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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
October 9, 2017

The following elected officials were present: M. Heckmann; T. Kirsch; N. Kovach; W. Oates; M. Randazzo; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten. Tax Collector S. Torris was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; K. Truver; Police Chief; N. Mastandrea, Junior Council Member.


The minutes of the September 25, 2017 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Russell McKibben, 1456 Highland Villa Road – questioned if open meetings would be held for the 2018 budget to discuss revenues and expenditures. This request was tabled until the next council meeting.

Trinette Kern, 1037 Francis Road – stated that no parking signs were removed from one side of Francis Road. Vehicles are parking across from her home and limiting driveway access. Chief Truver will review this request to reinstall signage.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann announced that the second Future’s Forum will be held Wednesday, October 18th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Library of Castle Shannon. Topics will include general neighborhood planning, developments, environmental concerns, and local programming. Updates and progress from the first meeting will be presented.

Public Works -
Mr. Oates stated that the borough has received a request from the public works union to amend the winter hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (as listed in the contract) to 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mr. Oates motioned to amend the hours from October 1st to March 14th as requested; Mr. Kirsch seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Building & Grounds -
Mr. Kirsch has been reviewing the borough’s parks for recreational facility renovations for next year. Ms. Kovach stated that Myrtle Avenue Parklet looks very nice due to this year’s improvements. Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver stated that Act 22 was signed this year to amend the wiretap law, the right-to-know law, and the judicial code act with an effective date of September 5th. Act 22 requires that law enforcement agencies establish written policies for police audio and video recordings and allow the police department to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the district attorney’s office for the purpose of consultation on the decision of whether or not to release the recording, as well as the district attorney’s assumption of responsibility for the decision to deny a request and defend that decision, along with handling redaction.

The Castle Shannon Police Department deployed body worn cameras October 8th. The Allegheny County District Attorney has assumed the responsibility of right-to-know requests, releasing the recordings, and redaction processes. Mr. Swisher motioned to authorize the appropriate official to execute a memorandum of understanding with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Heckmann noted that officers are not required to notify suspects that their actions are being recorded. The public should assume that all police activities are being recorded. Ms. Randazzo added that this topic could be included in public awareness sessions being scheduled with citizens.

Officer Platt has completed training for the DARE program and will coordinate the program with Lt. Lane for the elementary schools.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check register for September 27th. Mr. Warhold motioned to ratify the September treasurer’s report; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation board meeting will be held October 11th.

The Saw Mill Run Stream Cleanup is scheduled for October 28th. Volunteers will meet on James Street at 9:00 a.m. Mr. Heckmann discussed how some local businesses are dumping into the stream, and he volunteered to assist Mr. Warhold in distributing flyers to building owners of local businesses.

The annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 11th at 11:11 a.m. at the Memorial Parklet behind Ice Castle.

At a recent Fighting Blight session, the conference speaker discussed the option of passing an ordinance to allow for the issuance of tickets with fines for minor code violations such as high grass or sidewalk snow removal.

Mr. Vietmeier stated that A. R. Builders will be preparing applications for building permits for the Castle Court Apartment development.

Ellison Place has changed their format for patio homes, which is causing address confusion with the Allegheny County Real Estate Department.

Matt Paxton, star of several hoarder television series, addressed the Pennsylvania Building Code Officials conference in Harrisburg. Mr. Vietmeier added that Castle Shannon has our share of hoarders.

Library:
The library board met October 5th and discussed the strategic plan. A new library intern is quickly learning the technology and presented the board with a working draft. The most important part of the document discusses education, providing technology, and providing a safe, recreational environment for our community.

Ms. Randazzo reported the “Love Your Library” campaign ended September 30th and collected $1,600 in donations.

The flea market is scheduled for October 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friends of the Library are seeking volunteers.

A new requirement necessitates that library board members must complete conflict of interest statements next year.

The library board is also updating the current by laws.

Editorial Board:
The draft newsletter has been received from Ms. Seiler.

MRTSA:
Mayor Baumgarten stated that John Moses, Finance Officer, presented an informative budget session to the MRTSA Board. Mr. Moses will be asked to present council with an update on the financial situation.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Mastandrea reported Saturday will be the Keystone Oaks High School Homecoming Dance. Spirit Week was also held this week.

On September 28th, Keystone Oaks High School students were permitted to wear a hat for a $1.00 donation. Funds were donated to the hurricane relief fund for Houston.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented an agreement between the borough and Thomas and Valetta Moses to delay the structure demolition of 3141 McRoberts Road with specific terms and conditions as set forth in the agreement. Mr. Heckmann motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreement; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Heckmann would like to consider budgeting in 2018 for website improvements.

Mr. Heckmann also would like to check into outsourcing a mapping program for the public works department.




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