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Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting Wednesday — April 4, 2007

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 4, 2007, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Wayne, Ms. Coleman, Mr. Lee, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Urban and Mr. Wagner. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua, Borough Manager Forrest, Borough Secretary Henry, Police Chief Kortan and Fire Chief Young. Councilperson Hill and Borough Treasurer and Planning Commission Chair Smith were absent.

Minutes — Ms. Coleman moved to approve the minutes of the March 7, 2007 Council meeting. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Lustgarten moved to suspend the Rules of Order, seconded by Ms. Coleman. The motion carried unanimously.


Len Wert Resident of Lansdowne – Dr. Wert thanked Borough Council for their recent decision regarding the school tax issue. Dr. Wert stated that a stop sign is still necessary at the corner of Shadeland and Drexel Avenues. President Wayne indicated that this matter is currently under active review by the Public Safety Committee. Dr. Wert mentioned a few Borough properties that are in derelict condition near his residence, in particular mentioning an overgrown brush/tree problem at the property adjacent to his. Dr. Wert stated that he is having a problem with motorists using his driveway as a turnaround and asked where he could obtain a sign to prohibit this.

David Bennett 21 Pennock Terrace – Mr. Bennett asked if Borough Council will again consider adopting a Bike to Work week resolution as was done last year. Mr. Bennett passed out information from the Delaware Valley Bicycle Club regarding a glossary of terms and various items of bicycling interest. Mr. Bennett mentioned that bicycle police could be very effective in enforcing the law in Lansdowne.Mr. Bennett mentioned that he would like to see something done about providing a safe access for pedestrians and cyclists in the area of the overhanging rock on Scottdale Road.

Dennis Wettlaufer 199 Owen Avenue – Mr. Wettlaufer mentioned that the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club will soon be holding a flea market and asked if Mayor Young had any additional information on this. Mayor Young indicated she would talk about it further during her report.

Kelly Bliss Resident of Lansdowne – Ms. Bliss mentioned her concerns about the potential parking space issue raised by the proposed business school in the bank building. Ms. Bliss felt that giving away 90 parking spaces for 15 years in two lots would cut off the potential for more people coming into the business district to patronize present and future stores. Ms. Bliss suggested that Mr. Riggs build his own 3 story parking garage near Wildman Arms and have the business school owner pay the fees.

Borough Council Comments:

Chief Kortan mentioned that the Lansdowne bike police is currently active and have already made some arrests regarding vandalism incidents.

Ms. Lustgarten to reinstate the Rules of Order, seconded by Ms. Coleman. The motion carried unanimously.

Reports and Discussion

A. Treasurer Bill Smith – No report was given in Mr. Smith’s absence.
B. Engineer Richard Bevilacqua – Mr. Bevilacqua reported on the following projects:

2007 Road Program – PAVING: Due to a recent emergency water problem at Eldon and Drexel Avenues, there may be the potential for the original $55,000-65,000 Borough portion estimate to vary significantly.
Mr. Bevilacqua felt that a three year period was sufficient for the future priority list. SEAL COATING: Approximately $10,000-11,000 will be needed for work at East Essex and Highland Avenues.
Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that $110,000 is budgeted in the Liquid Fuels Fund for road programs and there is a fund balance of $183,000.
President Wayne questioned grouting costs and using concrete instead of bituminous blacktop. Mr. Bevilacqua indicated that concrete lasts longer and is less expensive. President Wayne asked if Bryn Mawr Avenue would be part of the three year plan as well as Stewart Avenue west of Owen Avenue. Mr Bevilacqua indicated that he is awaiting information on certain sewer lines that have not been TV inspected.

2007 Sewer Program – REPLACEMENT: Drexel Avenue (Owen to Windermere) collapsed 6″ diameter sewer, roadway settlement. Cost: $225,000-$275,000. INFILTRATION: Falls Run (Ardmore to Burmont Road) – 24″ sewer line runs along the creek and during TV inspection the joints were open. Additionally, there is high infiltration and root intrusion. Cost: over $250,000.
Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that $300,000 has been budgeted in the Sewer Fund and did not have projections for 2008 and 2009. President Wayne asked if the $826,000 Delcora fees will continue in 2008. Mr. Forrest will check on this. Mr. Bevilacqua and Mr. Forrest will start putting bid packages together for both the Road and Sewer programs.

Library HVAC – There was a review of the last 4 years of maintenance and utility costs and under the old system the maintenance costs have averaged $5,000 per year. The EER under the old system was 9.3; the new system will have a 11.1 EER resulting in up to 25% increased efficiency levels. Cost savings per year will now be approximately $10,000 under option 2.
Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that nothing has been budgeted for this in the General Fund and only $20,000 is in the Capital Projects Fund. Ms. Lustgarten mentioned concerns with potential overrun issues and the Finance & Administration Committee is soliciting other bids. President Wayne felt that option 1 would pay for itself in two years with a 20% savings. However, code compliance issues would not allow option 1. Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that library grant funds can also be used for this type of work.

Borough Parking Lots – first priority is the Borough Hall and rear lot for a cost of $23,000-$28,000. Second priority is Hoffman pavilion and tennis lots at a cost of $23,000-$28,000. In addition, Mr. Bevilacqua cited costs for the N. Lansdowne Avenue lot ($47,000-52,000) and the Highland Avenue lot ($42,000-46,000). Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that $40,000 is budgeted in the Capital Fund for parking lot improvements. President Wayne asked if other alternatives existed rather than overlaying the entire surface. Mr. Bevilacqua indicated that a seal coat could be done for a cost savings of $10,000-15,000.

C. Solicitor Bob Scott – Mr. Scott had no formal report.

D. Manager David R. Forrest – Mr. Forrest reported on the following topics:
Group Work Camp – scheduled for July 29th through August 4th. Currently 30 applications have been received and 15 applicants surveyed. Mr. Forrest indicated that enrollment numbers are currently a problem and only 12 to 15 Borough properties can be repaired with the current manpower (80-100).
LEDC 5K race – would like approval to hold this race in conjunction with the Memorial Day parade.
Gateway Park – $100,000 is available to do the design and engineering work, and $368,000 for construction. Terms of the lease agreement are currently being worked on by Mr. Scott and Mr. Forrest.
Status of Grant Funding – the additional items are a County grant of $39,000 for a design and marketing brochure for Baltimore Avenue and $16,000 for traffic calming devices and the Fire Company alert signals.
Baltimore Avenue Signal Coordination Project – complete final design to be
completed in the next six months and to bid out 3 months later with construction to begin one year from now.
110 S. Wycombe Avenue – Mr. Forrest will meet with the owner next week.
134 Nyack Avenue – currently a vacant property that was deemed unfit for human habitation in 2004 and the County demolition grant application was denied in 2005. This property is not on this year’s judicial sale list but will be put on the 2008 list.
Mr. Lee brought up issues with 110 S. Lansdowne Avenue and questioned why PECO is turning on the utilities. Chief Kortan indicated that no one is currently living there and all the Codes department can do is issue citations. Mr. Scott suggested getting the owners to go before a judge before Borough employees go onto the property.
Twentieth Century Club Improvements – Mr. Forrest indicated that installations have been made for the new boiler, the fire security detection unit, the electrical panel and feeds and new emergency lighting and wiring. Expected completion date for all improvements is the end of May, 2007. Mr. Forrest indicated that an additional $12,000+ has been added to the original $335,000 contract price with the Borough portion being approximately $18,000 and the partnership being approximately $330,000. This amount is still well below the original budgeted amount.
Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement between Borough and Local 473 – Action item is on the agenda for execution.
E. Police Chief Kortan – Chief Kortan mentioned that bicycle police is now out in force and have stopped some vandalism in Hoffman Park. Ongoing investigations are still being conducted regarding the Wabash Avenue and Eagle Bank incidents.Chief Kortan will soon be presenting a proposal to Borough Council regarding the pay for space parking issue in the Lansdowne Avenue municipal parking lot. Chief Kortan mentioned that the 7th and 8th precinct fire companies will assist with the 5K race on Memorial Day. Mr. Urban brought up the recent abduction attempt in Upper Darby and asked if the Lansdowne police could present a safety program to the students at St. Philomena’s school. Chief Kortan indicated he would communicate with the principal for guidelines on the presentation.

F. Fire Chief Young – No report was given.

G. Planning Commission Chair Smith – No report was given in Mr. Smith’s absence.

Committee Reports

a) Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that the F&A Committee recently met with the utility organization to review all expenses and possible utility savings for the Borough. Mr. Scott will review the matter. Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that self-insuring for worker’s compensation had been investigated and the Committee is deciding not to go in this direction at the present time as the cost exceeds the $130,000 presently retained for worker’s compensation. Ms. Lustgarten reported that over $1,000,000 had been received during March in tax payments. The Committee will be meeting with Portnoff Law Associates to review the current collection procedures. A meeting is schedule some time in June with Smith Barney representatives.

b) Public Safety – No report was given in Ms. Hill’s absence.

c) Nominations – Ms. Coleman had no formal report.

d) Ad Hoc Committees:
School Taxation – Mr. Urban indicated a meeting is scheduled for tomorrow night to discuss the Act 1 issue. Mr. Lee mentioned that the School Board still does not have the wording on this issue for the May ballot question. Mr. Wagner felt that the current Ad Hoc committee or perhaps another one should be set up to take this matter to a higher level in terms of public awareness and action.

Discussion Issues and Updates

1.Harris School of Business – Ms. Coleman asked that this issue be put back on the table one more time as Mr. Riggs now wants 5 years for parking. Mr. Lee indicated he was willing to negotiate but wanted a written proposal. After some discussion a motion was made to continue the negotiations with Mr. Riggs. Mr. Lee moved to negotiate with Mr. Riggs over parking arrangements. Mr. Urban seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion failed 4-2 with Mr. Lee and Mr. Urban voting aye.
2.License Agreement with LEDC for use of the Lansdowne and Owen Avenue Parking Lots – The license agreement for the Farmers Market has been received. Mr. Wagner reported that 8-9 farmers are now on board and the market will operate Saturdays. Chief Kortan mentioned traffic flow problems and that additional signs will be needed to direct the traffic out to Owen Avenue.
3. Refuse collection ordinance – Mayor Young stated she had a number of complaints from residents regarding trash not being bagged correctly. This ordinance adds "bagged and tied" and deletes "wrapped" for helping the Codes department in compliance issues.
Mr. Lee indicated that several additional changes needed to be made in this ordinance.
Mr. Wagner mentioned that his recycling has doubled and asked about the possibility of having a once per week trash pickup and a once per week recycling pickup. Mayor Young stated that she will call the County to get tracking figures.
4.Draft zoning ordinance – Ms. Coleman stated that this new ordinance will help preserve the historic nature of the Borough and Borough Council will be receiving an executive summary of the ordinance. Additionally, the Planning Commission will be reviewing the ordinance in detail and holding a public meeting before making any recommendations to Borough Council. The next meeting is scheduled for April 30th.
5.Neighborhood Revitalization Program – this is a joint venture with Yeadon and the overall strategic plan is now completed. Target areas include Interboro Park; there is also an incentive plan in place regarding multi conversion units.
6.Baltimore Avenue – involves six municipalities. Final plan will be available at the end of this month. A transit oriented design was deemed suitable for Lansdowne.

Mayor Young mentioned that the 6th annual town wide yard sale will be held on May 5th. In
addition, the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club wants to use the Highland Avenue lot for a flea
market also to be held on May 5th; spaces are available for $20 per space.

Mr. Lee moved to authorize the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Club the use of one-half of the Highland Avenue parking lot for a May 5th flea market pending approval from the Borough Solicitor regarding liability issues. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

7.2007 Agenda – President Wayne reviewed the list of remaining items from the 2006-2007 agenda: Most items will remain on the agenda.

8.Format of meeting agendas – Ms. Lustgarten felt that the agenda format should be changed to reflect discussion as a council of the whole for the business meetings and presenting committee reports for the general meetings. After some discussion there arrived a consensus to leave committee reports on the agenda only if someone has something to report. Mr. Scott suggested that minutes be taken at the Committee meetings by the Committee Chair. President Wayne stated that a discussion on committee structure will be part of next month’s business meeting agenda.

9.Domestic Partner Registry – Mr. Lee moved to advertise the Domestic Partner ordinance. Mr. Urban seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

Comments from Council Members and Mayor

1.Mayor Young asked Borough Council to consider giving $2,000 to the Senior Friendship Circle.
2.Mr. Wagner wants a discussion of HARB matters added to next month’s business meeting agenda.
3.Mr. Urban mentioned that signs in Interboro and Hoffman Parks have been damaged and will cost approximately $1,335 to repair. Mr. Urban mentioned that pavilion work is underway at Hoffman park and one field will be converted to a softball field.
4.President Wayne read a letter from the William Penn School District regarding gathering information for strategic plans.

Old Business

No items.

New Business

No items.

Action Items

1.Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for period. Mr. Wagner seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
2.Ms. Coleman moved to issue an amended Certificate of Appropriateness for the State Farm office building, 67-69 E. Baltimore Avenue. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 4-2 with Ms. Lustgarten and Mr. Wagner voting "nay".
3.Ms. Lustgarten moved to execute consolidate Collective Bargaining agreement between the Borough and Local 473. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
4.Ms. Coleman moved to execute license agreement between the Borough and the LEDC for use of the Lansdowne and Owen Avenue parking lot. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
5.Ms. Coleman moved to approve Memorial Day 5K race. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
6.Ms. Lustgarten moved to advertise Ordinance 1226, an Ordinance Amending Ordinance 901 (bagged trash). Mr. Lee asked that this question not be considered. President Wayne asked for a roll call vote on ending the discussion. The motion failed 4-2 with Mr. Lee and Mr. Urban voting "aye". Ms. Coleman seconded the original motion to advertise. Mr. Lee stated that several changes were necessary and that it should be voted on after all changes have been made. Mr. Urban then made a motion to table the discussion, seconded by Mr. Lee. A roll call vote was taken to table the motion. The motion failed 4-2 with Mr. Lee and Mr. Urban voting "aye".A roll call vote was then taken to advertise the ordinance. The motion failed 5-1 with President Wayne voting "aye".
7.Ms. Coleman moved to appoint Jim Klingler to the Zoning Hearing Board, filling the unexpired position left vacant upon Mr. Fuhrman’s resignation. This position expires 12/31/07. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session – Ms. Coleman moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter. Mr. Urban seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 11:29 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 11:32 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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