Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting Wednesday — May 16, 2007
The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Wayne, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Hill, Mr. Lee, Ms. Lustgarten and Mr. Urban. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Treasurer Smith, Borough Secretary Henry and Police Chief Kortan. Councilman Wagner, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua and Fire Chief Young were absent.
President Wayne stated that the meeting was being taped by Comcast and would be aired on May 21st at 7:00 PM on Channel 10.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the April 18, 2007 Council General Meeting. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Announcements and Presentations
Mayor Young introduced Pauline Garcia of the Anti Defamation League who presented Lansdowne with a No Place For Hate designation plaque.Amy Gillespie, director of the Lansdowne Library was then presented with a number of books pertinent to race/economic issues. Ms. Garcia mentioned that Lisa Stuart will now be taking over her duties due to a job promotion.
Mayor Young announced that recycling for April is up 40% from last year’s April figures. Additionally, monthly curbside collection of organic waste will begin on May 31st.
Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Smith gave highlights from the April report: ending balance of all funds was $12,474,660.82. Tax amounts of $1,688,361.0, trash fees of $404,352.00 and sewer fees of $561,186.22 were collected. Mr. Smith mentioned that the $500,000.00 Tax Anticipation Note will be paid some time in June.
Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott had no formal report.
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young had no formal report.
Council President’s Report – President Wayne mentioned that the Act 1 school tax referendum question was rejected in Lansdowne as well as throughout the state.
I. Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that at May 7th F&A Committee meeting the following items were discussed: (a) Police pension fund may possibly be moved to another manager per discussions with Simon Capital; (b) the 2006 delinquent tax letters have been mailed. The meeting with Portnoff Law Associates was very helpful regarding collection of delinquent trash and sewer fees, currently in the amount of $115,000 with $130,00 budgeted; (c) the Borough accounting software lease is expiring and Mr. Smith is investigating alternatives; (d) the Delaware County Utility Advisors has begun evaluating the Borough utility bills; (e) the Senior Center is requesting a $2000 contribution.Ms. Lustgarten stated that the next Finance and Administration Committee meeting will be held on June 4th, 7:00 p.m in Borough Hall. Mr. Urban questioned the Borough’s history of charitable contributions and felt that a procedure should be adopted to evaluate future contributions. Mayor Young felt that this particular line item should be considered a ‘fee for service’ and not a charitable contribution.
II.Public Safety – Ms. Hill gave the Police Report for April: 968 incidents, 30 motor vehicle accidents, 27 adult arrests, 31 juvenile arrests, 450 parking tickets, 13,107 miles traveled. No Fire Company report was given. Ms. Hill reported that the Committee met last week to discuss a revised emergency management plan. In addition, the police department will be conducting educational safety programs to elementary school children. Lansdowne will be assisting the Yeadon Fire Company until their truck is functioning again.
III. Nominations – Ms. Coleman had no formal report. Mayor Young mentioned that one extra person should be on the Zoning Hearing Board. President Wayne indicated this was a topic to be discussed at the next Council meeting and reiterated that currently there are no vacancies on the Zoning Hearing Board.
Ad Hoc Committees
A. School District Taxation – Mr. Urban reported that the final vote for rejecting the school tax referendum question was in the range of 1200 to 170. Mr. Urban indicated that the Ad Hoc Committee has completed its task on this issue and he would like to see a Borough Council liaison appointed for School District matters.
Members of Council:
- Ms. Coleman mentioned that the Farmers Market will begin on May 26th in the municipal parking lot from 9 to 4. Ms. Coleman gave an update on the neighborhood revitalization program – approximately 100 teenagers will be coming to Lansdowne on July 29th to begin working on houses in need of repair and/or handicapped facilities. Ms. Coleman mentioned that an incentive program is being offered to homeowners who convert multi-family dwellings back to a single family dwelling and stay at least five years after the conversion.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to Suspend the Rules of Order. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Jack Knowles Resident of Ridley Park – Mr. Knowles mentioned that he had been visiting the Lansdowne library and was very impressed with its programs and the No Place For Hate designation in Lansdowne. Mr. Knowles also remarked that Lansdowne’s architectural makeup is outstanding.
Jack Covert 232 Jackson Avenue – Mr. Covert congratulated the recent election winners and thanked Mr. Urban for his work in defeating the Act 1 referendum question. Mr. Covert mentioned that the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra may be performing at the Farmers Market in September. Mr. Covert felt that the crosswalk in front of the Lansdowne Theater is too narrow and hard to see and felt it should be broadened. Mr. Covert asked Borough Council to revisit the idea of reinstating the individual Committee setup.Mr. Covert indicated that a stop sign is missing at the intersection of Essex and Highland Avenues.
Charlie Jeffers 13 Willowbrook Avenue – Mr. Jeffers stated that he was glad to see a trash can installed at the bus stop at Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues. Mr. Jeffers questioned the fee for joining the Lansdowne Swim Club. Mayor Young mentioned that this information will be in the newsletter. Mr. Jeffers indicated that more residents should attend the Borough Council meetings.
Moira Williams 143 Walsh Road – Ms. Williams asked that the snow plowing technique on Baltimore Avenue be re-evaluated, stating that is was unsafe for pedestrians trying to navigate the snow piles.
Borough Council comments to visitors: There were no comments.
Ms. Coleman moved to Reinstate the Rules of Order. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
State Farm Insurance, 67-69 Baltimore Avenue reverse subdivision and land development. Mr. Scott reported that the application has been filed in this matter and the Planning Commission has recommended approving the plan with two waivers. Mr. Lee mentioned that a concern had been raised by HARB member Gloria Carpenter regarding the State Farm awning.
Senior Community Services charitable contribution. There was no further discussion.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for the period. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
- Mr. Lee moved to enact Ordinance 1226, an Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne, amending the codified ordinances of the Borough by adding a chapter relating to the creation of a Domestic Partnership Registry. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution No. 2007-9, regarding application to the County Council of Delaware County for an allocation of County liquid fuel tax funds. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize a charitable contribution in the amount of $2,000.00 to Senior Community Services. Mr. Lee seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 5-1 with Mr. Urban voting "nay".
- Ms. Coleman moved to adopt Resolution No. 2007-11, regarding State Farm Insurance reverse subdivision and land development. Mr. Lee seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Coleman moved to adjourn to executive session, seconded by Mr. Lee. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to executive session at 8:50 p.m.
No motions were made upon reconvening to public session.
Mr. Lee moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Lustgarten. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m.
Barbara Ann Henry