The following elected officials were present: R. Carlucci; P. Coffey; N. Kovach; J. O'Malley; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Members M. Cheberenchick and T. Kirk and Tax Collector S. Torris was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Manager; D. Biondo, Solicitor; H. Lane, Police Chief.
The minutes of the November 22, 2004 council meeting were presented. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten.
Mayor Baumgarten introduced Castle Shannon Police Officer Brian McKeown, who received an award from Amen Corner of Allegheny County for outstanding police work. Council congratulated Officer McKeown.
Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comments section of the meeting.
Mr. Terry Olesniewicz, 875 Middle Road - requested an update on the Middle Road landslide problem. Legislative contacts were made, and there is a possibility for potential legislation to provide funds for private property. Mr. Ross contacted two federal agencies that advised funds are available for public property only. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that professional engineers were contracted to conduct a geotechnical evaluation. Mr. Zezulewicz summarized stating that council had hoped for assistance from the federal government, the engineer's report will be available as a public record, and a meeting to review the engineer's report with the residents will be scheduled.
Mr. Al Killmeyer, 873 Middle Road - stated that three months have passed since the landslide, and Mr. Killmeyer voiced concerns that additional homes may be damaged if the problem is not resolved. Mr. Zezulewicz stated the borough has contacted the county regarding lowering tax assessments and pricing was obtained for the geotechnical report from a qualified neutral engineering firm. Mr. Killmeyer requested council expedite the process to prevent further damages to homes on Middle Road. Mr. Killmeyer stated the gas lines were eliminated on only two of the properties. Mr. Ross stated the gas company automatically disconnects the lines when a property is condemned. Mr. Ross will contact the gas company and report to council and residents.
Mrs. Killmeyer requested minutes of the November 8th and November 22nd meeting. Mrs. Killmeyer voiced her disappointment that the winter newsletter did not contain information on the three Middle Road residents whose homes were condemned from Hurricane Ivan. Mrs. Killmeyer requested copies of correspondence sent to county and state officials.
Mr. William Toskey, 879 Middle Road - discussed the lack of communication to residents and requested copies of minutes.
Mr. Zezulewicz officially closed the public portion of the meeting.
Bid Openings: - Nothing to report.
Public Hearings: - Nothing to report.
Civil Service Commission: - Nothing to report.
Real Estate Tax Collectors Report: - Ms. Torris reported November collections of $7,433.76 Two hundred delinquent letters were sent with a balance of face tax to be collected of $160,875.91.
Council Committee Reports:
Building and Grounds: - Nothing to report.
Finance: - Mr. Carlucci motioned to ratify the Treasurer's Report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Library: - Ms. O'Malley reported a vacancy exists on the Library Board.
Planning and Codes: - Nothing to report.
Public Safety: - Chief Lane reported the borough is ready to change to the county 911 program as of January 1st. Formal acceptance via a letter was received. Chief Lane met with county's communications system to review transmission capabilities.
Public Works: - Mr. Coffey reported R. DeLallo will return to work from injury tomorrow. Mr. Hartswick reported that Mr. Schumacher and Mr. Fazio have done an admirable job as interim supervisors.
Editorial Board: - Nothing to report
MRTSA: - Nothing to report.
Allegheny County Boroughs Association - Nothing to report.
Allegheny League of Municipalities: - Nothing to report.
South Hills Area Council of Governments: - Ms. O'Malley noted the SHACOG meeting minutes of 11/18/04.
Police Pension: - The agenda contained the November investment analysis.
Earned Income Tax Collector's Report: - November distribution analysis: EIT - $59,768.61; OPT - $436.61.
Engineer's Report: - Nothing to report.
Manager's Report: - Mr. Hartswick presented the 2005 capital operating budget and reported no tax increase for 2005. Mr. Coffey noted the reduced fund balance forward. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt the Castle Shannon Borough 2005 Budget; Mr. Coffey seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented Tax Levy Ordinance 843 establishing the 2005 millage rate at 7.3892. Mr. Carlucci motioned to adopt Ordinance 843; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented final payment for the Sleepy Hollow Drive Storm Sewer project of $13,417.41. Ms. O'Malley motioned to approve payment invoice and submit same to SHACOG for processing; Mr. Carlucci seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick presented the engineering services agreement for 2005 from Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to executed the agreement; Ms. O'Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.
Mr. Hartswick discussed the 2003 Liquid Fuels Audit report.
The Christmas and New Year's holidays will not affect refuse collection days. Greenridge Waste will be collecting on Thursdays.
- Nothing to report.
Planning Commission: - Nothing to report.
Solicitor: - Nothing to report.
Keystone Oaks : - Nothing to report.
Zoning Hearing Board: - Nothing to report.
Other Business: - Mr. Hartswick read the resignation letter of Ted Kirk as council member dated December 7, 2004. Mr. Zezulewicz stated council will receive letters for ten days to fill the vacancy and a special meeting will be advertised for January 3rd to appoint a replacement.
Mr. Coffey stated it was a privilege and honor to work with Mr. Kirk over the years.
Ms. Kovach reported favorable responses to the candy cane lights installed in town.