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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
August 14, 2017

The following elected officials were present: M. Heckmann; T. Kirsch; N. Kovach; W. Oates; M. Randazzo; D. Swisher; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; D. Lane, Police Lieutenant; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; N. Mastandrea, Junior Council Member.


The minutes of the July 24, 2017 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Comments:

Russell McKibben, 1456 Highland Villa Road – asked about having printed minutes of the council meeting available for public review. Minutes are posted on the website after council’s approval.

Mr. McKibben read Section 615.2 of the borough’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance with regards to the Castle Court development’s failure to initiate and pursue construction. In addition, he questioned if sufficient evidence was submitted to the borough that delayed or prevented scheduled construction timelines. Mr. Hartswick stated that the builders are in constant contact with him. Although delays were caused by the requirement of new sewer line installations and the clean-up of an unknown dumping area, construction continues on building up the elevation. A discussion ensued on the meaning of “diligently pursued.” Mr. McKibben stated he has issues with the fact that no buildings are being constructed, and the only visible progress is moving dirt.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
None.

Public Hearings:
None.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Ms. Torris presented the July report: Collections - $26,140.22; Balance due - $170,433.55. The agenda contained the 2017 real estate delinquent list.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
The Bank Robbery Reenactment is being well advertised. A segment on Pittsburgh Today Live will have historian Edd Hale and Bethany Kovach being interviewed. Local news stations and newspapers will attend the event. Photographers will video the vignette performances and trial.

Public Works - Building & Grounds:
Robert Ausman has been appointed Public Works Foreman effective August 1, 2017. Mr. Oates added that he is looking forward to working with him on borough projects.

Building and Grounds:
The basketball court at Myrtle Parklet has been paved and new hoops installed. Fencing will be completed in the near future.

Mr. Hartswick presented a request to waive the pavilion fee on August 18th for the Keystone Oaks High School Soccer Booster Club picnic. Mr. Oates made the motion to waive the fee; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Safety/Fire:
Lt. Lane reported that three officers are scheduled to work the Party on Park event, and he will be working with public works on parking and street closures.

Ms. Randazzo noted that a prowler was reported on the 900 block of Arch Avenue. Lt. Lane added that the area was searched without success, however additional patrols are scheduled.

The weekly police report listed an ATM skimmer incident. This is an ongoing issue with banks and businesses.

No further information has surfaced regarding the stolen “Welcome to Castle Shannon” signs.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for July 27th and August 11th. Mr. Swisher also discussed the high cost of advertising and recommended that all future ads be placed in the Post-Gazette’s Friday's local xtra south edition.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold noted that the Great Castle Shannon Bank Robbery Reenactment will be held Friday, along with Party on Park. Ms. Kovach announced entertainment will be provided by a banjo player and a barbershop quartet. A photo booth, tarot card reader, caricature silhouette portraits, library craft and corn hole game are planned. Dollar Bank will provide popcorn, and local restaurants will provide food/drink specials.

The robbery reenactment will have a registration sign-up for the walking tour. Docents will guide people from area to area for the vignettes. Flyers were sent to neighbors about the event and advising there would be noise from the guns shooting blanks. Parking will be available at various locations. The Keystone Young Marines will assist with parking.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that an antique business plans to open on Castle Shannon Boulevard. Mr. Warhold added that another building on Castle Shannon Boulevard has sold, and the owners are very interested in the CSRC Façade Program.

Library:
The summer reading program is winding down. The library director and children’s librarian are working on programs for the fall.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
The board is discussing new vehicle prices for the 2018 budget.

Mayor Baumgarten was saddened to report that Larry Zurawsky, a long time former solicitor for MRTSA, passed away recently.

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 agenda contained the board meeting minutes of June 15th.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
The agenda contained the 2nd quarter 2017 statement of accounts.

Junior Council Person:
The Keystone Oaks board hired two new principals this year: Jason Kushak as high school principal, and Dave Thomas as Aiken Elementary principal. Scott Mizikar will continue as acting principal for Myrtle Avenue Elementary.

Schools will reopen August 24th. Labor issues are ongoing.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented the resignation of Patricia D’Amico. Mr. Swisher motioned to accept the resignation of Ms. D’Amico as administrative assistant for the planning and codes department; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Christina Morrow will transition to the codes department. Ms. Randazzo motioned to advertise for a part-time position in borough administration; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo presented the Port Authority Transit License Agreement to operate and maintain a traffic signal at the Shannon Transit Village entrance on Port Authority property. Mr. Heckmann motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreement; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Provisions in the license agreement will be incorporated in the Shannon Transit Village developer’s agreement.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Mr. Kirsch discussed recent news releases regarding the closure of the Port Authority parking lot for the Shannon Transit Village project. Mr. Swisher stated the information was incorrect. Mayor Baumgarten added that a 60 day notice must be posted before the parking lot can be closed.

Ms. Kovach stated that Lamar Advertising wishes to move trees in the community garden on Route 88 to allow for better visibility for their sign. Mr. Warhold said the reconfiguration of the garden will have to be undertaken and paid for by Lamar Advertising.




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