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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

LansdowneBorough Council General Meeting
Wednesday – June 16, 2004

The LansdowneBorough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday,June 16, 2004 at 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present werePresident Council, Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Borgman and Mr. Smith.Ms. Hill and Mr. Wayne were absent. Also in attendancewere Mayor Young, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, TreasurerAsciutto, Borough Manager Forrest, Solicitor Scott,Borough Secretary Henry and Police Chief Kortan.President Council stated that the meeting was beingtaped by Comcast and will be shown on June 21st at 7:00PM on Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Borgman moved to approve the minutesof the May 19, 2004 Borough Council General Meeting.Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimouslywith two corrections noted by Mr. Smith.
Mr. Borgman moved to appoint Kevin Lee to Borough Councilto serve the position left vacant due to Ms. Madden’sresignation. This position will run until 12/31/2005and will be filled in the general election of 2005 fora two year term expiring 12/31/07. Mr. Smith secondedand a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 5-0with Mr. Wayne voting by telephone. Ms. Hill was absentfrom the vote.

Announcements and Presentations

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young swore in Kevin Leeas the new Borough Council member.
Mayor Young presented the 2004 Helms Award to Mary KayBowden.
Mayor Young swore in Lawrence Albertoli, Jr. to theLansdowne police force.
Two members of the American Legion presented a plaqueof recognition to 109 year old Joseph Doan to honorhis 85 year membership in American Legion Post #65.
The Allied Youth Council presented a check to GerryStaiber to support the Friday Morning Live program atthe Twentieth Century Club.Two representatives of the Allied Youth Council presentedservice recognition awards to three PennWood High Schoolstudents: Elizabeth Henney, Casey Regn and Michael Aurelio(absent).
Mayor Young announced the following calendar events:

  • 6/28 -Town meeting, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall regarding therecent burglaries in the Borough.
  • 6/29 -Storm water workshop, 6:00 PM.
  • 6/18 -Friday Morning Live and Zoo on Wheels at the TwentiethCentury Club.
  • 7/03 -4th of July Parade and festivities.
  • 7/04 -4th annual free concert on the lawn of the LansdownePresbyterian Church.

Treasurer’sReport – Mr. Asciutto reported that total GeneralFund revenues for May, 2004 amounted to $264,595.68;total General Fund expenditures for May, 2004 amountedto $680,305.40. Mr. Asciutto reported that the beginningbalance of all funds amounted to $11,218,332.46; theending balance amounted to $10,802,622.74. The endingbalance for the Police Pension Fund was $5,590,069.17.
Mr. Smith moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report asread. Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua stated thathis items would be covered under Committee reports.

Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott stated that hisitems would be covered in Executive Session.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

A. President’s Report – President Council statedthat St. John’s Evangelical Church was currently holdingtheir annual Strawberry Festival.
President Council reminded residents to make Food Closetcontributions if at all possible.
President Council reported that the next Arts Festivalis scheduled for September 17, 18 and 19 of this year.

B. Economic Development – No report was givenin Mr. Wayne’s absence.

C. Finance and Administration – Mr. Smith reportedthat the Twentieth Century Club work is 90% completewith three weeks to completion.
Mr. Smith reported that the Finance Committee is continuingtheir work on capital financing and will be asking fora final decision at the July 7th business meeting. Mr.Smith also reported that the Committee is researchingfinancing alternatives for fire apparatus purchasesand formalizing the 2002/2003 trash and sewer lien filings.
Mr. Smith stated that a July Finance Committee meetingdate will be advertised when the decision is finalized.

D. Municipal Services – Mrs. Fryer reported thatthe North Lansdowne sewer project will be completedby next week. Mrs. Fryer moved to authorize payment#1 in the amount of $52,255.80 to A. Garguile &Sons. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Fryer reported that the 2004 Road Program has beenawarded to Innovative Construction Services, Inc. Totalbid amount with add-ons was $104,710.00.

E. Public Safety – No report was given in Ms.Hill’s absence.

F. Community Development – Mr. Borgman reportedthat the Zoning overlay is ready for review.
Mr. Borgman asked for a status report on two properties.Mr. Bevilacqua gave a status report on the followingproperties:

  • a) 132Bartram Avenue – The contractor is obtaining pricesfor the needed plumbing.
  • b) 56S. Union Avenue – Mr. Bevilacqua is still tryingto coordinate efforts with the engineers for theadjacent property.

Mr. Borgmanreported that the next Community Development meetingwill be held on July 20th.
Mr. Borgman reported that the next Park and RecreationCommittee meeting will be held on June 21st.
Mrs. Fryer moved to suspend the Rules of Order. Mr.Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

Jack Covert 232 Jackson Avenue – Mr. Covert askedwhere residents primarily buy their gas. Chief Kortanstated it was either at the Coastal or Exxon stationsin the surrounding area. Mr. Covert asked that residentsconsider patronizing Stefano’s gas station.
Mr. Covert asked the status of putting the school zonelight on the other side of E. Essex Avenue for bettervisibility. Chief Kortan stated that it would be illegalto move the light across the street.
Mr. Covert stated that dense shrubbery continues tobe a visual hazard for drivers at Highland and StratfordAvenues. Chief Kortan stated that this problem is solelywithin the confines of private property and the Boroughcan only ask the owner to trim his trees.
Mr. Covert asked why the 2004 Budget and the RedevelopmentPlan were not posted on the Borough’s web site. PresidentCouncil stated that these documents cannot be publishedon the site until they are finalized.Mr. Covert asked if there would be a referendum on thebond issue. Mr. Smith stated that this was not requiredlegally at the present time.
Mr. Covert asked if a Town Watch exists in the Borough.Chief Kortan stated that Lansdowne has implemented aNeighborhood Watch. The difference between the two isthat a Neighborhood Watch has no patrols due to liabilityissues.
Mr. Covert reiterated his dissatisfaction with the newbulk trash system and asked that Borough Council reconsiderimplementing the old system.

Edith Bassie 70 Sayers Avenue – Mrs. Bassie thankedMr. Forrest for his efforts in getting the torn tarstrip repaired on Sayers Avenue.
John Callaghan 13 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Callaghanstated that potholes south of the railroad tracks onUnion Avenue and also at Wycombe and Union Avenues arestill not repaired. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that thesewould be repaired as part of the 2004 Road Program.

Charles Jeffers 13 Willowbrook Avenue – Mr. Jeffersstated that the intersection light at Baltimore andLansdowne takes too long to change and that many peopleviolate the left hand turns. President Council statedthat the Baltimore Avenue corridor study will be addressingseveral problem intersections throughout the area.
Mr. Jeffers mentioned that a 3K walk will be held onOctober 2nd through Drexel Hill to support cancer research.

Joe Heath 55 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Heathasked if Borough Council can budget the funds to fixthe street sign at the Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenueintersection.
Mr. Heath asked if Septa could move their current busstop at the aforesaid location in order to eliminatethe repeated broken paving at the corner. PresidentCouncil stated that the matter is being addressed.Mr. Heath stated that sidewalk and curb plants continueto be a vision hazard at the southwest corner of Wycombeand Stewart Avenues.

Robert Choate 3 Scottdale Road – Mr. Choate expressedseveral concerns about the volume of traffic and speedingon Scottdale Road. He asked if Borough Council wouldconsider speed humps, not bumps, on Scottdale Road.The Public Safety Committee will investigate the matter.Mr. Choate asked if a traffic counter could be placedon Scottdale Road. President Council stated that a solutionto the traffic volume and speeding would have to beagreeable to all impacted parties and that other optionsare still being considered.
Mr. Choate asked the status of the vacant land at BaltimoreAvenue and Scottdale Road. President Council statedthat the Borough may eventually acquire this land foruse as a gateway park.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Borgman moved to approve OrdinanceNo. 1197, an ordinance to provide for and regulate thelocation of certain businesses among the various commercialdistricts of the Borough; the purpose of this amendmentis to create retail-friendly C-1 and C-2 commercialdistricts and to encourage the revitalization of suchcommercial districts in the Borough. Mrs. Fryer secondedand a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Borgman moved to approve Ordinance No. 1198, anordinance providing for the administration and enforcementof the Pennsylvania Construction Code, Act 45 of 1999.Mr. Smith seconded and a roll call vote was taken. Themotion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to approve Resolution No. 2004-14, aresolution regarding insurance arrangements for the2004 fireworks display by the Union Athletic Association.Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Borgman moved to appoint Jeffrey Hayden to the Recreationand Park Board, filling the unexpired position leftvacant with Tim Vanderslice’s resignation. This positionwill run until 12/31/04. Mrs. Fryer seconded and themotion carried unanimously.

Communications – None.

Bills – Mr. Smith moved to authorize paymentof bills for the period. Mr. Borgman seconded and themotion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discussone litigation matter. Mr. Borgman seconded and themeeting adjourned into Executive Session at 9:00 PM.There were no motions made upon reconvening to PublicSession.
Mr. Smith moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded byMr. Borgman. The motion carried unanimously and themeeting adjourned at 9:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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