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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting
Wednesday – June 15, 2005

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 15, 2005, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Borgman, Ms. Coleman, Mr. Lee and Mr. Smith.Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Secretary Henry, Borough Treasurer Asciutto and Police Chief Kortan. President Wayne, Ms. Hill and Fire Chief Young were absent.

Mrs. Fryer stated that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and will be shown on June 20th at 7:30 PM on Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Smith moved to approve the minutes of the May 18, 2005 Borough Council General Meeting as submitted by the Secretary.Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young introduced Lee Gardner of the Lansdowne Allied Youth Council, who presented letters of commendation and monetary gifts to Julia Tia and Nicole Howe.

Mayor Young presented Chuck Cavanaugh with a check in support of the Friday Morning Live program.

Mayor Young presented a Beautification Award to Mike Moffa of 125 Powelton Avenue.

Mayor Young announced the following items:

  1. Approximately 13,281 users visit the Lansdowne Borough web site per month.
  2. E-mail from Seth Bruner stated that the Lansdowne Mustangs will hold games on June 26, 27, 28 and July 5, 6:00 PM at Kirk field.
  3. Volunteers are needed for the Meals on Wheels program.
  4. 7/4/05 – 4th of July parade and fireworks
  5. Mayor Young and Mr. Lee will be meeting with Senator Arlen Spector in Washington tomorrow in connection with the Bill of Rights Protection ordinance.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto gave the Treasurer’s report for May: total General Fund revenues were in the amount of $ 195,440.07, total General Fund expenditures were in the amount of $ 476,003.48 and the total ending balance of all funds was in the amount of $ 11,441,214.45.

Mr. Asciutto reported an ending balance of $ 5,625,959.26 for the Police Pension Fund. There was a net asset change of $ + 135,847.89 in the Police Pension Fund.

Mr. Smith moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to cancel the July Borough Council Business Meeting. Mr. Lee 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 stated he had two Executive Session items.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

A. President’s Report – There was no report given in President Wayne’s absence.

B. Economic Development – Ms. Coleman reported that the recent wine tasting event sponsored by the LBPA was a success.

Ms. Coleman stated she recently attended and represented Lansdowne Borough at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting in celebration of regional excellence and that Lansdowne recently won a Transportation and Community Development grant.

Ms. Coleman stated that the hiring of a Main Street manager is nearing to a close.

Ms. Coleman stated that the next Economic Development Committee meeting will be held on June 28th.

C. Finance and Administration – Mr. Smith stated that the Finance and Administration Committee met on June 6th to discuss Borough insurance renewals, new HVAC system for Borough Hall and the possible switch in pension plan providers for the non-uniformed plan.

Mr. Smith stated that the next Finance and Administration Committee will be held on August 1st, 7:00 PM and the Police Pension Fund will be discussed with Smith Barney representatives.

Mr. Smith reported on the follow up item from last month regarding the breakout of the $160,000.00 that has been spent so far from the Capital Improvements loan.: (1) $144,000 for a new street sweeper, $16,000 for the HVAC system in the firehouse and some minor building improvements in Borough Hall; (2) the RCN broadcasting of meetings is still being investigated; (3) there was no report issued by the County regarding Tax Collector collection issues and the deficiencies in the bar code system have been addressed and will be rectified.

D. Public Safety – Mr. Smith gave the Police Report for May: 491 incidents, 26 motor vehicle accidents, 4 injuries, 26 adult arrests, 18 juvenile arrests, 634 parking tickets, 219 motor vehicle violations, 7,369 miles traveled. No Fire Company report was given.

Mr. Smith presented his follow up items from last month’s meeting: (1) Chief Kortan sent Dr. Wert a letter detailing the investigation of the incident that occurred in front of his office; (2) the School District has applied for a $5 million grant for school violence prevention programs.

E. Municipal Services – Mrs. Fryer gave the recycling report for May:

  • Paper: 30.94 tons $773.50
  • Cans: 1.63 tons $81.50
  • Year to date totals: $4,741.00

Mrs. Fryer stated that the Road Program will be advertised on June 23rd and June 27th and bids will be received on July 8th.

Mrs. Fryer presented her follow up items from last month’s meeting:

  1. 88 S. Wycombe Avenue driveway drainage problems are being caused in part because there is no longer any curb where the driveway meets the road;
  2. Sanitation workers’ overtime costs were $23,000.00 through May, 2005 and $18,000.00 through May, 2004. Figures will continue to be reviewed in more detail;
  3. 1 worker is out on Worker’s compensation leave and one is out on family medical leave;
  4. owners of the Lansdowne Center have been notified about the overflowing trash there;
  5. 171 N. Lansdowne Avenue – Ms. Ha’s water collection problem on her property was investigated by the Code Department and Mr. Forrest and the sidewalk is not the cause of the problem The low spots holding the water is one foot below the sidewalk and the ground is just not draining well.

E. Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Borgman reported on the following items:

  1. The fence around the old 7-11 site will be removed some time in July.
  2. Repairs to the Ath Dara Apartments have begun.
  3. 162 W. Baltimore Avenue – a permit had been issued for repairs but disputes between the owner and contractor have prevented this work from starting.
  4. 231 N. Lansdowne Avenue – may go up for sheriff’s sale in about a month.
  5. 40 Linden Avenue – this vacant property is in compliance except for high grass issues.
  6. 210 Owen – owner’s attorney is not cooperating with the Borough Solicitor regarding cleanup citations and the District Court will probably issue an arrest warrant.

Mr. Borgman stated that the Zoning Revisions Task Force will hold its first meeting tomorrow at 9:00 AM.

Mr. Borgman stated that an extra Zoning Planning Committee will hold an extra session to discuss property maintenance code issues.

Mr. Borgman stated that the next Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement Committee meeting will be held on July 12, 7:00 PM.

F. Parks and Recreation – Mr. Lee read the Friday Morning Live schedule and stated that these shows are held every Friday at 10:00 AM in the 20th Century Club. More information can be obtained by calling Mrs. Staiber at the Recreation Department.

Mr. Lee stated that a tentative cleanup date for Interboro Park has been scheduled for June 25th, 8:00 AM.

Mr. Lee stated that the next Recreation and Parks Board meeting is on June 20th, 7:30 PM and the next Parks and Recreation Committee meeting is on June 21st, 7:00 PM, both to be held at Borough Hall.

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

Visitors

James Jackson 88 W. Wycombe Avenue – Mr. Jackson stated that the follow up answer given regarding his driveway water issue did not address the problem. The street must be milled down because the crown is now higher than the sidewalk. Both sides of the street are now affected. Mr. Forrest agreed with Mr. Jackson and will see if a temporary fix can be done but this road is not on the Road Program.

Mr. Jackson stated that the issue of bad contractors working in the Borough is troubling and he found that no formal or informal review is done prior to issuing a contractor permit. Mr. Jackson suggested creating a computer file of bad contractors and referencing this file before issuing permits. The permit fees could help defray the potential costs.

Jack Covert 232 Jackson Avenue – Mr. Covert stated that the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra will start its 60th year in October.

Mr. Covert stated that the parking meter issue should be investigated as 90% of the meters are out of compliance with the State. Chief Kortan stated that all Borough meters will be recalibrated by the end of summer.

Mr. Covert felt that something should be done now to change the School Board election process instead of waiting until after the elections in November.

Mr. Covert requested that the juvenile arrest reports for Penn Wood High School be more detailed.

Mr. Covert questioned the status of the curb plantings ordinance. Mr. Borgman stated that this issue has not been the highest priority but his Committee will be looking more closely at enforcing it.

Charlies Bowes In his capacity as President of the Union Athletic Association, Mr. Bowes asked that residents be generous in their contributions to the July 4th fireworks and parade.

Joanne Cammer 18 DeForest Road – Ms. Cammer requested that the parking meters be fixes to show time restrictions, amounts due, etc.

Ms. Cammer asked if Gladstone Manor would soon be repaved and potholes filled in.

Charlie Jeffers 13 Willowbrook Avenue – Mr. Jeffers stated that the trash cans have now been removed from the front of Eckerd Drugs in the shopping center.

Mr. Jeffers stated that a Cancer Walk will be held on October 8th.

Marie DeYoung 4 Owen Avenue – Ms. DeYoung thanked Borough Council for letting veterans hold their meetings in Borough Hall the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM.

Ms. DeYoung passed out information urging town councils, school boards and citizens to challenge their Congresspersons and senators to demand fiscal accountability from the Pentagon and from subcontractors such as Halliburton.

Tom Russell 147 Blackburn Avenue – Mr. Russell requested that the back stop be left in place at the Essex Avenue field instead of being removed for the July 4th events because it would affect the Boys Club’s use of it. Chief Kortan stated that the Fire Marshall would look over the area tomorrow and would contact Mr. Russell about any pertinent safety issues.

Joe Heath 55 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Heath suggested giving those Borough employees who have to clean up after the July 4th activities a personal day with pay.

Mr. Heath asked how repairs to Borough streets are financed. Mr. Smith stated that these expenses come out of the Liquid Fuels Fund. Mr. Heath stated that Union Avenue needs repairs between Baltimore and Wycombe Avenues.

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

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Smith moved to promote Officer Crescent Brown to Class "A" retroactive June 2, 2005, based on the Civil Service Rules. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to promote Officer Lawrence Albertoli to Class "C" effective June 17, 2005, based on the Civil Service Rules. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to promote Officer Kevin Kienzle to Class "D" retroactive June 6, 2005, based on the Civil Service Rules. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to adopt Resolution 2005-11, a resolution regarding insurance arrangements for the July 4, 2005 fireworks display. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Lee moved to approve proposal submitted by Robert Bartmann for renovations to Interboro Park for a fee not to exceed $4,500.00. Ms. Coleman seconded and 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 – Mr. Smith moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss personnel and litigation issues, seconded by Ms. Coleman. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned to executive session at 9:02 PM.

There were no motions made upon reconvening to Public Session. Mr. Smith moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Lee. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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