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June 27, 2016

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

Mr. Warhold motioned to accept the resignation of Ms. Karen Brannon effective June 27th and declare the council seat open; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried. A formal written resignation was not received; however Ms. Brannon made an announcement at a past meeting that she would be relocating and would be unable to complete her term on council.

The minutes of the June 13, 2016 council meeting were presented. Mr. Swisher motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting. Being none, Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Barry Cassidy, Main Street Manager, presented Resolution #627 to request a Multimodal Transportation Fund grant of $2,333,334 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The grant would be used for streetscape construction improvements. This grant, if approved, would require a $1,000,000 borough match which would be partially funded through additional grants. Due to higher than expected estimated construction costs, the streetscape project will be completed in phases. Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution #627; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

A public hearing was advertised for a conditional use for Body Art Studio at Stoner Center, 4136 Library Road. Ms. Kovach noted that the planning commission was unable to convene quorum for the June meeting to give comments on this application. Ms. Jaime Wilson-Spik attended the council meeting and described their business history. Currently located in Dormont, Body Art Studio would provide a service for tattoos and body piercing that is safe, sterile and comfortable. Ms. Kovach called for a roll call vote to approve a conditional occupancy permit until July 25th subject to review by the planning commission and their subsequent recommendations: D. Swisher – no; M. Warhold – yes; B. Oates – yes; N. Kovach – yes. Motion passed. The public hearing for the conditional use was continued until the July 25th council meeting.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works/Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Building & Grounds:
After tournament games are finished, Dan Collins, President of the Castle Shannon Youth Association, would like to meet with borough council to discuss building plans for a shed at the municipal center.

Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver presented the sobriety checkpoint statistics for three hours on June 18 and 19, 2016: 18 total arrests (14 DUI and 4 arrests for marijuana/paraphernalia possession); and 17 traffic citations. The DUI checkpoint was grant funded.
A new police website will be launching July 13th at crimewatch.pa domain

Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for June 15th and 24th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
The floodplain meeting held on Monday, June 20th with property owners along Saw Mill Run Creek was well attended. Ms. Kovach and Mr. Oates will be members on a committee which is being formed; and a follow up meeting is planned with the Pennsylvania Insurance Commission.

The Castle Shannon Revitalization Committee will be launching a new website by the end of July. Eight additional videos are being shot featuring local businesses.

A conditional use hearing will be scheduled for a coin operated laundromat on Route 88 by the Trolley Barn.

Mr. Vietmeier filed eight code violation citations with District Justice David Barton.

Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA has been nominated for Ambulance Service of the Year Award.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Ms. Kovach attended the meeting on June 23rd. Discussion centered on the annual conference.

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:
Nicholas Mastandrea introduced himself to borough council and expressed his interest in serving as junior council person. Mr. Mastandrea is an altar server and very active at St. Anne Church. Council was impressed that Mr. Mastandrea took the initiative to attend the meeting and meet council members. Mr. Oates motioned to appoint Mr. Mastandrea to the junior council person position; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Swisher motioned to authorize the borough manager to submit a letter of interest to ALCOSAN for the Green Revitalization of Waterways Initiative for the borough’s Year 4 ACO project; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick plans to submit a summary of the written MS4 policy at the July 11th council meeting.

Soli Construction will be starting the public works floor drain/oil separator project this week.

Mayor's Report:
Mr. Baumgarten reviewed Mr. Cassidy’s proposal for streetscape/multimodal construction funding.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Kovach discussed residential concerns from the June 13th meeting regarding the overpopulation of white tailed deer in the borough. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an article regarding “wireless deer fence” to deter deer from landscaping and gardens. Council will continue to look into every deer control option available.

Mr. Vietmeier is working with Allegheny County on property code violations on Castle Road.

The CSRC received the first foursome registration and donation from Highmark for the golf outing.


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