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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday – August 7, 2002

The Business Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, August 7th , 2002 at 7:30 PM at Borough Hall. In attendance were President Campuzano, Mr. Council, Mr. Burke, Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Klingler and Mr. Smith. Also in attendance were Solicitor Bech, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Manager Forrest, Fire Chief Herre, Police Chief Kortan, Treasurer Asciutto and Borough Secretary Henry. Absent were Mayor Young, Mr. Borgman and Code Enforcement Officer Leggoe.
There was no Business Meeting held in July and no minutes were approved.

Visitors – No visitors were present at the beginning of the meeting. Approximately one hour later Mrs. Edith Bassie of 70 Sayers Avenue arrived and thanked the Police Department for their help in taking care of the property of a recently deceased Lansdowne resident.

Reports and Discussions

A. Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto stated that his items would be reported on by Mr. Klingler during his Committee report.

B. Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua reported that he and Mr. Forrest will be reviewing the PennVest loan documentation for remaining specific items.
Mr. Bevilacqua reported that the E. Plumstead Avenue sewer project is complete except for final paving to be completed in approximately two weeks. A second payment request from A. Garguile & Son in the amount of $49,606.47 is to be paid out of the Sewer Fund.
Mr. Bevilacqua stated that the Borough has signed the contracts for the 2002 Roads Program. A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for August 13th at 10:00 in Borough Hall. While Mr. Bevilacqua is away on vacation next week, Rich Hornberger and Mark Marchetti will be filling in for him at this meeting. A meeting with PennDOT representatives is scheduled for August 15th at 9:15 in the Borough Hall.

C. Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Bech had no agenda items. Mr. Bech asked Mr. Ascuitto if a wire payment for the U.S. portion had been received in the EPA settlement and the answer was no. Mr. Bech stated that the Sevenson check should arrive in another day or two.
Mr. Burke asked if a letter had been sent regarding 20 S. Union Avenue. Mr. Bech stated that to date he has heard nothing more on this matter. President Campuzano questioned the FEMA payment to Taddei. Mr. Bech stated that the payment has not been paid because Taddei refuses to sign the paperwork required under contract concerning the releases but this would not adversely affect the Borough

D. Borough Manager’s Report – Mr. Forrest reported that an identifying logo would be put on the Code Enforcement Officer’s car for easier identification by residents.
Mr. Forrest stated that Mr. Leggoe will be returning to his position for light duty within the next two weeks. Mr. Forrest and Mr. Leggoe will be organizing the data concerning code enforcement issues and will be soliciting outside help for evaluations and recommendations. Mrs. Fryer asked if the Code Officer is allowed onto a resident’s property without permission. Mr. Bech stated that as long as work is being done on the premises the Code Officer can go onto a property but should knock first as a courtesy to acknowledge his presence.

E. Police Chief Dan Kortan – Chief Kortan asked Borough Council’s permission to have Mr. Bech look over the paperwork regarding an updated towing ordinance. Borough Council consented to this request.
Chief Kortan stated he would attend a skateboard park safety meeting on August 16th. Mr. Forrest stated that he will be checking with other Townships regarding their handling of skateboard park issues. Mr. Council stated that the Park and Recreation Board needs to decide whether or not they want the Highland Avenue lot designated as a skateboard park.

F. Fire Chief Bob Herre – Chief Herre had no report.

G. President’s Report – President Campuzano stated that former Mayor Mollie Repetto asked if the Borough would be holding any type of September 11th memorial service. President Campuzano stated that flags would be flown from Labor Day until September 11th. Plans are tentative for Borough churches to hold candlelight vigils but information at present is sketchy. Fire Chief Herre stated that the Fire Company would be dedicating a commemorative marker for deceased firefighters on August 17th at 3:00 PM. President Campuzano stated that changing the agenda order every month was too confusing and that the current order was a fair one. Suggestions are nevertheless welcome.

H. Economic Development – Mr. Council stated that the state sponsored Communities That Care initiative is being endorsed in the William Penn School District and also in Upper Darby. The program focuses on evidence based practices to address various issues such as pregnancies, drug use, truancies, etc. This is a no cost, volunteer activity with the potential for bringing money into the Borough for sponsoring these programs. Mr. Klingler moved to authorize having Lansdowne Borough as a participant in the Communities That Care Program. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Council stated that a reapplication to the Eastern Delaware County Council of Governments Land Use Planning and Technical Assistance Program had been made. The LUPTAP program is a 50% match and the Borough may be asked to make an in-kind match. The cost of the study is approximately $50,000.
Mr. Klingler moved to approve a payment of $1,000.00 to the LEDC to support their Market Study. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to approve a payment of $3,000.00 to fund the printing of the Lansdowne brochure. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Council asked Borough Council to consider a proposed ordinance regarding installation and/or use of grates, gates, grilles and shutters in or on commercial properties. Mr. Council stated that the ordinance would prohibit the use of pull down shutters on store fronts. Chief Kortan asked if existing grates would be grandfathered. Chief Kortan stated that some businesses needed the protection but that their widespread use was not necessary. Mr. Burke asked if the ordinance was legal. Mr. Bech stated that it was legal and there is enough flexibility to modify the ordinance concerning types of grates, grandfathering, safety code issues, etc. A discussion followed concerning what types of grates would be used and the general consensus was that an inside, not solid, grate or grill would be acceptable.

I. Finance and Administration – Mr. Klingler reported that the Tax Collector’s office will be sending letters to residents concerning delinquent trash and sewer fees covering the past 10 years. A second letter will be sent if no payment is received after an appropriate period of time. Properties will then be liened if payment is not received after an appropriate period of time. The delinquent trash and sewer fees amount to approximately $480,000. The Borough office will send the letters for 1999 delinquencies.
Mr. Klingler reported that Mr. Forrest is working on a mid-year budget review with all Department Heads. Mr. Klingler stated that all Borough insurance costs have increased. Mr. Klingler stated that three bids had been sent to insurance providers with the lowest bid coming in at $92,624, up from the current premium of $65,630.
Mr. Klingler reported that Delaware Valley Utility Advisors had been hired to do a utility audit to see if any savings can be realized on usage.
President Campuzano stated that Senior Community Services was asking for a donation increase. Mr. Klingler stated that he would look into the matter toward the end of the year.
President Campuzano stated that the $3,000 legal fees in the PennDOT/Meloney easement matter had not yet been paid. Mr. Klingler stated that a written request for payment is needed before payment will be made. Mr. Bevilacqua will write the letter of request.

J. Municipal Services – Mr. Burke thanked Borough Council for sending flowers to his wife during her recent illness.
Mr. Burke reported that Pennoni will look into the costs for the recent pipe repairs on Florence Avenue.
Mr. Burke reported that a catch basin is breaking on The Knoll and a proposal of repairs is being prepared.
Mr. Burke stated that $175 will be paid to the property owner at 170 Woodland Avenue for cleanup of a backup in the basement.
Mr. Burke stated that he will be getting three proposals for repairs to the Borough Yard bins.
Mr. Klingler moved to authorize a payment of $350 to the owner at 97 Drexel Avenue for snowplow damages. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Chief Herre stated that water main repairs to Crawford Avenue are now causing the street to sink. Mr. Burke stated he will look into the matter.

K. Public Safety – Mrs. Fryer stated that the next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on August 14th at 7:30 PM.
Mr. Burke stated that he was not aware of the severity of the drug problems in Interboro Park as expressed by residents at last month’s General meeting. Chief Kortan stated that police patrols have been increased in the area and that a neighborhood meeting would be helpful.
President Campuzano asked the status of the Fire Truck. Mr. Bech stated that he sent Mr. Forrest six Web sites with broker information.

L. Parks and Recreation – No report given in Mr. Borgman’s absence.

M. Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Smith stated that a public comment section would be included in the August 21st General meeting regarding demolition applications for the following properties: 55 E. Baltimore Avenue, 288 W. Greenwood Avenue, 66 W. Drexel Avenue, 69 Bryn Mawr Avenue, 96 McKinley Avenue and 125 Austin Avenue. Mr. Smith reported that some of these properties had already been sold or had potential buyers.
Mr. Smith reported that he would like to appoint Sandy Takacs to the Planning Commission at the August 21st General meeting. Mr. Bech will check to see if a municipal employee conflict exists with this appointment. Mr. Smith stated that the Planning Commission met on August 1st regarding variance issues for 23 Runnemede Avenue.
Mr. Smith asked Borough Council members for their comments within two weeks on the draft policies and procedures for code enforcement document. Mr. Council stated that he and Mr. Forrest recently attended a presentation on the code enforcement process given by the Eastern Delaware County Council of Governments and that some of the suggestions could be incorporated into Lansdowne’s Code Enforcement Department. Mr. Smith stated that a synopsis of lawn maintenance for vacant properties was being processed. Mr. Smith reported that Mr. Forrest is following up on the code issues for 62 E. Stratford Avenue. Mr. Smith stated that the temporary Code Enforcement Officer will be visiting 110 S. Wycombe Avenue. Mr. Forrest reported that no permits or licenses have been obtained for work being done at 132 Bartram Avenue. Chief Kortan stated that a travel trailer parked at E. Greenwood and Union Avenues was not eligible for an overnight permit and would soon be removed by police if the owner fails to move the vehicle. Mr. Council stated that the Burkholder property needed to be cleaned up. President Campuzano asked that the Code Enforcement Officer look at the Brady property on Dudley Avenue.
President Campuzano asked that any comments for the newsletter should be submitted by tomorrow.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Burke moved to approve proposal from Coleman Brothers for storm sewer settlement repairs at Bryn Mawr Avenue for $6,440. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burke moved to approve proposal from Coleman Brothers for storm sewer settlement repair at West Albemarle Avenue for $9,110. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to approve payment No. 2 for $49,606.47 to A. Gargiule and Son, Inc. for East Plumstead Avenue Sewer Replacement. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burke moved to approve payment in the amount of $1,940 to the property owner at 132 E. Essex Avenue for damage done to his private later. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to engage Delaware Valley Utility Advisors to perform a utility audit subject to review and approval of contract by the Borough Solicitor. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to transfer $162,000 from the sewer fund to pay Pennvest Project Contractor. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to ratify renewal of insurance coverages through St. Paul Insurance Company and Kemper Insurance Company for Commercial Crime. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to approve proposal from J. J. White, Inc. in the amount of $2,870 for repairs to the Library air conditioner. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to approve payment of bills for the period. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burke moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss a Collective bargaining agreement and Retirement benefit issue. Mr. Council seconded and the meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:40 PM.
Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Council seconded and the meeting adjourned at 10:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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