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Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting Wednesday — June 21, 2006

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 21, 2006, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Wayne, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Hill, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Urban and Mr. Wagner. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Treasurer Smith, Borough Secretary Henry and Police Chief Kortan. Councilman Lee, Borough Manager Forrest and Fire Chief Young were absent.
President Wayne stated that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and barring any technical difficulties, would be shown on June 26th at 7:00 PM on Channel 10.

Minutes – Ms. Coleman moved to approve the minutes of the May 17, 2006 Borough Council General Meeting. Ms. Hill seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations – Mayor Young announced the 2006 Helms Award recipient: Georgeanna Juliano. Ms. Juliano was unable to attend the meeting and her niece, Victoria, accepted the award for her. Friends and family were present to pay homage to Ms. Juliano’s many years of dedication and service to the Borough.
Mayor Young introduced Lansdowne Allied Youth representatives Lee and Joan Gardner, who presented the Youth of the Year Award to Jane Fryer. In addition, a framed letter of achievement as well as a $200 check was given. Lansdowne resident Patrick Young was also given the same award but he was unable to attend the meeting.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Smith gave the monthly report for June, 2006. The ending balance of all funds in June was $111,458,973.77. Total General Fund receipts amounted to $1,330,152.64 and total disbursements amounted to $480,081.39. Mr. Smith mentioned that approximately $303,000 in taxes toward the Sewer Fund had been collected by the Tax Collector.
Mr. Smith mentioned that there had been a clean audit of the Liquid Fuels Fund. Also, there was a slight decrease in the Police Pension Fund totals.
Mr. Smith mentioned that the $500,000 Tax Anticipation Note is to be paid off by June 30, 2006.

Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua reported on the following projects:

  1. 2006 Road Program – Bids will be received by June 30th, 10:00 a.m.
  2. HVAC project – the first floor duct work is complete and 70% of the second floor duct work is complete. The rooftop unit is scheduled to be installed on or near July 6th.
  3. Stewart Avenue Sewer Project – final paving is complete and punch list items and final figures are being discussed with the contractor.
  4. Stewart Avenue Football Field project – recommendation has been made to release the retainage payment in the amount of $4,082.50.

Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott had no formal report and one Executive Session item.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young had no calendar items; the July 4th parade will start at 9:00 a.m on E. Greenwood Avenue.
Mayor Young mentioned that Lansdowne resident Penny Landry has been recognized by Kelly Substitute Services as the National Substitute Teacher of the Year.

Council President’s Report – President Wayne had no formal report.

Committee Reports

I. Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that the F&A Committee met on June 5th. The current total collected for delinquent trash and sewer fees through Portnoff Associates is $30,000. Ms. Lustgarten stated that the next meeting will be held on July 3rd at 7:00 p.m. The early repayment of loans will be a topic of discussion regarding the 2007 budget.

II. Public Safety – Ms. Hill reported that the Public Safety Committee met on June 19th. The Committee discussed the finalists for the new police officer position. They also discussed jointly with the Civil Service Commission performing a comprehensive review of the current Civil Service document for possible modification.Ms. Hill mentioned that Scottdale Road residents favor the idea of closing the road to traffic during certain Sundays in the summer to allow pedestrian recreation activities. Additionally, Ms. Hill reported that the Committee rejected the request of the Lansdowne post office to put a handicapped parking space at the building entrance on Union Avenue as ample off street parking is available.
Ms. Hill reminded residents and businesses that open burning is strictly prohibited in the Borough.
Ms. Hill gave the Fire Company report for May: 32 alarms, 17 hours 38 minutes in service, 107 miles traveled, 455 firefighters responding, zero injuries to firefighters and $0 loss and damage.
Ms. Hill gave the Police report for May: 849 incidents, 23 motor vehicle accidents resulting in 4 injuries, 31 adult arrests, 15 juvenile arrests, 328 parking tickets and 54 motor violations. Police vehicle miles traveled: 6,363.

III. Ad Hoc Committees

  • A.Recycling – Mayor Young stated that she is awaiting information from Mr. Forrest regarding the mechanics of implementing the recycling program.
  • B. Lighting – Mr. Wagner stated that a meeting was held on June 20th to discuss the Committee’s mission, to assess the adequacy of existing Borough lighting for pedestrian and motor safety, to look at new technologies as needed, to ascertain the wants of residents and to research funding for capital improvements. Mr. Wagner mentioned that he would like the contractor being considered in this endeavor to attend their next meeting to discuss the present technology. A meeting date has not yet been set.

IV. Members of Council

  1. Mr. Urban stated that the Parks and Recreation Board met on June 19th. The success of the June 10th Movie Night was discussed. Park Day is scheduled for September 23rd and the possibility of showing a movie on this day was discussed. The next meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board will be held on July 17th, 7:00 p.m. at Hayes Park. Mr. Urban stated that Eagle National Bank is sponsoring the July 4th parade and UAA members will soon be soliciting donations. Mr. Urban mentioned that Lansdowne resident Katie Morris died suddenly this past week.
  2. Mr. Wagner mentioned that the Board of Health met last week to discuss the number of recurring health violations/issues in Borough businesses and what steps can be taken to resolve them. President Wayne stated he will put the matter on the agenda for July’s business meeting and suggested that the Board of Health president be present at that meeting. Mr. Wagner stated that a first draft of the community safety bulletin will be available at next month’s business meeting.

Communications – There were no communications.

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

Visitors:

James Klingler E. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Klingler asked when a new light pole
previously destroyed in front of 62 E. Greenwood Avenue would be re-installed.
Mr. Klingler mentioned that Joe Heath is recuperating from some health issues and will soon be home.
Mr. Klingler offered his congratulations to Georgeanna Juliano on her Helms award and stated that
he was proud to know her.

John McKelligott107 Gladstone Road – Mr. McKelligott offered his personal statement of appreciation to the Borough for awarding Georgeanna Juliano the Helms award. He also
mentioned that she had been a major advocate for the Simpson Gardens housing project in the
Borough.

James Jackson 8 S. Wycombe Avenue – Mr. Jackson stated that he recently utilized the Borough contractor list and had very good luck with AMDG Exterior Contracting, citing they
were reliable, provided a reasonable estimate and did excellent work.
Mr. Jackson volunteered to video the Borough Council meetings for free until Comcast’s technical difficulties are
resolved.
Mr. Jackson mentioned that a newspaper item was buried regarding a June 28th special meeting of the William Penn School District to discuss the 2007 budget.

Len Wert 221 N. Lansdowne Avenue – Dr. Wert asked for the status of the Smith
property. President Wayne stated that there had been no change from last month.
Dr. Wert asked the status of the bank building. It is currently up for sale. Dr. Wert asked the status of the Lansdowne Theater. President Wayne stated that no additional information is available and that the LEDC and GLCA are still working on initiatives in this regard.
Dr. Wert questioned the number of stolen vehicles today in the Borough. Chief Kortan stated that he had a report of one stolen vehicle.

Jack Covert 232 Jackson Avenue – Mr. Covert thanked Georgeanna Juliano for her
service to the Borough and the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Covert gave Mayor Young a write up by Michael Caruso for the web site regarding the Orchestra.
Mr. Covert cited issues with some of the business signs in town, stating that they detract from the Borough’s
appearance. Mr. Covert asked if the William Penn School District Ad Hoc Committee had been disbanded. President Wayne stated that the committee had met after the Reorganization meeting early this year and their activities were reported but the Committee had not been reappointed.

Borough Council comments to visitors:
Mr. Wagner stated that it was unfair of Dr. Wert to use the televised meeting to feed into the rumor mill regarding unsubstantiated crime statistics in the Borough.

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

Old Business

  1. 131 Nyack Avenue Buddhist Temple Zoning Hearing Application – President Wayne
    asked if Borough Council wished to take any action on this application. Mr. Smith stated that
    the Planning Commission had approved this application unanimously and there had been no
    opposition from the neighbors. The only remaining issue is obtaining the construction financing.
    Mr. Wagner mentioned that this project would not take over the block and the site is kept in
    excellent condition. After a lengthy discussion, it was the overall opinion to favor this project.
    President Wayne favored the project but expressed concern with any changes that might arise
    after the original application has been approved. The topic of attaching conditions to the Zoning
    Hearing process was then discussed. Ms. Lustgarten made a motion to recommend that the
    Zoning Hearing Board approve the plans as presented. Ms. Hill seconded. After further
    discussion the motion was amended by Ms. Coleman to include a condition of a reasonable time
    frame based on the expertise of the Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Wagner seconded. Further
    discussion generated an additional amendment to the previous motion.
    Mr. Urban moved to recommend that the Zoning Hearing Board approve the project with
    provisions attached, that the project be completed within a reasonable time frame for
    construction and in substantially the design and form that has been reviewed by Borough
    Council, subject to any inclusions or deviations deemed necessary by the Board in order to
    approve the project. Mr. Wagner seconded and the motion carried with Ms. Lustgarten
    voting "nay".

New Business — There was 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. Mr. Smith clarified for Mr. Wagner the approval procedure. Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that this payment did not include the $500,000 payment of the Tax Anticipation Note.
  2. Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2006-18, regarding insurance arrangements for the 2006 fireworks display. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session — Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss one
personnel matter and one litigation matter. Ms. Hill seconded and the motion carried
unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:00 p.m.

Upon reconvening to Public Session, the following motions were made:

  1. Ms. Hill moved to proceed with recruitment of a new police officer. Mr. Urban seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  2. Ms. Hill moved to approve the proposed FOP contract. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Urban moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Coleman. The motion carried
unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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