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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
November 26, 2012

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; Ms. Torris. Council Member V. Smith was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; Police Chief K. Truver; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; D. Biondo, Solicitor; M. Kunig, Jr. Council Person.

The minutes of the October 22, 2012 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The minutes of the November 5, 2012 council meeting were presented. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting. Mrs. Kelly of Connor Road and Borough Council extended a warm welcome to Ms. O’Malley. The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Jason Stanton of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. presented the bid opening report of October 18, 2012 for Sanitary Sewer Contract No. 12-S1 – 2012 Operation and Maintenance Repair and CCTV Program. Mr. Swisher motioned to award the base bid and add alternates A, C & K to Tri-State Grouting, LLC for $495,600; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Ms. Kovach noted that the borough is required to continue televising and repair of sewer lines in accordance with the Administrative Consent Order mandated by the federal government.

Mr. Hartswick submitted the South Hills Area Council of Governments’ bid tabulations for the 2012/2013 winter road materials. Ms. Brannon motioned to accept the bids; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported October collections of $53,497.93. Balance to be collected is $125,652.47. This is a 97% collection rate, and collections are up $3,000 from 2011.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon reported that the borough’s Facebook page as one hundred likes.

Light up night is scheduled for December 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

The Keystone Oaks Marching Band is having a fundraiser by selling Christmas trees at the tennis courts by Dormont Pool.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Swisher reported that the public works department checked the property at 568 Glenn Shannon and discovered a natural spring causing the resident’s ground to be marshy.

The new leaf vacuum was utilized on Vermont Avenue and Hoodridge Drive and did a great job.

Public Works continues to monitor the drains in the Police Department.

Municipal Center Room 120 was painted and prepared for carpeting. Additional painting will be scheduled for the lower level hallway.

Borough administration undertook labeling of the fall newsletters to expedite distribution. Mr. DeLallo and Ms. Miller delivered the fall newsletter to the north side post office on November 6th.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver reported that for the fourth straight year, Castle Shannon Police have been recognized by West Penn AAA for their traffic safety efforts with the highest level – the Platinum Community Traffic Safety Award. The police department submitted documentation noting their participation in DUI enforcement and in the local DUI Task Force, seatbelt safety and participation in the Buckle Up PA seatbelt safety wave enforcement, motor carrier safety (truck safety), school safety (crossing guards and Project Safe Stop), engineering enhancements with signage and placement, participation in AARP safety class, crash investigations and reduction, and traffic enforcement efforts and education through the speed sign and website.

KDKA did a nice news story on the police automated license plate readers.

Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Subway Shop on Library Road. Although it is unknown whether the cases are related, the Dairy Queen on Route 88 in Bethel Park was also robbed.

Ms. Brannon commended Chief Truver on the Next Door Neighborhood Program which informs residents via e-mail about activities in the borough. New members are registering every day. Ms. Brannon incorporates the chief’s messages onto the borough’s Facebook page.

Finance:
Ms. Brannon motioned to ratify the October treasurer’s report; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold discussed the success of the “Castle Shannon – Images of America” book. Great comments have been received, and many people are purchasing multiple copies for gifts. Books are available for $20.00 at the Castle Shannon Municipal Center.

Darlene Vietmeier is compiling an inventory of items from The Project Outreach Equipment and Medical Supplies (POEMS) program. The list of equipment is extensive and will be posted on the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation website. Many thanks to the people who donated items to this worthwhile program.

Library:
Ms. O’Malley announced that the Breakfast with Santa will be December 15th at 10:00 a.m.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
The ALOM Bi-Annual legislative reception is scheduled for January 10th.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
The agenda contained the minutes of the board of director’s meeting on November 15th.

Police Pension:
The agenda contained the third quarter pension report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
The agenda contained the third quarter pension report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Kunig reported that Kiersten Badzgon received the Star Student Award from the Pittsburgh CW. The Challenge Program rewarded $250 checks to students for academic excellence, attendance, academic improvement and community service. The staff charity volleyball game (middle school teachers vs. high school teachers) raised $1,477 for the David Armitage and Shawn O’Donnell Future Teacher Scholarship Fund. Jess Truong and Kevin Le took first and second place at the Pittsburgh Section’s American Chemical Society’s 2012 National Chemistry Week illustrated poetry contest.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the October Berkheimer EIT distribution report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #583 to adopt written procedures governing how professional services are chosen for its pension plans in order to comply with Act 44. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution #583; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo requested that council authorize the borough solicitor to enter into a tax appeal settlement for 1275 Grove Road. Mr. Swisher made the motion of approval; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
The Keystone Oaks School board approved the tax increment financing plan on November 15th for the Shannon Station project. Mr. Hartswick and Mayor Baumgarten will address Allegheny County committees in support of the project.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Ms. O’Malley thanked everyone for the cards, calls and prayers sent to her during her recent illness.


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