Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting Wednesday
June 17, 2009
The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Coleman, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Schleigh and Mr. Wagner. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Manager Totaro, Borough Secretary Henry, Borough Finance Director/Treasurer Bartley and Police Chief Kortan. Councilwoman Silzle and Fire Chief Young were absent.
President Coleman stated that the meeting would air on June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast channel 10 and RCN channel 52.
Approval of Agenda
The agenda was approved with no additions or changes.
Mr. Wagner moved to approve the minutes of the May 20, 2009 Special Meeting of Council. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Wagner moved to approve the minutes of the May 20, 2009 General meeting of Council. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Urban moved to appoint Billy Smith as new councilman for seat vacated by Councilman Kevin Lee. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously. Mayor Young then swore in Mr. Smith as Borough Council member.
Announcements and Presentations
Mayor Young introduced Joan and Jim Gardner of the Lansdowne Allied Youth Council who presented the Youth of the Year award to Kristen Ford.
Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Bartley presented the May, 2009 report. The General Fund reflected a beginning balance of. $71,974.00 and an ending balance of $1,937,523. There was a surplus of $1,865,549. The Sewer Fund reflected a beginning balance of $347,836 and an ending balance of $833,795. There was a surplus of $485,959. The Liquid Fuels Fund reflected a beginning balance of $107,495 and an ending balance of $294,119. The Capital Reserves Fund reflected a beginning balance of $118,854 and an ending balance of $112,144. The Non-Uniform Pension Plan had a beginning balance of $1,050,649 and an ending balance of $1,116,756. Value increased by $43,000. The Police Pension Fund reflected a beginning balance of $4,717,358 and an ending balance of $4,735,006, reflecting a surplus of $17,647. Beginning balance for all funds was $6,414,167 and the ending balance was $9,029,343.
Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott had no formal report and one Executive Session item.
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young mentioned that there will be a weekly summer music festival through July 30th at St. John’s Church at 7:00 p.m. The Interboro Park cleanup will be held on July 12th, the Sycamore Park cleanup will be held on August 9th. Mayor Young reminded residents that regarding plastic bottle recycling, only #1 and #2 narrow neck bottles are recyclable.
Council President’s Report – President Coleman stated that Councilman Smith will be Chair of the Infrastructure Committee and will also sit on the Education and Finance Committees. President Coleman recognized the work of the Codes Department, Mr. Scott and Mr. Totaro regarding the Wycombe and Linden Avenue property. It has been torn down and two units are to be developed. President Coleman mentioned that Borough Council will be adopting an Arts Plan for Lansdowne and congratulated Mr. Wagner on his work in this endeavor. Copies of the plan will be available at Borough Hall. President Coleman reported that Lansdowne has now joined ICLEI and will be afforded resources to help eliminate greenhouse gases, etc.
Public Safety – Mr. Schleigh mentioned that Septa held its safety blitz program this morning at the Gladstone station. There were several topics of discussion during the last Public Safety Committee meeting. Mr. Schleigh indicated that the Lansdowne police department runs a “vacation home check list” – - Chief Kortan mentioned that if residents are away for up to a 60 day maximum, police officers will attempt to check the property at least daily. Forms are available at the Borough Hall front desk or can be downloaded at www.lansdownepolice.com. Mr. Schleigh thanked the officers for their traffic control assistance this past weekend at the Farmers Market crosswalk. Mr. Schleigh congratulated Chief Kortan who was recently voted Vice President of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
Finance – Ms. Lustgarten had no formal report.
Economic Development – Mr. Wagner reported that at last night’s Committee meeting, the HARB guidelines for trying to increase awareness regarding Certificates of Appropriateness were discussed. A flyer outlining the proper steps in this regard is being developed and will be sent to business owners, landlords, etc.Mr. Wagner mentioned that Jared Jones is the new intern who is working on the Borough’s TV initiative. Mr. Wagner discussed the Arts Plan for the Borough, an idea that was the work of the Economic Development Committee and the Working Artists Forum. The Plan is about building on the grassroots energy that has already been developed in Lansdowne for the Arts and to put together a high profile arts programming and education plan. An Arts Board will be established comprised of professional full time artists. Some of the Board’s objectives include encouraging private investment in the arts, developing strategies for creating a sustainable work/live/show environment for artists, dedicating public funding and fostering the growth of highly regarded arts programs.
Environmental – No report was given in Ms. Silzle’s absence.
Education – Mr. Urban reported that the Education and Recreation Committee met on June 16th regarding the summer recreation program. Mr. Urban hopes to have more information by the next Business meeting. The Marlyn Park Site Plan was discussed and an engineer will be engaged. The possibility of setting up a PAL program was discussed as a possibility. The Committee also discussed having the Delaware County Community College offer classes in Lansdowne.
Park and Recreation Board Report – Meeting was held on June 15th to discuss the costs involved in repairs to the Belmont Park signs that had been vandalized. Also discussed was establishing a policy for treating invasive foliage in all the parks. There are some structural concerns with Reservoir Park and funds will be needed to make the repairs.
Infrastructure – Mr. Smith had no report.
Liaison Reports - There were no liaison reports.
Communications - There were no communications.
Mr. Wagner moved to suspend Roberts Rules of Order. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
1. Charlie Jeffers – 13 Willowbrook Avenue – Mr. Jeffers asked whether the neighborhood painting project had started and if he was on the list. Mr. Totaro stated the project will start in July and will check the list of recipients. Mr. Jeffers indicated the motorist continue to run the light at the Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenue intersection. Mr. Jeffers questioned whether or not a motorist can be given a ticket for ignoring the pedestrian crosswalk signs.
2. Anthony Campuzano – 40 West Albemarle Avenue – In his capacity as President of the UAA, Mr. Campuzano mentioned that the 106th annual July 4th parade’s theme is “Amazing Patriots”. There will be no rain date this year if the fireworks display is cancelled due to cost issues. Mr. Campuzano thanked the many individuals who helped with the UAA fundraiser and collection efforts (over $4,000 was raised). Mr. Campuzano also thanked Mr. Lee for all his years of service and Mr. Smith for filling the vacancy. President Coleman encouraged residents to contribute to this cause, as it has been a long held tradition in Lansdowne.
Mr. Wagner moved to reinstate Roberts Rules of Order. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
1. Theater crosswalk – Mr. Totaro reported that at present this item may not be on the stimulus list. More information will be received within two weeks.
2. Lansdowne Court and 20th Century Club – Mr. Totaro indicated some of the issues entailed with opening the first floor and ADA requirements. The Codes Department compiled a logistics and mechanics memo of ADA requirements. It was found that if the upper floors are supportive to the activities on the first floor such as storage, the second and third floors would not need ADA elements. Also, any alterations that would threaten or destroy the building’s historic significance make that building ADA exempt. It was deemed that the rear of the building is an addition and not historically significant. President Coleman indicated a lot of the work could be done in-house. Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that grant funding is being investigated as well.
There were no items for New Business.
1.Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve bills for the period. Mr. Urban seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
2.Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2009-14, a resolution regarding insurance arrangements for the 2009 4th of July fireworks. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
3.Mr. Schleigh moved to enact Ordinance 1244, an Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne directing that stop signs be installed at Maple and East LaCrosse Avenues. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Discussion: Mr. Urban questioned the traffic pattern at this intersection. Mr. Schleigh indicated it would be changed from a 2 way stop to a 4 way stop. The motion carried with a voice vote with one dissension from Mr. Urban.
4.Mr. Urban moved to enter into contact with Campbell Thomas & Co. to carry out the Marlyn Park Master Site Plan. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously. Discussion: Mr. Wagner asked if anyone from the Planning Committee was on the Steering Committee. Mr. Totaro indicated that a representative could be incorporated into meetings.
5.Mr. Wagner moved to authorize the release in an amount of $19,440 of the escrow balance held for the Dudley Avenue / John Brady account. Mr. Schleigh seconded. Discussion: Mr. Scott indicated one item remains on the list and the Borough Engineer will be reviewing the completion of the work. The motion carried unanimously.
6.Mr. Wagner moved to adopt the Arts Plan to guide the Borough’s arts-economic-development strategy. Mr. Schleigh seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
7.Mr. Wagner moved to adopt Resolution 2009-17, a Resolution proclaiming Lansdowne an Arts Destination Community. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Wagner moved to adjourn to Executive Session. Mr. Urban seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to Executive Session at 8:45 p.m.
Upon reconvening to Public Session, the following motion was made:
Mr. Wagner moved to withdraw the opposition to the Next G zoning application. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Urban seconded and the motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 9:21 p.m.
Barbara Ann Henry