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Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting
Wednesday — December 20, 2006

PUBLIC HEARING – Ordinance No. 1219

President Wayne announced the public hearing regarding Ordinance No. 1219, an ordinance amending the Borough zoning code by repealing provisions thereof permitting the conversion of single-family residences into multi-family dwellings by special exception. There was one public comment from Frank Ganz of 181 W. Albemarle Avenue who asked whether this ordinance had been advertised and voted on by Borough Council. President Wayne stated that the ordinance had been advertised and Borough Council would be voting tonight to enact the ordinance.
Ms. Coleman moved to adjourn the public hearing, seconded by Ms. Hill.The motion carried unanimously. The public hearing adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

GENERAL MEETING

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 7:40 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Wayne, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Hill, Ms. Lustgarten and Mr. Urban. 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. Councilman Lee, Councilman Wagner and Fire Chief Young were absent.
President Wayne asked for a moment of silence for Bob ("Pop") Wentzel who had served the Borough for over 30 years.

President Wayne stated that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would be aired on December 26th at 7:00 PM on Channel 10. The agenda was approved with additions/changes.

Minutes – Ms. Hill moved to approve the minutes of the November 15, 2006 Borough Council General Meeting.Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations – Mayor Young presented a Beautification Award to Geoffrey Berwind whose residence is at the intersection of West Greenwood and Owen Avenues.
Mayor Young mentioned that Ralph D’Aversa had donated this year’s Borough Christmas tree. The mayor then presented a certificate of appreciation to Girl Scout Troops 440, 413 and 205 for their creative decorating of the Borough’s tree.
Mayor Young presented various certificates of appreciation to Girl Scout Troop 440 for their gardening project at Hoffman Park, their street lighting inventory project and their storm water markings project (in conjunction with Troop 539).
Mayor Young announced that single stream recycling will start on February 1, 2007 wherein all glass, paper and plastic recyclables will now be placed in one container. Information will be forthcoming in the next Borough newsletter and on the Borough web site.
Mayor Young reminded residents to pick up trash throughout the Borough.
Mayor Young announced that a two page survey will be included in the upcoming newsletter regarding the Lansdowne Library’s programs.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Smith gave highlights from the November report: the ending balance of all funds was $9,337,836.43. Mr. Smith mentioned that a $13,000 refund was received for an old workers compensation policy. President Wayne questioned the $430,000 return on investments in the police pension fund and Mr. Smith concurred that this figure was correct.

Engineer’s Report – Mr. Bevilacqua had no formal report.

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

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

Council President’s Report – President Wayne thanked the residents for their insights into Borough needs and for the opportunity to serve another year as Borough Council President. President Wayne also thanked the Borough staff, the Mayor and members of Borough Council for all their hard work, dedication and time throughout the year.

Committee Reports

I. Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported on the final 2007 budget changes: Real estate taxes will increase 3%, the trash fee will increase $10.00 and the sewer fee increase will remain the same as reported in previous Council meetings.Additionally, there will be no staff cuts, a summer youth program will be initiated and recycling will be increased. Ms. Lustgarten reported a total 2007 revenue of $6,135,000 and total expenses of $6,168,000. The projected ending fund balance is over $175,000. The next Finance and Administration Committee will be held on February 5th at 7:00 p.m.

II. Public Safety – Ms. Hill thanked Ms. Coleman, Mr. Lee and Ms. Lustgarten on their superior handling of the budget process. Ms. Hill mentioned that due to the lack of a quorum, the Public Safety Committee did not meet this month. Ms. Hill announced that the Betty Marlino Outstanding Service Award will be awarded on March 21, 2007 to a Lansdowne resident who has shown outstanding volunteer service to the Library and Borough. Ms. Hill announced that Verizon will be doing construction work on North Wycombe Avenue between LaCrosse and Baltimore Avenues and the road will be closed to all traffic from December 26th through December 29th.
Ms. Hill gave the Police Report for November: 734 incidents, 36 motor vehicle accidents resulting in 8 injuries, 15 adult arrests, 8 juvenile arrests, 73 motor vehicle violations, 536 parking tickets, 10 speeding violations, 11 license violation, 5,618 miles traveled.
Ms. Hill gave the Fire Report for November: 48 alarms, 21 hours 4 minutes time in service, 120 miles traveled, 541 firefighters responding, $1000 loss and damages.

III. Ad Hoc Committees
a. Lighting – Ms. Lustgarten reported in Mr. Wagner’s absence. The Lighting Committee will be applying for a CDBG grant for pedestrian friendly lighting improvements in the area along Nyack Avenue and intersecting streets. Ms. Lustgarten reported that the feasibility of adding a street light on an existing pole in the Highland Avenue parking lot will be investigated and the Committee is also looking into putting street light maintenance out to bid.
b. School District Taxation – Mr. Urban reported that an initial meeting will be held in early January, 2007. Mr. Urban then reported on some Parks and Recreation Board matters: Tony Campuzano and Jack Kelley will be reappointed. Mr. Urban also mentioned that currently there are two vacancies on the Recreation and Park Committee. Mr. Urban asked if an individual serving on the Planning Commission could also serve on the Park and Recreation Board.Solicitor Scott indicated that there is a limit on the number of Planning Commission members who can serve in other capacities and will check into the matter.Mr. Urban mentioned that some tree limbs are hanging down over the large overhanging rock on Scottdale Road and needs to be addressed. The next Park and Recreation Board meeting will be held on January 15, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

IV. Members of Council:
1. Ms. Coleman thanked all Borough Council members for their hard work throughout the year, citing Ms. Lustgarten specifically for her work in finalizing the 2007 budget. Ms. Coleman mentioned that the LBPA will be meeting regarding establishing a support structure group for 3 business groups: the central business district, neighborhood businesses and home based businesses.Further information can be obtained by calling Pat Arone at 610-574-3449.
Ms. Coleman gave an update on the Baltimore Avenue Revitalization Strategy: the proposal has been approved for pedestrian friendly measures. Plans will move forward with the recommendations for a transit oriented development at the train station, building more parking areas in that vicinity and developing mixed use facilities near the Barksdale Studio site. Ms. Coleman reported that the next step is to create a marketing brochure that includes these concepts.

Communications – No items.

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

Visitors:

Molly Olshefsky – 59 W. Greenwood Avenue. Ms. Olshefsky asked why Borough Hall was not a smoke free building. President Wayne stated that Borough Hall is a smoke free building and will look into the matter, indicating that perhaps the smokers need to move further away from the entrances.

Frank Ganz – 181 W. Albemarle Avenue – Mr. Ganz asked if anything further was being done about the parking problems on narrow streets. Ms. Hill stated that the Public Safety Committee is continuing to work on the problem and is planning a future meeting with the neighbors on Mr. Ganz’s block. Mr. Ganz also questioned why he has never seen any Lansdowne bids advertised for Borough work. Mr. Forrest stated that the ads always appear in The Daily Times and offered to show Mr. Ganz the ads. Mr. Ganz questioned the status of the Gateway Park and asked if grants are given for street scape work. President Wayne stated that the Gateway Park plans are presently in the design stage and that street scape work has been implemented on North Lansdowne Avenue but not recently on Baltimore Avenue.

Charlie Jeffers – 13 Willowbrook Street – Mr. Jeffers thanked Borough Council members for reinstating the pedestrian walkway signs in front of Wildman Arms Apartments. Mr. Jeffers mentioned a harassment incident that occurred in the Giant Food Store on Baltimore Avenue. President Wayne stated that this store is in Upper Darby’s jurisdiction and that the victim should talk with the manager of the store.

Caleb Olshefsky – 59 W. Greenwood Avenue – Mr. Olshefsky asked what happens to the Borough’s vacant houses once the occupants have vacated. President Wayne stated that the Codes Department monitors these vacancies and that some are rehabbed and some are demolished.

Jackie Jozwiak – 21 Hemlock Road – Ms. Jozwiak thanked Borough Council for their efforts that have allowed the number of Girl Scout troops to triple in the areas of Lansdowne, East Lansdowne and Upper Darby.

Borough Council comments to visitors:
Mayor Young thanked Mr. Ganz for the work he and his son did in planting trees in Hays and Interboro Parks and also near the Highland Avenue parking lot.
Ms. Coleman also thanked Mr. Ganz and hoped that future Borough initiatives will include the planting of additional trees in street scape endeavors.

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

Old Business

1. HARB – President Wayne reported that the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commissionhas ordained by their Resolution 06.11.02 that the first local historic district has now been established in Lansdowne.

2. Workers’ Compensation Insurance – Renews on 1/1/07 and some proposed options were discussed. The Borough can either renew with the current quote for one year or purchase a shorter period policy (60-90 days) while investigating less expensive policies. After further discussion there arrived a consensus to act on adopting a shorter period policy while looking at other alternatives for savings.

New Business

1. Employee Bonuses – Ms. Coleman moved to continue the practice of giving a $50 year- end bonus to Borough Employees. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Smith mentioned that he was recently appointed as Chairman of the Planning Commission and Chris Patton will act as Vice Chair.

Action Items

1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopted the 2007 budget. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
2. Ms. Lustgarten moved to enact ordinance 1221, an ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne fixing the tax rate for the year 2007. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
3. Ms. Lustgarten moved to enact Ordinance 1222, an ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne to estimate the number of gallons of water which will be consumed by persons whose properties are connected to the public sewers of the Borough for the year 2007, and to fix the amount of sewer rental or charge to be made to each property connected to the sewers. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
4. Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve Resolution 2006-29, a resolution regarding the refuse collection fee for 2007. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
5. Ms. Lustgarten moved to award the 2007 Tax Anticipation Note to PNC Bank at the interest rate of 3.92% with a 6/30/07 payoff. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
6. Ms. Coleman moved to enact Ordinance No. 1219, an ordinance 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.
7. Ms. Lustgarten moved to as sign Brokerage Professionals as the agent of record effective January 1, 2007 for group health care coverage, enter into an affiliation of other communities for the purpose of obtaining group health care coverage and execute all necessary documents for these purposes subject to review and approval of the Borough Solicitor. Ms. Coleman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
8. Ms. Lustgarten moved to enter into an Agreement with Donald E. Reisinger, Inc. For improvements to the Twentieth Century Club, including base bid and alternate A, for a price not to exceed $335,000. Ms. Coleman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
9. Ms. Coleman moved to appoint Christine Parks, Viola Curry and James Jackson to the multi-unit conversion neighborhood revitalization area advisory committee. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
10. Ms. Lustgarten moved to enact Ordinance 1223, an ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne authorizing the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to collect delinquent realty transfer tax on behalf of the Borough. Ms. Coleman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
11. Ms. Coleman moved to reappoint Bill Brown to the zoning hearing board for a three year term ending 12/31/09. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
12. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of the bills for the period. Ms. Coleman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
13. Ms. Hill moved to establish a standing nominating committee, composed of three Council members (Ms. Coleman-Chair, Ms. Hill and Ms. Lustgarten- members) for the purpose of recommending to Council individuals to serve on Borough boards, commissions and committees. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
14. Ms. Coleman moved to appoint the following to the Historical Architectural Review Board:

  • William Patterson, term expiring 12/20/07
  • Gloria Carpenter, term expiring 12/20/08
  • John Gould, term expiring 12/20/09

Mr. Urban seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
15. Ms. Coleman moved to approve Resolution 2006-30, authorizing the issuance of Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note, Series 2007. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and a roll vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session — Ms. Coleman moved to adjourn to Executive Session, seconded by Ms. Hill. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:10 p.m.

Public Session – There were no motions 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 9:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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