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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
November 27, 2006

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


Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Richard Snyder, 3376 Columbia Drive - revisited the issue of a recently installed sewer manhole in his yard by the borough. Mr. Snyder had concerns regarding his landscaping, placement of the manhole, future borough access to the sewer line, and children being injured on the manhole lid. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the borough has agreed to lower the manhole and cover with topsoil and seed, which will eliminate any sewer odor and is a better solution than moving the manhole to the driveway. Mr. Zezulewicz assured Mr. Snyder that yard restoration would be completed if future access to the manhole is needed, and council agreed to provide Mr. Snyder with written verification. Council agreed that Mr. Snyder should have been contacted prior to installation of the manhole; however this was an emergency situation due to a sewer backup of a neighbor caused by tree root blockage. The installation is in the borough's sewer right of way and an equal distance between existing manholes. Mr. Zezulewicz asked the borough manager to proceed with having the manhole lowered at this time, and complete grass planting next spring. Mr. Zezulewicz assured Mr. Snyder that if the borough has to dig up his yard every month for access to the manhole, the borough will move the manhole.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public comment section of the meeting.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 519 authorizing the borough to participate in a Peer to Peer Technical Assistance Project to discuss the possible creation of a joint regional recreation commission. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Resolution 519; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Finance:
Mr. Hartswick requested that council tentatively approve the proposed budget for 2007 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 proposed budget does not include a tax increase; however does include an increase in the sewage rate to $4.30 per thousand gallons to address the debit service payment for the bond. Final budget adoption is scheduled for December 11th. Ms. O'Malley motioned to tentatively pass the proposed 2007 budget; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library:
Ms. O'Malley reported the Friends of the Library are hosting a Santa Breakfast on December 9th at 10:30 a.m.

Planning and Codes:
Nothing to report.

Public Safety:
Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Hartswick to follow up with Chief Lane regarding contacting property owners to post "No Hunting" signs. Ms. O'Malley added that Father Cedolia has agreed to post St. Annes' property.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz stated council should begin preparation of articles for the spring newsletter. Ms. O'Malley commended Katie Sharon for her work on the winter newsletter.

MRTSA:
Mayor Baumgarten reported that MRTSA passed a 2007 deficit budget.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
A copy of the Mutual Aid Agreement for the Fire Departments was included in the agenda.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Mr. Zezulewicz questioned the status of the May Street Townhomes Project. Mr. Ross answered that the project has been delayed due to the financing company.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick reported that the borough has received notification that two grants have been preliminary approved by the Department of Community and Economic Development - $50,000 Retaining Wall Rebuild and $5,000 Investigation Division Equipment.

Mayor:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Mr. Al Dunn tendered his resignation to the board effective January 1, 2007. Mr. Carlucci motioned to appoint Jerry Searles, the current alternate, to the board effective January 1, 2007; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Other:
Mr. Warhold suggested that the sewer lines on Columbia at Mr. Snyder's home should be cleared at least a minimum of one hundred feet in each direction before the manhole is buried. Council agreed.

Mr. Carlucci questioned construction at the Fornear property on Martha Street. Mr. Ross explained that the contractor has constructed a couple of walls on the second floor, which has been exposed to the weather. Minimal work has been completed.

Ms. O'Malley noted a house on St. Anne Street should be cited for debris in the front yard and a junk car. Mr. Ross will investigate.


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