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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday – September 3, 2003

The Business Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, September 3, 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 Solicitor Scott, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Manager Forrest, Mayor Young, Borough Secretary Henry, Police Chief Kortan, Treasurer Asciutto and Code Enforcement Officer Travers. Fire Chief Young was absent.

Mr. Burke moved to approve the minutes of the August 6, 2003 Business Meeting. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. President Campuzano and Mr. Borgman abstained from the vote.

Visitors

Edith Bassie
70 Sayers Avenue
Mrs. Bassie thanked Mr. Forrest and Mr. Borgman for their
efforts in improving the appearance of Hays Park.
Mrs. Bassie stated that a pear tree in Hays Park was a problem due to children throwing the pears at passing motorists and the tree should be removed.

John Callaghan
13 W. Greenwood Avenue
Mr. Callaghan asked whose responsibility it was to
repair the back alley on the North side of Essex and Blackburn Avenues. President Campuzano stated that it was the responsibility of the individual homeowners for any repairs.

Mr. Callaghan expressed his concern that some individuals purchase homes in the Borough on credit with no down payment and have no incentive to stay a long length of time. Mr. Council stated that the Borough cannot intrude upon private transactions of sale in order to prevent the problem.

Joanne Camer
18 DeForest Road
Ms. Camer stated that the Borough permit fee of $120
was unreasonably high for a recent job in her house and questioned the expense. Mr. Travers stated that the fee is divided among the permit cost and the contract registration and is based upon the cost of the job. President Campuzano stated that the contractor was in error if he also included his license fee in the charge.

Reports and Discussions

  1. Treasurer’s Report — Mr. Asciutto reported that he will be working with Mr. Forrest on
    next year’s budget projections.

  2. Engineer’s Report — Mr. Bevilacqua reported that Abbonizio will be starting the West
    Stratford Avenue sewer project tomorrow.
    Mr. Bevilacqua reported that all pertinent papers from the bonding company for the 2003 Road Program and the 2003 Road Maintenance Program will be executed by the end of this week. Sucher & Co. will be starting the Road Program the end of September and both projects are to be completed in 30 days. Mr. Scott suggested that a rating requirement be established in the future.
    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that demolition for 288 West Greenwood Avenue is complete. The driveway will be poured tomorrow.
    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that demolition for 129 Bartram Avenue is complete and the site is ready for sodding restoration.
    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that he and Mr. Travers will meet with the owner of 132 Bartram Avenue next week regarding an adjacent rear wall problem.
    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that $11,700 has been awarded to APCO for the 151 Glentay Storm Sewer project and it should be completed by the end of September.
    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that bids will be received at 10:00 AM on September 9th in Borough Hall for the 20th Century Club project. To date three bids have been received.
    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that the Library will pay $4,815.00 to Coleman Bros. for the railing and concrete work. The Borough will pay for the parking lot paving.
    Mr. Borgman asked what the lead time was for preparing the existing grade in the skate park. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that this could probably not be done until next spring.
  3. Solicitor’s Report — Mr. Scott stated his items would be covered in Executive Session. The PNC note application will be approved next week.
  4. Borough Manager’s Report — Mr. Forrest had no report. Mayor Young asked that the
    American Legion Post meeting be put on the calendar schedule.
  5. Police Chief Dan Kortan — Chief Kortan had no report.
  6. Fire Chief Tom Young — There was no report given in Chief Young’s absence.
  7. Mayor Young — Mayor Young stated that the newsletter will be mailed today.
    Mayor Young stated that Bob Wentzel will be honored at the next General meeting.
  8. President’s Report — President Campuzano stated that Paul Bech was interested in
    serving at the new Zoning Board Solicitor. Mr. Smith moved to appoint Paul Bech as the new Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor at a rate of $125 per hour. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

    Mrs. Fryer asked if there would be a conflict of interest if Mr. Bech periodically represented the Fire Company. Mr. Scott stated he was unclear about the relationship between the Borough and the Fire Company but that it would probably not be a problem.

    President Campuzano stated that a moment of silence will be held at the Borough Green on September 11th at 8:45 AM. Flags will be flown on Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues for two weeks.

    President Campuzano stated that the 5th annual Halloween Party will be held on November 2nd at the 20th Century Club between 2 and 3:30 PM.

  9. Economic Development — Mr. Council reported that the DVRPC had awarded the
    Borough money for the redevelopment plan. Two consultants (Urban Partners and Susan Huffman Associates) will be interviewed to discuss doing a study of the boundaries and the particulars involved in usage of the redevelopment area. This meeting will be on September 24th at 6:00 PM.
    Mr. Council reported that the DVRPC and PennDot are considering two projects for the Borough: (1) a Baltimore Avenue Concept Plan that will address issues like pedestrian buffers, access to public transportation, etc. and (2) a Pedestrian/Bike Path to be erected down the North side of Scottdale Road that would link Lansdowne Avenue and Hoffman Park. The cost for this bike path would be either a 80/20 split or PennDot would pay the construction costs with the Borough paying the engineering costs.

    Mr. Forrest wants to put this project through the Transportation Improvement Program.

    Mr. Council reported that all exhibit spaces have been filled for the upcoming Fine Arts Festival.

  10. Finance and Administration — Mr. Klingler reported that he and Mr. Forrest are doing
    a substantial review of the 2004 budget.

    Mr. Klingler stated that another proposal will be received regarding investment management services for the Police Pension Plan.
    Mr. Burke asked what was planned for the $394,000 Capital Reserve funds. Mr. Klingler stated that he will confer with Mr. Asciutto on the particulars of the disbursements. Mr. Council felt that approximately $180,000 had been allocated for the new fire truck.

  11. Municipal Services — Mr. Burke asked Borough Council for further input on the Bulk
    Trash Pickup issue to be discussed at the next Business meeting. President Campuzano stated that he was apprehensive about doing away with the pickup completely and that the timing was also bad. Both President Campuzano and Mr. Burke felt that a fee should be imposed for the disposal of CFC’s (refrigerators, air conditioners, etc.).
  12. Public Safety — Mrs. Fryer stated that the next Public Safety Committee meeting will be
    held on September 10th. Mr. Borgman asked if any report was available on the fire siren issue and Mrs. Fryer stated that no report was yet available. Mr. Council stated his frustration with the Fire Department’s handling of last minute report items that can’t be substantiated.
  13. Zoning and Code Enforcement — Mr. Smith stated that the next Zoning Committee
    meeting will be held on September 9th regarding budgeting items and compliance with the statewide building code on September 30th. Mr. Smith reported that the new owner of 96 McKinley Avenue has submitted plans with L&I.
    Mr. Smith stated that 20 S. Union Avenue matters are progressing.
    Mr. Smith stated that the County has been contacted regarding the demolition of 56 S. Union Avenue.
    Mr. Smith and Mr. Bonenburger will be working on budgeting issues.
    Mr. Council asked who had purchased the Burkholder property. Mr. Travers stated that a private owner had purchased it. Mrs. Fryer asked about the status of a renovation job on Willowbrook Avenue. Mr. Travers stated that citations have been issued and the scaffolding will shortly be removed.
    Mr. Council asked if a meeting would be held regarding Mr. and Mrs. Patterson’s protest of the rental inspection ordinance. Mr. Smith will discuss it at the next Zoning Committee meeting.
  14. Parks and Recreation — Mr. Borgman reported that the application for the Multi-
    Municipal Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan has to be submitted by mid-October. Pennoni’s estimate for the study ranges from $85,000-$100,000 and a CDBG grant application will be submitted. Mr. Borgman stated that Park Day is September 6th from noon to 8:00 PM in Hoffman Park.
    President Campuzano asked if the Lansdowne Boys Club agreement regarding sharing Hoffman Park utilities had been signed. Mr. Scott will prepare the paper work for finalization.
    Mr. Borgman stated that the issue of relocating the toy in Interboro Park will be discussed at the next Recreation and Park Board meeting.
    Mr. Borgman stated that an adverse possession claim letter should be sent to the individual who is using a portion of Interboro Park as a vegetable garden. Mr. Scott will investigate the matter but felt that permission should be given until such time as another course of action can be taken.

Old Business — None.

New Business — Mrs. Fryer moved to approve Resolution 2002-22, a Resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne appointing Daniel M. Donegan to the position of Sergeant in the Lansdowne Police Department. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Fryer moved to promote David Schiazza to Class A patrolman. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Klingler moved to approve bill payment for the period. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss a real estate matter. Mr. Klingler seconded and the meeting adjourned at 9:17 PM.
Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Smith moved to have Bob Scott contact the EPA to express Borough Council’s desire to accept the property. Mr. Council 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 9:36 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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