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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
April 1, 2009

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Coleman, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Schleigh, Ms. Silzle, Mr. Urban and Mr. Wagner.Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Secretary Henry, Borough Manager Totaro, Borough Finance Director/Treasurer Bartley and Police Chief Kortan. Councilman Lee and Fire Chief Young were absent.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved with the following change: (1) Discussion of three Certificates of Appropriateness added under New Business; (2) DCPD comments added under Borough Manager report.

Minutes

Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the March 4, 2009 Business Meeting as submitted by the Secretary. Mr. Wagner seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

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

Public Comment

1. James Jackson 88 S. Wycombe Avenue — Mr. Jackson expressed his thanks for receiving the tax information he had requested at last month’s business meeting.

2. John Reichner 186 W. Greenwood Avenue — Mr. Reichner was upset about receiving a letter from Portnoff Law Associates regarding delinquent trash and sewer fees. President Coleman asked that Mr. Bartley look into the matter.

3. Jeff Laufer Balfour Circle — Mr. Laufer mentioned that there is a wasp nest hanging over theparking lot next to the coin machine that may or may not be active. Chief Kortan will investigate. Mr. Laufer mentioned he was thankful that the Alliance Bank manager had the malfunctioning light fixture repaired outside their building on Baltimore Avenue.

Borough Council comments: There were no comments.

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

REPORTS AND DISCUSSION

A. Finance Director/Treasurer Joe Bartley — Mr. Bartley had no formal report but indicated there are sufficient funds to meet current obligations. Mr. Bartley reported that $1,275,000 of tax revenues had been received from the Tax Collector.

B. Solicitor Bob Scott — Mr. Scott had no formal report and one Executive Session item.

C. Borough Manager Craig Totaro — Mr. Totaro gave updates on the following:

a) Aqua Work — six weeks remain for completion of the work and water pressure is expected to be much better as a result.

b) Scottdale Road Sewer Project — project has been completed except for some minor items. The full pipe length has been lined. Mr. Schleigh asked if this project would have any effect on inflow and infiltration. Mr. Totaro indicated this would be hard to measure.

c) Gateway Park — crosswalk to be put in north of Bonnie’s Plants; pedestrian safety lines will be painted after the Gateway Park project is completed. PennDot’s safety review/evaluation has begun. PennDot has suggested that Scottdale Road be narrowed in one section to allow more space for a walking trail. A traffic and lighting review will follow.

d) CDBG list — public meeting to be held on April 7th for input on County Council submitted projects list. Lansdowne was not on the list for this year and there may be alternative ways to apply for next year. Mr. Scott indicated that the Borough could apply directly through HUD as one alternative. The annual County submission is due by late fall.

e) DCPD comments — received today from the County Planning office regarding the proposed Wildman Arms cell antenna ordinance and the warehouse ordinance. Mr. Scott summarized as follows:

a) Cell Tower – the ordinance was changed to permit a cell antenna on top of an existing building in the central business district that includes Wildman Arms. The local Planning Commission suggested lowering the building height regulation to 45 feet. The County suggested having a separation requirement for antenna structures. Mr. Scott felt the changes were not worth slowing down the process and the Borough is not compelled to accept the changes. After further discussion there arrived a consensus to submit the application without adopting the County changes for the cell tower. The next step is to schedule a hearing.

b) Warehousing ordinance – County recommends approval but limiting it to the central business district and not the outlying districts. This ordinance defines what constitutes a retail business and what constitutes a warehouse. Mr. Scott felt the hours of operation rule in the outlying districts would not be useful. After further discussion there arrived a consensus to make the changes suggested by the County, keeping the changes to the central business district.

D. Police Chief Dan Kortan — Chief Kortan reported that regarding part time officer hiring, the physical agility test is scheduled for April 11th and oral exams will hopefully be held on April 23rd. Chief Kortan indicated that speed humps are now installed on Scottdale Road. The Public Works Director will soon have all the Gladstone Manor painting lines work completed. The proposed crosswalk painted lines at Gladstone Towers and Scottdale Road is still being discussed. Chief Kortan reported that his portion of the Byrne JAG grant proposal will be completed tomorrow.

E. Fire Chief Tom Young — No report was given in Chief Young’s absence.

Mayor’s Report — Mayor Young reported that Chief Young had met with Rep. Micozzie regarding finding some money for various Fire Company needs, i.e., floor, generator and roof. Mayor Young indicated that the PennWood H.S. championship boys’ basketball team has been invited to the next general meeting.

President’s Report — President Coleman asked that Council members should contact Mr. Totaro if they have any additions or missing items regarding the CDBG projects list. President Coleman reportedthat she is updating the Committee list and has been meeting with the various Committee Chairs. Moreinformation will be forthcoming after all meetings have been held. Regarding the Accurate Recycling Plant proposal, President Coleman asked the Borough Secretary to read the resolution opposing this matter. The Secretary then read Resolution 2009-11. Ms. Silzle questioned if the language had been adjusted to include opposition to the two applications – – one that included collection and sorting of construction site refuse and the other to do both activities at the Union Avenue site. Mr. Scott agreed that this language should be incorporated and thought they had applied for a commercial construction waste recycling plant and a residential waste recycling plant. Mr. Totaro clarified that theresolution applied to residential recycling and any material from new construction. Ms. Silzle felt that opposition to the egress to the new facility on Union Avenue and the potential structural damage also be included as well as the other environmental issues. Chief Kortan suggested gettingSepta’s input regarding the potential additional wear and tear to the rail crossover on Union Avenue. After further discussion there arrived a consensus to vote on the matter under action items with the proposed changes.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

1. Public Safety — Mr. Schleigh reported that the next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on April 8th. Mr. Schleigh indicated that the agenda will include crosswalk issues, questions from Chief Kortan regarding putting a walkway from the Highland Avenue lot to Lansdowne Avenue and related lighting issues.

2. Finance — Ms. Lustgarten reported that the audit has been completed and thanked Mr. Bartley for his input. The next Finance Committee meeting will be held on April 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Borough Hall.

3. Economic Development — Mr. Wagner reported that the Economic Development Committee met on March 26th and indicated that Mr. Totaro will give an update on the Transit Revitalization and Investment District at a future date. Mr. Wagner indicated that the owner of the building where Mesquite Barbecue resided was willing to allow an easement and walking path to connect the Highland Avenue lot with Lansdowne Avenue. Several issues in this regard are still being investigated and other business owners in the area will be contacted with their thoughts and interest. Also discussed was recruitment for the Vacant Property Review Board and the Redevelopment Authority. Mr. Wagner reported that a meeting had been held with the HARB regarding streamlining the process for certificates of appropriateness.

4. Environmental — Ms. Silzle had no formal report. The next Environmental Committee meeting will be held on April 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Borough Hall.

5. Education — Mr. Urban had no formal report. The next Education and Recreation Committee meeting will be held on April 21st. The Park and Recreation Department is holding the Spring Egg Hunt on April 4th at Hoffman Park. Mr. Urban reported that a meeting had been held regarding the process for park and recreation projects and to define whether the projects are capital or maintenance related.

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

Old Business

1. Gladstone Manor Water Hookup — Mr. Totaro indicated that the new estimate for the Borough to bring water to the island is now $2000-$2500 instead of the original $1000 estimate. Ms. Silzle mentioned that the Gladstone Civic Association indicated they were appreciative of the Borough’s financial commitment of $1000 and would be reviewing ways to raise the additional funds. Mr. Urban raised a process question regarding why the issue was with Borough Council and not the Park and Recreation Board. Ms. Silzle indicated that the original letter of July 2008 from the GGCA had been turned over to the Environmental Committee for review due to several environmental issues and that the $1000 had been voted on for approval. Ms. Silzle indicated that future requests of this nature should be directed to the Park and Recreation Board and civic groups will be advised of the Borough mechanism in place for funding. Several members of Borough Council indicated they were not aware that the Park and Recreation Board had originally voted down the project. Ms. Silzle reminded everyone that Council as a whole did, in fact, discuss the issue and vote to approve the $1,000 allocation. President Coleman stressed the importance of receiving minutes from the various organizations to clarify issues. Going forward with other ‘green’ issues, the consensus was to be more diligent and follow the process in place.

New Business

1. Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation – Letter of support for theater project — Mr. Wagner indicated that the Economic Development Committee supported the project as long as they aligned with the Committee’s goals. The project includes faade renovations with a grant application of $100,000 to be submitted. Three separate interior space renovations would also be included to support rehearsal and performance venues. After further discussion Borough Council indicated they were in agreement with the letter of approval.

2.Parking meter time limits (from 2 to 4 hours) — Mr. Wagner opened the discussion indicating several problems with the front municipal parking on Lansdowne Avenue: the meters do not register 3 hours even if you put in 75 cents and the receipts do not print out unless you put in at least 25 cents. The signage indicates a 10 hour limit. Chief Kortan indicated that the original ordinance concept was for the back lot only to have a 10 hour limit.The new meters are specifically designed to reset when the meter is fed. Chief Kortan suggested that he and Mr. Scott look at the ordinance to see if there are any restrictions to the front lot 2 hour limit and if the ordinance needs to be changed. Chief Kortan will also contact the installer to see what is involved in the programming of the meters and will report the findings at the next Public Safety Committee meeting. Mr. Schleigh felt the current signage was ineffective and should face the parking lot, not the street. Mr. Schleigh felt it would also be helpful if a sign was placed across the street near the crosswalk asking if the meter had been fed and a sign pointing to the meter box as the property place for payment. The Public Safety Committee will discuss these issues.

3. Bed and Breakfast/Conference Center – zoning — Mr. Scott mentioned that the Codes Department had been approached by a party wanting to open a bread and breakfast at the Pennock mansion on Windermere Avenue. A Bread and Breakfast is defined in the zoning code but never discussed anywhere else. Mr. Totaro indicated that the party was also interested in having a conference center there as well. Mr. Scott indicated he would look at Swarthmore Borough’s zoning code for comparison and the Economic Development Committee will further look into the issue.

4. 18 East Essex – Escrow monies — deferred to Executive Session.

5. Certificate of Appropriateness for 24-26 N. Lansdowne Avenue. — Application and pictures
present. Changes include 1 non-retractable awning along the length instead of 2 separate
awnings and EFIS material is different.Mr. Wagner moved to approve a Certificate of
Appropriateness for 24-26 N. Lansdowne Avenue. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion
carried unanimously.

6.Certificate of Appropriateness for 24-26 E. Baltimore Avenue — Changes include removingpaint from stone and brick on both sides of building; installing a new oak entry door at 24 E. Baltimore Avenue and a new glass revolving door at 26 E. Baltimore Avenue, removing inappropriate awnings and removing windows currently hidden by awnings. Mr. Wagner moved to approve a Certificate of Appropriateness for 24-26 E. Baltimore Avenue. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

7.Certificate of Appropriate for 25 S. Lansdowne Avenue – Mr. Wagner moved to approvea Certificate of Appropriateness for 25 S. Lansdowne Avenue. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

ACTION ITEMS

1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for period. Mr. Wagner seconded. Discussion: Ms. Silzle felt the equipment needs to have better sound quality to justify the monthly payment. Mr. Totaro indicated the issue is primarily with the microphones and new mikes would cost approximately $100 apiece.The motion carried unanimously.

2. Ms. Silzle moved to execute contract with DEP for Hoffman Park Stream bank Restoration Grant, Growing Greener II. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

3. Ms. Silzle moved to reappoint Neil Ronk to the Library Board, for a three year term expiring on 3/31/2012. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

4. Ms. Silzle moved to reappoint Christine DuBois-Buxbaum to the Library Board for a three year term expiring on 3/31/2012. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

5. Ms. Silzle moved to reappoint Wendy Chmielewski to the Library Board for a three year term expiring on 3/31/2012. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

6.Ms. Lustgarten moved to issue a refund of $149.26 for 2008’s trash fee to commercial property owner Anthony Marchesano, property address 14-16 S. Lansdowne Avenue. Ms. Silzle seconded.The motion carried with Mr. Wagner abstaining from the vote.

7.Ms. Silzle moved to adopt Ordinance No. 1241, an Ordinance prohibiting modification of trees in the right of way of Lansdowne Avenue and Baltimore Avenue including one block of any intersecting street. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

8.Ms. Silzle moved to adopt Resolution 2009-11, a Resolution opposing Accurate Recycling Corporation’s proposal to open a recycling plant on Union Avenue, as modified. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

9.Mr. Schleigh moved to enter into inter-municipal cooperation agreement for JAG grant. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session

Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn to Executive Session. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 10:10 p.m.

Public Session

There were no public motions made upon reconvening to public session.

Adjourn

Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried
unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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