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Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday – August 3, 2005

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday,
August 3, 2005, 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 Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Secretary Henry, Borough Treasurer Asciutto and Police Chief Kortan. Mayor Young and Fire Chief Young were absent.

Minutes – No minutes were approved as no Business Meeting was held in July.

Mrs. Fryer moved to suspend the Rules of Order seconded by Mr. Lee. The motion carried unanimously.


Len Wert 221 N. Lansdowne Avenue – Dr. Wert asked if there is an ordinance regarding removal of garage sale signs within a certain period of time. Mr. Scott stated there is a Borough sign ordinance but he was not familiar with the specific language. Dr. Wert then stated it should be enforced and proceeded to deposit several old signs in front of President Wayne.

Dr. Wert questioned the status of the delayed sheriff sale for 231 N. Lansdowne Avenue. Mr. Scott stated there had been a mis-communication with the Sheriff’s Department and will follow up on this matter.

Dr. Wert questioned the status of 110 Wycombe Avenue. President Wayne stated the matter would be investigated.

Dr. Wert asked if a church was going to take over the old American Appliance store on Baltimore Avenue and asked if a mini mall was coming into that space. President Wayne stated that this property is outside the Borough of Lansdowne.

Dr. Wert asked when the referendum could be put on the ballot for liquor sales. Mr. Smith stated that the next period of time this matter will be eligible is in 2007.

Dr. Wert brought up an old incident regarding the disposal of a dead cat in front of his
property, stating that he had brought it to the police department with no satisfactory result.

Dr. Wert stated he was still dissatisfied with Chief Kortan’s response to his complaint of several months ago and would continue to seek a satisfactory resolution.

John Callaghan 13 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Callaghan questioned the Borough’s cost to buy the sweeper. Mr. Smith stated that it was $144,000.

Mr. Callaghan expressed his disappointment with Mr. Herre not being re-elected to the Civil Service Commission and asked how this decision was reached. President Wayne stated that several candidates were reviewed by the Public Safety Committee, this Committee then made a recommendation and Borough Council voted 6-1 for Mr. Moore’s appointment. Mr. Callaghan asked what Mr. Moore’s qualifications were and if this was a political move. President Wayne suggested that Mr. Callaghan contact the people who voted in this matter and ask for the basis upon which they cast their vote. Mr. Smith and President Wayne both stated that Mr. Moore was a retired police officer with the requisite qualifications for the position.

Borough Council comments to Visitors:

  1. Mrs. Fryer stated that the Mayor has specifically asked residents to remove any signs relating to garage sales, etc.
  2. Ms. Hill stated that Animal Control is the correct entity to contact for dead animal
  3. Ms. Hill stated that the Civil Service Commission appointment had been conducted as an open discussion of three candidates within the Public Safety Committee who then presented Mr. Moore’s qualifications outside the Committee for an independent vote.

Ms. Coleman moved to Reinstate the Rules of Order seconded by Mr. Smith. The motion carried unanimously.


A. Borough Treasurer – Mr. Asciutto had no formal report but stated that Mr. Smith and Mr. Forrest would report on pension fund decisions as discussed at the recent Finance and Administration Committee meeting.

B. Borough Engineer – Mr. Bevilacqua reported on the following projects:

  1. Football Field Sewer Project – This is ready for advertising next week and bids will be received on August 30th. Probable cost is $90,000.00-$100,000.00. President Wayne asked the specific nature of this project. Mr. Bevilacqua stated it was where the sewer project left off at Green and Clover Avenues; the next sewer main connection is to start from that point to the N. Lansdowne Avenue sewer project, where these two new sewer mains will be connected. President Wayne asked for some clarification on this project and whether this was a high priority. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that sewer overflow had been happening at Owen and Greenwood Avenue to such an extent that manhole covers were dislodging. Mr. Forrest stated that the highest number of calls come from this area during heavy rainfall. Mr. Forrest stated that this area was also identified by the County as a high priority during the late 1990’s. Mr. Forrest stated that a list of priorities is being compiled based on the TV inspections.
  2. Stewart Avenue Sewer Project – The traffic detour plan and the application to PennDot have been submitted and an answer is expected within 1-2 weeks. Preliminary projection of costs is $190,000.00-$210,000.00.
  3. 2005 Road Program – One bid was received from Innovative Construction
    Services, Inc. in the amount of $61,414.48. This is a total bid, not an add on. Additionally, $20,000.00 is being held back. President Wayne expressed concerns about former road damage on Wycombe Avenue due to lost power lines and the road deterioration at the dead end on W. Stewart Avenue. President Wayne also brought up Mr. Jackson’s high crown issue on Wycombe Avenue in front of his property. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that the problems surrounding Mr. Jackson’s water runoff issue could be solved by raising the curb line, eliminating a tree and replacing part of his sidewalk.

    Mr. Bevilacqua stated that A. Gargiule will repair two manhole covers at two locations for $6,900.00.

  4. HVAC Project – This was advertised on July 22nd and July 27th with a pre-bid meeting to be held on August 8th. Bids are due by August 15th.It was decided after the design meeting with Chief Kortan and Borough staff that 7 VAB boxes will now be installed instead of 6 for each floor at Borough Hall and a single rooftop unit would be installed.A patch job around the current duct system to be removed will be done instead of replacing the entire roof and the roof cost will now be $5,000.00-$7,000.00 instead of the original projected $25,000.00. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that the new probable cost for the entire HVAC project is now $175,000.00-$210,000.00. Mr. Smith raised objections to the increased costs and asked what could be done to get the project more in line with the original estimate. Mr. Bevilacqua stated a redesign could be done but this would delay the project until next spring and the savings realized would not offset the added expenses of readvertising, rebidding, redesigning, etc. Mr. Forrest stated that some additional money could be taken from other projects to facilitate the HVAC project. In response to Mr. Smith’s additional objections, Mr. Bevilacqua stated that the preliminary opinion of costs did not include any design and was a preliminary opinion based on what was known about the existing system. A detailed evaluation of what would be involved structurally, electrically, mechanically and architecturally was not investigated. President Wayne suggested that Mr. Smith and Mr. Bevilacqua meet to resolve these issues.

    President Wayne questioned the Clover Avenue Sewer Project status. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that it is completed and is recommending a payment to the contractor in the amount of $9,940.00

C. Borough Solicitor – Mr. Scott stated that the Attorney General will now be taking action to resolve the community map issue.

D. Borough Manager – Mr. Forrest had no formal report.

E. Police Chief – Chief Kortan had no formal report. Mr. Borgman questioned the status of signage at W. LaCrosse and Runnemede Avenues. Chief Kortan stated that he is looking into ways of deterring the sign removals in this area and that new signs have been ordered.

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

G. Mayor Young – No report was given in Mayor Young’s absence.

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

I. Municipal Services – Mrs. Fryer reported on the following:

  1. Old sweeper – It was the recommendation of the Municipal Services Committee to give the old street sweeper to East Lansdowne Borough.
  2. Congested Corridor Improvement Program – The Municipal Services Committee recommended participating in the study with the Borough to pay engineer costs. The area in question stretches roughly from Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenues to State Road and Lansdowne Avenue.
  3. DELCORA metering program – The Committee recommended participating in this program. A discussion followed concerning costs, approval process, etc. Mr. Forrest stated that the approval process was unclear at this point and it is up to each municipality to approve or disapprove the program. President Wayne questioned why Lansdowne would have to pay 10% of the cost if we only own 2% of the metering system. Mr. Forrest stated the cost is spread out and based on flow, not on the number of meters in each municipality and that the cost savings issue is only one side of the program. President Wayne felt that it would be cheaper to process 40% of the storm water in Lansdowne rather than fix all of the infiltration problems.

    Mr. Forrest stated that it would be better to voluntarily participate in the program now rather than wait to have the DEP possibly enforce it at an added cost. President Wayne stated that a discussion will occur at the end of the year regarding why the School District does not pay a sewer bill.

J. Finance and Administration – Mr. Smith reported that all insurance lines were renewed on August 1st with the exception of workers’ compensation.

Mr. Smith reported that the MMO for Police Pension Plan and the Non-Uniform Pension Plan will increase by $167,000.00.

Mr. Smith reported that the Police Pension Fund may move up its current 7.5% in international equities to15% and increase stocks allocations from 53% to 60%. Ms. Coleman questioned the current total allocation. Mr. Smith broke it out as follows:

Current Allocation

Cash 2%
Bonds 44%
Stocks 54%

Proposed Allocation

Cash 2.5 %
Bonds 38 %
Stocks 60 %

President Wayne suggested discussing the inversion of yield curve potential at the next meeting with the actuaries.

President Wayne questioned the status of the disability insurance. Mr. Smith stated that an insurance representative is looking into the matter.

Mr. Smith stated that the next Planning Commission meeting will be held on August 18th at 8:00 PM.

K. Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Borgman reported that the Planning Commission will be formally requested to submit annual reports.

Mr. Borgman stated that the August 9th Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement Committee meeting has been postponed until August 30th to hear:

  1. the tax abatement proposal for 18 Martin Drive and
  2. the appeal of Ms. Wiggfall.

Mr. Borgman stated that the Zoning Task Force will meet on September 8th to continue work on bringing zoning in line with the Comprehensive Plan.

Mr. Borgman stated that the Tree Advisory Board will meet on August 10th.Mr. Smith asked if the Borough had any tree city signs enumerating the number of years the Borough had participated in the program. Chief Kortan stated that some are at entry points into Lansdowne.

L. Public Safety – Ms. Hill had no formal report. Ms. Hill stated that she and Chief Young will be surveying wires and tree branches hanging over streets that hinder the passage of the fire trucks. Mr. Lee stated that the parking bottleneck is a problem on Dudley Avenue near the Ath Dara Apartments and asked that the Public Safety Committee look into it.

Mr. Lee stated that complaints have been coming in regarding drug traffic in the areas of Hays Park, Midway Avenue and Schappet Terrace. Ms. Hill cautioned against indicting specific neighborhoods because of outside influences.

M. Parks and Recreation – Mr. Lee had no formal report

N. Economic Development – Ms. Coleman had no formal report.

Old Business – (1) Comprehensive Plan revisions. The Zoning, Code Enforcement and Planning Committee will review these at its September meeting.

New Business – Ms. Hill moved to exempt the Friends of the Library from the rental fee for use of the Twentieth Century Club. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mrs. Fryer moved to award the 2005 Road Improvement Program contract to Innovative Construction Services, Inc., for $6,414.48. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mrs. Fryer moved to award contract for sewer manhole repair and replacement at Wabash and Essex Avenues and Owen and Greenwood Avenues to A. Gargiule & Sons, Inc., for $6,900.00. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mrs. Fryer moved to participate in Penn DOT’s Congested Corridor Improvement Program. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to ratify the award of the Borough’s Property and Casualty Insurance Program to Clarendon Insurance Company. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Borgman moved to execute a contract with the Delaware County Planning Department for professional services to update the Borough’s zoning ordinance. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Coleman moved to approve Resolution 2005-13, a resolution regarding the preparation of a 2005 Renaissance Program Application and Authorizing the Borough of Yeadon to Act as lead Applicant. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mrs. Fryer moved to approve Resolution 2005-15, a resolution to donate the 1992 Elgin Sweeper to East Lansdowne Borough. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mrs. Fryer moved to advertise the Pennwood High School ball field sewer project. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Lee moved to approve Resolution 2005-14, a resolution regarding the Preparation of a 2005 Renaissance Program Application for the Development of Master Site Plans for unspecified parks in Lansdowne. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

After discussion, the motion to participate in the DELCORA metering program was tabled.

Executive Session – None.

Mr. Lee moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Coleman. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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