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Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting, Wednesday — September 20, 2006

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, September 20, 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 Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Treasurer Smith, Borough Secretary Henry and Police Chief Kortan. Fire Chief Young was absent.
President Wayne stated that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would be aired on September 25th at 7:00 PM on Channel 10.

Minutes – Ms. Coleman moved to approve the minutes of the August 16, 2006 Borough Council General Meeting. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations – Mayor Young swore in new police officer Christopher Craig.
Mayor Young presented letters of recommendation to officers Kevin Kenzel and James McCaughan for their help in capturing a convicted felon.
Mayor Young presented Sgt. Dan Donaghan with the National Liberty Museum 2006 Public Service Heroes Award for Public Service.
Mayor Young introduced Chuck Mangello of Interior Maintenance who has provided the police department with another X26 tazer gun.
Mayor Young read off various calendar items.
Mayor Young mentioned that public input is welcome regarding the recycling program.
Mayor Young announced that the food cupboard is bare and contributions are welcome.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Smith gave the monthly report for August, 2006. The ending balance for the General Fund was $1,908,097.87. Total receipts for the General Fund are $195,297.05. The ending balance in the Non-Uniform Pension Plan was $917,016.26; ending balance for the Police Pension Fund was $5,752,444.78. Mr. Smith also reported that approximately $120,000 in delinquent trash and sewer fees have been collected by Portnoff Associates. President Wayne questioned the timing of the MMO and debt service payments. Mr. Smith indicated the approximate time frame is October 1, 2006.

Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua gave his report as follows:

A. 2006 Road Program

The contractor has started the milling operations and is scheduled to start the paving on Friday. Work should be completed by the middle of next week.
B. Borough HVAC

The contractor has re-scheduled the equipment and control training sessions for next Wednesday & Thursday.

About 2 weeks ago while trying to format the direct digital control (DDC) operation of the boiler, a problem developed with keeping the boiler running. Our office requested a meeting with the Borough Maintenance Contractor, Herman Goldner Co., John Pecko of the Borough and Johnson Controls, the sub-contractor installing the new control system on the boiler.

During that meeting the boiler was started and a leak out of the side of the boiler was discovered. According to John Pecko the boiler had not leaked water prior to that time.

After further inspection by Adam Lambersky, of Herman Goldner Co., a crack in the middle of the cast iron sections of the boiler was discovered, as well as other operational items that needed maintenance or replacement.

As a result the boiler is not operational and options for replacement are being solicited.

Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott stated he had one executive session item.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young reported that the leaf pickup schedule is available on the Borough web site.

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

Committee Reports

I. Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that the MMO is down $25,000 for 2007 and state aid will be increased by $27,000 for 2007.
Ms. Lustgarten reported that the F&A Committee will be looking at quotes for liability coverages.
A meeting will be held on October 4th, 6:30 pm with Smith Barney representatives regarding the Police Pension Fund.
Public meetings regarding the 2007 budget will be held on September 27th and October 2nd at 7:00 pm in Borough Hall.

II. Public Safety – Ms. Hill gave the Police Report for August: 714 incidents, 23 motor vehicle accidents resulting in 10 injuries, 35 adult arrests, 5 juvenile arrests, 530 parking tickets issued, 93 motor vehicle violations, 94 traffic arrests investigated, 6,512 miles travelled.
Ms. Hill gave the Fire Company report for August: 43 alarms, time in service: 23 hours, 5 minutes, 124 miles travelled, 483 firefighters responding, $7,000 damages/loss.
Ms. Hill reminded residents that open burning is strictly prohibited in Lansdowne and citations will be issued to violators.
Ms. Hill stated that the Public Safety Committee is recommending that Borough Council formally recognize the following Police Department personnel for their years of service: Bobbi Harris (26); Nancy Johnson (25); Jocanda Pannell (25); Dan Kortan (25); Larry Smiley (35).

III. Ad Hoc Committees

A.Lighting – Mr. Wagner reported that a meeting was held last month with the lighting contractor. The goal is to evaluate the quality and quantity of lighting in the Borough and to establish protocol for upgrading and maintaining the lighting on an ongoing basis. The next meeting will be held on October 3rd at 7:00 pm in Borough Hall.
B. Signage – Ms. Coleman reported that a meeting was held on September 11th with the purpose of evaluating the ordinance for free standing sign and issues within the business district. These issues include aesthetics, safety perspectives and what the Borough’s vision will be for the future. The Committee’s recommendations will be included with the zoning steering committee’s comprehensive plan. Ms. Coleman reminded residents that Sherwin Williams is offering a 20% discount off regular paint prices and 5% off sale paint prices for those interested in beautifying their homes.
C. Recycling – Mayor Young stated that a meeting was held on September 18th regarding changing the recycling program. Public input is welcome. The next meeting will be held on September 26th at 7:30 pm.
D. Special Code Enforcement – Mr. Lee reported that this Committee was disbanded after meeting because resolutions had been met regarding several issues.

IV. Members of Council

A. Joe Urban – The Park and Recreation Board has approved a contract for removing some trees in Belmont and Marlyn Parks and for pruning some of the limbs of the Sycamore Park historic tree. Mr. Urban reported some incidents of graffiti in Belmont and Hoffman Parks and asked residents to report any knowledge of perpetrators/incidents to the Police. Mr. Urban again thanked Treasurer Smith and Mission Burrito for their donation to the September 23rd Movie Night.
B. Ann Hill – thanked the Codes Department and Dave Forrest regarding their quick work on the burned out residence on Wycombe Avenue.
C. Mayor Young – thanked members of the Arts Festival Committee for making this year’s event a success.
D. Sharon Coleman – thanked the LEDC for sponsoring the Arts Festival.

Communications – No communications.

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


Public Comment regarding the Gateway Park and Pedestrian/Bike Trail Grant – There were no public comments on this matter.

Len Wert 221 N. Lansdowne Avenue – Dr. Wert asked that an ordinance be considered regarding the removal of garage sale signs in the Borough. Dr. Wert commented that the Codes Department had been helpful in getting a neighbor’s overgrown foliage cut back. Dr. Wert suggested that someone should check to make sure that Borough stop signs are not being concealed by overgrown trees. Dr. Wert questioned the status of the Lansdowne Theater. President Wayne referred Dr. Wert to the LEDC and GLCA, who have formed a joint venture for economic development in the Borough.

Laura Fryer 106 Lansdowne Court – Mrs. Fryer thanked Mr. Bevilacqua for the Wycombe Avenue repair project. Mrs. Laura read off a list of non perishable items that are needed for the local ministerium’s food pantry. Mrs. Fryer congratulated the police officers who had been earlier recognized.

Charlie Jeffers 13 Willowbrook Avenue – Mr. Jeffers asked the status of the used car dealership lot on Baltimore Avenue and the proposed Dunkin’ Donuts site. President Wayne mentioned that the Zoning Hearing Board recently approved the former 7-11 site for a Dunkin’ Donuts and building plans are forthcoming. The Codes Department is working with the owner of the used car dealership.

James Jackson 88 S. Wycombe Avenue – Mr. Jackson thanked Mr. Bevilacqua for the repair project on Wycombe Avenue. Mr. Jackson stated that he is against liquor sales in Lansdowne and that several homeowners on his block are also overwhelmingly against liquor sales.

Roberta Rausch 250 Windermere Avenue – Ms. Rausch thanked the police department for their help with her robbery incident. Ms. Rausch asked how many vehicles one resident can have parked outside their home. President Wayne stated that there is no limit as long as the vehicles are in running condition and actively registered. Ms. Rausch mentioned that two of the vehicles are taxis. Mr. Scott will investigate the matter.

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

Borough Council comments to visitors: There were no comments.

Old Business

  1. Scottdale Road Recreational Use – Ms. Hill stated that this will be under the supervision of Jerry Staiber with a cost of $30 per individual (two are proposed) to man the traffic barriers. Scottdale Road will be closed from the Pavilion at Hoffman Park to Hilldale Road. The date is October 1st, from 1 to 5 p.m.
  2. Liquor Question – Mr. Urban opened the discussion on this topic. Mr. Urban stated that he had spoken with representatives of another town, Slippery Rock, who had dealt with this same issue five years ago and decided to "go wet" in 2001. To date, Slippery Rock has successfully achieved the economic development goals originally targeted with the establishment of a fine eating establishment, a hotel and a micro brewery. Mr. Urban stated that Lansdowne can also accomplish their economic development goals and get the types of establishments desired. Mr. Wagner mentioned that these ideas are good but the Borough is not in the position at present to pick and choose the types of establishments that are desired and the issue should be revisited in 2009. After further discussion a motion was made by Ms. Coleman to accept the Liquor Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendation to not place the liquor question on the 2007 ballot. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Mr. Lee brought up the issue of making Lansdowne a Home Rule community to address the quality of life issue surrounding the liquor issue. Mr. Urban moved to table Ms. Coleman’s motion, seconded by Mr. Lee. A roll call vote was taken to table the motion. The motion failed with 5 nays and 2 ayes (Mr. Lee and Mr. Urban). President Wayne then called for a roll call vote on Ms. Coleman’s original motion to accept the Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendation. The motion carried 5-2 with Mr. Lee and Mr. Urban voting nay.
  3. Twentieth Century Club Improvements – President Wayne mentioned that the total funding originally offered was $400,000 and that $320,000-$340,000 remains for improvements. A new bid package has been developed for the base bid and alternates A through D. The base bid includes upgrading the electrical service, a new sprinkler system and some elements for a new heating system. Alternate A includes an upgrade to the kitchen exhaust system, Alternate B includes handicapped restrooms and parking upgrades, Alternate C includes additional components of a new heating system and Alternate D includes new central air conditioning system. The cost of the base bid and all four alternates would be $1 million.

Ms. Hill brought up concerns about the Human Relations Commission action item, stating that if appointments are to be made, Borough Council members are given a resume for review and no resumes were forthcoming in this regard. Mr. Lee mentioned that this Commission will not meet until five members are in place.

New Business — There were no items for New Business.

Action Items

  1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for period. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  2. Ms. Coleman moved to enact Ordinance No. 1214, an Ordinance amending the Borough of Lansdowne’ Zoning Ordinance to regulate the placement of communications towers and antennas. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  3. Mr. Urban moved to adopt Resolution 2006-22, a resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne of Delaware County, making application to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, for the Gateway Park and Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  4. Ms. Hill moved to close Scottdale Road between Hilldale Road and the pavilion on Sunday, October 1st from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm for recreational purposes and to allocate $60.00 from the General Fund for traffic control personnel. Mr. Urban seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  5. Ms. Lustgarten moved to bid improvements for the Twentieth Century Club, including base bid and alternates A through D. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  6. Ms. Hill moved to advertise Ordinance No. 1218, an ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne, prohibiting persons from maintaining disorderly properties and imposing penalties for violations thereof. Mr. Urban seconded. A discussion followed wherein President Wayne and Mr. Lee raised objections regarding the wording of the ordinance, citing that objectives were not being accomplished with the present language and too many gray areas existed that needed further research. Mr. Lee moved to table advertising Ordinance 1218, seconded by Ms. Lustgarten. A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 4-3 with President Wayne, Ms. Coleman, Mr. Lee and Ms. Lustgarten voting aye and Ms. Hill, Mr. Urban and Mr. Wagner voting nay.

Executive Session — Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss real estate/litigation issues. Ms. Coleman seconded and the meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:50 p.m.

Public Session – No motions were made upon reconvening to Public Session.

Ms. Coleman moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Lustgarten. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:38 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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