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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday – January 6, 2003

The Business Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday,
January 6, 2003 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 Mayor Young, Solicitor Bech, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Manager Forrest, Police Chief Kortan, Treasurer Asciutto and Borough Secretary Henry.Mr. Borgman and Fire Chief Young were absent.
A public hearing to consider the 2003 CDBG application was held before the regularly scheduled Business Meeting. Borough Manager Forrest stated that two applications were being submitted for 2003. Borough Engineer Bevilacqua stated that these applications covered two projects as follows:

  1. Interboro Park Recreational and Environmental Improvement – to eliminate swampy site condition and mosquito and insect infestation and reinstall recreational equipment to provide a dry and safe playing area. The anticipated outcome/benefit is to re-establish the usability of the recreational facility. Total cost: $200,000.00 – Lansdowne Borough to pay $25,000.00.
  2. Twentieth Century Club Historic Preservation – to preserve and protect the building structure by eliminating deteriorating conditions to the foundation walls and the historical wood and plaster finishes on the building. The anticipated outcome/benefit is to preserve a historical facility which provides community service and maintains the heritage of the building founders. Total cost: $190,000.00 – Lansdowne Borough to pay $25,000.00.

There were no visitor comments on the CDBG application hearing.
Mr. Klingler moved to approve the minutes of the December 4, 2002 Business Meeting. Mr. Smith
seconded and the motion carried unanimously with a minor correction noted by Mr. Klingler.

Visitors

John Callaghan
13 W. Greenwood Avenue
– Mr. Callaghan questioned the funding of the Twentieth
Century Club repairs. President Campuzano stated that the aforementioned CDBG application would fund the project for the present time. Mr. Klingler stated that a Committee was being formed to research grant funding procedures and that the EPA settlement money and DELCORA refund would not be used for the Twentieth Century Club repairs.Mr. Klingler stated that the Committee would also research the economic feasibility of retaining the Twentieth Century Club.
Mr. Callaghan questioned the status of Wesley House and whether taxes were being paid on the building. Mr. Klingler stated that at present it was now tax-exempt but that status could change with any future owner.
Mr. Callaghan questioned the status of the vacant property on the northwest corner of Wayne Avenue. Mr. Smith stated that some insurance and litigation issues were holding up the disposition of that property.
Mr. Callaghan stated that it was his perception that none of the newly hired Borough employees live in Lansdowne and that this should be encouraged for future hires. President Campuzano stated that some of the newly hired employees do, in fact, live in Lansdowne and that maintaining a Lansdowne residence is not a requirement for hire.

Reports and Discussions

  1. Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto had no report. Mr. Klingler asked whether the
    GSBY 34 report would affect how the elected auditors do their work. Mr. Asciutto stated this would not affect the Borough but would check into the matter.

  2. Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua stated that the CDBG application was due on
    January 8th.

    Mr. Bevilacqua reported that Trout Construction had finished 10 manhole repairs and was approximately 60-70% complete. They are requesting $9,835.00 for this work.

    Mr. Bevilacqua reported that Philadelphia Suburban Water Company may have caused some sewer line damage at Essex and N. Lansdowne Avenues during the water main replacement. Proposals were drawn up to do exploratory excavation and replacement of the first 6′ length of sewer pipe; Coleman Brothers is requesting $5,378.00 to do the repairs. They will also take photographs and do a hand excavation to see what actually caused the damage.Mr. Burke moved to award the bid to Coleman Brothers in the amount of $5,378.00 to open up and repair the sewer line on N. Lansdowne Avenue. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that a response was drafted for submission to DEP regarding sewer repairs at 56 W. Albemarle Avenue. The letter is asking DEP not to levy a fine on the Borough as immediate action was taken and repairs will be done shortly. The cost will be approximately $55,000-65,000.
    Mr. Burke moved to have Pennoni Associates prepare as soon as possible the bid documents for sewer repairs at 56 W. Albemarle Avenue. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that the lateral that runs alongside the old library building was possibly
    broken during the recent HVAC installation in the new library building. Mr. Bevilacqua stated it was the Borough’s responsibility to repair this and would cost approximately $1,500-$2,000 to put a trap and vent on the hookup. Mr. Burke asked whether a sump pump would be a better alternative. Mr. Bevilacqua stated this could be done but at a higher cost.

    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that it would cost approximately $35,000-$40,000 to repair the Florence Avenue sewer problems.

    Mr. Smith stated that the County had already done their review on demolition procedures for 96 McKinley Avenue and this would be the first property to be demolished.

  3. Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Bech stated that Taddei’s lawyer gave him the signed releases
    and the issue is now finalized from a financial standpoint.

  4. Borough Manager’s Report – Mr. Forrest asked Council’s approval to apply for a
    Transportation and Community Development Initiative Grant through the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission for 2003. Mr. Forrest stated that a redevelopment plan could be done that would span the Baltimore Avenue Corridor from Lansdowne Avenue to S. Union Avenue. Additionally, a
    twin project could involve a redevelopment plan that would incorporate the business district on Lansdowne Avenue. Mr. Council asked that Madison and Highland Avenues be included in this plan. Borough Council gave its approval for Mr. Forrest to proceed with the application process. Cost estimates will follow and the application is due by January 22, 2003.

    President Campuzano asked if the recycling magnets were ordered. Mr. Forrest stated that prices were being obtained and it would take approximately 4 weeks for the magnets to be delivered.

  5. Police Chief Dan Kortan – Chief Kortan had no report.

  6. Fire Chief Tom Young – No report was given in Chief Young’s absence.

  7. Mayor Young – Mayor Young stated that the Jingle Judge awards would be distributed
    at the next General meeting.

    Mayor Young stated that new Fire Chief Tom Young would be sworn in at the next General meeting.

    Mayor Young stated that the first two Borough activities in the No Place For Hate Program had been submitted for approval. Mr. Klingler asked if a NPFH identifying decal could be put on Borough police patrol cars and Chief Kortan will look into the matter. Mayor Young stated that once the designation is granted to Lansdowne, she will inquire about the availability of this sort of identification.

    Mayor Young stated that certificates would be awarded to six children who helped with the Gift Givers Program.

    Mayor Young stated that no specifications had yet been received in the skate park issue but she will be attending a meeting tomorrow for more information.

  8. President’s Report – President Campuzano read a letter of appreciation f rom Ronnie
    Hawkins to Borough Council.

  9. Economic Development – Mr. Council reported that Donna Jones, current office
    manager for the Lansdowne Library, will soon be leaving her position. The Director for the library has offered to pay for benefits for the new full-time hire out of this year’s State allocation and benefits will be built into the position as part of 2004’s budget process.

    Mr. Council stated that a public meeting for the Task Force Area Five will be held on January 9th at 1:00 P.M. in East Lansdowne Borough Hall.

    Mr. Council reported that he is awaiting contracts from the State regarding the Economic Development Planning/Comprehensive plan update. Peter Driscoll has recommended that Sandy Takacs be the Planning Commission’s representative on the Committee for Comprehensive Planning.

  10. Finance and Administration – Mr. Klingler reported that his Committee met today to
    discuss issues to be dealt with during 2003, most notably a review of fee structures so that the financial requirements set up for this year’s budget can be met.

  11. Municipal Services – Mr. Burke asked if the 2003 Directory could again be provided.
    Mr. Klingler asked that a short list also be compiled of names that are most frequently contacted.

    President Campuzano asked when the Christmas tree pickup would begin. Mr. Forrest stated it would begin on January 8th.

  12. Public Safety – Mrs. Fryer reported that the next Public Safety Committee meeting
    will be held on January 8th at 7:30 P.M.

    Mrs. Fryer stated that snow plowing was not done in a timely manner on Lansdowne Court. Mr. Forrest stated that a meeting will be held this Friday at 8:30 A.M. regarding how to improve the snow plowing issue and to implement a written Snow Plan.

    President Campuzano questioned the status of the fire truck. Mr. Forrest stated he would soon be working on the auction process during the first quarter of 2003.

  13. Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Smith reported that the next Zoning
    Committee meeting will be held on January 14th at 7:30 P.M. to discuss implementing code enforcement ordinances. Mr. Smith stated that some good articles on code enforcement and zoning and planning issues appeared in the November/December editions of Borough Magazine.

    Mr. Smith stated that terms for three Borough Council members will be expiring at the end of this year and that it had been an honor to work with them.

    Mrs. Fryer asked that a letter be sent to Tom McGuinness confirming his reappointment to the Zoning Hearing Board.

    President Campuzano asked that the two new Code Enforcement Officers be invited to the next General Meeting.

  14. Parks and Recreation – There was no report given in Mr. Borgman’s absence.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Klingler moved to approve bill payment for the period. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Fryer moved to reappoint Bertha Phillips to the Board of Health. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burke moved to reappoint Andrew Farquhar to the Darby Creek Joint Sewer Authority. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Council moved to approve Resolution No. 2003-1, regarding application for CDBG funds for FY 2003. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to approve Resolution No. 2003-2, Resolution amending Resolution No. 2002-4 regarding Bank Accounts and Authorized Signatures and to dispense with the reading of the full Resolution. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to approve Resolution 2003-3, Resolution amending Resolution No. 2002-5 regarding Safe Deposit Boxes and Authorized Signatures and to dispense with the reading of the full Resolution. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to approve Resolution 2003-4, Resolution authorizing Passage of the Tax Anticipation Note, seconded by Mr. Burke. The Secretary read the Title and Section 1 of this Resolution. Mr. Klingler moved to adopt Resolution 2003-4. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Council moved to allow the advertising of the Library Office Manager position at an hourly rate of $12.00 with benefits. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burke moved to adjourn into Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Council, to discuss the following items:
1. Real Estate.
2. Potential Litigation.
The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 8:50 P.M.
Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Klingler. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:15 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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