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July 11, 2016

The following elected officials were present: 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.

Mayor Baumgarten called for a moment of silence to honor the memory of five police officers killed in Dallas, Texas last week.

The minutes of the June 27, 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 – presented council with a letter regarding the need to rebuild her home to be in compliance with her doctor’s health and mobility recommendations. Ms. Daube has been in contact with the Allegheny County Department of Aging. The property needs surveyed and environmentally assessed and analyzed. Council advised Ms. Daube to contact local legislators for assistance, and Mr. Vietmeier will provide Ms. Daube with the Allegheny County Conservation District information.

Ms. Daube discussed a concern with vehicles speeding on Hamilton Road. Ms. Kovach noted that most speeding tickets are issued to our own residents. Lt. Lane stated that the speed limit is 30, and the police continue to monitor the road.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Mr. Kirsch motioned to appoint Mark Heckmann to fill the unexpired term of Karen Brannon as council member; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mayor Baumgarten proceeded to give the oath of office to Mr. Heckmann. Council welcomed Mr. Heckmann to the board.

Mayor Baumgarten proceeded to give the oath of office to Nicholas Mastandrea Jr. as Junior Council Person for the 2016-2017 school year beginning September 12, 2016.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the June report: Collections - $152,502.43; Balance - $170,496.64.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Nothing to report.

Public Works:
The Public Works Department continues to complete grass cutting in parks and cartways and weekly field dragging for the Castle Shannon Youth Association games.

Mr. DeLallo and Mr. Eichel will be attending wastewater operator training to maintain their DEP certifications.

Mold remediation is being undertaken in the storage building at Hamilton Park. Additional ventilation will be installed in the storage buildings and restrooms.

Public Works completed hillside cutting at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department prior to their annual carnival.

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report. Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreement with Steel City Protection for additional security cameras at the municipal center; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold motioned to accept the agreement for the retirement of Riad, the borough’s canine officer and transfer ownership to Officer Fleckenstein; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold announced that a multimodal grant was approved for $100,000 for a business district streetscape design. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the Borough’s Streetscape agreement with Pennoni Associates Inc. upon receipt of the funds and permits; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 20th.

Ms. Randazzo reported that many students are taking advantage of the successful summer reading program.

This fall, the police department will be presenting sessions with residents on public safety issues.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

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

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Mr. Heckmann was appointed as alternate to the Joint Rate Review Board.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #628 – Borough of Castle Shannon Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Minimum Control Measurement Plan, Procedures and Policy Manual. Mr. Oates motioned to adopt Resolution #628; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten commented on the murder of five police officers in Dallas, and added that AR15s should not be carried by anyone in a public place. Gun control laws need to be revised.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Ms. Kovach asked Lt. Lane about the status of the war memorial plans behind the library. Lt. Lane answered that project is still pending.

Mr. Warhold asked Lt. Lane about the WWII Memorial from Home Avenue. Lt. Lane answered that a college student was identifying every veteran for the memorial, and he is working with an artist on the project.

Mr. Heckmann noted a nice sentiment on Nextdoor thanking the police department for their service to the community.

Mr. Heckmann discussed Pokemon Go, a location based cell phone game. Gamesters travel on foot to different locations to play the game with a net result in people gathering at local hubs to collect Pokemons at various hours of the day/night. Lt. Lane warned that a story on Fox news noted the game could be used to lure people into unsafe situations.

Mr. Randazzo stated that the police sessions hosted at the library will provide many residents in our community with additional safety information.


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