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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday – October 5, 2005

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, October 5, 2005, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Wayne, Mr. Borgman, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Hill, Mr. Lee and Mr. Smith. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Secretary Henry, Police Chief Kortan and Fire Company President Jay Young. Mrs. Fryer, Borough Manager Forrest and Borough Treasurer Asciutto were absent.

Minutes – Mr. Smith moved to approve the minutes of the September 7, 2005 Borough Council Business meeting. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

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

Visitors – None.

Ms. Coleman moved to reinstate the Rules of Order, seconded by Mr. Borgman. The motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

A. Borough Treasurer – There was no formal report given in Mr. Asciutto’s absence. Mr. Smith stated he would report on some items for Mr. Asciutto and Mr. Forrest later in the meeting.

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

  1. 2005 Road Program – sodding is to be done in front of Wachovia Bank. The contractor is requesting a payment of $50,885.52. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that a savings of approximately $7,000-$8,000.00 has been realized on the original contract price. Mayor Young asked if potholes are being repaired at the present. Mr. Smith stated that any pothole problems should be reported to Mr. Forrest for cold filling.
  2. Stewart Field sewer project – will begin work mid-November after football season.
  3. Stewart Avenue project – work will begin early March, 2006.
  4. Mr. Bevilacqua stated that some emergency pipe repairs had to be done on The Knoll and A. Gargiule’s price for this work is $22,955.00.

C. Borough Solicitor – Mr. Scott had no formal report.

D. Borough Manager – There was no report given in Mr. Forrest’s absence.

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

F. Fire Chief – Jay Young stated that the fire company is holding a fire prevention open house on October 16th, 1-3 P.M. Mr. Young stated that the parade for the new ladder truck is tentatively scheduled for May 20, 2006. Mayor Young stated that some streets will need parking restrictions and tree trimming. Ms. Hill stated she had given a list to Mr. Forrest of 8 streets that need attention in this regard.

G. Mayor Young – Mayor Young stated that officer McCaughan has been named Officer of the Year by the Lansdowne/Upper Darby Rotary.
Mayor Young stated that residents want the street cleaning schedule published.
Mayor Young stated that the Parks and Recreation Board had given the Borough a
plaque of appreciation for Park Day.

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

I. Municipal Services – Mr. Smith circulated recycling information to Borough Council members in Mrs. Fryer’s absence. The question of lagging recycling efforts was brought up. Mr. Lee asked that the Municipal Services Committee investigate the state mandates and how the recycling effort could be improved.

J. Finance and Administration – Mr. Smith stated that budget meetings have been scheduled for October 12th and October 28th at 6:30 P.M. Mr. Smith stated that pension costs have increased by $167,000 and fuel and energy and health costs have significantly increased.
Mr. Smith reported that the Committee discussed Celebration Theater’s lease agreement for next year. The tentative plan is to charge them $500 per event.
President Wayne questioned the pension contributions of $139,000 for this year. Mr. Smith stated that the MMO has increased by $166,000 and the entire contribution is approximately $396,000.00. Mr. Smith stated that a draft of the 2006 budget will be available after October 28th.
Mr. Smith suggested that the proposed disposition of 288 W. Greenwood Avenue be postponed for a few weeks.
Mr. Borgman questioned whether a revised fee schedule will be in the budget. Mr. Smith suggested that Mr. Borgman’s committee make any appropriate recommendations.

K. Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Borgman reported that the owner of 231 wishes to sell his property.
Mr. Borgman reported that a sheriff sale may be pending for 18 Martin Drive and 231 N. Lansdowne Avenue. President Wayne asked that the Zoning Committee look into either demolishing or selling 231 N. Lansdowne Avenue.
Mr. Borgman reported that 160 E. Plumstead Avenue has requested a zoning permit to establish a tee shirt printing shop. Mr. Borgman stated that under current zoning laws they would have to apply for a variance.
Mr. Borgman stated that the final draft of the joint Comprehensive Plan will be reviewed this month.
Mr. Borgman stated that no date has yet been set for the Wiggfall appeal.
Mr. Borgman stated that the next Tree Advisory Board meeting is October 12th. The tree plantings for October break down as follows: 35 trees for Interboro Park, 1 tree for the library and 2 trees along Lansdowne Avenue that will replace the dead ones. The balance will be placed in front of the Highland Avenue parking lot.
Ms. Coleman stated that the grass in not being maintained in Interboro Park.
Mr. Borgman asked for suggestions for a Planning Commission member and one Appeals Board member.
Mr. Borgman stated that the next Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement Committee meeting will be held on October 11th at 7:00 P.M.

L. Public Safety – Ms. Hill had no formal report.

Ms. Hill stated that the Public Safety Committee will be addressing neighbors’ concerns about noise and rowdiness in Interboro Park.

Ms. Hill stated that FOP negotiations will resume tomorrow.

M. Parks and Recreation – Mr. Lee reported that the Friends of Lansdowne Parks held a fund-raising brick sale for Reservoir Park. Six bricks have been sold and 30 commitments are pending.

Mr. Lee stated there are two vacancies on the Recreation and Parks Board.

N. Economic Development – Ms. Coleman stated that the new Main Street manager has started his duties and will be present at the October General meeting. President Wayne asked that he instead come to the November meeting. Ms. Coleman stated that she had received a lot of feedback from residents at last night’s Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Steering Committee meeting. A tentative date for the public meeting is October 27th. Ms. Coleman stated that the next Economic Development Committee meeting will be held on October 25th.

Old Business – None.

New Business – Mr. Smith moved to approve bills for the period. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Smith moved to reject all bids for Borough Yard Repair and New Construction. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session – Mr. Smith moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss a real estate item. Ms. Hill seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 8:45 P.M.

Upon reconvening to Public Session the following motion was made:

Mr. Smith moved to authorize the Borough to fund contingencies for a gateway park (at site of Godsey property) not to exceed $5,000.00. Mr. Borgman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Smith moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Borgman. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 9:45 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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