Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting
December 15, 2010
The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall. Present were President Coleman, Mrs. English, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Schleigh and Ms. Silzle. Councilmen Smith and Wagner were absent. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Manager Totaro, Borough Secretary Henry, Borough Treasurer Bartley, Borough Solicitor Scott and Police Chief Kortan. Fire Chief Young was absent.
CDBG Public Comment: Mr. Totaro called to order a special meeting of Lansdowne Borough to hear public comment for the 2010/2011 CDBG application. Present were President Coleman, Mr. Totaro and Borough Secretary Henry. No public was in attendance. No comments were made by those in attendance. The CDBG application is being made for improvements pertaining to energy efficiency upgrades to the library at Nyack and Lansdowne Avenue, whose site is within the census tracts qualifying for the block grants for Delaware County. Mr. Totaro then closed the meeting.
Approval of Agenda: The agenda was approved with the following changes: (1) Ms. Silzle will make the motions for Mr. Wagner in his absence; (2) President Coleman will add a motion to award the Certificate of Appropriateness for 16 S. Lansdowne Avenue; (3) Ms. Lustgarten will add a motion to adopt the 2011 budget.
Approval of Minutes: Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2010 General Meeting of Council. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Announcements and Presentations: Mayor Young announced that long time resident Joe Heath recently passed away and dedicated tonight’s meeting to his memory. There were no presentations.
Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Bartley presented the November report as follows: Beginning balance in General Fund – $127,136; ending balance $796,178. Beginning balance in Sewer Fund – $465,433; ending balance $746,703. Beginning balance in Liquid Fuels Fund – $217,741; ending balance $330,155. Beginning balance in Capital Reserve Fund $139,415; ending balance $61,074. Beginning balance in Non-uniformed Pension Plan – $1,473,304; ending balance $1,729,434. Beginning balance in Police Pension Plan – $5,537,650; ending balance $5,691,574. Year to date totals for all funds: beginning balance of $7,960,679, revenues of $9,629,202, expenses of $8,234,763, surplus of $1,394,439, ending balance of $9,355,118.
Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Scott had no formal report.
Mayor’s Report: Mayor Young mentioned that a dedication reception was held for the library’s new rain garden earlier today. Parking permits are now on sale. Mayor Young indicated that the library offers many winter programs geared to all age groups and interests.
Council President’s Report: President Coleman reported that additional meetings have been held with Sharon Hill borough council members regarding the idea of a proposed Junior Council in Lansdowne. It is modeled after the state and offers many benefits in furthering interest among youth. President Coleman will work with the Solicitor in drafting an ordinance in this regard.
President Coleman mentioned that she recently attended breakfast meeting of the William Penn school district to discuss lists of proposed projects and interests to pursue. The District will partner with the borough regarding the Junior Council idea and will also be discussing an intern program.
President Coleman gave an overview of each Council Committee’s accomplishments over the last year as follows:
- Finance – grants were secured for street and borough lights, police cars and building upgrades.
- Public Health – the Neighborhood Watch Program was established and continues to gain momentum.
- Environmental – waste disposal efficiencies were introduced and changes were made to the collection program for increasing recycling pickups. Ms. Silzle reiterated the need for more recycling, as this month’s County tipping fee to the borough was $10,000.
- Economic Development – improvements made to downtown business area with help from the architectural and historical review boards.
- Infrastructure – collaborated with Aqua of PA to share the costs of paving borough streets.
- Community Relations – explored ways to promote the borough through web site.
Public Health and Safety – Mr. Schleigh had no formal report.
Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported the committee met on December 6th.
Discussed were the actuarial options for paying the MMO in the amount of $576,433, based upon the actual market value of the retirement plan’s assets, as opposed to funding the plan at the ACT44 reduced level of $378,497. After conferring with our municipal pension consultant, the committee recommended that the 2010 MMO be funded based upon the fair market value of the plan’s assets. The committee continues to update actual department costs for each borough operating department. The Committee is also investigating codes fees and whether or not to impose late fees. Mr. Jozwiak and Mr. Totaro will be bringing recommendations to Council. The Committee also looked at the possibility of recreation program fees. The next F&A Committee meeting will be held on January 3rd.
Economic Development and Code Enforcement – No report was given in Mr. Wagner’s absence.
Environment – Ms. Silzle reported that yard waste pickup will be suspended until March, 2011. Magnets have been sent to residents with the new collection schedule. November’s recycling diversion rate was 14%. The year to date average is 17% with a goal of 20%. November recyclables earned the borough $1400, with a year to date earnings of $10,000.
The Environment Committee met on November 22nd to discuss a variety of topics:
- Recycling compliance for apartments will be incorporated into the annual inspections by the Codes Department. The borough now collects plastics 4, 5 and 7 (containers only, not bags). The option to have matching trash and recycling bins for the downtown area is being investigated.
- A second “Keep Lansdowne Beautiful Day” is scheduled for April, 2011.
- There are currently two openings on the Park and Recreation Board.
- The next committee meeting will be held on January 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Ms. Silzle indicated that replacing holiday lights with LED lights saves up to 90% in lighting costs and last for up to 50,000 hours. Mayor Young mentioned that Christmas trees will be picked up the week after Christmas and there is now a recycling bin for plastic bags at the Wawa store on Lansdowne Avenue.
Community Relations – Mrs. English reported that the Committee continues to fine tune the web site. The Arts Board had some very good ideas for the new resident package that also includes providing maps of the borough. More information will be forthcoming. The next committee meeting will be held on January 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Library Liaison Report: Work continues on staffing and budget issues.
Infrastructure and Public Works – No report was given in Mr. Smith’s absence.
Communications: No communications.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to suspend Roberts Rules of Order to hear visitor comments. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
Visitor Comments: There were no visitors.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to reinstate Roberts Rules of Order. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Gateway Park Agreement with Delaware County – Mr. Scott indicated the park is to be constructed on Borough and County parcels. Funding sources require that the borough enter into a 25 year lease with the County. Mr. Scott hopes to have more information available at the next council meeting.
Mr. Totaro mentioned that the interim construction inspector position has been published in the local papers and applications close January 6, 2011.
- 2011 meeting schedule – President Coleman requested that Committee chairs provide Betsy Riffert with their 2011 meeting schedules so that the entire calendar can be published.
- LEDC request to use Twentieth Century Club – Mr. Totaro opened the discussion. Mayor Young felt that the Club should be used more as a community center rather than a revenue generating entity. Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that there needs to be more flexibility in scheduling for other months to generate a better revenue stream, given that it is hindered with the April and November bookings. Mr. Totaro indicated some date conflicts with the UAA for April. New rental fee is $500 and UAA would like the former $350 charge. Ms. Silzle questioned why the UAA has to pay a fee, as the LEDC has events free of charge. Ms. Silzle felt that since the UAA is a huge community asset, the rental fee should be waived. After further discussion there arrived a consensus to waive the UAA fee.
Ms. Silzle moved to waive any UAA rental fees to hold their Red, White and Bluesy fundraiser in April at the Twentieth Century Club. Mr. Schleigh seconded. Vote: unanimous.
President Coleman questioned library conflicts as well with April dates and requested more information. Mrs. English indicated that Celebration Theater was also looking for smaller venues to hold some of their productions. President Coleman questioned whether there would be enough openings for other entities to present a revenue stream. Ms. Lustgarten felt that should be tracking of what comes in and what is turned away.
Ms. Silzle moved to approve the TCC schedule on condition of resolving conflicts with the library. Mrs. English seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve bills for the period. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to enact Ordinance 1258, an Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne fixing the tax rate for the year 2011 at 10.85 mils. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to enact 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 to be made to each property connected to the sewers at $6.25 per 1000 gallons. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2010-13, a Resolution regarding the refuse collection fee for 2011 at $234.0. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2010-14, a Resolution regarding the Borough of Lansdowne authorizing the filing of an application for $5,000,000 in grant funding through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to fund the Lansdowne Theater and Central Business District Enhancements. Mr. Schleigh seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Ms. Silzle moved to adopt Resolution 2010-15, a Resolution to apply for a CDBG to make energy efficient upgrades to the library. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt the 2011 budget. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to award a Certificate of Appropriateness for the Tai Chi Health Center at 16 S. Lansdowne Avenue. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
Executive Session – Mr. Schleigh moved to adjourn to executive session to discuss a litigation and personnel matters. Mrs. English seconded. Vote: unanimous. The meeting adjourned to executive session at 8:35 p.m.
Public Session – No motions were made upon reconvening to public session.
Adjourn – Mrs. English moved to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:02 p.m.
Barbara Ann Henry