Minutes of the
Town Meetings



Borough Officials


Memo From
The Mayor





Allegheny County

Contact Us

November 13, 2017

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

The minutes of the October 23, 2017 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

James Dinnert, Senterra Building and Development – requested information regarding an existing right-of-way and/or paper street across the Ellison Place property. Property ownership needs to be determined for a customer that would like to build a house at that location. Mr. Biondo explained that if the paper road was never opened after a number of years, the borough may not have a legal interest in the property. Mr. Biondo also suggested that Mr. Dinnert obtain a title search to determine ownership.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Kirsch motioned to award the Castleview Road Sanitary Sewer Liner project to Soli Construction for $18,550.00; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Mr. John Moses, Assistant Chief for Medical Rescue Team South Authority, presented the funding analysis for MRTSA and discussed revenue and expenditure challenges. The borough’s contribution rate will remain stable for 2018, but will increase in the 2019 budget. Mr. Moses thanked borough council for their support of MRTSA.

Mr. Jason Stanton of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering presented council with the 2017 Act 57 analysis regarding tapping fees for the sanitary sewer system of Castle Shannon. The borough has twenty points of contact to the ALCOSAN system for the collection part of the tapping fee component. Mayor Baumgarten noted that the tapping fee is not a recurring cost, and in fact is a one-time cost for each developed unit. Mr. Stanton agreed that a usage fee is a more sustainable revenue source. Council will take the matter of increasing tapping fees under advisement.

Mr. Stanton also apprised council on the Phase I Consent Order and Agreement Source Flow Reduction Study. Source reduction is required to reduce the volume of groundwater and/or storm water entering a sewer system, and the intent is to remove non-sanitary flow to eliminate/minimize conveyance and treatment costs. Due to the borough’s various sanitary sewer projects, the borough is in compliance with the ACO requirements.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 650 adopting a source reduction study as required by the Phase I Consent Order and Agreement. Ms. Randazzo motioned to adopt Resolution 650; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach recognized State Representative Dan Miller in the audience, who extended his congratulations to Mayor Baumgarten and Council Members Mark Heckmann, Dan Swisher and Michael Warhold on their recent re-elections. Mr. Miller described an upcoming “Substance Abuse Forum -- Challenges to Recovery" event that will be held 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 29th at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1066 Washington Road. Mr. Miller thanked borough council for their service to the community, and offered his assistance to the residents and officials of Castle Shannon.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported October collections of $31,551.54 with a balance due of $128,722.38. This is a 96% collection rate. Delinquent letters will be sent this week.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann invited residents to come Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. to the Community Library of Castle Shannon for a presentation on “How Does Our Budget Work.”

Public Works -
Nothing to report.

Building & Grounds:
Mr. Kirsch stated that material for the CSYA shed should be received this week. The Public Works Department is doing a great job working on the shed.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to adopt Resolution 649 implementing the National Incident Management System; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Truver reported that the Castle Shannon Police Department was awarded their ninth Platinum AAA Award. Kudos to the police staff for their truck inspection, pedestrian safety, DUI enforcement, etc. to keep our streets safe.

Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for October 27th, November 3rd and November 13th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier noted that Coffey’s Hair Salon opened on Grove Road, and Poor Johnny’s opened on Castle Shannon Boulevard.

Two upcoming hearings are being planned. The UCC Board of Appeals will be meeting on a McRoberts Road demolition appeal. The zoning hearing board will meet on a variance for Mindful Brewing.

The library board met on November 7th. The board passed a preliminary budget for 2018. Information on upcoming programs is available in council mail.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
The general membership meeting is scheduled for December 7th. ACBA and ALOM have expanded their services to include member market place.

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:
the agenda contained the third quarterly statements.

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Mastandrea attended the SADD conference which provided many facts about the opioid crises in Pennsylvania and the United States. Eighty percent of the people who use heroin have previously been on pain medications from a doctor’s prescription.

Three Keystone Oaks employees received the Golden Eagle Employee Extra Award: Nichole McKiernan – first grade teacher at Dormont; Beth Padan – KOHS security guard; and Nicole Varreti – KOHS guidance counselor.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Heckmann motioned to adopt the Act 83 of 1977 policy related to borough employees who are volunteer firemen; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten mentioned that the AAA award goes beyond Allegheny County for the western Pennsylvania region and stretches as far north as Erie.

In addition, regarding the opioid crises, Mayor Baumgarten stated thirteen people die every day of drug overdoses in Pennsylvania.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Kirsch discussed the need for a sidewalk along Sleepy Hollow Road from the trolley stop. Ms. Kovach also suggested additional lighting. The discussion was tabled for a possible future project.

Mr. Heckmann advised that a gun range is being built at the Mt. Lebanon golf course.

Ms. Randazzo announced that ALICE training is being provided for library and administrative personnel on Friday, November 17th at 5:00 p.m.

Residents are invited to attend “Coffee with the Cops” scheduled for Friday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m. at Coffee, Etc. on Willow Avenue.


Castle Shannon

Police Reports

Police Alerts

Shannon News

Route 88
Construction Plans

Tax Office

Our History

Youth Activities


Keystone Oaks
School District

Castle Shannon

Planning & Codes

Site Map