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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday, February 2, 2005

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Wayne, Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Borgman, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Hill and Mr. Lee. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Treasurer Asciutto, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Secretary Henry, Police Chief Kortan and Fire Chief Young. Mr. Smith and Borough Engineer Bevilacqua were absent. President Wayne asked for a moment of silence in memory of Francis McCarthy.

Minutes – Mr. Borgman moved to approve the minutes of the January 5, 2005 Business Meeting of Borough Council as submitted by the Secretary. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mrs. Fryer moved to Suspend the Rules of Order. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

John Callaghan
13 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Callaghan asked the total amount of delinquent Borough taxes. President Wayne stated that he will discuss the matter with Mr. Smith. Mr. Callaghan stated he had misgivings about the Borough giving two police cars to Yeadon. President Wayne stated that this matter would be discussed under New Business.

Follow Up Items:

  1. Fire Marshall inspection fee – Mr. Forrest stated that letters of explanation were going out with some application fee refunds and the program is suspended until further notice.
  2. Pot hole repair – Mrs. Fryer stated that the large pothole on Mansfield Road between Marshall and W. Albemarle Avenue has been repaired. 3. Marshall Road tickets – Chief Kortan stated that more tickets are being issued to speeders and illegally parked vehicles on Marshall Road near the business area.

Ms Coleman moved to reinstate the Rules of Order. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Reports and Discussions

A. Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Ascuitto reported that proceeds from the Tax Anticipation Note and the loan from the Delaware Valley Regional Authority had been received. Mr. Asciutto stated that by next week he will have the 2004 materials ready for the auditors.

B. Borough Engineer’s Report – No report was given in Mr. Bevilacqua’s absence.

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

D. Borough Manager’s Report – Mr. Forrest reported that he and Gerry Staiber had met with officials of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources regarding a new revitalization program. The Borough would receive 150 trees over the next 3 years to be planted on commercial properties and public land. Mr. Forrest stated that a review of staff recommendations and available manpower will be investigated. Mr. Forrest asked if Borough Council wanted to transfer the $20,000 LEDC budget line item. Mr. Asciutto asked that the transfer wait until additional tax money was received. Mr. Forrest stated that 2005 budget funds were available to hire a facilities maintenance technician.

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

F. Fire Chief Young – Chief Young introduced Steve Zivello as the new Assistant Fire Chief. Chief Young stated that he is getting prices for repairing the broken heater in the fire house.

G. Mayor Young – Mayor Young stated that the third annual gathering of the No Place For Hate group will be held on February 25th, 7-9 PM at the 20th Century Club. Mayor Young suggested that the Committee Chairs might like to write articles for the newsletter.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

H. President’s Report – President Wayne stated that a public meeting regarding the Union Avenue widening study will be held on February 10th, 7:00 PM at the 20th Century Club. President Wayne stated that tickets are still available for the Police Retirement Dinner to be held on February 10th. President Wayne stated that May 1st is the deadline for Borough officials to file their Statements of Financial Interest. President Wayne stated that Dana Bedden will be invited to the March 16th general meeting to discuss William Penn School District plans. President Wayne stated that the White House is seeking cut Borough CDBG money by almost 50%. Mr. Forrest stated he will draft the appropriate communication opposing these cuts and present it as a draft resolution at next month’s meeting.

I. Municipal Services – Mrs. Fryer stated that the next meeting of the Municipal Services Committee will be held on February 7th regarding the Ad Hoc School Committee. Mrs. Fryer mentioned that communication has been bad among Borough Council members and felt that more timely responses would be helpful. Mr. Forrest thanked the Borough crew for doing an excellent snow removal job after the recent storm.

J. Finance and Administration – There was no formal report given in Mr. Smith’s absence. President Wayne stated that the $1.2 million loan proceeds had been received.

K. Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Borgman questioned the amount concerning 98 Nyack Avenue under New Business. Mr. Forrest stated that the base award would be given in the amount of $38,200 but that funds are available for add ons. Mr. Borgman discussed the stucco color for 24-26 N. Lansdowne Avenue. Mr. Bonenberger felt that white rather than gray would be the better choice due to fading issues. Mr. Borgman reported that the Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement Committee met at a special session on January 31st regarding the development of the code enforcement book. Mr. Borgman emphasized that life safety issues and preserving Borough housing stock are the priorities. Mr. Borgman stated that the next Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement Committee meeting will be held on February 8th at 7:00 PM.

Ms. Coleman moved to Suspend the Rules of Order to hear a presentation from Wanda Sadsler of Howard Doran Engineering & Surveying regarding the subdivision of 55 E. Baltimore Avenue. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Ms. Sadsler gave a brief presentation on the subdivision of 55 E. Baltimore Avenue. The major points were as follows:

  1. The property would be divided into two separate properties. The current plan is to establish a catering/banquet facility and apartments.
  2. Parking facilities would be around the corner and across the street. Mr. Lee questioned parking facilities for handicapped patrons and asked if there was any concern about having no curb cuts. Ms. Sadsler stated that the buyer would be in full compliance with the Borough regarding any issues and concerns and was putting up $100,000 for renovations.

President Wayne questioned representation issues. Ms. Sadsler represents the current owner of the property, not the buyer and is not authorized to bind the buyer.

President Wayne stated that under the Redevelopment Plan, the lots in question are to be consolidated, not subdivided. Ms. Coleman moved to reinstate the Rules of Order. Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

L. Public Safety – Ms. Hill had no formal report but stated she had one Executive Session item.

M. Parks and Recreation – Mr. Lee reported that work is scheduled to begin in late spring or early summer at Interboro Park. Mr. Lee stated that there had been several discussions regarding the disposition of the $60,000 grant money for the various park issues. Mr. Lee stated that some suggestions by the Park Board including putting in a community garden or a walking track. Ms. Hill felt that some kind of research or feasibility study was needed for Interboro Park. Mr. Borgman stated that this would be part of the joint comprehensive plan. Mr. Forrest stated that the Steering Committee for the Multi Municipality Open Space Plan will be meeting on February 8th at the 20th Century Club to interview 4 consultants.

N. Economic Development – Ms. Coleman reported that a preliminary meeting with a potential Borough developer will be held next week. Ms. Coleman reported that the Baltimore Avenue revitalization plan is set to go and a Task Force will be set up of which she will be a part. Ms. Coleman stated that the LUPTAP grant has been approved for improvements between Union and Lansdowne Avenues south of the railroad tracks. Ms. Coleman reported that a meeting will be scheduled regarding the redevelopment plan so that all involved parties will be kept informed and the process will move forward.

Old Business – Comprehensive Plan. President Wayne stated that a joint meeting was held on January 6th and hope the addenda will be available by next month’s business meeting. Mr. Borgman stated that the Planning Commission Chair did not have a draft of the Plan. Mr. Forrest will provide draft copies of the Comprehensive Plan to the Planning Commission.

Communications – None.

New Business – Mrs. Fryer moved to approve the bills for the period. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Borgman moved to award bid for the demolition of 98 Nyack Avenue to Schultz Demolition Inc., of King of Prussia, PA in the amount of $38,220.00. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously. This price does not include the asbestos removal. Mr. Borgman moved to adopt resolution 2005-04, a resolution authorizing the disposition of two code enforcement cars to Yeadon Borough for the purpose of furthering joint code enforcement efforts that does not include a requirement for repayment from Yeadon Borough should they sell those vehicles in the future. Mrs. Fryer seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Borgman moved to approve the subdivision of 55 E. Baltimore Avenue according to the application that has been made. A lengthy discussion followed regarding Borough Council’s options and what degrees of freedom exist regarding this subdivision. Mr. Scott stated that Borough Council can only determine whether the application adheres to certain Borough compliances and cannot exercise discretion outside of that role. Mr. Lee stated he had reservations about the handicapped parking issue and felt that the project would not bring enough benefit to the Borough to offset the problems it may cause. Mrs. Fryer asked about opposing it. Mr. Scott stated that if not approved, the Borough would have to specify the defects now and cite the provisions or ordinance relied upon. Mr. Bonenberger felt that the parking issue could not conform to ADA compliance. Mr. Borgman was in favor of the project. Mrs. Fryer seconded and a roll call vote was taken. President Wayne, Ms. Hill and Mr. Lee abstained from the vote. Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Borgman and Ms. Coleman voted “aye” and the motion carried to approve the subdivision.

Executive Session – Mr. Borgman moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss the following items:

  1. Litigation issue
  2. Real Estate issue
  3. Personnel issue.

Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9: 25 PM.

There were no motions made upon reconvening to Public Session. Mr. Borgman moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mrs. Fryer. The motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 11:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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