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December 14, 2015

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 Representative K. Kocelko was absent.

The minutes of the November 23, 2015 council meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.
Mr. Robert Firek of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. – provided an educational report on Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Strategy. Castle Shannon and thirteen other municipalities with storm sewers in the Saw Mill Run are mandated to reduce their pollutants (sediment and phosphorus) into the creek to be compliance with the Clean Water Act. The final TMDL plan is due December 2017 with construction in 2018 of catch basin filters, bio-swales, infiltration basins, stream improvements/enhancements, etc. Further details are available in the borough administration office of the Municipal Center.

Mr. Warhold discussed a meeting with Lisa Brown of Economic Development South regarding Saw Mill Run and monitoring the street for pollutants. Mr. Firek stated that all outfalls were identified and all catch basins will be tested. Several areas of the borough are being selected as focus areas; however there are no funding sources currently available for this program.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Ms. Kovach presented Ordinance #903 – Reducing the number of members on the Planning Commission. The public hearing was opened. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Ordinance #903 at its first reading; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance #904 – the tax levy ordinance for 2016 with capital and operating budgets. Mr. Hartswick added that the 2016 tax rate did not include an increase. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Mr. Swisher motioned to adopt Ordinance #904 at its first reading; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported November collections of $4,583.36. An additional $11,500 was received in December. Collections are at 97% for 2016.

Ms. Kovach presented a tax bill printing agreement with Logi-Tek Solutions. The pricing is lower than our current provider. Mr. Swisher motioned to authorize the borough manager to execute the agreement; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Torris is investigating the possibility of providing residents with the option to pay their taxes by credit card. The program is available at no cost to the borough; however residents utilizing the service would pay a usage fee.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
The Public Works Department assisted the fire department with a jersey barrier project.

The salt shed is fully stocked in preparation of snowy weather.

Public Safety/Fire:
Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to adopt Resolution #621 a promulgation resolution to update the Castle Shannon Borough Emergency Management Plan; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The agenda contained the November reports.

Mr. Swisher approved the billing registers of November 6th, 20th, 25th and December 10th. Ms. Randazzo motioned to ratify the November treasurer’s report; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier, Mr. Firek and Mr. Ausman (public works) conducted visual inspections of retention ponds throughout the borough. A meeting with property owners will be scheduled to review retention pond responsibilities and maintenance, which is a MS4 requirement.

Mr. Warhold noted a letter in council mail from Brothers Brother thanking the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation for their donation of surplus medical equipment through the POEMS program run by Darlene Vietmeier. The donated equipment is sent to third world countries in need. Mr. Warhold publicly thanked Ms. Vietmeier for her work on the POEMS program.

Mr. Swisher reported on the board meeting of December 3rd. Friends of the Library were asked to complete a Game of Chance permit from Allegheny County for their 50/50 raffles. The American Girl doll was raffled today.

The library received their third quarter table gaming revenue deposit.

A poinsettia sale is currently being conducted at the library.

The vendor fair raised $880.00.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Chief Truver reported that Officer McKeown dispensed Narcan and saved an overdose victim last week.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Ms. Kovach and Ms. Miller attended the general membership meeting. Toys were collected and donated to Angel’s Place, and money was collected and donated to Sisters’ Place.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

PA State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

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

Junior Council Person:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #620 to increase sewage rates by 50 cents per thousand gallons. The increase is necessary for sewer structural deficiency repair projects. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution #620; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick discussed the turnKey Tax Services, who will collect unidentified delinquent real estate taxes, occupancy permits and earned income/local services taxes. This is at no cost to the borough. Mr. Warhold motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the turnkey agreement; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Swisher motioned to adopt Resolution #621 a slums and blight designation for 3112 May Street; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Hartswick explained that the May Street property will be submitted for a demolition grant in place of the Elm Street structure, which will be demolished by the property owner.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten discussed credit card skimmer scams, where a device can be used to scan credit cards in purses or pockets. The information is then used for credit card fraud. Protective sleeves are available for purchase to block the scanner. The scanner can even be used at ATM’s, and criminals can possibly retrieve your pin. Mayor Baumgarten cautioned residents to monitor their credit cards and bank accounts.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Kovach thanked Mr. Cheberenchick and Ms. O’Malley for their many years of service to the community of Castle Shannon.

Mr. Warhold discussed the fire department’s donation letter sent to residents. Although no tax dollars are designated to the fire department, the borough helped fund outfitting for the last fire truck purchase. Additionally, the borough donates $25,000 toward training annually, pays for the fire department’s workers compensation insurance, pays SHACOG dues for the Fire Chief’s Advisory Committee, and covers the cost of police officer’s overtime wages for carnival security and public works’ man hours for several projects. Mr. Warhold added that Borough Council is happy to support the fire department and to help them succeed.

Mr. Warhold stated the Pittsburgh Predators ten year-old hockey team, who plays at the Ice Castle, won a Silver Skates tournament in Dayton, Ohio and will be travelling to Canada in January.

Ms. O’Malley thanked everyone on borough council and borough administration for their support throughout the years during her tenure as council person.

Mr. Cheberenchick stated that he enjoyed his long tenure on borough council and enjoyed serving the residents of Castle Shannon. Ms. Kovach thanked Mr. Cheberenchick for his wisdom and advice throughout the years.


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