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July 24, 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; K. Truver, Police Chief; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; N. Mastandrea, Junior Council Member; J. Stanton, Borough Engineer.

The minutes of the July 10, 2017 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten, who recognized Raymond DeLallo, Public Works Supervisor. Mr. DeLallo was presented a certificate in recognition of his dedication in serving the community of Castle Shannon Borough as a public works employee from April 1987 to July 2017. Council thanked Mr. DeLallo for his tenure with the borough and congratulated Mr. DeLallo on his retirement.

Public Comments:

Jason Stanton, P.E. for Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering – presented Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) training and asked council to authorize the Pollutant Reduction Plan and Total Maximum Daily Load advertisement. Within five years, DEP has mandated a minimum percent reduction for pollutant loadings of sediment and Total Phosphorus shall be 10% and 5% respectively in the borough’s section of Saw Mill Run. Mr. Stanton added that this presentation to the attending public and borough council will help fulfill public outreach requirements for MS4. Although inter-municipal cooperation is encouraged, funding for MS4 projects is not available. A stream restoration project cost for 375 linear feet is estimated at $390,000.00. Mr. Warhold reiterated that this is an unfunded mandate by DEP. He further advised that legislation is pending in Harrisburg to allow non-home rule communities (boroughs) to assess storm water management fees based on a property’s impervious surface area. Ms. Kovach noted that the MS4 program was started to ensure that people are cognizant of what goes into the streams, to prevent pollution, and maintain clean waterways to preserve a balanced ecosystem for future generations.

Mr. Warhold motioned to advertise the Pollution Reduction Plan and the Total Maximum Daily Load Plan and place same on public review for 30 days; Mr. Heckmann seconded

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:

Public Hearings:

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 & Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Kirsch stated that additional swings are being considered for upper Hamilton Park. The Myrtle Avenue Parklet basketball court will be resurfaced, and two new basketball hoops will be installed. Minor repairs are needed at the borough garage.

Mr. Warhold discussed two traveling teams that would like to use Sleepy Hollow ball field for practices.

Public Safety/Fire:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute a one year Task Force Operations extension agreement with the Drug Enforcement Agency; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Kirsch motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute an agreement with Shallow Creek Kennels for K-9 officer training and purchase upon the solicitor’s review of language; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Funding is in place for the K-9 purchase. Ms. Randazzo thanked Chief Truver for obtaining grants and donations to fund the K-9 program.

Chief Truver presented the sobriety checkpoint report for a three hour period from July 21st to July 22nd which included thirteen physical arrests: eight total DUI arrests including three drug related charges and five drug arrests. In addition, sixteen traffic citations (including violations for driving suspensions, vehicle inspections, vehicle registrations, seatbelts, etc.) and six written warnings were issued.

Pennsylvania has changed the laws regarding wire taps and right-to-know requests. Chief Truver participates in a working group with the district attorney’s office regarding model policies and legal impacts of the new law. The district attorney would like all police officers to have body cameras for the transparency aspect and credibility. In addition, Chief Truver is part of a model policy working group for the Allegheny County Chiefs, and Chief Truver met with a vendor who provides free body cameras for one year. Body camera program costs for licensing and maintenance would be $5,000-$8,000 annually. The district attorney’s office offered to vet all right-to-know requests and redact pertinent information, which will be a major man hour time savings benefit for our police department.

Chief Truver stated that recurring costs for computer programs and technology are starting to escalate to maintain a very efficient and productive operation. Council was invited to visit the police department to observe the infrastructure and schematics used to ensure the maximum and proficient use of the police department’s resources.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed a recent incident where the traffic surveillance cameras along Mt. Lebanon Boulevard were invaluable in identifying a vehicle used in a robbery at the 7 Eleven. A felony arrest is imminent.

Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for July 14th and July 21st.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that the Castle Shannon Revitalization Committee (CSRC) held a very successful “Bike on Park” event on July 21st. The band was good, the farmer’s market was popular, and everyone had a great time.

Mr. Warhold added that CSRC members will be meeting with South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM) who works with refugee/immigrant families in their service area.

The Great Castle Shannon Bank Robbery Reenactment trailer is available for viewing on the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation’s Facebook page. Volunteers who wish to participate in the event can call the borough office at 412-885-9200 x102. The reenactment is scheduled for August 18th, and on August 15th Ed Hale and Bethany Kovach will be featured on Pittsburgh Today Live.

Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

The board meeting will be held on July 26th.

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:
The annual golf outing is scheduled for July 27th.

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

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Mastandrea reported that the maintenance crews are busy getting the schools ready. The Myrtle Avenue Elementary school cafeteria and class room walls are being painted with an accent wall to help student focus.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick updated council on the Waste Management inlet evaluation program. Out of 500 inlets, 451 inlets have been cleaned and inspected. Public Works will assist in opening sealed inlet grates. Project cost will come in significantly under budget. Video analysis of manholes will continue for MS4 requirements.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten commented on his previous professional experience with J&L Steel referencing one of the major problems in the decline of the American steel industry was the insistent environmental regulations. Funding for the DEP and EPA projects are a burden for the residents and community of Castle Shannon.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold asked about surveillance cameras for upper Hamilton Park. Chief Truver said the camera purchase is in process.

Mr. Kirsch questioned the status of a recent report where a contractor was pouring hazardous chemicals into the storm sewer. Chief Truver added that a police report was taken; the fire department was called; and the Codes Officer is following up.

Ms. Kovach reported that four “Welcome to Castle Shannon” signs have been stolen in various locations throughout the borough. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact the Castle Shannon Police Department (412-885-9300) or borough office (412-885-9200). Mr. Heckmann motioned to place the information on Facebook and offer a $500 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the thieves/vandals; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.


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