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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday, February 4, 2004

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Council, Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Borgman, Ms. Hill, Ms. Madden, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wayne. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Treasurer Asciutto, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Manager Forrest, Solicitor Scott, Borough Secretary Henry, Police Chief Kortan and Fire Chief Young.

Minutes
Mr. Wayne moved to approve the minutes of the January 5, 2004 Reorganization/Business Meeting of Borough Council as submitted by the Secretary. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session
Mr. Borgman moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss a litigation issue.
Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting reconvened into Public
Session at 7:40 PM.

Visitors

Paul Del Rossi

27 S. Mansfield Road
Mr. Del Rossi in his capacity as a member of the State Street Orchestra of Media asked if there would be an interest for the group to start a swing dance night in Lansdowne. The profits would be split 50/50 between the Borough and the Orchestra. The no smoking, no alcohol dance would be held on the third Friday of each month at the Twentieth Century Club with an admittance fee of $10 to $15. The general consensus among Council members was agreeable and a preliminary contract will be drawn up.

Mr. Callaghan
13 W. Greenwood Avenue

Mr. Callaghan asked why Mr. Del Rossi would not be paying rent if allowed the use of the Twentieth Century Club. President Council stated that the Borough needs to support start up groups in order to develop the arts movement in Lansdowne. Callaghan asked how many community homes were in the Borough and what type of taxes they paid. Mr. Scott stated that 4 or 5 existed in the Borough and that the Fair Housing Act dictates what type of taxes are paid, being State law and not Borough law. President Council stated that non profit organizations either pay in kind or property taxes. Callaghan asked if the Borough receives money from cell phone taxes. President Council stated it does not receive taxes.

Michael Marcavage
62 E. Stewart Avenue

Mr. Marcavage stated that the $56 annual inspection fee per rental unit is unfair and that landlord property rights are being slowly eroded. Marcavage stated he was not aware of the Borough ordinance that mandated registering rental properties and asked that a temporary hold be put on the $347.00 fine that was imposed for failing to register his property until he could further investigate the registration process. Mr. Marcavage stated that the inspection fees are covering up a deficit in the Code Department. Mr. Bonenberger stated that if Mr. Marcavage had allowed the inspection of his property, he would have recommended abating the fine and referring the matter to the Zoning Committee. Mr. Scott stated that if Mr. Marcavage needs more time, he should take his appeal to District Court. Mr. Marcavage stated he would send subpoenas to every Borough Council member if the matter goes to court.

Edith Bassie
70 Sayers Avenue

Mrs. Bassie asked if her recently repaired downspout needed to be inspected. Mr. Bonenberger stated he would look into the matter. Mrs. Bassie asked if snow plowing could be done twice on Sayers Avenue due to the double parking making it difficult for the plows to do a thorough job. Mrs. Bassie felt that Wildman Arms condominium owners should have their units inspected as well as the renters there.

Reports and Discussions

Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Asciutto had no formal report.

Engineer’s Report

Mr. Bevilacqua stated that bids for the Twentieth-Century Club project will be received on February 17 at 10:00 AM.
Mr. Bevilacqua reported that Steve Travers is trying to set up a meeting with the County regarding the demolition of 56 S. Union Avenue.
Mr. Bevilacqua stated that at the latest Municipal Services Committee meeting, six sewer projects were deemed urgent due to recent involvement and fining. Mr. Bevilacqua stated the projects could be done in portions and presented the following costs: $35,000-$40,000.00 for Florence Avenue; $60,000-$70,000 for Elberon Avenue; $70,000-$85,000 for N. Lansdowne Avenue.
Mrs. Fryer stated that $50,000 was being allowed for the 3 year project and running a TV into the sewer lines. The other projects would be considered for inclusion in the bond issue.
Mrs. Fryer moved to authorize the Borough Engineer to prepare a bid package for the N. Lansdowne Avenue project. Ms. Madden seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Solicitor’s Report

Mr. Scott stated that he met with counsel for the potential buyers of property at the end of Dudley Avenue. The previous sanitary sewer problems have been repaired as well as the storm sewer problem with another easement agreement. Preliminary plans are to build 6 to 8 twin homes and the setback issue will be presented to the Zoning Board.

Borough Manager’s Report

Mr. Forrest had no formal report.

Fire Chief Young

Chief Young reported that specifications are now ready regarding the new ladder truck.

Police Chief Kortan

Chief Kortan had no formal report.

Mayor Young

Mayor Young stated that she wants to declare March as Lansdowne Orchestra Symphony month.
Mayor Young stated that she would like to coordinate the poet laureate candidates with Lansdowne artists to create a poetry book for sale.
Mayor Young asked if a calendar could be done as a separate packet for the Borough instead of the magnets. Mr. Forrest stated he was presently working on a community map.
Mayor Young stated that Eric Hughes wrote thanking the Borough for the excellent snow removal efforts.

President’s Report

President Council stated he would like to honor realtors Gloria and John Carpenter at the next general meeting for helping to raise property values in the Borough.
President Council stated he would mention the blighted properties issue at the next televised meeting and asked that Mr. Forrest be ready to discuss any resolution on the matter.
President Council stated that the Borough has applied for a Legislative initiative grant of $60,000 to abate the problem at Interboro Park. Also, joint applications have been made for an as yet undetermined sum by a joint partnership of the LEDC and the borough to renovate the Twentieth Century Club, the Lansdowne theater and to establish a gateway park in the Borough.
President stated that a meeting will be held tomorrow night at the Twentieth Century Club with the consultants engaged in the redevelopment plan for developing commercial properties in the Borough.

Municipal Services

Mrs. Fryer stated that some complaints had been received regarding the snow removal on Baltimore Avenue.

Finance and Administration

Mr. Smith reported that the Borough auditors have another seven weeks for conducting their audit, with a deadline of April 1.
Mr. Smith stated that the Committee meeting was held on February 2 regarding sewer projects and a review of the capital program list.
Mr. Smith stated that the pension issue will be addressed no later than March 1. Health insurance will also be a priority item.

Community Development

Mr. Borgman reported that a Zoning Hearing Board meeting will be held on February 19 at 7:00 PM.
Mr. Borgman will represent Borough Council in opposing the legalization of a 3 unit property. The Zoning Committee will also be considering the zoning overlay.
Mr. Borgman reported that a $10,000 grant has been approved for joint code enforcement. Bonenberger suggested changing the consolidation plans in order to receive more money.

Public Safety

Ms. Hill asked that her personnel issue be addressed in Executive Session.

Parks and Recreation

Ms. Madden had no formal report. The next Committee meeting will be held on February 17.

Economic Development

Mr. Wayne stated that the next Committee meeting will be held on February 24, 7:30 PM.
Mr. Wayne stated that he recently attended a COG meeting on January 23. As a result of the Delaware County Renaissance Action Plan the County is hiring an economic development specialist Jim McLaughlin to focus on the Baltimore Avenue corridor issue. Under this same plan, money has been allocated to get abandoned properties demolished or into active use. The project will start on April 1 spearheaded by Debbie Lamborn and will identify 2 to 5 homes in each municipality and prepare an action plan to secure a private line of credit and develop a marketing plan to sell the homes. $25,000 has been allocated for the actual plan and $50,000 has been allocated for the revolving loan fund.
Mr. Wayne stated that the Finance Committee discussed sewer projects at the last meeting and questioned whether there was an interest in bidding these on a multi municipality basis.
Mr. Wayne asked if East Lansdowne would be joining Lansdowne Borough and Yeadon in code enforcement issues. Mr. Forrest stated that the COG has not yet initiated any plan.

Old Business

none

New Business

Mr. Smith moved to approve the bill payment for the period. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to approve Resolution 2004-5, a resolution regarding the destruction of records. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Borgman moved to approve Grant Agreement with Delaware County for the demolition of 151 W. Essex Avenue. Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session

Mr. Smith moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss a personnel issue.
Mr. Borgman seconded and the meeting adjourned at 9:11 PM.

Public Session

Upon reconvening into Public Session, Ms. Hill moved to offer officer Ken Rutherford a patrolman class position (with three years experience) with the Lansdowne Police Department with restoration of benefits, pension benefits to be determined. Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Wayne moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Smith. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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