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November 23, 2009

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Tax Collector S. Torris was absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; and Kristie Munson, Junior Council Person.

The minutes of the November 9, 2009 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public section of the meeting.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 869. Mayor Baumgarten stated the ordinance will require residents to report to the police a lost or stolen firearm within seventy-two hours of discovering the firearm missing. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing on Ordinance 869. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Ordinance 869; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick and Mayor Baumgarten presented Resolution 550 encouraging the Pennsylvania general assembly to act to reduce access to illegal guns. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Resolution 550 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 discussed the Hometown Heroes banner program and the Veteran's Day ceremony on November 11th. One hundred fifty people attended, and many accolades were received about the banner program and ceremony. Harry Munson was instrumental in creating the banners, website presence and hanging brackets. Council gave kudos to Mr. Warhold for initiating this program.

Ms. Kovach expressed her disappointment about the lack of media coverage for this unique event and program. Ms. O'Malley suggested hosting a meeting with the Tribune Review and Pittsburgh Post Gazette to discuss our concerns regarding the lack of articles regarding Castle Shannon.

Mr. Warhold stated that community day meetings will commence in December.

Mr. Hartswick presented the proposed budget for 2010 with the following millages: General Fund - 5.62 mills; Debt Service - 1.466 mills; Street Lighting - .300 mills and Library - .514 mills. The budget does not include a tax increase; however the general fund budget was balanced by transferring $150,000 from the capital fund. The advertised capital fund shows a deficit which is contingent upon the bid results for the Grove Road Bridge reconstruction. Bids will be opened at SHACOG on December 3rd. The budget will be advertised and presented for council's adoption at the December 14th council meeting.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to tentatively adopt the proposed Castle Shannon 2010 budget; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley announced that breakfast with Santa will be Saturday, December 12th at 10:00 a.m. The cost is $5.00, and children under the age of two years old are free.

Planning and Codes:
The agenda contained the outstanding code violations report and October building permit report. Ms. Kovach reported that the zoning hearing board meeting for Genesis Inc. was continued to a future date due to legal issues and incomplete documentation by the company.

Mr. Biondo stated the borough ordinance does not permit billboards, however the commonwealth court states that a community must allow billboards in a designated area. Mr. Biondo asked council to authorize the solicitor to draft an ordinance to create a standard for billboards to submit to the planning commission and zoning hearing board. Ms. Kovach motioned for council to authorize the appropriate officials to draft the appropriate ordinance regarding billboard standards and restrictions; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Vietmeier stated that Tom's Diner will be opening on Grove Road.

Pep Boys will be opening in the former Flynn Tire location.

Mr. Vietmeier is issuing citations to property owners who do not live in the borough and have buildings with code violations.

Public Safety:
Mr. Carlucci announced that the Castle Shannon Borough Police Department received the AAA Platinum Traffic Safety Award for 2009. Chief Truver explained the award was issued for the department's education and safety efforts with the traffic speed trailer, truck safety inspectors, the DUI task force, pedestrian safety, work zone safety and overall traffic safety efforts.

Public Works:
Mr. Hartswick reported the engineers have reviewed the crawler route that Edwards Moving and Rigging used to transport an extremely large generator for Duquesne Light. There was no damage to the borough's road. Chief Truver added that another generator will be using this route in February.

Mr. Coffey discussed the rock salt purchase agreement through SHACOG.

Mr. Zezulewicz reported that council has received information for recommendations on medical benefits for the public works contract negotiations.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Todd Pritchard of MRTSA sent correspondence requesting that council re-appoint Donald Baumgarten to a five year term of the board of directors. Mayor Baumgarten stated he has served on the board for thirty-three years and is presently the chairman. Mayor Baumgarten requested that council consider appointing a different director within the five year term. Mr. Warhold added that the borough needs Mayor Baumgarten's expertise with MRTSA and their budget deficits. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to appoint Donald Baumgarten; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Munson reported that after twenty-two months of negotiations, the Keystone Oaks School Board has finalized an employment agreement with the teachers. The contract will remain in effect until 2013.

The Keystone Oaks Football Team lost the game in the play offs.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
October Distribution Analysis: EIT - $40,953.27; OPT - $2,895.97.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor Baumgarten publically commended Chief Truver on his work with the police department. He has incorporated several changes that have befitted the community and improved citizen's awareness.

Mayor Baumgarten attended the Veterans' Day ceremony, which was a very emotional and moving program. Many positive comments were received. Mr. Warhold and Mr. Munson certainly deserve recognition for their efforts.

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 asked if the Local Government Academy hosts classes for planning commission and zoning hearing board members. Mr. Hartswick will review the LGA's seminar schedule.


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