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June 26, 2017

The following elected officials were present: M. Heckmann; T. Kirsch; N. Kovach; W. Oates; M. Randazzo; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten. Tax Collector S. Torris was absent. The following appointed officials were present: T Hartswick, Borough Manager; D. Lane, Police Lieutenant; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; Junior Council Member N. Mastandrea was absent.

The minutes of the June 12, 2017 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Comments:
Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, the public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Swisher motioned to sell the 2011 Ford 450 dump truck with equipment to Millstone Township for $35,000; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann presented two personnel policies for council’s consideration – Internet Usage and Social Media – to create structure and monitor internet usage by staff. Mr. Hartswick noted that no comments have been received from the public works union. Ms. Kovach added that labor relations attorneys strongly recommend having these policies in place. Mr. Oates motioned to adopt the policies; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works - Building & Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Public Safety/Fire:
The agenda contained the May reports.

Mr. Swisher approved the check register for June 16th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that the “Bark on Park” event was very successful. The second event planned is “Bike on Park” on July 21st with children invited to patriotically decorate their bikes for a bike parade. Music, food specials, and free children’s activities are planned.

A spa will be opening at 4146 Library Road, and an inspection is scheduled for 4136 Library Road for a specialty Asian grocery store.

Mr. Vietmeier will be attending a municipal seminar on tiny homes in Cranberry Township.

Mr. Randazzo discussed the SHACOG meeting where Marilyn Jenkins, Director of Allegheny County Library Association, discussed making libraries the center hub of communities. Funding to secure an emergency generator was discussed since the library is an emergency evacuation site for the elementary school. Ms. Randazzo requested that the police department schedule daily visits to the library to add to security.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Castle Shannon will have an article in the quarterly newsletter about the borough’s community oriented activities and events.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

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.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #647 authorizing the traffic signal agreement between Castle Shannon Borough, Mt. Lebanon and Shannon Transit Village. Mr. Heckmann motioned to adopt Resolution #647; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Don Smith, CBRE Director of Project Management for Shannon Transit Village – has been drafting the developer’s agreement with Mr. Biondo. Gateway Engineers will be forwarding information to the borough’s engineers, and third party agreements are required to build the project.

Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the CD43 Intention to Undertake a Project for demolition; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
The district attorney’s office requested the police department participate in a survey regarding the use of Narcan. Over the last two years, police officers have administered Narcan twenty-two times. This is such an important tool for our police department to have available to save peoples’ lives. Mr. Warhold added that MRTSA also administers Narcan; therefore the number of cases the drug was used in the borough would be much higher. Mayor Baumgarten stated that in one eight hour shift of MRTSA, thirty-eight overdoses was reported for the six communities.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed Senate Bill #251 to allow local police departments to use radar. The bill is in the appropriations committee and, if approved, would be presented to the House of Representatives. This is the third time the bill has been presented.

Planning Commission:
Mr. Kirsch motioned to accept the Planning Commission minutes of 5/15/17; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Heckmann discussed an article listed in the Post-Gazette regarding a legal case that is pending charging the distributor of opioids for the murder of an opioid user. In Ohio, a local government official has recommended that Narcan should not be provided to drug users, since the users are voluntarily taking dangerous drugs.

Brenda Maruhnich, 1069 Thornwood Drive – added that the government official in Ohio had reported that their budget was severely impacted from the frequent use of Narcan. Ms. Maruhnich asked if this would also negatively affect the borough’s budget. Mayor Baumgarten answered that this has not affected the borough’s budget. Lt. Lane discussed the need for Narcan for police officers or children that innocently come into contact with fentanyl or heroin. Mr. Kirsch added that some agencies are starting to charge for administering Narcan.

Mr. Warhold discussed a two-day event for free dental work at the Palumbo Center. Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh is a free, two-day dental clinic for under-served people living in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area, who do not have access to dental work or cannot afford dental insurance. All services are provided free of charge by local dental professionals, assisted by a host of volunteers. Further information can be found at the following Facebook Page: MOM Pittsburgh Denta Cares Event.


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