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August 15, 2011

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach, J. O’Malley; G. Orr; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Council Member V. Smith 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 July 11, 2011 council meeting were presented. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Glenn Lackey, 1425 Blossom Hill Road – addressed council regarding the no parking signage on his road and asked that the no parking signs be extended past his property. Vehicles are parking on the road, which is causing other vehicles to swerve onto his driveway and into his neighbor’s grass. Mayor Baumgarten and Chief Truver will review signage; however extending the no parking signs would negatively impact other residents on Blossom Hill Road. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that there is no solution that would appease everyone.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Hartswick presented three bids for the surplus public works 2003 Ford F450 dump truck. Ms. Kovach motion to award the bid to the highest bidder – Georges Supply Center for $18,995.00; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick presented bid openings for the 2011 Roadway Improvement Program II. Ms. Kovach motioned to award the base bid for Home Avenue and add alternate for Thompson Avenue; Mr. Orr seconded. Mr. Cheberenchick voted no. Motion passed five to one.

Ms. Kovach motioned to award the 2011 Roadway Improvement Program II bid to the lowest responsible bidder – El Grande Industries Inc. for $67,982.50; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Zezulewicz questioned the funding for the roadway project. Mr. Hartswick answered the funds received from the bond refinancing should be received in thirty days and could fund the project. Mayor Baumgarten noted that $200,000 was budgeted for road improvements, and the first roadway improvement contract was awarded for $136,655, leaving $64,000 available in the capital fund for road improvements. Mr. Hartswick advised that this project cannot utilize liquid fuel funds.

Public Hearings:
The agenda contained Mayor Baumgarten’s veto memorandum for Ordinance #882.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
July collections were received in the amount of $8032.63. Due to assessment changes, the balance due is $63,144.01.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Orr reported that three proposals were received for new carpet installation in the administration offices of the municipal building. Mr. Orr motioned to award the job to the lowest provider - John Pape Floor Coverings Inc for $9,944.00; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach motioned to ratify the July treasurer’s report; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley reported that the library board adjourns for the summer months and will meet in September.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that the borough engineers notified South Hills Landscaping that sidewalks are required in the ENX Development. Council agreed several years ago to postpone this requirement until the ENX site is more developed.

The agenda contained the July permits and code violations reports.

Mr. Warhold discussed with council the property at 951 Arch Avenue. The borough has applied for a CDBG grant through SHACOG to demolish the structure. If the application is approved, funding will be available in October. Mr. Vietmeier stated that an exterminator has treated the building, and the insect and rodent infestation has been contained. Council agreed to wait for a decision on the grant application before proceeding.

Mr. Warhold invited council to visit the codes department to have Pat D’Amico or Paul Vietmeier demonstrate the computer program that Larry Chan developed for the borough through his internship from the Local Government Academy.

A revitalization article has been prepared for the next issue of In Keystone Oaks community magazine.

Paul Dudjak and Sam Sciullo, in cooperation with Arcadia Publishing, are working on a historical photographic book of Castle Shannon. Residents are invited to submit photos for the book.

The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation is planning to partner with Project Coffee House to open a coffee shop by Lawrence Music on Willow Avenue. Funding is being sought through the Pittsburgh Foundation.

The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation has planned its first annual golf outing on October 8th at 1:00 p.m. at the Westwood Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit the community through revitalization.

Public Safety:
Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the police contract for 2010-2013; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works:
Mr. Hartswick reported that the public works garage was tested for asbestos and found asbestos free. Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize the manager to obtain bids for the engineering portion of the garage roof replacement project; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Editorial Board:
Mr. Zezulewicz advised council to start thinking about winter newsletter articles.

The manager’s meeting is scheduled for August 23, 2011. Mayor Baumgarten reported that the authority is doing better from a financial standpoint. Mr. Warhold added that a committee is preparing to work on the paramedic’s contract.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Mr. Hartswick presented the bid opening results of the SHACOG Purchasing Alliance for rock salt. Ms. Kovach motioned to award the bid to the lowest bidder, Cargill Inc. for $55.83 per ton; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. O’Malley stated that the six members attended the SHACOG Franchising Authority meeting. The borough has been awarded $55,000 additional income for the last five years with Comcast.

Police Pension:
Mr. Hartswick reported that a pension meeting is scheduled for October 7th.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

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

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick described the Connect Sun Shot Program, wherein representatives from the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding municipalities will create a uniform set of zoning regulations and standards for solar energy providers to set up operations in the Pittsburgh region. A population count of 500,000 is needed to qualify for a grant. Mr. Warhold suggested that Mr. Hartswick be the Castle Shannon Borough representative for this project. Council agreed.

Mayor Baumgarten thanked council for supporting his decision on Ordinance #882. Chief Truver and Dennis Biondo will review and revise the ordinance.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo discussed a dispute regarding sewer line damage on Grove Road by Columbia Gas.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold stated the summer recreation program was very successful. This is a great deal for six weeks of summer activities for $10.00 per child. Mr. Orr added that one hundred ten children participated.


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