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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting
Wednesday – September 17, 2003

The General Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday,
September 17, 2003 at 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. In attendance were President Campuzano, Mr. Council, Mr. Burke, Mr. Borgman, Mrs. Fryer and Mr. Klingler. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Solicitor Scott, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Secretary Henry, Chief Kortan, Treasurer Asciutto, Fire Chief Young and Code Enforcement Officer Travers. Mr. Smith was absent.

President Campuzano asked for a moment of silence in memory of those who died in the September 11, 2001 disaster and also for Lansdowne resident Claire Clay.

President Campuzano announced that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would air on Monday, September 22nd , 7:00 PM on Cable Channel 10.

Minutes

Mr. Burke moved to approve the minutes of the August 20, 2002 General Meeting. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried with one correction by Mr. Council. Mr. Borgman and Mr. Klingler abstained from the vote.

Presentations and Announcements

Mayor Young presented Brownie Troop 9, Junior Troop 440 and Cadet Troop 413 with certificates of recognition for achieving Super Troop status.

Mayor Young presented recently retired police officer Bob Wenzel with a certificate of recognition in honor of his six decades of service to the Borough.

Mayor Young announced that three new business were opening in Lansdowne: Rush Hour Express, BeeJay’s Fashions and Kathy’s Korner.

Mayor Young announced that the Folk Club would be holding concerts on September 25th and October 23rd.

Mayor Young announced that the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra starts their season with their October 17th performance at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

Mayor Young announced that Celebration Theater’s performance of “The Ghost Train” will run October 10th through November 2nd in the Lansdowne train station.

Mayor Young announced that the 3rd annual Flea Market will be held at the Lansdowne Presbyterian Church on September 20th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mayor Young announced that the Ladies Auxiliary will hold their Craft Fair on October 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fire Company.

Mayor Young announced that the Senior Center in Lansdowne holds many programs for seniors throughout the year.

Mayor Young announced that Oliver Heating and Cooling is holding their 5th annual holiday give away of 2 heaters to qualified needy families.

Mayor Young read a letter from the Fire Company expressing their disappointment with the recent decision by the Public Safety Committee to recommend shutting off the fire siren.

Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Asciutto reported that total General Fund revenues for August
amounted to $129,200.40 and total expenditures amounted to $410,746,37 Mr. Asciutto reported that the August total amount for all funds was $9,516,490.69 with an ending balance of $193,591.01.

Mr. Asciutto reported that the ending balance for the Police Pension Fund was $5,713,918.73. The ending balance for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan was $567,079.41.

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 most of his items would be covered under

Committee reports. Mr. Bevilacqua reported that one bid was received for the Twentieth Century Club. The total bid presented by L. Clark, Inc. was $103,990.00. This bid is currently being reviewed by the County.

Mr. Klingler stated that $80,000 of CDBG money could be applied to this project and that the feasibility of using additional funds from the Club’s budget to cover the total cost would have to be discussed.

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 announced that the 5th annual Halloween Party will be held on November 2nd from 12-3:30 p.m. at the Twentieth Century Club.

President Campuzano reported that equipment will be removed from some of the Borough parks in anticipation of Hurricane Isabelle.

Economic Development

Mr. Council reported that the Comprehensive Plan Committee will meet on September 25th at 9:00 a.m. in East Lansdowne regarding border areas with Upper Darby.

Mr. Council reported that the Eastern Delaware County Council of Governments will meet on September 26th at 9:00 a.m. in Yeadon regarding the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

Mr. Council stated that members of the Economic Development Committee will be interviewing consultants on September 24th regarding the configuring of a redevelopment district in Lansdowne.

Mr. Council stated there will be a special meeting of the Economic Development Committee to discuss a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Act District in Lansdowne.

Mr. Council gave an overview of the upcoming events for the Fine Arts Festival. Mr. Council thanked a variety of Borough individuals who gave their time and energy to this endeavor.

Finance and Administration

Mr. Klingler reported that the Finance and Administration Committee met earlier this month regarding year-end budget projections for this year. Mr. Klingler stated that the purchase of a new ladder truck is being considered and more money will have to be budgeted for this purchase. The approximate cost for the truck is $650,000.00.

Mr. Klingler stated the some consideration is being given to moving the Police Pension Fund to another financial manager.

Mr. Klingler stated that the next Committee meeting will be held October 6th at 7:15 PM in Borough Hall.

Municipal Services

Mr. Burke reported that the W. Stratford Avenue sewer project started on September 2nd and that 95% of the mains have been installed. Work is anticipated to be completed within the next two weeks.

Mr. Burke reported that R. E. Rowles Asphalt & Sealing Co. was the successful bidder on the 2003 Road Maintenance project and will begin work this coming Monday. The project is limited to crack sealing, manholes adjustment and miscellaneous work. Seal coating will begin the week of September 29th.

Mr. Burke gave the recycling report for August:

  • Cans- 2.44 tons
  • Newspapers-33.72 tons
  • Glass- 2.92 tons

Mr. Burke stated that the next Municipal Services Committee meeting will be held on October 6th at 6:15 PM. One of the highlights to be discussed will be Bulk Trash pickup.

Public Safety

Mrs. Fryer stated that the next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on November 12th.

Mrs. Fryer gave the Police Report for August: 535 incidents, 926 parking tickets, 7,666 miles traveled.

Mrs. Fryer gave the Fire Company report for August: 46 alarms, 24 hours, 26 minutes in service, $80,000 in damages and 469 fire fighters responding.

Mrs. Fryer read an e-mail from Bill Smith wherein he concurred with the Public Safety Committee’s recommendation regarding the fire siren issue. Mrs. Fryer also read an e-mail from Mr. Smith stating the following recommendations: (1) the Public Safety Committee is requesting that the Finance and Administration Committee review the costs of upgrading and if necessary, replace the existing pagers over a 3 year cycle; (2) upon the completion of this review, it is recommended that the fire siren be discontinued by a vote of Borough Council; and (3) it is requested that some sort of alerting device be provided for the students and crossing guards at St. Philomena’s school.

Mr. Burke reiterated that he will vote against turning the fire siren off if the report is not finalized before he leaves Borough Council. President Campuzano stated that the fire siren would not be turned off until a vote of Borough Council and hoped that a solution can be provided that will satisfy both sides in the matter. Mr. Council reaffirmed that there has to be a compromise with both sides having respect for each other’s opinion.

Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement

Mr. Forrest presented Mr. Smith’s report:

  • 129 Fairview Avenue has been demolished.
  • Demolition work is pending for 132 Bartram and 56 S. Union Avenues.
  • Progress is being made on 96 McKinley Avenue.
  • The Zoning Committee is continuing its work on updating the Code ordinances.
  • The annual rental inspections are continuing. Several hundred rental properties have been registered as of the end of August.

Parks and Recreation

Mr. Borgman reported that Park Day was held on September 6th with great success. Mr. Borgman thanked a variety of individuals for their help in this project.

Mr. Borgman stated that the next Skate Park Steering Committee meeting will be held on September 24th at 7:30 PM.

Mr. Borgman stated that the Recreation and Park Board was discussing whether a no swimming policy was needed for the Borough creeks.

Mr. Borgman stated that the Recreation and Park Board is satisfied with the current lighting policy at Interboro Park.

Mr. Borgman reported that the historic Sycamore Avenue tree has been examined and is deemed healthy.

Mr. Borgman reported that an application is planned for parks planning and green space issues in the Borough.

Mr. Borgman stated that the fall recreational programs are open for registration.

Mr. Borgman stated that the next Park Board meeting will be held on October 6th. The next Recreation and Park Committee meeting will be held on October 21st.

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

Visitors to Public Comment Section on multi-municipal park, recreation and open space plan application:

John McKelligott- 107 Gladstone Road- Mr. McKelligott asked what was the overall intention of
the grant. Mr. Forrest stated that the grant’s purpose is to review and take inventory of available green space, where improvements can be made and the costs involved. Mr. McKelligott stated that the School Board may be involved in this process and asked why the 6 districts may be obligated to help pay for Lansdowne. Mr. Forrest stated that the intention was to get every municipality comprising the William Penn School District to be a part of this plan and he and Gerry Staiber personally met with representatives of the municipalities in question. Mr. Forrest confirmed for Mr. McKelligott that Darby and Colwyn had been contacted and invited into the plan.

Mr. Klingler moved to close the public comment section of the grant application. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

Edith Bassie- 70 Sayers Avenue – Mrs. Bassie stated that the fire siren should be kept on so that residents on the outer fringes of the Borough can be made aware of any emergencies.

Mrs. Bassie stated that the Code Enforcement officers are continuing to do a great job.

Jennifer Hoff- 23 S. Lansdowne Avenue – Ms. Hoff thanked Chief Kortan and Mayor Young for their recent interaction with the Ardmore Avenue students.
Ms. Hoff stated her hope that the fire siren issue be worked out in a satisfactory compromise for both sides.

Bob Herre- 242 Crawford Avenue – Mr. Herre stated his belief that the fire siren is needed since not everyone keeps their pagers on their person. He hoped that a satisfactory compromise could be reached.

Joe Heath- 55 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Heath stated that since Borough Council members are responsible for maintaining public safety measures, the fire siren should be kept on until satisfactory alternatives are found. Mr. Heath felt that the Borough’s insurance rates would rise if the siren was off.

John McKelligott – 107 Gladstone Road – Mr. McKelligott in his capacity as Party Chair of the Lansdowne Republican Party stated that he supports a compromise upheld by both sides with integrity on the fire siren issue. Mr. McKelligott gave several reasons for not substituting the pagers for the siren: (1) the businesses in town are affected by the siren but this does not contribute to the lack of economic development in the center of town. He felt that most people are reassured by hearing the siren and knowing that the emergency is being handled; (2) the Fire Company ‘s interests should be upheld because the volunteers may become demoralized; and (3) the financial investment in replacing the pagers and turning off the siren may not be justified.

Marshall Miller- 223 W. Baltimore Avenue – Mr. Miller stated that public notification of emergencies is necessary and should be upheld with a variety of warning systems.

Tim Nelson- 69 Ardmore Avenue – Mr. Nelson stated he was a candidate for Borough Council and felt that the fire siren should be kept on as it makes citizens aware of a critical emergency.

Mr. Council thanked Mrs. Fryer for her efforts in helping to solidify the pertinent aspects of the fire siren issue.

Old Business

None.

New Business

Mr. Klingler moved to accept the 2004 Uniform and Non Uniform Pension Plan minimum municipal obligations. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Forrest stated that it was approximately $70,000 for the Non Uniform Pension Plan and $24,000 for the Uniform Plan.

Mr. Council moved to ratify the stipulated order regarding 20 S. Union (Tillman). Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Borgman moved to approve agreement between the Borough of Lansdowne and the Lansdowne Boys’ and Girls’ Club for sharing cost of utilities at Hoffman Park. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously. This will be 50-50 split each year.

Mr. Klingler moved to have the Secretary read Resolution 2003-23, A resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne declaring its intent to destroy records. Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The resolution was read. Mr. Klingler moved to approve Resolution 2003-23. Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Council moved to award the library parking lot paving contract to A. F. Damon Company, Upland, PA for $8,875.00. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Communications

None.

Bills

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

Executive Session

Mr. Burke moved to adjourn to Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Council to discuss a potential litigation matter. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:21PM.

Upon reconvening from Executive Session, Mr. Burke moved to reject all bids for cleaning and televising the public sewer mains in Lansdowne. Mr. Klingler seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the public session meeting seconded by Mr. Council. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:41 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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