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CASTLE SHANNON BOROUGH
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
September 26, 2016

The following elected officials were present: M. Heckmann; D. Swisher; N. Kovach; W. Oates; M. Randazzo; D. Baumgarten. Council Members T. Kirsch and M. Warhold and Tax Collector S. Torris were absent. The following appointed officials were present: T. Hartswick, Borough Manager; K. Truver, Police Chief; P. Vietmeier, Codes Official; D. Biondo, Solicitor; N. Mastandrea, Junior Council Member.


The minutes of the September 12, 2016 council meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes with corrections; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Chief Truver stated that Borough Council approved a conditional offer of employment for Christine Platt at the September 12th meeting. Officer Platt ranked number one on the police candidate eligibility list which was certified by the Civil Service Commission on October 1, 2015. Officer Platt came to us from the Hampton Township Police Department, graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in justice study, and obtained her certification from the Allegheny County Police Training Academy. Mayor Baumgarten then gave the oath of office to Officer Christine Platt. Council welcomed Officer Platt.

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

Kort Isenberg, 1410 Orr Drive – questioned if the Castle Court Apartment development would have an access way from Lockridge or Orr Drive. Council answered no. Mr. Isenberg also asked if replacement trees are planned as a buffer zone for neighboring properties. Mr. Hartswick stated that the site contractor is Berarducci, and they are extremely well respected. Mr. Vietmeier added that landscaping and re-seeding is identified in the plans, and he invited Mr. Isenberg to visit the Codes Department to review the plan review.

Sherri Suppa, 3409 Lockridge Drive – stated the development is a rape of the neighborhood and asked council to visit Lockridge and Orr Drive to view the project. Ms. Suppa questioned why trees were being cut in the park. Ms. Kovach answered that trees being removed are on the developer’s property, and described the grading plan. In addition, all developments are required to complete landscaping plans which includes a buffer zone.

Mary Norcott, 3112 Home Avenue – discussed parking issues on Home Avenue due to transit riders parking their vehicles on the residential street. Eight to twelve non-residential cars are parking there daily. Chief Truver reviewed the area today at 9:30 a.m., and there were no parking issues at that time.

Peggy Gross, 3111 Home Avenue – stated that at 7:30 a.m. the parking was limited and asked for signage to be installed for residential parking only during morning hours on weekdays. Residents could get parking permits for their vehicles.

Bob Nagy, 3113 Home Avenue – stated that Home Avenue is a dead end street and should only be used by residents and guests. In addition, it is frustrating when residents clear a parking space of snow, and other people use that parking area. Mr. Nagy believes that signage would deter the non-residential parking.

Chief Truver asked residents to call him when they cannot find parking. In the past, the parking situation on Home Avenue has been assessed, and ample parking was available; however Chief Truver and Mayor Baumgarten will revisit this issue. Mayor Baumgarten noted that an ordinance would be needed to change the parking and enable ticketing. Mr. Heckmann questioned if residents would be willing to purchase parking passes and visitor passes to underwrite the cost of parking enforcement, as is done in other cities. Chief Truver asked Ms. Norcott, Ms. Gross and Mr. Nagy to contact their neighbors to obtain names and addresses of residents that are willing to purchase parking passes, and Chief Truver will follow up with council.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Nothing to report.

Civil Service Commission:
Nothing to report.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
Nothing to report.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
Mr. Heckmann asked that photographs of the golf outing and Fall Festival be forwarded to him to post on the borough’s Facebook page and CSRC website.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report. Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver reported that thirteen oral interviews were conducted for police candidates, and seven candidates passed. The new eligibility list will be certified by Civil Service Commission for 2017.

Finance:
Mr. Swisher approved the check register for September 12th and motioned to ratify the August treasurer’s report; Mr. Heckmann seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
The 2016 CSRC Golf Outing was a huge success, and the Fall Festival was well attended.

Mr. Vietmeier reported the Planning Commission approved a change in use for Shannon Optical, a local retailer of safety glass equipment.

Library:
Nothing to report.

Editorial Board:
Ms. Lynn Seiler is compiling articles for the newsletter.

MRTSA:
The borough’s ambulance assessment for 2016 is approximately $65,000 and for 2017 will be roughly $70,000.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Ms. Kovach reported on the fall conference sessions: The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy are sponsoring green space programs, community gardens, planters and hanging baskets. A pension program was held on moving from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans, including legislation to eliminate the DROP option from public pensions. ALCOSAN has a new mapping section on their website, and new development requirements for rainwater absorption on site. State legislators discussed their 2017 focus on investing more in communities, state pension reform, the opioid crises, physician drug monitoring, beer/wine sales in grocery stores, and a change in the 911 system. A Cuban ambassador attended and discussed trade agreements.

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 is seeking information from the high school clubs for ideas to implement. Mr. Mastandrea thanked the borough for their quick response in reinstalling the Mastandrea Field sign at Hamilton Park that was damaged earlier this year.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick presented Resolution #629-A to request a Green Revitalization of Our Waterways (GROW) program grant from ALCOSAN. Ms. Randazzo motioned to adopt Resolution #629-A; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mayor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Planning Commission:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Other:
Nothing to report.




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