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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday, November 5, 2003

The Business Meeting of the Lansdowne Borough Council was held on Wednesday, November 5, 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. Fire Chief Young, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua and Code Enforcement Officer Travers were absent. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Solicitor Scott, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Secretary Henry, Police Chief Kortan and Treasurer Asciutto.

President Campuzano asked for a moment of silence in memory of Robert Jennings.

President Campuzano introduced two recently nominated Borough Council members: Jane Madden and Gene Wayne.

Mr. Klingler moved to approve the minutes of the October 1, 2003 Business Meeting. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously with Mr. Smith abstaining from the vote.

Visitors

Kathy Kronicker

18 E. Stewart Avenue Ms. Kronicker stated she was contemplating buying the bank building and asked how much it would cost to tear it down. President Campuzano stated that it was a historic building and the cost would be very expensive for demolition. Ms. Kronicker stated that several women were interested in starting businesses in Lansdowne and this building would be ideal for separate vendors. Mr. Council stated that the code enforcement report would be disclosed as part of the auction process and that some funding might be possible for this project. Mr. Scott suggested that Ms. Kronicker retain her own consultant as well before undertaking any renovations.

John Callaghan

13 W. Greenwood Avenue Mr. Callaghan questioned the disposition of the $60,000 PennVest money. Mr. Klingler stated that money was advanced out of the Sewer Fund to pay back the money needed for sanitary repairs. Mr. Council stated that the EPA money was also used to pay the debt service. Mr. Callaghan asked if the sewer taxes would be raised. Mr. Klingler stated that the EPA refund was used to pay the debt service in order to ease the burden on taxpayers.

Kevin Lamb

120 Windermere Avenue

Mr. Lamb stated he recently moved to Lansdowne and thanked the Borough Council for helping to make Lansdowne a community rich in cultural diversification and tolerance.

Reports and

Discussions

  1. Treasurer’s Report — Mr. Asciutto had no report.
  2. Engineer’s Report — No report was given in Mr. Bevilacqua’s absence. Burke moved to pay the $1,217.50 retainage to Pizzi for the 151 Glentay Avenue Storm Sewer project. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Burke moved to pay $80,954.96 to the bonding company of J. Sucher for the 2003 Road Improvement project. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Burke moved to pay $22,102.29 to R. E. Rowles for the 2003 Road Maintenance program. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Burke moved to release the 1st payments of $91,287.11 to Abbonizio for the W. Stratford Avenue Sewer repair project. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Klingler stated that Sucher and Abbonizio have a 5% retainage.
  3. Solicitor’s Report — Mr. Scott had no report. The PNC loan will close on 11/7/03.
  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. Public Safety — Mrs. Fryer thanked everyone who attended the recent neighborhood meeting held at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. Chief Kortan stated that the speed limit on Nyack Avenue is 25 m.p.h. In order to change this an ordinance would be required. Mr. Council stated that an ordinance was also necessary relating to truck traffic on Nyack Avenue. Mr. Council asked if the parking permit fee can be waived for a designated disability space on S. Maple Avenue. Mr. Scott said he would check into the matter but that a fair amount of discretion could be exercised.
  6. Borough Manager’s Report — Mr. Forrest had no report.
  7. Police Chief Dan Kortan — Chief Kortan had no report.
  8. Mayor Young — Mayor Young stated that a No Place For Hate committee meeting will be held on 11/10/03 at 7:00 PM in Borough Hall. Mayor Young stated that a south side neighborhood meeting was held on 10/30/03. Mayor Young asked if any update was available on the business district tree lighting matter. Mr. Forrest stated that he will be talking to the necessary individuals regarding this matter.
  9. President’s Report — PPresident Campuzano thanked all those responsible for making the Halloween Party a success.
  10. Economic Development — Mr. Council asked Mr. Forrest for an update on the CDBG grant applications. Mr. Forrest stated they are due in early January. The County will only accept one project and one alternate. Mr. Forrest stated that financial resources will also be looked at for a multi municipal open park and recreation space plan with other communities. The local portion of this grant would cost approximately $45,000. Mr. Council concurred with Mr. Forrest’s recommendation to apply for this $45,000 grant. Mr. Council responded to the misunderstanding regarding the Scottdale Road proposal. Mr. Council stated the idea is to make Scottdale road one way from the Gladstone Towers entrance to the entrance of The Knoll. The road will remain two way from Lansdowne Avenue to The Knoll and would remain two way from Baltimore Avenue to the Gladstone Towers entrance. PennDot has been asked to fund this project after which the traffic study will be done. Mr. Council stated that even with funding, it would be at least one year before this project takes effect. Mr. Council felt that the issue of Borough use of its municipal resources should be addressed, given the concerns/complaints from the neighboring municipalities. Mr. Smith stated that Lansdowne should not hinder its plans due to these complaints, given the safety factors in question for Scottdale Road residents. Mr. Council reported that the Lansdowne Foundation is trying to get 501c3 organizations together. Mr. Council asked if negotiations could be reopened with the former officers of the Lansdowne Foundation so that new officers can be appointed to use the 501c3 standing to fund future activities. Mr. Scott stated there was a five year limit for fulfilling the 501c3 mission and if nothing was done by the former officers in that time frame, another 501c3 organization can be established.
  11. Finance and Administration — Mr. Klingler reported that the budget work continues and hopes to have the latest version to Borough Council members before the next General meeting. The most difficult problem is the increase in compensation costs but the health insurance is anticipated to be less. Mr. Klingler stated that based upon the capital plan, the substantial costs include the fire house repairs, the Twentieth Century Club repairs and the bond issue for the new fire truck. Mr. Klingler stated that several different strategies are being investigated to eliminate the burden on taxpayers.
  12. Municipal Services — Mr. Burke opened a lengthy discussion about the proposed changes in bulk trash pickup. The new changes include abandoning the current procedure of a three week pickup period. Instead, a demand system would be used wherein residents call for a pickup as needed and these pickup would take place two Wednesdays per month. These pickups would be taken to the required County designations. Mr. Forrest stated that approximately $20,000.00 could be realized in savings. Mayor Young asked if any fees would be incurred for dumping. Mr. Forrest stated that a tipping fee is incurred once a year. Mr. Burke felt that a fee should be charged for white trash pickup. The general consensus among Borough Council members was that bulk trash pickup should be done at different times during the year, a fee should be charged for white goods and the plan is a good one that should be implemented rather than rejected. Mr. Forrest stated that a system would be necessary so that the right items are transported to the right facility and that residents would need clarification on the correct procedures to follow regarding pickup items. Mr. Burke asked what the Sewer Authority would be charging the Borough. Mr. Smith stated that the budget figures would probably be available toward the end of this month. Mayor Young asked if a schedule could be made available to residents during the street sweeping period. Mr. Forrest stated that the schedule would be unreliable due to the Borough crew being shifted around to other jobs at times.
  13. Zoning and Code Enforcement — Mr. Smith reported that 56 S. Union Avenue will be the next project. Bids will be taken on November 11th at 10:00 AM. Mr. Smith stated that staff issues are being discussed as part of the budget process. Mr. Forrest stated that existing code enforcement employees will not be grandfathered for certification requirements under the new statewide building code. Plumbing Inspector Mike McCall will need to become a Borough employee effective January, 2004 and he is to obtain the required certification. Mr. Smith stated that 210 Owen continues to be a problem. Mayor Young stated that residents are not being notified if the permit work passes inspection. Mr. Smith stated that the Code officers need to be contacted after any particular job is done and that an article is planned for the newsletter concerning the topic of fees, procedures, etc. Mr. Smith stated that to date approximately $37,000 has been collected from the annual inspections.
  14. Parks and
    Recreation

    — Mr. Borgman reported that an independent review is being done based upon the borings report for Interboro Park to see if another location for the toy can be found. Mr. Borgman reported that the Recreation and Park Board wants to send a letter to the owner of a garden section in Interboro Park advising that the owners have no standing for that property. Mr. Borgman stated that some blacktop has been dumped at the entrance to Reservoir Park.Also, a large downed tree may be made into a bench. Mr. Borgman stated that the toy in Hays Park has been put back together. New picnic tables have been installed at Belmont and Hoffman Parks. Mr. Borgman reported that the utilities agreement has been signed by the Boys and Girls Club regarding Hoffman Park. Mr. Borgman stated that a cost sharing arrangement is being considered for a resident on LaCrosse Avenue regarding the west side of Sycamore Park. Chief Kortan stated that some sink holes need to be filled on W. Greenwood Avenue.

Old Business

— None.

New Business

— Mr. Smith moved to reappoint Carl Candeloro to the Planning Commission for a four year term expiring 10/31/07. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to have the Secretary read Ordinance 1191, an ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne, authorizing an additional amount of no greater than $60,000.00 of debt for certain additional costs associated with the Pennvest waste water improvement project. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to approve Ordinance 1191.

Mr. Council seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burke moved to pay the $84.00 Pennvest filing fee in connection with Ordinance 1191.

Mr. Burke seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Klingler moved to have the Secretary read Resolution No. 2003-26, a resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne declaring its intent to destroy records. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Klingler moved to approved the Resolution, seconded by Mr. Smith. The motion carried unanimously.

Mrs. Fryer moved to appoint Mollie Repetto to the Civil Service Commission, for a six year term expiring 6/30/09, filling the spot left vacant by Mary Rita Merlino at the end of her term. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

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

Executive Session — None.

Mr. Burke moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 9:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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