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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting Wednesday – December 15, 2004

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, December 15, 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 Solicitor Scott, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Secretary Henry and Police Chief Kortan. Borough Treasurer Asciutto and Fire Chief Young were absent. President Council stated that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and will be shown on December 20th at 7:00 PM on Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Borgman moved to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2004 Borough Council General Meeting as submitted by the Secretary. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young presented Mrs. Ruda and Brownie Troop #9 to speak about their Iraqi Project. The Brownies will be collecting blankets, soccer balls and new and used children’s clothing to help with the relief effort in Iraq. The project will run until December 3oth. Mrs. Ruda stated that Lockheed Corporation had donated $500 to the effort. Mayor Young greeted Anthony Campuzano, who thanked Borough residents and businesses for their support of the 5th annual Gift Givers Program. Charlotte Hummel, on behalf of the Lansdowne Democratic Party, presented a $200 check to Mr. Campuzano for the program. Mayor Young introduced Bill Brown of the LEDC, who presented President Council with a document highlighting his many accomplishments, contributions and initiatives while a resident of Lansdowne Borough. Mr. Smith presented President Council with a congratulatory proclamation from Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Baker thanking him for his leadership and contributions to Lansdowne Borough. Mayor Young presented President Council with a proclamation and parting gift recognizing his leadership in the Borough. Mayor Young gave her annual report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made part of the minutes.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Smith gave the Treasurer’s report in Mr. Asciutto’s absence. Mr. Smith reported that total General Fund revenues for November, 2004 amounted to $ 169,693.32 and total General Fund expenditures for November, 2004 amounted to $ 360,907.86. Mr. Smith reported the ending balance of the Police Pension Fund was $5,560,552.23 and the ending balance for the Non-Uniformed Pension Fund was $639,313.16. Mr. Wayne moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

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

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS

A. President’s Report – President Council gave a brief overview of Borough Council’s accomplishments instead of his formal annual report. To wit:

  1. Establishing the LEDC.
  2. Having the COG move Lansdowne forward in addressing current and future problems.
  3. Improving a myriad of resident services for Lansdowne Borough.
  4. Working with each other and with the opposition to focus on the business of serving Lansdowne and resolving differences.
  5. Hiring Dave Forrest as Borough Manager.

President Council thanked Representative Micozzie for his support of the COG and their initiatives. President Council advised any resident who is selling their house to sell it for top dollar and not to allow anyone to lowball them.

B. Economic Development – Mr. Wayne presented his annual report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made part of the minutes.

C. Finance and Administration – Mr. Smith presented his annual report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part of the minutes.

D. Municipal Services – Mrs. Fryer gave her annual report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part of the minutes.

E. Public Safety – Ms. Hill gave her annual report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made part of the minutes.

F. Community Development – Mr. Borgman gave his annual report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part of the minutes.

G. Parks and Recreation – Mr. Lee gave his annual report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made part of the minutes. Mr. Smith moved to Suspend the Rules of Order. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

Michael Riegan Wildman Arms Apartments – Mr. Riegan stated his support of the domestic partner resolution. Mr. Riegan stated that Shrigley Park is in need of some cleanup at the top of the hill.

Dr. Len Wert 221 N. Lansdowne Avenue – Dr. Wert thanked President Council for his vision regarding the Borough and his attempts to transform the Lansdowne Theater. Dr. Wert asked if heterosexual couples would be covered for partnership benefits under the domestic partner resolution. President Council stated that the resolution includes domestic partners, same sex or not.

Edith Bassie 70 Sayers Avenue – Mrs. Bassie stated that the American privilege of voting is extremely important.

Michelle Peterson 85 S. Lansdowne Avenue – Ms. Peterson stated that a tree had fallen onto a Verizon line behind the Ath Dara Apartments and has been there since September; also, outside pipe line problems that have affected pipes in the apartments have never been prepared.

Chuck Jeffers 13 Willowbrook Avenue – Mr. Jeffers stated that a PECO pole on W. Baltimore Avenue is shredded at the bottom and could pose a safety problem.

Kathleen Lambert 104 Lansdowne Court – Ms. Lambert voiced her support of the non-discrimination resolution.

Anthony Campuzano 40 W. Albemarle Avenue – Mr. Campuzano thanked President Council for all his support while Borough Council Vice President and for his vision and hard work while Borough Council President and a resident of Lansdowne. Mr. Campuzano also thanked all those who had helped with the annual Gift Givers Program .

James Klingler 86 E. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Klingler praised President Council for his vision and motivation while a Borough Council member and thanked him for his friendship and many accomplishments while living in Lansdowne.

Charlotte Hummel 55 W. Stewart Avenue – Ms. Hummel stated that the School Board had recently passed a resolution providing a process whereby residents can now petition to get taxes abated on delinquent properties. Ms. Hummel specifically mentioned 231 Lansdowne Avenue and is awaiting word from the interested redeveloper. Ms. Hummel stated that Dana Bedden will be the new School Board Superintendent and encouraged residents to give him the needed support and credit so that he can better the School District problems.

Amy Gillespie 301 E. Providence Road, Aldan – Mrs. Gillespie thanked Borough Council for their support of the Lansdowne Library, stating that the library is now the second most supported library in the County. Mrs. Gillespie stated that 5,797 residents have current library cards. Mrs. Gillespie stated that during 2004: 7,744 new cards were issued, 90,000 items were checked out and there was a 200% increase in audio book checkouts.

John Callaghan 13 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Callaghan stated that certain budget items previously mentioned had not yet been corrected. Mr. Smith acknowledge that certain transposition errors had not been corrected but that the bottom line numbers are correct. Mr. Callaghan questioned the $10,000.00 budgeted for ammunition. Mr. Smith stated that the correct figure for this is $5,591.00 and had been corrected in the November Treasurer’s Report. Mr. Callaghan questioned the $150,000.00 for Recreation. Mr. Lee stated that the Recreation Department will be doing fund-raising but if the money is not raised, the money will not be spent and will be considered a wash for budgetary purposes. Mr. Callaghan felt that the non-discrimination resolution was over legislating stating that the state and Federal Governments already provide for this coverage. President Council stated that no protection currently exists for protecting the people mentioned in the Borough resolution and that a current movement in Congress to add amendments to the Constitution is specifically designed to discriminate against people in same sex partnerships.

Marie DeYoung 4 Owen Avenue – Ms. DeYoung asked if a survey could be done as part of the Economic Development Program to see how many residents are impacted every time there is a power failure.

Carol Spokeman 154 W. Plumstead Avenue – Ms. Spokeman voiced her support of the non-discrimination resolution and stated her gratitude for the changing face of Lansdowne.

Joe Heath 55 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Heath thanked President Council for his handling of many difficult issues while a Borough Council member and specifically thanked him for his actions regarding Mr. Marcavage. Mr. Heath asked if the Greenwood Avenue entrance to Reservoir Park could be monitored for maintenance upkeep.

Borough Council’s Response to Visitors: None

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Smith moved to approve the 2005 budget. Mr. Wayne seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 6-1 with President Council casting the dissenting vote. Mr. Smith moved to adopt Resolution No. 2004-31, a resolution regarding the 2005 refuse collection fee. Mr. Borgman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Smith moved to approve Ordinance No. 1202, an ordinance to estimate the number of gallons of water which will be consumed by persons whose properties are connected to the public sewers of the Borough for the year 2005, and to fix the amount of sewer rental or charge to be made to each property connected to the sewers. Mr. Borgman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously. The new rate will be $3.97 per 1000 gallons of water consumed. Mr. Smith moved to adopt Ordinance No. 1203, an ordinance fixing the tax rate for the year 2005. Mr. Wayne seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously. The tax rate will be 8.2 mils for 2005. Mr. Lee moved to adopt Resolution No. 2004-32, a resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne adopting a policy of non-discrimination. Mr. Smith seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Smith moved to approve Ordinance No. 1204, an ordinance that authorizes the incurrence of non-electoral debt by the Borough of Lansdowne (the “participant”) pursuant to the issuance of the general obligation note, series of 2005 (the “participant note”) in the aggregate par amount of $1,200,000 and approves certain capital projects; approves the negotiated sale of the participant note to the Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority; approves the substantial forms of the participant note, loan agreement and continuing disclosure agreement and authorizes execution and delivery of all necessary documents; states the amortization schedule and maximum annual debt service payments; authorizes and awards a transaction under a qualified interest rate management agreement and authorizes and directs a filing to the Department of Community and Economic Development; pledges the full faith, credit, and taxing power of the participant for the timely repayment of the participant note, including the regularly scheduled payments due under the qualified interest rate management agreement; covenants to pay any terminations; creates and appoints a sinking fund depository; authorizes the application for approval of the issuance of the participant note to the Department of Community and Economic Development; authorizes advertisement of enactment; and repeals inconsistent ordinances. Mr. Wayne seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Smith moved to award the 2005 Tax Anticipation Note to Commerce Bank at 2.15%, such Note to expire 6/30/05. Mr. Wayne seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

Communications – None.

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

Executive Session – Mrs. Fryer moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss a litigation issue, seconded by Ms. Hill. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:40 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

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