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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting
Wednesday – May 19, 2004

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Borgman, Mrs. Hill, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wayne. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Treasurer Asciutto, Borough Manager Forrest, Solicitor Scott, Borough Secretary Henry and Police Chief Kortan. President Council and Fire Chief Young were absent from the meeting.

Mrs. Fryer stated that Jane Madden has submitted her letter of resignation as Borough Council member, effective May 19, 2004.

Mrs. Fryer stated that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and will be shown on May 24th at 7:00 PM on Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Borgman moved to approve the minutes of the April 21, 2004 Borough Council General Meeting. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young announced the following calendar events:

  1. May 23-Philadelphia Open House Tour (12:30-5:00 PM)
  2. May 27-Saul Brody at the Lansdowne Folk Club
  3. May 31-Memorial Day Parade
  4. June 14-Monthly poetry reading at the Library, 7:00 PM
  5. June 14-Flag Day ceremony, 7:30 PM at Borough Green
  6. June 22-Swing Dance (last of season) at 20th Century Club. Will resume dances in the fall.

Mayor Young stated that approximately $500 was raised during the Great American Bake Sale.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto reported that total General Fund revenues for April, 2004 amounted to $1,657,431.96; total General Fund expenditures for April, 2004 amounted to $330,059.50. The ending balance of all funds amounted to $11,218,332.46. Mr. Asciutto reported that the current Police Pension Fund balance will be made available at next month’s meeting.

Mr. Smith moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua reported that work on the Twentieth Century Club is scheduled to be completed by mid to end of June.

Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott stated he had two Executive Session items.


A.President’s Report – No report was given in President Council’s absence.

B.Economic Development – Mr. Wayne reported on some of the public comments at the April 29th public meeting on the Redevelopment Plan:

  1. Install protected left hand turns at Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenues;
  2. Increase the number of business district parking spaces; and
  3. Hire a Main Street manager.

The Steering Committee met on May 6th to review the public comments on the Redevelopment Plan. Comments included changes to the retail development proposed for the Highland Avenue parking lot and targeting the properties in the report for either rehabilitation or redevelopment.

The Planning Commission met on May 13th to discuss the Redevelopment Plan.The report is to be submitted to the Planning Commission on June 10th for presentation to Borough Council on July 7th. If approved, it will be submitted to the Delaware County Planning Commission on July 15th.

Mr. Wayne stated that the LEDC is proceeding with the Main Street application.
Mr. Wayne reported that Yeadon is expected to join Lansdowne in the Elm Street program.
Mr. Wayne stated that a BYOB restaurant is acceptable in the Borough per Mr. Scott’s research.

Mr. Wayne reported that the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission has chosen Lansdowne as one of 10 communities to promote as being most attractive for "young knowledge workers" (computer programmers) living in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Mr. Wayne stated that the next meeting of the LEDC will be held on May 25th, 7:30 PM. Discussion will include establishing a historic district and a historical architecture review board in the Borough.

C. Finance and Administration – Mr. Smith reported that at the May 5th business meeting, Borough Council members were presented with the Finance and Administration Committee’s list of projects and estimated costs for potential capital financing. This list will also be discussed at the June 2nd business meeting.

The Committee’s next meeting will be held on June 7th at 7:00 PM. Topics for discussion will include capital financing plans and lien filings for the 2002/2003 delinquent trash and sewer fees.

Mr. Smith stated that Smith Barney representatives met with the Finance Committee on May 3rd and will again meet with them on August 2nd.
Mr. Smith reiterated the need for maintaining the level of volunteers for the Lansdowne Fire Company and Ambulance crew.

D. Municipal Services – Mrs. Fryer reported that the North Lansdowne Sewer project will begin on June 1st and is expected to be completed by early July, 2004.

E.Public Safety – Ms. Hill gave the April Police Report: 485 incidents, 879 parking tickets, 7,227 miles traveled. No Fire Company report was given.
Ms. Hill reported that the "No truck" signs on Scottdale Road will be upgraded.
Mr. Borgman asked for a fire siren update. Mr. Forrest stated that delivery of the siren is scheduled for May 21st and will be installed next week.

F.Community Development – Mr. Borgman gave highlights of the monthly Code Department report: 77 building permit applications, 13 electrical permits, 33 certificates of occupancy, 9 plumbing permits, 32 complaint inspections and 61 permanent inspections.

Mr. Borgman stated that a follow up meeting was held on May 11th concerning the joint code enforcement effort with Yeadon and the desire is there for an over site unit as plans move forward.
Mr. Borgman reported that an appeal board will be needed for construction code issues but the property maintenance appeals will still be handled by the Community Development Committee.
Mr. Borgman stated that Matt Black has been hired jointly with Yeadon as the new Fire Marshall. Darryl Harris will continue to provide short term support in the Fire Marshall position.

Mr. Bevilacqua stated that the County Review Board is reviewing the contractor’s structural report for 56 S. Union Avenue. Proposals are still being solicited through the Codes Department for venting the existing hot water heater at 132 Bartram Avenue.
Mr. Borgman stated that two appeals will be discussed at the Zoning Hearing Board meeting on May 27th at 7:30 PM.
The next Community Development Committee meeting will be held on June 8th, 7:00 PM.

Mr. Smith moved to suspend the Rules of Order. Mr. Wayne seconded and the motion carried unanimously.


Mr. Jackson
88 S. Wycombe Avenue – Mr. Jackson asked if any litter laws currently exist for the Borough. Mr. Borgman stated that the littering ordinance to be approved later in the evening will address these concerns. Mr. Borgman stated that the delivery of unwanted flyers cannot be restricted but these flyers must now be left on either the lawn or porch. Mr. Scott stated that residents can put a small sign on their front door or mailbox saying not to leave any unsubscribed materials. Any violations will incur a fine of up to $1,000.

Joanne Summey
101 Fairview Avenue – Ms. Summey asked why Fairview and Bartram Avenues are not being made a part of the Road Program citing that paving is badly needed for Fairview Avenue and some type of flood control is needed for Bartram Avenue. Mrs. Fryer stated that the process of selecting the streets is done on a worst to best case and that Upper Darby, Yeadon and East Lansdowne are not willing at the present to work with Lansdowne on the storm sewer repairs for Union Avenue.Mr. Forrest stated that Upper Darby had received a grant to do a feasibility study on the drainage issues and the Borough is working with Upper Darby on that process at the present time.

Edith Bassie
70 Sayers Avenue – Mrs. Bassie asked who should be called if people are still in Hays Park after it has closed. Chief Kortan said to call 911 and the curfew is 9:00 PM during the summer.

Mrs. Bassie stated that the Borough newsletter should differentiate whether the Borough meetings are Business or General meetings.
Mrs. Bassie stated that the hard top paving on Sayers Avenue has now ripped open.

Jack Covert
232 Jackson Avenue – Mr. Covert suggested that the flashing sign on Jackson Avenue posting school hours be moved across the street or cut down the trees so that people can see it.
Mr. Covert again asked residents and Borough Council to support the CCE regarding electing school board members. Mr. Smith stated that this topic is being discussed at the Finance and Administration Committee meetings.
Mr. Covert asked that the current bulk trash procedures be re-evaluated at the end of the year.

Mr. Covert asked that the Redevelopment Plan be put on the Web site for review. Mr. Wayne stated that when the maps are finalized they will be posted on the Web.
Mr. Covert asked that a walking trail be considered in Hoffman Park along the creek.
Mr. Covert asked that the Highland Avenue parking lot not be eliminated. Mr. Borgman stated that the redevelopment plan will not eliminate the current number of parking spaces.

John Callaghan
13 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Callaghan asked that the $3 million bond float for capital development be put before the voters. Mr. Scott stated that a statutory requirement exists regarding when it has to be put before the voters but the Borough is not yet at that point in the process.

Mr. Callaghan asked why the $3,000 LEDC loan was forgiven for the Arts Festival. Mr. Smith stated that the forgiveness allows the LEDC to use the money to attract more sponsors for future art festivals.

Mr. Callaghan asked how much money was made by the Swing Dance program. Mr. Smith stated the figures are not yet available.

Mr. Callaghan asked why he needed a second U&O for selling a vacant lot. Mr. Forrest will look into the matter.

Joe Heath
55 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Heath stated that a walking trail was not advisable in Hoffman Park citing safety reasons.

Mr. Heath asked the status of the cell tower plan. Mrs. Fryer stated that it was the consensus of Borough Council that they were not interested in the suggested tower as outlined by Nextel Corp.

Mr. Heath asked if there is an ordinance limiting the height of grass before it needs to be cut. Mr. Scott stated that it was 8 inches. Mr. Heath stated that the Southeast corner of Stewart and Owen Avenues has tall grass growing between the street and the sidewalk and that other areas in the Borough also have this problem.

Glen Weiss
185 Bryn Mawr Avenue – Mr. Weiss stated his approval of thea hand bill littering ordinance.

Mr. Smith moved to go back on the agenda. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Ms. Hill moved to promote Officer Mugler to a Class A Patrolman on 5/20/04. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Borgman moved to advertise Ordinance No. 1196, an ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne prohibiting littering and dumping and regulating the distribution of handbills and establishing penalties for violations thereof. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Wayne moved to approve Resolution 2004-10, a resolution declaring May 16 through 22, 2004 "Bike to Work Week". Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to authorize the Borough Engineer to prepare bid specifications and other documents relating to the 20043 Road Program, including Union Avenue and Green Avenue, with the intersection of Wycombe and Union Avenues, and the southwest corner of Lansdowne and Stewart Avenues to be included as all alternates. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Borgman moved to approve advertising of (i) Business Core Zoning Ordinance and (ii) a hearing regarding the Business Core Zoning Ordinance. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to execute confirmation and ratification of loan payments with the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Authority for storm and sanitary sewer projects. Mr. Wayne seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Communications – None.

Bills – Mr. Smith moved to authorize payment of bills for the period. Mr. Wayne seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss two litigation issues. Mr. Borgman seconded and the meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

Upon reconvening into Public Session, Mr. Smith moved to direct the Solicitor to send a letter to Mr. Ferkler’s attorney directing him to forward funds held in escrow to the Borough. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Borgman moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Wayne. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:17 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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