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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
September 12, 2011

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach, J. O’Malley; G. Orr; V. Smith; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten; S. Torris. 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 August 15, 2011 council meeting were presented. Ms. O’Malley motioned to approve the minutes; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Robert Carlucci, 1086 Thornwood Drive – addressed council regarding a no parking sign directly across from his driveway. The location of the sign makes backing out of the driveway very difficult, and Mr. Carlucci requested the sign be moved a few feet. The public works department will review the sign location.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Mr. Truver reported on the SHACOG joint police testing. According to the Civil Service Rules, the borough must interview 60% of the applicants that passed the written and physical tests. On September 29th, 30th and October 1st, forty-four interviews will be conducted to create a list for future police department vacancies.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
August collections were received in the amount of $14,382.05. Real estate assessment reductions were received from the county of over one-half million. Current collections are at 94%. Balance due is $149,824.03.

Council Committee Reports

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report.

Finance:
Mr. Smith motioned to pay the bill list; Ms. O’Malley seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Library:
Ms. O’Malley reported that Charles McCormick has been hired as custodian for the library.

Planning and Codes:
Mr. Warhold reported that the revitalization corporation will be meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. with Bill Fontana, CEO of Pennsylvania Downtown Center.

Arcadia Publishing accepted the revitalization’s submittal for a pictorial history of Castle Shannon co-authored by Sam Sciullo and Paul Dudjak.

Mr. Warhold recognized Mike Rochelle, who attended the meeting and has assisted greatly by volunteering his time to clean up and maintenance of the community garden. Mr. Rochelle provided Mr. Warhold with pictures of the garden. Council thanked Mr. Rochelle for his hard work.

Public Safety:
Officer Kiefer completed his probationary period as of August 30, 2011.

Chief Truver reported on a truck inspection on August 24th. Castle Shannon, Clairton and Mt. Lebanon police departments participated. Twenty-nine trucks were stopped resulting in thirty-one violations, ten citations, and one arrest.

A federal motor carrier administration grant was granted to the City of Pittsburgh for truck inspections with $63,000 allocated for municipal agencies in Allegheny County. Officer Fleckenstein is coordinating $5,000 for our local area for truck safety inspections.

Chief Truver submitted an application for the AAA annual recognition award for traffic safety.

Ms. O’Malley motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute an agreement with the Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network (CLEAN). The network is upgrading to a web browser interface which will allow a direct connection. The agreement outlines specific administrative policies to be followed. Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Works:
Ms. Kovach motioned to authorize Soli Construction (for $4,475.00) to install a new manhole on Riehl Drive due to the distance of over four hundred feet between existing manholes; Mr. Smith seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
Mr. Warhold reported that the board is working on a collective bargaining agreement for paramedics.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. Kovach will attend the monthly board meeting on Thursday.

Police Pension:
Mr. Hartswick presented the 2012 Minimum Municipal Obligation Worksheet for the police pension plan of $98,131.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Mr. Hartswick presented the 2012 Minimum Municipal Obligation Worksheet for the non-uniformed pension plan of $25,271.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
Nothing to report.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick requested that council authorize the enactment of a physician panel for workers compensation claims. Mr. Cheberenchick motioned to enact the proposed physician panel; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor:
Mayor Baumgarten stated that the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department organized an impressive display for the ten year anniversary of September 11th. They had two ladder trucks displaying the American flag in between in addition to several police cars and an ambulance. Mayor Baumgarten thanked the fire department for their display.

Mayors’ Against Illegal Guns is against proposed legislation permitting guns that are registered in other states to be recognized by Pennsylvania laws. In addition, more guns are being sent to Mexico from Arizona and Texas, therefore stricter gun control laws and enforcement are needed.

The Keystone Oaks School Board voted to close Myrtle Avenue and Aiken Elementary Schools in a vote of 5-3-1. A new board will take office in December.

Planning Commission Report:
The agenda contained the minutes of the August 22nd meeting.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Ms. O’Malley announced that the Friends of the Library will hold a book sale on September 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th. Mr. Zezulewicz asked Mr. Hartswick to send a letter of appreciation to the fire department for their 911 display, and to contact Fire Chief Bill Reffner regarding public works giving the fire department tree removal assistance.


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