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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
November 8, 2010

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council member M. Warhold and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; and Michelle Yanda, Junior Council Person.

The minutes of the October 25, 2010 council meeting were presented. V. Smith motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented bid results for leaf removal on Hoodridge, Baldwin and Vermont Ave. Mt. Lebanon will no longer be providing these services as they did in the past. Mr. Harswick secured three bids for the leaf removal with Zalar’s LLC being the lowest bid of $5,800.00. Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the bid for the balance of this year; M. Cheberenchick seconded; motion carried. Mr. Zezulewicz noted that next year the Borough, along with the building owners, will work together to find a better solution for the leaf collection.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to Report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Mr. Hartswick reported October collections of $4,285.18. Two change orders were received with a reduction of $67.00 and an addition of $5,700.00. Balance due is $125,114.37.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Zezulewicz stated that effective immediately Mr. Orr will be the chairman of Building & Grounds, Mr. Smith will be chairman of Finance and Mr. Zezulewicz will be acting chairman of the Library.

Mr. Zezulewicz questioned the status of obtaining quotes to have the Municipal Center parking lot sealed. Mr. Hartswick answered the Engineers will be looking into it. Mr. Orr suggested hiring a reputable local company. Mr. Zezulewicz would like to get estimates and include this project in next year’s budget.

Mr. Hartswick questioned the possibility of creating another entrance or exit to the parking lot. Mr. Zezulewicz declared that Ms. Kovach brought this up at a previous meeting, and a different parking design would take parking spaces away. Ms. Kovach believes there is a lot of wasted space, and the parking lot design should be reviewed.

Mr. Zezulewicz reiterated that he would like to get three estimates for the sealing of the parking slots at the Municipal Center, and possibly the walk way around the field. Once the contractor views the site project, they may have ideas on how to generate additional spots with the parking alignment.

Ms. Kovach questioned the status of the tennis court project and the puddling. Mr. Hartswick stated the contractors are aware of the situation, and no payment will be made until the courts are flawless.

Finance:
Budget Committee meeting will take place on Monday Nov. 22nd

Library:
Mr. Orr stated the library roof is almost completed.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier noted the Moss’s building on Willow Ave. has been sold to a real estate company, and once the building is up to codes they will occupy it. Mr. Zezulewicz questioned whether the apartments above the building will be utilized. Mr. Vietmeier answered that is the intention of the owner.

Ms. Kovach believed she saw progress being done on the Shannon Hotel and noted the tearing down between the two buildings.

Mr. Vietmeier affirmed that Mr. Kefalos who owns property on Sleepy Hollow will be asphalting several of his gravel parking pads by the borough catch basins this weekend.

A residence on Linden was sold and closing will take place shortly.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver stated that in light of the recent reports of possible child abduction attempts, residents should remain vigilant about stranger danger.

Public Works:
Salt supply is sufficient for now.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz will look over the final draft of the Borough Newsletter before it is sent to print.

MRTSA:
Mr. Baumgarten gave an update on the Connect program. Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb’s task in the Connect Communities is to try to get some of the non-profit entities to contribute money which may help with various services and could aid boroughs regarding their contributions to EMS services.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Mr. Hartswick noted a General Membership Meeting to be held at the South Hill Country Club on Dec. 2nd 2010.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Yanda reported the K.O.Varsity Football’s last game is on 11/12/10. The upcoming Snow Ball dance will be a benefit for breast cancer research.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick requested Council’s approval to solicit bids for a 2004 Crown Victoria Sedan in the amount of $2,500.00, sold as is. Mr. Orr made a motion to solicit bids for the police surplus vehicle sold as is; Ms. O’Malley seconded; motion carried.

Mayor:
Mr. Baumgarten stated there is an e-mail circulating regarding a meeting on Nov. 11th for a re-vote on whether or not to proceed with the closure of Aiken School.

The Castle Shannon Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Thursday Nov. 11th at 11:00a.m.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Smith reported on vandalism at Riehl Park. Currently, Hamilton Park’s lower area has video cameras, however there are none at Riehl Park. Mr. Smith recommended that all of the parks should have cameras. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested looking into getting a grant to purchase the additional cameras.

Mr. Orr would like to discontinue the contract with our present landscaping contractor. Mr. Hartswick stated this will be done by the end of the year. Mr. Biondo advised that the contract from the landscapers included an option to renew each year.

Council agreed that having separate contracts and specs from various landscapers for areas that get cut such as the hillsides and park fields would be an option to consider as soon as possible. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested that Bob Ausman in the Public Works Department could work with the summer road crew as an alternative way to maintain the fields and hillsides.

Ms. O’Malley noted that a representative from Senator Casey’s office will be attending a meeting at the Municipal Center to discuss the Transit Development Station. Mr. Hartswick will contact Jim Aiello to invite him for the discussion.


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