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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting
Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday,
December 21, 2005, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Wayne, Mrs. Fryer, Mr. Borgman, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Hill and Mr. Smith. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Treasurer Asciutto, Borough Secretary Henry, Police Chief Kortan and Fire Chief Young. Councilperson Lee was absent.

President Wayne stated that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would be shown on December 26th at 7:00 PM on Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Smith moved to approve the minutes of the November 16, 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 presented Chuck Cavanaugh with a placque in recognition of his 12 years of volunteer service on the Parks and Recreation Board.

Mayor Young presented Pete Driscoll with a placque in recognition of his 17 years ofvolunteer service on the Planning Commission.

Mayor Young and Fire Chief Tom Young presented a certificate of commendation to volunteer firefighter Wayne Worley for his help in rescuing a resident from a burning building last month. Additional Borough firefighters not present at the meeting were also awarded certificates of recognition.

Mayor Young presented proclamations from Lt. Gov. Baker to outgoing Councilpersons Smith, Borgman and Fryer for their years of service: Mr. Smith (12 years), Mrs. Fryer (8 years), Mr. Borgman (4 years).

Mayor Young read a letter of thanks from resident Maryanne Applegate indicating herappreciation for the Borough holiday street lights.

Mayor Young announced that May 6, 2006 is the next date for the Town Yard Sale.

Mayor Young gave her annual report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made partof the minutes.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Asciutto gave the monthly Treasurer’s report: total General Fund revenues were $151,095.83; total General Fund expenditures were $371,826.34. Total ending balance for all funds was $769,543.56. Ending balance in the Capital Reserves Fund was $335,087.07. The beginning balance in the Police Pension Fund was $5,672,167.15 and the ending balance was $5,725,974.22. Total monthly revenues in the Non-Uniform Pension Fund were $25,432.24 and total monthly expenditures were $9,673.87.

Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua stated his items would be discussed under Committee reports.

Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott had no formal report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

A. President’s Report – President Wayne expressed his thanks and appreciation to the threeoutgoing Councilpersons as well as past Borough Council members present in the audience.President Wayne gave his annual report.

B. Economic Development – Ms. Coleman gave her annual report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made part of the minutes.

C. Finance and Administration – Mr. Smith gave his annual report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made part of the minutes.

Mr. Smith stated that the Borough HVAC project was scheduled to be advertised in earlyJanuary, 2006.

Municipal Services – Mrs. Fryer gave the Recycling Report for November, 2005:

Newspapers 33.83 tons $ 676.60
Cans 1.94 tons $ 97.00
Glass 1.94 tons $ 0.00

Mrs. Fryer mentioned that the recycling magnets are now being distributed.
Mrs. Fryer stated that the Stewart football field sewer project will have pipe installed by December 23, 2005 and the restoration work would be completed in the spring.

E. Public Safety – Ms. Hill gave her annual report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made part of the minutes.

F. Zoning, Planning and Code Enforcement – Mr. Borgman gave his annual report, a copy of which is attached hereto and made part of the minutes.

G. Parks and Recreation – There was no report given in Mr. Lee’s absence.

Public Hearing for CDBG Application

A public hearing was held regarding the CDBG application that will encompass
developing plans for all Borough parks. Anthony Campuzano of 40 W. Albemarle Avenue expressed the importance and necessity of this grant and thanked Borough Council members for their efforts in this endeavor.

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

Visitors

James Klingler 86 E. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Klingler stated that it had been an honor for him as a past Councilperson to have served with Mr. Borgman, Mr. Smith and Mrs. Fryer. Mr. Klingler asked that the Borough formally adopt the sister city program, specifically the city of Gautier, Mississippi. Mr. Klingler served as a volunteer in Gautier during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath and he mentioned that more volunteers will be leaving on January 3rd to further help the residents of Gautier and its neighboring towns.

Amy Gillespie 301 E. Providence Road, Aldan – Ms. Gillespie, in her capacity as Director of the Lansdowne Library, expressed her thanks to Borough Council for their continued support of the library in light of the budget cuts. Ms. Gillespie cited some 2005 statistics regarding the library:

  • 8th highest circulation level in Delaware County
  • 66,780 total collection items; 6,289 additional items added this year
  • 3rd most well supported library in the County.
  • 6,545 Lansdowne residents have library cards; 9,556 cards were issued in 2005.
  • 92,372 items were circulated last year – this year 93,639 items have been circulated.
  • 58% increase in books on tape circulation
  • 103% increase in DVD circulation
  • 14,069 Internet users
  • 3,311 items received from libraries around the country
  • 2,301 items sent to other libraries throughout the country
  • 341 children programs with 6,616 children participants and 1,315 adult participants

Anthony Campuzano 40 W. Albemarle Avenue – Mr. Campuzano in his capacity as Chair of the Lansdowne Democratic Party thanked Mr. Smith, Mrs. Fryer and Mr. Borgman for all their years of service citing their hard work and dedication.

Mr. Campuzano gave a Gift Givers Program update: Over $2,500 has been raised, 4 full boxes of donations have been collected, 8 families and 35 seniors will be served. Mr. Campuzano thanked all who volunteered in this effort, Borough staff and residents alike, and the various organizations that contributed financially.

Mr. Campuzano thanked Borough Council for their efforts in the 2006 budget process.

Clare Touey 222 Congress Avenue – Ms. Touey made available a flyer regarding the relief efforts in Gautier, Mississippi and what items are still needed. Ms. Touey stated that most of the relief help had been received by volunteers, not the Government. Ms. Touey mentioned that two more volunteer groups will be leaving for Gautier next month; supplies and gift cards (Sears, Lowe’s Penneys and Home Depot) will be especially helpful in helping the residents rebuild their city and can be dropped off at Borough Hall.

Len Wert 221 N. Lansdowne Avenue – Dr. Wert read the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution regarding freedom of speech. Dr. Wert then criticized the Mayor for leaving the General Meeting last month during a visitor’s Bible reading and the presence of a police officer. Dr. Wert felt that secular humanism is an element now permeating the Borough.

Marie DeYoung Reverend DeYoung expressed her feeling that it was not right to preach religion at a public meeting and that a police presence was needed at times to provide public safety.

Rev. DeYoung thanked Borough Council for keeping the present number of police officersintact.

James Murphy 266 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Murphy presented the 12/8/05 Borough Council budget and expressed that the 13.7% increase was disappointing. Mr. Murphy suggested some items that in his opinion would help lower the tax increase:

  1. Enacting the EMT (emergency municipal services tax) would generate $72,000.
  2. Carry the $75,000 balance in the Liquid Fuels Fund from 2005 to 2006 and use it for sanitation worker salaries, street lighting and a reduced number of street repairs.
  3. Increase the trash fee from $185 to $200, generating a $42,000 revenue increase.
  4. Replacing the outgoing sergeant with one at a lower level adds a $32,000 savings in the Police Department. The above 4 items would reduce the tax rate to 7.4 %.
  5. Remove one Code officer and the facility maintenance technician for a $110,000 savings. This would further reduce the tax increase to 2.5%.

Charlie Jeffers 13 Willowbrook Avenue – Mr. Jeffers stated that there was a car/truck accident at the Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenue intersection two weeks ago and asked that a left hand turn arrow be further investigated.

Mr. Jeffers stated that there is trash piling up in front of the Verizon building.

Marsh Miller P.O. Box 1 – Mr. Miller mentioned that the firefighters honored tonight have been nominated for the County Valor award by himself (as the incoming 7th District Director of the Delaware County Firemens’ Association) and by the outgoing Director.

Martha Smith-Peachey 110 W. Baltimore Avenue – Mrs. Smith-Peachey thanked theoutgoing Borough Council members for their years of service.

Mrs. Smith-Peachey felt that the Sanitation Department workers should be recognized fortheir hard work and excellence in keeping the Borough clean. Mrs. Smith-Peachey asked thatnew residents be informed that trash does not have to be put curbside.

James Burrows 194 W. Essex Avenue – Mr. Burrows asked if the previously planned cuts in the police force personnel and salaries would be retained in the budget. President Wayne answered in the affirmative.

Borough Council comments to Visitors:

  1. Mrs. Fryer apologized for the oversight to the sanitation workers and read a letter from Beth Brown dated December 3rd commending the leaf pickup efforts by the sanitation department.
  2. Bill Smith mentioned that Jim Murphy had been present at prior budget meeting and knew why certain items were cut and certain items had been restored. Mr. Smith mentioned that the $75,000 Liquid Fuels Fund carryover amount is needed to complete in 2006 the projects that had not been completed this year. Mr. Smith stated that the police salary in question had been restored at a somewhat reduced level. Mr. Smith stated that the Codes Department does a great job and that it would be left intact.
  3. President Wayne again cited the budget figures he gave a last month’s meeting identifying all the budgetary issues faced by Borough Council in finalizing the 2006 budget. President Wayne also mentioned that the EMT was not approved because it was not business friendly and was a regressive tax that would more severely impact lower income residents. President Wayne mentioned that if the Liquid Fuels Fund money was distributed as per Mr. Murphy’s suggestion, there would be no money left to finance the 2006 Road Program. In ending, President Wayne stated that the FOP issues are still unresolved.

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

Old Business – None.

New Business

  1. Mr. Smith moved to adopt the 2006 budget. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 5-1 with Mr. Borgman voting "nay".
  2. Ms. Hill moved to advance Officer Lawrence Albertoli to Class B officer. Mr. Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  3. Mr. Borgman moved to approve Resolution 2005-6, a resolution approving and adopting the Joint Comprehensive Plan for the Boroughs of Lansdowne and East Lansdowne. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  4. Mr. Smith moved to adopt Ordinance 1208, an ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne fixing the tax rate for the 2006 (13.7%). Mrs. Fryer seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  5. Mr. Smith moved to adopt Ordinance 1209, an ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne to estimate the number of gallons of water which will be consumed by persons whose properties are connected to the public sewers of the Borough for the year 2006, and to fix the amount of sewer rental or charge to be made to each property connected to the sewers. Mr. Borgman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  6. Mr. Smith moved to approve Resolution 2005-23, a resolution regarding the refuse collection fee for 2006. Mr. Borgman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  7. Mr. Smith moved that an amendment to the Non-Uniformed Retirement Plan be drafted to formalize changing the vesting period of the plan to 5 years, effective January 1, 2006 and updating other plan provisions to comply with the IRS code. Mr. Borgman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  8. Mr. Smith moved to award the 2006 Tax Anticipation to Commerce Bank at the interest rate of 3.32% on $500,000. Mrs. Fryer seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  9. Mr. Smith moved to approve Resolution No. 2005-24, a resolution regarding application for FY 2006 CDBG funds. Mrs. Fryer seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  10. Mr. Smith moved to award workers compensation insurance coverage for period 1 /1/06 through 12/31/06 to Companion Insurance Company for a yearly premium of $154,288.00. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 4-2 with Mr. Smith and Mr. Borgman voting "nay". Mr. Smith expressed his concern about exposure to an audit next year that would increase the premium to make up for credits. President Wayne mentioned that the current experience modification factor had dropped to 1.65. President Wayne stated it was his understanding that the rates are set by statute and are not subject to audit.
  11. Ms. Hill moved to adopt Gautier, Mississippi as a sister city. Mr. Borgman 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 – Ms. Hill moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss litigation and personnel issues. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 10:21.

No motions were made upon reconvening to Public Session.

Ms. Hill moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Smith. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 10:48 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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