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April 10, 2017

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

The minutes of the March 27, 2017 Council Meeting were presented. Mr. Kirsch motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Comments:

Patricia Kubiak, 1215 Thompson Avenue – stated that because a neighbor feeds the wild turkeys bird seed, the birds flock together and come onto her porch and property which have resulted in the loss of mail delivery. In addition, the turkeys have attacked a woman on Grant Street causing a fall with injuries. Although the police and game commission advised the resident not to feed the wildlife, the residents continues. Chief Truver advised Ms. Kubiak that borough council passed an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of wildlife, and Ms. Kubiak should call 911 to report a violation when this happens.

Carl Lukitsch, 3147 McRoberts Road – described unsafe conditions at 3141 McRoberts Road. The property was damaged by a fire two years ago. Glass shards are falling from the roof onto his property, the screen door is unsecured, electric wires were cut and unsecured, boarded up windows have been reopened, and metal caps on the garage roof are falling. Mr. Vietmeier advised that a structural engineer’s report approved the structural adequacy of the existing residence, the property was sold in March 2017, and the owner was given 180 days to make repairs. Mr. Vietmeier will investigate the safety issues and contact the new owner.

Christina Lipinski, 186 Castle Road – thanked Mr. Vietmeier for taking action to resolve a garbage storage complaint.

Marian Randazzo recognized board members of the Community Library of Castle Shannon who attended the meeting to support National Library Week: Arla Muha, Jonathan Ebel, Donece Janiak, and Janet Montgomery. Ms. Randazzo commended these volunteer board members for their dedication to the community library, and added that the borough is very lucky to have such a strong, active library. In addition, Ms. Randazzo urged residents to contact their government representatives to eliminate budget cuts for library funding. Borough council will send a letter to legislators to support library funding.

Heather Myrah, Director of the Community Library of Castle Shannon - stated that many libraries do not receive financial support from their municipalities. Ms. Myrah thanked borough council for continuing to support the library through designated tax dollars. Ms. Myrah added that the Friends of the Library provide many fundraising activities and raised $1,000 from the flea market this past weekend.

Ms. Myrah described the Little Library which was set up at the municipal center parking lot to provide free reading material to residents of all ages.

Arla Muha, Library Board President, also thanked council for their support and funding and quoted “A community is only as strong as its library”, and noted that our library has programs and services available from infants to seniors.

Mayor Baumgarten presented a proclamation naming April 9 – 15, 2017 as National Library Week and encouraged all residents to visit the library, explore the available programs and services, and engage with your librarian. Ms. Randazzo added that the borough is blessed to have Heather Myrah and her wonderful staff to welcome and help visitors from Castle Shannon and the many other communities that choose to utilize our library.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
One bid was received for the 2006 Chevrolet Impala, which was advertised. Council tabled this action.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris presented the March 2017 report: Collections - $833,404.12; Balance - $2,104,419.68. The discount period will be extended to April 18th due to the Easter holiday.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann will review municipal policies on social media, internet and e-mail usage.

Public Works:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to authorize the extension of the second option year for the rock salt contract through SHACOG; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Kirsch reported that the rainy weather has delayed work on the ballfields.

Trees have been ordered to replant the community garden on Route 88. Ms. Kovach added that council is considering the installation of a rain garden at the municipal center hillside. Public Safety/Fire:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Swisher approved the check register for April 5th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold and Ms. Kovach will accept an award for promoting community and economic revitalization at the Local Government Day Excellence Awards Celebration at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

A Future’s Forum workshop will be held April 20th at the library at 7:00 p.m.

A Stream Cleanup project is scheduled for April 29th. Volunteers should wear boots and will meet on James Street at 9:00 a.m.

The National Main Street Conference is being held in Pittsburgh May 1st to 3rd. Castle Shannon is a highlighted stop on the transportation tour.

Ms. Randazzo reported that the library board is working on refining policies and guidelines (tutoring, library rentals, etc.) including the strategic plan.

Editorial Board:
Newsletter articles are due this week.

The board will be meeting April 26th.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
The spring conference was very informative, and Ms. Kovach discussed the legislators’ panel session.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Annual dinner meeting is April 27th.

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

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Mastandrea reported that the teachers union signed a one year contract.

The Keystone Oaks High School musical “Footloose” was very successful.

Twenty-six students were inducted into the National Honor Society.

The mock car crash will be held April 26th. Mr. Mastandrea will be performing in the event.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
A $400,000 Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant was submitted for improvements at Hamilton Park to include reconstruction of Terrace Drive and installation of a splash pad area by the batting cage.

MS4 – Jason Stanton of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. will conduct MS4 training at the next council meeting.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten discussed a volunteer band from the Ringgold Area that performed a concert at Baptist Homes, and stated it would be nice for Castle Shannon to have the same type of volunteer band.

The Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association has five hundred members registered this year (an all-time high).

Mr. Kirsch announced that Mayor Baumgarten will be incarcerated in the Hamilton Park “Jail” for Community Day. Donations for his “bail” will be submitted to the Castle Shannon Youth Association.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

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.

Mr. Warhold stated that Shari Richards will be performing at Community Day. Ms. Kovach added that this will be the 10th anniversary of this event, and the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation is planning a game for their booth.

Mr. Heckmann explained that Snap Retail (a local Pittsburgh company) builds marketing and web technology for smaller businesses, and they are going public with a major nationwide main street partnership. Castle Shannon has the opportunity to participate in this program which would create synergy through technology for the local businesses.

Mr. Swisher served on the library board previously, and mentioned that it was nice to see his former library board members attend the meeting. Mr. Swisher and council thanked them for their service to the library and community.


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