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July 25, 2016

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.

The minutes of the July 11, 2016 council meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach officially opened the public comment section of the meeting.

Chris Durkin, 3163 Maplene Avenue – presented council with Pennsylvania Act 68 and said that this legislation should resolve any questions regarding the borough’s liability to allow hunting. Mr. Durkin also brought a sample of deer feces that he cleans up from his property on a regular basis. Mr. Durkin has addressed members of council numerous times with letters in the past listing his concerns about ticks and landscape damage, and also read in article advocating safe, licensed hunting to manage the deer population. Chief Truver has been in discussion with the Game Commission and has advised council that Castle Shannon Borough because of its small size would not be a safe environment for deer hunting. A discussion continued on a required 50 yard safety buffer for archery hunting and residential waiver of those safety rights.

Glenn Lackey, 1425 Blossom Hill Road – described his involvement in White Tailed Disabled Hunting, an organization that takes disabled veterans and retired policeman on hunting trips on private property in Bethel Park and other areas. Harvests are shared with local landowners as well as local food banks. All game commission laws are observed, and safety is of utmost importance.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Warhold motioned to award the Municipal Center Generator bid to the lowest responsible bidder, Allegheny City Electric Inc. for $50,700.00; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Biondo stated that the conditional use hearing for Alter Ego Body Art Studio was continued from the June 27th meeting. A conditional occupancy was granted pending a review by the planning commission. Mr. Vietmeier stated that the planning commission had no conditions, recommendations or comments after reviewing the information. Ms. Jaime Wilson-Spik, co-owner of Alter Ego Body Art Studio, stated they enjoy being in the community of Castle Shannon, and their business is doing extremely well. Mr. Kirsch motioned to approve the conditional use application; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Ms. Kovach welcomed the new owners to our business community.

Mr. Biondo stated a second conditional use hearing was advertised for a coin operated laundromat. Ms. Kovach opened the public hearing. James Barnett, owner of 3360 Library Road, attended the meeting. Mr. Vietmeier reported that the planning commission found the area to have sufficient parking and lighting, and no conditions were recommended. Ms. Kovach closed the public hearing. Mr. Kirsch motioned to approve the conditional use application; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann stated his committee is evaluating which outlets are productive for the borough to manage on an active basis and how to adopt more friendly vehicles for getting businesses promotional opportunities.

Public Works:
Public Works Department is repairing catch basins throughout the borough for MS4 compliance. In addition, an oil separator is being installed in the public works garage.

Building and Grounds:
Preparation will begin this week for installation of hydro block at the Municipal Center and Hamilton Park ball fields to accelerate surface drainage. Public Safety/Fire:
Lt. Lane commended Officer William Kress for saving a life this week with the use of Narcan for a heroin overdose case.

Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for July 5th, July 12th and July 20th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that the Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation met last week. The Fall Festival is scheduled for September 17th, and the golf outing fundraiser is scheduled for September 23rd. The committee for the streetscape design will be meeting next week.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that a seamstress will be moving into 300 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard, and a new veterinary hospital will be opening on Killarney.

Ms. Randazzo reported that the Friends of the Library will hold a general membership meeting on August 16th at 7:00 p.m. to introduce their organization to interested residents.

The used book sale is scheduled for September 9th and 10th, and the flea market will be held October 15th.

The Allegheny County Library Association will sponsor a south region meeting August 16th at the Bethel Park Library to discuss the EIN network strategic plan moving forward.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

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:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
The agenda contained the 2nd Quarter Statement of Account.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #629 – a declaration of official intent to reimburse capital expenditures paid from the proceeds of tax-exempt obligations. Mr. Kirsch motioned to adopt Resolution #629; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented a proposal by Patton Engineering to review the FEMA floodplain area for flow modeling on Saw Mill Run Creek. Mr. Warhold motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreement; Ms. Randazzo seconded. Ms. Kovach asked for a roll call vote: Mr. Kirsch – yes; Mr. Oates – yes; Mr. Warhold – yes; Ms. Kovach – yes; Mr. Heckmann – yes; Ms. Randazzo – yes; Mr. Swisher – no. Motion passed.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten commented that the ultimate responsibility for public safety in a borough is the mayor, and Castle Shannon (at 1.5 square miles) does not have a large area of undeveloped property for safe hunting. Mr. Warhold added that the animal control report for 2016 lists only one dead deer picked up in the borough. Since feeding the deer adds to their population, council discussed a county ordinance prohibiting the feeding of deer, and Mr. Biondo will investigate preparation of a local ordinance.

Planning Commission:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the planning commission minutes of May 16, 2016; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo discussed a request from the demolition contractor for $500.00 for expenses incurred for 3190 McRoberts Road. Mr. Biondo will submit a release of liability form to the contractor.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Heckmann welcomed the two new businesses to the borough.


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