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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council General Meeting
Wednesday – August 21st, 2002

The General Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 7:30 PM at Borough Hall. In attendance were President Campuzano, Mr. Council, Mr. Borgman, Mr. Burke, Mrs. Fryer and Mr. Smith. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Solicitor Bech, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Treasurer Asciutto, Police Chief Kortan and Secretary Henry. Mr. Klingler, Fire Chief Herre and Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector Leggoe were absent.

President Campuzano asked for a moment of silence in memory of Lansdowne resident Janet Hoopes, who passed away last week.

President Campuzano announced that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would air on Monday, August 26th , 7:00 PM on Cable Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Smith moved to approve the minutes of the July 17, 2002 Borough Council General meeting. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously with President Campuzano abstaining from the vote.

Presentations and Announcements – Mayor Young presented a variety of Government web sites now available on the Lansdowne Borough web page concerning drought information and how residents can best utilize primary and secondary water usage.

Mayor Young mentioned several long term Borough businesses that were celebrating anniversaries and urged residents to shop in Lansdowne.

Mayor Young announced that several churches in the Borough would be sponsoring a memorial service to be held on September 11th, 7:00 PM at St. Philomena Church. Borough employees will be observing a moment of silence at 8:45 AM on that same day.

Mayor Young announced that the Lansdowne Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold a craft and collectible fair on October 19th, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to benefit the Lansdowne Fire Company.

Mayor Young announced that Celebration Theater begins its new season with The Woman In Black, running October 11th through October 30th.

Mayor Young announced that the No Place For Hate Committee will be holding a Snow Flake Gathering on November 8th, 7:00 PM at the Twentieth Century Club.

Mayor Young announced that Home Depot is continuing its 5% discount on the purchase of house numbers for Lansdowne residents.

Mayor Young stated that complaints have been received regarding dog waste and urged residents to be mindful of cleaning up after their dogs.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto reported that for July, total revenues for all funds were $184,181.75 and total expenditures were $735,199.56. Total taxes collected for July were $38,130.15.

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 his items would be covered under Committee reports.

Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Bech stated that all legal issues would be covered under Committee reports.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Council President’s Report – President Campuzano thanked Vice President Council for chairing last month’s meeting.

President Campuzano stated that his follow up items would be addressed in Committee reports.

President Campuzano thanked David Forrest, the Borough crew and the Borough office staff for their exemplary efforts during the past few months.

President Campuzano stated that flags would be flown from Labor Day until September 11th in memory of September 11th.

President Campuzano reminded residents that appliances are not to be left out for regular trash pickup. Bulk items are scheduled for pickup only in April. The Borough office will supply information for other removal resources to those needing assistance with bulk item pickup.

Economic Development – Mr. Council reported that the COG submitted an application for $50,000 for community revitalization funds regarding the market study of the Baltimore Avenue Corridor.

Mr. Council stated that he and David Forrest attended a Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission focus group meeting this past week regarding the problems of first generation suburbs. As a result of this meeting, Mr. Council will be gathering information regarding possible state funding resources and advocacy work.

Mr. Council reported that the Library children’s summer programs ended August 8th. Reading certificates were awarded to 191 children. Mr. Council thanked a variety of people for their efforts in making this program a success. Mr. Council stated that the library was given the “Best Library in Delaware County” award from the Delaware County Home School Association. Mr. Council stated that September will be Library Card Sign Up Month and that anyone using their card will be eligible to win prizes. Fall and Winter programs are being scheduled for both children and adults. Mr. Council stated that the Library Board is still conducting interviews for a new Library Director.

Finance and Administration – There was no report given in Mr. Klingler’s absence.

Municipal Services – Mr. Burke reported that Abbonizio has completed the punch list items on the Wycombe Avenue project and is finishing the PennVest paper work.

Mr. Burke reported that A. Gargiule has completed the E. Plumstead Avenue sewer project except for final paving which will be completed when the 2002 street program begins. Joseph Sucher & Sons will be doing the street paving and that work should be completed within two weeks. The streets affected are Owen Avenue, East and West La Crosse Avenue, Price and S. Wycombe Avenues, Highland Avene and E. Plumstead Avenue.

Mr. Burke gave the recycling report for July:

  • 2.43 tons – cans
  • 36.6 tons – paper
  • 4.07 tons – glass

Public Safety – Mrs. Fryer stated that a Memorial Service will be held for Janet Hoopes on August 25th, 1:00 PM at the Lansdowne Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Fryer stated that the Public Safety Committee met last week to discuss follow up items from last month’s General Council meeting as follows:

  • No overnight guest parking permits will be issued at this time. If additional interest from the Borough is apparent, the Committee will revisit the issue.
  • Chief Kortan is stepping up police presence at Interboro Park but residents are still urged to call 911 as soon as they see a problem.

Mrs. Fryer stated that the Board of Health did not meet this month.

Mrs. Fryer gave the Police Report for July: 612 incidents, 26 adult arrests, 5 juvenile arrests, 7,919 miles traveled and 943 parking tickets. Mrs. Fryer was not given a Fire or Ambulance report this month.

Mrs. Fryer stated that the Public Safety Committee scheduled for September 11th will be cancelled.

Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Smith thanked Mr. Forrest for doing a fine job as Borough Manager. Mr. Smith also thanked President Campuzano, Mr. Council and Mr. Klingler for their interim efforts.

Mr. Smith reported that the next Zoning Committee meeting will be held on September 10th, 7:00 PM.

Mr. Smith reported that the Lansdowne Planning Commission met on August 1st to discuss 23 Runnemede Avenue and some issues still remain for discussion regarding this property.

Mr. Smith reported that the Vacant Property Review Committee’s priority applications for demolition have been submitted to the County. Mr. Smith stated that he received a telephone call from Representative Micozzie’s office on August 16th requesting a reconsideration of the pending demolition of the properties. Mr. Smith stated that unless otherwise directed by Borough Council officials, he will proceed with the original demolition plans for these properties, citing them as being serious health and safety hazards.

Mr. Smith thanked Sgt. Christians and Bobbie Harris of the Police Department for their recent kindness to his terminally ill nephew.

Parks and Recreation – Mr. Borgman reported that the Recreation Department’s Fall schedule will be published in the upcoming Borough newsletter.

Mr. Borgman reminded residents that no vehicles are to be used in parks and that large groups need permits before any gathering.

Mr. Borgman reported that the acquisition of Pennock and Shrigley Parks is still being considered.

Mr. Borgman reported that the CDBG application for Interboro Park funding was denied. Next year the Park and Recreation Committee will attempt to address the drainage issue with whatever funds may be available.

Mr. Borgman reported that liability issues still remain concerning the Skate Park issue. Mr. Bech will be researching more current data on this matter.

Mr. Borgman stated that if greater funding for Reservoir Park becomes available the major priorities will be addressed. If funding is minimal, the priorities will be sidewalk repairs, bank reinforcement and sewer work.

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

Visitors

John Callaghan

13 W. Greenwood Avenue

– Mr. Callaghan asked if all questions pertaining to building trades now go through David Forrest. President Campuzano stated yes.

Mr. Callaghan asked if parking permits could be given to residents for designated parking places in front of their homes. Chief Kortan stated that permit holders are encouraged to park as close to their residences as possible but the Vehicle Code states that no homeowner owns the street in front of their residence. Mrs. Fryer stated that the Public Safety Committee will discuss the matter at its October meeting.

Len Wert

221 N. Lansdowne Avenue

– Dr. Wert expressed his appreciation to Mr. Smith for standing firm on the demolition proceedings for abandoned properties in the Borough.

Dr. Wert stated that Marlyn Park has a problem with sewer odors from the elevated manholes and asked if this was an ongoing problem. Mr. Burke stated that it had not been a problem before and that the recent long period of hot weather could be a factor.

Dr. Wert stated there is an increasing number of empty businesses along Baltimore Avenue and hoped that Mr. Council would continue his efforts regarding economic development in those areas. Mr. Council stated that most of these properties are in Upper Darby Township but that plans are underway to open them as retail outlets.

Dr. Wert mentioned the current zoning dispute concerning the Toppitzer Funeral Home at Lansdowne Avenue and Garrett Road and asked if Lansdowne Borough would had any input in the matter.

Edith Bassie

70 Sayers Avenue

– Mrs. Bassie thanked David Forrest for communicating promptly with the public and rectifying problems quickly as they are called into the Borough office.

Mrs. Bassie asked if a flag blessing ceremony would be held on September 11th. President Campuzano stated that Borough flags would be flown to honor the memory and that Borough employees would hold a moment of silence at 8:45 AM on that date.

Joe Heath

55 W. Greenwood Avenue

– Mr. Heath asked that reflectors be put on dumpsters parked on the street because it was a safety hazard at night. President Campuzano stated that the Code Enforcement Officer would look into the matter.

Mr. Heath stated that gutter weeds on E. Plumstead Avenue are getting extremely unsightly. Mr. Council urged residents to destroy these weeds on their property when cutting their lawns.

Mr. Heath asked why the fire plug connections are being painted blue. Chief Kortan stated that this is a maintenance check performed every few years by the Water company.

Mr. Heath stated that residents need to get their recycling materials out the night before because of the early morning pickup.

Mr. Heath stated that too many people are walking in the streets when a sidewalk exists and said it represented a safety hazard.

Old Business – Mr. Council moved to dispense with the reading of Ordinance No. 1181 – An Ordinance regarding installation and/or use of grates, gates, grilles and shutters in or on commercial properties. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Council moved to approve Ordinance No. 1181. Mr. Burke seconded and a roll call vote was taken. With all Borough Council members voting “aye”, the motion carried unanimously.

New Business – Mrs. Fryer moved to promote Mark McGinnis to Class B patrolman effective July 18, 2002 with the salary to be adjusted accordingly. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to approve Resolution No. 2002-13 regarding application to the County Commissioners of Delaware County for an allocation of County liquid fuel tax funds. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to approve proposal, not to exceed $9,650.00 by A. Gargiule and Sons to repair concrete blocks at Borough Yard. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to approve proposal, not to exceed $4,030.00 by Trout Construction to repair storm sewer inlet at Scottdale Road and The Knoll. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to appoint Sandra Jean Takacs to the Lansdowne Planning Commission to fill the unexpired term of Mary Markle that expires October, 2005. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Smith asked that Mrs. Markle be recognized at the next General Council meeting.

Communications: – None.

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

Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Council. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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