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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council General Meeting
Wednesday – June 18, 2003

The General Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday,
June 18, 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, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Treasurer Asciutto, Police Chief Kortan and Borough Secretary Henry. Fire Chief Young was absent.

President Campuzano announced that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would air on Monday, June 23rd , 7:00 PM on Cable Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Klingler moved to approve the minutes of the May 21, 2003 Borough Council General meeting. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously with one correction noted by Mr. Burke.

Presentations and Announcements – Mayor Young swore in Crescent Brown as the first female police officer to serve in Lansdowne.
A representative from the Anti Defamation League presented an award of recognition to Mayor Young, President Campuzano and various other individuals who helped Lansdowne achieve the designation as a No Place For Hate community.
Mayor Young presented a certificate of recognition to Kelly McKenna honoring her 25 years as a teacher at St. Philomena’s school.
Mayor Young presented a Beautification Award to the Giac Lam ("Forest of Wisdom") Temple, 131 Nyack Avenue.
Mayor Young presented a certification of recognition to David Thompson of Troop 63 for achieving his Eagle Scout award.
Mayor Young presented the 2003 Helms Award to Fred Egner.
Mayor Young announced that she has 7 Poet Laureate submissions.
Mayor Young announced that the UAA was looking for volunteers and convertibles for the upcoming July 4th parade. Anyone who has a convertible vehicle should contact Dave Stanton at 610-259-6451.
Mayor Young announced that open registration for the William Penn School District summer enrichment program will be held on June 23rd, 6-7:30 PM at the Ardmore Avenue Elementary School.
Mayor Young announced that Troop 333 will participate in the flag detail aboard the USS Constitution in Charlestown, Massachusetts over the July 4th holiday.
Mayor Young read a letter of appreciation from a Nyack Avenue resident regarding the recently held community meeting to discuss current problems in that area.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto reported that total General Fund revenues for May amounted to $1,196,267.37 and total expenditures amounted to $82,225.38.
Mr. Asciutto reported that total fund balances for May, 2003 amounted to $10,201,689.60.
Mr. Asciutto reported that the May ending balance for the Police Pension Fund was $5,496,000.
The May ending balance for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan was $544,882.27.
Mr. Burke questioned the $105,000 decrease in the Non-Uniform Pension Plan. Mr. Asciutto stated this was a pension plan payout to Leroy Church.
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.

Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Bech tendered his letter of resignation effective immediately as Lansdowne Borough Solicitor. Mr. Bech will now be serving as a Borough Council member in Swarthmore. President Campuzano presented Mr. Bech with a memorial plaque expressing appreciation and thanks for his years of service to Borough Council.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Council President’s Report – President Campuzano addressed two follow up items from last month’s meeting:

  1. A tree blocking a speed zone sign on Berkley Avenue.
  2. Illegal dumping at Reservoir Park.

These matters are currently being investigated.
President Campuzano announced that the July Business Meeting will be cancelled.
President Campuzano announced that the July 4th parade will start at 9:00 AM on East Greenwood Avenue. UAA members will soon be soliciting donations throughout the Borough.

Economic Development – Mr. Council reported that he met with the Yeadon and Lansdowne Borough Managers and the Delco Economic Development Council regarding developing tax abatement programs that will provide incentives for new developers to develop existing properties in Lansdowne. Also, Lansdowne’s vacant commercial properties are to be included in the County’s database for those seeking commercial space.
Mr. Council reported that the EDCCOG will meet on June 26th, 9:00 AM in Borough Hall.
Mr. Council reported that the Joint Comprehensive Planning Committee will meet on June 27th, 8:30 AM in Borough Hall.
Mr. Council reported that the next LEDC meeting will be held on June 24th at 7:15 PM.
Mr. Council reported that a Fine Arts Festival Planning meeting will be held on June 24th at 7:00 PM in Borough Hall.
Mr. Council gave an update on the progress of commercial properties in the Borough:

  1. Theater – met with 5 developers in the last 4 years
  2. Bank Building – met with 3 developers in the last 3 years
  3. Barksdale studio – discussed property with 2 potential buyers in the last year.

Mr. Council stated that the Election Commission sent him the liquor referendum results: 674 NO; 530 YES. The LEDC will be reviewing the current Borough liquor law to encourage BYOB restaurant development.
Mr. Council stated that Charlotte Hummel needed volunteers to staff the snack bar at the July 4th fireworks display.
Mr. Council gave a Library update:a. The children reading program is continuing.
An adult summer reading club is forming and will be held for 7 weeks, 7:00 PM on Tuesdays and 1:00 PM on Fridays. This program starts June 23rd and continues every week thereafter until September.
Finance and Administration – Mr. Klingler stated that the Finance and Administration Committee meeting has been rescheduled to July 15th, 6:15 PM in Borough Hall.
Mr. Klingler reported that the $80,000 of CDBG grant money will be used to repair the eaves and gutter systems at the Twentieth Century Club. Depending upon cost, the heater may be replaced.
Mr. Klingler stated that the Finance and Administration Committee is contacting various lenders regarding a $200,000 general obligation note.
Mr. Klingler stated that outdated Borough records will now be destroyed in compliance with State guidelines. Mr. Burke asked if the Resolution 2003-12 wish list of $200,000 had been prioritized. Mr. Forrest stated that a list of equipment to be purchased is available.

Municipal Services – Mr. Burke stated that the approximate cost for the West Stratford Avenue sewer line repairs will now be in the $60,000-$70,000 range.
Mr. Burke stated that a used sewer jet truck has been approved for purchase for $7,900.
Mr. Burke stated that the 2003 street program was advertised last week and bids will be accepted on June 24th, 10:00 AM at Borough Hall.
Mr. Burke gave the recycling report for May:

  • 14.44 tons – glass
  • 192.00 tons – paper
  • 14.0 tons – cans

Public Safety – Mrs. Fryer gave the Police Department Report for May: 561 incidents, 922 parking tickets, 7,581 miles traveled.
Mrs. Fryer gave the Fire Company Report for May: 33 alarms, 8 hours 50 minutes time in service, 356 firefighters responding with no injuries.
Mrs. Fryer stated the next Public Safety Committee Meeting w ill be held on July 9th, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Mrs. Fryer thanked a variety of Borough members for helping to organize the Hayes Park neighborhood meeting. Over 70 residents attended. Mrs. Fryer reminded residents to eliminate standing water on their properties to eliminate potential West Nile Virus breeding grounds. Mayor Young asked if residents should contact the County if any dead birds are found in the Borough. Mrs. Fryer stated that residents should just dispose of it themselves. Mrs. Fryer reported that the School budget vote is scheduled for June 30th.

Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Smith stated that the next meeting of the Zoning Committee will be held on July 8th, 7:00 PM in Borough Hall. Mr. Smith stated that the Code Enforcement Department is proceeding with operational and procedural updates. Technology and computer usage revisions are occurring as well as prioritization of daily code tasks and the utilization of shared personnel with Yeadon Borough. Mr. Smith reported that Mr. Forest has completed the DCED grant application regarding the joint Code Enforcement endeavor with Yeadon Borough. Mr. Smith reported that the rental inspection program is progressing with its implementation. Letters will be sent to approximately 1,000 rental unit owners by June 30, 2003. Mr. Smith gave the Code Department report for May, 2003: 86 permit applications for $73,590; 11 electrical permits for $8,430; 36 Certificates of Occupancy for $1,835; 5 plumbing permits for $3,540. Mr. Smith reported that the Vacant Property Review Committee is tentatively scheduled to meet on either July 24th or July 31st to address vacant and abandoned properties, specifically 129 Fairview Avenue and 234 Owen Avenue. President Campuzano questioned whether a McKinley Avenue property up for sale was 3 or 2 units. Mr. Smith stated it is a 3 unit building.

Parks and Recreation – Mr. Borgman stated the Park and Recreation Committee met last night regarding Interboro Park concerns. At this point the necessary money to move the toy will come from a variety of sources. Mr. Borgman stated that a proposal regarding the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club payment of Hoffman Park utilities will be brought before the Recreation and Park Board.
Mr. Borgman stated that an expert from Morris Arboretum will inspect the Sycamore Avenue historical tree for any damage from the recent heavy rainfall.
Mr. Borgman reported that Tim Devaney will be replacing the damaged Atlantic cedars at the Hayes Park entrance.
Mr. Borgman reported that no word had been received on the Pennock Woods and Shrigley Park acquisition.
Mr. Borgman reported that the Skate Park Steering Committee will meet on June 23rd, 7:00 PM in Borough Hall.
All Borough Council members congratulated the various honorees at tonight’s meeting. All Borough Council members thanked Paul Bech for his unbiased and loyal help during his years as Borough Solicitor.
Mr. Burke moved to suspend the Rules of Order. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

Dave Stanton
Lansdowne, PA – Mr. Stanton stated that a piper band would be marching in the July 4th parade. Mr. Stanton stated that a dinner dance may be held next year to celebrate the 100th anniversary.

Edith Bassie
70 Sayers Avenue – Mrs. Bassie thanked Mr. Bech for his advice and help regarding self-publishing her life story.
Mrs. Bassie stated that the Twentieth Century Club should be utilized more for community and meetings and events.

John McKelligott
107 Gladstone Road – Mr. McKelligott thanked Mr. Bech for his involvement with the Simpson gardens project.
Mr. McKelligott asked if any funding recommendations had been made for Interboro Park. Mr. Borgman stated that no CDBG money was available for this year’s budget. Multiple sources are being looked at that include Borough, State and private funding. The probable cost for the engineering project is $60,000.
President Campuzano asked for Mr. McKelligott’s feelings on the school budget issue. Mr. McKelligott stated that the preliminary budget called for a massive tax increase but it is not yet clear what the revenue basis will be. It is also unclear whether the Governor’s proposal will pass. The School Board will have to pass its budget based on best estimates and issuing rebates if the State passes their budget at a later date.

Mike Fitzpatrick
239 Bryn Mawr Avenue – Mr. Fitzpatrick stated that UAA members would soon be soliciting donations for the July 4th fireworks display.
Mr. Fitzpatrick asked if any ordinance existed prohibiting loud noises, citing the blaring stereo problems from passing motor vehicle traffic. Chief Kortan stated it was difficult to apprehend violators as they disappear before the police can reach the area.
Mr. Fitzpatrick asked if a light could be placed opposite the Swim Club on Burmont Road stating that children and pedestrians in the area are not easily seen by drivers. Mrs. Fryer will look into the matter.

Irene Rovane
E. LaCrosse Avenue – Mrs. Rovane stated that more teddy bears were on order for sale by the Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Their craft fair will be held on October 25th at the Fire House.

Jack Covert
232 Jackson Avenue – Mr. Covert asked if BYOB restaurants were illegal in Lansdowne. Mr. Bech stated that the Liquor Control Board doesn’t enforce the law even though the consumption of alcohol is illegal in public places in Lansdowne. Mr. Covert felt that discussions should focus on enhancing the Borough’s current eateries rather than talking about bringing in new ones. Mr. Council stated that there is no prejudice but Lansdowne needs to be an attractive destination for people to spend money.
Mr. Covert stated he was still confused about Borough Council’s reasoning in passing the Patriot Act resolution in Lansdowne. He felt that another resolution should be crafted that pledges Lansdowne’s full cooperation with the Government against anti-terrorism attempts.

John Callaghan
13 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Callaghan expressed his feeling that the fire siren should stay operational.
Mr. Callaghan asked why only 5 overnight parking tickets were put on a car that has been parked in the same spot for 21 nights. Chief Kortan stated that other than ticketing the offending vehicle, nothing can be done because the car has a current inspection sticker and registration. Chief Kortan stated that since only one person is working the overnight shift, he cannot possibly ticket all illegally parked vehicles in one night.
Mr. Callaghan stated that early trash pickup was still a problem and Chief Kortan will send a police officer to talk with the drivers.

Joe Heath
55 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Heath stated that in order to attract more businesses into the Borough, more parking space will be needed.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Council moved to accept the resignation of Paul Bech as Borough Solicitor. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Council moved to accept the resignation of Bob Scott as Zoning Haring Board Solicitor. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Council moved to appoint Bob Scott Borough Solicitor at the rate of $110 per hour and execute an engagement letter. Mr. Smith seconded and a roll call vote was taken. With all Council members voting "aye", the motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Fryer moved to dispense with the reading and approve Resolution 2003-10 – A Resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne regarding insurance arrangements for the 2003 fireworks display. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to dispense with the reading and approve Resolution 2003-11 – A Resolution authorizing the Borough to participate in the PA Capital City (PACC) Automotive And Equipment Contract administered by the City of Harrisburg, PA. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to dispense with the reading and approve Resolution 2003-12 – A Resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne regarding solicitation of proposals for 2003 General Obligation Note. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Klingler moved to dispense with the reading and approve Resolution 2003-13 – A Resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne of Delaware County, declaring its intent to follow the schedules and procedures for disposition of records as set forth in the municipal records manual approved on July 16, 1993. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to have the Secretary read Resolution 2003-14 – A Resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne declaring its intent to destroy records. Mr. Burke seconded and the Resolution was read. Mr. Klingler moved to approve Resolution 2003-13. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to dispense with the reading and approve Resolution 2003-15 – A Resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne authorizing an application through the Shared Municipal Services Program of the Department of Community and Economic Development to Support Shared Code Enforcement Operations and Providing a Local Match. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried 6-1 with Mr. Burke voting "nay".

Communications – Letter from Dana Robinson supporting Lansdowne’s efforts to protect our Constitutional rights.

Bills – Mr. Klingler moved to authorize payment of bills for the period. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session – None.
Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Klingler. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:51 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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