The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Members M. Cheberenchick and R. Zezulewicz were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor. Police Chief H. Lane was absent.
The minutes of the October 24, 2005 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.
Ralph Vollmer, 833 Londonderry Drive - discussed the no parking signs that have been recently installed on both sides of his street. Mayor Baumgarten stated the signs on the one side of the street will be removed.
Ron Valerino, 907 Lindenwood Drive - stated that there have never been any "No Parking" signs posted on his street for the past twenty years. Mayor Baumgarten stated from Columbia to Highwood there should be no parking on either side. From Highwood to the end of the street the parking will not change. Another resident stated that there were signs on the high side, but now there are signs on poles on the low side. Mayor Baumgarten stated that the ordinance calls for no parking on one side of Lindenwood Drive. Council discussed emergency vehicle access, the parking ordinance, and the fact the signs are not specific. Council will review the ordinance.
Annette Sgro, 929 Lindenwood Drive - reported that poison ivy and weeds are out of control on the Matthews Bus Company property. Mr. Ross will address with the bus company.
Bill Kling, 1431 Orr Drive - reported that no parking signs have been posted on both sides of his street. Mr. Kling has lived at this address for forty-one years without the parking signs, and he wants to be able to park in front of his home. Mr. Hartswick stated that the ordinance requires no parking on both sides of Orr Drive from 1418-1430.
Joann Stemberger, 1427 Orr Drive - stated she has five children and many grandchildren that visit and need to park on the street. Mr. Warhold advised that residents can call the police department to request on street parking for visitors. Mayor Baumgarten advised that the bend on Orr Drive is dangerous due to cars parked on the street. Mr. Hartswick stated the ordinance was passed in 1998. Council agreed that the ordinance should be reviewed. The police department will not be issuing parking tickets at this time.
Rick Mazzarini, 3751 Grant Street - stated he has lived in his home seven years and there were never any no parking signs posted, however cars always parked along the guard rail. Now no parking signs have been posted on the house side, which is confusing for all the residents. It would be safer to allow parking along the guard rail, and the signs are too far apart. Signage should say "No Parking This Side of Street". T. Hartswick stated the ordinance calls for no parking on the north side.
Mayor Baumgarten stated that a lot of time and effort was put into reviewing the streets before passing the parking ordinance in 1998. The ordinance will be reviewed again.
Mr. Kling asked what residents can do about parking for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Mayor Baumgarten reiterated that the police department will not be ticketing for parking on these streets at this time.
A resident questioned if cars must park facing one direction. Mayor Baumgarten answered that the state law requires cars to park in the direction of the flow of traffic.
A resident discussed witnessing a vehicle going through two stop signs on Myrtle Avenue and the vehicle did not slow down for the school zone. Mr. Carlucci stated that residents can call the borough and report a vehicle code violation if the driver's license information was obtained.
Ms. Kovach officially closed the public comment section of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 848 clarifying the status of a portion of an extension of Grove Way. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Ordinance 848. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was officially closed. Mr. Coffey motioned to adopt Ordinance 848 at its first reading; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Nothing to report.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: Mr. Warhold announced that the borough is taking park reservations for 2006.
Mr. Warhold discussed a plan to move the lower gate at Hamilton Park to allow residents greater access to a loading zone by the lower pavilion.
A new grill has been ordered for the upper level of Hamilton Park.
Finance: Mr. Carlucci motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick requested that council tentatively approve the proposed budget for 2006 to allow for advertising requirements and public review. Mr. Hartswick discussed the $5 million bond required for the ACO for sewer repairs. Mr. Hartswick listed the following millages for the 2006 budget: General Fund - 5.64 mills; Debt Service - - 1.38 mills; Street Lighting - .370 mills and Library - .514 mills. Mr. Carlucci stated the proposed budget requires a ½ mill increase. Ms. Kovach stated the ½ mill would increase the taxes of an average $82,000 house by $34.82. Final budget adoption is scheduled for December 12th. Mr. Coffey motioned to tentatively pass the proposed 2006 budget; Mr. Warhold seconded; Mr. Carlucci voted no; Ms. O'Malley and Ms. Kovach voted yes; motion passed four to one.
Library: Ms. O'Malley stated the borough is obtaining proposals on roof repair and/or replacement. The roof is under warranty for two more years; therefore a repair may be chosen at this time.
Planning and Codes: Nothing to report.
Public Safety: Nothing to report.
Public Works: Mr. Coffey requested that the borough review the parking ordinance before requesting additional sign postings or changes. Mr. Carlucci stated that "No Parking This Side" should be used once the ordinance is reviewed, and signs should not be posted on utility poles.
Ms. Kovach questioned if the Rovver sewer camera was repaired and returned. Mr. Hartswick answered the camera is back in operation. The Pierpoint camera is available for emergency use.
Editorial Board: Katie Sharon submitted a good proof copy of the winter newsletter today. The editorial board will review the copy.
MRTSA: Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association: Council appointed Nancy Kovach as delegate and Michael Cheberenchick as alternate delegate.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: Ms. Kovach will attend the SHACOG on November 17th.
Police Pension: Nothing to report.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: Distribution analysis: EIT - $30,988.38; OPT - $149.60.
Engineer's Report: Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 505 authorizing pursuit of a tax increment financing plan which requires the appointment of two representatives to work on the TIF committee. Mr. Ross stated that council members should not be appointed since the representatives of the TIF committee will be making recommendations to council. Ms. O'Malley motioned to appoint Mayor Baumgarten and Thomas Hartswick as representatives for the TIF committee; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented Change Order No. 1 for the 2005 Road Improvements Program which revised actual field measurements of in place quantities. The change order resulted in a decrease in contract price of $29,085.33. Mr. Coffey motioned to approve the change order; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mayor: Nothing to report.
Planning Commission Report: Nothing to report.
Solicitor's Report: Mr. Biondo presented a request by Hawke Development Corporation for the borough to abandon a portion of a paper street named Pennsylvania Boulevard. The cost to the borough for the street abandonment will be paid by the developer. Ms. O'Malley motioned to proceed with the abandonment; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Keystone Oaks: Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other: Ms. O'Malley announced that Light Up Night is scheduled for December 4th at 6:00 p.m.
Ms. O'Malley noted that Pennsylvania American Water placed a pipe into St. Annes Street where the water was streaming. The pipe was removed, and the water is still running. This will cause dangerous winter conditions.
Ms. O'Malley noted the building permit report contained one applicant with two occupancy permits.
Mr. Warhold discussed the sudden passing of Arnold Dickson, Democratic Committee Chairman for Castle Shannon Borough.
Ms. Kovach discussed the passing of Monsignor Charles Rice, former priest of St. Annes Church.