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Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting — Wednesday – April 19, 2006

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday,
April 19, 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 Manager Forrest, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Treasurer Smith, Borough Secretary Henry and Police Chief Kortan. Borough Engineer Bevilacqua and Fire Chief Young were absent.
President Wayne stated that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would be shown on April 24th at 7:00 PM on Channel 10.

Minutes – Ms. Coleman moved to approve the minutes of the March 15, 2006 Borough Council General Meeting.Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations – Mayor Young swore in two new Lansdowne Fire Company Fire Police: John Gould and Michael Rydell.

Mayor Young was presented with a No Place For Hate Banner by Pauline Garcia of the Anti Defamation League. This banner proclaims Lansdowne as a NPFH community for the 4th straight year.

Mayor Young introduced David Bennett, a representative of the Delaware County Cycling Commission, who then read the resolution proclaiming May 15 through May 19, 2006 as the Bike to Work Week.

Mayor Young recognized several members of the PennWood High School HiQ team.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Smith gave the monthly report for March, 2006. Ending balances in the various funds are as follows: General Fund: $540,069.11; Sewer Fund: $80,774.15; Non-uniform Pension Plan: $853,527.58; Police Pension Fund: $6,092,581.30. The ending balance of all funds in March was $8,910,626.99. Mr. Smith mentioned that a $20,000 Main Street Program contribution had been made and that a first quarter payment of approximately $176,000 had been made to Delcora. In addition, over $100,000 has been received from the Tax Collector.

Engineer’s Report – There was no report given in Mr. Bevilacqua’s absence.

Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott had no formal report and no executive session items.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young read off various calendar items. Mayor Young mentioned that the PennWood High School Art Show and Sale will be held on April 30th, 12-4 p.m.

Mayor Young announced that a No Place for Hate march will be held on May 3rd.

Council President’s Report – President Wayne gave an overview of the recommendations suggested by the Ad hoc Committee for Code Enforcement: (a) Lansdowne will officially share a Fire Marshall with Yeadon and there will be a cooperative relationship to share other personnel on an as needed basis; (b) recruitment procedures have been approved for Lansdowne’s Code Director; ( c) recruitment procedures have been approved for a new police officer; (d) approval has been given for the purchase of two new trash trucks.

Committee Reports –

I. Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that a quarterly meeting was held last month with Smith Barney representatives and the Police Pension Fund is up 6.7% for the first quarter. Additionally, the Borough audit is complete and has been timely filed.

The next F&A Committee meeting will be held on May 10th at 7:00 p.m.

II. Public Safety – Ms. Hill stated that neighborhood watch teams can be formed using the Police Department as a resource for guiding residents through the process. Chief Kortan reiterated that a Neighborhood Watch can be any number of individuals who act as the eyes and ears for the police. Ms. Hill mentioned that her Committee is discussing the idea of creating designated areas for non-public events held in the Borough. Additionally, models for handicapped parking will be investigated.

Ms. Hill gave the Police report for March: 490 incidents, 694 parking tickets, 11 adult arrests, 14 juvenile arrests, 13 speeding arrests and 22 traffic light arrests.

III. Ad Hoc Committees –

A. Sanitation – Ms. Coleman reported that the Committee is discussing engaging vendors for help with increasing recycling numbers. Ms. Coleman mentioned that she had met with Mr. Chilutti regarding the various volunteer Main Street Program volunteer committees and Mr. Chilutti has been invited to attend General meetings every other month to give updates on his progress.

Ms. Coleman mentioned that the Neighborhood Revitalization strategy is moving forward and there is a proposal on the table to form a Group Work Camp with the cost being borne by the County

B. Liquor – Mr. Wagner reported that a first meeting had been held regarding the Borough liquor sale issue and the second meeting is scheduled for May 2nd, 7:00 p.m. The Committee will be gathering information on other communities that have adopted liquor sales.

Mr. Wagner also reported that as part of the Baltimore Avenue Corridor initiative, the issue of installing a left hand turn signal and Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenues is being investigated and PennDot will finalize plans in September, 2006 for the required work.

IV. Members of Council – Mr. Urban stated that the Recreation and Park Board will be
showing "Chronicles of Narnia" for the first Movie Night in Hoffman Park on June 10th – rain
date will be June 17th. Suggested donation is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.

Mr. Lee gave a follow up on the safety issues presented by Maple Avenue residents at last month’s meeting.The Pantry One shop owner has been asked to discourage any loitering that occurs at that site. Additionally, the Codes Department will look into the issue of several overgrown bushes along various streets in that area. Mr. Wagner mentioned that the dumpsters at Pantry One had passed a health department inspection.

Mr. Lee also stated that residents of Windermere Avenue and the nearby vicinity will be forming a Neighborhood Watch group.

Communications – No communications.

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

Visitors:

Morrow Williams143 Walsh Road – Ms. Williams stated her appreciation for the new
Borough park signs now in place and also asked if the missing street sign at Walsh and Gladstone Roads can be replaced.

Donna DiPiano 320 N. Maple Avenue – Ms. DiPiano thanked Mr. Lee for meeting with
the Pantry One shop owner and for Borough Council’s efforts in this regard.

Jack Covert 232 Jackson Avenue – Mr. Covert mentioned that the last concert of
the season for the Lansdowne Orchestra Symphony will be held on May 21st.
Mr. Covert questioned the Wachovia Bank school tax collection process and asked why Borough taxes could not be paid there as well. President Wayne stated that this is the domain of the school district but will look into the matter.
Mr. Covert suggested setting up a recycling program in conjunction with the post office.
Mr. Covert felt that the liquor sale issue in the Borough should come from the people and not from the governing body. President Wayne mentioned that the State sets the rules on referendum issues, not the Borough.

Len Wert 221 N. Lansdowne Avenue – Dr. Wert asked if the Borough could look
into passing an ordinance banning cell phone usage while driving.
Dr. Wert asked for updates on 231 N. Lansdowne, an Owen Avenue property and the abandoned property at Linden and Wycombe Avenues. President Wayne stated he would get back to Dr. Wert with updates.
Dr. Wert asked if an alleged remark overheard at the recent No Place for Hate gathering actually happened and if an apology had been made.

Charlie Jeffers 13 Willowbrook Avenue – Mr. Jeffers stated that a resident has
requested that a trash can be installed at 89 S. Baltimore Avenue. Mr. Jeffers also remarked that the street sign at Eldon and Baltimore Avenues is almost completely bent toward the ground.

Joe Heath 55 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Heath mentioned that Union Avenue is
in deplorable condition. Mr. Heath stated that speeding motorists are still a problem along Scottdale Road. Mr. Heath mentioned that a car continually parked at the northeast corner of Greenwood and Windermere Avenues is too close to the mail box.

Borough Council comments to visitors:

Mayor Young stated that the Borough is hoping to obtain grant money in order to install traffic calming devices on Scottdale Road. Mayor Young thanked Dr. Wert for his interest in the No Place for Hate program, stated that he did not have an affidavit but rather a web site report of the incident and that her conversation at the recent event had been a private one. Mr. Lee mentioned that the Borough is trying to conjoin the work that Aqua will be doing next year along Union Avenue so that Borough costs can be minimal.

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

Old Business – No old business.

New Business – No new business.

Action Items –

  1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for the period. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  2. Ms. Hill moved to accept the high bid of $2,808 from Government Cars Distribution Center, Miami Florida for the 1999 Crown Victoria. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  3. Ms. Hill moved to accept the high bid of $4,608 from Government Cars Distribution Center, Miami Florida for the 2001 Crown Victoria. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  4. Mr. Wagner moved to adopt Resolution No. 2006-14, a resolution declaring May 15-19, 2006 "Bike to Work Week". Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  5. Ms. Hill moved to hire one part time Library Circulation Assistant at the library, at a rate of $8.00 an hour. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  6. Mr. Urban moved to reappoint Terry Ponton to the Tree Advisory Board for a three year term, expiring on April 30, 2009. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  7. Mr. Urban moved to reappoint Elsie Muller to the Tree Advisory Board for a three year term, expiring on April 30, 2009. Ms. Hill seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  8. Ms. Coleman moved to adopt Resolution No. 2006-15, a resolution authorizing the execution and delivery of a master lease agreement, equipment schedule No. 01, and related instruments and determining of other matters in connection therewith. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 6-1 with Mr. Lee voting "nay".
  9. Ms. Coleman moved to engage Hough Associates to collect 2005 residential and commercial recycling data and prepare PA DEP 904 recycling grant application. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  10. Ms. Hill moved to replace one part time Parking Enforcement Officer. Mr. Lee seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  11. Mr. Lee moved to approve the agreement with the Lansdowne partnership for Community and Economic Development for the Twentieth Century Club renovation project. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session – No Executive Session was held.

Ms. Hill moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Coleman. The motion carried
unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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