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December 12, 2011

The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach, J. O’Malley, V. Smith; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. Council President R. Zezulewicz was absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; K. Truver, Police Chief.

The minutes of the November 28, 2011 council meeting were presented. Mr. Smith motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach deviated from the agenda for a presentation regarding the proposed #1 Cochran renovations on Sleepy Hollow Road.

William Krahe, Grandview Development – presented site plans with floor plans and storm water management for the former Giant Eagle building. Also in attendance were Neil Jennings III of #1 Cochran Inc. and Raymond Gusty of McCarty & Grey. The building will have a collision center, new vehicle preparation area and administrative offices. Fifty additional jobs will be created. Daily hours for the center will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with very little weekend activity. New cars will be stored in the parking area facing Sleepy Hollow Road.

With regard to the above presentation, council addressed the planning commission report and minutes of November 21, 2011. Mr. Warhold motioned to accept the planning commission’s report and recommendations to approve the #1 Cochran application with conditions; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Gary DeFrancesco, 829 Corbett Drive – questioned if the borough conducted annual audits. Mr. Hartswick answered that the firm of Hosack, Spect, Muetzell & Wood audit the borough financial records annually, and copies of the audits are available in the borough offices for review. Mr. DeFrancesco asked council to investigate the codes official’s and borough manager’s activities. Ms. Kovach advised that complaints should be submitted in written form. In addition, Mr. DeFrancesco requested that the borough conduct a forensic audit. Council will take Mr. DeFrancesco’s requests under advisement.

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

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Hartswick announced that the proposed budget has been properly advertised and displayed. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Tax Levy Ordinance 884. No comments were received; therefore Ms. Kovach closed the public hearing. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Ordinance 884 at its first reading; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 885 – adopting a schedule of reasonable costs in connection with the collection of delinquent local service taxes and delinquent earned income taxes. This ordinance is being submitted to enable the change to Jordan Tax for collection of delinquent local and earned income taxes. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Ordinance 885. No comments were forthcoming; therefore Ms. Kovach closed the public hearing. Mr. Smith motioned to adopt Ordinance 885; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
The agenda contained proposed changes to the Civil Service Commission Rules. Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the recommended changes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported November collections of $5,871.29 leaving a balance of $122,837.66 to be collected. This is a 95% collection rate, which is 1% higher than 2010. Council congratulated Ms. Torris on her collection rate.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Smith motioned to ratify the November Treasurer’s report; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented the proposed budget for 2012 with the following millages: General Fund – 7.89 mills; Debt Service - .380 mills; Street Lighting – .300 mills; Library - .514; and Capital - .316 mills. Mr. Smith motioned to approve the 2012 operational and capital budget with no tax increase; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley reported that three applications were received for the library board vacancy. The board will be meeting in January to review the applications.

Mr. Warhold stated that the Santa Breakfast was a great success with 36 children attending and 84 total in attendance.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold addressed Mr. DeFrancesco’s question regarding the number of building permits listed in the June 2011 minutes. There were 63 building and zoning permits and 157 occupancy permits issued in May 2011.

South Hills Landscaping has completed their building on Castle Drive.

Mr. Vietmeier is working with the planning commission on a new zoning ordinance book.

The former Moses building received a building permit. A dirt floor was replaced with concrete. Plans for the top floor are being designed.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver reported that the police department attended the 2011 Polar Plunge to support the Special Olympics. Over 1,300 people took the plunge.

Public Works:
The rock salt supply is at full capacity in anticipation of snow.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold reported that administration is working on the 2012 budget. Mayor Baumgarten added that the board is negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with the paramedics. Legislation is pending regarding ambulance service billing procedures for third party vendors.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Third quarter cable franchising checks were received from Comcast and Verizon through SHACOG.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
The agenda contained the minutes for the November 21st meeting.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Council wished everyone a Merry Christmas.


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