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December 12, 2016

The following elected officials were present: M. Heckmann; T. Kirsch; N. Kovach; W. Oates; 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; N. Mastandrea, Junior Council Member.

The minutes of the November 28, 2016 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Raeann Lindsey, 3114 Home Avenue - thanked the police department and borough council for their help in resolving the parking issues on Home Avenue.

Chris Lisle, 1469 Trance Drive – attended the meeting with his two sons, Chris Jr. and Cam, who are Boy Scouts to observe the meeting as part of their badge requirements.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Ms. Kovach presented council with Resolution #634 requesting a Multimodal Transportation Fund grant of $2,333.333 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Mr. Cassidy approached council and described his efforts in applying for a DCED grant for Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation projects, only to be denied. The Multimodal Transportation Fund grant application being presented to council is the same as the DCED, but with a different funding source. Mr. Cassidy hopes to acquire the grant via the Highway Occupancy Permit (HOP) which is a faster process than the Engineering and Construction Management System (ECMS). Mr. Cassidy advised council to lobby with state and federal authorities in Harrisburg by establishing multiple meetings to express the importance of this funding.

Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve Resolution #634; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Cassidy plans to reapply for the DCED grant next year.

Mr. Hartswick presented Tax Levy Ordinance #907, fixing the tax rate for the year 2017. The real estate tax millage will remain the same as last year at 8.385 mills. Mr. Hartswick described the various projects for 2017 including sewer inlet cleaning, road paving programs, a document imaging program, storm water rate study, etc. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing. Mr. Lisle questioned the difference in revenues from 2015 to 2016, and Ms. Kovach and Mr. Hartswick explained it was from a bond issue for sanitary sewer improvements. No other comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve Tax Levy Ordinance #907; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Swisher motioned to approve the final adoption of all 2017 Capital and Operational Budgets; Mr. Kirsch seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported November collections of $14,727.67 in current taxes and $15,486.75 in delinquent taxes. At this point in December, collections are at 97% of taxes for the year 2016.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works:
The Public Works Department was called out three times over the weekend of December 10th & 11th. The salt shed is well supplied per Mr. DeLallo.

Training requirements have been completed by the new public works hire, Mr. Fawcett. Mr. Brannon has started his mandated orientation.

Mr. Kirsch questioned if there was any news on the Public Works contract negotiations. Mr. Hartswick sent a letter to the Public Works Union Representative, Mr. Graswick, and Mr. Hartswick is waiting to hear back.

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report. Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Kovach asked for a motion to advertise an amendment to Ordinance #809 to establish additional locations where traffic is limited to a specified amount of time on Library Road/ Route 88 in the Borough of Castle Shannon. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the amendment advertisement to Ordinance #809; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold held his last CSRC Board Meeting for 2016 on Wednesday, December 7th at the Municipal Center.

After being the turned down for the Multimodal DCED grant, Mr. Warhold, Ms. Kovach, Mr. Cassidy and Mayor Baumgarten met with Senator Fontana to discuss reasons why the grant was not awarded to Castle Shannon Borough.

Mr. Vietmeier gave an update on local businesses. A dog grooming establishment is proposed in Stoner Center, but this will be presented to the Planning Commission next month for consideration. Mindful Brewing is going through final inspections and anticipating opening up for business the first week of January. Shannon Optical (which is limited to safety glasses, etc. and not prescription lenses) has opened in Lebanon Shops. Planet Fitness has a trailer accepting applications for jobs, and their business sign was approved by Zoning Board.

Ms. Randazzo announced the Library Board Members whose terms have expired have agreed to remain on the Board for the next three years.

Ms. Randazzo also noted the Enjoy Book is still for sale at the Library for $30.00 a piece.

Ms. Kovach remarked the poinsettias sold by the Library for $10.00 were beautiful and bought as favors for the ACBA dinner.

Breakfast with Santa on December 10th was a success.

Editorial Board:
Articles are due by the end of March for the Spring 2017 newsletter.

Ms. Kovach stated Mr. Warhold has elected not to seek another term on the Medical Rescue Team South Board. Mr. Kirsch motioned to approve Mr. Swisher as the new MRTSA board member for a term of five years; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Ms. Kovach and Mr. Warhold attended the general membership meeting on December 8th. Speakers from the Board who represent our interest in Harrisburg and lobby for various legislation were present to listen to the Borough’s concerns

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

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

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Mastandrea commented Keystone Oaks High School was administering the Standardized Keystone Tests this week for students.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented the Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. agreement for appointment of engineering services for 2017. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve LSSE services; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Council wishes you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season.


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