and Bethel Park do not allow shooting of any kind. Pleasant Hills and Scott Township have no programs at this time. The SHACOG consensus is that deer culling programs are too expensive, and people must learn to live with the local wildlife. Mr. Hartswick added that the managers from Dormont and Whitehall are not interested in a joint community deer culling program.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained a third quarter 2013 summary report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
The agenda contained a third quarter 2013 summary report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Fabbio reported that Arielle Smith and Michael Deer are the 2013 Homecoming Queen and King.

On October 24, 2013, Keystone Oaks renamed the high school gym to honor David D. Kling, a long time teacher and respected coach. Basketball season will be starting next month.

The Golden Eagles won their last football game against Burgettstown, 51-15. This was a “Pink Out” game to support breast cancer awareness month. It was also senior recreation night for football players, band members, cross-country runners, boys’ golf and girls’ tennis.

Earned Income Tax:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten stated that Ms. McMonagle was a real asset to the Castle Shannon Police Department. She provided thirty-one years of faithful service to the borough, and she will be missed.

Planning Commission:
The agenda contained the minutes of the September 16, 2013 meeting.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.


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