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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council General Meeting
Wednesday – July 16, 2003

The General Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, July 16, 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 Scott, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Treasurer Asciutto, Borough Secretary Henry and Code Enforcement Officers Travers and Middleman. Police Chief Kortan and Fire Chief Young were absent.

President Campuzano asked for a moment of silence for Marsh Miller’s wife, Carol, who recently passed away.

President Campuzano announced that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would air on Monday, July 21st , 7:00 PM on Cable Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Klingler moved to approve the minutes of the June 4, 2002 Business Meeting. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to approve the minutes of the June 18, 2003 General Meeting. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Presentations and Announcements – Mayor Young presented Lansdowne’s Caring Citizen Award to George Pavlovitch for extinguishing a smoking candle in his neighbor’s house.

Mayor Young announced that Lansdowne will participate in the National Association of Town Watches annual National Night Out on August 5th. Residents are urged to turn on porch lights and visit with neighbors to show that Lansdowne is a Town Watch community.

Mayor Young announced that the Boys club Under 14 team ended their season with 9-2 loss in the final championships against the undefeated Prospect Park team.

Mayor Young announced that registration for the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club co-ed Soccer Camp has been extended to July 27th.

Mayor Young reminded residents to pull over to the side of the road if an emergency vehicle needs to pass by.

Mayor Young reminded residents that yard waste must be brought to the curb for pickup, bound and in bags that can be lifted by one person.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto reported that total General Fund revenues for June amounted to $259,354.21 and total expenditures amounted to $198,108.40.

Mr. Asciutto reported that the Police Pension Fund showed a $250,000 increase for May. The ending balance for May was $5,714,352.93. The May ending balance for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan was $550,690.02.

Mr. Klingler moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Mr. Burke 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. Scott reported that properties in the Borough with delinquent sewer and trash fees will soon be liened. There are approximately 250 properties with delinquent sewer and trash fees amounting to $365,000. This will be the last time to pay them before additional attorneys’ fees accrue.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Council President’s Report – President Campuzano reported that some follow up items from last month’s general meeting are still pending and will be reported on at next month’s general meeting.

President Campuzano stated that Mike Moffa was recently honored on television for his July 4th display in his barber shop on Powelton Avenue.

President Campuzano thanked the UUA for hosting the July 4th parade and fireworks display.

President Campuzano offered condolences to Mr. Forrest on the recent death of his aunt.

Economic Development – Mr. Council reported that information on the upcoming Fine Arts Festival will soon be featured on the Borough Web site and flyers will soon be distributed throughout town.

Mr. Council reported his recent participation in discussions with the Fund for an Open Society regarding ways to manage growth and encourage Borough diversity.

Mr. Council reported that the Rennaisance Program Five Year Action Plan will be voted on at the end of this meeting. Mr. Forrest is in the process of developing a submission to the County for economic development and funding issues for abandoned housing. This is a joint submission by 6 municipalities under the auspices of the Council of Governments.

Finance and Administration – Mr. Klingler reported that the trash pickup hours at the Lansdowne Presbyterian Church has been changed to a later time.

Mr. Klingler reported that PNC Bank came in with the lowest rate for a $200,000 loan at 2.63%. This money is to be used primarily for purchasing highway and sanitation equipment.

Mr. Klingler reported that the next Finance Committee meeting will be held on August 4th at 7:15 PM.

Municipal Services – Mr. Burke reported that J. E. Sucher & Sons was the lowest bidder in the 2003 Street Program at a base bid amount of $81,824.

Mr. Burke reported that bids were received on July 11th for the W. Stratford Avenue sewer line replacement. N. Abbonzio Construction was the low bidder in the base amount of $92,755. This project should be completed within the next three months.

Mr. Burke reported that no bids were received for the Road Maintenance Program. This program will be advertised again and bids will be accepted on August 1st.

Mr. Burke reported that the next Municipal Services Committee meeting will be held on August 4th at 6:30 PM.

Mr. Burke gave the recycling report for June:

  • 2.49tons -glass
  • 38.61tons -paper
  • 2.23tons -cans

Public Safety – Mrs. Fryer thanked Detective Murphy for filling in tonight for Chief Kortan.

Mrs. Fryer thanked the UUA for the July 4th celebration.

Mrs. Fryer gave the Police Department Report for June: 493 incidents, 973 parking tickets and 7,961 miles traveled.

Mrs. Fryer gave the Fire Company Report for June: 43 alarms, 19 hours-20 minutes travelled, 411 firefighters responding with no injuries.

Mrs. Fryer stated that the next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on August 13th, 7:30 PM.

Mrs. Fryer read a letter for Chief Kortan announcing Bob Wentzel’s retirement.

Mrs. Fryer stated that the next Board of Health meeting will be held on September 9th.

Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Smith thanked the Mayor, Borough Council and Borough staff for the flowers they sent to his mother during her recent illness.

Mr. Smith congratulated Mr. Scott on the recent birth of his daughter and congratulated the UAA for the July 4th festivities.

Mr. Smith stated that the Zoning Committee met on July 8th to discuss Simpson Gardens construction process, development of revision to the minimum standards for U&O inspections and Vacant Property Committee updates.

The VPRC updates are as follows:

  1. Demolition of 288 W. Greenwood Avenue is progressing with termite remediation being done at 288 and 286 W. Greenwood Avenue.
  2. Demolition bids for 129 Fairview and 142 Bartram Avenues will be advertised on July 21st and July 25th. Bids are to be received by August 5 at 10:00 Am in Borough Hall.
  3. A demolition funding application for 56 S. Union Avenue has been sent to DELCO; approval is pending.

Mr. Smith reported that he could not attend the July 10th Darby and Cobbs Creek Watershed Management Planning meeting due to out of town business commitments. He has a call into the Delaware County Planning Department to get an overview of that meeting’s points of interest.

Mr. Smith gave the Code Department report for June, 2003: 85 permit applications for $7,378.00; 13 electrical permits for $900.00; 42 Certificates of Occupancy for $2,075.00; 9 plumbing permits for $600.00.

Mr. Smith reported that the Code Department has sent out letters to approximately 1300 rental unit owners regarding compliance with the new annual rental unit inspection ordinance.

Parks and Recreation – Mr. Borgman reported that he recently attended a session of the Joint Comprehensive Planning session with the Delaware County Planning Department to discuss the green space comprehensive planning process. The Recreation and Park Board is developing a wish list for the parks that include short, intermediate and long term projects. The short term items are on budget.

Mr. Borgman reported that an agreement in principle has been reached with the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Clubs regarding the utility usage at Hoffman Park.

Mr. Borgman stated that Representative Micozzie cannot provide financial assistant at this time for Interboro Park..

Mr. Borgman thanked the Mayor and cleanup crews for the Reservoir Park cleanup efforts.

Mr. Borgman reported that only a fine grade layer of asphalt will need to be applied in the Skate Park instead of completely reconstructing the surface. This recommendation came from the Skate Wave Company.

Mr. Borgman reported that no maintenance plan was yet in place with the GLCA regarding Sycamore Park. The Recreation and Park Board recommends developing their own plan.

Mr. Borgman reported that no response has been received from the County regarding the acquisition of Shrigley and Pennock Parks.

Mr. Borgman reported that Park Day will be held on September 6th.

Mr. Borgman reported that the Friday Morning Live Program in ongoing.

Mr. Borgman stated he would be away on vacation during the next two Council meetings.

Mr. Burke moved to suspend the Rules of Order. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

John McKelligott

107 Gladstone Road – Mr. McKelligott stated he was unclear whether the final comments of the Fire Company in the siren issue report had been incorporated into the report as prepared. Mr. McKelligott asked if any resolution had been adopted and what the anticipated timing would be in adopting the report. President Campuzano stated that Glenn Weiss had attended the meeting in Fire Young’s absence. Mr. Forrest stated that two drafts of the report were sent to the Fire Company and their comments were incorporated into the final draft. Mr. Forrest stated that both he and Chief Young agreed that the report is an accurate reflection of the information gathered and the report is only a beginning point for discussion. The Public Safety Committee will be evaluating the concerns and comments included in the report during their August meeting. Mr. Council stated that these recommendations and evaluations are to be discussed at the September business meeting. Mr. Council also stated that this report includes 9 options and is not about the siren. It is about using the most modern and effective techniques the Borough can use to get a response team together for fires.

Joe Heath

55 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Heath stated the intersection of Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenues is dangerous due to many large vehicles attempting to turn there. Mr. Heath asked what happened to the overhead street signs at the light signals. President Campuzano stated that the Borough never had these types of signs and PennDot would have to approve such sign placement. Mr. Council stated that this issue would probably be addressed by PennDot when they proceed with the signal coordination project along Baltimore Avenue.

Edith Bassie

70 Sayers Avenue – Mrs. Bassie thanked the Code Enforcement officers for continuing to communicate with the public about their procedures. Mrs. Bassie thanked the Police Department for helping to secure a safety area around a fallen tree on Sayers Avenue.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Burke moved to award Contract #102, W. Stratford Avenue sewer replacement to N. Abbonizio Construction with a base bid of $92,755 and the add alternate of $100,455. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to award Contract #100, 2003 Roadway Improvements to J. E. Sucher & Sons, Inc. with a base bid of $81,824. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to award the 2003 General Obligation Note of $200,000 to PNC Bank at a rate of 2.65% for five years. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to execute Community Development Block Grant Agreement with Delaware County for the demolition of 132 Bartram Avenue. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to execute Community Development Block Grant Agreement with Delaware County for the demolition of 129 Fairview Avenue. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to execute a Community Development Block Grant with Delaware County for preservation of the Twentieth Century Club. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to approve Resolution 2003-17, A resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne declaring its intent to destroy records. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mrs. Fryer moved to have the Secretary read Resolution No. 2003-18, A resolution modifying the Borough of Lansdowne’s Emergency Operations Plan. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The resolution was read by the Secretary. Mrs. Fryer moved to approve Resolution 2003-18. Mr. Council seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 5-2 with Mr. Smith and Mr. Borgman casting the dissenting votes.

Mrs. Fryer moved to approve the Borough of Lansdowne’s Modified Emergency Operations Plan. Mr. Council seconded. The motion carried 5-2 with Mr. Smith and Mr. Borgman casting the dissenting votes.

President Campuzano asked that the Secretary read Resolution No. 2003-17 for the official record.

Mr. Council moved to have the Secretary read Resolution 2003-19 adopting the Delaware County Renaissance Program Five-Year Action Plan. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The resolution was read by the Secretary. Mr. Council moved to approve Resolution 2003-19. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to authorize the Borough Manager and Finance Committee Chairman to bind the Borough’s packaged property and casualty insurance for an amount not to exceed $117,000. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Communications:

  1. Letter from Rita Murray re: landlord problem
  2. Letter from Dr. Wert re: Lansdowne Avenue blighted properties.
  3. A thank you note from the Senior Community Service thanking the Borough for its $1000 donation.

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

Executive Session – Mr. Burke moved to adjourn to Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Smith, to discuss the following items:

  1. Litigation Issues (2)
  2. Personnel Issue

The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:00 P.M.

Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Burke moved to settle the fine from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for $4,000. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Klingler. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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