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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday – October 2, 2002

The Business Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, October 2nd , 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. Code Enforcement Officer Leggoe was absent.

Mr. Smith moved to approve the minutes of the September 4, 2002 Business Meeting.Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to Suspend the Rules of Order.Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Edith Bassie
70 Sayers Avenue – Mrs. Bassie asked that absentee landlords be held in stricter compliance with inspections on their rental properties.

Mrs. Bassie questioned whose responsibility it is to repair the square sewer holes left open on Sayers and Nyack Avenues.President Campuzano stated that the water company will replace their vent covers but the sewer covers in question cover the laterals which is the individual homeowner’s responsibility to repair.

Mrs. Bassie asked that Lansdowne Borough be noted in the newspapers as having a representative present at the School Board meetings.

John Callaghan
13 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Callaghan asked that the proposal to combine the Lansdowne and Yeadon Code Enforcement offices be reconsidered stating that there were problems with the Yeadon office.President Campuzano stated that Lansdowne Borough is only conferring with Yeadon regarding the proper computer software and code enforcement personnel necessary to aid Lansdowne in more efficiently carrying out the code enforcement duties.

Mr. Callaghan asked if East Lansdowne police are currently being helped by Lansdowne police.Chief Kortan stated that because East Lansdowne only has one officer, Lansdowne police will intermittently help out in certain situations when that one officer is already engaged in another police matter.

Reports and Discussions
A.Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto stated that in order to pay Abonizzio’s current bill, the money would have to be transferred to the Sewer Fund.Borough Council granted approval to do so.
B.Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua stated that the final payment to be made to A.
Gargiule & Sons, Inc. represented a final payment and release of retainage.
Mr. Bevilacqua reported that in the PennVest project, the waste water portion had been submitted on September 18th and the storm water portion was submitted on September 26th.The final number for both portions is $3,437,530.57. The amount of encumbrance approved was $3,896,000.Mr. Bevilacqua stated that another loan closing would be held.

Mr. Bevilacqua stated that Coleman Bros. has completed storm sewer repair work on W. Albemarle Avenue and is requesting payment of $9,110.00.Mr. Bevilacqua stated that a complaint had been received from the owner of 51 W. Albemarle Avenue regarding damages to his property and was requesting $200.Mr. Burke moved to pay Coleman Bros. 90% of the bill for repair work done on W. Albemarle Avenue.Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Bevilacqua stated that an additional $800 was needed to complete the storm sewer repairs on Bryn Mawr Avenue.Mr. Burke moved to instruct Coleman Bros. not to completely cap off andgrout the pipe but to put a perforated cover over it at a cost not to exceed $800.00.Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Bevilacqua stated that after starting repairs on the Scottdale Road inlet, Trout Construction found that the discharge pipe was solidly blocked by tree roots.Replacing the pipe and installing 60′ of 16″ storm pipe and installing a concrete apron would cost $5,150.00.Total costs after all repairs amount to $9,180.00.

Mr. Smith then opened a discussion concerning the Burkholder proposal for developing their land on Scottdale Road.Mr. Council stated that it would be easier for the owners to sell this land if it was rezoned commercial instead of R2. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that there might be some compensatory storm water storage up the hill toward Baltimore Avenue if the owners wanted to create a compensatory storage facility.Mr. Council stated that rezoning the property to commercial only makes the property more attractive for development and does not change the Borough’s zoning requirements.

C. Fire Chief Bob Herre – Mr. Klingler questioned the $2,000 Fire Company generator repair bill.Chief Herre stated that Air Electric Equipment Co. charged for almost 24 hours of work. Chief Herre stated that another fire company had tentatively offered $8,000 for the old fire truck.

D. Solicitor’s Report- Mr. Bech stated he had been contacted by Taddei’s lawyer regarding a request for documents (payroll records).Mr. Bech stated that he will respond to this request and that only the change orders and contract are required to be examined.Mr. Bech stated that under State law the Borough cannot release any money if there is a problem with subcontractors.

E.Borough Manager’s Report – Mr. Forrest stated that he recently attended a forum sponsored by the Planning Commission on the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System whereby the state regulates the Borough’s water discharges through Commonwealth waterways.Mr. Forrest stated that by March, 2003 the Borough would have to make an application to the State and that sixelements would have to be in place at some future point concerning a proper discharge program for the Borough.

F. Police Chief Dan Kortan – Chief Kortan stated that another police officer will now be put on the police pension review board.

G.Mayor Young – Mayor Young stated that other community calendars will now be uploaded onto the Borough web site.A newsletter concerning the water company repairs on Lansdowne Avenue will also be on the web site and has been sent out to residents and businesses.

Mayor Young stated that a television commercial for a scooter shop will be shot on October 4th and that a police officer will be available for traffic control.

Mayor Young stated that a meeting regarding the skate board park will be held on October 3rd at 5:30 PM to discuss the possibility of a YMCA/YWCA partnership in this endeavor.

Mayor Young reported that a No Place For Hate Community Gathering will be held on November 8th at the Twentieth Century Club.

Mayor Young stated that Representative Nick Micozzie is expected at the next General Meetingto accept the radar trolley plaque.

H. President’s Report – President Campuzano stated that the EPA settlement money had been received and that some disposition possibilities included PennVest payments and sewer repairs.Mr. Council stated that the budget will be examined before deciding on the disposition of this money.Mr. Smith suggested contacting Andrew Fahrquar regarding refunds.

President Campuzano stated that the 4th annual Halloween Party will be held on October 27th from 2-3:30 PM.

President Campuzano asked for suggestions for possible recipients in the Christmas Gift Givers program.Chief Kortan stated that he would be donating six bicycles.

President Campuzano stated that holiday banners may be used in the business district and Mr. Council will look into this matter at the next LBPA meeting.

I. Economic Development – Mr. Council had no report.

J.Finance and Administration – Mr. Forrest stated that for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan the minimum municipal obligation is $62,670; the mandatory portion is $43,348.Chief Kortan questioned when the Borough receives the MMO.Mr. Council stated that state aid may be used to fund part or all of the municipal obligation and must be deposited within 30 days of receipt.

Mr. Klingler stated that the Gladstone Manor street lights will be repaired and repainted.

Mr. Klingler stated that whoever is part of the Twentieth Century Club Committee for the renovation project should have a vested interest in the future of the Club and be aggressive in their efforts.President Campuzano and Mr. Council offered their help regarding the renovation and fund raising aspects of the study.Mr. Smith stated that a feasibility study should be undertaken to determine whether the repairs will pay for themselves.Mayor Young stated that the value of the Club in generating revenue is secondary to its value as a community center.

Mr. Borgman requested the most recent numbers for the Park and Recreation Board budget.

K. Municipal Services – Mr. Burke stated that all businesses have been contacted by the water company regarding the water main replacement project.Mr. Burke stated that the contractor would like to use the back municipal parking lot on Owen Avenue as an equipment lay down area.Mr. Burke will have further discussions with the appropriate individuals regarding this matter.

Mr. Burke stated that Leroy Church is retiring the end of this year and that his pension payout figure will be needed.

Mr. Council stated that Willowbrook Avenue had severe cracks in the paving and asked if it could be repaired with leftover street repair money.Mr. Burke stated he would discuss it at the next Municipal Services Committee meeting.

Mr. Council stated that he received a call from Simpson House representatives concerning waiving permit and demolition fees and asked Borough Council’s opinion on the matter.The consensus was that the Borough will not waive these fees but an official vote will be necessary.

L.Public Safety – Mrs. Fryer stated that the next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held October 9th at 6:30 PM to discuss eliminating the fire house siren and hiring a school resource officer.This position would be funded by a grant for three years.The individual would be a Borough police officer hired and paid by the Borough to work nine months in the school and the remaining three months in the police department.

Mrs. Fryer stated that when the budget was passed concerning parking permit fees, the fees were set at $48 a year to be deferred until 2003.A discussion followed regarding the 25% increase.Mrs. Fryer moved to set the 2003 parking fee at $40 per month through the end of March, 2003 (then $4 per month thereafter) and to authorize the Solicitor to amend the fee schedule.Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

M. Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement Mr. Smith stated that Mr. Forrest is working with the Yeadon Code Enforcement Director regarding the selection process for Lansdowne’s code enforcement office.

Mr. Smith stated that the next Zoning Committee meeting will be on October 8th to discuss the code enforcement hiring process and sign ordinance issues.

Mr. Smith stated that the Vacant Property Review Committee will meet on October 30th to discuss several properties.

Mr. Smith stated that he will be attending a County Land Development and Subdivision Ordinance Update meeting on October 24, 7-8 PM.

Mr. Council stated that he will soon be meeting with the Steering Committee for the Renaissance project.

Mr. Klingler stated that approximately $26,000 had been collected to date in delinquent sewer and trash fees.Mr. Bech stated that the Borough can still lien a property even though the delinquent fee is being paid off over time and asked Borough Council’s opinion on proceeding with the liens.Mr. Klingler stated that he will be receiving an itemized list from the Tax Collector of every property concerning what fees have been paid and what repayment plans are in effect.

N. Parks and Recreation – Mr. Borgman stated that the Tree Advisory Board will soon be doing their annual survey of park maintenance requirements.

Mr. Borgman stated that letters have been sent to residents regarding overhanging trees.

Mr. Borgman stated that a letter had been sent requesting Borough ownership of Shrigley Park and Pennock Woods.

Mr. Borgman stated that there are still some errors on the calendar items.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Klingler moved to approve bill payment for the period.Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to approve final payment of $11,785.30 to A. Gargiule & Son, Inc., for Contract No. 96, the E. Plumstead Avenue Sewer Replacement.Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to approval final payment of $9,870.62 to Joseph E. Sucher & Sons, Inc., for Contract No. 97, the 2002 Roadway Improvements.Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Council moved to ratify new language on Resolution 2002-14 (Regarding the COG Application for a market study for the Baltimore Avenue Corridor and providing local match for same). Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to approve Resolution No. 2002-15 (Regarding Act 64 mandating special ad hoc adjustments for certain retired or disabled police officers and firefighters.Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to approve the 2003 Minimum Municipal Obligation for the Non-Uniform and the Police Pension Plans.Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously
Mr. Burkemoved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss union negotiations and 62 E. Stratford Avenue.Mr. Borgman seconded and the meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 10:20 PM.

Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting.Mr. Smith seconded and the meeting adjourned at 10:45PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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