Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
December 1, 2010
The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall. Present were President Coleman, Mrs. English, Ms. Lustgarten, Ms. Silzle and Mr. Wagner. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Manager Totaro, Borough Secretary Henry, Borough Treasurer Bartley, Borough Solicitor Scott and Police Chief Kortan. Councilmen Schleigh and Smith and Fire Chief Young were absent.
Call to Order: President Coleman called the meeting to order.
Pledge of Allegiance: Mayor Young opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approval of Agenda: The agenda was approved with the following changes: (1) Ms. Silzle had one executive session item; (2) the RBS development presentation is moved to after public comment; (3) action item 2 is eliminated.
Approval of Minutes: Ms. Silzle moved to approve the minutes of the November 3, 2010 Business Meeting as submitted by the Borough Secretary. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to Suspend Roberts Rules of Order to hear public comment. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Mary Ann Surla – Resident of Lansdowne. Ms. Surla opined on the disadvantages of single stream recycling as follows: processing costs may increase; residual roles may increase after the processing process due to breakage of glass; potential for diminishing returns due to contamination and the possibility of some residents only recycling one item at a time. Ms. Surla indicated that a borough sign in her neighborhood was damaged. Chief Kortan mentioned that the sign would be replaced and the pole would be refurbished. Ms. Silzle mentioned that single stream recycling continues to increase in the borough.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to Reinstate Roberts Rules of Order. Mrs. English seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
RBS Presentation – Attorney Clint Allen of Archer & Greiner, P.C. presented an overview of the project and requested an extension of time, indicating that the last certification had been received to do site work and the engineering details had been resolved. Construction will move ahead as planned. Mr. Scott indicated that a written extension for time was required.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the request of RBS Development LLC for a 45 day extension of time to establish a financial security agreement with the Borough of Lansdowne in connection with the Bottom Dollar Food – Lansdowne Shopping Center Preliminary / Final Land Development Plan Approval and Waiver Approval. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: Unanimous.
Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Bartley had no formal report and indicated there were sufficient funds on hand to meet the current obligations.
Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Scott had no formal report.
Manager’s Report – Mr. Totaro reported that he is working on employee evaluations. Progress continues on the RCAP application for the Lansdowne Theater and Lansdowne Court. Deadline is December 31st. The Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation will be utilized to work on the more complicated projects. Mrs. English questioned whether the borough replacement street lights would be installed by year end. Mr. Totaro indicated that 1200 lights had been ordered and all can be installed within 10 days.
Police Chief Kortan – Chief Kortan reported that testing continues for part time officer openings and he hopes to conduct interviews before the New Year. Chief Kortan indicated that he is still awaiting word on the new police car grants but indications are good for approval. It was also determined that a proposed new crosswalk at Fairview and Lansdowne Avenues would be more dangerous than helpful. Chief Kortan mentioned that cost would be a factor in that new curb cuts would be needed with an engineering plan. Chief Kortan will have a full report for the Public Safety Committee in the near future.
Fire Chief Young – No report was given in Chief Young’s absence.
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young mentioned that long time resident Joe Heath had died and there will be a dedication to him at the next televised council meeting. Mayor Young will again be holding the Jingle Judge awards this year. Mayor Young mentioned that a recent report involving Mayors Against Illegal Guns indicated that Pennsylvania is now 10th out of the 48 states of those states with the highest number of illegal gun traffic.
President’s Report – President Coleman mentioned that parking meters will be covered in the business district for the month of December but Marshall Road meters will remain uncovered. President Coleman has completed a series of meetings with committee members regarding their 2 year plan and will culminate in a year end report on the accomplishments of each committee. The results will also be published in the borough newsletter.
- CDBG Grant – Mr. Totaro indicated that an outline of qualified primary and secondary application projects had been submitted to Council members for their response. The discussion opened with a variety of proposed projects in this regard, e.g., street lighting, sidewalks, Schappet Terrace sewer project ($60,000 estimate) and library energy savings. President Coleman indicated that in various meetings held with the County, energy savings was a good project to consider. Mr. Wagner asked if the grant could be used for contract services that a volunteer base does not cover. Mr. Scott indicated this would not be feasible as funding has to be used for a public building. The library washroom facilities improvements would run about $25,000. After further discussion, there arrived a consensus to only have one primary application that would include renovations to library washroom facilities and energy efficient services therein.
- 2011 Budget – Ms. Lustgarten presented an overview of the recommended budget for 2011 based on re-projections of revenues and expenses. Regarding the RCAP grant, $2500 would be needed to do the appraisal and $2500 for consulting services. The 2011 General Fund ending balance will be $158,000 instead of $164,000. This is all dependent on the outcome of the FOP contract. Ms. Lustgarten recommended making the changes to the reassessment and to the DCNR reimbursement while keeping the tax increase to 2.5%, or $25 more per household. Trash fee would remain the same. In order to have a $200,000 Sewer fund balance and to have $225,000 per year for sewer projects, the sewer increase would be 4% instead of 5.5%, or $16.70 per household. Total increase for households would be $42 per household for real estate and sewer taxes. The Finance Committee will meet on Monday to discuss options regarding MMO payments.
No items for new business.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve bills for the period. Mr. Wagner seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Mr. Wagner moved to advertise for public comment on CDBG funding for upgrades to the library utility consumption. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: Unanimous.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to advertise Ordinance 1258, an Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne fixing the tax rate millage of 10.85 for the year 2011. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: Unanimous.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to advertise Ordinance 1259, an Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne to estimate the number of gallons of water which will be consumed by persons whose properties are connected to the public sewers of the Borough for the year 2011, and to fix the amount of sewer rental or charge at $6.25 per 1000 gallons made to each property connected to the sewers. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: Unanimous.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2010-12, a resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne regarding solicitation of proposals for the 2011 Tax anticipation Note in the amount of $700,000. Mrs. English seconded. Vote: Unanimous.
Executive Session – Mr. Wagner moved to adjourn to executive session to discuss several matters. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: unanimous. The meeting adjourned to executive session at 8:45 p.m.
Public Session – Upon reconvening to public session, the following motion was made:
Ms. Lustgarten moved to award the annual employee holiday bonus in the amount of $50. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
Adjourn – Ms. Silzle moved to adjourn the meeting. Mrs. English seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.
Barbara Ann Henry