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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting Wednesday
April 15, 2009

The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Coleman, Ms. Lustgarten, Ms. Silzle and Mr. Urban. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Manager Totaro, Borough Finance Director/Treasurer Bartley and Police Chief Kortan. Councilmen Lee, Schleigh and Wagner, Borough Secretary Henry and Fire Chief Young were absent.

President Coleman stated that the meeting would air on April 20th at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast channel 10 and RCN channel 52.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved with no changes or additions.

Minutes

Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the March 18, 2009 Council General Meeting as submitted by the Secretary. Ms. Silzle seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Announcements and Presentations

Mayor Young recognized members of the Penn Wood High School Boys Basketball Team, who recently won the State Championship.Neil Ronk of the Friends of the Lansdowne Library presented Myron and Ruth Jeffkin with the Betty Marlino Service Award.Joan Reivitch of the Human Relations Commission thanked Borough Council for establishing the Commission and gave an overview of the function of the Human Services Commission and highlights of their 2008 accomplishments.

Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Bartley presented the March, 2009 report. The General Fund reflected a beginning balance of. $71,974 and an ending balance of $656,692. Mr. Bartley mentioned that $1,431,000 in tax revenues were received in March and $1,668,000 in tax revenues were received in April. The Sewer Fund had a beginning balance of $347,836 and an ending balance of $298,349. Current year sewer fees of $275,000 were also received. The Liquid Fuels Fund reflected a beginning balance of $107,494 and an ending balance of $102,414. The Capital Reserves Fund reflected a beginning balance of $118,854 and an ending balance of $119,267. The Non-Uniform Pension Plan had a beginning balance of $1,050,649 and an ending balance of $1,004,061.56. The Police Pension Fund reflected a beginning balance of $4,717,359 and an ending balance of $4,169,665. Beginning balance for all funds was $6,414,167 and the ending balance was $6,350,449.

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

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young mentioned that next week is Volunteer Week and reminded residents that volunteer opportunities in the Borough are plentiful. Mayor Young mentioned that Helen Marcarelli, who takes care of planting flowers in and around the business district, notified the Mayor that an anonymous Lansdowne couple had recently donated 6 flats of pansies to the effort.Mayor Young read a list of calendar items and mentioned that the UAA fundraiser will be held on May 25th at the Twentieth Century Club.

Council President’s Report – President Coleman reported that Borough Council recently issued a letter of support to the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation regarding its renewal and proposed programs. The HLTC also sent a letter of thanks to Borough Council for their support. Ms. Silzle clarified that the organization is actually a private, non-profit entity.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Public Safety – No report was given in Mr. Schleigh’s absence.

Finance – Ms. Lustgarten reported the Committee met on April 6th and discussed supporting the UAA’s fundraising efforts. Gerry Staiber of the Park and Recreation Board was also present to discuss the uses of the Twentieth Century Club as well as the expenses and revenues needed for its operation. A further discussion in this regard will be held by Borough Council at a later date.

Ms. Lustgarten moved to donate $500 to the UAA for the July 4th flags. Mr. Urban seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Lustgarten reported that a request had been received by a commercial owner who pays a commercial hauler and the Borough for trash removal to have only the hauler pick up the trash at his business and apartment building. The Finance Committee was split on the issue and had no recommendations for Borough Council. More information will follow for discussion by Borough Council.

Ms. Lustgarten reported that a request had been received by the Friendship Circle Senior Center for a $2000 donation. Ms. Lustgarten moved to donate $2,000 to the Friendship Circle Senior Center. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Economic Development – No report was given in Mr. Wagner’s absence.

Environmental – Ms. Silzle reported that the Committee met on March 12 and she had previously reported on that meeting. Ms. Silzle gave the recycling numbers for March: a 14.5 diversion rate that is down from 19.6% in January, 2009. In addition, Blue Mountain was paid $995 for the Borough’s March recycling. Ms. Silzle mentioned that the 25th annual Darby Creek Watershed cleanup will be held on April 25th from 9 to 1 with three work sites: Marlyn Park, Hoffman Park and Pennock Woods. There will also be a household hazardous pickup on April 25th at 1600 Calcon Hook Road in Sharon Hill. Ms. Silzle reported that yard waste debris pickup starts in May at curbside on the last Wednesday of the month. The Borough will also be receiving free mulch on April 22nd at Hoffman Park. Ms. Silzle offered a few environmental suggestions for helping the planet: (1) install non-polluting solar lights along pathways and for outdoor lights, and (2) destroy weeds by either pouring boiling water or white vinegar over them instead of using harmful chemicals.

Education – Mr. Urban reported that the next Education Committee meeting will be held on April 21st at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Urban mentioned that the April 5th Spring Egg Hunt in Hoffman Park was a great success.

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

Liaison Reports

Library Board – Ms. Silzle reported that circulation was up 11% from this time last year, internet use is up by 13% and that 8,399 Borough residents have library cards.The Library recently helped lower income residents with free tax filing assistance.

Communications – There were no communications.

Ms. Lustgarten moved to suspend Roberts Rules of Order. Ms. Silzle seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

1. Melissa England – 124 Gladstone Road – As a representative of the Greater Gladstone Civic Association, Ms. England thanked Borough Council for having the traffic stop areas freshly painted in the Manor. Ms. England mentioned the Manor had held their own Egg Hunt and were now preparing for the July 4th activities.

2. George Petuhaus – 189 West Essex Avenue – In his capacity as Vice President of the UAA, Mr. Petuhaus thanked Borough Council for their $500 donation for the flags.

3. Maryann Surla – 16 East Marshall Road – Ms. Surla mentioned that Lansdowne is improving in their road development programs. Ms. Surla mentioned that repairs from the recent gas main break at Windermere and Plumstead left a 2 inch break in the macadam and this posed a problem for wheelchair bound residents trying to navigate around that site. Ms. Surla also mentioned that the Lansdowne fire alarm is too loud.

4. Pat Arone – Resident of Lansdowne – In her capacity as President of the Lansdowne Business Association, Ms. Arone mentioned that the Memorial Day Parade and 5K race will start at LaCrosse Avenue and urged all residents to come out and support the veterans on that day.

5. Jack Covert – Resident of Lansdowne – Mr. Covert mentioned that the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra will hold its final concert of the season on April 20th. Mr. Covert mentioned that the post office now has locking recycling bins for the security of residents wanting to recycle personal mail. Mr. Covert asked if there was a code or policy regarding disposing of the new CFL bulbs. Ms. Silzle mentioned that even though the mercury levels are low and there is no policy, these types of bulbs should be taken to special facilities for proper disposal (Home Depot is one such facility). Mr. Covert questioned what category donations belong in. Ms. Lustgarten indicated the budget has a special line item for donations. Mr. Covert felt that Borough Council should reconsider using Accurate for single stream recycling.

6. Charlie Jeffers – 13 Willowbrook Avenue – Mr. Jeffers mentioned that a street pole is falling down behind the Dollar Store on LaCrosse Avenue. Mr. Jeffers indicated that the pedestrian walkway signs are still periodically missing from in front of the Lansdowne Theater and that cars continue to run the red light at Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenues.

7. Helen Bowes – Resident of Lansdowne – Ms. Bowes thanked Borough Council for their $2,000 contribution to the Friendship Circle Senior Center and mentioned that 20 residents now get Meals on Wheels from the Center.

Borough Council Member Responses: No responses.

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

Old Business

1. Accurate Recycling – President Coleman gave an overview of the plans to build a single stream recycling site on Union Avenue and Borough Council’s opposition to the plan. At last month’s Council meeting a draft Resolution was adopted formalizing this opposition and had been sent out to a variety of State Representatives. A public meeting about this matter will be held on May 6th at the Twentieth Century Club at 6 p.m. for further discussion. Mr. Totaro indicated that residents in the affected area near the proposed site will be notified of the public meeting. The affected area includes the railroad to Fairview Avenue and from Union to Wycombe Avenues. President Coleman mentioned that items to consider are all the resident’s concerns and the recommendations of Borough Council if these concerns are not met.

2. Marlyn Park Master Site Planning Committee – Mr. Totaro presented the final list of projects for the Committee. Ms. Silzle moved to approve the proposed Marlyn Park Master Site Planning Committee. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

New Business

1. PennVest Green Infrastructure Grant Application – Mr. Totaro indicated May 18th is the filing deadline and presented a list of related projects that competitively favors the Borough. This is 100% funded with no match. The three proposed components included (1) partnering with Yeadon Borough to address the flooding issue along Union Avenue, (2) stream bank stabilization and lining the Falls Run sewer and (3) an underground seepage bed for Interboro Park. Mr. Totaro indicated the seepage bed would score very high on the project list. President Coleman asked if there was any flexibility in the projects. Mr. Totaro indicated there was and all are interchangeable. Mr. Totaro also indicated that it would be necessary to retain the Yeadon Community Park project in order to help put through the other projects.

Action Items

1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve bills for the period. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

2. Ms. Silzle moved to advertise Ordinance 1243, an Ordinance of the Borough amending the vehicle and traffic ordinance to permit one (1) on-street handicapped parking space on the west side of Highland Avenue between E. LaCrosse and Baltimore Avenues. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session

Ms. Silzle moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss several matters. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 10:15 p.m.

Public Session

No motions were made upon reconvening to Public Session.

Adjourn

Mr. Urban moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Silzle. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:38 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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