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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
March 28, 2016

The following elected officials were present: K. Brannon; T. Kirsch; N. Kovach; 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; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; D. Biondo, Solicitor; K. Kocelko, Junior Council Member; Jason Stanton – Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering.


The minutes of the March 14, 2016 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Mr. Stanton presented Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) Training (see attached slide show). The program, which requires a NPDS five year federal permit that began in 2013, is regulated and enforced through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and federal Environmental Protection Agency. The permit is for stormwater conveyance that is used for collecting and/or conveying stormwater, owned by a municipality or other public body, not used as a combined sewer and not part of a publically owned treatment plant.

In 2015, DEP began auditing municipalities to insure compliance with the permit requirements. Stormwater ponds will be inspected by the DEP. All MS4 activities must be documented by the borough in preparation for the audit.

Permit requirements including preparing and implementing a minimum control measure (MCM) written plan with six components. Each component lists multiple Best Management Practices (BMP) to be implemented. The Minimum Control Measures are:

1. Public Education and Outreach on Stormwater Impacts – Education of the public via Facebook, website and newsletters.

2. Public Involvement/Participation – Educational sessions such as this meeting. A Saw Mill Run stream clean-up is scheduled for April 16th. Volunteers can contact the borough office for more information.

3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination – Potential pollution testing and identification of cross connections from sanitary sewer and areas of erosion.

4. Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control – An operators meeting was held last week.

5. Post Construction Stormwater Management in New and Redevelopment Activities

6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping – Public works activities to prevent discharges into the storm system.

In conclusion, the MS4 program was started to insure that people are cognizant of what goes into the streams, to prevent pollution, and maintain clean waterways to preserve a balanced ecosystem for future generations.

Mr. Swisher took this opportunity to describe a fire at the Grenadier on Hoodridge Drive caused by a smoldering cigarette. Mr. Swisher thanked the emergency response teams of paramedics, policemen and firemen who were very courteous, professional and efficient during the evacuation of residents to St. Annes Church. Mr. Swisher also thanked Mr. Vietmeier for his prompt assistance in posting the property as uninhabitable for human occupancy. Chief Truver added that it was a good collaborated effort between all emergency management personnel.

John Wilson, 229 Woodhaven, Bridgeville – addressed council regarding a condemned property at 3190 McRoberts Road. The former owners signed a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure to transfer the property to Mr. Wilson on Monday, March 21st. Mr. Wilson asked council to delay the demolition of the property so that he and his construction team can renovate the home and keep it on the tax rolls. In addition, Mr. Wilson submitted a letter from Dollar Bank indicating the availability of funds for the project and a preliminary Scope of Work.

Castle Shannon Borough Council has spent three years trying to get this property demolished and already provided a 14 day delay for the demolition. In addition, Mr. Biondo sent an agreement for Mr. Wilson to execute to protect the borough in the event that the renovation is not completed. Mr. Wilson asked for additional time for his attorney to negotiate terms of the agreement. Mr. Wilson gave his assurance that he would personally pay to have the property torn down if the project does not get completed, or have escrow funds available to complete the demolition.

After much discussion, Borough Council agreed to delay the demolition for one week to allow the attorneys time to negotiate conditions on the agreement.

Ian Phillips, 1624 McCully Road – discussed zoning rule changes for R3 that are being considered for 47 acres in Bethel Park at the former Bethel Park Coal Mine on Valley Drive. A developer is planning on building a 50+ senior living facility. Mr. Phillips presented a copy of the current site plans for council’s review. Ms. Kovach thanked Mr. Phillips for the information.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
None.

Public Hearings:
None.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained Ms. Torris’s Certificate of Training pursuant to Act 48 of 2015, which verifies Ms. Torris as a Qualified Tax Collector through the end of her term in 2017.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon announced the following events: April 8th - Bingo night at Myrtle Avenue Elementary; and June 4th – noon to 5:00 p.m. - Mega Sportsman Bash at the Castle Shannon Fire Department. Tickets are $50.00

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Pesticide and hazardous materials storage cabinets, a spill kit, and accumulation drums are being ordered for the garage pursuant to MS4 requirements.

Building & Grounds:
Mr. Kirsch reported that the Hamilton Park restroom renovation project has started. Mr. Kirsch motioned to waive the park fee for the Marine Corps. League for August 7, 2016; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Brannon motioned to advertise Ordinance #905 regulating and licensing peddlers, solicitors and door-to-door salesmen; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the March 21st and March 25th check registers.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Vietmeier stated that Mr. Inverso purchased the Mr. Tire building on Route 88.

Mr. Warhold made the following announcements:

March 31st at 11:30 a.m. - Greenways Trail Meeting with Port Authority is scheduled with Larry Souleret and the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation at the municipal center.

April 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 - Saw Mill Run Stream Clean-up. Volunteers will meet on James Street, and all supplies will be provided.

April 18th – Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation will be co-sponsoring a round table discussion with Dennis Davin (Director of DCED), State Representative Dan Miller, Senator Matt Smith and Erin Molchany of the Governor’s Office.

April 30, 2017 to May 5, 2017 – the Main Street National Conference for the Pennsylvania Downtown Center will be held in Pittsburgh, with a tour stop in Castle Shannon.

Library:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Article deadline is April 8th.

MRTSA:
Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
The spring conference is April 7-10.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
The annual dinner meeting is April 21st. Please let Ms. Miller know if you plan to attend.

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

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Kocelko announced that the 2016 musical comedy “My Favorite Year” will be performed next week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The marching band will be performing the National Anthem at the Pittsburgh Pirate game on April 17th.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to authorize the borough manager to send correspondence to State Representative Dan Miller in opposition of House Bill #340 regarding changes to the Sunshine Act; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick reported on the MS4 Operators Meeting held on March 21st. Five entities attended, and the operators will be notified about various corrective measures for detention ponds.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten asked council to consider hiring a summer intern to catalogue all liened properties in the borough, with a goal of eliminating them from the liened tax list. The internship application through the Local Government Academy was not approved. Cost of the internship would be $4,000.00. Mr. Hartswick will explore the possibility of other available intern programs or available interns at the graduate level interested in the position.

Planning Commission:
Mr. Kirsch motioned to accept the minutes and recommendations of the February 15, 2016 meeting; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Kirsch announced that there is no asbestos in the downstairs tiles. Flooring options are being explored.


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