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Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting Wednesday – August 15, 2007

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Wayne, Ms. Hill, 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. Council members Coleman and Lee were absent as well as Borough Engineer Bevilacqua and Fire Chief Young.

President Wayne stated that the meeting would not be taped as no representative from Comcast was present.

Minutes – Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the July 18, 2007 Council General Meeting. Mr. Wagner seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the July 24, 2007 Council Special Meeting. Ms. Hill seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations – Mayor Young introduced Arthur Weisfield, Director of the Senior Community Services, who thanked Borough Council for their support over the last 30 years and for this year’s increased contribution. Ms. Christine Helmandollar, new Director for the Friendship Circle Senior Center, spoke briefly about the Center for Lifelong Learning program and passed out literature on same.
Mayor Young introduced Martin Hackett of the Lansdowne Arts Festival Steering Committee who spoke briefly about the upcoming event. The 5th annual Arts Festival will feature an artist market, musical performances, the Lansdowne Players and a variety of events for children as well as crafts and art from local artists.
Mayor Young swore in Sgt. Kenneth Rutherford, who will be taking on new duties as a detective.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Smith reported an ending balance of $10,844,479.70 for all funds. The ending balances for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan was stated through June 30th and the ending balance for the Police Pension Fund was stated through July 31st. Mr. Smith reported that $140,326.69 was collected from the Tax Collector, $7,971.48 was received in RCN fees, $14,199.95 was received from Delaware County for real estate transfer tax and interest earnings in the General Fund amounted to $9,621.54. In the Sewer Fund, cash receipts received from the Tax Collector amounted to $40,553.11, engineering fees of $12,389.29 were paid and $23,607.54 was spent for sewer repairs and maintenance. Mr. Smith reported that $1,717.97 of interest was received for the Liquid Fuels Fund with $11,495.46 of engineering fees expended.

Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott reported that the property owner of Dunkin Donuts signed the agreements on August 10, 2007 and work will proceed on the site improvement plan near the end of August. Expected duration for the work is one month.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young reported the recycling is up 52% from July of last year.

Council President’s Report – President Wayne reported that the last two interviews for the Borough Manager position will be held on August 23rd and it is anticipated the position will be filled by September.

Committee Reports

I.Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that the Delaware County Utility Advisors has recommended upgrading all Borough traffic signals at a cost of $30,000, that will realize a savings of $20,000 per year in utility bills. In addition, they are recommending changing the remaining street light bulbs to LED bulbs for a savings of $7,000-$10,000 per year. Replacement cost is unknown at this time. Ms. Lustgarten reported that she and Mr. Smith are working on a five year plan for the sewer maintenance and repairs recommended by the Borough Engineer. This five year plan will be further reviewed at the next Finance and Administration Committee meeting to be held on August 29th. The 2008 budget will also be discussed at this meeting. Preliminary budget meetings are scheduled for September 18th and September 26th.
President Wayne questioned the cost of running the Borough traffic signals. Chief Kortan stated that five years ago the original contractor had averaged the savings over many years. Chief Kortan will ask the contractor to resubmit a proposal with an actual cost breakdown per intersection and what the average savings will be for the LED lights.

II. Public Safety – Ms. Hill congratulated Steve Travers for his efforts in making the Work Camp such a huge success and noted that residents were very appreciative of the help. Ms. Hill reported that the Public Safety Committee is still working on revising the emergency management plan and has formed a Lansdowne medical disaster team to assist first responders until State or County assistance arrives. Councilman Lee and Lansdowne resident Beverly Uram will be coordinating this group.
Ms. Hill gave the Police Report for July: 879 incidents, 24 motor vehicle accidents resulting in 2 injuries, 21 adult arrests, 7 juvenile arrests and 602 parking tickets. Ms. Hill gave the Fire Report for July: 59 alarms, 23 hours, 27 minutes time in service, 541 firefighters responding and $31,000 in loss and damage. Ms. Hill encouraged residents to submit their donations for the Fire Company fund drive.

III. Nominations – No report was given in Ms. Coleman’s absence.

Members of Council: No comments from Council members.

Communications:No communications.

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

Visitors:

Susan CorbinResident of Lansdowne – Ms. Corbin asked why there was a horn blast every morning between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m. and why so many homes in Lansdowne are for sale or rent. President Wayne stated that almost 50% of Lansdowne residences are rental properties and have been for many years.
President Wayne felt that the sales are part of a normal selling/buying cycle and there has been a 31% increase in housing prices in the Borough.
Chief Kortan mentioned that a freight train comes through the Borough in the early morning hours almost every day and that the Drexel Hill or Garrettford fire company sirens could be another source of any possible noise.

Martin Hackett Resident of Lansdowne – Mr. Hackett mentioned that a rental property at 117 Gladstone Road is an eyesore and asked if there was any recourse against the landlord.
President Wayne indicated the matter would be investigated.

Borough Council comments to visitors: No comments.

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

Old Business – None.

New Business – None.

Action Items

1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for period. Ms. Hill seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
2. Ms. Hill moved to hire three part-time circulation assistants at the library to replace those who left our employ:
12-1/2 hours per week @ $8.25/hour
21 hours per week @ $8.25/hour
7 hours per week @ $8.25/hour

Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session – There were no items for executive session.

Mr. Urban moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Wagner. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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