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May 9, 2016

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

The minutes of the April 25, 2016 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Linda Daube, 3521 Rosalia Avenue – attended the meeting as a new homeowner in the borough and added that she was a planning commission member for several years in Beaver County. Council welcomed Ms. Daube to the neighborhood.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick asked council to accept the 2016 Summer Materials bids through the SHACOG purchasing alliance. Mr. Oates motioned to accept the bids; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris presented Resolution #626 authorizing the disposition of tax collection records. Mr. Swisher motioned to adopt Resolution #626; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Torris also presented the April report: Collections - $1,883,141.99; Balance due - $414,228.03. Face amount of real estate taxes are due June 15th.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Randazzo stated that Keystone Oaks will initiate the program for 2016 to provide bagged lunches to children 18 years or younger. The library board approved hosting a lunch site at the library on Myrtle Avenue.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Mr. Oates updated council on public works activities: The stall partitions have been installed at the Lower Hamilton bathrooms. After the stream clean-up, public works pulled items from Saw Mill Run Creek as requested by borough council. Many property sales are generating dye test requests from the Codes Department, and public works department performed interim custodial duties at the municipal center.

Building & Grounds:
Ms. Madison Morrow is planning to present council with a conceptual plan for artwork in the ladies restroom at Hamilton Park.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver applied through the District Attorney’s Office for a prescription drop off box for the Municipal Center lobby. The program is run by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

May 15th through 21st is National Police Week. Chief Truver provided the following statistics for officer fatalities. In 2016 there were 34 police officer fatalities, 16 were by gun fire, 14 by automobile, and 4 other. Fortunately, this is down 14%, and there were none in Pennsylvania this year thus far.

Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for April 15th, April 22nd, April 29th and May 5th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold, Mr. Hartswick and Castle Shannon Revitalization representatives had a productive meeting with Department of Environmental Protection representatives regarding issues with the Saw Mill Run Creek.

Mr. Greg Smith, Executive Director of Economic Development South, also met with borough officials to discuss the condition of Saw Mill Run Creek. During this recent onsite visit, it was very disappointing to see that several bottles and bags were recently thrown into the creek, especially in light of the recent stream clean-up project.

Mr. Warhold has a meeting on Wednesday with representatives from the Pennsylvania Downtown Center to tour Castle Shannon and attend the CSRC board meeting at 6:00 p.m. In addition, Mr. Warhold will attend the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group’s 6th Annual Community Development Summit at the Omni William Penn on May 17th and 18th.

Ms. Randazzo reported that the Library Board welcomed Donna Gibson Minsterman as trustee to the library board.

The library board is working on preparation of a strategic plan.

Friends of the Library book sale begins May 12th and runs through Saturday, May 14th.

Editorial Board:
The newsletter has been delivered to the Northside post office for distribution.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Ms. Kovach and Mr. Warhold plan to attend their annual conference June 5th - 8th.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
The SHACOG Administrative Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss CDBG applications, the rock salt bid and possible MS4 compliance officer.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
Mr. Ron Bittner of Univest will meet with participants on May 24th.

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Kocelko reported that the Boys Baseball Team were section champions for their division and will be going to the playoffs.

A team from the Future Business Leaders of America won third place in the state competition and will be going to Atlanta to compete in the nationals.

Congratulations to Ms. Kocelko who will be graduating next month.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick will attend the Association for Professional Municipal Manager’s conference May 10th – 12th with sessions on MS4, revitalization and public engagement.

Shaeffer Technologies made a software presentation to council members on Monday, May 2nd. Mr. Hartswick plans to obtain pricing from additional vendors for document imaging.

Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering will conduct MS4 training for the Public Works Department on May 24th.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten presented a proclamation recognizing National Police Week from May 15 – 21, 2016 to honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy. Mayor Baumgarten called upon all citizens of Castle Shannon to observe May 15, 2016 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in honor of those officers who through their courageous deeds have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community.

Mayor Baumgarten recognized and commended the Castle Shannon Police Department for their dedication and service to the community of Castle Shannon.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold stated that the CSRC website will be featuring short video clips of local businesses that applied to participate in the program.


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