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September 26, 2011

The following elected officials were present: M. Cheberenchick; N. Kovach, V. Smith; M. Warhold; R. Zezulewicz; D. Baumgarten. Tax Collector S. Torris and Council Members J. O’Malley and G. Orr were absent. 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 September 12, 2011 council meeting were presented. Mr. Warhold motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Cheberenchick seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

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

Joanne Strain, 1056 Hastie Road – addressed council regarding a warning letter she received regarding nuisance dogs. Mr. Vietmeier had advised her that when an anonymous complaint is received, it is the borough’s policy to send letters to several residents in that area, whether they own dogs or not. Ms. Strain was very offended that the letter was addressed to her, even though her neighbors received the same letter. Mr. Zezulewicz answered that this blanket notice procedure has produced good results in the past. Ms. Strain suggested that the letter be revised to be more resident friendly. Council will take Ms. Strain’s suggestion under advisement.

Dorothy Straitiff, 1054 Hastie Road – stated that her son installed a cement parking pad several years ago when Chief Lane lived on Hastie Road, and the parking pad was sufficient for borough guidelines at that time. Recently, she received a citation when her daughter parked on the pad. The actual parking pad is made of two cement strips with grass in between. Mr. Zezulewicz suggested that it may appear that the car was parked on the grass. Mr. Vietmeier will investigate the parking situation.

Christopher Durkin, 3163 Maplene Avenue – addressed council with a continued problem of overpopulation of white tail deer in the borough. Mr. Durkin submitted evidence of a large amount of deer droppings that accumulate on his property over a fourteen day period. The deer are a public health problem because of the defecation and Lyme disease, in addition to the damage done to landscaping and gardens. This is a county wide problem. Mr. Durkin requested that council consider forming a task force to build a coalition with Mt. Lebanon, Baldwin Township and Whitehall to address the problem. Mr. Durkin pointed out several areas of the borough where archery hunting could be permitted. Mr. Zezulewicz stated that he will discuss the problem with Chief Truver and suggested that this information be presented to our South Hill Area Council of Governments for suggestions.

Phil Grabowksi, 940 Newport – reported hearing gunshots in his neighborhood and is concerned his home will be hit. Chief Truver advised that Mr. Gabowsky call 911 when he hears a gun shot.

Jeff Varner, 3150 Maplene – stated he has a gravel parking pad in front of his home, and questioned whether the property belongs to the borough. Mr. Zezulewicz answered that the borough has a right-of-way of approximately ten feet off the road; however the land (including any parking pad) belongs to the property owner. Residents are permitted to park on the street unless no parking signs are posted.

Mr. Zezulewicz closed the public hearing.

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

Building and Grounds:
Mr. Warhold met with Chris Sandvig of Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group and asked council to support a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER III) grant for Shannon Transit Village. Mr. Warhold motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to send correspondence supporting the grant application; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Warhold also met with DCED representative Al D’Alessandra and Gino Rizzo, Dormont Manager to discuss the possibility of partnering to secure funding for revitalization efforts. A meeting with Greg Jones, the manager for the Route 51 Corridor Project will be scheduled to obtain information to help our economic development move forward.

Mr. Smith motioned to pay the bill list; Ms. Kovach seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach reported that the Library Halloween Parade and pumpkin decorating contest is scheduled for October 23rd.

Planning and Codes:
The agenda contained the August reports.

Public Safety:
Chief Truver announced that Sergeant Joe Caruso will receive an Amen Corner Award on October 14th for disarming a person during a medic call.

Public Works:
Mr. Hartswick reported that the borough engineers are working on a bid package for the public works roof project.

Editorial Board:
Article deadline is October 10th.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Nothing to report.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Ms. Kovach reported that SHACOG is proposing the secure joint bids on tar and chip quantities for roads. Mayor Baumgarten advised that tar and chip material can only be used on heavily travelled roads to compact the material.

Police Pension:
Mr. Hartswick announced that police pension and non-uniformed pension meetings are scheduled for October 7th at the borough offices.

Non-Uniformed Pension:
Nothing to report.

Earned Income Tax Collector's Report:
The agenda contained the August distribution analysis.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.

Planning Commission Report:
Nothing to report.

Solicitor's Report:
Nothing to report.

Keystone Oaks:
Nothing to report.

Zoning Hearing Board:
Nothing to report.

Nothing to report.


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