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July 11, 2011

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach, J. O’Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Member M. Warhold and Tax Collector S. Torris were 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 June 13, 2011 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz temporarily turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten who recognized Mr. Michael Cheberenchick for his many years of public service. Mr. Cheberenchick served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and served his community as Justice of the Peace, Mayor, Councilman, Chairman of the Democratic Committee, President of the Castle Shannon Senior Citizens, and long time Finance Director for the borough. Mr. Cheberenchick also was active in the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. To pay honor to Mr. Cheberenchick and commemorate his 90th birthday, the Mayor declared July 26, 2011 as Michael Cheberenchick Day in Castle Shannon.

Mr. Zezulewicz opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Edward Guzik, 1427 Trance Drive – revisited an issue about the height of hedges at Trance and Sycamore. Chief Truver investigated and answered that the line of site is not obstructed for driving.

Mr. Guzik asked the status of a house in his neighborhood that was sold at a sheriff sale; however the same people are in residence without an occupancy permit. Mr. Vietmeier reported the proper legal procedures are being followed, and he is waiting for a certified mail receipt from the new owner.

Barbara Campbell, 3546 Elm Avenue – asked council for assistance with the property owner at 3516 Elm Avenue. The neighbor has been excavating with a backhoe and stock piling dirt on his property, cutting trees and piling logs and wood chips on the property, and storing building materials for years. In addition, the property has rats and rodents from the debris, and the garage is falling down. Mr. Vietmeier has issued a stop work order for 3516 Elm, and the property owner was advised to apply for a grading permit with engineering plans. Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Vietmeier to proceed with issuing citations and notifications for the above referenced issues and to keep Mrs. Campbell updated.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick stated that the borough did not receive a bid for the surplus public works dump truck. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to re-advertise the truck with a minimum bid of $15,000; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Zezulewicz presented Ordinance 882 creating regulations for pawnbrokers, secondhand dealers, junk dealers, auto salvage dealers, and scrap iron and metal processors. The public hearing was opened; no comments were received. The public hearing was closed. Ms. O’Malley motioned to adopt Ordinance 882 at its first reading; Mr. Orr seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Ms. Kovach questioned if the annual fees would apply to clothing consignment shops and charitable institutions. Section seven of the ordinance exempts charitable organizations from the fees. Council continued to discuss the fees for consignment shops and the language in Section seven regarding fee modifications by resolution of Borough Council.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
June collections were received in the amount of $144,232.45. Balance due is $172,255.15.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Orr reported one hundred and ten children are registered for the summer recreation program. Picnic rentals at Hamilton Park and Riehl Park have been higher than any previous year.

Mr. Smith motioned to ratify the bills; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Orr presented a proposal for asphalt sealing of the library parking lot. Ms. Kovach motioned to approve the proposal from Kernan Asphalt Sealing Inc. of $3,519; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Planning and Codes:
The agenda contained the July code violations report.

Public Safety:
Mr. Orr motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to enter into the Canine Officers’ Agreement to amend the Memorandum of Understanding dated February 27, 2001; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

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:
Ms. O’Malley reported that a franchising meeting is scheduled for July 21st.

Police Pension:
Nothing to report.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor Baumgarten questioned the status of paving Home Avenue. Mr. Hartswick responded that a supplemental bid must be advertised. The public works department has temporarily addressed the road condition. The paving project may be funded when the bond refinancing is completed.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo was contacted by the borough’s liened tax collector regarding a neighbor that wishes to purchase the property at 3161 McRoberts Road at a sheriff sale if the taxes were waived. Ms. Kovach motioned to notify the liened tax collector to proceed with a sheriff sale of the property free and clear of taxes if the other taxing bodies agree; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Mr. Smith motioned to accept the proposal from Environmental Planning & Design for the Castle Shannon Zoning Ordinance Update for $22,175; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Cheberenchick commended Chief Truver on the Castle Shannon Police Department public safety magazine he coordinated and distributed with the assistance of local borough businesses.

Mr. Orr expressed his appreciation to Officer Jim Fleckenstein for his fast response to the 911 emergency at his home.

Ms. Kovach noted loose gravel at the bottom of Baldwin Street by the Port Authority tracks. Port Authority is still working in this area and plans to repave.


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