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September 11, 2017

The following elected officials were present: N. Kovach; W. Oates; M. Randazzo; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten. Council Members M. Heckmann, T. Kirsch, D. Swisher and Tax Collector S. Torris were 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 28, 2017 Council Meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Warhold; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Val and Tom Moses, owners of 3141 McRoberts Road – purchased the fire damaged property in March and were provided with a 180 day period to bring the property up to code. They would like to sell the property to Nick Pascarella, Hob Nob Investments LLC, who renovates houses. Ms. Moses asked council for an extension of the 180 days to give the proposed buyer time to renovate the building. Mr. Pascarella stated that he would clean up the exterior of the property within days of the closing sale and would maintain the property. Mr. Pascarella specified that renovations would be completed by February 2018. Ms. Kovach and Mr. Warhold said that the property has been a health hazard and blighted property for two years, and many neighbors have complained about the condition of the property. Mr. Hartswick advised that asbestos testing was completed, and the property is slated for demolition next year. Ms. Randazzo noted that the borough would have no guarantee that the renovations would be completed in an expeditious manner. Council will take the extension request under advisement.

Trinette Kern, 1037 Francis Road – thanked Borough Council, Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation, and volunteers for hosting the Fall Festival and Party on Park events for the community. Gracious Living earned enough money selling cookies and lemonade to purchase a new bingo set. Mr. Warhold thanked Ms. Kern and Gracious Living for their participation in these events.

Dan Collins, 1413 Highland Villa – requested a moment of silence in observance of all first responders and victims of 911.

Ms. Kovach closed the public comment section.

Bid Openings:
Mr. Warhold motioned to accept the low bid received of $11,945 for a Truckcraft Dump Insert and Salt Spreader from Steel City Mower & Plow; Ms. Randazzo seconded; Mr. Oates abstained; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
The agenda contained the August collection report.

Public Works - Building & Grounds:
Mr. Oates reported that 520 storm sewer inlets have been evaluated for MS4 regulations.

Public Works will initiate a crack sealing program for all road segments improved within the last five years, in addition to all municipal parking lots, the library parking lot and parking lots in the borough parks.

Repairs have been made to the vehicle lift in the public works garage for borough truck repairs.

Building and Grounds:
The Myrtle Avenue Parklet basketball court has been expanded and paved. New hoops have been installed, and fencing is schedule to be completed this week.

Council is considering installing a new splash park at Hamilton Park. Grant funding is pending. Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver requested council approve the Buckle Up PA Enforcement and Education grant agreement extension. Ms. Randazzo motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreement; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Nothing to report.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold is planning a follow up meeting with the Great Castle Shannon Bank Robbery reenactment participants.

The Castle Shannon Revitalization Corporation golf outing is Friday, September 15th. Ms. Kovach added that this is the main fund raising event for the CSRC.

Ms. Kovach reported that the 2017 Fall Festival was a huge success. The event was well attended. Many vendors and businesses participated, and the weather was very pleasant.

A Saw Mill Run stream cleanup day is tentatively planned for October 28th.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that a new coffee shop on will open on Willow Avenue in mid-September. A consignment shop has opened on Grove Road, and an antique shop will be opening on Castle Shannon Boulevard.

Mr. Warhold discussed POEMS (Project Outreach Emergency Medical Supplies) that provides free excellent condition medical equipment to residents and surrounding neighbors. Any medical equipment donated in fair condition is sent to Brother’s Brother Foundation, who provides equipment for emergency situations (like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma). Mr. Vietmeier added that wheelchair donations are needed.

Ms. Randazzo reported that Marilyn Jenkins, Executive Director of the Allegheny County Library Association, attended the September library board meeting and discussed Regional Asset Distribution funding. The funding is much appreciated, however the level of funding has been stagnant for the last three years.

The library’s strategic plan was adopted. Library policies and trends were discussed. The library is the hub of the community and has become a haven for many immigrants. Safety policies were deliberated in addition to special safety training for staff members.

The Love Your Library campaign is underway. Any monies donated to the library are matched, up to $500.00. Please consider donating to support our library.

RADical Days is an annual event celebrating the assets with free admission, musical and dance performances and family activities offered by arts and culture organizations, parks and recreation, and sports and regional attractions that are funded by RAD. RADical Days 2017 will take place September 22-October 15. Please check their website for event listings.

The library sponsors a Halloween parade and party for over 150 children. Ms. Randazzo motioned to donate $300.00 to the library for this event; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Seiler is accepting articles for the Fall Newsletter until September 18th.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

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

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
A legislative alert was received regarding state budget options.

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 is going well. Open House and the College Fair will be held September 13th.

The Keystone Oaks principal has plans to increase communications for parents, students and communities.

The football team is in the top five in class 3A football. Also, the girls’ soccer team is undefeated.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
The final inspection on the 2017 Road Improvement Program with Mele & Mele was completed. The 2017 Road Improvement Program for liquid fuels with Michael Facchiano Construction will start September 12th.

Ms. Kovach discussed trash collection resolutions during paving projects. In the past, public works has gathered the garbage from residences and relocated the trash to an approved pickup site.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten wanted to take this opportunity to recognize Dan Collins for going above and beyond in volunteering to better the community of Castle Shannon. Mr. Collins has served two terms as president on the Castle Shannon Youth Association board. In addition, Mr. Collins assists with emergency situations in the borough and also works with the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department. Mayor Baumgarten publically thanked Mr. Collins for his unselfish efforts in serving our community.

Planning Commission:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to accept the minutes of the June 19th meeting; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Mr. Warhold commented that the House Republican Caucus has introduced a proposal to cut programs to provide a one-time fix to balance the state budget. The budget cuts would eliminate funding in 2017/2018 for programs such as fire and emergency services, parks and recreation programs, recycling programs, 911 centers, public transportation, etc. and many more.

Mayor Baumgarten is still disheartened that the state legislators will not pass a gun control law or approval local law enforcement use of radar.


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