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December 8, 2014

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

The minutes of the November 24, 2014 council meeting were presented. Mr. Swisher motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Joe Fury, 4002 Willow Avenue – reported that there has been a great increase in rail cars passing through Castle Shannon. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an article in October regarding rail cars transporting massive shipments of crude oil through Pittsburgh, and Mr. Fury questioned if the borough receives reports on the items transported by train. Chief Truver answered that the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department receives reports. Mr. Fury referenced the un-gated crossing at Willow Avenue and Chestnut Street as a public safety issue, and further questioned if the borough was prepared for this type of emergency. Chief Truver responded that any type of railroad accident involving an oil spill would fall under the jurisdiction of the Allegheny County Emergency Management Agency and would require a large scale, multi-agency response.

Mr. Fury also questioned the maintenance of the railroad tracks. Chief Truver answered that Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad leases from Norfolk Southern Railroad, and their representatives are constantly checking the rails.

Mr. Fury noted that streets lights on Willow Avenue were replaced with LED lights which provide a less illuminated area, specifically between St. Anne Street and St. Anne School. Mr. Hartswick responded that the LED light replacement is a pilot program that will provide cost savings to the municipality. A consensus of the police department and public works will determine whether council will move forward with additional light replacements. Chief Truver will review the area to determine if an additional street light is needed.

Chris Durkin, 3163 Maplene Avenue - presented a letter from Tom Phillips to council regarding the physical devastation in his yard and garden caused by the deer population.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the results of the SHACOG bid opening for the 2014-2015 Winter Road Materials Tabulation. Sufficient quantities of products have been reviewed with Mr. DeLallo. Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the winter road materials bid tabulation; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing for the 2015 budget and tax levy ordinance. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed.

Mr. Swisher motioned to adopt the 2015 Capital and Operating Budgets; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt Tax Levy Ordinance #897 at its first reading; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #607 authorizing the filing of a proposal for Keystone Communities Main Street Program Designation with the Department of Community and Economic Development. Mr. Barry Cassidy explained the benefits associated with the Keystone Community designation such as enterprise zone tax credits and grant application priority. The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation recently approved an expanded target business district that includes the Lebanon Shops. Mr. Warhold added that Mr. Cassidy has twenty-nine years of service with the Pennsylvania Downtown Center and is the proven expert in this field. The borough is very fortunate to have him work with the CSRC. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing for comments. Being none, the public hearing was closed. Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution #607; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #608 authorizing the filing of a proposal for funds with the Department of Economic Development for façade improvements in the Keystone Community target area. This grant provides business owners with a matching grant (up to $5,000 per project) for façade improvements which are exterior improvements such as new awnings, painting, brick work, windows, etc. Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution #608; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported November collections of $7,559.63 which leaves a balance of $156,517. This is a 95% collection rate, which is up 1% from 2014.

Council Committee Reports

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon announced that Keystone Oaks Marching Band is hosting a Christmas Tree Sale at the Dormont pool/tennis court. Ms. O’Malley added that they are selling beautiful wreaths for $29.00.

The annual Keystone Oaks Band and Choral concert will be December 17th.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Hartswick reported that the public works department has 300 tons of salt in storage and all trucks, plow and equipment are operational.

Public Safety/Fire:
Nothing to report.

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

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Biondo advised that the borough should have a cooperation agreement between the borough and the revitalization corporation for the façade grant funding. Ms. O’Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the cooperation agreement; Ms. Brannon seconded; Ms. Kovach and Mr. Warhold as board members of the CSRC abstained; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold reported a successful Community Business Meeting held on December 1st at the Ice Castle Sports Complex. Approximately fifty people attended and information was provided on the CSRC’s vision of Castle Shannon and the five-year revitalization plan.

The CSRC is currently working on the installation of a green wall on the Port Authority wall on Willow Avenue. The project has been presented to Kathy Frankel of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Carolyn Yagle is the landscape architect planning the project. The green wall should be funded by 2016. Along with creating a positive environmental impact for the area, an educational element will be included to describe the various plantings. This project is deemed to be the model to be used in other communities with similar walls.

Mr. Warhold described CSRC’s activities such as the addition of holiday décor to the downtown planters and additional tree plantings in the downtown area. Also, the CSRC would like to plan a weekly event each Friday in the summer. The CSRC also would like to promote the growth and partnership of local businesses.

Mr. Swisher reported that the monthly board meeting was held December 4th.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Ms. Kovach and Mr. Warhold will attend the December meeting.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
No December meeting.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report:
Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the 2015 Engineering Services agreement with Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten discussed a borough ordinance and resolution concerning measures to reduce access to illegal guns. Pennsylvania legislators passed Act 192 which will become effective January 5, 2015. Act 192 permits any resident of Pennsylvania who owns a gun or membership organization with members who own guns to sue a municipality that has passed any type of gun ordinance. Act 192 is written so broadly that it may even apply to non-binding resolutions. Mr. Biondo will prepare an ordinance to repeal Ordinance #869.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold and Ms. O’Malley stated that Light-Up Night was well attended.
Ms. Kovach wished everyone a happy holiday.
Ms. Brannon motioned to adjourn; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.


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