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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
December 13, 2010

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

The minutes of the November 22, 2010 council meeting were presented. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, the public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented bids for two surplus police vehicles. The highest bidder for a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria unmarked car was Ken Truver at $4,119. Ms. O’Malley motioned to award the bid to Mr. Truver; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The only qualified bidder for a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria former K-9 car was James Sokol at $1,758. Mr. Biondo advised that the other bidders did not include a ten percent (10%) bid security or utilize the borough’s bid form. The lack of the bid security should not be waived as an irregularity. Ms. Kovach motioned to award the bid to James Sokol; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Zezulewicz announced that the proposed budget has been properly advertised and displayed, and he opened the public hearing on Tax Levy Ordinance 878. No comments were received; therefore Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing. Mr. Orr motioned to adopt Ordinance 878 at its first reading; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented the proposed budget for 2011 with the following millages: General Fund – 7.12 mills; Debt Service - 1.466 mills; Street Lighting – .300 mills and Library - .514 mills. Next year is a very difficult budget year due to the real estate assessment freeze, a decline on property assessed valuations, increased costs for health insurance, solid waste disposal and rock salt. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt the 2011 budget; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 877 providing for the establishment and regulation of a pension plan for the full-time non-uniformed employees of the borough. Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public hearing on Ordinance 877. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Ms. Kovach motioned to adopt Ordinance 877 at its first reading; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported November collections of $4550.44 with a remaining balance due of $121,644.62. An additional $3,000 has been collected in December. Collections are at 95%.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Orr received one quote for sealing the municipal center parking lots. Additional quotes are being secured. The parking design must be kept to maintain the maximum parking spaces.

Mr. Zezulewicz discussed water damage to the police department from recent rainfalls. The original entrance design included a wooden frame painted green with a steel roof. Mr. Orr will explore the option of having public works install a roof over the municipal center entrance and walkway in the spring.

Finance:
Mr. Smith motioned to ratify the November treasurer’s report; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library:
Ms. O’Malley stated that the next library board meeting will be the first Thursday in January. Mr. Orr has been appointed to the library board as a resident member.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that a third floor is planned for a medical facility for the office building across from the former Foodland.

South Hills Landscaping is planning to build on Castleview Drive.

Utility companies have completed restoration on some Sleepy Hollow Road properties. Several residents have damaged the landscaping and violation notices have been sent.

Twelve driveways on Sleepy Hollow Road were asphalted. Ten more driveways will be asphalted in the spring.

The owner of 925 Ulrich has appealed the judge’s guilty verdict on code violations. Mr. Vietmeier and Mr. Biondo will attend the court hearing.

Mr. Hartswick, Mr. Veitmeier, Mr. DeLallo and Mr. Stanton will meet on Castleview Drive regarding the Chu limousine property rain water drainage.

Public Safety:
The agenda contained the November reports.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz would like to explore options to expedite the newsletter mailing.

MRTSA:
Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Yanda described a program at the high school where students without computers can sign out laptops from the library.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the November distribution analysis.

Engineer's Report:
Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. contract for 2011; Ms. O’Malley seconded; Mr. Orr voted no; motion carried five to one.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented the revised MMO for the police pension plan for 2011 to reflect the arbitration award’s maximum employee contribution rate of six percent (6%).

Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution 557 to modify the zoning hearing fees. Mr. Smith motioned to adopt Resolution 557; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor:
Mayor Baumgarten advised that the sewer line replacement project on Lindenwood cost $88,000. This expense is over and above our financial commitment to the sewer improvement program required by the Administrative Consent Order.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor:
Mr. Biondo reported that the billboard litigation case has been resolved.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Warhold resigned as chairman of the Community Day Committee in October. Mr. Orr and Mr. Smith volunteered to co-chair the committee. A meeting will be scheduled after the first of the year.


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