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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting
Wednesday – August 20, 2003

The General Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 7:30 PM at Borough Hall. In attendance were President Campuzano, Mr. Council,Mr. Burke and Mrs. Fryer. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Solicitor Scott, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Secretary Henry, Chief Kortan and Treasurer Asciutto. Mr. Borgman, Mr. Klingler, Mr. Smith, Fire Chief Young and Code Enforcement Officers Travers and Middleman were absent. President Campuzano announced that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would air on Monday, August 25th , 7:00 PM on Cable Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Burke moved to approve the minutes of the July 16, 2002 General Meeting. Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Presentations and Announcements – Mayor Young swore in Officer Daniel Donegan to his new position as Sergeant.
Mayor Young named Molly Connors as Lansdowne Borough’s First Poet Laureate for 2003-2005 and presented her with a recognition placque.
Mayor Young presented Maria Faden with a recognition placque honoring her 31 years of doing business in Lansdowne.
Mayor Young presented Beautification Awards to:

1.Andrea Kenyon and John Newman of 39 E. Greenwood Avenue.

2.Terry and John Ponton of 102 Lansdowne Court.

3.Jim and Molly Olshefsky of 59 W. Greenwood Avenue.

Mayor Young announced that the Albert Clinton Post 65 will be starting monthly meetings in Borough Hall. The meetings will be held at 7:30 PM the third Tuesday of every month from September through May.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto reported that total General Fund revenues for July

amounted to $140,479.14 and total expenditures amounted to $348,999.27. Mr. Asciutto reported that the July total amount for all funds was $9,716,273.25 with an ending balance of $9,516,490.69.

Mr. Asciutto reported that the Police Pension Fund showed a $33,116.84 increase for June. The ending balance for June was $5,729,265.67. The June ending balance for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan was $557,335.27.

Mr. Burke moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Mr. Council 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 stated his item would be discussed in Executive Session.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Council President’s Report – President Campuzano reported that there were no follow up items from last month’s general meeting.

President Campuzano congratulated Dave Forrest on being appointed as a Director for the Delaware County Boroughs Association Board.

President Campuzano thanked the residents for their support of the recycling program. The Borough received a $25,000 recycling grant from the County, the grant amount being determined by the volume collected. This year’s amount is $13,000 above last year’s grant amount. President Campuzano also thanked the Borough Crew, Mr. Burke and the Borough office staff for their continued assistance.

President Campuzano reported that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Simpson Garden project was held last week.

President Campuzano thanked Ralph Vitale, Mike McGee and Jerry Staiber for coordinating the Lansdowne Men’s softball league.
Economic Development – Mr. Council stated that he will be out of town next week and the Economic Development Committee will be postponed.

Mr. Council reported an excellent response to the upcoming Fine Arts Festival in terms of contributors, volunteers and participants. To date approximately 30-35 artists will be exhibiting and selling their works. Some festival highlights include a jazz mass at St. John’s Episcopal Church, musician Eric Johnson at the Friends Meeting House, teenage bands, poetry readings, storytelling for children and a preview of Celebration Theater’s "The Ghost Train". A full description of all festival offerings can be found on the Borough’s web site.


Finance and Administration
– No report was given in Mr. Klingler’s absence.

Municipal Services – Mr. Burke reported that the W. Stratford Avenue sewer project will start on September 2nd.

Mr. Burke stated that the 2003 Street Program will soon start.

Mr. Burke reported that the Roadway Maintenance program will start after Labor Day. R. E. Rowles was awarded the contract for $23,463.00.

Mr. Burke reported that Sewer Specialty Services will televise and clean sewers over a three year period throughout the Borough. The contract was awarded in the amount of $117,180.00.

Mr. Burke stated that more discussions will be held regarding the Bulk Trash pickup procedures.

Mr. Burke gave no recycling report for July.

Public Safety – Mrs. Fryer stated that the next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on September 10th. Mrs. Fryer gave the Police Report for July: 547 incidents, 52 false burglar reports, 772 parking tickets, 8,090 miles traveled.

Mrs. Fryer gave the Fire Company report for July: 39 alarms, 15 hours, 17 minutes of service, $2000 in damages, 397 firefighters responding with no injuries.

Mrs. Fryer stated that Officer Jim McCaughan was awarded a Silver Medal in boxing at the Police and Fire Olympics held in Barcelona and placed 16 out of 175 in mountain bike races.

Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Forrest presented Mr. Smith’s report:

  1. Demolition is almost done at 288 W. Greenwood Avenue.
  2. The paper work for demolition of 129 Fairview Avenue is being processed.
  3. A contract for the demolition of 132 Bartram Avenue will be awarded tonight.
  4. A grant was awarded for the demolition of 56 S. Union Avenue.
  5. The next meeting of the Vacant Property Review Committee will be held on either September 18th or September 25th.
  6. The next Zoning Planning and Code Enforcement Committee meeting will be held on September 9th at 7:00 PM.

President Campuzano stated that an explanation of Code Enforcement procedures and permit guidelines will be put in an upcoming issue of the Borough newsletter.


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

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

Visitors

Jessica Cronin – Director of the “Parents As Leaders” program gave a brief overview of the program funded by the United Way. The program is free, child care is provided, a meal is served and is open to any parent with children 0-5 years old living in the William Penn School DistrictIt is a 12 week program meeting once a week. Afterward, parents meet monthly to work on a community project. One participant described her Math Counts workshop as her project.The next PAL program will start on September 12th and Mayor Young will put full details on the Web site.

John Callaghan13 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Callaghan asked when the sewer will be

repaired on Florence Avenue. Mr. Burke stated that the creek dumping problem is a priority for now but the sanitary sewers will be taken of shortly.

Mr. Callaghan asked why the recording machine with menu options has been installed in Borough Hall instead of having someone answer the calls personally. Mr. Forrest stated that efficiency is increased by the menu option because calls are directly routed to the appropriate person rather than bogging down one person with every call. Mr. Callaghan questioned the Comcast audit status. Mr. Council stated that rather than asking for an audit it was decided to negotiate the renewal contract.

Molly Olshefsky59 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mrs. Olshefsky stated that the Lansdowne

Presbyterian Church will be holding their flea market on September 20th during the same time as the Arts Festival.

Mrs. Olshefsky stated that Springfield Township uses youths during the summer to inform residents of Code violations in public areas and asked if Lansdowne could entertain the same idea.

Mrs. Olshefsky asked that the Borough publicize the fact that residents’ cats are not allowed to wander. Mrs. Fryer stated that the leash laws apply to cats as well as dogs.

Edith Bassie70 Sayers Avenue – Mrs. Bassie asked that the new Code procedures be put into

the newsletter. Mr. Council stated that more information on this topic will be made available for residents.

Mrs. Bassie asked why a neighbor of hers was fined $300 for not cutting his grass while away on a business trip. She stated that the Borough Crew used to cut it for $35. President Campuzano stated that the Borough Crew was always sent out after the fine was levied in order to maintain safe properties.

Mr. Council stated that residents are given plenty of notice via certified mail before fines are levied and have always been required to maintain their properties whether they are away or not.

Mrs. Bassie stated that the trees on a neighboring property are encroaching on her living space and need to be trimmed back.

Joe Heath 55 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Heath questioned the tax status of Simpson

Gardens. Mr. Council stated they do pay taxes and are not a for profit organization.

Mr. Heath stated that too many cars are parked on the streets during the time the street sweeper operates and asked if a schedule could be worked out to remedy the situation. President Campuzano stated the Borough will continue to look into the situation.

Mr. Heath asked if Reservoir Park is open to the public. Mr. Burke stated that some safety issues still need to be addressed but that it will eventually be open to the public.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Council moved to approve Ordinance Number 1189, "An Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne Updating Ordinance 1161, Regarding Eastern Delaware County Council of Governments and the Duration of the Joint Agreement." Mrs. Fryer seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 3-1 with Mr. Burke casting the dissenting vote.

Mr. Council moved to dispense with the reading of and approve Resolution 2003-21, A Resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne relative to the maintenance of employees pension, annuity, insurance and benefit fund or funds, to authorize the purchase of life insurance by the pension plan to prevent the depletion of pension plan asserts due to the catastrophic cost to the plan that results from a police officer being killed in service. Mrs. Fryer seconded and a roll call vote was taken.The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Council moved to execute a subrecipient agreement with Delaware County to provide CDBG funds for the demolition of 56 S. Union Avenue. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Council moved to approve Ordinance No. 1190, "An Ordinance increasing the Indebtedness of the Borough of Lansdowne, by the issue of a General Obligation Note in the amount of $200,000.00 for the purpose of purchasing vehicles and capital equipment; fixing the form, number, interest and maturity thereof; making a covenant for the payment of the debt service on the note; providing for the filing of the required documents; providing for the appointment for a sinking fund depository for the note; and authorizing execution, sale and delivery thereof." Mr. Burke seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Council moved to award Contract No. 105, the demolition of 132 Bartram Avenue to A. J. Jurich, Inc. of Aston, PA in the amount of $18,940.00. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.


Communications:
– None.

Bills – Mr. Council moved to authorize payment of bills for the period. Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session – Mr. Council moved to adjourn to Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Burke to discuss a litigation matter. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 8:50 PM.

Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Burke moved to award Contract No. 107, repairs to 151 Glentay Avenue storm sewer project to APCO Concrete in the amount of $11,700.00. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the public session meeting. Mr. Council seconded and the meeting adjourned at 9:16 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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