The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; T. Kirk; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Members P. Coffey, N. Kovach and 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 27, 2003 council meeting were presented. Mr. Kirk motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests.
Ms. Rose McDonough, 910 Newport Drive - Requested replacement of a stop sign on Newport Drive and Hampton due to vehicles speeding on that street. Chief Lane stated that PennDOT regulations mandate that stop signs cannot be placed on main streets to prohibit speeding. The 15 mph speeding limit is grandfathered as of 1976, police patrols could be increased, and the speed monitor can be placed on Newport.
Ms. McDonough stated that during snow removal, public work crews from Baldwin and Castle Shannon cause a build up of snow blocking in her driveway. Three feet of roadway is not plowed from the curb. Mr. Hartswick will discuss the snow removal problem with the public works foreman.
Ms. McDonough discussed a complaint from Jodi Miller, 3704 Poplar that consulting firm employees are parking on Poplar Avenue. Ms. Miller received a parking ticket for overnight parking since no parking spaces were available on Poplar Avenue and the alley. Ms. McDonough will have Ms. Miller contact Chief Lane.
Mr. Stanley Karas, 3310 May Street - is obtaining two historical photos for presentation to council in the near future. Mr. Karas noted the ALCOSAN articles in the newspaper regarding the borough's sanitary sewer system. Mr. Karas invited council to view model railroad cars he purchased after the meeting.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public comment portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: Mr. Carlucci motioned to authorize the borough manager to draft correspondence to proceed with the joint police testing program through SHACOG; Mr. Kirk seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported collections of $3,236.65. Change order appeals reflect a net decrease in taxes of $1,863.54. Ms. Torris will send delinquent letters and attend a tax seminar on December 4th. Ms. Torris reported the collection ratio is the same as last year.
Mr. Carlucci reported the sale of the school bus garage should be finalized by January; thereby placing the property back on the tax roles.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Nothing to report.
Finance: Mr. Kirk motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: Nothing to report.
Planning and Codes: - Nothing to report.
Public Safety: Mr. Carlucci motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the Police Collective Bargaining Agreement for 2004-2007; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Carlucci presented the October reports: District Court Fines - $4,112.58; Parking Citations - $370.00; Report Fees - $240.00; Meter Fines - $385.00; Alarm Fines Received - $600.00; Alarms Billed - $500.00.
Public Works: Nothing to report.
Editorial Board: The winter newsletter should be ready next week.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Council took no action on an advertisement for the ACBA yearbook.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Nothing to report.
Police Pension: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Nothing to report.
Engineer Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick presented change orders on the Sleepy Hollow Drive Storm Sewer Construction Project. Mr. Hartswick discussed the original contract price with variations for quantity take off and addition of the change order. The final contract price will be below actual bid amount of $242,280.00. Mr. Carlucci motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the change orders on the DRI Grant Program Contract No. 21-762-0161; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Kirk motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the service order authorization from Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering for the 2004 Road Program; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor's Report: Nothing to report.
Planning Commission: The agenda contained the minutes of the October 20th meeting.
Solicitor: Mr. Biondo will be preparing two ordinances: 1) establishing the weight limit on Grove Road Bridge and 2) establishing a stop sign at Poplar and Willow. Mr. Zezulewicz requested a meeting to discuss the technical data on the Grove Road Bridge GIA report.
Mr. Biondo reported the borough was awarded $5,900 at an arbitration hearing against a former landscaper. Either party may appeal in thirty days.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other Business: Mr. Zezulewicz stated that representatives from Baldwin Township and Castle Shannon attended an extensive tour of the county 911 center. Every representative came away with a more confident feeling of the services provided by the county 911 center. Serious consideration will be given to the county services now that the borough's in-depth questions were answered. Mr. Carlucci added that the county gave in-depth answers to each question and Mr. Carlucci was impressed with the center. Borough representatives have gone through an extensive investigative process and are confident that we have all the facts.
Fire Chief William Reffner requested notification of the borough's decision. Chief Reffner acknowledged the cost of remaining with the South Hills Regional Dispatch Center, however requested the borough contact the Mt. Oliver Fire Department regarding their unsatisfactory experience with the county's dispatching system. Chief Reffner implored council to consider the services provided and not just the budgetary constraints. Mr. Zezulewicz affirmed that each member of council will be loaded with information before a decision is made. Chief Reffner requested a second trip to the county's center in view of the City of Pittsburgh joining the county's center. Mr. Zezulewicz agreed and stated that the input of Chief Reffner, Chief Lane and Chief O'Brien is invaluable. Mr. Carlucci discussed an incident that occurred during the tour wherein a man in McKeesport was having a heart attack. The borough representatives were impressed and viewed first hand the dispatching capabilities of the center. Mr. Cheberenchick added that Greentree Fire Department and municipal officials are satisfied with the county's services.
Chief Reffner reported the fire department is securing a $425,000 pumper at no cost to the borough. Businesses will be solicited for donations.
Light-up night is scheduled for December 7th at 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Kirk motioned to adjourn; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.