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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council General Meeting
Wednesday – June 19th, 2002

The General Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, June 19, 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 and Secretary Henry. Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector Leggoe was absent.

President Campuzano announced that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would air on Monday, June 24th , 7:00 PM on Cable Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Smith moved to approve the minutes of the May 15, 2002 Borough Council General Meeting. Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Presentations and Announcements – Mayor Young presented Lansdowne’s Caring Citizen Award to Paige Tucker, who donated 10 inches of her hair to the Locks of Love Program.

Mayor Young awarded the 2002 Helms Award to Elise de la Cova. Chief Herre gave a short speech praising Elise’s long-time involvement with the Lansdowne Ambulance and Fire Company.

Mayor Young stated that some neighborhood mail boxes have been removed due to lack of use. A list of remaining mail box locations is available at Borough Hall.

Mayor Young urged residents to obey the 25 m.p.h. speed limit unless otherwise posted. Upon hearing a fire or ambulance siren, drivers should pull over and stop.

Mayor Young stated that residence address numbers must be visible from the street and be at least 3-1/2″ high according to Borough Code regulations. Home Depot will extend a 5% discount to Lansdowne residents who buy house numbers from the Clifton Heights store.

Mayor Young reminded residents that all yard sale signs must be removed after the sale is over.

Mayor Young stated that any teenagers interested in cutting grass for residents should contact the Borough office.

Mayor Young stated that UAA members would be collecting for donations for the upcoming July 4th fireworks display.

Mayor Young presented a certificate of achievement to Stacy Sandler who achieved a Level 8 in the state championships for gymnastics.

Presentation of Twentieth Century Club Historical Preservation Study

Dale and Susan Frens of Frens and Frens, LLC gave a 10 minute presentation of the Twentieth Century Club Historical Preservation study. President Campuzano also thanked Gerry Staiber and Borough office personnel for their help in compiling this study. The short and long terms needs of the building were discussed. Short term costs would run approximately $200,000 with the most urgent need being roof repairs and the elimination of water runoff into the building. Mr. Frens stated that the building was in good shape Code wise except for the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements.

Some of the long term plans include the following:

  • adding a wing to the left side of the building that would house the Director’s office, file cabinets, etc.
  • installing an elevator at the entrance to the building (current Director’s office).
  • upgrading Code requirements in the kitchen.
  • installing air conditioning
  • building a parking lot and installing a new handicapped access ramp
  • upgrading the rest area lounges.

Ms. Frens stated that because the building is in the National Registry, the slate roof restoration would qualify for Keystone grant assistance. Mr. Klingler asked if certain improvements would compromise the funding aspect. Mr. Frens stated that the National Registry does not limit any work done on the building unless State or Federal funds are used to do the work. If grant funding is accepted, then the Borough would be obligated to maintain the work and do other work that complies with the Secretary of the Interior’s standards but there is no down side to the National Registry listing for the scope of this particular project.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto responded to Mr. Borgman’s request for a carryover figure from last year and stated that $2,541.84 was available for transfer from last year. The balance designated for recreation in the Capital Reserve Fund was $6,641.78.

Mr. Asciutto reported that for May, total revenues for the General Fund were $889,653.53 and total expenditures were $328,272.60.

Mr. Asciutto stated that statements would soon be received for the Non-Uniform Pension Fund.

Mr. Asciutto reported real estate taxes of $583,349.79 and delinquent per capita taxes of $889.80 were received. Total funds held by the Borough on May 31st amounted to $10,802,482.92.

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

Mr. Smith stated that the Borough may be receiving a credit from the Darby Creek Joint Sewer Authority.

Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua stated that his items would be covered under Committee reports.

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

Mr. Bech reported that he is awaiting two contractors’ signatures in the EPA settlement report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Council President’s Report – President Campuzano reported that after serving for 13 years at St. Philomena’s Church, Father Robert Chapman would soon be transferring to St. Margaret’s parish in Narberth.

President Campuzano addressed three follow up items:

  1. Comcast audit – Mr. Council is still looking into the matter.
  2. 48 E. Stratford and 119 E. Stewart Avenues – Mr. Smith stated that the owner of 119 E. Stewart was informed that his driveway needed to be extended 36 feet behind the front building line and that overnight parking is prohibited on the front pad. Further investigations will be made at 48 E. Stratford Avenue
  3. PennDot will be contacted regarding the needed repairs at Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues.

President Campuzano stated that no Business Meeting would be held in July due to vacation scheduling conflicts.

Economic Development – Mr. Council reported that the Lansdowne Economic Development Committee (“LEDC”) met on May 28th to review and update the Lansdowne brochure which will be available at the July General meeting.

Mr. Council reported that the Eastern Delaware County COG met on June 17th. A presentation was made about the strengths and needs of the eastern Delaware County Region. The County Council has developed a Renaissance program for the county and plans for each district’s redevelopment will be individualized. Mr. Council reported that Darby and Millbourne Boroughs have now joined the COG.

Mr. Council reported that the LEDC is conducting business and consumer surveys for the marketing study. Anyone completing and mailing the survey will be eligible for a $200 prize drawing.

Mr. Council stated that the Library Board will be voting on July 7th to fill the remaining position on the Board.

Mr. Council stated that the Lansdowne Business and Professional Association will be having a wine tasting party on June 20th.

Mr. Council stated that plans are being developed for a Lansdowne Arts Festival in the fall.

Finance and Administration – Mr. Klingler reported that the Finance and Administration Committee will be discussing financial issues and changes in Borough office staff responsibilities once the new Borough Manager starts in mid-July.

Mr. Klingler stated that the auditor’s report had been received.

Mr. Klingler thanked Borough Council for his father’s memorial gift.

President Campuzano thanked the three auditors for their efforts in compiling the audit.

Municipal Services – Mr. Burke reported that Abbonizio has completed repairs to the landscaping in the Wycombe Avenue sewer project. The remaining sewer laterals will be finished by the end of June. Mr. Burke reported that A. Garguile has started sewer replacement on E. Plumstead Avenue. The work should take approximately 6 weeks to complete. Mr. Burke reported that the 2002 street program will be advertised in early July. Bids will be accepted by the end of the month and awarded at the August Business meeting. Mr. Burke gave the recycling report for May: 43.41 tons paper 2.69 tons cans 3.17 tons glass

Public Safety – Mrs. Fryer gave the Police Report for May: 497 incidents, 714 parking tickets and 7,016 miles traveled.

Mrs. Fryer had no Fire Company report for May.

Mrs. Fryer stated that the Board of Health met on June 11th. Mrs. Fryer gave the Plumbing Inspector’s Report for May: 3 licenses, – $1,250 total revenue; 5 permits – $965 total revenue.

Mrs. Fryer reported that the school district budget revisions now reflect a 16% increase instead of the previous 25% increase.

Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Smith stated that the next Zoning Committee meeting will be held on July 9th, 7:00 PM. Among the topics to be discussed are revisions to the sign ordinance, a policies and procedure manual for the Code Enforcement Department and updates to the U & O process.

Mr. Smith stated that the Planning Commission will meet on July 11th.

Mr. Smith stated that the Vacant Property Review Committee (“VPRC”) met on May 29th. At this meeting the following properties were declared blighted: 113 E. Stewart Avenue, 141 Walsh Road, 110 S. Wycombe Avenue and 116 W. Marshall Road. The owners of 113 E. Stewart Avenue are in the process of rehabilitating their property. The next VPRC meeting will be held on June 26th, 7:00 PM to discuss 122 E. Stewart, 234 Owen and 74, 77 and 79 E. LaCrosse Avenues. Mr. Smith stated that a notice had been erroneously sent to 108 W. Marshall Road. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that he is awaiting information on the demolition applications to the DELCO ReDevelopment Authority.

Parks and Recreation – Mr. Borgman thanked Mr. Asciutto for providing the rollover information.

Mr. Borgman reported that proof of insurance for a proposed skateboarding event sponsored by The Skate Shop had not yet been received. The tentative date of the event is July 27th.

Mr. Borgman stated that the Friday Morning Live Program at the Twentieth Century Club will begin on June 21st.

Mr. Borgman stated that the Recreation Department has camp openings for the weeks of July 15th and July 22nd.

Mr. Borgman stated that the next Recreation and Park Board meeting will be held on July 1st, 7:00 PM at Hoffman Park.

Mr. Burke moved to suspend the Rules of Order. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

Michael Coll

5 Walsh Road

– In his capacity as Chairman of the Republication Party in Lansdowne, Mr. Coll expressed concern that the audit report had not been filed. Mr. Klingler stated that the auditors had been granted an extension and the audit report had been filed with the appropriate authorities. Mr. Smith stated that the report was notarized on April 29th.

Jack Covert

232 Jackson Avenue

– Mr. Covert asked if the Reservoir Park project had been tabled. Mr. Borgman stated that the final report had been received and only the issue of funding remains.

Mr. Covert asked if the worn flags placed throughout the Borough after the September 11th tragedy could be replaced. Mr. Klingler stated that the Borough is purchasing new flags that will now be used only for special occasions, thereby extending the life of the flags.

Mr. Covert asked if there was a separate category for school incidents in the Police report. Mrs. Fryer stated there is no such category at the present but the information is recorded. Mr. Covert felt that it would be helpful to include this information in future reports.

Edith Bassie

70 Sayers Avenue

– Mrs. Bassie congratulated Addie Ciannella on the recent installation of a puppet theater in the library. Mr. Council stated that Mrs. Ciannella would be leaving her position as Library Director in August and that the Library Board is currently conducting a search to fill the position.

Mrs. Bassie thanked the police for their increased surveillance in Hayes Park.

Jim Murphy

266 W. Greenwood Avenue

– Mr. Murphy stated that Borough Council Vice President Norman Council had violated his oath of office as an elected official by espousing civil disobedience in a recent newspaper commentary regarding school funding. Mr. Murphy asked for Mr. Council’s immediate resignation. Mr. Murphy later asked for Mr. Bech’s opinion on the issue. Mr. Council stated that he never engaged in any illegal activity, never encouraged anyone to specifically engage in illegal activity and was free to express his opinion as a guest in a commentary column under First Amendment rights. Mr. Bech stated that he takes his direction from Borough Council and was not aware of any illegality being committed.

Mr. Murphy questioned the materiality of certain discrepancies in the audit mentioned by Mr. Klingler. Mr. Klingler stated that he was not an accountant and the auditors act independently of the Borough. Mr. Asciutto stated that the issues verbally reviewed with the auditors regarding recommendations and procedures were minor. Mr. Smith stated that the notion of materiality is set before the audit and that auditors are not charged to express an opinion.

Emily Moore

52 N. Wycombe Avenue

– Ms. Moore stated that the owner of 62 E. Stratford was constructing a garage without a permit and questioned the status of the building under construction. President Campuzano stated that he had met with the owner today who agreed to cease further construction until the matter is resolved. Mr. Council stated that neighbors will be notified of future zoning hearing meetings on this matter.

Peter Bridgens

60 W. Stratford Avenue

– Mr. Bridgens asked if the electric sign at the New Life Temple at Owen and Stratford Avenues was within code, stating that it was out of place in a residential area. Mr. Smith stated that the sign was within code and the church had turned down the wattage after complaints from neighbors.

Joe Heath

55 W. Greenwood Avenue

– Mr. Heath thanked Mr. Burke for investigating the repairs needed at Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenues.

Mr. Heath stated to Mayor Young that some of Lansdowne’s police car sirens sound different at times and that residents are confused as to how to react to them.

John Callaghan

13 W. Greenwood Avenue

– Mr. Callaghan asked what the Borough’s plans were for the Twentieth Century Club. Mr. Klingler stated that more clarification was needed from Frens & Frens and if everything is done, it will cost over $600,000. Mr. Klingler stated that most residents feel the Club is an asset to the community and that the Finance Committee will be further investigating the situation.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mrs. Fryer moved to authorize Chief Kortan to release the check and sign the liability release for a traffic accident involving damage to Borough Property in the amount of $362.00. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to dispense with the reading of Resolution No. 2002-12 “Regarding Adopting the Delaware County Sewage Facilities Plan – Eastern Plan of Study, the Borough of Lansdowne, Delaware County Pennsylvania”. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Communications: –

  • Letter from John William Speer, 12 Florence Avenue, regarding sewage problem in his basement.
  • Letter from Dr. Len Wert supporting Borough Council Vice President Norman Council’s newspaper commentary regarding school taxes.

Bills – Mr. Council moved to have the list of bills read. Mr. Klingler 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. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Burke moved to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:35 PM.

Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Klingler. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 10:07 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Council Secretary

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