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November 8, 2004

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

The minutes of the October 25, 2004 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Linda Killmeyer, 873 Middle Road - asked for an update for assistance for the three homes on Middle Road that were damaged from a landslide after Hurricane Ivan. Mr. Ross has contacted FEMA's Harrisburg office. FEMA designated the Killmeyer house as being destroyed and FEMA inspectors will be examining the other two homes. After a resident has been denied a loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA), FEMA can approve a maximum grant of $26,000. Mr. Al Killmeyer asked if the borough had determined the cause of the landslide. Ms. Kovach stated that borough council will authorize Baker Engineering to conduct a geotechnical engineering study. The report will be public record and available to the Middle Road residents. Mrs. Killmeyer asked for copies of the minutes. Mr. Coffey questioned the time frame for the engineering study. Mr. Hartswick answered within one month. Ms. Kovach suggested sending correspondence to legislators to request assistance for the Middle Road residents.

George Orr, 791 Killarney Drive - asked for an update on the Baldwin Township/Castle Shannon joint project to prevent flooding on Killarney Drive. Mr. Hartswick stated that three additional catch basins have been installed. Fabric and stones will be installed to direct water runoff. Two homes on Kerry Hill have placed rain water pipes towards Mr. Orr's property which will further damage his residence with flooding. Rain water diffusers have not yet been installed. Mr. Cheberenchick had suggested installation of piping to the road. Mr. Ross explained the rain water and surface water discharges onto the Kerry Hill property and then drains onto Mr. Orr's property. Mr. Coffey suggested Mr. Orr contact the magistrate to file formal charges against the neighbor for damages. Mr. Killmeyer suggested the neighbor on Kerry Hill should dig a dry well with piping to the pit to eliminate the drainage. Mr. Biondo advised that since the neighbor is discharging water onto his own property which drains onto Mr. Orr's property, the neighbor could be responsible for damages to Mr. Orr's property through a magisterial hearing, however the borough cannot force the neighbor to contain the water. Mr. Ross reported final inspection of the addition will not be issued until the diffusers have been installed.

Mrs. Orr reported the contractors have been dumping concrete, asphalt and debris on the Kerry Hill property. Mr. Ross will follow up.

Mr. Orr questioned when the contractor for the gas company would complete restoration on Killarney Drive after their construction this summer. Mr. Hartswick will contact the gas company.

Ms. Kovach 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 collections of $12,064.48 for October with a balance of $167,807.07. Ms. Torris estimated a collection rate of 92%.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds: - Mr. Hartswick reported that the borough engineer is meeting with Mr. Pampena and the retaining wall is currently under construction.

Finance: - Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the October Treasurer's Report; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept the tentative budget for 2005; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Hartswick stated the budget will be on display in the borough offices for a minimum of ten days, two advertisements will be placed in the press, and the tax levy ordinance has no tax increase.

Library: - Ms. O'Malley and borough council commended Heather McCue on the success of the Halloween Parade.

Ms. O'Malley announced the library is seeking a member for the board of trustees.

Planning and Codes: - Nothing to report.

Public Works: - Mr. Hartswick reported the public works department has been working cooperatively with Baldwin Township on the drainage project for Killarney Drive.

Editorial Board: - Nothing to report.

MRTSA: - Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association - Mr. Kirk motioned to place an advertisement for $250.00; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Ms. O'Malley motioned to provide door prizes for the ACBA General Membership Meeting on December 2nd; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Allegheny League of Municipalities: - Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments: - Nothing to report.

Police Pension: - The agenda contained the September performance analysis.

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

Engineer's Report: - Nothing to report.

Manager's Report: - Mr. Hartswick presented three geotechnical services proposals for the Middle Road landslide. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept the proposal from Baker Engineering for $1,800.00; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick requested council ratify McCully Road Sanitary Sewer Change Order 1 decreasing the contract amount by $1,022.50 based on field measurements of in-place quantities. Ms. O'Malley made the motion; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick discussed the Junior Councilperson Program and a recommendation from Scott Hagy, Keystone Oaks High School Principal. Ms. O'Malley motioned to appoint Jennifer DiFrancesco as Castle Shannon's Junior Councilperson for 2005; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Ms. DeFrancesco will serve from January through commencement of 2005.

Mayor's Report: - Nothing to report.

Planning Commission: - Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to appoint Cheryl Kevish to the planning commission; Mr Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor: - Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks : - Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.

Other Business: - Mr. Coffey discussed the sending correspondence to the utility companies for restoration issues as opposed to telephone calls. Ms. O'Malley suggested that Mr. Ross could inspect the areas when the utility companies have completed work.

Ms. O'Malley reported equipment parked at the entrance to Castle Ridge that is a danger to traffic.

Mr. Kirk asked for an update on the red van that constantly parks on Willow Avenue. Chief Lane answered a 10 day notice for removal has been placed on the windshield.

Mr. Coffey commended Mr. Hartswick on his correspondence to Penn Dot regarding the Library Road Route 88 project suggestions. Mr. Ross and Chief Lane discussed traffic problems at Route 88 at Grove Road.


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