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Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday, December 1, 2004

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were 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 Secretary Henry and Police Chief Kortan. President Council, Borough Treasurer Asciutto and Fire Chief Young was absent.

Minutes – Mr. Wayne moved to approve the minutes of the November 3, 2004 Business Meeting of Borough Council as submitted by the Secretary. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Wayne moved to Suspend the Rules of Order. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Visitors

John Callaghan 13 W. Greenwood Avenue.
Mr. Callaghan questioned the domestic partner issue regarding its purpose and definition of ‘domestic partner’. Mrs. Fryer stated that it concerns the Borough’s policy toward employees. Mr. Smith stated that the Borough has until January 15th to notify Independence Blue Cross if benefits will be extended to recognized domestic partners. Mr. Scott stated that a domestic partner is any unmarried individual having a close committed personal relationship with an unmarried heterosexual or same sex partner.
Mr. Smith stated the issue had been discussed at several previous Committee meetings. Mr. Callaghan stated that the storm sewer across from St. Philomena’s Church on Baltimore Avenue floods during heavy rains. Mr. Forrest will investigate the matter. Mr. Callaghan questioned the open records policy. Mr. Scott stated that this was a resolution that will require the Borough to respond in a certain way to comply with the Open Records Act.

John Moore, Sr. 112 E. Greenwood Avenue
Mr. Moore asked if blood relatives can receive health benefits under the domestic partner ordinance and felt it discriminated against those not involved in a sexual relationship. Mr. Scott stated that the Borough’s health insurance provider has provided certain criteria regarding what qualifies as a domestic partner relationship. Mr. Lee stated that the ordinance is not discriminatory in that a Borough employee who is caring for a family member in a custodial manner can have that family member covered under his/her health insurance.
Reports and Discussions

A. Treasurer’s Report – No report was given in Mr. Asciutto’s absence.

B. Borough Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua reported that relocation work has started with the utilities company in the Clover Avenue project. The installation of the storm and sanitary lines is expected to be finished by year end, 2004. Mr. Bevilacqua reported that the demolition of 98 Nyack Avenue will be advertised on December 3rd with bids being received on December 14th at 10:00 AM at Borough Hall. Mr. Bevilacqua reported that requests for payment on 56 S. Union and 132 Bartram Avenues have been forwarded to the County.

C. Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott stated he had one Executive Session item.

D. Borough Manager’s Report – Mr. Forrest reported that the Borough should officially submit comments on the FAA’s Environmental Impact Statement. Mrs. Fryer’s formal letter of Borough concerns will be sent to the FAA. Mr. Smith asked that the comment letter also be sent to Mr. Blakely at the FAA.

E. Police Chief Kortan – Chief Kortan stated that the hiring process is ongoing for a new police officer and he should be able to make a recommendation by mid-month. Chief Kortan stated that the 12 hour shift agreement is ready for Borough Council’s authorization.

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

G. Mayor Young – Mayor Young stated that Brownie Troop No. 9 will be collecting new and used blankets, soccer balls and clothing to be sent to Iraq and will ask for Borough support at the December general meeting. Mayor Young stated that Jingle Judges were needed for this year’s judging. Mr. Smith, Ms. Hill and Mrs. Fryer offered their services. Mayor Young asked if free parking would be available in the Borough during December.
Mr. Smith moved to suspend Borough meter parking effective December 2nd through December 31st.
Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Young stated that a No Place For Hate meeting will be held on December 6th at 7:30 PM. Mayor Young stated that the newsletter will be going out the first week in January.
COMMITTEE REPORTS

H. President’s Report – There was no report given in President Council’s absence.

I. Municipal Services – Mrs. Fryer stated that arrangements for bulk trash pickup can now be made through the Borough web site. J.
Finance and Administration

  1. Open Records policy – Mr. Smith stated that the Open Records Policy gives time lines and costs regarding requests for and acquisition of Borough records. Ms. Hill asked how the process will be monitored regarding access to personal information. Chief Kortan stated that this can be controlled by having an employee oversee what the individual is researching and that no sensitive information will be made available. Mr. Forrest stated that the required form will also be looked over for any questionable requests. Chief Kortan asked if this procedure would supersede his current practice for filing accident reports to insurance companies. Mr. Scott stated that it would not. Mr. Scott also stated that investigative reports will not be released. Mr. Lee moved to waive the reading of and approve Resolution No. 2004-30, a resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, establishing policies to facilitate requests for public records of the Borough of Lansdowne, the manner in which records shall be disseminated, the manner in which decisions shall be made concerning dissemination of public records, and establishing a fee schedule for duplication and certification of public records of the Borough of Lansdowne. Mr. Wayne seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  2. 2005 Budget – Mr. Smith stated that under the current version of the 2005 budget, there would be no tax increase in 2005 and a $100,000 fund balance is projected for year end 2005. Mr. Smith stated that there would be a slight increase in the sewer fee. Mr. Smith stated that a public special meeting will be held on December 6th at 7:00 PM to approve the current version of the budget and public input is welcome. It will then be advertised for 10 days and approved in its final form at the December 15th general meeting. Mr. Smith clarified that the Fire Marshall salary applies to Mr. Black and not Messrs. Harris.

  3. Domestic Partner benefits – Mr. Smith stated that December 15th is the deadline for notifying the health insurance provider of the Borough’s intentions to extend benefits to domestic partners of Borough employees. Mr. Lee stated that no type of Borough EEO statement exists and would like to have a resolution incorporating the Human Relations Commission language and addressing how the Borough conducts business in all other areas. Mr. Scott will draft a resolution with Mr. Lee’s ideas and the employee handbook will be changed to reflect the pertinent language.

K. Community Development – Mr. Borgman questioned the status of 231 N. Lansdowne Avenue. Mr. Scott suggested talking with the School Board members who need to address this situation. Mr. Borgman reported that a Zoning Hearing Board meeting will be held on December 2nd regarding adding units to 36 Runnemede and 108 W. Baltimore Avenues. Mr. Borgman stated that a Planning Commission meeting will be held on December 16th, 7:30 PM. Mr. Borgman stated that the next Community Development Committee meeting will be held on December 14th, 7:00 PM. Mr. Smith questioned the status of 61 Owen Avenue. Code Enforcement Officer Travers stated that this was a bank foreclosure and the structural engineer had ordered some temporary repairs to make the building safe. Mr. Smith questioned the status of 110 S. Wycombe Avenue. Mr. Travers stated that the Vacant Property Review Committee has recommended demolition and that someone is interested in purchasing and demolishing the property. Mr. Wayne questioned the status of 210 Owen Avenue. Mr. Travers stated that the owner cleans it up to meet the standards of the property maintenance code, then starts accumulating more articles. Mr. Wayne questioned the status of 234 Owen Avenue. Mr. Travers stated that a demolition permit had been requested but a dispute over 18′ of property had held up the process and the demolition permit will be pulled shortly. Mr. Smith questioned the property at Berkley and Owen Avenues. Mr. Travers stated that the owner is addressing code concerns and Mr. Travers will continue to monitor the matter through regular inspections.

L. Public Safety – Ms. Hill moved to promote Officer Crescent Brown to Class ‘B’ Patrolman, effective December 2, 2004, and that her salary be adjusted according to the Lansdowne Civil Service Rules and Regulations. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Ms. Hill moved to promote Officer Lawrence Albertoli to Class ‘D’ Patrolman, effective December 17, 2004, and that his salary be adjusted according to the Lansdowne Civil Service Rules and Regulations. He is also scheduled to become a member of the FOP, Lodge #27 on January 25, 2005 and his dues should be deducted accordingly. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Ms. Hill moved to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Borough of Lansdowne and the FOP regarding the initiation of a 12 hour shift for police personnel, such 12 hour shift to begin January, 2005. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

M. Economic Development – Mr. Wayne reported that the Main Street Program application has been filed by the LEDC and the Department of Community and Economic Development wants to conduct a review process with the LEDC, tentatively scheduled for December 14th. Mr. Wayne stated that a Planning Commission meeting will be held on December 16th. Mr. Wayne reported that the Baltimore Avenue Revitalization Program will be released tomorrow by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. The proposals are to be submitted by January 11, 2005 and approximately $240,000 will be available. Mr. Wayne stated that a Lansdowne representative is needed to sit on the Steering Committee.
M. Parks and Recreation – Mr. Lee stated that the next Recreation and Parks Board meeting is scheduled for December 13th at 7:00 PM; the next Park and Recreation Committee meeting is scheduled for December 21st, 7:00 PM.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Smith moved to approve bills for the period. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Lee moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss one litigation and one personnel matter. Mr. Wayne seconded and the meeting adjourned at 9:05PM. There were no motions made upon reconvening to Public Session. Mr. Smith moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Wayne. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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