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Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting Wednesday — June 20, 2007

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday,
June 20, 2007, 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 Solicitor Scott, Borough Treasurer Smith, Borough Secretary Henry and Police Chief Kortan. 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 June 25th at 7:00 PM on Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Lee moved to approve the minutes of the May 16, 2007 Council General Meeting. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations – Mayor Young introduced Charlie Bose and Anthony Campuzano of the Lansdowne UAA, who gave a brief overview of the forthcoming July 4th festivities. Mr. Bose mentioned that they are seeking contributions and that volunteers are needed. Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 7;30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church.
Mayor Young introduced Al Them, President of the Lansdowne Allied Youth Council and other directors of the Youth Council who presented a $1,300 check to the Mayor to fully fund the Friday Morning Live program. Steve Kosta and Denise Howe were then recognized for their outstanding achievements and scholastic accomplishments.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Smith gave highlights from the May report: ending balance of all funds was $12,393,914.19. In the General Fund tax amounts of $41,894.00 were collected. Interest earned was over $12,000 with $18,853.00 received from Portnoff Associates. Mr. Smith reported that $50,000 was paid out for the ladder truck. In addition the Tax Anticipation Note of $500,000 will be paid on June 28th.

Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott had no formal report.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young reported recycling is up 40% over May, 2006. Mayor Young mentioned that volunteer opportunities exist with the Farmer’s Market and those interested can contact the Main Street Manager, Gary Chilutti, at 484-461-7001.Mayor Young mentioned that two college students will be filming a promotional piece for Lansdowne. Chief Kortan mentioned that there has been an increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles and urged residents to lock their cars. An arrest has been made in connection with one nighttime burglary and two arrests have been made regarding the commercial burglaries.

Council President’s Report – President Wayne mentioned that Dave Forrest is doing well in his new position. President Wayne thanked the Borough staff for their efforts in maintaining the smooth functioning of Borough matters until a Borough Manager is found. President Wayne reported that the two sewer problems on Union and Lansdowne Avenues cost approximately $50,000-$60,.000 and may have an impact on the sewer and roads proposals for 2007. President Wayne mentioned the Elm Street Program (designed for residential areas rather than commercial districts).It is a mirror image of the Main Street Program. The program provides up to $250,000 annually for improvements and allows the Borough to leverage private and public funds, supports strategic planning and rehabilitation and reuse of existing buildings and street scape improvements. Preliminary discussions have been held with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development regarding the possibility of an Elm Street program for the joint neighborhood revitalization area.

Committee Reports

I.Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that the Drexel Avenue sewer project came in at about $62,000 less than originally anticipated. Ms. Lustgarten reported that the Committee is recommending awarding the contract for paving of Union Avenue and Eldon Avenue to A. F. Damon and rebid the grouting of the Eldon Avenue project.
Additionally, the 2008 budge process has started. Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that a hardship option is included with the Portnoff lien notices. The Pension Committee met on June 13th with two additional firms: Prudent Management Associates and Independence Advisors regarding the Police Pension Fund.
The next scheduled meeting of the F&A Committee will be July 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in Borough Hall.

II. Public Safety – Ms. Hill reported on the following topics:
1) A special meeting was held on June 18th to review Chief Kortan’s
criterion for the hiring of part time officers;
2)One new meter box will be installed on the Lansdowne Avenue side of the municipal lot and a barrier will be placed at the edge of the lot, plus new signage will also be provided;
3)No parking signs (Saturday from midnight to 2:00 p.m.) will be in place to facilitate parking for the farmers market.;
4)A PennDot traffic study has been requested for Lansdowne Avenue between Linden and Nyack Avenues;
5)A CERT(Community Emergency Response Team) training program will be offered to auxiliary emergency medical personnel and other residents;
6)Chief Tom Young requested from Senator Anthony Williams’ office that funds received for the traffic control devices at Highland and Baltimore Avenues be redirected to purchase a safety communication system for emergency first responder;
7)An internal promotional civil service written exam will be given on July 16th. Miss Hill gave the Police Report for May: 986 incidents, 72 motor vehicle accidents, 36 adult arrests, 24 juvenile arrests, 613 parking tickets; 217 motor vehicle violations, 89 speeding arrests and 71 traffic light violations. No Fire Company report was given.

III. Nominations – Ms. Coleman reported that the Committee continues to monitor 2007 upcoming vacancies.

Members of Council:

  1. Mr. Urban mentioned that there are two vacancies on the Park and Recreation Board.
    The results of the Marlyn Park survey were discussed as well as the success of Movie Night.
    The Park and Rec Board will be offering a 2008 brochure to highlight the Borough’s park offerings. Proposed improvements for Hoffman Park were also discussed.
  2. Mr. Lee mentioned that Congressman Sestak is trying to stop the proposed FAA program changes and the GAO will be further investigating the matter. Additionally, Senator Greenlee has passed a smoke free zone for all of Pennsylvania through the State Senate. Mr. Lee asked that residents contact Anthony Williams office to voice their opinion on this ban.
  3. President Wayne stated that the July Borough Council Business meeting has been cancelled. Also, progress is being made on the Dunkin Donuts site.

Communications: None.

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


Len Wert Resident of Lansdowne – Dr. Wert mentioned his recent motor vehicle accident as a prelude to mentioning that many motorists are disregarding the Borough’s stop signs and many are running the light at Plumstead and Lansdowne Avenues. Dr. Wert mentioned that brush is piled too high at the Farrell property and represents a fire hazard and that junk is continuing to pile up. The Codes Department will investigate.

Charlie Jeffers 13 Willowbrook Avenue – Mr. Jeffers mentioned the number of motorists running the light at Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues. Mr. Jeffers mentioned that a tree is hanging down too far at a property near Windermere and Baltimore Avenues. Mr. Jeffers asked if the Lansdowne Diner was closing. President Wayne mentioned that he had heard nothing about this.

Kelly Bliss Resident of Lansdowne – Ms. Bliss thanked Borough Council and the community for sending her Borough event information for her Lansdowne Announce newsletter.
Borough Council comments to visitors: There were no comments.

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

Old Business – None.

New Business

1. Saturday Parking – Mr. Wagner mentioned that there have been some difficulties with the Farmers Market setting up on Saturdays due to parking issues. As such, signage will be in place prohibiting parking from midnight to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
2. CERT Program – Ms. Hill mentioned that the cost is $500.00 and can be a shared expense. It will be a three segment program totaling 12 hours.
3. Parking Meter Boxes at Lot 1 – Ms. Hill opened a discussion on whether there should be one or two meter boxes installed in the municipal parking lot, indicating that it would benefit seniors to have one installed in the back lot. After a brief discussion, it was decided to have only one meter box installed at the Lansdowne Avenue entrance near the bulletin board.

Action Items

1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for the period. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
2. Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2007-12, a Resolution regarding insurance arrangements for the 2007 fireworks display held on July 4, 2007. Ms. Coleman seconded. Mr. Lee then moved to amend the original motion to include July 7, 2007 as a rain date for the fireworks display insurance arrangement. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
3. Mr. Wagner moved to have the LEDC place temporary no parking signs in municipal parking lot number one on Saturdays until 2:00 p.m in the area where the farmers market is held. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
4. Ms. Hill moved to finalize the purchase and order for one new meter box system and to accept the parking fees at $.25 per hour at the municipal lot number one. Mr. Wagner seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
5. Ms. Hill moved to offer the Community Emergency Response Training program to auxiliary emergency medical personnel who have committed to serve our community in a time of emergency. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
6. Ms. Lustgarten moved to accept the bid of A. F. Damon, Inc. for the paving of Union and Eldon Avenue and to rebid the grouting of Eldon Avenue. Mr. Lee seconded. A discussion followed regarding postponing the paving until July, grouting and bid issues, grouting costs and risks of rebidding. Mr. Lee moved to recess for five minutes to collect the pertinent documents. Mr. Wagner seconded and the motion carried unanimously. After returning to public meeting, Mr. Scott mentioned that the paving bids could be postponed until August 5th and the grouting bid has to be rejected before rebidding it. After further discussion, Ms. Lustgarten moved to postpone the paving project indefinitely. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Ms. Lustgarten then moved to reject the original grouting bid and rebid the grouting project. Mr. Wagner seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The grouting bid information will be needed for the July 18th meeting.

Executive Session – Ms. Hill moved to adjourn to executive session, seconded by Mr. Wagner.
The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to executive session at 9:30 p.m.

Public Session – 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 10:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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