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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday – September 4th, 2002

The Business Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, September 4th , 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, Borough Manager Forrest, Fire Chief Herre, Police Chief Kortan, Treasurer Asciutto and Borough Secretary Henry. Borough Engineer Bevilacqua and Code Enforcement Officer Leggoe were absent.

Mr. Council moved to approve the minutes of the August 7, 2002 Business Meeting. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

John Callaghan
13 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Callaghan asked why the Highland Avenue parking lot was never used. Mr. Council stated that the 1984 Comprehensive Plan would soon be updated and the former concept of having an accessible walkway between Lansdowne Avenue and the lot would be discussed. Chief Kortan stated that the lot does get used but not to its fullest potential.

Dawn Marie Sweeney
235 W. Albemarle Avenue – Ms. Sweeney introduced herself as the secretary for the Recreation and Park Board and stated she was present to familiarize herself with the Council meetings and issues discussed.

Edith Bassie
70 Sayers Avenue – Mrs. Bassie stated that all surrounding streets around Sayers Avenue have been recently repaved with the exception of Sayers Avenue. Mrs. Bassie also stated that due to the recent sewer repair construction in that area, Sayers Avenue had surface damage and needed repaving. Mr. Burke stated he would look into the matter.

Mrs. Bassie stated that because of absentee landlords, no new inspections are being made when new owners move into a residence and asked for more diligence from the Code Enforcement Office. President Campuzano stated that the Zoning Committee would be checking into the matter.

Reports and Discussions

A. Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto had no report.

B. Engineer’s Report – No report was given in Mr. Bevilacqua’s absence.

C. Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Bech had no report.

D. Borough Manager’s Report – Mr. Forrest reported that Code Enforcement Leggoe was back to work on a part time basis. President Campuzano questioned advertising for an assistant to Mr. Leggoe. Mr. Smith stated that the would discuss this in his Committee report.

E. Police Chief Dan Kortan – Chief Kortan stated that officer Brian Eidell had successful knee surgery on August 20th and would be reporting back for duty in approximately 4-6 weeks.

F. Fire Chief Bob Herre – Chief Herre reported that the State would be releasing the new fire truck loan money on September 16th. Mr. Bech stated that for the closing, the Fire Company needs an opinion of counsel letter. Mr. Bech stated that since he was not counsel for the Fire Company, Borough Council would have to appoint him as Fire Company counsel to handle the closing. Mrs. Fryer moved to appoint Solicitor Paul Bech as acting counsel to the Fire Company regarding the fire truck loan closing. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Chief Herre asked whether a Borough or Fire Company check was needed. Mr. Bech stated that a Fire Company check in the amount of $84 was needed. Mr. Klingler asked if the old fire truck could be given away. A discussion followed concerning its disposition. Mr. Council asked if an auction could be held. Mr. Forrest stated that approximately 10 days ago the truck was advertised on line with a broker. Mr. Klingler stated that after all options have been explored, the fire truck should be given away to a scouting or fire company apprentice training organization.

Chief Herre stated he would be retiring at the end of the year and that nominations for a new Fire Chief would be submitted in November.

President Campuzano asked Chief Herre to timely submit a monthly Fire Company report to Mrs. Fryer.

G. Mayor Young – Mayor Young stated that she would be presenting two Beautification Awards at the September General Meeting.

Mayor Young stated that Representative Nick Micozzie would be at the September 18th General Meeting and Borough Council would be publicly thanking him for his help in acquiring a new radar car.

Mayor Young reported that she and Chief Kortan attended a seminar regarding skate board parks. Mayor Young stated that money could be made available through grants and funding. Chief Kortan stated that cost factors and the continuing vandalism at the Highland Avenue lot need to be considered. Mayor Young stated that costs for a basic park would be about $15,000. Mr. Borgman’s information from sample parks showed costs of between $30,000-$60,000. Mr. Smith asked what type of insurance would be needed and if a rider could be placed on the existing policy. Mr. Bech stated that insurance companies may treat a skate park differently for insurance purposes than other facilities. Mayor Young stated that a maximum grant of $25,000 is available through a Hoff grant. Mayor Young also stated that a unanimous consent from Borough Council was necessary in order for Representative Miccozzie to consider help with funding. Mr. Burke stated that he would not vote for a skate board park if it was to be placed in the Highland Avenue lot. Mr. Council stated that a committee needs to be formed to begin evaluating and developing the skate board park and that police enforcement needs to be accelerated at the Highland Avenue lot. Mr. Council, Mayor Young and Mr. Borgman will start the preliminary information gathering concerning a skate park.

Mr. Forrest asked why type of service would be held at the Borough Green on September 11th. Mayor Young stated that any interested parties would gather at 8:30 AM. Chief Herre stated that the fire company would be performing a nationwide show of respect by pulling the fire trucks out at 9:55 AM and sounding the bell alarm at 10:05 AM.

H. President’s Report – President Campuzano had no report but asked that all agenda items be submitted to Mr. Forrest the Friday before a Council meeting.

I. Economic Development – Mr. Council reported that the COG has applied for a $50,000 grant to do the market study. If this grant is denied, an application will be submitted for LUPTAP funds in the amount of $25,000 which also has a 50/50 match. Mr. Council stated that a resolution supporting in-kind contributions was necessary for submission of the application. Mr. Klingler questioned the timing concerning budgeting purposes. Mr. Council stated that it would come under the 2003 budget.

Mr. Council stated that two municipal representatives are needed to attend the Renaissance Program meeting. Mr. Klingler moved to appoint Norman Council and Peter Driscoll (if he accepts) as the municipal representatives on the Renaissance Program committee throughout the planning process. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

J. Finance and Administration – Mr. Klingler stated that a committee should be formed (to include Geoffrey Berwind, Lee Jones and anyone with expertise in grant writing) to address the repair issues at the Twentieth Century Club. The overall long range cost is estimated to be $600,000 for all repair items with the immediate needs amounting to $200,000.

Mr. Klingler reported that a Police Pension management review is necessary and that new financial managers should be investigated. Mr. Burke raised the question of commissions being paid if no money is realized in a given year. Chief Kortan asked if an amendment to the original resolution is needed if another person is brought into the process. Mr. Bech stated that as long as this person does not vote, no amendment is necessary.

Mr. Klingler reported that the Finance and Administration Committee meetings will now be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM. The Public Safety Committee meetings will now be held at 6:30 PM on the same day.

President Campuzano asked Mr. Klingler to reserve some budget money for painting the Borough Hall.

K. Municipal Services – Mr. Burke reported that the Road Program is now complete with the exception of three driveways on Price Avenue that need revisions.

Mr. Burke reported that the PennVest close-out documents have been filed.

Mr. Burke stated that one item remains in the Borough Yard repairs.

Mr. Burke stated that the Scottdale Road inlet will start on September 5th.

Mr. Burke stated that the storm sewer line repairs on W. Albemarle Avenue and Bryn Mawr Avenue should be completed by next week.

Mr. Burke reported that the Water Company will be replacing the water main line on Lansdowne Avenue starting September 30th and lasting approximately six weeks. The locations affected will be between Baltimore Avenue and Stratford Avenue and the area around Balfour Circle and Drexel Avenue, pending PennDot approval. Work will be performed between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Mr. Burke stated that a meeting with PennDot and area business owners would be necessary to discuss the impact on Borough businesses.

Mr. Council asked if budget funds were available to repaint the light standards in Gladstone Manor. Mr. Klingler stated that bid proposals would be compiled but that the necessary money existed.

L. Public Safety – Mrs. Fryer stated that her agenda items would be covered in Executive Session.

M. Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Smith reported that the demolition applications have been submitted. Mr. Forrest stated that only $130,000 was available County wide for this process. Mr. Smith stated that the average cost per property is $40,000-$50,000.

Mr. Smith reported that revisions to the sign ordinance will be finalized at the September 10th Zoning Committee meeting. The Zoning overlay for the central business district will also be addressed at that meeting.

Mr. Smith stated that the adoption of recently revised Code Enforcement policies will be put on hold until additional Code Enforcement help is hired. Mr. Klingler stated that spending more money for a more widespread circulation paper was necessary in order to attract a qualified applicant. Mr. Smith moved to authorize advertising for an additional person to be hired in the Code Enforcement office. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Council stated that the entire process needs to be completed by March, 2003.

Mr. Smith reported that the tax sale for delinquent properties is set for September 13th.

Mr. Klingler stated that the delinquent trash and sewer fees mailing would be sent out in the next few days.

Mr. Smith reported that the residents at 110 S. Wycombe Avenue have been evicted.

Mr. Smith stated that complaints have been received about an alleged illegal business being conducted at 230 Crawford Avenue. The matter will be discussed at next week’s Zoning Committee meeting.

Mr. Borgman questioned the status of 23 Runnemede Avenue. Mr. Smith stated that the owner plans to respond to the Planning Commission at their October meeting.

N. Parks and Recreation – Mr. Borgman stated that the next Recreation and Park Board meeting will be held on September 9th. Mr. Borgman stated that the bike police have been increasing their patrols of area parks in response to the vandalism and drug problems. Mr. Borgman stated that Chuck Cavanaugh would be writing to the County regarding the acquisition of Pennock Woods and Shrigley Park.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Forrest stated he would like to pay the bills twice a month. President Campuzano stated that the Finance Committee would be discussing the bill review process in greater detail. Mr. Smith moved to approve bill payment for the period. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss two personnel issues and two litigation issues. Mr. Borgman seconded and the meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:26 PM.

Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Council moved to authorize payment of excess State Aid to the Auditor General in the amount of $21,825.00. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Smith seconded and the meeting adjourned at 10:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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