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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
November 27, 2017

The following elected officials were present: M. Heckmann; N. Kovach; T. Kirsch; M. Randazzo; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten. Council Member W. Oates and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; K. Truver, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; N. Mastandrea, Junior Council Member


The minutes of the November 11, 2017 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, the public comment section was closed.

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:

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works -
The roof is being installed on the CSYA shed at the municipal center, and the conduit is in place for electrical installation next spring.

A recycling truck left broken glass on two streets in town; however, public works cleared the glass from the street.

Building & Grounds:
Mr. Kirsch plans to contact Tom Beck, CSYA President.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Randazzo thanked Lt. David Lane for providing the ALICE training for emergency situations for library and borough administration staff members.

The DARE program will start in January for Myrtle Avenue Elementary School.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for November 17th and November 21st.

Mr. Heckmann motioned to tentatively adopt the 2018 Capital and Operating Budget and corresponding tax levy ordinance; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried. No tax increase is planned for 2018.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold motioned to appoint John Neuhaus to the UCC Board of Appeals for a three year term; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold stated that Castle Shannon is lucky to have Mr. Neuhaus to work on our board. Mr. Neuhaus has worked with the local Boy Scout troop for 44 years and is a very honest and ethical member of our community.

Mr. Neuhaus addressed council with his background information. Mr. Neuhaus is a graduate engineer of the Lock School of Mechanical Engineering and worked for 36 years at the Bettis Labs. His former work involved renovating buildings, and therefore he is familiar with building and electrical codes. Mr. Neuhaus was a former member of the Keystone Oaks School Board, and also worked with students on Odyssey of the Mind. He will also be a judge at the International Science and Engineering Fair at Heinz Field next year. Council expressed their appreciation to Mr. Neuhaus for his willingness to work on our board.

Mr. Warhold reported that the Economic Development South board meeting will be November 29th.

Ms. Kovach and Mr. Warhold will attend a Pennsylvania Downtown Keystone Communities seminar in Harrisburg on December 6th.

On December 16th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., local businesses will participate in the First Annual Downtown Castle Shannon Cookie Walk on Willow Avenue and Castle Shannon Boulevard. Each business will make one type of cookie for tasting with the available recipe. Maps for participating business will be available, and Lawrence Music will provide entertainment.

Library:
The library board will be meeting on November 30th, and a lengthy agenda has been prepared.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
The board meeting will be held Wednesday.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Municipalities are encouraged to contact their legislators to support a bill for local police department’s use of radar. In addition, the general membership meeting is December 7th.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Engineering plans are needed for demolition projects for a January bid opening.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Mastandrea wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and advised that school reopens tomorrow for the holiday break.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten commented that the radar legislation needs the support of the transportation committee to proceed.

Mayor Baumgarten was impressed by the tremendous support shown at the funeral of Officer Shaw from New Kensington, who was shot while on duty. Hundreds of police officers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland attended, in addition to many state troopers. Also, hundreds of people lined the streets for the funeral procession. This display of support for police officers and their service to the community was very moving.

Planning Commission:
Mr. Heckmann motioned to accept the planning commission minutes of September 18, 2017; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo requested authorization to advertise an ordinance to create a registration for foreclosed, vacant or abandoned properties. Mr. Heckmann made the motion; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Heckmann thanked Chief Truver and two police officers for representing the borough at the funeral of Officer Shaw.

Mr. Heckmann stated that since the budget will be put on public display, comments and feedback are welcomed and should be addressed to Mr. Hartswick.

Mr. Heckmann referred to MRTSA’s financial disclosure at the last council meeting. A case study in Boston provides first line responders like MRTSA to offer at home health care. Information will be distributed to our MRTSA representatives.

Several items have been discussed via web chatter. The borough continues to maintain contact with the development group of the Shannon Transit Village; however, no update is available at this time.

The Keystone Oaks School Board will meet on December 12th to vote on requests regarding the Mt. Lebanon Golf Course Gun Range. The facility will mostly be used for law enforcement training exercises, which is approved by federal law. The Municipality of Mt. Lebanon has also asked that the Mt. Lebanon High School Rifle Team be permitted to use the facility and also that the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department be permitted to use the facility for firearm safety courses for members of the general public. The Keystone Oaks Board of School Directors must vote on whether to permit the latter two uses because the facility will be located within 1,000 feet of Myrtle Elementary School; and therefore, the other two usages do not meet the requirements of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990.

Ms. Randazzo reported that Santo Raso will be replacing Don Howard as representative to the Keystone Oaks School Board.




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