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Borough Council Meeting Minutes
April 17, 2002

Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting Wednesday, April 17, 2002. The General Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at 7:30 PM at Borough Hall.

In attendance were President Campuzano, Mr. Council, Mr. Borgman, Mr. Burke, Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Klingler and Mr. Smith. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Solicitor Bech, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Treasurer Asciutto, Police Chief Kortan, Fire Chief Herre,Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector Leggoe and Secretary Henry. President Campuzano announced that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would air on Monday, April 22 on Cable Channel 10.

Minutes:

Mr. Council moved to approve the minutes of the March 20, 2002 Borough Council General Meeting. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Before going onto the agenda, Jennifer Hoff of Hoff Communications, Inc. gave an audio visual presentation of Lansdowne Borough’s new Web site. Presentations and Announcements: Mayor Young presented a Certificate of Appreciation to resigning Recreation and Park Board member David Biche. Mayor Young presented the Lansdowne Caring Citizen Award to Jason Stockdale. Mayor Young announced that the Lansdowne Yard Sale Day would be held on April 20. Mayor Young announced that the Penn Wood High School Art Show would be held on April Mayor Young announced that Arbor Day would be held on April 16 at 1:00 PM. Mayor Young announced that Clean Up Day would be held on April 27, 8:30 AM in Hoffman Park. Mayor Young announced that the Adopt A Highway program would soon begin. Mayor Young announced that Garden Day would be held on April 27 at 10:30 AM. Mayor Young announced that the GLCA Clean up Day would be held on May 4. Mayor Young announced that the Lansdowne Folk Club was having a show on April 25. Mayor Young announced that the season finale of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra would be held on April 21. Mayor Young announced that the Daughters of the American Revolution would hold a dedication ceremony on April 20 at 3:00 PM in Sycamore Park.

Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Asciutto reported that for March, total revenues for the General Fund were $928,495.60 and total expenditures were $440,446.25. Mr. Asciutto reported that taxes received to date amounted to $704,107.36 plus $180,933.71 for solid waste collection fees. Mr. Asciutto reported that 25% of taxes and current year fees have been received. Mr. Burke moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Engineer’s Report

Mr. Bevilacqua stated that all of his items would be covered under Committee reports.

Solicitor’s Report

Mr. Bech stated that all of his items would be covered under Committee reports.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Council President’s Report President Campuzano reported no follow up items from last month’s general meeting. President Campuzano reported that Lansdowne Borough would receive $225,000 from the settlement of the EPA lawsuit. President Campuzano thanked Mr. Bech and Mr. Bevilacqua for all their hard work in this case.

Economic Development

Mr. Council reported that at the March meeting of the COG, the following decisions were made: an application will be submitted to the DCED for the Baltimore Avenue corridor marketing study, a subcommittee will be formed to develop a presentation to County, State and Federal Governments for supporting revitalization efforts in this section of Delaware County and the process of incorporating as a non-profit organization for raising funds and signing contracts will be explored. The next meeting of the COG will be held on May 3. Mr. Council stated that the LEDC met on April 16 and will implement a contract for a market study of the Lansdowne Business District. Mr. Council reported that he attended a meeting with Northeastern Human Services, Life Guidance Division regarding their interest in leasing the RMH Marketing building and the Bank building for establishing a mental health services center. Further discussions with Borough government officials and NHS will take place once NHS determines the feasibility of the site and makes a presentation to Borough Council at a televised session. Mr. Council reported that the PENNDOT traffic signal coordination project will now be 100% funded. Municipalities will pay for maintenance and upkeep of the computer software. Mr. Council read a letter from Library Director Adeline Ciannella that explained library funding procedures. Mr. Klingler questioned the date for the library mural dedication. Mrs. Fryer stated it would be on May 4th.

Finance and Administration

Mr. Klingler reported that the recruiting process for hiring a Borough Manager is going very well. Mr. Klingler stated that he had met with a health insurance company representative and that premiums would be increased 19 to 20%. Mr. Klingler stated that alternative methods for dealing with health premium cost savings would be explored.

Municipal Services

Mr. Burke stated that Bulk Trash will begin on the West side of town April 20, East side on April 28 and the South side on May 5. Mr. Burke reported that the Wycombe Avenue sewer project is nearing completion. It is anticipated that all remaining items will be completed within the next two weeks. Mr. Burke reported that the next major project will be the replacement of the sanitary sewer lines on E. Plumstead Avenue. Bids will be accepted on April 23 at Borough Hall. Mr. Burke reported that the survey for the street repairs is completed and will be meeting with Mr. Bevilacqua to discuss the results. Mr. Burke gave the recycling report for February: 114.00 tons paper 8.02 tons cans 7.16 tons glass. Total revenues received to date: $149.60. Year to date revenues received: $727.00.

Public Safety

Mrs. Fryer stated that the next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on May 8 at 7:30 PM. Mrs. Fryer gave the Police Report for March: 506 incidents, 1,100 parking tickets, 6,957 miles traveled, 1,100 parking tickets. Mrs. Fryer reported that two new police vehicles were now in use; the old ones would be used by the Code Enforcement Officer and the Parking Enforcement Officer. Mrs. Fryer reported that the hiring process for two new police officers was nearing completion. Chief Kortan stated that recommendations would be made at the next Business meeting. Mrs. Fryer reported that signage had been improved on Bryn Mawr and E. Essex Avenues. Mrs. Fryer stated that signage on Union Avenue near the new CVS store would need watching. Mrs. Fryer gave the Fire Company report for February: 30 alarms, 335 responding firefighters with no injuries. Mrs. Fryer gave the Fire Company report for March: 35 alarms, 365 responding firefighters with no injuries. Mrs. Fryer reported that an offer of $18,500 had been made by the Hacks Point Volunteer Fire Company for the purchase of the old pumper truck. Mrs. Fryer reported that an informational meeting of elected School Board officials was held last Saturday in preparation of the budget.

Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement

Mr. Smith reported that potential updates to existing Borough sign ordinances were discussed at the April 9 meeting of the Zoning Planning and Code Enforcement Committee meeting. Their next meeting is scheduled for May 14. Mr. Smith reported that the next meeting of the Vacant Property Review Committee will be April 7:00 PM to review 5 properties: 66 Drexel, 125 Austin, 113 E. Stewart, 288 W. Greenwood and 96 McKinley Avenues. Mr. Smith reported that the Lansdowne Planning Commission met on April 11 to discuss lot line changes for 13 and 15 S. Highland Avenue. Mr. Smith stated that Borough Council would be receiving the minutes from that meeting to approve these line changes.

Parks and Recreation

Mr. Borgman reported that the Park and Recreation Committee met last night and commended the three Drexel University students who have been doing the environmental study at Reservoir Park. Mr. Borgman reported that the Recreation and Park Board will meet on May 6 in Belmont Park. Mr. Borgman reported that the Tree Advisory Board will meet on May 8 where the final presentation will be given by the Drexel University students regarding funding sources and grant applications. Mr. Borgman reported that the fields will reopen in Hoffman Park on April 26 at 7:15 PM.

Mr. Borgman reported that Arbor Day events will be held on April 26 at Sycamore Park. Mr. Burke moved to suspend the Rules of Order. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

Georgeanna Juliano, 224 Owen Avenue. Ms. Juliano in her capacity as President of the GLCA expressed concern about the potential establishment of a mental health facility. Ms. Juliano stated that this type of facility does not fulfill the goals of the Borough to revitalize the business district and asked Borough Council not to endorse this proposition. Mr. Council stated that nothing had been endorsed as plans are still in the consideration stage. Mr. Council further stated that while he understands the concerns expressed, he does not share in them and that code enforcement matters cannot be used in a prejudicial manner to determine what types of businesses will be brought into the Borough. Mr. Bech stated that the Borough is governed by Federal, State and Local laws regarding this issue. President Campuzano stated that residents will be kept informed of further developments.

Martin Ezra, 45 Fairview Avenue. Mr. Ezra stated that he was unable to gain access to property maintenance code citations for the 1st precinct and questioned how to gain access to them in the future. Mr. Bech stated that police and enforcement documents are generally not public records because of privacy implications for those cited but he will further investigate the matter. President Campuzano stated that residents could see copies of their own citations.

John Callaghan, 13 W. Greenwood Avenue. Mr. Callaghan questioned why no ambulance report had been given for several months and asked if the ambulance was still in service. Mrs. Fryer stated that she had not been given any reports from the Fire Company. Chief Kortan stated that the ambulance was still in service. Mr. Callaghan stated that he felt an inequity existed in Borough contributions to different entities, citing that flowers had been sent to Geoffrey Berwind in memory of his grandmother while nothing had been done for former Borough Manager Fred Roberts upon his death. Mrs. Fryer stated that a donation of $50, not flowers, had been given and that while Mr. Berwind was not a Lansdowne business owner, he did pay rent for Celebration Theater, a viable community business. Mr. Bech stated that statewide Borough Code specifically authorizes grants to non profit arts corporations. President Campuzano apologized if any oversight was committed concerning Mr. Roberts but the matter had not been brought to Borough Council’s attention. Mr. Callaghan asked if Northeastern Human Services would pay real estate taxes. Mr. Klingler stated that if the potential owners of the building are a for-profit organization, then taxes would be paid.

Edith Bassie, 70 Sayers Avenue. Mrs. Bassie stated that she felt Lansdowne had a very efficient security force. Mrs. Bassie asked if police could notify residents in the future if any gas leaks reoccur along Sayers Avenue. Mrs. Bassie asked if a percentage could be given of how much real estate is available in the Borough for mental health services.

Claire McShan, Wildman Arms Apts. Ms. McShane stated that she was opposed to establishing a mental health facility in the Borough and was upset with Borough Council’s attitude toward residents’ opposition to the plan. Ms. McShane stated that she was not alone in her attitude. President Campuzano stated that she was entitled to her opinion but that governmental laws had to be considered in this issue.

Joe Heath, 55 W. Greenwood Avenue. Mr. Heath asked why the Borough Council meetings are not advertised in the local papers. Mr. Bech stated that officially the meetings are advertised once a year and beyond that it is the newspapers’ discretion as to when they publish the schedule. Mr. Heath questioned the number of businesses leaving the Borough. Mr. Council stated that the problem is created by not enough people soliciting the business district during regular business hours. Mr. Council stated that he has been meeting with developers to find ways of increasing consumer spending in the Borough in order to attract businesses. President Campuzano stated that one of the franchises in question had gone bankrupt and was not a reflection of non-support in Lansdowne.

Jennifer Hoff, 72 Windermere Avenue. Ms. Hoff stated that these are difficult economic times and that every effort is being made to develop business opportunities in town. Ms. Hoff stated that a silent auction and antiques appraisal will be held on May 9, Twentieth Century Club, 7:00 PM. Ms. Hoff stated that regarding the proposed mental health facility, discrimination in any form is intolerable.

Old Business

New Business

Mr. Klingler moved to approve the low bids of the three concrete proposals: Trout Construction, $9,220.00, Borough Yard, Miele Concrete, $704.00, Highland Avenue Parking Lot, APCO, $2,204.00, West Greenwood Avenue. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Klingler moved to have Borough Council agree to and ratify the following settlement of the litigation against the United States of America, Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc., Sevenson Environmental Services of PA, Inc., and Terratech, Inc.The Borough of Lansdowne will receive $225,000.00 from the other parties to the case. The parties will sign a written settlement agreement which will contain mutual releases of all claims, counterclaims, etc. which relate to or arise from the alleged infiltration of grout into the Borough’s sewer lines, and/or which were or could have been asserted in the litigation. Payment to the Borough will be made by the non-government parties within thirty (30) days of signature of the settlement agreement, and by the government parties as soon as possible. The Borough Council President is authorized to sign the written settlement agreement, once the wording of the agreement has been reviewed and approved by the Borough Solicitor. Mr. Burke seconded and a roll call vote was taken. With all Council members voting; motion carried unanimously. Mr. Klingler moved to approve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Master Casting Agreement for the adjustment of incorporated utility facilities, for agreements that will be in effect for projects let between October 1, 2002, through September 30, 2005, a period of three years. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Council moved to reappoint Marie Campuzano to the Library Board for a 3 year term ending 3/31/05. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. President Campuzano abstained from the vote. Mrs. Fryer moved to promote Officer Christopher Schiazza to Class A Patrolman effective April 1, 2002 with his salary being adjusted according to the Lansdowne Civil Service Commission rules and regulations. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mrs. Fryer moved to promote Officer Kenneth Rutherford to Class A Patrolman effective April 1, 2002 with his salary being adjusted according to the Lansdowne Civil Service Commission rules and regulations. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mrs. Fryer moved to adopt Resolution accepting the Hacks Point Volunteer Fire Company’s bid of $18,500 for the purchase of the old pumper truck. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Communications: Correspondence from Irene Mayer, Dudley Avenue, concerning parking conditions on her street.

Correspondence from Laurie Carroll, Bryn Mawr Avenue, concerning putting up Children signs on her street.

Correspondence from Mr. McKelvey, Drexel Avenue, concerning sewer lateral problem.

Bills

Mr. Klingler moved to have the list of bills read. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The list of bills was read by the Secretary. Mr. Klingler moved to authorize payment of the bills. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Council moved to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter and Borough citation issues. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:40 PM. Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting and Mr. Klingler seconded. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 10:15 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary.

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