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November 26, 2007

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; J. O'Malley; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Members P. Coffey, N. Kovach, M. Warhold and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Ross, Building Official; D. Biondo, Solicitor; Junior Council Person A. Kocelko. Police Chief H. Lane was absent.

The minutes of the October 22, 2007 council meeting were presented. Mr. Carlucci motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the winter road materials bid tabulation for 2007/2008 through the South Hills Area Council of Governments. Mr. Coffey motioned to accept the bids; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Ms. Kovach commented that the borough has realized substantial savings through multi-municipal bidding with the South Hills Area Council of Governments.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Mark Kozar, attorney representing David Carl, owner of Masaca Inc. - discussed restaurant plans for 315 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard and requested the transfer of a liquor license into Castle Shannon.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened a public hearing on Resolution 526 approving the transfer of Restaurant Liquor License No. R-08778 into Castle Shannon Borough. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 526; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
October collection report: Collections - $8,536.62; Balance - $187,185.89.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to ratify the treasurer's report; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley announced that the annual Santa breakfast will be held on December 8th at 10:00 a.m.

Ms. Ellen Engel would like to resign from the Library Board at her term's end, i.e. December 31, 2007. The Library Board will make a recommendation to borough council for appointment.

Planning and Codes:
Nothing to report.

Public Safety:
The agenda contained the October police reports.

Public Works:
Mr. Hartswick stated the roof for the salt shed should be installed next week, weather permitting.

Editorial Board:
L. Miller reported that the newsletters were scheduled for labeling on Tuesday and will be received in residents' homes before Light-Up Night on Sunday.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
General membership meeting is December 13, 2007.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 529 authorizing the Borough of Castle Shannon to participate in the 2008 joint bid for a contract for solid waste collection and disposal services coordinated and administered by SHACOG. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt Resolution 529; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O'Malley reported that at the October SHACOG meeting a Columbia Gas representative discussed the need for repair and replacement of gas lines and added that the gas rates will be increasing.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the 2007 Third Quarter Investment Report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
October Distribution Analysis: EIT - $30,107.31; EMS - $2,674.37.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick requested that council tentatively approve the proposed budget for 2008 to allow for advertising requirements and public review with the following millages: General Fund - 5.62 mills; Debt Service - 1.41 mills; Street Lighting - .366 mills and Library - .514 mills. The budget does not include a tax increase, and final budget adoption is scheduled for December 10th. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to tentatively pass the proposed 2008 budget; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Zezulewicz thanked Mr. Cheberenchick and the finance committee for their work on the 2008 budget.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 527 revising rates for sewage service and discussed the ACO activities undertaken by the borough. Council discussed the unfunded federal mandate to remove storm water and groundwater infiltration from the sanitary sewer lines. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Resolution 527; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 528 for a highway occupancy permit for the Phase II ACO repairs. Ms. O'Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 528; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor Baumgarten expanded on the borough's progress for removing storm water from the sanitary sewer system. The borough has undertaken many activities such as smoke and dye testing all borough houses to remove roof drains from the sanitary system, replacement of manholes during paving projects, sewer televising, etc. The borough must be in compliance with the ACO requirements to receive sewer tap-ins to promote future developments in the borough, and future developments will produce a larger tax base that will help keep real estate taxes stable.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo reported will be preparing two ordinances for adoption, i.e. changes to the police pension plan and emergency municipal services tax.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. O'Malley asked if the trees on Hoodridge were trimmed. Mr. Hartswick will discuss with Mr. DeLallo.

Ms. Kocelko stated that Daniel Sepulveda, Punter for the Pittsburgh Steelers, visited the high school and talked to the students.


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