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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Environmental Committee

March 12, 2008

In attendance: Committee members Ellen Lustgarten, Barbara Silzle (chair), and Stephen Wagner. Mayor Jayne Young, Borough Manager Craig Totaro, Public Works Director Bill Johnson, and Asst to the Borough Mgr Betsy Riffert.

There were no visitor comments at the meeting.

  • Discussed borough recycling policies and practices with the intention to establish a comprehensive program that increases recycling throughout the borough including homes, businesses, apartment buildings, churches, schools, and public spaces.
  • Reviewed obstacles to recycling, including size of bins, the difficultly for homeowners who have an alley in the rear to move the bins to the front of the home for pick-ups, frequency of pick-ups; discussed decrease in trash and increase in recycling since moving to single stream.
  • There are no recycling bins at the 20th Century Club. Bill will drop off bins and work out logistics with Jeri Staiber so that recycling is collected inside, and outside during events.
  • A questionnaire will be developed by the Mayor, Betsy and Craig and will be distributed in the next Borough Newsletter to gather information from residents on their recycling habits and preferences to inform our plan and choices. Feedback will be due by May 31st and can be dropped off to borough hall, the library or done online.
  • Betsy will provide a monthly report on which businesses and apartments of 7+ units do and do not recycle; all are required.
  • Will pursue permission from Septa to put recycling containers at the Lansdowne and Gladstone train stations that the borough would maintain.
  • Barbara and Craig are meeting with DEP on March 24th to clarify scope of the $93,900 recycling grant. Craig will create a document outlining options after that meeting. The Committee will review the information and provide a recommendation to Council regarding the acceptance of the grant; expected to be presented to Council at the May 7th business meeting. Craig and Bill will work out logistics for the distribution of new, larger containers that will be paid for by the DEP grant.
  • Discussed the Shade Tree ordinance that was proposed by the Tree Advisory Board, converting the Tree Advisory Board to a Shade Tree Commission. Solicitor Bob Scott will review and comment on the ordinance and explain the difference between a board and a commission.
  • Discussed plans to apply for DEP grants for Hoffman and Gateway Park improvements.
  • Discussed the Committee’s charge to establish a land management plan for maintenance and use of borough owned parks and other open space. The Committee will request and review the plan for the parks that Joe Urban, Chair of Education/Recreation and Liaison to Recreation and Parks Board, has referred to as having been approved by a prior borough council.

The next meeting is Wednesday, April 9th at 9:30 am in Council Chambers.

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