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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting Wednesday – July 18, 2007

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, July 18, 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 July 23rd at 7:00 PM on Channel 10.

Minutes – Mr. Lee moved to approve the minutes of the June 6, 2006 Council Business Meeting. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Lee moved to approve the minutes of the June 20, 2007 Council General Meeting. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations – Mayor Young presented a letter of commendation to Sgt. John Eisenhart in recognition of his excellent assistance during an armed robbery incident on April 21st in Upper Darby.
Mayor Young presented a Beautification Award to Herbert J. Allen of 144 Windsor Avenue.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Smith read the ending fund balances for June as follows: General Fund – $2,081,263.05; Sewer Fund – $700,811.95; Liquid Fuels Fund – $397,421.35; Capital Reserve Fund – $328,936.93; Capital Projects Fund – $195,760.52; Non-Uniformed Pension Fund – $1,150,127.86 (as of May 31st); and Police Pension Fund – $6,457,222.22 (as of June 30th).
Mr. Smith also reported that the Tax Anticipation Note was paid in June, $61,827.00 in taxes had been collected by the Tax Collector in the General Fund, and $37,185.91 collectively had been collected by Portnoff Associates and the Tax Collector in the Sewer Fund.

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

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young reported recycling is up 26% over June, 2006 and year to date recycling revenues are $4,214.69. Mayor Young also mentioned that the yard waste picked up the last Wednesday of every month should be put in paper, not plastic, bags and be in bundles no more than 3 feet in length. Mayor Young announced that a free theater revue will be held on the front lawn of the Twentieth Century Club on July 26th at 7:00 p.m. Mayor Young announced that the Regency Café has live music every Thursday evening.
The 5th annual Lansdowne Arts Festival will be held on September 15th and 16th.

Council President’s Report – President Wayne reported on a variety of topics/projects:

  1. Borough Manager position – there have been five interviews to date and one scheduled for tomorrow. It is hoped that the position will be filled by September.
  2. State Farm Insurance building – Their reverse subdivision plan is now being processed at the County level for approval.
  3. Dunkin Donuts – work has begun and the final site plan has been developed and put out to bid.
  4. Library HVAC – A second opinion has been provided by NDI Engineers regarding costs. They anticipate a $3,000-$5,000 range for basic repairs and feel this will give the current system a few more years of operation.
  5. Road repairs – plans are to investigate more in-house repair work with West Stewart Avenue being the demonstration project.
  6. Emergency sewer repairs – Breaks in the sewer pipes have occurred at Union and Baltimore and Lansdowne and Essex Avenues. In addition, there was a blockage on Highland Avenue, a sink hole developed next to the Fire House (that posed no danger) and the underside of Bartram Avenue is being monitored. Mr. Bevilacqua has developed action recommendations based upon his review of 300 hour sewer line television tapes. A special meeting will be held on July 24th at 6:30 to address sewer issues and road repair priorities. Mayor Young expressed her thanks to Bill Johnson, Director of Public Works, for his help with the road work in the absence of a Borough Manager (in addition to the help provided by Steve Travers and Betsy Riffert).

Committee Reports

I. Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that the Committee met on July 2nd. The Pension Committee continues to evaluate various companies in connection with management of the Police Pension Fund. Additionally, the 2008 budget process has begun and alternative accounting software is being investigated.
The August 6th Finance and Administration Committee meeting will be rescheduled, date not yet determined.

II. Public Safety – Ms. Hill gave the Police report for June: 954 incidents, 37 false alarms, 26 motor vehicle accidents resulting in 8 injuries, 31 adult arrests, 12 juvenile arrests, 478 parking tickets, 34 traffic arrests, 37 speeding tickets and police vehicles recorded 6745 miles traveled. No Fire Company report was given.

III. Nominations – Ms. Coleman had no formal report.

Members of Council:

1.Ms. Coleman gave an update on the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy – incentives are being offered to convert dwellings back to single family dwellings. Starting July 29th through August 4th, 100 youths from the Work Group Camp in Colorado will be repairing about 40 properties in the Borough. Ms. Coleman thanked a variety of Borough businesses who have made donations to this effort. Ms. Coleman mentioned that volunteers are still needed for the second week after the original work group departs. Interested parties can contact either Jenny Levy at 610-891-6327 or Steve Travers in the Codes Department at 610-623-7300 for more information. Forms are available at Borough Hall.

2. Ms. Hill reiterated the need for volunteers mentioned by Ms. Coleman, especially on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Ms. Hill will provide the forms if needed.

Communications: None.

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

Visitors:

Len Wert Resident of Lansdowne – Dr. Wert thanked Borough Council and the Codes Department for their help in cleaning up the property adjacent to his property. Dr. Wert mentioned that parking at the intersection of Drexel and Shadeland Avenues by the day care center makes it visually difficult for motorists trying to turn onto Shadeland Avenue. Ms. Hill mentioned that a traffic study had been done on this intersection and it was found not feasible to put a stop sign there. Dr. Wert also mentioned that several corner properties have overgrown hedges that impair drivers’ vision. Chief Kortan asked Dr. Wert for a list of these properties. Dr. Wert thanked the Police Department for their professional and prompt assistance with a recent incident at his property. Dr. Wert asked if someone could investigate the issue of several families moving into single properties bought under one name. Dr. Wert noted that several taxicabs and large commercial trucks are continuously parked on certain residential properties.

Borough Council comments to visitors: There were no comments.

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

Old Business – None.

New Business – None.

Action Items

1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of the bills for period. Ms. Hill seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

2. Ms. Coleman moved to reappoint Joe Stevenson to the Civil Service Commission for a 6 year term, expiring on 6/30/13. Mr. Lee seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

3. Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution No. 2007-13, a resolution authorizing disposal of Jet truck. Mr. Lee seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session – Mr. Lee moved to adjourn to executive session to discuss a litigation matter, seconded by Mr. Wagner.The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to executive session at 8:15 p.m.

Public Session – Upon reconvening to public session, the following motion was made:

Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the settlement of the tax assessment appeal for Stratford Court Apartments, 58 North Lansdowne Avenue, on the terms recommended by the School District. Ms. Coleman seconded. A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Lee moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Wagner. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 9:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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