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Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday, March 1, 2006

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday,
March 1, 2006, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Wayne, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Hill, Mr. Lee, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Urban and Mr. Wagner. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Treasurer Smith, Borough Secretary Henry, Police Chief Kortan and Planning Commission Chair Chris Patton. Fire Chief Young was absent.

Minutes — Ms. Hill moved to approve the minutes of the February 1, 2006 Business Meeting as submitted by the Secretary. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

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

Visitors

Len Wert 221 N. Lansdowne Avenue – Dr. Wert asked why the Main Street Manager did not make himself more visible to residents. President Wayne responded that Gary Chilutti had been to the council meeting two months ago. Dr. Wert felt that Mr. Chilutti should be present at more meetings. Dr. Wert commented on an aspect of Mr. Lee’s behavior during the pledge of allegiance before the meetings.

Joan Rivich 188 Marlyn Road – Ms. Rivich read her letter in support of the non-discrimination resolution, stating that local communities have the responsibility of offering protection to those classes of persons who are denied their basic rights.

Joe Heath 55 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Heath suggested a ban on parking along both sides of borough streets, citing that emergency vehicles may have problems in the future with passage routes. Mayor Young and Ms. Hill commented that both the Public Safety Committee and Fire Chief Young are aware of the situation. Mr. Heath felt that street signs should be placed at all intersections of state roads.

David Eldredge 188 Marlyn Road – Mr. Eldredge voiced his support of the National Guard resolution and stated that the Iraq War situation has been the worst national security policy decision made in over 100 years, citing current costs in the billions. Mr. Eldredge cited that over 70% of the ground troops feel the U.S. should withdraw from Iraq within a year and 29% feel we should withdraw immediately.

Elliott Borgman85 W. LaCrosse Avenue – Mr. Borgman echoed the previous visitors’ comments in support of the National Guard resolution. Mr. Borgman asked if local emergency personnel do maneuvers with the National Guard and if not, the County and local communities should meet to discuss procedures when or if an emergency arises. Mr. Borgman felt that the borough siren should also be used to notify residents of a local or national emegency. Mr. Borgman stated that Dr. Wert’s comments regarding Mr. Lee were totally irrelevant to Borough Council business.

David Gibson 101 E. Baltimore Avenue – Mr. Gibson passed out statistics regarding the Iraq War, citing that 89% of the Reserve troops and 82% of the National Guard feel the U.S. should withdraw from Iraq within a year. The current cost of the Iraq War to date for Pennsylvania taxpayers is $8.6 billion and for 2006 it is estimated to be an additional $4 billion. Mr. Gibson stated that Congressman Curt Weldon supports bring the troops home and supports Lansdowne’s resolution. Mr. Gibson thanked the Mayor and Borough Council for their consideration of this resolution.

Carol Spellkelman 154 W. Plumstead Avenue – Ms. Spellkelman voice her support of the National Guard resolution and non-discrimination ordinance.

Borough Council Response to Visitors:

  1. Ms. Coleman stated that the Main Street Manager has been working in the Borough since September of 2005 and she is collaborating with him to make him more visible to residents. The focus of the four volunteer committees that will be assisting the Main Street Manager are outlined in the minutes and will be available on the web site.
  2. Mr. Lee stated that he believes in the separation of church and state and that religion is an intensely private endeavor that has no place in this forum or in local government.

Ms. Coleman moved to Reinstate the Rules of Order. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS AND DISCUSSION

A. Treasurer William T. Smith – Mr. Smith had no formal report. An extension has been granted for the tax information to be filed with the DCED.

B. Engineer Richard Bevilacqua – Mr. Bevilacqua reported that the contractor will be finishing the restoration of the track and grass area in the Stewart football field project by approximately March 13th. A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for March 7th, 9:30 a.m. for the Stewart Avenue sewer project.

C. Solicitor Bob Scott – Mr. Scott stated he and Tax Collector Dale Nupp had met with Portnoff Associates and this organization will now be handling the delinquent tax collection process.

D. Manager David R. Forrest – Mr. Forrest gave updates on the following matters:

  1. Congestion Improvement Program – this is a PennDot program using state money to examine corridors where there is a traffic congestion problem. The borough’s areas to be studied covers Lansdowne Avenue from Baltimore Avenue to Bond Avenue in Upper Darby. A kickoff meeting will be held on March 9th at 10:00 a.m.
  2. Interboro Park Rebid – Bids are due March 123th. A new fence is to be put up with similar materials. Cost is to be marginal.
  3. Gateway Park and Trail Request for Bids – The Delaware County Regional Planning Commission has approved the request for bids and proposals are due by the end of March. The Eastern Delaware County Council of Governments will meet tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. with elected state representatives and representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection to discuss storm water issues.President Wayne asked that signs be placed in the area of Martin Drive and Baltimore Avenue indicating that businesses are open during construction while Aqua America is installing the water mains. President Wayne asked that the Codes Department readdress the transfer inspection of 298 Braddock Avenue.

E. Police Chief Kortan – Chief Kortan stated he is working with Chief Young regarding the parade to be held on May 20th. Alternative routes will be provided as well as emergency vehicle routes.

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

G. Planning Commission Chair Chris Patton – Mr. Patton stated that several items had been discussed at the last Planning Commission meeting held on February 9th: (1) the fascade restoration project, (2) establishing bylaws and a Lansdowne Planning Commission handbook, and (3) the subdivision of the Harkins property. This subdivision plan will be presented to Borough Council for approval.

H. Council Members and Mayor

  1. Mayor – Mayor Young mentioned that the new Borough Council picture is now on the web site. March 3rd is the deadline for the newsletter. The CFO of Gautier, Mississippi has been touch with the Mayor and expressed appreciation for all the gift cards that had been received.
  2. President – President Wayne gave an update on the Twentieth Century Club. The preservation plan has been approved. The joint venture will have the bid documents prepared and it is to be a public bid. A discussion followed regarding alternates to the base bid, specifically including alternate C for air conditioning. The cost for alternate C to have the engineer and architect prepare the design plans would be borne by the Borough for an approximate additional cost of $10,000-$15,000. After further discussion, the consensus was to agree to a cost up to $20,000 for alternate C implementation.

    President Wayne then read a letter from School Superintendent Dana Bedden regarding a March 11th breakfast meeting on realigning boundaries and facilities in the William Penn school district. This advance presentation is by invitation only and not open to the public.

    President Wayne mentioned that a PA boroughs conference will be held in Harrisburg on June 11-14.

    President Wayne mentioned that 2005 Statements of Financial Interest must be filed with the Borough by May 1st.

  3. Finance Committee Chair – Ms. Lustgarten stated that the Borough audit due to be completed by April 1st is on schedule. A follow up meeting with Smith Barney representatives regarding investment strategies and other issues will be held on March 3rd. Information on delinquent trash and sewer fees has been turned over to Portnoff Associates.Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that the next Finance Committee meeting will be held on February 6th at 7:00 pm. President Wayne asked if the Committee had decided whether or not to solicit alternate proposals for managing the pension fund. Ms. Lustgarten stated they had not.
  4. Public Safety Committee Chair – Ms. Hill had no formal report. Ms. Hill announced that Steve Wagner will now be serving as the Board of Health liaison. Mr. Lee asked if an inventory could be made of Borough street signs, stating that some are in bad shape. Mr. Forrest will look into the matter. Chief Kortan mentioned that the highway crew can replace them. The Public Safety Committee will further discuss the matter.
  5. Recreation and Parks Liaison – Mr. Urban stated that at the February 21st meeting, the following appointments were made to the Recreation and Parks Board: Tony Campuzano – Chair; Mike McGee – Co-chair; Jack Kelly – Secretary

    Mr. Urban mentioned that the Board needs another member. In addition, talks are underway for a possible Movie in the Park day for some time in June, possibly to be held in Hoffman Park. Ms. Coleman asked if a more central location within the Borough could be considered.

  6. Ad Hoc Committee on Trash Collection, Chair – Ms. Coleman stated that at the February 22nd meeting, the Committee decided to continue in-house management of the trash collection process. Discussions will continue regarding service strategy and the recycling process. Mr. Urban asked what was the basis for deciding on in-house services. Ms. Coleman stated that demographics, control benefits, security features, comparable costs and the value of the service were all discussed before reaching the decision. Mr. Lee felt that this method of trash collection is antiquated and not beneficial for the highway workers. Mr. Lee felt that OSHA guidelines should be looked at as well as having the proper equipment and proper education regarding heavy lifting techniques. Mr. Lee asked that alternative fuel trash trucks be looked at for the future.
  7. Ad Hoc Committee on Code Enforcement, Chair – Mr. Lee stated that the Ad Hoc Committee will be meeting with Yeadon Borough regarding code issues. Mr. Forrest mentioned that the Code Director position is to be advertised and the Code Officer position will be advertised as well. Mr. Lee mentioned that the 5% reduction issue is to be discussed with Yeadon and the outcome will soon be presented to Borough Council.Ms. Hill expressed some concerns about the time frame surrounding the hiring date.
  8. Other Council Member Comments – Mr. Lee stated he will be making a an amended motion on the National Guard resolution and will be calling for a final vote on the non-discrimination ordinance at the next Council meeting.

Old Business — A report of the bids received on the RFP for engineering services should be received by next Council meeting.The County will be reporting back on the cell tower zoning ordinance within 30 days.

New Business

  1. Liquor – the question of whether to allow liquor sales in Lansdowne will be raised in the 2007 primary. President Wayne suggested forming an Ad Hoc Committee to see if Borough Council wants to take a position on this issue, to look at whether alternatives exist for improving Borough liquor sales and to see whether an amendment to the liquor law exists that would address any objections to the sale of liquor. It was decided that Steve Wagner will chair this Committee and members will include Mayor Young, Mr. Urban and Ms. Coleman. Mr. Lee suggested looking at any ramifications/concerns and citations of law as part of the decision making process. Mr. Wagner suggested employing marketing methods in presenting this idea to the residents.
  2. Appointments – Mr. Urban will be the new liaison to the Allied Youth Council. In addition, one member is needed for the Darby Creek Joint Sewer Authority, one member is needed for the Park and Recreation Board and two members are needed for the Planning Commission.
  3. Resolution 2006-8 – Main Street Program – Ms. Coleman stated this was a resolution to continue Lansdowne’s involvement. The grant is $75,000 with a $20,000 matching grant.
  4. Christmas Tree Lights – Mr. Wagner stated that the cost of keeping the lights on year long would be $200. The consensus was to keep the lights on from dusk to midnight.
  5. Resolution 2006-10 – Revised Fee Schedule – A permit fee for street opening has been included that will charge $100. for openings not larger than 16 sq. ft. and $25. for additional 16 sq. ft. or portion thereof.
  6. Resolution 2006-11 – Bring home the troops from Iraq – Mr. Lee moved to adopt Resolution 2006-1, as amended, regarding bringing our troops home from Iraq. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. A lengthy discussion followed regarding its intent. Mr. Urban asked for clarification on whether this resolution represented an anti-war statement, a support of our troops or both.

    Mr. Urban felt that the Borough should not get involved with national issues regardless of personal opinion. Other Council members felt that the National Guard should be brought home and voiced their support of the resolution. Mr. Urban felt that supporting Pennsylvania legislators in issues relative to the National Guard would be more effective. After further discussion, President Wayne called for a roll call vote. The motion carried 6-1 with Mr. Urban voting "nay".

Action Items

  1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for the period. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  2. Ms. Coleman moved to adopt resolution 2006-9, a resolution approving the Borough’s participation in the PACC (PA Capital City)Automotive and Equipment Contract. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  3. Mr. Lee moved to table for two weeks the motion to procure two new trash trucks using the PACC. Ms. Hill seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 6-1 with Mr. Urban voting "nay".
  4. This motion was skipped as it relates to Action Item 3.
  5. Mr. Wagner moved to approve Ordinance 1212, an ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne regarding the opening and excavations of any public street, avenue, road, square, alley, highway or other public places located in the Borough of Lansdowne and established for the use of vehicles. Mr. Lee seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  6. Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve Ordinance 1213, an ordinance approving collection procedures and adopting penalty, interest and schedule of attorney fees to be added to the amount collected as part of municipal claims for delinquent accounts. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  7. Ms. Coleman moved to adopt Resolution 2006-8, a Resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne authorizing the filing of a proposal for funds with the Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mr. Lee seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  8. Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2006-10, a Resolution establishing a schedule of fees to be paid to the Borough of Lansdowne. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  9. Mr. Lee moved to pay Yeadon Borough for code enforcement services from January, 2005 – June, 2005. Mr. Urban seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  10. Mr. Lee moved to enter into an agreement with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network to provide design services for stream bank restoration at Hoffman Park. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  11. The motion to adopt Resolution 2006-12 was deferred.

Executive Session — Ms. Coleman moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter. Ms. Hill seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 10:05 pm.

No motions were made upon reconvening to Public Session.

Ms. Coleman moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Wagner.The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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