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Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting Wednesday — May 17, 2006

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, May 17, 2006, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were 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 Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Treasurer Smith, Borough Secretary Henry and Police Chief Kortan. President Wayne and Fire Chief Young were absent.Ms. Coleman stated that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would be shown on May 22nd at 7:00 PM on Channel 10.

Minutes – Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the April 19, 2006 Borough Council General Meeting.Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations – Mayor Young had no presentations or announcements.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Smith gave the monthly report for April, 2006. The ending balance of all funds in April was $10,680,069.79. Total receipts amounted to $2,390,057.12 and total disbursements amounted to $620,614.41. Mr. Smith mentioned that approximately $350,000 had been collected by the Tax Collector in sewer fund fees and $1,475,000 had been collected in current real estate taxes. In addition, a first payment of $33,314.71 has been received for the cable franchise deal and the Police Pension Fund is up approximately $157,000 for the year.

Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua reported that the sewer pipe installation is complete for the Stewart Avenue Sewer project.Demolition will start next week in the HVAC project and installation completion is expected by the third week in July. Mr. Bevilacqua also reported that the Football Field Sewer project is completed.

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

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young read off various calendar items. Mayor Young mentioned that she will be chairing the newly formed Ad Hoc Committee for recycling. The first meeting of this committee will be held on May 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Council President’s Report – There was no formal report given in President Wayne’s absence.Ms. Coleman reported on the following items:

  1. New Businesses in Lansdowne – (a) Mission Burrito is now open in the Lansdowne Center; (b) Don’s Day Care Center will soon be open; (c) a new grooming business is now open at 205 W. Baltimore Avenue.
  2. Baltimore Avenue Revitalization Strategy: Meeting was held on May 9th and recommendations were well received.
  3. Neighborhood Revitalization Project – A public meeting was held last night and well received.

Committee Reports

I. Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that a meeting was held on May 10th regarding an update on the process of collecting delinquent real estate taxes. Portnoff Associates will be sending letters this week regarding delinquent taxes. Additionally, the Road Program was reviewed and plans are to pave ½ of Maple, Union and Austin Avenues and to finish the complete paving of Wycombe, Bartram and Fairview Avenues. Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that special budget meetings will soon be held regarding the 2007/2008 budget. The goal is to have a final budget available for the October, 2006 business meeting. The next meeting of the Finance and Administration Committee will be held on June 5th at 7:00 p.m.

II. Public Safety – Ms. Hill reported that the hiring of two additional crossing guardswill eliminate the police having to perform this function. Ms. Hill mentioned that another petition had been received regarding improving street lighting and suggested that an Ad Hoc Committee be formed to research all pertinent issues in this matter. Ms. Hill stated that communication should be sent to all residents regarding the preventive measures being taken by the Police Department to counteract crime in the Borough. Ms. Hill mentioned that 29 applications have been received for the police officer position, 12 applications have been returned and the written examination was given May 15th. Ms. Hill gave the Fire Department report for April: 33 alarms, 21 hours 12 minutes time in service, 399 firefighters responding, zero injuries, $193,000 loss and damage. Ms. Hill stated that she would be giving the police report next month once the new information dissemination process is decided.

Mr. Lee moved to form an Ad Hoc Committee to look into the safety and aesthetic issues for Borough lighting with Mr. Wagner as Chair and Councilpersons Lustgarten, Coleman and Hill as members. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

III. Ad Hoc CommitteesLiquor – Mr. Wagner reported that an initial recommendation was made at last month’s business meeting to not have the liquor sale question put on the May 2007 ballot. The matter is to be discussed at the June business meeting.

IV. Members of Council – Mr. Urban mentioned that June 10th will be Move Night at Hoffman Park and a meeting will be held with residents next week regarding the event. Chief Kortan will be talking with the Gladstone Towers owners regarding parking issues in this regard. Mr. Urban mentioned that resident have been complaining about a day care center taking over Belmont Park for various events without getting a permit. Mr. Scott suggested notifying them again of applying for a permit on a regular basis and that the Recreation and Parks Board can help with the recommendations. Mr. Urban questioned the remaining amount in the Capital Reserves Fund for recreation. It is approximately $5,000. Mr. Urban stated that the next meeting of the Recreation and Parks Board will be held on
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. in Hays Park.

Communications – No communications.

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


James Jackson 8 S. Wycombe Avenue – Mr. Jackson praised Borough Council for the recently passed ordinance regarding bringing the National Guard home. Mr. Jackson questionedthe codes director agreement with Yeadon. It was explained that the agreement had been re-evaluated and the decision was to have our own code person instead of sharing. Mr. Jacksonquestioned the status of the S. Wycombe Avenue paving project. Pennoni Associates has beendesignated to do the design specifications with advertising and bids to be done by mid-June. Mr.Jackson questioned the availability of council meeting tapes for viewing. Mr. Forrest mentionedthat the matter is being investigated.

Len Wert 221 N. Lansdowne Avenue – Dr. Wert asked if Borough Council will beconsidering an ordinance regarding cell phone use while driving in the Borough. Dr. Wert questioned the status of various properties in the Borough and the followingupdates were given: (1) 231 N. Lansdowne Avenue – an application for a demolition grant hasbeen submitted; (2) Owen Avenue property is up for sheriff’s sale; (3) 110 S. Wycombe Avenueis to be sold at a judicial sale. It is to be torn down and two twin houses are to be erected.Dr. Wert questioned the status of the Lansdowne Theater. Ms. Coleman mentionedthat a grant has been provided and additional funding is being investigated.However, theBorough’s current focus is for the 20th Century Club upgrades. Dr. Wert stated he wasoffended at an answer given by Borough Hall personnel regarding the disposal of a dead catfound on his property. Dr. Wert felt that his comments regarding Mayor Young’s remark at arecent No Place For Hate event were not being reflected in the minutes.

Charlie Jeffers 13 Willowbrook Avenue – Mr. Jeffers questioned bulk trash proceduresand was advised to call the night before the requested pickup date.

Charles Bowes 46 W. Albemarle Avenue – As President of the UAA, Mr. Bowes presented information on the upcoming July 4th parade and fireworks display. The Mayor ofGautier, Lansdowne’s adopted sister city, will be hosting the parade.

Anthony Campuzano 40 W. Albemarle Avenue – Mr. Campuzano thanked Mr. Urban forhis efforts regarding Movie Night in Hoffman Park and felt these events could be held on aregular basis if deemed a success. Mr. Campuzano congratulated the newly elected and re-elected candidates in the May election and thanked voters for their turnout. Mr. Campuzano stated that Gerry Staiber has spoken several times with the day care center regarding theBelmont Park issue and appreciated Borough Council looking into the matter.

Steve Groscott 201 E. Plumstead Avenue – Mr. Groscott stated that trash is piling up behind 203 and 205 E. Plumstead Avenues and asked if permits have been issued for theongoing work being performed there.

Jackie Bendanno 32 W. Baltimore Avenue – Ms. Bendanno, the new owner of Mission Burrito, stated the restaurant is open Monday through Thursday until 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 9:00 p.m.

Borough Council comments to visitors: No comments were given.

Mr. Lee moved to reinstate the Rules of Order. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motioncarried unanimously.

Old Business – Mr. Scott is looking into the cell tower ordinance issues recently brought up bythe Planning Commission. Ms. Coleman mentioned that as part of the Borough’s Comprehensive Plan, acommittee has been formed to look at the various issues regarding naming Lansdowne as a historic district. Results will be presented at a May 24th meeting.

New Business – Mr. Wagner brought up the issue of how to disseminate information to thepublic regarding safety and crime issues in Lansdowne. The contents of a proposedcommunication to residents would include its purpose, information on blockwatches and 911 education and tips on how to keep an eye on crime in a particularneighborhood. Mr. Wagner will investigate the printing costs and Ms. Hill, Mayor Young, Mr.Wagner and Chief Kortan will starting working on a first draft. Ms. Hill stated that residentscould also solicit ideas.

Action Items

  1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of the bills for the period. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  2. Mr. Urban moved to adopt Resolution No. 2006-16- a resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne supporting increased funding for the federal Community Development Block Grant Program. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  3. Ms. Lustgarten moved to advertise Ordinance No. 1216, an Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne amending the codified ordinances of the Borough regarding the membership of the Police Pension Advisory Committee. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  4. Ms. Lustgarten moved to design and bid the 2006 Road Program. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  5. Ms. Hill moved to advertise Ordinance No. 1217, an Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne outlining application process for residential handicapped parking space. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  6. Ms. Hill moved to hire two additional substitute crossing guards. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session – Mr. Lee moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss a personnelmatter. Mr. Wagner seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:04 p.m.

No motions were made upon reconvening to public session.

Mr. Lee moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Wagner. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 9:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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