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April 11, 2016

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

The minutes of the March 28, 2016 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Carl Lukitsch, 3147 McRoberts Road – presented photographs of the condition of a neighbor’s property that had significant damage from a fire, and he noted that the house and gable are not secured. Mr. Vietmeier will follow up with the property owner to insure that significant actions are taken to renovate or demolish the property. A lengthy discussion continued on the timing and court procedures for notices of violation.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:

Public Hearings:
Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Ordinance #905 for regulating and licensing peddlers, solicitors and door-to-door salesmen. No comments were received; therefore Ms. Kovach closed the public hearing. Ms. Brannon motioned to adopt Ordinance #905 at its first reading; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported March collections of $575,245.75 with a balance due of $1,300,000.00.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Brannon announced the following events:
April 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Keystone Oaks Boys Basketball will hold a Drive for Your School event. Kenny Ross Ford South will donate $20.00 for each individual who completes the test drive process.
May 5th - Keystone Oaks High School annual band/chorus concert
May 11th – Myrtle Avenue Elementary concert
June 9th – Keystone Oaks High School graduation and last day of school
Ms. Brannon gave kudos to Christina Morrow for posting events on Facebook such as the Community Day and Saw Mill Run Stream Clean-up. Facebook now has 928 likes.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Oates reported that Public Works has been working on demolition work and painting the Hamilton Park restrooms, in addition to preparing the ballfields for CSYA.
Crack sealing was completed on multiple streets in the borough along with pothole repair.
The Killarney Bridge wing wall has been repaired. Before and after photographs will be placed in the next newsletter. Minor maintenance issues will be completed by public works.
Required MS4 equipment was received and installed at the borough garage.

Building & Grounds:
Mr. Kirsch visited Hamilton Park and reported that the ceiling and walls have been painted for the restroom renovation project. New fixtures will be installed, and the floor will be repainted.
Two quotes were received for different flooring options to replace tile at the municipal center.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Brannon motioned to approve a five-year employment contract for Police Chief Ken Truver; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Swisher approved the April 6th check register and motioned to ratify the March Treasurer’s Report; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Ms. Kovach read a letter sent to Port Authority advising them of the borough’s intention to apply for 70% funding grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s DCED Multimodal Transportation Fund for public infrastructure and station improvements made necessary by the construction of the Shannon Transit Village project. The infrastructure improvement will enable handicapped accessibility between the Willow Station, Shannon Station, and the Arlington Station and provide a more accessible public path for all transit riders and downtown visitors.
Mr. Warhold stated that the Codes Department is working with Shaeffer Technology for document imaging software to update code enforcement property files, mapping and violations. A meeting with borough council will be scheduled to review the software program.
The Saw Mill Run Stream Clean-up event is scheduled for April 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet on James Street, and all supplies will be provided.
Mindful Brewing on Library Road plans to open in August. Mr. Vietmeier is working with the owner on parking lot plans.

Ms. Randazzo stated that the library board interviewed and approved a new trustee member.
September 20th is the Day of Giving for libraries. Publicity will be handled through the Carnegie Library.
The library received their 2.2% budget increase from the state.
Holly Abbott was the winner of the winter raffle. The event brought in $202.00. A new raffle for $55.00 worth of scratch off tickets is being held with the drawing on June 6th.
The library board of trustees have been encouraged to get clearances, and members are working on this.
The week of April 17th is National Library Week. Residents can bring in canned goods to lower their outstanding library fines.
Friends of the Library have provided the library board with their official 501(c)3 certificate.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Seiler is compiling information for the draft newsletter.

Mayor Baumgarten stated that the law firm of Tucker, Arensburg has been hired as attorneys for MRTSA.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
ALOM held a very informative conference.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Ms. Kovach and Mr. Warhold plan to attend their annual conference in June.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
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 asked council to rescind the demolition contract through SHACOG with Allen Demolition for CD 41, as the property is being renovated. Ms. Randazzo motioned to rescind the contract; Ms. Brannon seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Swisher motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreement with John Wilson to renovate the property at 3190 McRoberts Road; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Kirsch motioned to authorize the borough manager to exercise the option of extending the rock salt contract with Cargill, Inc. for an additional one (1) year term commencing July 1, 2016 and ending on June 30, 2017; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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.

Mr. Warhold discussed the ALOM legislative session that discussed that fact that sometimes adults must be parents (and not friends) to their children.

Ms. Kovach noted that local police departments’ use of radar will be presented to legislators for a vote once again.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks is forming a student services advisory council, and Ms. Brannon was invited to participate in a meeting.

Mr. Warhold noted that residents have commended the police department by sending a thank you letter and a posting on the Next Door Neighborhood website.


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