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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
November 14, 2016

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


The minutes of the October 24, 2016 were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Kirsch seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Richard Nettleton, 3126 Home Avenue – discussed Chief Truver’s letter to residents proposing a solution to limit transit parking on Home Avenue and stated he was against placing parking stickers on his vehicles. Mr. Nettleton suggesting creating a master parking list for the police to use, or placing ghost stickers on the windows, or parking tags on the rearview mirror.

Ron Bernick, 3004 Home Avenue – requested a handicapped parking place in front of his home or would like to obtain a handicapped permit. Mr. Bernick has difficulty managing the steps from his driveway on Ornament Way. Mayor Baumgarten stated that designated handicapped parking areas can be used by any person with a placard.

The police department is considering parking options for parking on Home Avenue and obtaining residential input.

Mary Norcott, 3112 Home Avenue – discussed parking issues on Home Avenue due to transit riders parking their vehicles on the residential street. Eight to twelve non-residential cars are parking there daily. Chief Truver reviewed the area today at 9:30 a.m., and there were no parking issues at that time.

Peggy Gross, 3111 Home Avenue – thanked council for their attention regarding the Home Avenue parking situation.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented a bid from Soli Construction to rebuild nine existing sewer inlets in various areas of the borough for $17,400.00. Mr. Oates motioned to accept the bid; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the October report listing collections of $13,646.92.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann asked that photographs of the golf outing and Fall Festival be forwarded to him to post on the borough’s Facebook page and CSRC website.

Public Works:
Mr. Kirsch motioned to hire Patrick Brannon as an entry level public works driver beginning December 5, 2016; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report. Public Safety/Fire:
On November 9th the Castle Shannon Police Department received their 8th annual Platinum AAA Community Traffic Safety Award for continued diligence in traffic enforcement efforts, truck safety, DUI enforcement, seatbelt and aggressive driver enforcement, as well as preventative efforts in traffic engineering, signage and school safety and pedestrian safety.

Chief Truver discussed the ring-video doorbell security system. Information on this system is available on the borough’s website.

Ms. Randazzo motioned to hire Bob Dempsey as a substitute school guard; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Regarding the Home Avenue parking situation, no parking signage was ordered from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. residential parking only with a $35 fine. The signs will be placed temporarily on the street before an ordinance request is presented to council.

At the November 28th council meeting, a ceremony will be held to promote Acting Sgt. Fleckenstein to full sergeant.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for October 27th and November 10th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier stated that a veterinarian facility will be reopening on Killarney Drive. Ms. Kovach added that Mindful Brewing plans to open in January.

Library:
The Allegheny County Library Association adopted their 2017 budget at a general membership meeting.

An innovation in the future of technology for libraries session will be held November 30th at the East Liberty Library.

The library board approved a donation of $25.00 to Castle Shannon Light-up Night. The donation will be made in memory of James O’Brien.

The library board reviewed and approved the 2017 proposed budget for the Community Library of Castle Shannon.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
The 40th Anniversary Dinner will be held on November 17th at the South Hills Country Club.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Ms. Kovach attended the quarterly board meeting. The following legislation was discussed: municipal use of police radar; storm water fee bill; reinstatement of vehicle registration stickers; disposal fee for electronics. In addition, Senate Bill 46 amending the recorder of deeds fee law to establish a demolition fund to eliminate blighted properties was passed by the House and Senate.

Mr. Swisher motioned to appoint Ms. Kovach as a delegate to the ACBA board; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Heckmann motioned to appoint Mr. Warhold as an alternate delegate; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The next ACBA general membership meeting will be held December 8th.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
The ALOM by-annual legislative reception will be Thursday, January 19th at Sheraton Station Square.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Mr. Kirsch announced the board will meet on November 17th. Demolition bids will be rejected due to cost. The demolition of 3415 Poplar Avenue will be re-bid.

Chief Truver added that bid tabulations were opened through SHACOG for vehicles, and we are awaiting the results.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
The agenda contained the third quarter 2016 reports.

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Mastandrea congratulated the coaches and football players for making the playoffs.

The Keystone Oaks Talent Show will be held this week.

Mr. Mastandrea asked for a moment of silence to observe the passing of Mr. Chris Swickline, Director of Buildings, and Grounds & Transportation for the Keystone Oaks School District for 23 years.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
An ALCOSAN/Three Rivers Wet Weather meeting will be held November 30th at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Hartswick plans to obtain proposals for MS4 Storm water Management Rate Study.

Mayor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Heckmann volunteers as an elections judge and stated it was interesting to see our neighbors engaged in this election. Previous elections turned out 20%-22% of voters, and this election over 70% of registered voters participated.

Mr. Oates thanked the borough and council for their support in the recent loss of his mother.

Mr. Kirsch belongs to the democratic committee and stated that Hillary Clinton won the presidential vote for Castle Shannon at a 60/40 rate.




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