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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday – June 4, 2003

The Business Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, June 4, 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 Engineer Bevilacqua, Police Chief Kortan, Glenn Weiss, Treasurer Asciutto and Borough Secretary Henry. Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Forrest, Fire Chief Young and Code Enforcement Officers Middleman and Travers were absent. Mr. Council moved to approve the minutes of the May 7, 2003 Business Meeting. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously with one correction noted by Mr. Smith. Mr. Council moved to Suspend the Rules of Order. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.


Edith Bassie 70 Sayers Avenue Mrs. Bassie stated that overnight parking is excessive on her block. Mrs. Bassie stated that the slide toy in Hays Park has been vandalized and is dangerous for children to use. Mrs. Bassie asked that the Borough newsletter be more streamlined.

John Callaghan 13 W. Greenwood Avenue Mr. Callaghan questioned how the repairs were done on the West Greenwood Avenue sink hole. President Campuzano stated that Mr. Forrest is looking into miscellaneous repairs training for the Borough crew. Mr. Callaghan asked why only two tickets were put on a car parked for 10 days at 17 W. Greenwood Avenue. Chief Kortan stated that he will look into the matter. Mr. Callaghan asked if the Task Force would be getting into other ventures. Mr. Council stated that at the present time the Task Force is only looking at possibilities such as joint purchasing and available resources.

Reports and Discussions

  1. Treasurer’s Report — Mr. Asciutto stated that proposal requests are being put together for the loan authorized by the Council last month. Drafts of the audits for the PennVest fund are almost completed. Mr. Asciutto stated that almost 80% of the tax money had come in as of last week. Mr. Borgman stated that Chuck Cavanaugh was not receiving the monthly summary for the Recreation Board budget. President Campuzano stated that the regular distribution policy will be followed, i.e., the budget report will be distributed the Friday before the regularly scheduled General Meeting.
  2. Engineer’s Report — Mr. Bevilacqua requested releasing the retainage on the West Albemarle Avenue Sewer Project. Mr. Burke moved to make a payment to A. Gargiule & Son in the amount of $6,014.20. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Bevilacqua reported that Schultz Demolition, Inc. was the low bidder in the amount of $25,390.00 for the 288 W. Greenwood Avenue demolition. A pre-demolition meeting will be held on June 6th, 9:00 AM in Borough Hall. Mr. Smith stated that the neighbor adjacent to 288 W. Greenwood Avenue was still concerned about the potential water runoff problem. Mr. Burke asked what recourse the neighbor would have if any problems arose as a result of the demolition. Mr. Bech stated the individual could make a claim against the contractor. It was decided that the contractor will take pictures of the inside of the house and the driveway before demolition. Mr. Bevilacqua reported that two contracts would be put out for the 2003 Road Overlay Program and the 2003 Road Maintenance Program. Mr. Burke moved to advertise bids on June 9th and June 13th and receive bids at 10:00 AM on June 24th for the 2003 Road Overlay Program and the 2003 Road Maintenance Program. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Bevilacqua reported that a TV inspection was done on the West Stratford Avenue Sewer Project and 8" of the sewer line joints are open, offset or cracked and tree roots are intruding throughout the line. Mr. Burke moved to have Pennoni Associates start designing the reconstruction of the affected 8" sewer line and to advertise for the replacement of that line. The cost will be approximately $40,000-$50,000. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Bevilacqua reported that 10" of sewer pipe is broken in Marlyn Park and has asked the Municipal Services Committee for an evaluation. Mr. Bevilacqua reported that he met with Frank O’Brien and Gerry Staiber on June 3rd regarding the Twentieth Century Club repairs. Mr. O’Brien wants an evaluation of the pole gutter system and the interior perimeter drainage system for refined potential costs. Mr. Weiss questioned the excavation findings of the fire house driveway. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that an underground stream was running underneath the driveway closest to the Highland Avenue parking lot. The water being pumped out by the Lansdowne Theater is exacerbating the current problem with the fire house driveway. Mr. Borgman questioned the status of the Skate Park preparation. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that he has evaluated it but some excavation will be needed to provide a good level foundation. A comparison of a concrete foundation vs. a bituminous overlay will be done.
  3. Solicitor’s Report — Mr. Bech had no report.
  4. Borough Manager’s Report — There was no report given in Mr. Forrest’s absence.
  5. Police Chief Dan Kortan — Chief Kortan reported that police officer Crescent Brown started her duties this week. Chief Kortan stated that a quote was received from Signal Services in the amount of $3,300 for a chirping walk signal at Baltimore & Lansdowne Avenues. Mr. Borgman mentioned the vandalism at Hoffman Park. Chief Kortan stated that the police have never caught anyone doing anything improper in the park. Mr. Borgman asked if a plan was in place given that the school year was soon ending. Chief Kortan stated that the bike patrol will increase during the summer hours. President Campuzano mentioned that some residents were concerned about an unknown individual selling books throughout the Borough. Chief Kortan stated that this individual has a permit and is legitimate.
  6. Fire Chief Tom Young — Glenn Weiss sat in for Chief Young and thanked Borough Council for repairing the fire house driveway.
  7. Mayor Young — Mayor Young stated that some potholes should be repaired at the Swim Club due to the Borough dumping the snow there during the winter. Mr. Burke stated that the extent of the damage will be investigated and Mayor Young will be informed of the results. Mayor Young reported that a neighborhood meeting will be held in Hays Park on June 17th at 6:30 PM to discuss the issues recently brought up by residents in that vicinity. Mayor Young stated that 7 submissions had been received for the Poet Laureate position. Mayor Young stated that the Helms Award will be given at the next General meeting. Also, the Borough will be recognized as a No Place For Hate community.
  8. President’s Report — President Campuzano stated that letters supporting the passage of Resolution No. 2003-08 regarding the Patriot Act were sent to President Bush, the Attorney General and Governor Rendell. President Campuzano stated that the Wawa store on South Lansdowne Avenue has been contacted regarding their landscaping and trash problems. President Campuzano stated that he and Mr. Forrest will be attending the CDBG meeting on June 20th, 10:00 AM in Media. President Campuzano stated that the Simpson Gardens opening has been rescheduled for after July 4th. President Campuzano mentioned a newspaper article about PennDot condemning 150 stone bridges throughout the County and in particular citing the bridge at Scottdale and Baltimore Avenues. Mr. Forrest was told by PennDot that the bridge was mistakenly put on the list and would not be destroyed. Mr. Burke moved to eliminate the July 2nd Business Meeting. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Forrest will have this notice advertised. Mr. Smith stated that the insurance rider needs to be in place well before the fire works display.
  9. Economic Development — Mr. Council moved to refer the Siren Report to the Public Safety Committee for their discussion and recommendations to be given in September. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Weiss stated that it was his and Chief Young’s opinion that the report was not accurate and did not reflect a fair representation and an objective view of the issues involved. Mr. Weiss stated that it was the strong opinion of the Fire Department that an audible device is needed. President Campuzano asked why Chief Young did not raise any objections beforehand. Mr. Council stated that the document reviews potential options only and discusses what other fire companies have been doing. The report does not make any recommendations. Mr. Council stated that there was never any suggestions from any Borough Council member that the siren be taken down. The report does not suggest that the siren be eliminated as a potential emergency device. President Campuzano stated that Chief Young should have attended previous meetings if he had any objections and that he should have informed Borough Council of those objections. Mr. Weiss stated that Chief Young thought the report was only a draft and had not been completed to his satisfaction. Mr. Council stated that Chief Young was required by a motion of Borough Council to be involved in the process and the final report was submitted as required by the requested deadline. President Campuzano stated that Mr. Weiss may have looked at an earlier version of the report and felt that turning the matter over the Public Safety Committee would be the best solution so that all involved participants could discuss the matter. Mr. Council reported that the Renaissance Plan made several recommendations that will impact Lansdowne. The recommendations will need to be reviewed and adopted as an addendum to the Borough’s Comprehensive Plan by August. Mr. Council stated that the first meeting of the Comprehensive Planning process was held in East Lansdowne. The next meeting will be held on June 26th, 9:00 AM in Borough Hall.
  10. Finance and Administration — Mr. Klingler reported that J. J. White Inc. would be awarded a one year maintenance contract of HVAC systems at Borough Hall, the Firehouse and the Library. Mr. Klingler reported that a one year contract will be awarded to ATX Company for long distance and local phone service at Borough Hall. Mr. Klingler reported that a Task Force will be created between Lansdowne and Yeadon to discuss possible ways of using resources and looking at opportunities.
  11. Municipal Services — Mr. Burke reported that the Municipal Services Committee met on June 2nd regarding the Snow Plan. It was unanimously voted to keep the Snow Plan as it is currently written. No private streets or State roads will be plowed. Mayor Young asked that a letter be sent to all residents on private roads who will not be getting plowing services so that they can attend meetings to voice their opinions. Mr. Burke stated that his Committee will have to look at what to do with the pending Borough equipment to be bought and where it will be stored in the future. Mr. Borgman questioned the priority status of Reservoir Park. Mr. Burke stated that the Finance Committee will need to create a plan as to how to handle all the major projects throughout the Borough. Mr. Klingler stated that the potential for longer term bonds might be explored and that the Borough is facing some hard decisions about finding financing. Mr. Council suggested that money for site acquisition should also be considered.
  12. Public Safety — No report was given in Mrs. Fryer’s absence.
  13. Zoning and Code Enforcement — Mr. Smith reported that a meeting was held on May 30th regarding Simpson Gardens site work issues. The Code Enforcement Office will handle all the inspections with the exception of the heavy equipment issues and various engineering items. Mr. Smith stated that a demolition funding application for 129 Fairview Avenue will soon be submitted. The property is scheduled to go to Judicial sale on June 11th. Mr. Smith stated that the next Zoning Committee meeting will be held on June 10th to discuss operational items. Mr. Smith stated that he was contacted by several individuals who want monthly updates on vacant properties so that they can purchase and rehab them. Mr. Burke mentioned that a resident was told by the Code enforcement officer that a permit and insurance was needed in order to paint their house. President Campuzano stated that individual homeowners who do their own painting do not need a permit, only if the job is contracted out. Mr. Smith will check into the matter. Mayor Young suggested that the rental inspections start in the southern part of the Borough. Mr. Council stated that the larger commercial and residential rental buildings will be included in the first round of inspections.
  14. Parks and Recreation — Mr. Borgman reported that the Recreation and Park Board will be proceeding with funding plans for the green space component of the Comprehensive Plan. There is a possibility that this may be done in conjunction with other municipalities. Mr. Borgman reported that Park Day will be held on September 6th. Mr. Borgman stated Gerry Staiber is trying to find a replacement for the damaged component of the vandalized toy at Hays Park. Mr. Borgman reported that no action has yet been taken regarding the acquisition of Pennock and Shrigley parks. Mr. Borgman stated that some complaints had been received about the condition of Reservoir Park. Options are being investigated to reduce future maintenance tasks. Mr. Council asked if the fence would be taken down, stating that it was an unattractive nuisance. Mr. Borgman stated that funding sources and the impact of the potential sewer work were factors to be considered before the fence issue is resolved. Mr. Council suggested that the cost of the fence could be phased into the plans without doing the entire park restoration. Mr. Borgman asked Borough Council’s position regarding the proposed agreement between the Borough and the Boys and Girls Club about water usage at Hoffman Park. President Campuzano suggested that the total amounts of the electricity and water bills be compared before entering into any agreement.

Old Business — None.

New Business — Mr. Smith moved to award bid and execute contract to demolish 288 W. Greenwood Avenue to Schultz Demolition, Inc., King of Prussia, PA in the amount of $25,390. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Smith moved to approve revised Intermunicipal Agreement with Yeadon Borough. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried 5-1 with one dissenting vote from Mr. Burke. Mr. Burke moved to purchase a 1985 sewer jet truck from Elite Equipment Corporation for $7,900. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Klingler moved to award a one year maintenance contract of HVAC systems at the Borough Hall, Firehouse and Library to J. J. White Inc. in the annual amount of $3,754. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Klingler moved to award a one year contract for long distance and local phone service to ATX Company. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Klingler moved to authorize the creation of a joint task force to examine the potential of shared resources and services with Yeadon Borough. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter. Mr. Klingler seconded and the meeting adjourned at 10:15 PM. There were no motions made 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 10:21 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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