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Borough Council Meeting Minutes
May 15th, 2002

The General Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, May 15, 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, Treasurer Asciutto, Police Chief Kortan, Fire Chief Herre, Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector Leggoe and Secretary Henry. Borough Engineer Bevilacqua was absent.

President Campuzano announced that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would air on Monday, May 20th , 7:00 PM on Cable Channel 10.

President Campuzano asked for a moment of silence in memory of Jim Klingler’s father who recently passed away.

Minutes – Mr. Burke moved to approve the minutes of the April 17, 2002 Borough Council General Meeting. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Presentations and Announcements – Mayor Young swore in Officers Thomas G. Murphy and Mark T. Mugler.

Mayor Young announced that the Lansdowne Friends School will hold their 100 year anniversary ceremony on May 18th at 11:00 AM.

Mayor Young announced that Police Day will be held on May 19th, 2-4 PM at the Highland Avenue parking lot.

Mayor Young announced that the Ardmore Avenue School is having a performance of “Cinderella” on May 19th at 3:00 PM.

Mayor Young urged all residents to vote in the primary election on May 21st.

Mayor Young announced that the Lansdowne Folk Club is having a concert on May 16th.

Mayor Young announced that a Flag Day celebration will be held on June 14th, 7:00 PM at the Borough Green.

Mayor Young announced that the Memorial Day parade will start 8:30 AM at LaCrosse and Lansdowne Avenues on May 27th.

President Campuzano thanked the members of the Civil Service Commission for their hard work in selecting the newly sworn in police officers.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto reported that for April, total revenues for the General Fund were $1,381,658.97 and total expenditures were $556,018.01. Mr. Asciutto reported that total tax revenues received for the month amounted to $955,168.74.

Mr. Klingler moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Engineer’s Report – Rich Hornberger of Pennoni Associates sat in for Mr. Bevilacqua and stated that most of his items would be covered under Committee reports.

Mr. Hornberger stated that the Wycombe Avenue project is almost complete with the remaining punch list items to be completed by next week. President Campuzano stated that a letter of praise had been received by a Lansdowne resident expressing appreciation for a job well done.

Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Bech stated that most of his items would be covered under Committee reports.

Mr. Bech reported that the EPA settlement check for $225,000.00 should be received within 30 days and he is finalizing the settlement report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Council President’s Report – President Campuzano reported that no further communication had been received from Northeastern Human Services since their initial contact and that the Borough never solicited their business.

Mr. Council addressed the follow up item regarding Mr. Ezra’s request for property maintenance code records. Mr. Council stated that he had not as yet heard back from Mr. Ezra about his intent and that the Borough is entitled to recover any costs involved in this endeavor.

Economic Development – Mr. Council reported that the COG met on May 10th and was attended by Darby Borough who expressed an interest in becoming a COG member. Mr. Council reported that the COG will be making an application to the Land Use Planning and Technical Assistance Program for the marketing study funding. Mr. Council reported that plans are underway to develop a presentation plan for District County Council. Mr. Council stated that the COG is trying to address common code enforcement issues. Mr. Judge of the Upper Darby Council will be providing training for code enforcement officers to comply with the Uniform Construction Code certification requirements.

Mr. Council stated that the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation will survey businesses for the marketing study and the contract should be finalized in June.

Mr. Council reported that the Lansdowne Business and Professional Association held a successful silent auction on May 9th.

Mr. Council stated that the next Economic Development Committee meeting would be held on May 28th at 7:30 PM.

Finance and Administration – Mr. Klingler stated that the next Finance and Administration Committee would be held on June 3rd at 7:15 PM.

Mr. Klingler reported that the new Borough Manager, David Forrest, will begin his duties on July 15th.

President Campuzano thanked everyone involved in helping with the hiring process.

Municipal Services – Mr. Burke thanked the Borough crew for the excellent job done in collecting the bulk trash.

Mr. Burke thanked Pennoni and Mark Marchetti for overseeing the Wycombe Avenue sewer project.

Mr. Burke reported that a meeting regarding the E. Plumstead Avenue sewer line replacement is scheduled for May 21st, 9:00 AM at Borough Hall.

Mr. Burke stated that the street surface repair survey is completed. The list of streets to be repaired will be finalized at the next Municipal Services Committee meeting on June 3rd, 6:30 PM at Borough Hall.

Mr. Burke thanked the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority for the donation of ten tons of compost.

Mr. Burke gave the recycling report for April:

  • 60.00

    tons paper

  • 2.67

    tons cans

  • 2.71

    tons glass

Total revenues received for April: $353.60. President Campuzano stated that a $12,794.00 performance grant had been received from Representative Micozzie’s office for Lansdowne’s recycling budget.

Public Safety – Mrs. Fryer congratulated newly sworn in police officers Thomas Murphy and Mark Mugler.

Mrs. Fryer gave the Police Report for April: 458 incidents, 1,087 parking tickets and 7,583 miles traveled.

Mrs. Fryer gave the Fire Company report for April: 34 alarms, 314 responding firefighters with no injuries, 68 miles traveled.

Mrs. Fryer stated that the next Public Safety Committee meeting would be held on June 12th, 7:30 PM at Borough Hall.

Mrs. Fryer reported that 18 licenses and 8 permits had been issued by the Board of Health.

Mrs. Fryer reported that the school board passed a preliminary budget reflecting a substantial increase. Mrs. Fryer stated that a forum sponsored by the William Penn School District on school funding reform would be held on May 22nd, 7:00 PM at the Green Avenue High School.

Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Smith stated that the next Zoning Hearing Board meeting will be held on May 16th, 7:30 PM regarding variances for 100 E. Stewart Avenue and 1930195 Shadeland Avenue.

Mr. Smith stated that the Vacant Property Review Committee (“VPRC”) met on April 29th and declared the following properties blighted: 288 W. Green, 55 E. Baltimore, 66 Drexel and 125 Austin Avenues. Applications have been submitted to obtain demolition funding on these properties. Mr. Smith stated that the VPRC will meet on May 29th, 7:30 PM regarding 141 Walsh, 116 W. Marshall, 110 S. Wycombe and 69 Bryn Mawr Avenue.

The next VPRC meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 20th.

Mr. Smith reported that the Lansdowne Planning Commission cancelled their May 9th meeting. Their next scheduled meeting is June 13th.

Mr. Smith reported that the Zoning Planning and Code Enforcement Committee met on May 14th to discuss the Borough’s sign ordinance and code enforcement policies and procedures. The committee is hoping to have a draft proposal in place by July 1st..

Mr. Smith stated that the next Zoning Planning and Code Enforcement Committee meeting will be held on June 11th, 7:00 PM.

Mr. Smith urged residents to vote on May 21st.

Parks and Recreation – Mr. Borgman reported that the reopening of the fields in Hoffman Park met with great success and thanked several individuals for their help in this effort.

Mr. Borgman reported that the Tree Advisory Board received the final report on Reservoir Park from the Drexel University students involved in the study.

Mr. Borgman stated that the Recreation Department’s spring programs are now underway.

Mr. Borgman stated that the next Recreation and Park Board meeting will be on June 3rd, 7:00 PM in Hays Park.

Mr. Borgman reported that drought watering restrictions are still in effect.

Mr. Klingler moved to suspend the Rules of Order. Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

Len Wert

221 N. Lansdowne Avenue –

Dr. Wert thanked President Campuzano for his update on the Northwestern Services situation.

Dr. Wert thanked Mr. Council for his comments at the recent School Board meeting.

Dr. Wert asked Mr. Smith to make 231 N. Lansdowne Avenue a priority for the Vacant Property Review Committee.

Dr. Wert asked the status of the Lansdowne Theater. Mr. Council stated that nothing further had developed regarding the transfer of this property and that Mr. Smith’s Committee is working hard to help bring the building up to code.

Dr. Wert stated that several stockade fences are being erected throughout the Borough and asked if any code rules existed that would stop continued fencing in the Borough. Mr. Smith stated that regulations exist concerning size, height and placement but no regulations exist about type of fencing.

Martin Ezra

45 Fairview Avenue –

Mr. Ezra thanked Mr. Council for his response to his public records issue but felt that it violated the Sunshine laws. Mr. Bech stated that the Sunshine Act covers meetings and the Open Records Act covers paper records. Mr. Bech stated that because Mr. Ezra is requesting a huge volume of files, the Borough does not have the financial resources to obtain the information readily. Mr. Bech stated that the Borough cannot legally open files containing personal information about Borough residents. Mr. Ezra suggesting changing the method for obtaining copies of citations.

John Callaghan

13 W. Greenwood Avenue –

Mr. Callaghan asked if the Comcast audit had been received and whether the contract was almost expired. Mr. Council stated that he is in the process of talking with Comcast at this point.

Mr. Callaghan stated that Giant Food Stores is moving into the old Slevin property on Baltimore Avenue.

Irene Rovane

39 E. La Cross Avenue –

Ms. Rubaine expressed her concerns about Northwestern Health Services moving into Lansdowne and asked President Campuzano to reconsider the issue if it is forthcoming in the future. President Campuzano reiterated that there are legal limitations on what the Borough can do about this matter but that issues would be addressed if necessary.

Edith Bassie

70 Sayers Avenue –

Mrs. Bassie stated that any interested party can go to the Lansdowne library to obtain information on original Borough property prices, selling prices, etc.

Mrs. Bassie asked if emergency meeting notices could be posted in the lobby of the Lansdowne PNC Bank.

Pete McGinnis

E. Stewart Avenue –

Mr. McGinnis stated that lawns at 48 E. Stratford and 119 E. Stewart Avenues have been partially paved over for parking spaces and one resident said he had a permit to do so. Mr. McGinnis asked who is responsible for cutting the grass at 113 E. Stewart Avenue and the empty lot at McKinley and Wycombe Avenues. Mr. Smith stated that grass cutting letters had been sent to these respective owners. President Campuzano asked Mr. Leggoe to check on the other properties with the paving issue.

Joe Heath

55 W. Greenwood Avenue –

Mr. Heath asked if the Council meeting minutes are available for residents perusal. President Campuzano stated that copies are available at the library and will soon be posted online.

Mr. Heath asked if the Borough had any leverage against PennDot, stating that the road surface at Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues is very poor and needs repair. Mr. Burke stated that the Borough will write a letter in the near future asking them to repair the road.

Mr. Heath stated that he supports Dr. Wert on the derelict property issue and cited the property on the Southwest corner of Owen and Drexel Avenues as being blighted.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mrs. Fryer moved to have the Secretary read an abbreviated version of Ordinance 1173 relating to the certain indebtedness, through the issuance of general obligation note, concerning the purchase of a 2001 fire pumper truck. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The Ordinance was read by the Secretary. Mrs. Fryer moved to advertise Ordinance 1173. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Council moved to appoint Molly Repetto to the Library Board, filling the unexpired term of Robert Morris, whose term was to expire on 3/03/02. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to approve the Employment Agreement between the Borough of Lansdowne and David Forrest. Mr. Burke seconded and a roll call vote was taken. With all Council members voting “aye”, the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Klingler stated that Mr. Forrest’s salary would be $70,000.00 with a starting date of July 15, 2002.

Communications – None.

Bills – Mr. Klingler moved to have the list of bills read. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The list of bills was read by the Secretary. Mr. Burke moved to authorize payment of the bills. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss proposed settlements of pending tax assessment appeals. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:10 PM.

Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Burke moved to approve the following pending tax assessment appeals:

Owner/Address Proposed Settlement
114 E. Baltimore Avenue (Tillman R.E.) $550,000.00
20 S. Union Avenue (Tillman R.E.) $650,000.00
E. Baltimore Avenue (Dalmont Assocs.) $590,000.00
10 E. Plumstead Avenue (Daly) $175,000.00
16 E. Plumstead Avenue (McElroy) $175,000.00
6 E. Plumstead Avenue (DuFrayne) $160,000.00

Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Klingler. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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