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November 13, 2006

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; D. Ross, Building Official.

The minutes of the October 23, 2006 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

James Hegedus, 3200 McRoberts Road - discussed a situation wherein a deer was shot by an archery hunter and died in his back yard. Hunting in the vicinity of the borough building is a danger to the children and residents of the neighborhood, and the residents who utilize the walking trail. Mr. Zezulewicz reported that Pennsylvania state game laws supercede borough laws, and state law dictates that hunters may hunt fifty yards from a building or home. Council agreed that the property owners of the few properties in the borough that could allow hunting should be contacted to post no hunting signs. If the property owners will not post the properties, the borough has no option but to allow the hunting. Council agreed to purchase the signs.

Joyce Hegedus, 3482 McRoberts Road - related that many children and grandchildren play in the yards adjacent to the woods and questioned when the property owners will be contacted. Mr. Zezulewicz answered the properties should be posted within two to three weeks. Chief Lane added that the property owners must sign each poster. Council agreed that the hunting issue is a serious concern.

Marine Corporal Ian Phillipps - was stationed in Iraq and received a Red Cross notice that his father was ill and received emergency leave. Corporal Phillipps thanked Castle Shannon Police Department in assisting in his return to his family. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the borough has a deep respect for Ian as an individual and for his service to the borough and country.

John McGinnis, owner of John McGinnis & Company - petitioned council to have the light configuration changed at Route 88, Shady Run and Castle Shannon Boulevard. The Shady Run residents and businesses are being inconvenienced because of the light changes made last year. The back up traffic blocks Mr. McGinnis's store entrance which he believes has caused a five to ten percent loss of business. A lengthy discussion continued on the traffic patterns and proposed light configuration changes. Mr. Zezulewicz asked Chief Lane to organize a task force to submit proposed changes to borough council and Penndot.

James Litwin, 165 Oakdale Avenue - received a notice to remove a trailer that is parked in his driveway. Mr. Litwin explained that he does not have a back yard and does not wish to install a parking pad on the side yard. Mr. Ross explained that the zoning ordinance states a resident cannot store a trailer in front of the beginning building line. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the zoning laws were adopted to have junk cars, boats and trailers removed from the front of buildings to protect the beauty of the community, which has a direct bearing on the value of the properties. Exceptions to the zoning laws cannot be made. Mr. Ross explained that this case does not have any one of the five legal reasons to grant a variance. Council will review and advise.

Mr. Litwin reported that when Oakdale Avenue was paved two years ago, the curb was raised two feet; and his mother had trouble getting out of her house. Water run off travels into his mother's basement at 168 Oakdale Avenue. A French drain was installed. The road and curbing will be reviewed by public works.

Mr. Litwin asked that the borough's public works driver plow the roads at a slower speed to prevent snow landing in his driveway and on his mother's porch, which is close to the road. The speed and direction of the snow blade will be discussed internally.

Joyce Hegedus stated the "Yield to Uphill Traffic" signs at the intersection of Grove Road and McRoberts Road are ineffective. Ms. Hegedus suggested installing a lighted sign. Council will take under advisement.

Richard Snyder, 3376 Columbia Drive - discussed the recent installation of a manhole in the sewer right of way in his front center yard. Mr. Zezulewicz stated this issue will be discussed with the borough engineers.

Mr. Snyder reported that Columbia Drive is a high speed/high traffic street. A short discussion continued on the borough being a cut-through community, the drivers' abuse of the speed limit, the police departments' constant traffic control patrols, etc.

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 reported October collections of $5,450.14; leaving a balance due of $101,659.71. This is a 96% collection rate, up from 95% in 2005.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold suggested posting the borough parks with no hunting signs. Mr. Ross, Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Lane agreed that while no hunting is permitted on park grounds, the posting would be a good idea.

Ms. O'Malley questioned if St. Anne's' Cemetery should be posted. Chief Lane responded yes.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the October treasurer's report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley reported that a paper recycling box will be placed at the library. Proceeds from the recycling will be used to support the library.

The advertisement to hire a library director has been posted. Applications should be received by December 30th.

Planning and Codes:
The agenda contained the September building permit report.

Public Safety:
Chief Lane reported that Officer James Fleckenstein was awarded an honorable mention award at the Sixth Annual Senator John Heinz Law Enforcement Awards luncheon. Officer Fleckenstein was recognized for his outstanding work with the commercial vehicle inspection unit. The award will be presented to Officer Fleckenstein at a public council meeting.

Chief Lane related that the Marathon was robbed two weeks ago. Officer McKeown put a bulletin out regarding the vehicle; and Mt. Lebanon stopped the vehicle. Several arrests were made in other communities from this investigation due to the fact that the suspects had several illegal dealings. The mutual cooperation between the police departments in the South Hills have proven invaluable.

Chief Lane related that Penndot will install a right hand turning lane on Castle Shannon Boulevard in the future. There is a heavy traffic flow at Shady Run and Route 88 and Castle Shannon Boulevard, however many of the problems at the intersection are human error. Changes in light timing will be explored.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz stated the newsletter looked crisp. Council thanked Katie Sharon for her work on the newsletter.

Mayor Baumgarten reported the 2006 deficit is less than expected.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the third quarter investment report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Distribution Analysis for October: EIT - $25,620.11; EMST - $2,618.52.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented a request from the Senator John Heinz History Center for a loan extension for two years of the Pittsburgh Press soccer trophy. Ms. O'Malley made the motion; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten related a water problem on Wabash Avenue. Mr. Hartswick will contact a contractor.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the Gehringer concern from the October 23rd meeting. Mr. Ross and Mr. Hartswick stated that numerous code violations were found on Prospect Avenue.

Ms. O'Malley stated that a resident contacted her regarding a street light at Sixth Street and Broadway that has a pink hue and gives low light. Chief Lane stated that Duquesne Light changes their light colors every few years, and he will contact the company.

Ms. O'Malley stated that traffic on St. Annes Street between 6:30-7:30 a.m. has high traffic flow with speeding cars. Many residents and school children walk the street at that time. Chief Lane will patrol the area.


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