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November 10, 2008

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

The minutes of the October 27, 2008 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Karen Boyer & Laura Semonich - 1001 Connor Road, Sandy & Tim Kelly - 1003 Connor Road, Faith Galore & Maureen Byrne - 1005 Connor Road attended the meeting. Ms. Boyer spoke on behalf of all the residents affected by the road changes at the intersection of Connor Road, Oregon Trail and Greenridge Road. Ms. Boyer stated that changes were made by Penn Dot to improve safety and traffic flow at this intersection but in doing so caused major safety issues for five houses. Now residents do not have a safety buffer when pulling out of their driveways, and maintenance of front property can be potentially dangerous due to traffic and speeding. Ms. Boyer would like to have council members' support to have meetings and further discussions with Penn Dot to resolve their safety issues and discuss other alternatives to having five lanes of traffic.

Mr. Zezulewicz stated that council agreed that this was a hazardous intersection, and it took a long time to get an intersection improvement since three municipalities (Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon and Castle Shannon) own a portion of the road. Mr. Zezulewicz explained that Castle Shannon Borough was not consulted or presented with specific plans for the intersection. The borough was not informed that a turning lane would be placed right in front of their homes.

Ms. Galore added that once the residents gather more information, further investigate the road issue, and obtain the borough's support, Chelsea Wagner and Senator Wayne Fontana's office advised they would help in any way they could.

After a lengthy discussion, Mr. Zezulewicz instructed Mr. Hartswick to coordinate a meeting with Dan Cessna at Penn Dot, the affected residents of Connor Road, and Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park representatives to consider their safety concerns.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section 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 presented the October collection report. Collections - $6,186.08. Balance due- $104,178.57. Ms. Torris noted that collections are $83,000.00 over last year. Ms. Torris will be sending out delinquent letters next week and will attend a class on November 20th to get re-qualified.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold stated a Community Day Committee meeting was held on Wednesday, November 5th to prepare for the 2009 event. Another meeting will be planned in January.

Mr. Warhold is working on obtaining a 501(3)c non-profit status for the Borough's economic development program and discussing by-laws with the assistance of the Borough's solicitor.

Mr. Cheberenchick briefed council on the recent budget meeting stating there will be no tax increase for 2009 due to spending reductions and trimming line items. A portion of the fund balance will be used to balance the 2009 budget. Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Hartswick to explain what trimming of the line items meant. Mr. Hartswick explained that the line items were reviewed for potential excess funds based on current spending and previous years. Mr. Hartswick will have draft budgets for council to consider at the annual review on November 24th.

Mr. Warhold commended the budget committee for their diligence in preparing the 2009 budget without a tax increase, even though Allied Waste Company rates have gone up 40% and the cost of salt has escalated.

Ms. O'Malley thanked members of council for their support of the Halloween party. Ms. O'Malley announced two openings on the library board are still available until December 1st. Two applications have been received so far. Anyone interested can pick up an application at the library.

Planning and Codes:
Nancy Kovach stated that Mr. Vietmeier will begin citing landlords who are not complying with the borough's occupancy policy.

Public Safety:
Mayor Baumgarten commended Officer Yonek and Lieutenant Cheberenchick for saving the life of a local resident. The officers will be recognized at the next council meeting.

Public Works:
The borough is at full capacity for salt storage.

Editorial Board:
The Fall/Winter newsletter is right on track.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
The membership dinner meeting will be December 4, 2008.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. O'Malley commented that an election was held at the November meeting for Vice-President. No response has been received from Peter's Township regarding their interest in joining SHACOG.

Police Pension:
Mr. Cheberenchick noted that third quarter profits are down.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick requested council consider the re-advertisement of the two hour parking ordinance. Mr. Zezulewicz would like to readdress the two hour parking ordinance by re-advertising in a yet to be determined date in January. Mr. Warhold motioned to re-advertise the two hour parking ordinance; Ms. O'Malley seconded; Mr. Cheberenchick and Mr. Carlucci voted no. Let the record show there were four in favor, two against. Motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten believes that after twenty-five years the Grove Road Bridge reconstruction issue will soon be resolved.

The Shannon Station Development is awaiting official approval from the state regarding a three million dollar capital grant.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. O'Malley questioned whether the borough engineers presented an estimated cost for the Grove Road Bridge project. Mr. Zezulewicz answered the engineers are preparing the estimate.


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