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June 13, 2011

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

The minutes of the May 23, 2011 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten who awarded a commendation to Sergeant David Lane, who was selected to attend FBI Academy. Sergeant Lane completed the rigorous training and graduated from the academy.

Mayor Baumgarten presented a commendation to Officer Gary Watkins in recognition of him filling in as acting sergeant while Sergeant Lane was at the academy from April 2nd to June 10th. Officer Watkins coordinated many police programs and activities including Community Day, Memorial Day, etc.

Mayor Baumgarten also recognized former police chief Harold Lane in the audience, and commended Chief Truver and the entire police force for their dedication to our community.

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

Charmaine Masztak, 922 Arch Avenue – discussed an abandoned house at 951 Arch Avenue that is a health hazard. The property is infested with fleas and rats, and the exterior has high weeds, broken toys and furniture, and dead trees. Mr. Vietmeier agreed with Ms. Masztak’s statements. The property owner and county health department were notified of the condition of the property. Mr. Biondo advised that the borough could hire an exterminator and have public works cut the grass and lien the property for the costs. Mr. Vietmeier will contact the county health department again and schedule an exterminator.

Edward Guzik, 1427 Trance Drive – stated that a house in his neighborhood was sold at a sheriff sale, however the same residents are still living there with a junk car, dead trees, etc. Mr. Vietmeier sent a certified mail notice to the new owner advising them of the occupancy permit requirements.

Mr. Guzik added that trees at the corner of McRoberts Road and Grove Road are obstructing the line of sight for traffic. The police department will investigate.

Chris Kato, 3702 Poplar Avenue – thanked Mayor Baumgarten and the police department for traffic control on his street in the past year. Mr. Kato requested a 15 miles per hour sign to slow traffic on Poplar Avenue. The speed limit is 25 mph. The police department will review signage.

Mr. Kato also stated that the crossing signs are not working at the crosswalks at Willow Station and by Pizza Hut. Chief Truver will contact Traffic Control.

Mr. Scott & Beth Tkach, 917 Lindenwood Drive – presented photographs of a retaining wall that started leaning after the borough’s sanitary sewer installation project. Mr. Tkach has talked to Mr. Vietmeier who has been very helpful. The contractor agreed to repair the wall. Mr. Tkach would like to coordinate the wall repair with the contractor. Mr. Hartswick will talk to the contractor.

Peggy Lipps, 3710 Linden Avenue – thanked council for hearing her concerns and for their actions on the property at 975 Pine Avenue.

Ms. Kovach closed the public hearing.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented the 2011 Roadway Improvement Program bid results. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder, Protech Asphalt Maintenance for $136,655; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the summer 2011 Road Materials bid through SHACOG; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Ms. Kovach stated that in council’s never ending quest to stretch the tax payers’ dollars, council investigated refinancing an existing bond to save money. Mr. Hartswick presented Ordinance 870 – formal action constituting a debit ordinance under the local government unit debt act. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing on Ordinance 870. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed.

Attorney Sean Garin from Dinsmore & Shohl stated that Ordinance 870 establishes the maximum amount of the bond and permits the borough to refinance when the targeted savings amount of $250,000 can be realized. The ordinance also allows authorization to complete the bond purchase contract and authorizes all further actions regarding the issuance closing. Mr. Orr motioned to adopt Ordinance 870 at its first reading; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris reported May collections of $30,717.25. Balance due with change orders is $313,550.73. Collections are at 88%.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Orr reported that the 2011 Community Day was very successful, and the Memorial Day parade and program went well. Public attendance was the best turn out ever. Ms. Kovach agreed that the Community Day Event and Memorial Day ceremony was outstanding.

Hamilton Park and Riehl Park has eighty-two rentals this year which indicates that the parks are being well utilized. The public works list of park maintenance issues is nearly completed.

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

Ms. O’Malley stated that the library personnel and board are very happy with the lawn maintenance work by the public works department.

Mr. Orr added that the security cameras have been installed at the library.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution 564 – authorizing the filing of an application for funds with the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Resolution 565 – a slum and blighted resolution for dilapidated structures; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold reported that Mr. Sterling’s assistance to the codes department has been very helpful with minor code issues, dumpster enclosures and portable signs. In the month of May, Mr. Vietmeier issued sixty-three building and occupancy permits in the borough. Building permits for 2011 have brought in $1.5 million in builders’ construction costs.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that Little Ceasar’s business will open June 14th at 11:00 a.m.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver reported on the Buckle Up Wave program from May 24th to June 12th. During that period there were 115 police contacts, 18 seat belt citations, 88 speeding citations, 23 moving violations and other citations, 1 felony arrest, 1 drug related arrest and 1 warrant arrest. Ms. O’Malley commended the police officers for their excellent results and participation in the program.

Chief Truver has an application for transfer of federally forfeited property regarding a drug investigation with the postal inspectors. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the borough. Ms. O’Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the documentation; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works:
Mr. Hartswick presented an advertisement to sell a 2003 F450 surplus public works dump truck with a minimum bid of $18,000. Council agreed.

Ms. Kovach commended the public works department for a tremendous job for Community Day and Memorial Day.

Editorial Board:
Ms. O’Malley discussed council’s concerted effort to get the newsletter published and distributed before Memorial Day, however a ten day delivery delay occurred at the post office.

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.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the May EIT and LST distribution report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented an agreement to participate in the Allegheny County Energy Program for lighting retrofit and programmable thermostat retrofit at the municipal center to make the building more energy efficient. The county’s contribution is $29,308.50 with a borough matching share of $4,568.25. In one year, the borough will save $5,000 in energy costs from the program. Mr. Warhold motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the Municipality Payment Methodology Agreement; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Smith motioned to adopt Resolution 566 – to authorize the filing of an application for funds and enter into a contract with the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County in the amount of $250,000 to assist with the Shannon Station Transit Village project; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold and Mayor Baumgarten attended and testified at the Keystone Oaks School Board hearing last month. Council has high hopes that Myrtle Avenue Elementary School will remain open.

Planning Commission Report:
Ms. O’Malley motioned to accept the minutes and actions of the planning commission meeting of May 16, 2011; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. O’Malley noted loose gravel at the bottom of Baldwin Street by the Port Authority tracks which is a hazard to pedestrians. Chief Truver stated that a section of tracks were replaced, and PAT is working on a signal problem. Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Truver will contact PAT.


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