The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; P. Coffey; T. Kirk; J. O'Malley; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council Member N. Kovach was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief.
The minutes of the October 28, 2002 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley noted a correction in attendance; she was absent at the meeting. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz called for public comments or requests. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: Nothing to report.
Public Hearings; Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public hearing for the 2003 budget and Ordinance 830. No residents were present for the hearing; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public hearing.
Civil Service Commission: Nothing to report.
Mr. Zezulewicz recognized Zoning Hearing Officer Rick Drozynski. Mr. Drozynski discussed demographics for Castle Shannon and reported a decline in population and low per capita income level for Allegheny County. Mr. Zezulewicz requested the inclusion of Dormont and Greentree in the comparisons since those municipalities are in the Keystone Oaks School District. Mr. Drozynski discussed results of the 2001 business survey conducted in Castle Shannon and noted the businesses requested installation of sidewalks. Mayor Baumgarten and Mr. Cheberenchick discussed the inadequate parking for businesses on Willow Avenue. R. Drozynski suggested one-way traffic for Willow Avenue with planters for beautification and safety and one-sided parking. Mr. Kirk discussed the historical importance of Willow Avenue businesses, while Mr. Zezulewicz pointed out the majority of business revenues come from Route 88 businesses. Mr. Drozynski reported the vacancy rate from 6th Street to Bethel Park on Route 88 is 10 percent. The automotive related businesses, personal care services and many business signs on Route 88 are in violation of borough ordinance. After a lengthy discussion, council agreed that the prevention of new automotive related businesses and personal care services is a goal for Route 88. Mr. Drozynski briefly discussed the LERTA tax abatement program regarding for businesses to encourage renovation. Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Drozynski for recommendations to encourage new business growth for the Route 88 corridor.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: Ms. Torris reported a balance due of $128,639.58. Ms. Torris sent 190 delinquent tax notices.
Mr. Carlucci discussed ten residences selected for sheriff sale due to delinquent taxes. Council agreed to proceed. Mr. Biondo related that the solicitor for Keystone Oaks School District is receptive to cost sharing the sheriff sales.
Council Committee Reports:
Building & Grounds - Nothing to report.
Finance - Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the October Treasurer's Report; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library - Ms. O'Malley announced a breakfast with Santa on December 7th at 10:00 a.m.
Planning & Codes - The agenda contained the building permit report for August and September.
Public Safety - District Court Fines-$2,692.91; Parking Citations-$260.00; Report Fees-$195.00; Meter Fines-$260.00; Alarm Fines Received-$350.00; Special Services-$7,452.00; Ambulance calls-59; Police calls-404.
Public Works - Mr. Hartswick reported the SHACOG bid for trucks will be opened next month.
Editorial - Mr. Zezulewicz reported the winter newsletter has been finalized with an updated design. Ms. Miller reported the newsletters will be ready for mailing on December 4th.
MRTSA - Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association – Annual Banquet is scheduled for February 8th; Membership Meeting is December 12th.
Allegheny League of Municipalities – Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments – Meeting minutes.
Police Pension – The agenda contained the 10/31/02 investment review.
Earned Income Tax Collectors Report: Distribution Analysis: EIT-$34,283.26; OPT-$312.50.
Engineers Report: Mr. Hartswick presented Change Order No. 1 for the 2002 Roadway Improvements Program “Liquid Fuels” for Russell Standard reducing the contract price by $31,095.75. Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the change order; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Manager; Mr. Hartswick presented a proposal from Hosack, Specht, Muetzel & Wood for auditor services for 2002, 2003 and 2004. Mr. Coffey motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute and accept the proposal; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented a proposal to change the telephone service provider to Allegiance Telecom. Ms. O'Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into a service contract with Allegiance Telecom subject to clarification of the inclusion of the police substation; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Ms. O'Malley questioned if the library could benefit from this provider. Mr. Hartswick will have the Allegiance representative contact Ms. New.
Mr. Hartswick presented a proposal from Oakdale Construction to replace a storm sewer line on Cooke Street. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to accept the proposal for $22,000; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick noted a membership for Pennsylvania State Boroughs Association. Council declined membership.
Mayor; Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks; Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: Nothing to report.
Other: Mr. Cheberenchick noted the police pension fund increased $111,000.