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Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting Wednesday — November 15, 2006

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, November 15, 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 and Borough Secretary Henry. Police Chief Kortan and Fire Chief Young were absent.
President Wayne asked for a moment of silence for musician D. C. Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald and Beach.
President Wayne stated that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would be aired on November 20th at 7:00 PM on Channel 10.
The agenda was approved with changes.

Minutes – Ms. Coleman moved to approve the minutes of the October 18, 2006 Borough Council General Meeting.Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations – Mayor Young and Councilwoman Hill presented certificates of excellence to the following individuals for their dedicated years of service:

  • Bobbie Harris, Police Clerk – 26 years
  • Nancy Johnsen, Secretary to Police Chief – 25 years
  • Jocondia Pannell, Police Clerk – 25 years
  • Mary Gilroy, Crossing Guard – 35 years
  • Larry Smalley, Police Officer – 35 years

Mayor Young mentioned that the food cupboard managed by the Lansdowne Presbyterian Church could use some more donations.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Smith gave the October ending balances of all funds:

$1,490,601.07 General Fund
$392,971.35 Sewer Fund
$254,593.29 Liquid Fuels Fund
$322,867.92 Capital Reserve Fund
$269,446.99 Capital Projects Fund
$959,178.72 Non-Uniformed Pension Fund
$5,907,573.41 Police Pension Fund

In addition, Mr. Smith reported expenditures of $22,954.00 for general liability insurance payments and $10,625.00 to John Bowie & Associates. Revenues for the month in the General Fund amounted to $513,918.01. A first payment of $78,405.00 for road work was paid to the Damon Company.
Additional monies received included $81,000 in delinquent taxes, $15,675 for a recycling grant and $75,000 from DCED for the Main Street contribution.

Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua reported that the final operating adjustments were completed last week in the HVAC project and operational training of staff is scheduled for the week of November 16th.

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

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young had no formal report.

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

Committee Reports

I. Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that four advertised meetings had been held regarding the 2007 budget. Highlights of the preliminary 2007 figures are as follows:

  • Sewer Fund – 16% increase in fees – this is the result of DelCora back expenses from the City of Philadelphia for capital expenditures and Delcora charges to the Borough. An additional $125,000 is needed to cover these charges. Additionally, Delcora has instituted a metering program that will have a future benefit for residents in that water usage will be more accurately reflected in the sewer bills. An additional $50,000 for sewer repairs has been authorized by Borough Council due to the mandated storm water outlet testing and the manpower needed for that endeavor.
  • General Fund – the current schedule of trash collection will continue. However, recycling services will now include green and brown glass and plastic, all of which can be put into one recycling bin along with the usual paper, metal and glass products. Projected trash fee increase will be an additional $20.00 per year per household.
    Salaries are increasing 3.5% for Police and Non-Uniformed employees. Additional expenses include $282,000 for the municipal obligation for the Pension Fund, $220,000 for medical benefits for retired police personnel, $300,000 liability and worker’s compensation insurance, $200,000+ for utilities and $86,000 for vehicle fuel.
    Regarding revenues, over $400,000 has been budgeted for Codes Department collections and over $675,000 includes intergovernmental grant funds. Another $50,000 has been budgeted for the delinquent tax program.
    The preliminary tax increase is 8.4%.

II. Public Safety – Ms. Hill reported that the Committee is considering holding a Police and Fire Appreciation Day in May, 2007. The Public Safety Committee also decided that the issue of free parking for hybrid cars would not be explored any further due to enforcement difficulty issues and the possibility of abusing the free parking.
Ms. Hill gave the Police report for October: 859 incidents, 606 parking tickets, 39 vehicle accidents resulting in 8 injuries, 11 adult arrest, 14 juvenile arrests, 99 motor violations, 7,378 miles traveled. The Fire report was presented as follows: 44 alarms, 20 hours, 40 minutes time in service, 131 miles traveled, 445 firefighters responding, $126,000 loss and damages and 75 ambulance dispatches.

III. Ad Hoc Committees

  • A. Lighting – Mr. Wagner reported that there had been no quorum at the last meeting and the next meeting date is to be determined.

IV. Members of Council – There were no comments from Borough Council members.

Communications

1. Letter of thanks from the family of Pop Wentzel.
2. Letter from the William Penn School District regarding a public hearing to be held on November 28th, 7:00 PM in the Boardroom at the 100 Green Avenue Annex concerning the enactment of either an Earned Income Tax or a Personal Income Tax. The Earned Income Tax will either be 1% or between 3.3% and 6.2%. The recommendation for the personal income tax will be either 9% or between 2.9% and 5.6%. The members of the of the School Board of Directors must adopt a resolution and place the question on the ballot for May 2007. Ms. Lustgarten strongly encouraged all residents to attend this meeting as this decision will have a major impact on all Lansdowne residents.
Mr. Lee moved to Suspend the Rules of Order. Ms. Coleman seconded and motion
carried unanimously.

Visitors:

Joanne Cammer – 18 DeForest Road. Ms. Cammer mentioned that the Gladstone Manor Civic Association is being revitalized. Also, a tree lighting ceremony in the Manor will be held on December 2nd.
Jack Covert – 232 Jackson Avenue. Mr. Covert mentioned that the Youth finalists concert of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra will be held on December 3rd at 3:00 p.m. at the Upper Darby Per forming Arts Center. Mr. Covert asked if recycling is mandatory and if the Post Office has a recycling bin. Mayor Young indicated that the post office’s bin is inside the building and that recycling is mandatory. Mr. Covert expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of a Committee structure. Mr. Covert asked for some clarification on the School District’s proposed EIT or PIT enactment. President Wayne stated that the personal income tax includes wages and investments and that only those school districts who opted for Act 72 are required to enact the income/personal tax resolution.
Charlie Jeffers – 13 Willowbrook Avenue. Mr. Jeffers asked if all recycling can be put into one bin. Mayor Young answered in the affirmative and stated that an article would appear in the January Borough newsletter regarding the new recycling guidelines. Mr. Jefferson mentioned that the two pedestrian crossing signs in front of Wildman Arms Apartments are still missing.
Anthony Campuzano – 40 W. Albemarle Avenue. Mr. Campuzano mentioned that the 7th annual Gift Givers Program will be accepting donations between November 20th and December 21st. Gifts can be dropped off at either the Lansdowne library or Borough Hall. Mr. Campuzano thanked residents for the large voter turnout and congratulated all the newly elected officials.

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

Borough Council comments to visitors: There were no comments.

Old Business

  1. Ordinance No. 1218 – disorderly properties. There was no discussion.
  2. 2007 Budget. Mayor Young asked that the Friendship Circle contribution be included in the budget.

New Business

  1. Radnor Haverford Marple Sewer Authority Intern Program – Mr. Forrest summarized the Program and stated that Borough employees will be offered free training on the cleaning and maintenance of sanitary sewer systems.
  2. Code Appeals Board vacancy – will be put on a future agenda.
  3. Planning Commission vacancy – will be put on a future agenda.
  4. 2007 Tax Anticipation Note – Mr. Smith explained that this is cash lent to the Borough on a short term basis until the Tax Collector turns over tax payments to the Borough. This note is paid by June 30th of each year.

Action Items

  1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for period. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  2. Ms. Hill moved to enact 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 and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  3. Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2006-27, regarding solicitation of proposals for the 2007 Tax Anticipation Note. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  4. Mr. Lee moved to advertise Ordinance No. 1219, an ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne amending the Borough Zoning Code by repealing provisions thereof permitting the conversion of single family residences into multi-family dwellings by special exception. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  5. Ms. Lustgarten moved to advertise the 2007 budget. Mr. Lee seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
  6. Ms. Lustgarten moved to execute agreement to participate in the Radnor Haverford Marple Sewer Authority intern program. Ms. Hill seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  7. Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2006-28-, a resolution declaring the Borough’s intent to destroy certain records. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  8. Mr. Lee moved to ratify the approval of the reverse subdivision plan for the Buddhist Temple at 131 Nyack Avenue. Ms. Hill seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  9. Ms. Hill moved to suspend 2 hour metered parking fees for December in the business district. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session – There were no items for Executive Session.

Ms. Coleman moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Urban. The motion
carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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