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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday – December 4, 2002

A public meeting regarding the 2003 budget was held before the regularly scheduled Business Meeting at 7:00 PM in Borough Hall.Mr. Klingler gave an overview of the major budget highlights:

  • There will be NO TAX INCREASE for 2003.
  • Borough Council will need to update ordinances regarding code enforcement and fees collected for that enforcement early in the year.
  • There will be no increase in sewer fees for 2003 but important sewer repairs will still be done.
  • There will be no increase in trash fees for 2003 and a new trash truck will be purchased.
  • The General Fund surplus for 2002 is $184,000.00.
  • The Tax Collector has delivered over $65,000 in delinquent trash and sewer fees, with more to come.
  • The 20th Century Club took in more money this year than it has in several past years.
  • The budget contains a substantial increase for the Library to enable two part time employees to now become full time.
  • The greatest increase in the budget is in the area of code enforcement.

Mr. Burke questioned the rental license fee of $44,000.Mr. Klingler stated this would allow for annual inspections of vacant rental units.

Mr. Burke questioned the transfer of $75,000 from the Sewer Fund.Mr. Council stated this amount would be transferred out to pay the PennVest loan debt service.A discussion followed concerning various amounts and transfers and Mr. Asciutto will further investigate the matter.

Mr. Burke questioned the property maintenance abatement of $26,000.Mr. Smith stated this was funding to rectify one vacant house program.

Mayor Young questioned whether fines increase every year.Chief Kortan stated the fines are set every year after the trends are analyzed.

President Campuzano thanked everyone responsible for working on the budget.
The regularly scheduled Business Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council then followed at 7:30 P.M.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, Police Chief Kortan and Borough Secretary Henry. Treasurer Asciutto and Fire Chief Herre were absent.

Mr. Borgman moved to approve the minutes of the November 6, 2002 Business Meeting.Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously with one correction noted by Mr. Smith.

Visitors
Dixie Teaford
Lansdowne, PA – In her capacity as Director for the Friendship Circle Senior Center, Ms. Teaford passed out a newsletter outlining the various programs and services connected with the Senior Center.Ms. Teaford stated the Center was in the process of becoming accredited in order to receive funding from the United Way.President Campuzano asked Ms. Teaford to contact him if she was aware of any needy senior citizens that could benefit from the Gift Givers Program.

John Callaghan
13 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Callaghan asked what were the qualifications of the newly hired code enforcement officers.Mr. Forrest stated they were computer literate and had extensive code enforcement experience.

Mr. Callaghan asked if an investigation was underway for students illegally using school buses for transportation.Mrs. Fryer stated there was an ongoing investigation and if anyone sees any suspicious activity to call the School Board.

Reports and Discussions

  1. Treasurer’s Report
    1. There was no report given in Mr. Asciutto’s absence.
  2. Engineer’s Report
    1. Mr. Bevilacqua reported that Trout Construction was the low bidder for manhole cover repairs in the amount of $9,835.00.
    2. Mr. Bevilacqua reported that A. F. Damon was the low bidder at $6,000.00 on the Highland Avenue parking lot repairs.
    3. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that repairs have begun at the Library and the first bill of $3,160.00 will be sent directly to the Library for payment.
    4. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that the Gladstone street light painting project is now complete and a bill of $4,879.00 is now due.Mr. Council asked if some of the street signs could be repainted for easier viewing.
    5. Mr. Burke stated that he authorized the cleaning and TV inspection of the ongoing sewer problem at Albemarle and Windemere Avenues.
    6. Mr. Smith asked Mr. Bevilacqua to gather the necessary information for the demolition of 96 McKinley and 288 W. Greenwood Avenues.
  3. Solicitor’s Report
    1. Mr. Bech stated that his items would be covered under Committee reports.
    2. Mr. Bech stated that Tighlman has agreed to take care of everything within a scheduled time line for his property at 120 S. Union Avenue.
  4. Borough Manager’s Report
    1. Mr. Forrest had no report. Mr. Council asked about the CDBG deadline.Mr. Forrest stated that the County believed the old redevelopment plan should be amended in the Lansdowne Theater project and are recommending that the Borough not pursue an application for acquiring the Lansdowne Theater this year.
  5. Police Chief Dan Kortan
    1. Chief Kortan reported that dangerous intersection signs have been placed at Owen and Marshall Roads.A second stop sign at Highland and Essex Avenues is now in place.
    2. Chief Kortan stated that police patrols have increased on Nyack Avenue to curtail the drug problem and that the residents of 32 S. Wycombe Avenue had been arrested in a drug bust.
  6. Fire Chief Bob Herre
    1. No report was given in Chief Herre’s absence.
  7. Mayor Young
    1. Mayor Young reported a tree lighting will be held on December 7 at 5:15 P.M.
    2. Mayor Young stated that the newsletter deadline has been extended.
    3. Mayor Young stated that the third project in the No Place For Hate Campaign is being completed and the Yeadon Police Department will be putting together a two day training session for police officers.
    4. Mayor Young stated that a running column on the Web Site regarding code enforcement questions may be of value to residents.
  8. President’s Report
    1. President Campuzano asked for an update on the fire truck sale.
      1. Mr. Forrest stated that the previously interested South Carolina party reneged on their offer.Mr. Council stated that too much time had been spent on this issue and would like to advertise auctioning the truck.
      2. Mr. Council moved to have an auctioneer put the fire truck up for auction at the earliest possible convenience.Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
    2. President Campuzano stated that the January Business Meeting fell on a holiday and asked Borough Council’s availability for an alternate date.
      1. Mr. Burke moved to have the January Business Meeting held on Monday, January 6, 2003.Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
      2. Mr. Borgman stated he would be unable to attend this meeting.
    3. Mr. Bech stated that 133 Austin Avenue is a vacant lot owned by the Government.It has been suggested by the Federal Government that the Borough acquire this property with one caveat: if the Borough decides to sell this property to a private developer, the revenue from that sale has to be returned to the Federal Government.However, the Borough can exercise some degree of control over who buys the property.
      1. Mr. Burke moved to have the Borough acquire the vacant lot at 133 Austin Avenue, pending Mr. Bech’s investigation into possible unpaid taxes on the property.Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
    4. President Campuzano stated that the retirement dinner for Leroy Church will be held on December 16.
    5. President Campuzano stated that Congressman Curt Weldon had written a letter regarding the Borough’s fire siren issue and Mrs. Fryer will respond to it.
  9. Economic Development
    1. Mr. Council stated that Mollie Repetto will help coordinate the Fine Arts Festival scheduled for September, 2003.Mr. Council stated that this will be multiple venue event and that various sites will be used throughout town to display artists’ works.Mr. Council requested that the Borough make in-kind contributions to support this event.A fund raiser is planned to raise between $10,000-$20,000.
    2. Mr. Council asked if anyone had comments on the Renaissance Program handout.
    3. Mr. Council stated that he would invite Congressman Curt Weldon to the Borough at a future date to speak about economic development.
  10. Finance and Administration
    1. Mr. Klingler stated that a draft second letter regarding delinquent trash and sewer fees is complete and will be sent out as soon as the current list is available from the Tax Collector.
    2. Mr. Klingler stated that Betsy Riffert and Sandy Takacs would be recognized at the next General Meeting for their help in keeping the Borough functions running smoothly during the absence of a Borough Manager.
  11. Municipal Services
    1. Mr. Burke reported that barring inclement weather, the water company would complete the Lansdowne Avenue water main project by the end of the week.
    2. Mr. Burke thanked the Budget Committee for their efforts in compiling the 2003 budget.
  12. Public Safety
    1. Mrs. Fryer asked if the Public Safety Committee meetings could be rescheduled for a later time.Mr. Forrest stated he would advertise the meetings for 2003 after hearing from all Committee Heads.
  13. Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement
    1. Mr. Smith reported that at the next Zoning Committee meeting, the necessary ordinances to facilitate code enforcement and demolition procedures will be discussed.
    2. Mr. Smith stated that to date he has not heard anything on the Simpson House project.Mr. Bech stated that he received the County Planning Commission report and would send a copy to Mr. Smith.
    3. President Campuzano asked Mr. Smith to bring the new code enforcement door hangers to the General Meeting to make residents aware of them.

  14. Parks and Recreation
    1. Mr. Borgman reported that the Teen Concerts would be continuing next year.
    2. Mr. Borgman stated that the New York Radio City Christmas Show was now sold out.
    3. Mr. Borgman stated he has heard nothing further regarding the acquisition of Shrigley Park.
    4. Mr. Klingler stated that some wage money has been built into the Recreation and Park Board budget.A discussion followed about the skate park money issue.
      1. Mr. Council questioned the YMCA potential partnership regarding the skate park.
      2. Mayor Young stated that if the Borough partners with the YMCA, the park becomes a YMCA satellite facility but the Borough would still have control over how it is to be operated.Discussions are still open regarding keeping the park as a supervised park or having it as an open facility.
      3. Mr. Council expressed his concerns over a possible YMCA partnership, notably in the area of nominal fees to be charged and he felt the Borough should retain sole control over the park.

Old Business – None.

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

Mr. Borgman moved to reappoint Charles Cavanaugh, Martha Smith-Peachey and Michael Magee to the Recreation and Park Board.Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to award bid of repairs to Sanitary Sewer Manholes at ten (10) various locations in the Borough to lowest bidder, Trout Construction of Aston. Base bid was $6,835.00; with Change Order it was $9,835.00.Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to award bid of the spot repairs to the bituminous paving at various locations in the Highland Avenue Parking Lot to lowest bidder, A. F. Damon Co., Inc., of Upland.Base Bid was $6,000.00. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to dispense with the reading of Ordinance No. 1183: An Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne, County of Delaware, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Fixing the Tax Rate for the year 2003.Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to have the Secretary read Ordinance No. 1184: An Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne to estimate the number of gallons of water which will be consumed bypersons whose properties are connected to the public sewers of the Borough for the year 2003, and to fix the amount of sewer rental or charge to be made to each property connected to the sewers.Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.The Ordinance was read by the Secretary.Mr. Klingler moved to adopt Ordinance No. 1184.Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Council questioned the disposition of the DELCORA money, stating that only $152,000 appeared to be available for the Ardmore Avenue project.Mr. Burke stated that we would need a definitive answer from DELCORA about how much money they would be returning to the Borough.

Executive Session – None.

Mr. Klingler moved to adjourn the meeting seconded by Mr. Council. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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