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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council Business Meeting, Wednesday – August 6, 2003

The Business Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday,

August 6, 2003 at 7:30 PM at Borough Hall. In attendance were Mr. Council, Mr. Burke,Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Klingler and Mr. Smith. Also in attendance were Fire Chief Young, Solicitor Scott, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Manager Forrest, Police Chief Kortan, Treasurer Asciutto and Borough Secretary Henry. President Campuzano, Mr. Borgman, Mayor Young and Code Enforcement Officers Middleman and Travers were absent.

Visitors

Tracy Fowler
84 S. Union Avenue
Ms. Fowler stated that the flooding problem at Bartram and Union Avenues has existed for over 35 years and has to be remedied. Ms. Fowler also stated that the pot holes on Bartram and Union Avenues are numerous and don’t hold the temporary repairs that are done. Mr. Forrest will survey the problem. Mr. Council and Mr. Burke stated that discussions have been held regarding paving Union Avenue but plans are still tentative.

Ms. Fowler stated that better lighting is needed along Bartram Avenue and on the basketball courts at Interboro Park and presented a neighborhood petition to Borough Council supporting this request. Mr. Forrest stated that within the next three months Lansdowne and Upper Darby will engage in a feasibility study that will address the Union Avenue storm drainage issues. Mr. Council stated that there was some concern that the Interboro Park night lighting would disturb the people whose houses back up to the park but more meetings will be held on the matter.

Ms. Fowler asked if a letter would be sent to the neighbors regarding the timing of the 132 Bartram Avenue demolition. Mr. Smith stated that adequate notice would be sent to the neighbors.

Reports and Discussions

  1. Treasurer’s Report — Mr. Asciutto had no report.
  2. Engineer’s Report — Mr. Bevilacqua reported that the West Stratford Avenue
    sewer project would begin on September 2, 2003. Abbonizio Contractors was awarded the bid in the amount of $100,455.00.

    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that R. E. Rowles was the only bidder in the 2003 Road Maintenance Program in the amount of $23,463.10.

    Mr. Bevilacqua reported that demolition of 288 W. Greenwood Avenue is scheduled to begin on August 11th.

    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that two bids were received for demolition of 132 Bartram Avenue and 129 Fairview Avenue. A. J. Jurich was the low bidder for 129 Fairview Avenue in the amount of $13,940. Jenn Environmental Construction was the low bidder for 132 Bartram Avenue in the amount of $17,390. Both bids are subject to approval by the County.

    Mr. Bevilacqua reported that the storm sewer project at 151 Glentay Road was advertised on July 28th and August 1st and bids are scheduled to be received on August 12th.

    Mr. Bevilacqua reported that specs are being completed this week for the Twentieth Century Club and will be sent to the County for review.

    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that a preliminary evaluation of Marlyn Park suggests eliminating the north branch of Naylor’s Run sewer line. The cost for this project is approximately $250,000 with up to $100,000 savings realized for repairs done within the creek area.

  3. Solicitor’s Report — Mr. Scott stated that the PNC $200,000 note will be received by
    August 20th.
  4. Borough Manager’s Report — Mr. Forrest had no report.
  5. Police Chief Dan Kortan — Chief Kortan had no report.
  6. Fire Chief Tom Young — Chief Young reported that a new ladder truck needs to be purchased and that it takes approximately two years to make one from the date of the order. The cost is in the range of $800,000 and higher. Chief Young will be investigating State lending and grant application procedures. Mr. Smith asked if there was a market for a good used ladder truck. Chief Young stated that many mechanical factors would have to be considered and feared that the Borough might inherit other problems of a mechanical nature if this approach was taken. The Finance Committee will discuss this matter at future meetings.
  7. Mayor Young — There was no report given in Mayor Young’s absence.
  8. President’s Report — At President Campuzano’s request, Mr. Council asked that
    Bob Wentzel be honored at the next General Meeting.
  9. Economic Development — Mr. Council stated that donations of over $2,000 have
    been received for the Fine Arts Festival to be held September 19th through the 21st. The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on August 7th at 6:00 PM.

    Mr. Council stated that a new ordinance would be passed regarding the Council of Governments on August 20th.

    Mr. Smith mentioned that the Philadelphia International Airport Environmental Impact Statements may jeopardize the Renaissance plan by changing runway patterns. Mr. Forrest stated he would draft a letter to the FAA.

  10. Finance and Administration — Mr. Klingler asked that $2000 be given to the LEDC for the Fine Arts Festival. Mr. Klingler also suggested giving an additional $3000 loan to the LEDC to provide them with some cash flow. Mr. Burke asked what legal guarantee would be given that the $3000 would be repaid. Mr. Council stated that these funds could be set up as seed money with a one year repayment option and Mr. Forrest will see that the repayment is made.

    Mr. Forrest stated that PennDot is looking for projects regarding the feasibility study and one of the high priority projects would the Lansdowne Avenue Congested Corridor Improvement Program. The project would be of no cost to the Borough. However, if the project is selected for construction (e.g., a closed loop system), the Borough could be liable for 20% of the capital costs (approximately $200,000).

    Mr. Klingler stated that Comcast negotiations are ongoing and would be discussed in Executive Session.

    Mr. Klingler reported that Geoffrey Berwind and Matt Schultz have requested that Celebration Theater’s rent be forgiven for one year (9 paid Saturdays) while still using the facilities on these days, beginning January, 2004. Mr. Burke felt that an audit of the theater should be made available.

    Mr. Klingler reported that Clarendon/Peerless Insurance Company will be underwriting the coverage for the Killed in Service Insurance program. Act 30 requires the Borough to pay the surviving spouse of a police officer killed in service the officer’s salary for the rest of the surviving spouse’s life whether they remarry or not.

    Mr. Forrest stated that two options were available at this time: (1) pay a $500,000 lump sum into the Pension Plan, or (2) reimburse the Pension Plan as payments are made out of the plan. Mr. Burke questioned why this information was not made public beforehand. Mr. Council stated that Boroughs do not have a powerful lobbying group in Harrisburg and that a more effective liaison is necessary to keep the Borough informed of pending legislation. Mr. Forrest stated that it would cost the Borough $3500 per year for either coverage. Mr. Klingler stated that he recently spoke with a Smith Barney representative regarding the Borough’s Pension Plan management regarding Act 30. It was decided to choose the second option for the first year.

    Mr. Klingler stated that the Borough is facing significant sewer repairs and in the near future the issue of evaluating the quality and condition of the sewers will have to be addressed. The budgeting groundwork also needs to be evaluated.

  11. Municipal Services — Mr. Burke reported on the proposed Bulk Trash pickup program.

    Mr. Burke stated that last year’s bulk trash service was $12,000 over budget and asked Mr. Forrest for his input on the proposed new program. Mr. Forrest stated other communities have successfully been using a different approach to bulk pick up. Some of the alternatives discussed included having it held in March instead of April, charging a small fee for anyone requesting bulk trash pick up, having a monthly pickup schedule and not limiting the pick up to only one item. Mr. Council felt that a cost benefit analysis was needed before initiating any type of program. Mr. Forrest emphasized the necessity of making sure trash items get sent to the appropriate dumping areas.

    Mr. Burke moved to award the contract to Conestoga Building in the amount of $7,064.00 for building a 25x35x14 salt storage shed. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

  12. Public Safety — Mrs. Fryer stated that the next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on August 13th, 7:30 at Borough Hall. Mrs. Fryer hopes to have comments and revisions on the siren draft report.

    Mrs. Fryer moved to accept the recommendation of the Civil Service Commission that Officer Daniel Donegan be promoted to the position of Sergeant effective August 16, 2003. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

  13. Zoning and Code Enforcement — Mr. Smith reported that the next Zoning Committee meeting will be held on August 12th to discuss a variety of Code issues. October 1st is the due date for the new building codes. Mr. Smith stated that 1300 letters have been sent out to rental property owners and approximately $12,000 in fees have been received to date.

    Mr. Smith stated that various contractors and local investors have asked that a periodic list of vacant properties be made available.

  14. Parks and Recreation — No report was given in Mr. Borgman’s absence.

    Mr. Council stated that Jessica Cronin of the Family and Community Service of Delaware County would be invited to present a short overview on the Parents As Leaders program at the August 20th meeting.

Old Business — None.

New Business — Mr. Klingler moved to have the Secretary read Resolution No. 2003-20, A resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne of Delaware County, declaring its intent to destroy records. Mr. Smith seconded and the resolution was read. Mr. Klingler moved to approve Resolution No. 2003-20. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to dispense with the reading of and approve Resolution No. 2003-16, regarding application to the County Commissioners of Delaware County for an allocation of County liquid fuel tax funds. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to ratify decision to award Property Casualty Insurance to Clarendon National Insurance Company in the amount of $105,392.00 for the year 8/1/03 through 8/1/04. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to award the Commercial Crime Insurance to CNA in the amount of $1,362.00 for the years 8/1/03 through 8/1/06. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to advance the LEDC a grant of $2,000.00 and a loan of $3,000.00 to support the Lansdowne Fine Arts Festival, September 19-21, 2003. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to award Contract Number 106, the demolition of 129 Fairview Avenue, to low bidder A. J. Jurich, Inc. in the amount of $13,940.00, subject to approval of the Delaware County Office of Housing and Community Development. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to award Contract Number LB SCTV #1 for the cleaning and televising of all sanitary sewer mains in Lansdowne Borough to low bidder Sewer Specialty Services Company, Inc. in the total amount of $117,180.00 based over a three year period. This bid is for Alternate 1. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to award Contract Number 101, the Rebid of 2003 Roadway Maintenance, to low bidder R. E. Rowles Asphalt & Sealing Co., in the amount of $23,463.10 which is the base bid. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Council moved to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter and two litigation matters. Mr. Klingler seconded and the meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM.

There were no motions made upon reconvening from Executive Session. Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting seconded by Mrs Fryer. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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