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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council General Meeting
Wednesday – January 15, 2003

The General Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 7:30 PM at Borough Hall. In attendance were President Campuzano, Mr. Council, Mr. Borgman, Mr. Burke, Mr. Klingler and Mr. Smith. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Solicitor Bech, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Fire Chief Herre, Treasurer Asciutto, Police Chief Kortan, Code Enforcement Officers Travers and Middleman and Borough Secretary Henry. Mrs. Fryer was absent.
President Campuzano announced that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would air on Monday, January 20th, 7:00 PM on Cable Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Klingler moved to approve the minutes of the December 18, 2002 Borough Council General meeting. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Presentations and Announcements – Mayor Young presented Jingle Judge Awards to residents of the following properties:
51 and 269 W. Essex, 215 and 198 W. Berkley, 16 Runnemede, 55 E. Stratford, 111 and 113 McKinley, 238 Jackson, 234 and 242 Crawford, 263 Windermere, 139, 217 and 260 W. Drexel, 180 Glentay, 19, 25, 66 and 170 W. Plumstead, 59 W. Greenwood, 54 Highland, 16 and 33 Linden, 201 and 193 Owen, 127 Wycombe and 42 W. Stewart Avenues; 112 Lansdowne Court; 33 Scottdale, 105, 107, 129 Walsh and 148 Marshall Roads; 9 W. Windermere Terrace; 11 and 13 E. Windermere Terrace.
Mayor Young presented Lansdowne Caring Citizen Awards to Bonnie Gilskey and Kim Doney.
Mayor Young swore in newly appointed Fire Chief Thomas Young.
Mayor Young stated that the Christmas banners were courtesy of the LBPA.
Mayor Young announced that Lansdowne resident Joe Doan celebrated his 108th birthday yesterday.
Mayor Young stated that litter is an ongoing problem throughout the Borough and urged residents to help keep Lansdowne litter free.
Mayor Young announced that Child Passenger Safety Week is February 9th through February 15th.
Mayor Young announced that the 2003 recycling calendars are delayed but can be printed from the Borough website.
Mayor Young announced that on January 23rd, Guy Davis will be giving a concert at the Lansdowne Folk Club.
Mayor Young announced that the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra will perform on February 3rd at St. Philomena’s.
Mayor Young announced that the Delaware County Historical Society is presenting lectures at Delaware County Community College.
Mayor Young announced the various home games to be played at Penn Wood High School.
President Campuzano thanked a wide variety of individuals who helped in the annual Gift Givers Program.
President Campuzano congratulated newly appointed Fire Chief Thomas Young.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto reported that for December, total revenues amounted to $146,119.32 and total expenditures amounted to $890,626.03.
Mr. Asciutto reported that total fund balances amounted to $7,313,471.65.
Mr. Asciutto reported that the year end fund balance for the Police Pension Fund was $5,490,694.25. The year end balance for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan was $616,652.82. The year end balance for the Capital Reserves Fund was $401,944.96.
Mr. Klingler moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua reported that his items would be covered under Committee reports.

Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Bech reported that the Tax Anticipation Note had been submitted and all money transferred. Mr. Bech reported that some minor additional paperwork will be processed in the next month or two concerning the PennVest matter. The revised commitment letter was signed by President Campuzano today.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Council President’s Report – President Campuzano had no report.

Economic Development – Mr. Council reported that a public meeting of the Task Force for the Area Five Renaissance project will be held on February 13th, 1:00 PM in the Upper Darby Township Council Chambers.
Mr. Council stated that the Council of Governments will meet on January 16th at 9:00 A.M. in Borough Hall.
Mr. Council reported that he received approximately 20 telephone calls regarding the Fine Arts Festival to be held later this year and invited all interested Lansdowne artists to participate in the event.
Mr. Council reported that a final draft of the Lansdowne brochure is now ready for printing.

Finance and Administration – Mr. Klingler congratulated newly appointed Fire Chief Thomas Young. Mr. Klingler stated there remained some additional paperwork in the PennVest matter. Mr. Klingler reported that the next Finance Committee meeting will be held on February 3rd at 7:15 PM.

Municipal Services – Mr. Burke reported that Pennoni Associates was proceeding with plans and specifications to repair the sanitary sewer line at Windermere and Albemarle Avenues. Bids will be accepted in the spring for this project.
Mr. Burke reported that work was completed by the Philadelphia Suburban Water Company on Lansdowne Avenue and a resident’s lateral was repaired last week.
Mr. Burke stated that the next Municipal Services Committee meeting will be held on February 3rd at 6:30 PM to discuss other 2003 projects and to set the Bulk Trash pickup date.
Mr. Burke gave no recycling report for December. Recycling revenues collected for 2002 amounted to $7,088.10.

Public Safety – No report was given in Mrs. Fryer’s absence.

Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Smith welcomed and introduced newly hired Code Enforcement Officers Ed Middleman and Steve Travers.
Mr. Smith reported that the next Zoning Committee meeting will be held on February 11th, 7:00 PM in Borough Hall.
Mr. Smith stated that the Lansdowne Planning Commission is planning to make another appointment in early February to fill Mike Holohan’s expired term.
Mr. Smith reported that Mr. Bevilacqua is reviewing the bid packages with the County for demolition of 96 McKinley and 288 W. Greenwood Avenues.
Mr. Smith reported the permit activity for December, 2002: 38 permit applications, 9 U&O inspections, 3 rental inspections, 10 complaints, 3 zoning applications reviewed, 19 notices sent, 41 citations issued, 20 registered contractors. Fines collected amounted to $904.40.

Parks and Recreation – Mr. Borgman reported that the new Recreation Department program schedules are now available.
Mr. Borgman stated that a Teen Concert will be held on January 31st, 8-11 PM at the Twentieth Century Club with a $3.00 admission.
Mr. Borgman reported that the Recreation and Park Board will develop specifications for a turf managing program at Hoffman and Sycamore Parks. Mr. Borgman reported that the newly elected officers for the Recreation and Park Board were as follows:

  • Chuck Cavanaugh – Chair
  • Martha Smith-Peachey – Vice Chair
  • Dawn Sweeney – Secretary

Mr. Borgman reported that the Skate Park Committee will meet on January 28th at 7:00 PM.
Mr. Burke moved to suspend the Rules of Order. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

Dick Daisley
202 E. Marshall Road
– Mr. Daisley questioned whether Ordinance 1182 addresses only the Police Pension Fund or includes the Non-Uniform Pension Plan as well. Mr. Bech stated his recollection was that this Ordinance made certain minor amendments to reflect the recent legislation affecting police pension funds only; Mr. Bech will check the specific language for clarification.
Mr. Daisley asked if any review had been given to the asset allocation of these pension plans, given the almost 40% drop in value since last year. Mr. Klingler stated that several meetings and discussions have been held with PNC Bank and other financially astute individuals. Mr. Klingler stated that the balanced asset allocation seems to be the best long term approach for the Police Pension and Non-Uniform Pension Plans.
Mr. Daisley asked if the Non-Uniform Pension Plan fund balance would be cut in half if current retirees took a lump sum distribution. Mr. Klingler stated that the plan is actuarially funded and the balance would not be severely depleted.

Joe Heath
55 W. Greenwood Avenue
– Mr. Heath asked if an ordinance could be adopted to stop the distribution of unwanted circulars throughout the Borough.
President Campuzano stated that this issue was addressed several years ago and the company will stop delivery if a particular household specifically requests that they not deliver it.
Mr. Heath asked if Mr. Smith was aware of a dilapidated barn in the back of a property on the West side of Owen Avenue, north of Essex Avenue. Mr. Smith stated the Code Enforcement Officers were aware of the problem.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Smith moved to appoint Suzanne McElroy to the Planning Commission to fill the unexpired term of Matthew Schultz. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burke moved to promote Officer Mark McGinnis to a Class A Patrolman. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burke moved to accept the proposal from Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department to acquire the Borough’s 1975 Hahn Fire Truck for $5,000.00, subject to review and approval of Borough Solicitor. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Council moved to approve a joint application with Upper Darby Township for funding through the Transportation and Community Development Initiative program to conduct a feasibility study to widen Union Avenue between Baltimore Avenue and Fairview Avenue. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to waive rental charges for the use of the Twentieth Century Club on June 8, 2003 by the Ardmore Avenue Home and School Association. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Communications:

  • Letter from Dr. Wert re: Patriot Act.
  • Letter from a Lansdowne resident supporting the retention of the fire siren.

Bills – Mr. Klingler moved to have the Secretary read the bills, seconded by Mr. Council. The motion carried unanimously and the bills were read. Mr. Klingler moved to authorize payment of the bills. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burke moved to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss two litigation issues, seconded by Mr. Council. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned into Executive Session at 8:40 PM.
Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Klingler moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Council. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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