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Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday, June 1, 2005

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Wayne, Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Borgman, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Hill, Mr. Lee and Mr. Smith. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Treasurer Asciutto, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Secretary Henry and Police Chief Kortan. Fire Chief Young was absent.

Minutes – Mr. Borgman moved to approve the minutes of the May 4, 2005 Business Meeting of Borough Council as submitted by the Secretary. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried with one abstention by Mr. Borgman.

Mr. Smith moved to Suspend the Rules of Order. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

Charlotte Hummel 55 W. Stewart Avenue – Ms. Hummel had procedural questions regarding block parties and street regulations. Chief Kortan stated that she needed to gather signatures of 90% or better from the residents on her block agreeing to the no parking issue. Chief Kortan also stated that he would need at least a week’s notice and that no alcohol would be permitted.

Ms. Hummel then asked if the street lights could be turned off during the block party. Chief Kortan stated he would provide her with a contact name from PECO.

Ms. Hummel asked Mayor Young for her help in assisting Kelly Jones with an art/service project.

Ms. Hummel asked that her street be considered for next year’s road program due to several potholes.

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

Reports and Discussions

A. Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto had no formal report.

B. Borough Engineer’s Report – Clover Avenue Sewer Project: Mr. Bevilacqua reported that requests from alternate contractors for the remaining punch list items are being finalized.

2005 Road Program: Mr. Bevilacqua stated that field estimates and preliminary costs

will be in the range of $75,000-85,000.00 and $7.00 sq. yd. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that PECO is doing temporary paving along Nyack Avenue where they have been working.

2005 Sewer Program: Mr. Bevilacqua stated that the survey work should be completed by mid-June. Mr. Bevilacqua asked if the line running through Reservoir Park had been surveyed. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that this area is on the priority list and that part of the problem is currently being addressed by the work APCO Construction is doing behind the Administration Building. Mr. Borgman asked about a sink hole problem brought up at last month’s general meeting by Mrs. Ha. Mr. Forrest stated that he will be setting up a meeting with her and the Code Department next week.

Mr. Smith questioned the monetary payback process regarding the civil suit against Pro Action Carpet Cleaning wherein they were dumping into the sewer line at E. Stewart and N. Wycombe Avenues last January. Mr. Forrest stated he will check into the matter.

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

Mr. Scott reported that Michael Marcavage’s appeal regarding the rental inspection/license issue was unsuccessful.

D. Borough Manager’s Report – Mr. Forrest had no formal report.

E. Police Chief Report – Chief Kortan addressed some follow up items:

  1. The request to PECO for a left hand turn at Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenues has been looked at and if approved, will dovetail into the Baltimore Avenue Corridor study. The consultant has stated that the walk light and parking meters will be the major issues in this regard.
  2. The problem corner at W. Drexel and Shadeland Avenues has now been marked a no parking zone and signage has been installed.
  3. The abandoned car behind Mrs. Ha’s property has been tagged abandoned and the letter has been sent to the owner.

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

G. Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young stated that Flag Day is June 14th, 7:00 PM.

Mayor Young stated that the Helms Award will be given in July.

Mayor Young stated that Boy Scout Troop 333 has been in business for 60 years.

Mayor Young stated that the Britt Gallery would like to showcase and sell art work of Borough artists.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

H. President Report – President Wayne had no formal report.

I. Municipal Services – Mrs. Fryer had no formal report.

J. Finance and Administration – Mr. Smith reported that the new fire truck will be inspected in Wisconsin on June 9th. If all goes well, the truck will be in the Borough by June 13th and the parade will be held within a year.

Mr. Smith stated that the next Finance and Administration Committee meeting will be held on June 6th.

Mr. Smith stated he would be voting no on the motion to approve settlement of tax assessment appeal for 58 N. Lansdowne Avenue to reduce assessment from $1,452,320 to $1,305,000, citing income capacity issues and the loss of tax revenues.

K. Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Borgmanreported that the Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement Committee had approved the 2005 agreement with Lansdowne and Yeadon regarding joint code costs.

Mr. Borgman reported on the following Zoning Hearing Board decisions:

  1. 54 N. Wycombe Avenue – the day care center variance has been granted with exceptions.
  2. 29-37 N. Lansdowne Avenue theater building – the Board will reconvene at a later date to review additional information from Nextel Communications.

Mr. Borgman stated that the next Committee meeting will be held on June 14th, 7:00 PM.

Mr. Smith suggested that the zoning hearing fee of $500 be waived for Mr. Candeloro’s reapplication, if approved.

Ms. Hill asked the status of some vacant properties near Linden Avenue. Mr. Scott stated that 110 S. Wycombe Avenue was being sold this week and that two sets of twin houses would be built in its place.

L. Public Safety – Ms. Hill reported that bids are being taken to remove a downed tree in Hoffman Park.

Ms. Hill stated that negotiations are beginning regarding the FOP collective bargaining agreement.

Ms. Hill encouraged everyone to attend the June 12th jazz brunch in Sycamore Park.

The question was raised regarding downed trees in the Borough. Ms. Hill suggested putting some tips on the web site and in the newsletter to educate residents about the care and maintenance of trees on their property. Mr. Lee stated that this will be part of the Multi Municipal Plan. Mr. Scott stated that the Swarthmore Borough Tree Advisory Board holds an annual inspection of the whole Borough and provides notices to homeowners if a particular tree is deemed to be a public safety hazard. A group contract is then provided to cover any tree service at a reduced rate.

Mr. Lee asked if free parking meters could be established on Election Day.

M. Parks and Recreation – Mr. Lee reported that the Phase I survey is complete regarding Interboro Park and will include the $60,000 grant. This survey will focus on access and water issues. Mr. Borgman questioned the disposition of the grant money. Mr. Lee stated it covers the survey and Mr. Bartmann’s fee for the proposal and site plan.

N. Economic Development – Ms. Coleman reported that she will be attending a June 7th meeting of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to represent Lansdowne as being one of six communities who won a transportation and community development initiative grant related to the Baltimore Avenue Corridor study.

President Wayne stated he attended a meeting with Graynor Price Homes last week and their intent is to develop the Barksdale Studios block on Lansdowne Avenue to include 6 mixed use buildings. One building will be located on Baltimore Avenue with retail on the 1st floor and residents on the 2nd floor. Additional buildings will have interior parking on the 1st floor and residents on the 2nd floor. The residential portions will be owner occupied condominiums.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Smith moved to adopt Resolution No. 2005-12, a resolution covering the destruction of records. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mrs. Fryer moved to award a contract to repair a manhole on Scottdale Road to Coleman Brothers Inc., Aldan, PA, in the amount of $4,500.00. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to table the motion to approve settlement of tax assessment appeal for 58 N. Lansdowne Avenue reducing assessment from $1,452,320.00 to $1,305,000. Ms. Hill seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

President Wayne then asked for an overview of the top priorities for each respective Committee:

A. Economic Development – create strategy to define roles, responsibilities and structure for new business vendors; define and clarify the role and responsibility of the Main Street manager; develop ways to make Lansdowne more business friendly; gather statistics on which businesses are leaving and why; investigate timing of marketing Lansdowne in line with the Redevelopment Plan.

B. Mayor Young – will continue with functions/responsibilities in same manner.

C. Parks and Recreation – focus on Interboro Park; clarify Committee role with the Parks Board; develop various fund-raising events.

D. Municipal Services – Sewer and road programs.

E. Zoning, Planning & Code Enforcement – adopt property maintenance code; define property transfer requirements; revise fee schedules; initiate zoning revisions dictated by passing the Joint Comprehensive Plan; complete Appeals Board;

F. Public Safety – remedy parking problems at library; finalize collective bargaining agreement with FOP; review and update emergency management response in Borough; develop stop gap measures for Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenue traffic congestion.

G. Finance and Administration – start 2006 budget process; convert Non-Employee Pension Plan to ICMA Plan; Fall installation of new HVAC system in Borough Hall; renew all lines of insurance (except for workers’ compensation which comes at a later date); explore possibility of extinguishing smaller Borough debt at an earlier date.

H. President Wayne – work with LEDC on implementing Main Street Program; work on joint venture of LEDC and GLCA regarding the gateway park, renovations to the 20th Century Club and the Lansdowne Theater.

Executive Session – Mr. Smith moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss a possible litigation issue and two additional items per Mr. Scott. Mr. Lee seconded and the meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:05 PM.

There were no motions made upon reconvening to Public Session. Mr. Smith moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Borgman. The meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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