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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday – November 3, 2004

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Council, Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Borgman, Ms. Hill, Mr. Lee, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wayne. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Treasurer Asciutto, Borough Secretary Henry and Police Chief Kortan. Fire Chief Young was absent.

Minutes – Mr. Wayne moved to approve the minutes of the October 6, 2004 Business Meeting of Borough Council as submitted by the Secretary. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

Markie Warner 185 Marlyn Avenue – Mr. Warner commented on the recent Bush/Kerry election, stating that history is repeating itself and not for the good.

John Callaghan 13 W. Greenwood Avenue. Mr. Callaghan questioned the attorney’s fee for drafting the resolution regarding the time limit on public comment. Mr. Scott stated that he did not write the resolution and therefore initiated no fee.
Mr. Callaghan questioned the attorney’s fee for work on the parade ordinance. Mr. Scott stated that he had not broken out the bill and wanted to first look at the bill before commenting on the cost.
Mr. Callaghan asked if the Borough could share the fire equipment with other municipalities in order to reduce costs. President Council stated that the Borough does share equipment if a neighboring fire company needs assistance.
Mr. Callaghan questioned the proposed 12 hour shift for police officers and felt that it would be too tiresome. President Council stated that the shift concept was presently on a trial basis and would be re-evaluated at the end of the year.

Len Wert 221 N. Lansdowne Avenue – Dr. Wert questioned the status of 231 N. Lansdowne Avenue and felt it should be fenced off to avoid injuries. Mr. Borgman stated that a petition had been given to the School Board and that someone is interested in developing the property if the tax situation can be resolved.

Reports and Discussions

A. Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto reported that he was working on the Tax Anticipation Note for next year and had been discussing the 2005 budget.

B. Borough Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua reported on the following items:

  1. Clover Avenue Storm and Sanitary Sewer project update: The project has been delayed one week and work will start on November 8th, pending delivery of the junction box.
  2. Twentieth Century Club update: All items have been completed but the issue of the wrought iron fence paint touch up remains open. Mr. Wayne asked if there was any water seepage into the basement. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that window wells are needed to raise the dirt grade high enough to stop the water.

C. Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott reported that the 2002/2003 trash and sewer lien letters were filed today.
Mr. Scott stated that Mr. Marcavage has 30 days to file his brief in court and the Borough has 20 days to file a response brief. Mr. Scott stated that he had not yet received Mr. Marcavage’s brief.

D. Borough Manager’s Report – Mr. Forrest stated he had passed out copies of the draft Comprehensive Plan and the draft 2005 budget for Borough Council’s review.
Mr. Borgman asked if any information was available regarding the airport expansion. Mr. Forrest stated he would be attending a hearing shortly regarding this matter. Mr. Smith felt that this expansion would have a greater negative impact on this area of Delaware County due to the anticipated larger jet traffic. President Council stated that the anticipated tax revenue loss for Delaware County will be significant (Mr. Smith mentioned $6-8 million) and will have to be made up in increased property taxes throughout the County. Mr. Forrest stated that December 1st is the deadline for any comments from the Borough.

E. Police Chief Kortan – Chief Kortan had no formal report.

F. Fire Chief Young – There was no report given in Fire Chief Young’s absence.

G. Mayor Young – Mayor Young stated that UAA officers will be recognized at next month’s general meeting.
Mayor Young stated that Ed Costa will be honored as an Eagle Scout at next month’s
general meeting.
Mayor Young stated that the Girl Scouts will be acting as Borough Council members in January and giving reports as part of their civic lesson.
President Council suggested giving Beautification Awards to 102 Madison Avenue. Mr. Smith asked to include 19 W. Stewart and 196 Ardmore Avenues.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

H. President’s Report – President Council stated that the franchise agreement between RCN and Comcast will be for a 15 year term with an option to extend for an additional 10 years. President Council reported that the Borough will receive $10,000 from Comcast this year to support the Arts Festival and $5,000 thereafter for 2005 and 2006; RCN will give $10,000 to the Borough for this year only and it was suggested that this amount be used to pay Dan Cohen’s negotiation fees. President Council stated that this agreement will allow the Borough access to any change in revenue streams with Comcast.

I. Municipal Services – Mrs. Fryer stated that all her items had been covered by Mr. Bevilacqua.

J. Finance and Administration – Mr. Smith reported that a meeting was held on October 8th with the East Lansdowne and Lansdowne Planning Commissions to discuss the draft Comprehensive Plan and that the comments window runs from November 9th to December 24th. Mr. Smith stated that a joint Borough Council meeting with Lansdowne and East Lansdowne will be held on January 6, 2005, 7-9 PM at the 20th Century Club and a quorum is required..
Mr. Smith stated that the 2005 Tax Anticipation Note will be in the amount of $500,000.
Mr. Smith stated that various options were discussed during the budget meeting and those that were best received are as follows: (a) Option #1 for the General Fund for a 4% increase with an estimated $100,000 fund balance at year end; (2) Option #3 for the Sewer Fund resulting in a 7% increase or $17.44. Mr. Smith stated that if no tax increase is anticipated, the budget will be at -$19,000. President Council stated that the budget will have to be passed on December 15th.
Mr. Smith stated that redevelopment plans for the Lansdowne Center will include building a new site for Eckerd Drugs in the center of the parking lot with a drive through access.

K. Community Development – Mr. Borgman stated that traffic flow problems regarding the Lansdowne Center and availability of parking spaces when the Eckerd Drug store is rebuilt will need addressing. President Council stated that the recommendation of the Redevelopment Plan consultant is to take out the recommended business parking spaces as outlined in the current zoning ordinance.
Mr. Borgman reported that a separate Redevelopment Committee meeting had been held in October to deal only with property maintenance codes.
Mr. Borgman stated that the next Community Development Committee meeting will be held on November 9th.

L. Public Safety – Ms. Hill stated that police officer Richard Schiazza is retiring on December 14th and she would like to make a motion at next month’s meeting to have Chief Kortan start the process for replacing him. Chief Kortan stated that a combined retirement party will be held for officers Richard Schiazza and Mike Baldesarre in February of next year.
Ms. Hill reported that signage is being finalized at Hoffman Park and that Mayor Young is looking at outside sources for calming devices.
Ms. Hill stated that Mr. Scott will be clarifying some points on the proposed 12 hour shift request before sending it to the FOP. Chief Kortan stated that under this proposal, officers will work seven 12 hour days over a 14 day period but will never work more than 3 days in a row. The cycle repeats itself every 14 days. President Kortan stated that this idea has met with success in other police districts nationwide.
Mr. Smith asked if patrols could be stepped up at the Ardmore School due to some vandalism and robbery incidents. Chief Kortan stated that officers will check the area.
President Council asked if any fee was due for having a dumpster on the street overnight. Chief Kortan stated that currently there is no fee required. President Council stated that some sort of time limit should be imposed on how long a dumpster is on the street. Chief Kortan stated that the Codes Department indicated to him that they would like to regulate this issue and consider charging a fee.
Mr. Smith mentioned that the basketball issue has been worked out with the Lansdowne Boys & Girls Club and the William Penn School District. The Boys & Girls Club will self-police the gym on weekends.

M. Economic Development – Mr. Wayne had no formal report.

N. Parks and Recreation – Mr. Lee had no formal report. Mayor Young asked if residents with Hayes Park concerns could be included in the proposed Interboro Park neighborhood meeting. Mr. Lee stated that for now only Interboro Park issues will be addressed at a neighborhood town meeting to be held on November 16th, 7:00 PM at the Twentieth Century Club and that any interested residents can attend. Ms. Hill stated that church members in that neighborhood were concerned about possible noise from the park during services. Mr. Lee and Mayor Young stated that while they understood these concerns, the interests of Lansdowne residents need to be served in the best way possible.

Old Business – None.

New Business
Mr. Smith moved to approve bills for the period. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to approve Resolution No. 2004-27, a resolution authorizing execution of a cable franchise agreement between the Borough and RCN Telecom Services of Philadelphia, Inc. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to approve Resolution No. 2004-28, a resolution authorizing execution of a cable franchise agreement between the Borough and Comcast of Southeast Pennsylvania, LLC. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to approve Resolution No. 2004-29, a resolution regarding solicitation of proposals for the 2005 Tax Anticipation Note. Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith moved to advertise Ordinance 1201, an ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne repealing Ordinance Nos. 953, 1037 and 1114 which granted cable franchises to predecessors of Comcast of Southeast Pennsylvania, LLC. Mr. Borgman 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 9:17 PM.
There were no motions made upon reconvening to Public Session. Mr. Smith moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Borgman. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:52 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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