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Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting Wednesday — January 18, 2006

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on January 18, 2006, at 7:30 PM. Present were President Wayne, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Hill, Mr. Lee, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Urban and Mr. Wagner. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Solicitor Bob Scott; Borough Engineer Rich Bevilacqua; Borough Manager Dave Forrest; Treasurer Bill Smith and Police Chief Dan Kortan. Borough Secretary Barbara Henry was absent.

President Wayne indicated that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would be televised on January 23. Mr. Wayne led the Council in the pledge of allegiance.

Minutes — Mr. Lee moved to approve the minutes of the December 21, 2005 General meeting. Ms. Hill seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young announced the annual Jingle Judge Award winners and invited them to the front of the room for a picture.

Mayor Young thanked the Council for their sympathy and the flowers during her recovery from surgery. Mayor Young alerted the meeting attendees to an error in the poet laureate’s published email address. The Mayor introduced Jim Klingler to discuss the Borough participation with Gautier, Mississippi, a community struck by Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Klingler described the activities that he and other volunteers are participating in to help Gautier with the aftermath of the hurricane. The Mayor indicated that the Gautier effort was discussed in the most recent Borough Newsletter. She alerted the attendees to various upcoming events at the Twentieth Century Club. Finally, she thanked those police department employees who worked in 2005 without taking a sick day.

Council President’s Report — Mr. Wayne identified the new Council members and treasurer. He discussed the January 3-4 Reorganization meeting and how it resulted in certain changes in the way Council business would be conducted. Most importantly, most business would come before Council as a committee of the whole — the entire council — rather than through several committees as had been done in previous years. The reasons for this change were several, but among them is the fact that every Council member wants to participate in a full discussion of the business of the borough. Mr. Wayne did indicate that there would still be two standing committee: Finance and Administration and Public Safety. He defined the role of each and identified the members. In addition, Mr. Wayne stated that the Planning Commission Chair would regularly attend the Council business meetings, which are held on the first Wednesday of the month. He also identified the liaisons to certain boards and their role.

Treasurer’s Report — Mr. Smith gave the monthly treasurer’s report for December , 2005. General fund beginning balance was $769,543.56, with an ending fund balance of $322.324.17. Total funds at the beginning of the month totaled $8,872,857.06, with an ending balance of $8,537,118.99. Mr. Wayne asked if the proceeds from the tax anticipation loan had been received. Mr. Smith reported that they had been received.

Engineer’s Report — Mr. Bevilacqua reported on the status of the Stewart Field sewer project, indicating that all construction work was now complete and the site would be restored in the spring. He also reported on the Borough Hall HVAC improvements, indicating a February 7 bid opening, with a January 23 pre-bid meeting. Mr. Bevilacqua reviewed the history of the project and discussed the efforts being made to redesign the project so that the bid amounts come in lower than when the project had originally been bid.

Solicitor’s Report — Mr. Scott indicated that his items would be covered during the executive session.


Ms. Hill — Ann Hill reported that the library is looking for readers for Dr. Seuss’s birthday. She asked if any council members or the mayor might want to volunteer. She also discussed Medicare Part D and informational sessions that would be available at the library. She mentioned that volunteers from the AARP would be available at the library to help seniors with their taxes. Finally, she alerted members of Council to the Valentines Day celebration at the library to be held on February 11.

Ms. Lustgarten — Ms. Lustgarten stated that the Finance and Administration Committee would be meeting the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers.
Ms. Coleman — Ms. Coleman discussed the progress with the Baltimore Avenue Corridor study and the No Place for Hate event to be held February 17 at the Twentieth Century Club.


Mr. Wayne asked for a motion to suspend Roberts Rules of Order and allow visitor comment. Ms. Coleman made the motion and Mr. Lee seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Jack Covert, 323 Jackson Avenue — Mr. Covert alerted Council to the Lansdowne Symphony’s Valentine’s Day concert. He also asked if the Borough’s website could be linked to Gautier Mississippi’s website. They Mayor indicated that she would look into the matter. He had questions and concerns about the new structure of the Council meetings. Mr. Wayne explained further the idea behind the reorganization. He asked if the December, 2005 Treasurer’s report was the final for 2005. Mr. Wayne indicated that it was not. Finally, he asked that the Council consider forming a town watch group.

Dr. Len Wert, 221 North Lansdowne Avenue — Dr. Wert expressed concern that under the new arrangement there would be no Economic Development Committee. Mr. Wayne indicated that economic development issues would be addressed by Council as a committee of the whole. Dr. Wert expressed his concern that the condition of Lansdowne is deteriorating. Specifically, he identified the properties at 231 North Lansdowne and 234 Owen Avenue. He also asked about an apparently abandoned van on Marshall Road and the boarded up home at 110 Linden Avenue. Finally, Dr. Wert expressed his concerns about what he felt was the bad behavior of students at Penn Wood High School.

Laura Fryer, 106 Lansdowne Court — Ms. Fryer took exception with Dr. Wert’s opinion of students at Penn Wood High School. She stated that she was very satisfied with her daughter’s experience at Penn Wood. Ms. Fryer also stated that she felt the reorganization of Borough Council was a positive thing. She asked why the treasurer was appointed in executive session and what his salary is. Mr. Wayne stated that the appointment of the treasurer was done in public session following an executive session and that the salary was approximately $16,000. Finally, she asked that if any executive session items come up concerning a litigation matter involving her personally, she would like to be contacted. Mr. Wayne indicated that he would contact her in that eventuality.

James Jackson, 88 South Wycombe Avenue — Mr. Jackson asked if sick leave of Borough employees accumulates. Mr. Forrest explained that non-uniformed management employees can currently accumulate up to 30 days of sick leave. Dan Kortan stated that police officers receive an annual allotment of up to 26 weeks. Mr. Jackson asked about the apparent negative numbers in the monthly treasurer’s report. Mr. Smith stated that these represented credits to expenditure accounts.

Kathy Chronaker, 18 East Stewart Avenue — Ms. Chronaker remarked that her shop was back in business and she encouraged everyone to shop in Lansdowne. She discussed the Wawa on Lansdowne Avenue and expressed concern about youth loitering there at night. Mr. Lee suggested that she call the store manager. Ms. Chronaker stated that the police had told her there was not much they could to about the situation. The Mayor asked why the police could not do more. Dan Kortan responded that if there is a violation of the curfew or noise ordinance or some other enforceable violation, the police can do something. Mr. Wayne suggested that the issue be referred to the public safety committee for further review.

Dr. Frank Dejardins, 58 North Lansdowne Avenue — Dr. Dejardins complimented the police on the job they do. He asked about the possibility of moving a handicapped parking sign located at his building. Dan Kortan stated that he would look into the matter.

Rev. Marie DeYoung, 4 Owen Avenue — Reverend DeYoung stated that the borough has an excellent police force and a progressive Council. She asked if the borough was partnering with surrounding communities on crime prevention. Dan Kortan responded that Lansdowne works closely with other communities to share information on crime. Mr. Lee commented that the 2005 crime statistics are lower than in 2004.

Mr. Charles Jeffers, 13 Willowbrook Avenue — Mr. Jeffers expressed his concerns about the recent arrests at 20 Runnemede. He asked about the status of the dedicated left turn at Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues. Mr. Wayne indicated that there continues to be work on this issue. Mr. Jeffers expressed concern about the condition of the curb cut at the northeast corner of Lansdowne and Baltimore. He also asked that debris at the corner of Runnemede and Baltimore be removed. Finally, he asked about the trash at 64 West Baltimore Avenue. Mr. Wayne indicated that the appropriate staff would look into those issues.

Pam Dietrixhe, 74 East Stewart Avenue — Ms. Dietrixhe asked about the status of the domestic partner registry. Mr. Wayne indicated that the issue was on Council’s agenda for 2006.

Mr. Wayne asked if any Council members wished to respond to the public. Mr. Lee stated that he is working on the domestic partner registry legislation and hopes to have something for Council’s consideration by February.

Mr. Wayne asked for a motion to continue the meeting under Roberts Rules of Order. Mr. Lee made a motion. Ms. Coleman seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Communications — None

New Business

Mr. Wayne discussed the efforts by the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Lansdowne Civic Association to improve the Twentieth Century Club. He stated that an architectural firm has evaluated the condition of the club and has compiled recommendations for its improvement in a draft report. He indicated that the report would be presented to Council at the February 1 meeting.

Action Items

  1. Mr. Lee made a motion to authorize the payment of bills for the period. Ms. Coleman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  2. Mr. Lee made a motion to appoint Joseph Parsio to the Tree Advisory Board to fill an unexpired term of Joe Daniels, for a term expiring on 4/30/07. Ms. Hill seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
  3. Mr. Lee made a motion to adopt Resolution 2006-3, a resolution regarding bank accounts and signors. Ms. Coleman seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
  4. Mr. Lee made a motion to adopt Resolution 2006-4, a resolution relating to Council committees. Ms. Coleman seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
  5. Ms. Hill made a motion to promote Kevin Kienzle to Class C Patrol Officer effective January 6, 2006 and that his salary be adjusted accordingly based on the Lansdowne Civil Service Rules and Regulations. Mr. Lee seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
  6. Mr. Lee made a motion to reappoint Mike Magee to the Lansdowne Recreation and Park Board for a three-year term expiring 12/31/08. Mr. Urban seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session

Mr. Lee made a motion to go into executive session to discuss a litigation issue. The motion was seconded by Ms. Coleman. The motion carried unanimously.

The Council emerged from executive session at 10:10 PM. Mr. Lee made a motion to approve the settlement of the Marcavage lawsuit relative to the incident of July, 2004, whereby the parties would agree to the entry of a consent order and the plaintiff would be entitled to attorneys’ fees. Ms. Coleman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Lee made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Ms. Hill. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:10 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
David Forrest
Acting Borough Secretary

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