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June 13, 2016

The following elected officials were present: 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; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official.

The minutes of the May 23, 2016 council meeting were presented. M. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Truver presented a plaque to Sergeant Brian McKeown for completing an F.B.I. Academy ten week course in Quantico Virginia. Family and fellow officers attended as Sergeant McKeown accepted this award, and council commended him for all his hard work. Mayor Baumgarten was pleased to report that the Castle Shannon Police Department has had four officers attend the academy.

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

Kenneth Kennedy, 3188 Wabash Avenue – Mr. Kennedy read a letter on behalf of Pam & Paul Lakits at 3150 Wabash Avenue stating continuing problems with the overabundance of deer in the borough. The letter affirms that deer carry Lyme Disease and are a danger to cars and their passengers. Ms. Lakits suggested talking to surrounding boroughs to see what type of deer control (if any) they are using to combat the problem, and asked council members to keep an open mind to alternative methods.

Thomas Barnhart, 3168 Maplene Avenue – Mr. Barnhart is upset the deer problem has led to the destruction of his tomato plants and flowers, and stated the overpopulation is a safety issue in regards to traffic on the streets.

Chris Durkin, 3163 Maplene Avenue – questioned if the borough has taken any steps forward in controlling the deer population in Castle Shannon. Mr. Durkin has addressed members of council numerous times with letters in the past listing his concerns and providing data on deer population problems. Mr. Durkin suggested council should be actively soliciting public opinion. As in previous responses, borough representatives have looked into every possible scenario including talking to experts in the field of deer culling. Experts agreed that Castle Shannon Borough because of its small size would not be a safe environment for deer hunting in any manner. At this time there is not a practical means for thinning out the deer population, but council will continue to pursue safe options. Mr. Durkin reiterated his previous offer to serve in any capacity as may be delegated by Borough officials for the purpose of community action with the goal of developing and implementing a program to deal with superabundant deer.

Christine McCall, 3168 Maplene Avenue – listed concerns about the number of deer frequently in her backyard and the diseases they carry such as Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis which can be debilitating and deadly. Another issue is the deer causing vehicle accidents and the pounds of foliage eaten which takes away from the curb appeal of tax payer’s properties.

Jean Kennedy, 3188 Wabash Avenue – addressed council with the same deer problem issues and submitted a letter with her concerns.

Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten stated that deer versus car accidents are minimal in the Borough. Ms. Kovach said at this time there aren’t any viable solutions. Ms. Kovach also pointed out that council members have attended seminars and task force meetings regarding this issue.

As a possible solution, Mr. Durkin suggested putting an elevated tower in his back yard, baiting the deer, and hiring someone with a high powered rifle (or bow and arrow) at night to cull the deer. After much debate, the deer issue will continue until a practical safe way is identified to eliminate them.

Christina Lapinski, 186 Castle Road – Ms. Lapinski is upset with the condition of her next door neighbor’s unkempt property. Their walkways are very close together, and she is unable to take her trash to the curb without stepping on the neighbor’s trash thrown on the ground. Photographs were presnted to council, and the Allegheny County Health Department was previously called to address the problem. Ms. Lapinski would like to see her neighbor’s trash cans moved from the side yard to the back. Mr. Vietmeier stated her neighbor is not in violation, because trash cans are permitted on the side of your home per Borough Code, however having trash cans without lids is a violation. Mr. Vietmeier, pursuant to Ms. Lapinski’s request, has addressed ongoing property issues with this neighbor multiple times. Ms. Lapinski gave permission for the code inspectors, Mr. Vietmeier or Mr. Sterling to go onto her property and take pictures of the neighbor’s backyard clutter.

Ms. Lapinski stated that separate issue is a neighbor on her street placing gravel in their front yard and using it as driveway for multiple vehicles.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the bid result of the 2015 Operation and Maintenance Repair Program. Mr. Kirsch made a motion to accept the lowest bid proposal from Insight Pipe contracting, LLC in the amount of $357,300.00; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented a quote from Soli Construction for the installation of floor drains and oil separator for the borough garage to be compliant with MS4 in the amount of $18,475.00; Mr. Oates motioned to accept the proposal; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported tax collections are at 91% with a total of $91,424.41 collected so far for the month of May. Wednesday, June 15th is the final day for payment due at face for borough taxes.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Ms. Morrow has taken on full responsibility of updating Facebook upon the resignation of Ms. Brannon.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to accept an amendment to the articles of agreement from Cargill, Inc. for rock salt storage; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Building & Grounds:
Mr. Hartswick commented that the Community Day/Memorial Day Parade went fairly well but there is always room for improvement. Ms. Kovach believes the turnout for the parade was significantly higher than previous years. Follow up meetings will be forthcoming and any shortfalls will be addressed at that time.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to donate a decommissioned police vehicle to Medical Rescue Team South; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Truver stated that because of a $2,700 Buckle Up Detail Grant, enforcement patrols were set up the weeks of May 16th though June 5th. There were 10 four hour details resulting in multiple traffic citations, violations and arrests. There will also be a DUI checkpoint the weekend of July 18th in Castle Shannon Borough.

Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten have been working with Penn Dot to make entering and exiting the plaza on the 4100 block of Library Road by Stoner Center a safer area.

Mr. Swisher motioned to approve the check registers for June 3rd and 10th and the May 2016 finance report; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold attended the PSAB meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Mr. Cassidy is in Allentown with the PA Downtown Center but will be back in the borough by Wednesday to attend a CSRC executive meeting.

On Monday, June 20th a public hearing meeting will be held at the CSVFD fire hall at 7:00 p.m. to review new FEMA mapping for the 147 homes in Castle Shannon now in the flood plain zone. Private insurance providers can now sell insurance to low risk property owners. More discussion will be held on Monday, and brochures will be available to property owners.

Mr. Vietmeier stated a planning commission meeting concerning a conditional use will be held on Monday, June 20th at the Municipal Center to discuss a new body arts studio in Stoner Center. Council will have to approve this to move forward.

Paul issued 77 citations last month with the majority being trash violations.

Mr. Swisher inquired about Club Cycle moving out of Lebanon Shops. Mr. Vietmeier answered that the new location will be one mile away with plenty of parking.

A board meeting was held on June 2nd and an audit was completed and sent to ACLA.

Information concerning events at the Library were sent out in the Borough Spring Newsletter, and both children and adults can benefit from these activities. Ms. Randazzo and the Library have brochures available about the Summer Reading Program which she highly recommends.

The Library raffle for a lottery basket was held last week and a total of $429.00 was collected.

Landscaping was done and flowers were planted for curb appeal by Public Works.

Ms. Randazzo encouraged residents to attend story time with Officer Fleckenstein and Police Canine Riad at the Library on June 30th at 6:30pm.

Strategic planning is ongoing and will resume again in September. The board does not meet in July or August.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
NQuarterly meeting to be held on June 23rd

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
The conference attended by Ms. Kovach and Mr. Warhold in Hershey was not as informative as they had hoped, but flood plain issues were discussed.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
SHACOG meeting to be held in McKeesport on June 16th

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

Junior Council Person:
Ms. Kocelko has ended her term as Junior Council person, and Mr. Hartswick will send a letter to Keystone Oaks in the hopes of getting a new candidate to fill this position.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

- Mr. Hartswick stated the written MS4 policy was submitted to Jason Stanton (LSSE) for final review prior to presentation to council.

Manager's Report:
The 2015 MD&A analysis was submitted to our auditors for inclusion in the pending audit.

At the council meeting on June 27th, a public meeting is scheduled concerning the Multimodal II- Streetscape Grant submittal.

Mayor's Report:
Mr. Baumgarten mentioned that Stoner Center and Kerr’s Auto Body on Library Rd has a 50 ft. drop but is considered part of the new floodplain zone. Mr. Warhold will have additional information on the flood plain zones available at the upcoming meeting at the fire hall.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold expressed his outrage regarding his PSAB seminar in Hershey, Pennsylvania and their legislators.


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