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November 9, 2015

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach; J. O’Malley; M. Randazzo. D. Swisher; D. Baumgarten. Council Members K. Brannon, M. Warhold and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor; K. Kocelko, Junior Council Member; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official.

The minutes of the October 26, 2015 council meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Prior to the start of the meeting, officers of the Castle Shannon Police Department were present and acknowledged by Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten for the AAA’s Platinum safety award for the 7th year running.

Officer John Kiefer was recognized for his contributions to safe highway night driving through his achievement of the Top Gun Award for the second straight year.

The Mayor Baumgarten swore in Daniel Janeda as a new member of the CSPD with badge number 735. All welcomed Dan to his new position.

Mayor Baumgarten commended the CSPD as being one of the finest departments in the State of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, the public comment section was closed. Bid Openings:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to accept the 2015/2016 winter road materials SHACOG bid tabulation as presented by T. Hartswick; 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:
Total taxes collected for period 10/1/15-10/31/15 was $10,032.92. Ms. Torris received her certificate of completion for 6 continuing education credits for Municipal Tax Collectors Qualification Program for 2015 as required by the DCED.

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept Option 2 for the Castle Shannon Youth Association’s proposal to install a 7’x12’ shed on the grounds of the Municipal Center where the gang boxes are now located; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried. CSYA will have full responsibility to provide the necessary paperwork to Mr. Vietmeier prior to construction.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. O’Malley, under the advisement of Chief Truver working with Solicitor Mr. Biondo, motioned to authorize a draft for the advertisement of an ordinance regarding the discharge of weapons to be presented at the November 23rd council meeting; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for the month of October. Ms. Randazzo motioned to ratify the October treasurer’s report; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Ms. Kovach encouraged everyone to attend the annual Veterans Day Ceremony held at the Ice Castle Parklet on November 11th at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Vietmeier stated the conditional use hearing scheduled for Mindful Brewing Co. LLC. has been postponed by the Planning Commission due to lack of information. A decision regarding the conditional use will be made at the next council meeting on November 23rd once the Planning Commission meets again.

Verizon Wireless may request a conditional use variance for the erection of three cellular antennas on the roof of 300 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard at the Mt. Lebanon Shops.

Ms. Kovach stated she heard the Wendy’s franchise on Castle Shannon Boulevard has closed for lack of business.

Mr. Swisher reported that the Library Board held their monthly meeting on Thursday, November 5th. The new Board Member, Bethany Hemingway, is examining resources to obtain grants for a new lighting system at the Library.

The Castle Shannon Library new phone system upgrade is now complete.

The Rotary Poinsettia Sale has begun at a cost of $10.00 a piece with delivery dates slated for November 30th and December 7th.

Mr. Swisher also stated the Library will be selling totes for $10.00 and the Enjoy Books for $30.00 as fundraiser programs.

Editorial Board:
Newsletters were sent out and received by all residents with a positive response.

Membership packets for 2016 have been sent out to all residents. Mayor Baumgarten stated you can now pay via the internet on the MRTSA website.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Next meeting to be held on November 19th. The annual Holiday Invitation General Membership Meeting is being held on Thursday, December 10th at Heinz Field’s North Club Lounge for $25.00. The donation of toys and money raised go to the charities Angel’s Place in Brookline and Sister’s Place. RSVP to Mr. Hartswick by December 1st.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
The Administrative Advisory Committee will meet on November 12th for the final meeting of this year.

PA State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

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

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Kocelko stated Keystone Oaks Student Senate raised over $600.00 by selling bandanas with the breast cancer symbol. The profits will benefit the St. Clair Hospital Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Keystone Oaks High School clubs also conduct fund raisers in conjunction with the Salvation Army called the Teddy Bear Holiday. A week before Christmas, toys are bought for children in need. Chief Truver commended Ms. Kocelko and the school for participating in such a worthwhile program stating the Salvation Army relies heavily on student support to make this program a success.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Swisher motioned to accept the Ellison Place bond reduction request of $107,195.69 retroactive with approval as reviewed by Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve Change Order No. 1 for the 2015 road improvement program to adjust the mobilization cost associated with McRoberts Road with a cost of $4,000.00 from capital fund as submitted by Michael Facchiano Contracting Inc.; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve Resolution 620 for the demolition of 3415 Poplar and 3620 Elm St. in Castle Shannon and Resolution 621, a concurring resolution requesting the amount of $25,500.00 from the Department of Economic Development; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve Resolution 622, Consent Order Agreement between the Allegheny Health Department and Castle Shannon Borough; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick stated MS4 is a continuing work in progress.

Mayor's Report:
Nothing to Report.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo requested an authorization from council to remove Keith and Wendy Yanda as property owners of the a parcel of land on Columbia Avenue (a paper street) at the end of Maple Ave and reflect the correct owners as Arthur and Anna Mae Beck. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to remove Keith and Wendy Yanda as property owners; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Swisher commented on the television news report regarding rats in and around the T-Stop at the Memorial Hall Plaza stop. Mr. Hartswick noted the transit stop is the responsibility of the Port Authority and the Fire Department.


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