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May 23, 2011

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach, J. O’Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: D. Biondo, Solicitor; T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; M. Yanda, Junior Councilperson.

Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten, who introduced Shane Bauer, Matt Conrad and Libby Pellarin - the DARE essay winners from Myrtle Avenue Elementary School. Mayor Baumgarten presented each with a DARE certificate of recognition, and council congratulated the students.

The minutes of the May 9, 2011 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Joe Willson, 548 Glenshannon and Vice President of the Castle Shannon Youth Association – extended his compliments to the public works department for the outstanding condition of the borough fields.

Mr. Wilson also questioned the recent change in the opening and closing procedure for the CSYA use of the municipal center for their concessions and games. Council will review the procedure.

Peggy Lipps, 3710 Linden Avenue – asked for an update on the property at 975 Pine Avenue. Mr. Warhold answered that council will entertain a motion on that property later in the meeting.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Orr reported that the list of park maintenance items provided to the public works department is 75% completed, and thanked the public works employees for their grass cutting, painting and wood preservative applications.

Mr. Smith motioned to ratify the treasurer’s report; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold motioned to take action on 975 Pine Avenue by
1) to authorize sheriff sale proceedings based on existing real estate liened taxes;
2) motioning the ratification for initiation of condemnation proceedings, and
3) to accept sale of the property.
Mr. Smith seconded the motion; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold attended an intense two day conference in Indiana on organization sustainability through the Pennsylvania Downtown Center.

Delta Development will unveil their plan for the downtown revitalization of Castle Shannon on May 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Mr. Warhold has enrolled in several seminars to assist our revitalization effort: May 25th - Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group; June 9th - Transit Oriented Development; and June 17th – the third annual Connect Congress to draft resolutions for the state legislature.

Mr. Hartswick reported that at the Pennsylvania Downtown Center conference, it was noted in terms of CDC development, Castle Shannon is one of the most progressive communities in the western part of the state. The CSRC volunteers are to be commended.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that many requests for building permits have been received. Several foreclosures have been resolved with new families moving into the borough.

Ms. Kovach questioned new businesses in the borough. Mr. Vietmeier replied that Bottom Dollar will be moving into the former Foodland, and Vinnie’s Barber Shop has opened on Willow Avenue. Mr. Warhold added that the Shannon Hotel is being renovated and will have a breakfast/lunch restaurant by the end of summer. Kevin Kirkland has been working on his building, and a day spa is getting ready to open on Willow Avenue.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver reported on the police department’s participation in the Keystone Oaks mock crash. A formal survival 101 class was held in the auditorium regarding crash statistics, seat belt compliance, defensive driving, etc. followed by a staged two car crash with student actors from the theater department performing as the accident victims. All three Keystone Oaks School District police departments participated along with Medical Rescue Team South. It was a very compelling program.

The Buckle Up Program begins today for May and June for seatbelt enforcement and compliance. Click it or ticket is the motto.

Public Works:
Ms. Kovach stated that public works is doing a great job on field maintenance.

Two proposals were received for asbestos abatement testing for the borough garage roof. Ms. Kovach motioned to accept the proposal from Voltz Environmental Services for $700.00; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works is gearing up for a successful Community Day and Memorial Day.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Yanda also attended the mock crash sponsored by the Students Against Drunk Driving. This was a very good reminder for students to be aware of the affects of drugs and alcohol before prom season.

Keystone Oaks is considering changing the school week to a four day program to save money on utilities. The proposal would add an extra thirty minutes to each of the four school days. Mr. Warhold added that the proposal could possibly save money on the transportation budget, and would like to see what other savings the district expects from the change.

Ms. Yanda will graduate in June. Council thanked Ms. Yanda for serving her term on council and wished her all the best in her future.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick discussed a proposal to restructure three of the borough’s debt issuances to save money and provide additional funds for capital projects. Mr. Smith motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the documentation to prepare for the possibility of refinancing of bonds with Piper Gaffrey and Bond Counsel Chris Brewer when the market is favorable; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

At the Keystone Oaks High School banquet, Mayor Baumgarten presented the Castle Shannon Community Service award to Rachel Altemara. Mayor Baumgarten added that our Junior Council Person Michelle Yanda received several awards also.

A Keystone Oaks School Board meeting is scheduled for June 8th to save Myrtle Elementary School.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo stated that Keystone Oaks filed a property assessment appeal for the Lozier Child’s property on Killarney Street. A resolution has been reached, and Mr. Biondo advised council to accept the settlement. Mr. Kovach motioned to authorize the solicitor to enter into an agreement for the settlement; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Kovach invited everyone to attend and support Community Day on May 29th and the Memorial Day parade on May 30th.

Ms. O’Malley said that the spring newsletter was very informative and interesting.

Mr. Zezulewicz announced that Borough Council will start the summer schedule and meet the second Monday for the months of June, July and August.


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