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September 12, 2016

The following elected officials were present: M. Heckmann; D. Swisher; N. Kovach; W. Oates; M. Randazzo; M. Warhold; D. Baumgarten. Council Member T. Kirsch 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 August 22, 2016 council meeting were presented. Ms. Randazzo motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Ms. Kovach turned the meeting over to Mayor Baumgarten who read a proclamation declaring the week of September 16th as Welcoming Week 2016. Mayor Baumgarten stated that by working together we can achieve greater prosperity and make our borough the kind of place where diverse people from around the world feel valued and want to put down roots. Mayor Baumgarten welcomed the following people that attended the meeting: Lok Mahat Bhandari of the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh; and residents Kamala Pradhan, Bhakta Mahat, Krishna Chhetri, and Bal Kadariya.

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

Jerry Coombs, 3024 Belleville Street – discussed the traffic lights at Route 88, Killarney Drive and 6th Street and asked that the pedestrian crossing signal be extended for pedestrian safety. Chief Truver explained that during peak traffic hours, Penndot programs signals to let highway traffic flow smoother. The crossing signal will be reviewed.

Mr. Coombs also asked about the wildlife feeding ordinance that council is considering. Chief Truver stated that prohibiting the feeding of wild animals will help to eliminate the spreading of diseases such as rabies from raccoons, viruses from turkeys and Lyme disease from deer. Excess spillage from bird feeders should be cleaned up by residents.

James Litwin, 165 Oakdale Avenue – stated that when Oakdale was repaved many years ago, the curbing placed in front of his driveway was too high. Many water main breaks have caused the curbing to crack, and his water pipes in the house are vibrating. Mr. Litwin would like the high curbing eliminated.

Mr. Litwin also reported that a neighboring home has been abandoned and has high grass, snakes and rodents present.

The public comment section was closed.

Bid Openings:
Nothing to report.

Public Hearings:
Ms. Kovach presented Ordinance Number 906 prohibiting the feeding of wild animals, including deer, within the borough and providing penalties for violation. "Wild animal" shall include any animal, which is not normally domesticated in this state, including but not limited to deer, feral cats, groundhogs, opossums, raccoons, skunks, rodents, bears, foxes, coyotes and waterfowl. The public hearing was opened. No comments were received; therefore the public hearing was closed. Mr. Biondo noted that residents would receive a warning before fines are issued, and Mr. Warhold noted that Allegheny County also has an ordinance prohibiting the feeding. Mr. Heckman motioned to adopt Ordinance 906 at its first reading; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Civil Service Commission:
Chief Truver asked council to make a conditional offer of employment to Christine M. Platt as an entry level police officer. Ms. Platt is number one on the borough’s 2015 civil service commission police candidate listing. Ms. Randazzo made the motion; Mr. Swisher seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Real Estate Tax Collectors Report:
The agenda contained the August report: Collections - $6,691.22; Balance - $146,061.46.

Council Committee Reports:

Public Relations/Communications:
The Fall Festival is scheduled for September 17th, and additional information is available on the CSRC website and Facebook.

Fire Chief Bill Reffner did an outstanding job coordinating fire, medical rescue and police vehicles through SHACOG for an impressive 911 static display. Chuck Christ created a video which is available for viewing on YouTube at Castle Shannon 911 Salute.

Public Works:
Nothing to report.

Building and Grounds:
Nothing to report. Public Safety/Fire:
Chief Truver asked council to approve the agreement between the North Central Highway Safety Network and Castle Shannon Borough for the Buckle-up Grants. Ms. Randazzo motioned to authorize the appropriate officials to execute the agreement; Mr. Oates seconded; all in favor; motion carried.

Mr. Swisher approved the check registers for August 15th, August 29th and September 2nd.

The Finance Committee will be meeting September 19th for a budget overview.

Community Activities/Planning & Codes:
Mr. Warhold will be meeting with Lisa Goodyear and her committees to finalize plans for the Fall Festival on September 17th. Approximately fifty vendors, several food trucks and many children’s activities are planned.

The CSRC Golf Outing is September 23rd at Scenic Valley. Over 130 players are registered.

Mr. Vietmeier reported that more abandoned homes are being identified throughout the borough.

Many permits are being received for solar panel installations on residential homes.

Ms. Randazzo reported that a quorum was not present for the board meeting.

The member’s library agreement will be finalized in October.

The Friends of the Library used book sale was very well attended; and the Fall Flea Market will be held October 15th.

“Love Your Library” campaign is in full swing through the Allegheny County Library Association and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Any funds donated to the library (up to $500) will be matched. Online donations are available on the website. Residents are urged to donate and support our local library.

Members of the board plan to write letters to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation in support of the borough’s application for a K-9 grant.

Editorial Board:
Newsletter articles are due September 19th.

Nothing to report.

Municipal Associations:

Allegheny County Boroughs Association:
Ms. Kovach attended the quarterly board meeting. Legislation to allow local use of radar by police departments is pending.

Allegheny League of Municipalities:
Nothing to report.

Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs:
Nothing to report.

South Hills Area Council of Governments:
Nothing to report.

Police Pension/Non-Uniformed Pension:
Mr. Hartswick presented the Minimum Municipal Funding Obligation for 2017 to council for the borough’s pension funds. For 2017, the police pension MMO is $234,926 and the non-uniformed pension is $67,571.

Junior Council Person:
Mr. Mastandrea reported that Keystone Oaks participated in Suicide Prevention Week, a national event designed to raise awareness that suicide is a preventable cause of premature death.

In addition, Mr. Mastandrea would like to start up a telephone answering program for student health and safety issues.

Engineer's Report:
Nothing to report.

Manager's Report:
Mr. Hartswick and Mayor Baumgarten met with Keystone Oaks Superintendent William P. Stropkaj to develop a program with Economic Development South to bring MS4 issues into an education science class.

Mayor's Report:
Mayor Baumgarten commended Fire Chief Reffner on a very impressive 9/11 program.

Mayor Baumgarten discussed a very moving film aired on CNN. The film was originally created to film the daily routine of a newly hired fireman. Then the airplanes attacked the twin towers. The film was very graphic, but captured the detail of the fear and horror one fireman experienced during the twin tower collapse on 9/11. This is a powerful movie of the terrorist attacks, and a reminder that 2,996 people, including 343 firefighters, died as a result of this tragedy.

Planning Commission:
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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