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Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
May 6, 2009

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, May 6, 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 and Borough Finance Director/Treasurer Bartley. Councilman Lee, Police Chief Kortan and Fire Chief Young were absent.

PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING ORDINANCE NO. 1242

President Coleman called for a public hearing prior to the regular Business Meeting to hear public comment regarding Ordinance 1242, an Ordinance of the Council of the Borough of Lansdowne, in the County of Delaware, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, amending Section 902 of the Zoning Ordinance to correct certain typographical errors and to provide for the installation of communication antennae, communications equipment buildings and related equipment on the rooftop of buildings of more than fifty (50) feet in height as a permitted use by special exception in the transit oriented development overlay district.

Public Comment: There were no public comments regarding Ordinance 1242.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved with the following changes/additions: (1) The motion to appoint Bill Gill as Borough Auditor will be made under the Mayor’s Report; (2) President Coleman will give a summary under Old Business of the public meeting held earlier this evening at the 20th Century Club regarding the proposed Accurate recycling plant; (3) Mr. Totaro is adding one Executive Session item for discussion.

Minutes

Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the April 1, 2009 Business Meeting as submitted by the Secretary. Mr. Urban seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

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

Public Comment: There was no public comment.

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

REPORTS AND DISCUSSION

A. Finance Director/Treasurer Joe Bartley – Mr. Bartley had no formal report and indicated there are sufficient funds to meet current obligations.

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

C. Borough Manager Craig Totaro – Mr. Totaro reported on the following:

  1. Telephone Provider – The Borough will be retaining a new telephone provider that will minimize outages and realize a 30% annual savings.
  2. Ongoing COG projects are gathering momentum. Phase II and III of the tree planting project continues and there will be bidding programs for Borough paving projects this year.
  3. The Pennsylvania proposed budget recently sent to the Senate has basically eliminated the DCED programs. The State Senators passed the measure but it has not yet been made into law. President Coleman suggested sending a letter to all State Senators urging them to keep these programs. Mr. Totaro will draft the letter for Borough Council’s signature.

D. Police Chief Dan Kortan – No report was given in Chief Kortan’s absence.

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

Mayor’s Report
Appointment of Bill Gill as Borough Auditor. Ms. Lustgarten moved to appoint Bill Gill to position of Borough Auditor, filling the vacancy after Mr. Schleigh’s resignation. This position expires 12/31/09. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously. Mayor Young then swore in Mr. Gill as Borough Auditor. Mayor Young announced that the Town Wide Yard Sale and annual Art and Craft Sale will be held on May 9th.

President’s Report
President Coleman reported that she attended a meeting on April 22nd with Senator Anthony Williams to discuss the stimulus plan regarding water and sewer infrastructure.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

1. Public Safety – Mr. Schleigh indicated that the next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on May 13th. Items that have already been discussed by this Committee include a stop sign complaint and the swine flu epidemic. President Coleman mentioned that the part time police officers have now gone through the entire testing process with a citizen panel and the Chiefs being present. Mayor Young indicated the process was well received.

2. Finance – Ms. Lustgarten reported that the Capital Reserves Fund expenditureshad been discussed at the last Finance Committee meeting and there are three motion items for approval. The COG will submit by June to the Dept. of Energy proposals for $50,000 to upgrade traffic and street lights that would realize a 25% savings. Installing air conditioning at the 20th Century Club is also being investigated. Ms. Lustgarten reportedthat Chief Kortan had requested a closed circuit TV for the first floor in Borough Hall and that was approved. On hold is the Keystone matching grant for the library. The factoring of real estate taxes was also discussed but it was not feasible in that about $70,000 of the $100,000 received in delinquent taxes would have to be reimbursed. Mr. Totaro mentioned that the oil burner is now much less than the original estimate. President Coleman questioned whether a PECO payment had been received. Ms. Lustgarten indicated the credit is to be received in May.

3. Economic Development – Mr. Wagner reported that the Economic Development Committee met on April 21st with the HARB. Work continues on streamlining the approval process with the HARB and they will continue to send their minutes to Borough Council. Mr. Totaro mentioned that the building on East Essex Avenue has been made water tight with the owner’s own funds. Mr. Wagner reported that two summer interns will be helping the Borough with the TV information channel and also historical content pertaining to the Borough. The first discussion of an Arts Plan was also held. The Bed and Breakfast ordinance will be revisited at next month’s meeting. Discussions also continue with prospective nominations for the Vacant Property Review Authority.

4. Environmental – Ms. Silzle reported that the Environmental Committee met on April 22nd. Guests included Sherri Spinnaker and Mary Lou Jennings who indicated that more Borough wide education was needed for shade trees. Ms. Jennings indicated that Lansdowne is only 18% shade covered compared to East Lansdowne with 26% shade cover. Also, 86% of the Borough’s trees have reached maturity. Park Day will be held on September 19th. The Committee will also be revisiting the shade tree ordinance. Ms. Silzle reported that the Ardmore Avenue School recycling has started and recycling at the adjoining ball park will be investigated. The Environmental Committee is also looking into enforcing recycling with businesses and apartments. The Committee will be participating in Earth Saturday at the Farmers Market. Ms. Silzle indicated that there is a new Pennsylvania Sunshine Program that provides 35% toward solar installation and the Borough is on board with this issue. The next meeting will be held on May 14th at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Silzle indicated there is currently an informal group in the Borough who move energy issues along by gathering information and research. Mr. Schleigh mentioned that glass recycling is not a money maker in single stream recycling and questioned if more money could be realized by separating the glass. Ms. Silzle indicated the Committee will look into the matter but it is a complex issue and would have an operational impact.

5. Education – Mr. Urban reported the Education Committee met on April 21st and discussed the hiring of a recreation consultant for a summer program at a cost of $10,000. Also discussed was a Step It Up Enrichment Program that targets older teens for the summer. The Committee recommended that Borough Council approve spending the $10,000 set aside to hire a summer program coordinator for about six weeks. Ms. Lustgarten questioned whether or not the summer youth program would consist only of a basketball league or if other activities such as music, art, other sports, etc. would be included. Ms. Lustgarten also asked what activities were included in the comprehensive program that had already been developed in the past. Mr. Urban indicated the summer program is just a starting process to build on and other ideas being discussed include field trips, dances, movie nights, bands, etc. Mr. Urban moved to advertise for an assistant summer recreation coordinator for no more than 20 hours per week and for no more than $12.50 per hour. Mr. Schleigh seconded. The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Urban indicated that the date is at present undecided for the next Education Committee meeting.

6. Infrastructure – No report was given in Mr. Lee’s absence. President Coleman indicated that the Darby Creek Sewer Authority position needs to be filled and will be posted on the Borough web site. Mr. Schleigh indicated he had one interested candidate. Mr. Totaro questioned if the Infrastructure Committee could be held without the Chair present at an earlier time. President Coleman agreed it could and the next Infrastructure Committee will be held on May 26th at 7:00 p.m.

Old Business

1. TRID update – Mr. Totaro continues to work on the application to the DCED and identified two probable grant sources for land use around the train station.

2. PennVest – Mr. Totaro attended a meeting with Senator Williams and indicated that PennVest should have an unlimited amount of money to lend but has a formula to determine funding for environmental projects. Because there is high income in Southeastern Pennsylvania and a relatively low sewer fee per household for Lansdowne, the grant will never be obtained for the Borough unless the sewer fee is raised 400%.

3. 20 Lansdowne Court and 20th Century Club – The community design collaborative provided a booklet of information and based on the agenda meeting, the findings were found to be too lengthy and a separate meeting will be held on May 20th at 5:30 to address the topic of proposed uses.

4. Accurate Recycling – President Coleman indicated that the public meeting held in this matter resulted in Accurate withdrawing its petition for the Union Avenue single stream recycling plant.

New Business

1. Judicial Sale Properties – Mr. Wagner indicated three properties are up for sale: 149 Bartram, 1 Eldon and 80 S. Union Avenue. The Economic Development Committee discussed what future actions to take in order to take control of properties and steer reputable developers to them. Mr. Wagner indicated he would like to have a proactive policy for dealing with these types of sales and with a set aside amount of funds. Mr. Scott mentioned that acquiring a property at judicial sale is not cost effective. The properties that do not sell are sent to the County repository to sell for under $100 and the Borough only has one chance to take the offer. Mr. Urban was opposed to flipping properties. After further discussion there arrived a consensus to have a method in place for Mr. Wagner to take back to his Committee.

2. Yard Waste – Ms. Silzle indicated that yard waste is currently picked up monthly at curbside from May through October. Mr. Schleigh recommended that yard waste be picked up through December of 2009. Borough Council proposed and agreed to collect yard waste from March through December starting in 2010. Ms. Silzle will have an informational flyer available for Earth Saturday and will also post information on the Borough web site and in the newsletter.

3. Employee Parking – Mayor Young mentioned that stickers are available for Borough employees for free parking along the hedge at the back parking lot and also in the Highland Avenue lot. Mayor Young mentioned that Chief Kortan had questioned the policy of selling permits to business district employees while allowing free parking for Borough employees.

4. Hays Park Pavers – Mr. Urban indicated that the Park and Recreation Board would like to award the pavers bid to Grass Works for $4600. The eroded area will be dug out, then filled in with clay and the pavers will allow for water runoff at the park’s entrance. Work is guaranteed for one year. Mr. Urban moved to award the Hays Park pavers contract to Grass Works for an amount not to exceed $5,000. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

ACTION ITEMS

1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for period. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
2. Ms. Silzle moved to reappoint Terry Ponton to the Tree Advisory Board, for a three year term expiring on 4/30/2012. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
3. Ms. Silzle moved to reappoint Elsie Muller to the Tree Advisory Board, for a three year term expiring on 4/30/2012. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
4. Mr. Wagner moved to adopt Ordinance 1242, an Ordinance of the Council of the Borough of Lansdowne, in the County of Delaware, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, amending Section 902 of the Zoning Ordinance to correct certain typographical errors and to provide for the installation of communication antennas, communications equipment buildings and related equipment on the rooftop of buildings of more than fifty (50) feet in height as a permitted use by special exception in the transit oriented development overlay district. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
5. Mr. Schleigh moved to adopt Ordinance 1243, an Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne 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. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
6. Mr. Wagner moved to execute contract amendment for the Main Street Program Contract C000011028.
Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
7. Mr. Wagner moved to execute contract amendment for (Exit Grant) contract C000026434 for the Main Street Program subject to Solicitor approval. Mr. Urban seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
8. Mr. Urban moved to allow free meter parking at the Borough Lots, on Saturday, May 9, until 5 pm, to accommodate our Borough Wide Yard Sale. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
9. Ms. Lustgarten moved to amend the Borough Personnel policy to permit elected officials to participate in the municipal health benefits plan at the expense of elected officials. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
10. Ms. Silzle moved to appoint Janet English to the Library Board, filling the vacancy left after Mr. Williams’ term expired. This is a three year term expiring 3/31/12. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
11. Ms. Lustgarten moved to secure bids for a new parking meter box for Highland Avenue Parking lot. Mr. Urban seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
12. Ms. Lustgarten moved to secure bids for a (used) bucket truck. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
13. Mr. Urban moved to appoint Donald Verlenden to the Park and Recreation Board filling the unexpired term of Mr. Campuzano. This term will expire 12/31/09. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
14. Mr. Schleigh moved to adopt Resolution 2009-12, a Resolution declaring May 3-0, 2009 Children’s mental Health Awareness Week. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
15. Ms. Lustgarten moved to hire two temporary employees for the summer. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Executive Session

Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss real estate and litigation matters. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 10:19 p.m.

Public Session

The following motion was made upon reconvening to public session: Ms. Silzle moved to re-write the job description for Michael Taylor and increase his base salary $5,000 effective 6/01/09. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Adjourn

Mr. Schleigh moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 11:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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