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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
October 23, 2017

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


The minutes of the October 9, 2017 Council Meeting were presented. Mr. Heckmann motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Mayor Baumgarten presented a proclamation recognizing October 23-31, 2017 as Young Marine Red Ribbon Week commemorating the work of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent. Pfc. Jack Steverson of the Keystone Young Marines addressed council and discussed the purpose of red ribbon week to promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Bettina Radcliff of the Keystone Young Marines presented red ribbons to borough council to wear this week. Council thanked Ms. Radcliff for her work with the youth of our community.

Russell McKibben, 1456 Highland Villa Road – Mr. McKibben questioned the status of the Hamilton Road development. Mr. Vietmeier answered that project drawings were submitted two weeks ago for the first building, and building addresses were identified and submitted to Allegheny County.

Mr. McKibben also asked if the delay on the Shannon Transit Village project was a permit issue or funding issue. Mayor Baumgarten stated that an investor has a problem to resolve in another city, however the principals reaffirmed that they wish to proceed.

Mr. McKibben questioned if the bill list approved at meetings could be available to the public. Council will discuss whether this information will be made public or if this will require a right-to-know request.

Barry Cassidy, 1256 Grove Road – announced that DCED submitted correspondence reducing the amount of a $1 million streetscape grant request to $918,000; however the grant approval is still pending. Another multimodal Penndot grant for $2.3 million is pending. Mr. Heckmann thanked Mr. Cassidy for his work on the streetscape funding.

Mr. Cassidy revisited parking problems on Willow Avenue for local merchants. Chief Truver is reviewing the parking policy. Trinette Kern, 1037 Francis Road – noticed construction work at the former Shannon Hotel on Castle Shannon Boulevard. Mr. Vietmeier stated that the owner plans to rent office space on the second floor. The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the 2017-2018 winter road materials bid tabulation through SHACOG; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann reported that a successful Future’s Forum event was held at the library and was well attended with residents providing positive feedback. Quarterly events are being planned.

A public forum for the 2018 budget will be held Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the library. The meeting will provide a high level overview of the budget breakdown regarding committed funds to existing overhead, borough budget challenges and commitments to future projects. This will not be a line item review of the budget.

Public Works -
Mr. Oates reported that public works has completed a crack sealing program on borough recreational parking lots and roads paved within the past five years.

Building & Grounds:
Mr. Kirsch reported that a new swing set was received for Hamilton Park, and a new bench was received for Myrtle Parklet. These items will be installed next spring.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Randazzo toured the police department and spent several hours with Chief Truver and Ms. Seiler, in addition to riding in the police cruiser with Lt. Lane. The body cameras and advanced technology was quite enlightening.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for October 11th and 18th and questioned a payment made to Ed Patton. Mr. Hartswick explained that item was payment for preparing a marketing document to be submitted to grant foundations to seek funding for MS4 projects.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold announced the Saw Mill Run Stream Cleanup is scheduled for October 28th. Volunteers will meet on James Street at 9:00 a.m.

Mr. Vietmeier will be working with Mr. Biondo on an ordinance for ticketing homeowners for repeated routine code violations, i.e. high grass, sidewalk snow removal, etc.

Patio homes continue to be built at the Ellison Place development, and a tiny home on Trance Drive is being constructed.

Library:
The annual Halloween Parade will take place on Sunday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m. Ms. Randazzo also reported that the flea market went well.

Editorial Board:
The newsletter is at the printers.

MRTSA:
John Moses, Finance Officer, will attend the November 13th council meeting with an update on MRTSA’s financial situation.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

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:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Mastandrea reported the boys soccer team will be participating in the playoffs. Last week, fundraisers were planned for Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week, and Breast Cancer Awareness bracelets are also being sold. The Keystone Oaks High School Homecoming Dance was held October 14th.

Engineer's Report:
Jason Stanton of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering will attend the November 13th council meeting to review the Act 57 (sewer tap) study results and status of Phase I of the Administrative Consent Order.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #649 requesting CDBG funds for a sewer project on Hastie Road. Mr. Swisher motioned to adopt Resolution #649; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
A status conference will be held before Judge James in the Steel City Billboards/Zoning Hearing Board matter.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Heckmann commented that the parking situation on Willow Avenue is a good example of having a robust business to business community. Parking needs to be coordinated for tenants living above the businesses, and business owners taking up patron parking spaces. Enforcement should be geared to ticketing transit riders who utilize business area parking.

Mr. Warhold discussed a bus trip hosted by State Representative Dan Miller that tours the capital in Harrisburg, along with attending a general assembly session with a guided tour. A stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World is included. It is a great opportunity to visit our capital.

Mr. McKibben debated the use of tickets with a fine versus issuing citations for code violations. In addition, the two hour parking ordinance needs enforced for the downtown district parking.




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