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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Borough Council General Meeting
June 18, 2008

The Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Wayne, Ms. Coleman, Ms. Lustgarten, Ms. Silzle, Mr. Urban and Mr. Wagner. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Manager Totaro, Borough Secretary Henry, Borough Finance Director/Treasurer Bartley and Police Chief Kortan. Councilman Lee, Borough Engineer Bevilacqua and Fire Chief Young were absent.

President Wayne stated that the meeting would air on June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast channel 10.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved with the following additions/changes: (1) Mr. Wagner will be adding a motion regarding a working artists forum; (2) Mayor Young indicated that Anthony Campuzano will talk about the upcoming July 4th program; (3) Ms. Coleman will be presenting the Community Appreciation awards in relation to the Memorial Day 5K run; (4) President Wayne indicated that the Visitors section will come before Old Business.


Ms. Silzle moved to approve the minutes of the May 21, 2008 Council General Meeting as submitted by the Secretary. Mr. Wagner seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations

President Wayne and Mayor Young presented Lee Senior of the Delaware County Planning Department with a plaque in recognition of his professional contribution to Lansdowne’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

UAA President Anthony Campuzano spoke about the upcoming July 4th activities, mentioning that Senator Williams will be the Grand Marshall. Mr. Campuzano thanked a variety of businesses and individuals for their sponsorship and assistance with the event. Mr. Campuzano mentioned that volunteers and members are needed in the UAA. The organization meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at St. Paul’s Church, 7:30 p.m.

Joan and Jim Gardner of the Lansdowne Allied Youth Council spoke about the organization’s purpose and activities. The annual Allied Youth of the Year award was given to Alex Stockdale and Colin McCarrey.

Ms. Coleman and Jennifer Hoff presented Community Appreciation awards to a variety of Lansdowne families in the 100 block of Albemarle Avenue, who supported and/or participated in the Memorial Day 5K run. Ms. Hoff in her capacity as a representative of the Lansdowne Economic Development Committee spoke briefly about the Farmer’s Market.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Bartley reported a year to date surplus of $2.2 million for the General Fund, a $742,000 surplus for the Sewer Fund; a $1,200 surplus for the Liquid Fuels Fund and $102,000 being expended year to date in the Capital Reserves Fund. Mr. Bartley reported a gain in May of $25,000 in the Non-Uniform Pension Plan while the Police Pension Fund’s value went up $76,000 in value for May. Mr. Bartley mentioned that the $500,000 Tax Anticipation Note will be paid in June. Beginning balance of all funds as of May was $8.7 million and ending balance of all funds for the same period was $11.3 million.

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

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young reminded residents to take down old yard/garage sale signs after the sale is over.

Council President’s Report – President Wayne had no formal report.


Public Safety – Ms. Coleman reported that the Committee met on June 11th and two major items had been discussed: (1) the June 19th meeting to be held with residents of East and West Windermere Terrace regarding the emergency vehicle access piloting program; and (2) the comprehensive Crime Prevention Plan. Ms. Coleman indicated that the crime prevention plan is a collaborative effort between the police and the Public Safety Committee to insure due diligence regarding residents’ safety.

Finance – Ms. Lustgarten reported that the Borough’s revenue and expense results for the first six months of 20007 will be received in July, after which time the 2009 budget process will start with advertised public meetings scheduled for the Fall. Ms. Lustgarten indicated that a pension meeting is planned for some time in July.

Economic Development – Mr. Wagner reported that the Economic Development Committee met on June 17th and are looking for letters of interest for the Zoning Hearing Board seats. The Economic Development Committee also talked about their ambassador role in the Borough toward developers. The Committee also reviewed several property maintenance code issues. Mr. Wagner will be requesting $500 under the action items for a Working Artists Forum to be held in September. In this regard the Committee will be evaluating how to make the arts more a part of the economic development picture for Lansdowne. Mr. Wagner reported that Sofa Cinema launched last week with a successful turnout. Films will be shown every other Saturday through June and July and June 28th is the next show. Ms. Lustgarten questioned the number of open Zoning Hearing Board seats. Mr. Wagner was unsure of the present number.

Environmental – Ms. Silzle reported that the recycling survey results had been received with 225 respondents. The results will be reviewed at the June 26th Environmental Committee meeting. One issue to be looked at is the quantity of recycling that accumulates between pickup times. Ms. Silzle reported a 2-1/2 ton increase from April to May this year (up 4.5% from May of last year). The May diversion rate was 12.7%, up from 12.3 in April. The next Environmental Committee will be held on June 26th at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Silzle encouraged residents to use the recycling containers around the Borough and offered the following suggestions for saving gas: buy a more fuel efficient vehicle, take SEPTA, walk or bike to work or shopping, drive slower. Studies show that fuel efficiency drops dramatically after 60 mph.

Education – Mr. Urban reported that the next Education and Recreation Committee will be held on July 15th at 7:30 p.m. More information will be forthcoming about the Summer Program for older teens.
Mr. Urban had no formal report in his capacity as liaison to the Park and Recreation Board. Movie Night and Park Day will be held on September 20th. Estimates are being received for flower bed maintenance in Sycamore Park. Ms. Silzle mentioned that the Sycamore Tree had been examined by a certified arborist and the tree’s health is in good condition.

Infrastructure – No report was given in Mr. Lee’s absence.

Liaison Reports

1. Library Board – Ms. Silzle thanked the library staff and patrons for their patience during the recent heat wave when the air conditioning was inoperable. Ms. Silzle reported that Library Director Amy Gillespie will be leaving her position in August after almost six years of service. President Wayne mentioned that the temporary solution for the air conditioning decided upon at the last Council meeting did not work and the cost of repairing the existing air conditioners was less than the temporary cooling units. President Wayne felt that the Borough expense to make those repairs might need to be ratified and a resolution may be necessary to change the Keystone grant application. Ms. Silzle recommended keeping the plans as decided upon within the motion made at the last Council meeting regarding these grants. Mr. Urban questioned whether there were repairs made to the units or if they were replaced. Mr. Totaro presented detailed new findings about the library’s air conditioning and heating systems, including that it may be more energy efficient to have 2 units because of the layout and use of the library spaces. The new air conditioning units are also the primary heating units until the air temperature falls below 34 degrees. The backup heating system is handled by electrical heating coils that were installed in 2007 for approximately $4,000 and will last approximately 8-10 years. Two condensers, an evaporator and an air handling unit were replaced, thereby extending the life of the air conditioning and heating system to 20-25 years. Mr. Urban indicated he would not be in favor of committing Borough money to a new single unit next years. Ms. Coleman mentioned that applying for the Keystone grants should be rethought since the new repairs have added more life to the unit. President Wayne then asked for a motion to ratify the repairs already done. Ms. Lustgarten moved to ratify the $25,000 previous repairs to the HVAC system. Ms. Coleman seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously. President Wayne then asked for a motion regarding the Keystone grants. Ms. Coleman moved to reconsider the previous motion of the last Council meeting regarding the application for a Keystone grant for a new HVAC system and roof. Mr. Wagner seconded and the motion carried unanimously. President Wayne then asked for an amendment to the original motion of the last Council meeting. Ms. Coleman moved to amend the original motion to apply for the Keystone grant in the appropriate amount for a new roof. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
President Wayne asked for a roll call vote to apply for the mini Keystone grant for a new roof. Ms. Coleman moved to apply for the Keystone mini grant by June 30th for a new roof. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

A lengthy discussion ensued to analyze the new information and it was decided that a new HVAC system for approximately $200,000 would not be necessary. President Wayne then indicated that since the air conditioning system would not be replaced with a new system, a repeal of the original motion was necessary. Ms. Coleman moved to repeal the original motion made at the last Council meeting to replace the HVAC system. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously. President Wayne clarified that the newly repaired system is expected to have a 20-25 year life span and the heating coils might have a life span of 8-10 years.

Communications – There were no communications.

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


1. Charles Jeffers 13 Willowbrook Avenue – Mr. Jeffers reminded residents to not leave young children or pets in cars during the summer heat. Mr. Jeffers mentioned that the pedestrian crossing signs are not being observed and should be removed if not enforced.

2. Maria Thompson Lansdowne Court – Ms. Thompson mentioned that private contractors are dumping landscaping debris at the bottom of Lansdowne Court, a condition that is causing severe flooding in that area. The Borough crew will look into the matter. Chief Kortan mentioned that residents should take down the license number and property address so that the matter can be more fully investigated.

3. Paul Erley Resident of Lansdowne – Mr. Erley mentioned that water is running down the west side of Baltimore Avenue between the Lansdowne Diner and the church. The Borough crew will investigate.

4. Renee Harris Wycombe Avenue – Ms. Harris mentioned that she was a new resident and impressed with the Borough governance. She thanked Borough Council for their hard work, indicating that their efforts had renewed her faith in the political system.

Comments from Borough Council Members: Ms. Silzle mentioned that there are many opportunities for volunteerism throughout the Borough and encouraged Ms. Harris to visit the Borough web site for more information.

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

Old Business:

1. Engineer estimates for the paving program – Two bids have been received and President Wayne indicated that this will be referred to the Infrastructure Committee.

New Business

There were no items for New Business.

Ms. Silzle mentioned that the Borough clock has been reinstalled with the help of various volunteer organizations.

Action Items:

  1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for the period. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  2. Ms. Coleman moved to adopt Resolution 2008-13, a resolution regarding insurance arrangements for the 2008 fireworks display. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  3. Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2008-14, a resolution regarding application to the County Council of Delaware County for an allocation of county liquid fuel tax funds. Ms. Coleman seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  4. Mr. Wagner moved to accept recommendation of the Historical Architectural Review Board, that a Certificate of Appropriateness, 2008-08, be issued to the LEDC for the purpose of erecting a shed and placing it in Municipal Parking Lot #1. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  5. Mr. Wagner moved to accept recommendation of the Historical Architectural Review Board, that a Certificate of Appropriateness, 2008-09, be issued to the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation for the purpose of replacement and installation of four awnings. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
  6. Mr. Wagner moved to commit $500 to the LEDC to hold a Working Artists forum. Ms. Silzle seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session

Ms. Coleman moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss a personnel issue. Mr. Urban seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 9:35 p.m.

Public Session

No motions were made upon reconvening to Public Session.


Mr. Urban moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Silzle. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:02 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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