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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council General Meeting
Wednesday – April 16, 2003

The General Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 7:30 PM at Borough Hall. In attendance were Mr. Council, Mr. Borgman, Mr. Burke, Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Klingler and Mr. Smith. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Solicitor Bech, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Treasurer Asciutto, Police Chief Kortan, Borough Secretary Henry and Code Enforcement Officer Travers. President Campuzano and Fire Chief Young were absent.
Mr. Council asked for a moment of silence to honor recently deceased Lansdowne business owner Will Hubbard.
Mr. Council announced that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would air on Monday, April 21st, 7:00 PM on Cable Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Klingler moved to approve the minutes of the March 19, 2003 Borough Council General meeting. Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously with one change noted by Mr. Smith.

Presentations and Announcements – James Garner of the Lansdowne Allied Youth Council presented a check to Martha Peachey-Smith, Vice Chair of the Recreation and Park Board to help support the Friday Morning Live Program at the Twentieth Century Club.
Mayor Young presented the Allied Youth Council’s Youth of the Year Award to Kimberly Doney.
Mayor Young announced that the Arbor Day celebration will be held on April 25th in Sycamore Park.
Mayor Young announced that the Town Yard Sale, Flea Market and Library Book Sale will be held on April 26th.
Mayor Young announced that Bulk Trash Day begins the week of April 26th.
Mayor Young announced that the Pennwood High School Art Sale will be held on April 27th, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Mayor Young announced that the Lansdowne Folk Club will hold a Jazz Night on April 24th and John Renbourne will be featured on May 15th.
Mayor Young announced that the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert on May 4th at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.
Mayor Young announced that the GLCA’s annual Clean Up Day will be held on May 3rd, starting 8:30 AM at the Lansdowne train station.
Mayor Young announced that the Letter Carriers Food Drive will be held on May 10th.
Mayor Young announced that the Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold a plant sale on May 11th.
Mayor Young announced that Celebration Theater will present I Hate Hamlet April 25th through May 11th.
Mayor Young announced that a Philadelphia Open House Tour of Lansdowne sponsored by the Friends of Fairmount Park will be held on May 15th.
Mayor Young asked for nominations for the Beautification Awards.
Mayor Young stated that May 30th is the deadline for submitting Poet Laureate nominations.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto reported that total General Fund revenues for March amounted to $1,228,229.01 and total expenditures amounted to $358,315.46.
Mr. Asciutto reported that total fund balances for March, 2003 amounted to $8,241,980.22.
Mr. Asciutto reported that no figures were available as yet for the March, 2003 Police Pension Fund ending balance.
The March, 2003 balance for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan was $643,214.11.
Mr. Klingler moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua reported that his items would be covered under Committee reports. Mr. Bevilacqua reported he will be on vacation from April 25th through May 5th.

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Council President’s Report – There was one follow up items from last month’s meeting. Mr. Council reported that CDBG money was not granted for moving the toy and draining the swamp area in Interboro Park. Pennoni Associates has recommended putting in fill material to eliminate the swamp area between the toy area and the homes on Wycombe Avenue. Total costs for this cleanup are still pending.

Economic Development – Mr. Council reported that the LEDC sponsored a town meeting on April 14th to discuss the May ballot referendum question on alcohol sales in Lansdowne.
Mr. Council reported that an initial meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Planning Group was held on April 3rd. The comprehensive planning process will take approximately 18 months.

Finance and Administration – Mr. Klingler reported that $80,000 of CDBG money will be allocated for the Twentieth Century repairs project.
Mr. Klingler reported that the acquisition of new Borough equipment was discussed at the last Finance and Administration Committee meeting.

Municipal Services – Mr. Burke reported that the street restoration project has been narrowed down to approximately 6 streets. Costs will be reviewed at the next Municipal Services Committee meeting.
Mr. Burke reported that his Committee discussed the probability of TV inspecting and cleaning all the sanitary sewer lines in the Borough over the next few years.
Mr. Burke reported that the Albemarle Avenue sewer project started this week and should be completed in early May.
Mr. Burke gave no recycling report for March.

Public Safety – Mrs. Fryer reminded everyone that the Public Safety Committee is now meeting every other month.
Mrs. Fryer gave the year to date totals for the Board of Health: 13 plumbing permits/$570.00 in revenues; 26 plumbing licenses issued/$1,300 in revenues.
Mrs. Fryer gave the Fire Company report for March: 33 alarms, 188.95 hours in service, $400 damages, 293 fire fighters responding with 3 injuries to firefighters.
Mrs. Fryer dispensed with the reading of the March Police Department report.
Mrs. Fryer announced that Officer Rutherford was leaving the Lansdowne police force for a position with the U.S. Marshall’s office.
Mrs. Fryer read a letter from a resident who had been stopped for speeding by Officer Larry Smalley in which she commended the professionalism and politeness of Officer Smalley while he was issuing the ticket.
Mrs. Fryer stated that a variety of emergency preparedness brochures are now available at Borough Hall.

Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Smith gave the Code Department report for March: 92 permit applications for $13,100; 12 electrical permits issued for $490; 6 plumbing permits issued for $270; 34 U&O certificates for $1,700.
Mr. Smith stated the Zoning Committee met on April 9th regarding rental inspections and code enforcement updates to the Borough fee structure. The next Zoning Committee meeting will be held on May 13th, 7:00 PM.
Mr. Smith reported that the Borough is on track with revisions to the demolition process for vacant properties. Demolition is still scheduled for 288 W. Greenwood and 132 Bartram Avenues.
Mr. Smith stated the next Vacant Property Review Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 29th at 7:00 PM.
Mr. Smith stated the Zoning Hearing Board will convene on April 24th at 7:30 PM to hear the 62 E. Stratford Avenue appeal.

Parks and Recreation – Mr. Borgman reported that the Tree Advisory Board will be establishing a Tree Nursery for propagating and replanting native species in Lansdowne.
Mr. Borgman read an invitation from Mary Lou Jennings of the Tree Advisory Board for everyone to join in the Arbor Day celebration on April 25th, 1:00 PM in Sycamore Park.
Mr. Borgman alerted residents to check for tics on their person after walking through the Borough parks.
Mr. Borgman stated that the Skate Park Steering Committee will meet on April 30th. Mr. Borgman stated that the Recreation and Park Board supports the Skate Park but wants the Interboro Park situation addressed.
The Recreation and Park Board met concerning contracts for turf management at Sycamore and Hoffman Parks. The Board also approved a placque for the tree planted in Hoffman Park memorializing Gwen Oliver.
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 asked if there was an ordinance restriction for private trash collection hours. Chief Kortan will investigate the matter as other complaints have been received regarding the 4:30 AM pickups at other Borough locations.

Joe Heath
55 W. Greenwood Avenue
– Mr. Heath asked how trash collection fees are determined for single residences and apartment buildings. Mr. Klingler stated that there is a fee assigned for each residence or apartment up to 5 apartments. The commercial rate goes into effect for anything over 5 apartment dwellings.
Mr. Heath asked if the Fire Company was taking contributions.

Edith Bassie
70 Sayers Avenue
– Mrs. Bassie stated that the soil needs to be loosened and fertilized at Hays Park after the severe winter weather.
Mrs. Bassie stated she will be teaching German lessons to children at the Library.

John Donna
Marshall Road
– Mr. Donna asked if a stop sign could be erected on Marshall Road near Shadeland Avenue, citing that speeding motorists were a hazard to school children waiting for the school bus on that corner. Chief Kortan stated that PennDot regulates the stop sign and speed limit issues because Marshall Road is a State highway.

David Bennett
21 Pennock Terrace
– Mr. Bennett stated that there is no safe place to walk or bike along Scottdale Road and asked if a trail could be put in part of Shrigley Park. Mr. Borgman replied that the Comprehensive Planning process will be addressing this issue and that the acquisition of Shrigley Park and Pennock Woods will give the Borough complete control over these matters.
Mr. Bennett stated that approximately one-third of the residents had not cleared their sidewalks of snow along Lansdowne Avenue. Mr. Klingler stated that in spite of rigorous enforcement by the Code officers, there were still some habitual offenders and further actions would need to be considered. Chief Kortan noted that some elderly residents are simply unable to clear their own properties.

Pat Costa
57 W. Plumstead Avenue
– Mrs. Costa read her letter in support of a Skate Park in the Highland Avenue parking lot.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Klingler moved to approve bill payment for the period. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to advertise Ordinance 1188, An Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne, Providing for the Annual Inspection of Rental Properties. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Borgman moved to reappoint Terry Ponton to the Tree Advisory Board for a three year term expiring 4/30/06. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Borgman moved to reappoint Elsie Muller to the Tree Advisory Board for a three year term expiring 4/30/06. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to advertise Resolution 2003-08, A Resolution declaring Lansdowne a Bill of rights Protection Zone, providing a message to citizens of the Borough and to Borough employees that the Borough government value civil rights and will work to protect them. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried 5-1 with Mr. Burke voting Nay.
Mrs. Fryer moved to authorize Chief Kortan to begin the process of finding a replacement for Officer Rutherford. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Communications – One letter from a Woodland Avenue resident.
Mr. Burke moved to adjourn into Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Klingler to discuss the following items:

  • Burkholder property
  • Fish and Game Commission

The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned into Executive Session at 8:50 PM.
Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Burke 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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