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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
March 27, 2017

The following elected officials were present: M. Heckmann; N. Kovach; T. Kirsch; W. Oates; M. Randazzo; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten. Tax Collector S. Torris was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official. Junior Council Member N. Mastandrea was absent.


The minutes of the March 13, 2017 Council Meeting were presented. Mr. Swisher motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Comments:

Ms. Kovach opened the public comment section of the meeting. No comments were received; therefore the public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented bid opening results as follows for surplus municipal vehicles as advertised:

1. 2006 Chevrolet Impala – highest bidder was Bay Ridge Motors for $1,355.00
2. 2010 Ford Crown Victoria – highest bidder was Bay Ridge Motors for $1,550.00
3. 2011 Ford Explorer – No bids received.
4. 2013 Ford Taurus – highest bidder was Bay Ridge Motors for $4,788.00

Mr. Heckmann motioned to accept the bids from Bay Ridge Motors; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Jason Stanton, Professional Engineer for Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering presented sketches for intersection improvements on Hamilton Road at Route 88 to enable a left turn onto Route 88 and provide pedestrian improvements with sidewalks from Castle Court to Library Road. The plan would include elongating the road, designating a crosswalk to the fire department parking lot, and installation of a traffic light. Opening the intersection would also provide easier access for fire trucks and emergency equipment in addition to alleviating traffic on Grove Road. Although it was noted that Hamilton Road and Route 88 are both state roads, Mr. Stanton presented a plan that would technically work at a cost of $1.1 million plus property acquisitions. Penndot is reviewing the borough’s request for the intersection modifications, and the engineer’s plan will be forwarded to them for review.

Civil Service Commission:
Mr. Kirsch motioned to accept the minutes of the reorganization meeting of March 18, 2017; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann advised residents to check social media for additional information on the Futures Forum.

Mr. Heckmann is also reviewing best practices of other boroughs to determine what media channels they use to communicate zoning information to the public.

Public Works:
Mr. Oates reported that trees have been ordered to begin renovation of the community garden on Route 88.

Public works has been completing a number of dye tests throughout the borough for property sales, in addition to preparing the lawn mowers for the season. The ball field dragging schedule will begin this week, weather permitting.

Mr. DeLallo, Mr. Hartswick and Ms. Kovach have been reviewing road conditions for the 2017 road improvement program.

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Kirsch discussed an option for replacement of the municipal center sign in front of the borough building.

Mr. Kirsch reported that the asphalt needs replaced at the basketball court at the Myrtle Parklet.

A meeting will be scheduled with the Castle Shannon Youth Association board to discuss their requests for installation of a hockey area on Hamilton Park and installation of a block storage area at the municipal center field.

Public Safety/Fire:
Nothing to report.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for March 10th, March 17th and March 24th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Stanton discussed Phase II of Ellison Place lot revisions. Senterra Development presented the information to the planning commission, and Mr. Stanton delivered a letter this evening stating the plan is in conformance with zoning and land development ordinances. Mr. Warhold motioned to accept the recommendations of the planning commission, Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Vietmeier announced that a new bistro café will be opening at 3754 Willow Avenue.

Mr. Warhold described several important community meetings/events he will be attending: March 29th – Economic Development South Board Meeting; April 4th – Meeting with Governor Wolff’s representatives on the streetscape design; April 4th – Afternoon meeting in Green Tree on flood proofing communities; April 20th – Futures Forum workshop with young residents at the library; April 29th – Stream clean-up project.

The borough is seeking adult volunteers to assist at Community Day, May 28th at Hamilton Park. Interested residents should contact Christina Morrow at 412-885-9200 extension 101.

Library:
Library Director Heather Myrah will attend the April 10th council meeting in recognition of National Library Week from April 9th to April 15th.

Ms. Randazzo attended the Myrtle PFO meeting on March 20th to obtain a letter of support for a DCNR grant for Hamilton Park improvements. Mr. Hartswick stated that the letter was received.

Ms. Randazzo added that a new principal will be hired for Myrtle Avenue Elementary School by May 1st.

Editorial Board:
Newsletter articles are due April 15th or sooner.

MRTSA:
A quorum was not available for the board meeting.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
The spring conference is April 7th.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Annual dinner meeting is April 27th. Mr. Kirsch added that SHACOG is waiting for passing of the Pennsylvania budget.

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

Junior Council Person:
Mayor Baumgarten presented Mr. Mastandrea’s report.

The high school musical will be presented March 30th, March 31st and April 1st; and the girls’ basketball team made it to the state playoffs.

Parents of students at Myrtle Avenue Elementary will be learning about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) for their children’s continuing education.

Keystone Oaks High School celebrated Pi Day on March 14th (3/14). Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick stated that the PELRAS conference is the best educational conference available to municipalities.

Mr. Hartswick, Mr. Stanton, Mr. Ausman and Mr. Vietmeier had a very productive meeting with Keystone Oaks teachers on MS4 curriculum development for the 2017 fall/winter term.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten read a proclamation naming April 21st as PowerTalk 21 Day in the Borough of Castle Shannon to raise awareness of the importance of parent and teens talking together about alcohol to reduce the risks and dangers posed to teens and communities.

Planning Commission:
Mr. Oates motioned to approve the meeting minutes of February 20, 2017; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
A meeting is scheduled for March 23rd for the Shannon Transit Village project.

Other:
Mr. Warhold discussed a disability summit hosted by State Representative Dan Miller which included vendors, available services, education and job placement. A legislative lunch panel was held where ADA playground compatibility and cyber bullying were discussed.

Mr. Warhold explained the Miracle League in Upper St. Clair, which is a baseball program available for disabled people from ages seven to fifty-seven. Each player needs a buddy to assist them in the game. Many Pittsburgh Pirate players began this program which will start in May.

Russ McKibben, 1456 Highland Villa Road – appreciates council looking into the intersection modification for Hamilton Road and Route 88. Mr. McKibben listed concerns about the pedestrian crossing being very close to the signalized intersection, and the Grove Road signalization being so close to the proposed Hamilton intersection. Mr. McKibben also noted that the pedestrian crossing would lead to the fire department’s property that adjoins the transit station.




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