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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
September 25, 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; D. Biondo, Solicitor; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; N. Mastandrea, Junior Council Member. Police Chief K. Truver was absent.


The minutes of the September 11, 2017 Council Meeting were presented. Mr. Heckmann motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Kirsch; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Russell McKibben, 1456 Highland Villa Road – addressed council as the borough’s earned income tax representative to the Southwest Allegheny County Tax Collection Committee. Mr. McKibben reported that Jordan Tax Service’s contract was extended for a three year term by a unanimous vote of the board. Earned income tax revenues have increased by approximately 20% for most of Jordan Tax Service clients. Jordan Tax’s total assessment of $36,000 to the many taxing bodies was approved to cover the 2018/2019 budgets. The biggest expenses are the mandatory audit and off-site storage of data. In addition, Jordan has agreed to issue earned income tax refunds if the borough decides to adopt Act 172. Council thanked Mr. McKibben for volunteering and serving on the committee.

Barry Cassidy, 1256 Grove Road – proposed parking modifications on Willow Avenue between Park Avenue and Poplar Avenue to provide additional available parking for local businesses. Ms. Kovach will discuss parking with Chief Truver.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Ms. Randazzo motioned to award the Castle Shannon Police Department Plumbing Repairs to the lower bidder - Pawlak Plumbing for $7,395.00; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann announced that the second Future’s Forum will be held Wednesday, October 18th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Library of Castle Shannon.

Public Works -
Mr. Oates reported that good feedback has been received regarding the park renovations at Myrtle Avenue Parklet.

Public Works will commence a crack sealing program on borough roadways when the weather gets cooler.

Building & Grounds -
Mr. Kirsch agreed that the Myrtle Avenue Parklet with a resurfaced/expanded basketball court and landscaping looks very nice. A new trash can and bench has been ordered in addition to a spring rider for younger children. An unused grill was removed and will be refurbished for Hamilton Park. Kudos to Bob Ausman and the Public Works Department for their work on the park. Public Safety/Fire:
Nothing to report.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for August 31st, September 11th and September 22nd.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold motioned to adopt Resolution #648 declaring a slum and blighted area for the Shannon Station Study area; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that Coffee etc. recently opened on Willow Avenue. Mr. Warhold added that many residents have requested a coffee shop in the downtown area. Parking concerns were discussed.

Mr. Biondo stated that a tentative agreement with the property owners of 3141 McRoberts Road was discussed. The owners will place funds in escrow to insure that condemned property is renovated and brought up to code within six months.

Mr. Warhold announced that the Great Castle Shannon Bank Robbery Reenactment video and trial will be placed online.

The Saw Mill Run Stream Cleanup is scheduled for October 28th. Volunteers can contact the borough office.

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 11th at 11:11 a.m.

Library:
Ms. Randazzo reported the “Love Your Library” campaign will continue through the month of September. Any monies donated to the library are matched, up to $500.00. Please consider donating to support our library.

Friends of the Library held their fall book sale last week.

Editorial Board:
Nothing to report.

MRTSA:
Nothing to report.

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 of directors meeting minutes for September 21, 2017.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
The 2018 Minimum Municipal Obligation forms for the pensions were presented to council.

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Mastandrea reported that the freshman rush was last Friday, and all the clubs have started. The SADD program may be expanded in cooperation with the DARE program to reach younger students.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick recommended hiring Cheryl Conn for a part-time administrative assistant/receptionist position. Mr. Heckmann made the motion; Ms. Randazzo seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten noted that Officer Christine Platt has completed her probationary period for the police department and was appointed full-time police officer. Officer Platt has volunteered to be the DARE officer.

A deceased male body was found late this afternoon behind Chateaugay Apartments. Nothing nefarious is suspected.

Planning Commission:
Mr. Oates motioned to accept the minutes of the August 21st meeting; Mr. Warhold seconded; all in favor; motion carried. Mr. Biondo explained that preliminary minutes can be submitted to council before final approval at the formal planning commission meeting. Mr. McKibben added that minutes will be sent to planning commission members for comments before being released to council before the final planning commission vote on important development issues.

Solicitor's Report:
Mr. Biondo received a letter of potential claim of property damage regarding water runoff from Baldwin Township onto a property on Killarney Drive. The borough’s insurance company has been notified.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Nothing to report.




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