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August 28, 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.

The minutes of the August 14, 2017 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Russell McKibben, 1456 Highland Villa Road – questioned Mr. Hartswick regarding updates to the land development on Hamilton Road and the Transit Oriented Development. Mr. Hartswick stated at the present time A.R. Builders are working on the sanitary and storm sewers on the former Mastandrea property.

The TOD development had an environmental assessment study on the grounds and passed. PNC Bank, who is doing their financing, has 60 days to determine if all is in order before the funds are disbursed. Weather permitting, ground breaking should begin before the end of the year.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Heckmann made a motion to accept the bid from AGX in the amount of $2,300.00 for the Environmental Assessments for the structure demolition of 3473 McRoberts Road, 3141 McRoberts Road and 3236 May Street. Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Hartswick recommended that Council reject the bid for Hamilton Park Upper walking trail milling and overlaying. The bid received from A. Folino was $133,970 and Facchiano Contracting was $163,900. Mr. Hartswick stated that Public Works can do trail repairs at the present time. Mr. Swisher made a motion to reject the bid; Mr. Kirsch seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Mr. Stanton (Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering) explained that Castle Shannon has a permit to discharge storm water into Saw Mill Run. With that permit expiring in February 2018, in order to renew on March 1, 2018 the borough was required to submit a notice of intent to renew its application with the DEP. The report was available for residents to review for 30 days at the Municipal Center and the Castle Shannon Library.

Mr. Warhold questioned why the TMDL is high for Whitehall Borough. Mr. Stanton explained that Whitehall has two watersheds, Saw Mill Run / Route 51 and Street Run Road.

Mr. Hartswick stated there have not been any public comments in regards to the Total Maximum Daily Load Plan for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) for the required 30 day period. Mr. Heckmann made a motion to accept the TMDL plan for Castle Shannon; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Chief Truver stated there were eight agencies for the SHACOG Civil Service exam that took place on August 12th. This included Baldwin Borough, Brentwood, Castle Shannon, Jefferson Hills, Moon Township, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair and West Mifflin. Of the 88 applicants: 12 were no shows, 7 failed the physical agility, and only 30 passed the written exam out of 65. The top 15 scores qualify for the oral exam.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
It was noted by Council that a number of residents and businesses did not receive their school taxes. Ms. Torris is aware of this by the number of residents who called to get a copy of their taxes. A notice was posted on Face Book and the Borough’s Website to contact the tax collector in the event you did not receive your school taxes in the mail.

Mr. Biondo explained it is up to the resident to pay their tax bill regardless if they receive a paper bill or not.

Mr. McKibben commented it is the responsibility of the Keystone Oaks School District and not Castle Borough regarding their school tax notices.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann said the buzz around town regarding the CSRC recent events has been great, but Mr. Warhold will speak further on this topic.

Ms. Kovach asked Mr. Heckmann to stop at the library to confirm a date for the next Future Forum’s Meeting.

Public Works - Building & Grounds:
Council met with Mr. Collins, CSYA President, to discuss the storage shed installation and location. Mr. Collins explained the shed would be convenient for all their supplies and other sports equipment. Having the storage shed at the Municipal Center field instead of going to other ball field locations to retrieve what is necessary for their games would be a time saver for the coaches too.

MARSA is supplying the block at cost and helping with the block laying. Other members of the CSYA are donating their time and talent to assist with the construction and electrical. The completed shed will be 16x12x10 located outside the right field fence.

Mr. Collins thanked Council for their time and attention regarding the shed.

Mr. Kirsch made a motion in the amount of $8,000.00 not to exceed $15,000.00 to help defray the cost of constructing a shed for the CSYA. Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach thanked Mr. Collins for all his time and effort as the President of the CSYA.

Mr. Hartswick will address issues concerning the Municipal Center lower level sanitary issues and the Public Works pick-up truck dump body and salt spreader installation at the September 11th council meeting.

Mr. Hartswick informed Mr. Kirsch the fence for the half basketball court on Myrtle Avenue has been ordered through Allegheny Fence Company and should be installed the week of September 5th.

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Public Safety/Fire:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Swisher approved the check register for August 25th.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold thanked everyone involved with the success of the Great Castle Shannon Bank Robbery reenactment on August 18th at the corner of Poplar and Willow Avenues. Eventually a video will be available to view on the CSRC website that portrays the South Hills Players reenacting the trial. He stated it was a team effort, and approximately 500 people that took the tour had positive comments. Mr. Warhold also thanked Martin Auto Gallery for the use of their classic cars. Ms. Randazzo commended the South Hill Players for their tremendous performance.

Mr. Warhold acknowledged the other two successful events “Party on Park” this summer and reminded everyone about the Fall Festival coming up on September 9th. Flyers were sent out to all the residents of Castle Shannon.

Ms. Kovach stated that Castle Shannon’s 100th year Anniversary will be coming up in 2019, and plans will be forthcoming for that event. Because of many people not being able to attend the reenactment that day, possibly there could be a repeat performance for our anniversary.

Ms. Randazzo stated there will be a board meeting in September.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Seiler is now accepting articles for the Fall Newsletter.

Mayor Baumgarten stated the MRTSA Board voted to raise the annual ambulance subscription rate an additional $5.00 for individuals and $10.00 for families. The shared services for Castle Shannon Borough will be approximately $70,000.00 for 2018. At the board meeting, Mayor Baumgarten voted no for the cost increase for ambulance subscription increase but was over ruled.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Quarterly meeting is coming up.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Seven Springs Conference will be held the weekend of Sept 28th.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

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

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Mastandrea reported that school was back in session on August 24th. Superintendent Stropkaj is visiting Elementary Schools and reading to the students.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Mayor's Report:
Todd Erlich (former Castle Shannon Police Officer) passed away on Sunday, August 27th.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Swisher suggested truncating the ad for the part time administrative assistant as a way of saving the borough advertising cost since the Post-Gazette was costly. It was noted the part-time position ad was advertised in the Observer/Almanac, borough’s website and on Face Book.

Ms. Randazzo acknowledged the “Love Your Library” signs posted around town.

Ms. Kovach would like to see the Library involved with our 100 year Anniversary plans.

Mr. Heckmann noted the damage done by Hurricane Harvey and asked people to keep those residents in mind. Hats off to our engineers who are responsible for the infrastructure of our community to keep our residences safe.

Mr. McKibben questioned if Council is satisfied with Jordan Tax Service as our vendor for tax collection and would be willing to renew with them as our collector. Council responded there have not been any problems and would like to continue using their services.


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