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Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
Wednesday — August 2nd, 2006

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, August 2, 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 Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Secretary Henry, Police Chief Kortan and Fire Chief Young. Borough Manager Forrest and Planning Commission Chair Patton were absent.

Minutes — Ms. Coleman moved to approve the minutes of the July 5, 2006 Business Meeting as submitted by the Secretary. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

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

Visitors: There were no comments from visitors. Mr. Lee moved to reinstate the Rules of Order, seconded by Mr. Urban. The motion carried unanimously.

Presentation of Congested Corridor Improvement Program

Chief Kortan introduced Steve Cunningham of Edwards and Kelcey, a consulting engineering firm who developed the study for the traffic congestion program. Mr. Cunningham and engineer Alex Vogrey gave an overview of the plan that will include 14 signal intersections extending approximately two miles from Bond Avenue to Baltimore Avenue. The goal is a 20% reduction in travel time and/or system delay on the improved corridor. Some of the highlights included:

  • Study costs are funded by PENNDOT
  • Immediate improvements include signal timing optimization and time-based coordination with an approximate cost of $1,000 per intersection. Short term improvements include, but are not limited to, changing the exclusive left turn lane at the westbound Marshall Road approach to a shared through-left turn lane and reduce on-street parking along the south side of the outbound Marshall Road by 150 feet.
  • Short term improvements also include Lansdowne and Upper Darby Boroughs installing closed-loop systems to optimize and coordinate traffic signals, install vehicle detection loops for side streets and left turn lanes along Lansdowne Avenue and installing emergency pre-emption devices. Approximate cost to Lansdowne: $600,000.

A question and answer period followed. President Wayne commented that the projection numbers for reducing congestion were somewhat misleading in that Lansdowne is built out and the proposed numbers take into account future expansion of the Borough. It was mentioned that the Borough should contact the DVRPC to get funds rededicated ($250,000 out of $2.5 million over a 3 year period).A final report is due by the end of August, 2006.

REPORTS AND DISCUSSION

A. Treasurer Bill Smith – Mr. Smith mentioned that budget sheets have been distributed to all Department Heads and a meeting is to be scheduled in the near future regarding the 2007 budget. Mr. Smith also passed out the July 27th property report.
B. Engineer Richard Bevilacqua – Mr. Bevilacqua reported on the following items:

  1. 2006 Road Program – Met with PennDot last week and plans are approved to proceed with project. Contractor is on schedule to start last week of August.
  2. HVAC Project – Contractor is requesting a fourth payment of $108,062.50. There is also a change order request being reviewed regarding structural modifications to the masonry walls under the steel supports of the roof top unit and relocating some duct work. This change order will be in the $10,000-$15,000 range. Currently, the project is 98% completed.

C. Solicitor Bob Scott – Mr. Scott discussed the following items:

  1. Planning – Buddhist Congregational Church Subdivision and Land Development – The County has recommended approving the request but flagged the parking issue.
  2. Zoning:
    a) 225 Wayne Avenue – Application was denied based on parking grounds and petitioner is seeking a special exception variance.
    b) 23 East Baltimore Avenue – hearing continued to August 17th.
  3. Multi-Unit Conversion Program – mechanisms are needed for approving and reviewing grant applications. A Steering Committee should review the grant applications and make recommendations on awarding the grants. Ms. Hill concurred that the process for reviewing applications needs more structure and asked how residents will be notified. Mr. Scott mentioned that the County will advance $3,000-$5,000 for marketing materials and plans to hold a reception for Realtors regarding this program.
    Mr. Scott reiterated that Lansdowne needs to enter with Yeadon Borough regarding how money is to be spent and he will be contacting Yeadon’s solicitor for a draft proposal. Mr. Lee expressed concern with how the Zoning Hearing Board notices are not being received by enough residents and suggested widening the area of contact and more broadly marking the designated areas. Mr. Lee also felt that the time frame was inadequate. Mr. Scott will look into the posting and notification requirements and will coordinate with Ms. Hill and Mr. Lee.

D. Manager David R. Forrest – No report was given in Mr. Forrest’s absence.
E. Police Chief Kortan – Chief Kortan reported that plans are proceeding with the hire of a new police officer and expects to make a recommendation by the September business meeting.
Chief Kortan mentioned that PennDot will probably make changes to the traffic study presentation plans and expenses will be incurred by the Borough because of these changes.
F. Fire Chief Young – Chief Young mentioned the recent death of Irene Rovane who had very active in the Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for many years.
G. Planning Commission Chair Chris Patton – No report was given in Mr. Patton’s absence.
H. Comments from Council Members and Mayor:

  1. Mayor Young – commended Chief Young and the Fire Department for their efforts last week in locating a missing child in the Borough. Mayor Young mentioned that the deadline for newsletter articles is August 9th. Mayor Young asked what organization was responsible for maintaining the plants at Sycamore Park since the Garden Guerilla program is now gone. President Wayne suggested getting input from the Parks and Recreation Board.
  2. Ann Hill – Hoffman Park is being neglected. Mr. Urban mentioned that Fred Mirarchi and the Board is working on certain issues but the multi park plan may be overlapping some of what the Parks and Recreation Board now does regarding certain issues.
  3. Joe Urban – Park Day will be September 23rd and plans are being discussed to have another Move Night that same day. Proposed movie will be "Monsters, Inc."
  4. Steve Wagner – questioned the status of 234 Owen Avenue. Plans are for this property to be rehabbed. Mr. Wagner questioned the status of the A-1 Auto property. Ordinance requires that money has to be escrowed for fire damage and the insurance company did pay the owner’s portion. After further discussion, President Wayne asked that Mr. Wagner put the plan together regarding escrow issues and give to Mr. Forrest for review.
    Ad Hoc Committee on Liquor – Met last week regarding the beer distribution and state store issues and these issues will be presented at the next General Meeting for debate. Also under consideration is having proper design guidelines in place and revisiting the Code regarding state stores in the Borough. It was the Committee’s recommendation that Borough Council not initiate any of the questions that can be asked under State law on the 2007 ballot except for the state store issue. Mr. Urban felt that the public should know Borough Council’s opinion and the discussion should be held as a whole by Borough Council.
  5. Kevin Lee – questioned the status of the Wiggfall property. Mr. Travers stated that citations are being issued every day. Mr. Lee felt that long term chronic cases need to have warrants served. After further discussion there arrived a consensus to form a committee to look into options. Mr. Lee will be the Chair and members will include Mr. Wagner, Mr. Scott, Chief Kortan, Mayor Young and Ms. Hill.
  6. Ellen Lustgarten – There will be a Finance and Administration Committee meeting on August 28th at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Lustgarten stated this would be an important meeting in that preliminary discussions of the 2007 budget will be held.

Old Business —

  1. Cell Tower Ordinance – Mr. Scott suggested that Borough Council reconsider the fencing requirements. President Wayne asked that this issue be deferred until all recommendations are received.
  2. Temporary Fence at Gateway Park – The contract expires in May of 2007. Mr. Urban moved to remove the fence. Mr. Wagner seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  3. Historic District Planning – President Wayne stated that nominees for a Steering Committee will be named by the next General meeting. Only 8 attendees were present at the first meeting held 2 weeks ago.
  4. Human Relations Commission – Mr. Lee stated that 5 resumes have been received. Three members are needed for the actual Commission, who will then form an Advisory Board to be comprised of up to 10 members.

New Business — No items for new business.

Action Items –

  1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for period. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  2. Ms. Coleman moved to approve the reverse subdivision and land development for the Buddhist Congregational Church. Mr. Lee seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session: No items for executive session.

Mr. Lee moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Urban. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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