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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday – April 7, 2004

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 7, 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, Solicitor Scott, Borough Secretary Henry and Mr. Weiss filling in for Fire Chief Young. Mr. Forrest and Chief Kortan were absent.

Minutes – Mr. Smith moved to approve the minutes of the March 3, 2004 Business Meeting of Borough Council as submitted by the Secretary. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

Urban Partners – A representative from Urban Partners presented an overview of Phase 1 and II of the proposed Redevelopment Plan that involves certification requirements and planning. The Planning Commission has certified that the redevelopment area as defined meets all the legal requirements. Under State law several criteria need to be examined to determine whether or not an area needs redevelopment. These criteria involve the efficiency of the transportation system, the utilization of property and economic use and value. Urban Partners stated that the major area of redevelopment will predominantly include the downtown area i.e., properties along Lansdowne Avenue between the railroad tracks and Stewart Avenue and properties on Baltimore Avenue between Owen and Union Avenues. Also included is a small number of properties south of the railroad tracks at the train station and the vacant EPA site on Union Avenue. The study found that 54% of properties in the designated area had one instance of blight while more than 20% had two or more characteristics of blight.
The representative stated this study would be submitted to the County Planning Commission for their review after Borough Council’s approval.
Ms. Madden then introduced Park and Recreation Board members Fred Mirarchi, Jr. and Michael Magee to discuss the installation of the snack bar in Hoffman Park. Mr. Mirarchi stated that the location will be to the left of the pavilion and will be on the street side. It will be a 12′ x 14′ wood framed stand with electricity, running water and a 20 year asphalt shingled roof. Windows will be facing the field. Ms. Hill suggested that the Scottdale Road residents be informed of these plans since their properties will be facing the structure.

Edith Bassie
70 Sayers Avenue – Mrs. Bassie stated that loose gravel has been left on Sayers Avenue from the road repairs for several months. Mr. Bevilacqua will take care of the matter.

John Callaghan
13 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Callaghan asked that Lansdowne residents be informed if a cell tower is to built in the Borough. President Council stated that no current plans are underway for such a tower. Mrs. Fryer stated that Federal law prohibits municipalities from denying permission for the towers to be erected.

Reports and Discussions

A. Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto stated his items would be covered under the Finance Committee report. Mr. Smith mentioned that the audit is now complete.

B. Borough Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua reported that the North Lansdowne Sewer project has been awarded to A. Gargiule & Son.
Mr. Bevilacqua stated that a preconstruction meeting for the Twentieth Century Club project was held on March 23rd with the County. Construction should be completed within 60 days.
Mr. Bevilacqua stated that demolition has started on 132 Bartram Avenue. An additional $1000 was authorized to take down the rear portion of 130 Bartram Avenue.
Mr. Bevilacqua reported that some concerns exist regarding the adjacent property to 56 S. Union Avenue and is awaiting more information from the Engineer.

C. Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott reported that the Dudley subdivision approval is getting closer to completion and there is potential purchaser.

D. Borough Manager’s Report – No report was given in Mr. Forrest’s absence.

E. Police Chief Kortan – No report was given in Chief Kortan’s absence. President Council mentioned that a donation would be made in memory of Chief Kortan’s nephew.

F.Fire Chief Young – Deputy Fire Chief Weiss gave the Fire Company report for March: 22 calls.
Chief Weiss stated that the Ladies Auxiliary will be participating in the May 1st Yard Sale.
Chief Weiss reported that the Relief Association of the Lansdowne Fire Company has authorized the purchase of a new rescue truck. The approximate cost is $400,000 and there will be no deposit for the ladder truck.
Chief Weiss stated the annual banquet will be on May 15th.
President Council stated that he has spoken with Chief Young and Ms. Hill about developing a joint Borough Fire Company recruitment drive for fire company volunteers.
Chief Weiss stated that Timmy Moore has won the 2004 Junior of the Year award and was sent to the Youth Leadership Forum on March 28th.
Mr. Borgman asked how the Fire Company is preparing for the fire siren shut off on April 15th. President Council stated that the new siren installation cannot be done by April 15th due to Borough and contractor issues regarding bidding law exemptions. Mr. Borgman suggested that residents be informed of the new siren sound.

G. Mayor Young – Mayor Young stated that John and Gloria Carpenter will be recognized at the General Meeting along with the Hi-Q team of Penn Wood High School.
Mayor Young announced the following calendar events:

  1. April 12th – First Poet Laureate monthly poetry reading, 7:00 PM at the library.
  2. May 1st – Yard Sale.
  3. Memorial service for Carter Zervas, April 25th, 1 – 4 PM at the Lansdowne Friends Meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

H. President’s Report – President Council reported that the Senior Community Services will hold a Friendship Day on April 13th, 10-2 at Mercy Hospital.
President Council passed out information regarding the environmental impact analysis relating to the airport runway and expansion plans. This could be potentially harmful for Delaware County due to adding another runway, expanding other runways and changing the flight patterns that would now occur over largely populated areas. The tax revenue impact could amount to $6.5 million for Delaware County residents.
President Council stated that Governor Rendell intends to attend the Arbor Day festivities to be held on April 30th, 1-3 PM at Sycamore Park.
President Council stated that he received a letter from Pat Croce supporting the Starbucks coffee effort at the closed 7-11 site on Baltimore Avenue.

I. Municipal Services – Mrs. Fryer stated that the school budget process is underway.
Mrs. Fryer stated that the DPA was contacted regarding the rat extermination pellets found in Marlyn Park and reports that the situation presents no danger to residents or animals.

J. Finance and Administration – Mr. Smith reported that the Twentieth Century Club lease for 2004 is being discussed by the Finance Committee.
Mr. Smith stated that plans are underway to increase participation in the State Street Orchestra swing dance program at the Twentieth Century Club.
Mr. Smith reported that he and Mr. Forrest have been discussing increasing parking fines from $7.00 to $15.00 and increasing the illegal dumping fine from $50.00 to $500.00.
President Council mentioned that he would like to develop a floating parking permit for the Bank Building employees at any metered lot in the Borough.
Mr. Smith reported that $2,316,000.00 has been collected in general trash and sewer fees. An additional $265,000 is shortly being deposited. Also, $12,000 was collected in delinquent trash and sewer fees during January, 2004; $1,500 was collected in February, 2004. During 2003 600 tax certifications were issued. Mr. Smith stated that liens have been filed up and including 2001. Mr. Nupp has been asked to attend the next Finance Committee meeting to discuss the strategy for filing 2002 and 2003 liens. Mr. Smith stated that the issue of some Borough businesses being tax delinquents would have to be discussed in the future.
Mrs. Fryer moved to reimburse Nenita L. Heverling of 170 N. Wycombe Avenue for sewer line repairs by American Sewer Services in the amount of $135.00. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

K. Community Development – Mr. Borgman reported that the variance was denied for 75 E. LaCrosse Avenue at the recent Zoning Hearing Board meeting. Mr. Bob Fuhrman has been elected as the Board’s 2004 Chair.
Mr. Borgman stated that a meeting has been set with the County for April 15th, 4:00 PM to discuss the zoning overlay.
Mr. Borgman stated that the Committee will be working on the property maintenance codes as a supplement to the code books.
Mr. Borgman stated that a community meeting will be held with Yeadon on April 8th, 7:30 PM to discuss any inter municipal code enforcement issues.
The next Committee meeting will be held on April 13th, 7:00 PM.

L.Public Safety – Ms. Hill reported that the State has awarded $33,000 to the Lansdowne library, approximately $19,000 less than had been awarded last year. Also, the library has selected to be one of four libraries initiating an after school, four day per week pilot program. Mr. Smith requested a copy of the library’s audit report as well as the name of the firm who was engaged to do the library’s independent audit.

M.Parks and Recreation – Ms. Madden moved to permit Michael Magee and Fred Mirarchi of the Park and Recreation Board to proceed with the installation of the snack bar shed in Hoffman Park. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Ms. Hill and Mr. Wayne expressed concern about the placement of the stand and Ms. Hill suggested that fencing be installed as a protective measure.

N.Economic Development – Mr. Wayne stated that the Redevelopment Plan is a two phase plan that may span approximately 5 to 30 years. Mr. Wayne emphasized the need for as much public input as possible. There will be a public meeting on April 29th, 7:30 PM at the Twentieth Century Club to discuss the various ideas. Some proposals discussed at the recent Redevelopment Plan Steering Committee meeting included:

  • developing the areas now occupied by Blockbuster, the Lansdowne Theater, the Highland Avenue parking lot as well as the area occupied by Barksdale Studios and the corner of Maple and Baltimore Avenues.
  • establishing a post office where the Blockbuster video store is now located.
  • establishing a drug store in a portion of the Highland Avenue parking lot
  • developing a passageway next to the Lansdowne Theater
  • installing a pedestrian walkway above the railroad tracks at the end of Highland Avenue for the proposed residential property at that site.

Old Business – None

New Business – Mr. Smith moved to authorize payment of the bills for the period. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to approve a resolution from Smith Barney naming Betsy Riffert as an authorized officer. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Hill moved to advertise Ordinance 1194, an ordinance restricting truck traffic on Nyack Avenue. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to authorize Dave Forrest to execute for the Borough all required forms and documents for the purpose of obtaining financial assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Fryer moved to award contract to Sewer Specialty Services in the amount of $144,227.00 to clean and televise all Lansdowne public sewer mains in three annual six-month phases (alternate 1). Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Fryer moved to award Contract 109, the N. Lansdowne Avenue Sewer Reconstruction bid to A. Gargiule & Son, Inc. in the amount of $81,292.00. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to make a $1,000.00 contribution to the Senior Community Services. Ms. Madden seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Wayne moved to approve a resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne certifying the downtown district as blighted and in need of redevelopment. 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 adjourned into Executive Session at 9:48 PM.
There were no motions made upon reconvening into Public Session. Mr. Smith moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Borgman. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 10:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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