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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council Business Meeting Wednesday – February 5, 2003

The Business Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 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 Manager Forrest, Police Chief Kortan, Treasurer Asciutto, Borough Secretary Henry and Fire Chief Young. Borough Engineer Bevilacqua and Code Enforcement Officers Travers and Middleman were absent.
President Campuzano asked for a moment of silence in memory of those who died in the Columbia disaster.
Mr. Klingler moved to approve the minutes of the January 6, 2003 Business Meeting. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to suspend the Rules of Order. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

John Callaghan
13 W. Greenwood Avenue
– Mr. Callaghan questioned why an outside team was brought in to do the Twentieth Century Club historical preservation rather than using the Borough Engineer’s office. Mr. Klingler stated that the scope of the study called for preservation architects and that Pennoni Associates were engineers, not architects. Mr. Klingler further stated that grant funding would not have been granted had Pennoni performed the study.
Mr. Callaghan questioned the anti-nepotism policy. Mr. Forrest stated that it is a Borough personnel policy that addresses the prescriptions against hiring someone with a familial relationship into a subordinate or superior position.
Mr. Callaghan questioned whether the McGinnis litigation matter was a personnel or litigation matter and thought it should be open to the public. Mr. Bech stated that litigation can be discussed privately when Borough Council needs to consult with an attorney.

Edith Bassie
70 Sayers Avenue
– Mrs. Bassie thanked Borough Council for hiring the two new Code Enforcement Officers, stating that they were being quite diligent about code enforcement.
Mrs. Bassie thanked Borough Council for not raising taxes in 2003. Mr. Smith addressed a follow up item from last month’s meeting regarding a property at E. Plumstead and Wayne Avenues. Mr. Klingler stated this property had been sold.

Reports and Discussions

  1. Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto reported that 2003 budget targets will be realized and he will be working shortly with the auditors.
  2. Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua’s items were discussed under separate Committee reports.
  3. Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Bech had no report.
  4. Borough Manager’s Report – Mr. Forrest reported that the auditors would be starting work this week. Mr. Forrest stated that recycling magnets would soon be available.
  5. Police Chief Dan Kortan – Chief Kortan had no report.
  6. Fire Chief Tom Young – Chief Young stated that a Committee has been formed to discuss putting an addition on the Fire House and Borough Council will be notified about any pending action.

    Chief Young stated that landscaping is needed behind the Fire House specifically in the area of tree trimming and tree root removal.

    Chief Young reported that estimates were being submitted for replacing the engine room floor. Mr. Klingler stated that a public bidding process would be necessary. Chief Young stated that only a sealer will be needed as the foundation is in good condition. Mr. Bech stated that if estimates are over $10,000, advertising was necessary. Estimates between $4,000-$10,000 require a written or telephone bid and estimates under $4,000 are not subject to any stringent bidding procedures.

  7. Mayor Young – Mayor Young reported that the newsletter was being redone and all submissions were needed by March 10th.

    Mayor Young reported that a formal Committee was being formed concerning the Skate Park issue. Posters from Game Time and SkateWave will be displayed showing models of the proposed skate parks in order to generate public feedback. Game Time’s costs are $33,000 for equipment only and SkateWave’s costs are $40,000.

    Mayor Young stated that additional information had been sent regarding the No Place For Hate Campaign. There will reportedly be television coverage when the designation is received.

    Mayor Young stated that a Poet Laureate should be named for Lansdowne, especially in light of the Fine Arts Festival scheduled for September. Mr. Burke moved that Mayor Young appoint a Poet Laureate for Lansdowne Borough. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

    Mayor Young reported that the Garage Day Sale was scheduled for April 26th. The Borough office staff will be offering additional help this year in this regard.

  8. President’s Report – President Campuzano stated that he received a letter from the Dept. of Environmental Protection regarding possible nominees to serve on 1 of 6 regional County Committees. Nominees should submit resumes and letters by March 17, 2003. Two possibilities for nomination are Andy Farquhar and Jack Kelly.

    President Campuzano stated that a letter was received from a resident on Wycombe Avenue thanking police officer Mark McGinnis for clearing the area sidewalks during the most recent snowstorm.

    President Campuzano asked Council’s opinion on whether any memorial type action should be undertaken in light of the Columbia disaster. The consensus of Borough Council was that nothing immediate needed to be done but perhaps a memorial service at year’s end might be an option.

  9. Economic Development – Mr. Council stated that he was coordinating a citizens effort to put a referendum on November’s primary ballot regarding liquor sales in the Borough. The petition for signatures will be circulated between February 19th and March 12th. Five hundred signatures are needed before it can be placed on the ballot. Mr. Council stated that the question can only be put to a referendum every four years. Mr. Council stated that the municipality also has standing to protest any license anywhere in the Borough. Mr. Council stated that Delaware County was at its quota and no new licenses would be issued, only transferred. Transferred licenses would not require a local hearing up to the first four; after the first four, a local hearing would be required for anyone bringing a license into the municipality. Mayor Young asked if someone could move into Lansdowne who already had an existing license and whether the Borough would have any control over what type of establishment was operating in Lansdowne. Mr. Council stated that any potential liquor vendor desiring to move into Lansdowne would still have to apply for a license, would be subject to the proximity requirement and the Borough would still have standing to protest.

    Mr. Council stated that 1000 of the Lansdowne brochures will be distributed shortly, the planning of which will be discussed at the next Economic Development Committee meeting on February 23rd at 7:30 PM.

    Mr. Council reported that a final report is being submitted regarding the LEDC Market Study and requested that the executive summary or the entire report be put on the Borough Web site. Mr. Council stated that increasing the daytime population in the form of businesses and professional offices was critical for economic development in the Borough. Mr. Burke asked if any discussions had occurred regarding the sale of the Matlack Building. Mr. Council stated that the owner wants to sell the entire space vacant rather than rent it.

    Mr. Council reported that the next meeting of the Task Force Regional Five Renaissance Program would be held on February 13th in Upper Darby. Two recommendations impacting Lansdowne would include developing the Union Avenue strip from Fairview to Stewart Avenues and developing another Baltimore Avenue Corridor.

    Mr. Council reported that at the last COG meeting, discussions centered on standardizing code enforcement processes among the seven code enforcement departments. The COG is also investigating funding sources to address preserving owner occupied housing.

  10. Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Smith reported that either a contractor or buyer has been procured for 77 E. LaCrosse Avenue. Mr. Smith stated that the 75 and 79 E. LaCrosse Avenue properties are also being sold or rehabbed.

    Mr. Smith stated that a meeting was held yesterday regarding Simpson Gardens. Mr. Bevilacqua has submitted a letter dated January 27, 2003 to Pete Driscoll concerning some outstanding issues with this property. The Planning Commission will meet on February 13th to discuss miscellaneous issues.

    Mr. Smith reported that the County demolition process advertisement for 288 W. Greenwood and 96 McKinley Avenues was incorrect and would be re-advertised next week.

    Mr. Smith stated that if anyone needed to contact him during the day, he could be reached by cell phone: 610-213-2022 or by e-mail at bsmith6769@aol.com. His employer e-mail address is not to be used.

    Mr. Smith stated that joint code enforcement issues with Yeadon and Lansdowne are still be worked on and that Yeadon anticipates discussing them at a meeting on February 20th.

    President Campuzano asked about the status of 14 and 16 N. Wycombe Avenue. Mr. Smith will look into the matter.

    Mr. Council stated that 141 Walsh Road was sold today and that a U&O would be needed

    Mr. Smith stated that extra Vacant Property Review Committee meetings are not necessary every month due to cash flow problems in addressing all the listed properties. Mr. Smith stated that files will continue to be accumulated on specified properties and meetings will be scheduled at future dates.

  11. Finance and Administration – Mr. Klingler reported that approximately $88,000 had been collected to date in delinquent trash and sewer fees. In a meeting held with the Tax Collector this week, the process for liening properties was discussed. Due to budgetary constraints, the reality may be to only lien the largest offenders. Mr. Nupp will be providing an updated lien list in order of magnitude. Mr. Bech reported that in Delaware County a fee is charged for each address and he will clarify whether a fee for each year for each address will also be charged.

    Mr. Klingler reported that the auditors have begun their work.

  12. Municipal Services – Mr. Burke reported that the Municipal Services Committee met on February 3rd. The Albemarle Avenue sewer project is 50% completed and advertising should take place in late February. Bids will be received in late March. Estimated costs for Florence Avenue are $35,000; Ardmore Avenue would be $200,000 – $250,000. Mr. Borgman asked if a feasibility study had been done for the Ardmore Avenue project. Mr. Burke stated that the type of work to be done was not an issue but rather how to do it.

    Mr. Burke stated that Bulk Trash pickup would begin the week of April 28th and run for three weeks.

    Mr. Burke reported that one day pothole repairs will be done in late February, separate from the 2003 Road Program.

    Mr. Burke stated he would not be present at next month’s Business Meeting.

  13. Public Safety – Mrs. Fryer thanked Chief Young for attending the meeting and communicating the Fire Department’s needs.

    Mrs. Fryer stated that the old code enforcement car would be advertised for sale.

    Mrs. Fryer asked if a contribution could be made to facilitate officer James McCaughan’s impending trip to Barcelona, Spain to participate in the World Police & Fire Games. Mr. Burke moved to contribute $50.00 to officer James McCaughan for the 2003 World Police & Fire Games to be held in Barcelona, Spain. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. President Campuzano stated that individual donations might be forthcoming as well.

    Mr. Council asked if a time line had been set regarding the fire siren issue. Mrs. Fryer stated that her Committee is still awaiting the study results. Mr. Council stated that he is looking into the possibility of having his Committee also discuss the matter because Borough business is being lost due to this issue.

  14. Parks and Recreation – Mr. Borgman reported that the Skate Park issue was discussed at the January 28th Parks and Recreation Committee meeting. A Committee has been formalized to consist of the Recreation and Park Board Chair, the Recreation Director, two members of the Recreation and Park Board, two members of Borough Council, Mayor Young, one member from the LBPA, one member from a Borough economic development committee and two skaters. At present the Highland Avenue parking lot is the most viable spot for a skate park. The YMCA will not be as active in the project as earlier anticipated.

    Mr. Borgman reported that SkateWave will be giving a presentation at the next Parks and Recreation Committee meeting to be held on February 26th. Mr. Borgman reported that the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club have agreed to pay the water bill at Hoffman Park. Mr. Borgman reported that a letter had been sent to him from Don Gephardt last December regarding potential safety issues at Ardmore and Hoffman Parks. Mr. Borgman stated the Borough may be held liable for safety issues at Ardmore park due to some provisions of the 1997 lease agreement. Mr. Council requested that Mr. Bech check the lease agreement. Mr. Forrest will look into getting the pertinent documentation regarding the grant issues.

    Mr. Borgman reported that acquisition plans are progressing for Shrigley and Pennock Parks.

    Mr. Borgman stated that due to some small fights breaking out at the last Teen Concert, the Ad Hoc Committee will investigate limiting the number of bands and attendees.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Klingler moved to approve bill payment for the period. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Fryer moved to have the Secretary read Resolution 2003-5, a resolution regarding the disposition of Fire Truck. Mr. Klingler seconded and the Resolution was read. Mrs. Fryer moved to pass Resolution 2003-5, seconded by Mr. Council. A roll call vote was taken and the motion carried 6-0. Mr. Smith was absent from the vote.
Mr. Burke moved to adjourn into Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Klingler to discuss the following items:

  1. Anti-nepotism policy.
  2. Personnel Issue.
  3. Oilers Contract.
  4. Zoning Litigation (McGinnis)

The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:25 P.M.
Upon reconvening from Executive Session, the following motions were made:
Mr. Burke moved to rescind the Anti-nepotism policy. Mr. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burke moved to send Mr. Bech to the McGinnis Zoning Hearing to represent the Borough in opposition to the application. Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Borgman. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 10:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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