Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
December 2, 2009
The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 7:30 PM in Borough Hall. Present were President Coleman, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Schleigh, Ms. Silzle, Mr. Smith, Mr. Urban and Mr. Wagner. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Secretary Henry, Borough Manager Totaro, Police Chief Kortan and Borough Finance Director/Treasurer Bartley. Fire Chief Young was absent.
Approval of Agenda
The agenda was approved with the following change: Mr. Wagner will make separate motions for the Arts Board appointees.
Ms. Silzle moved to approve the minutes of the November 4, 2009 Business Meeting as submitted by the Secretary. Ms. Lustgarten seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Wagner moved to suspend Roberts Rules of Order to hear public comment. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
There was no public comment.
Mr. Schleigh moved to reinstate Roberts Rules of Order. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
REPORTS AND DISCUSSION
A. Finance Director/Treasurer Joe Bartley – Mr. Bartley had no formal report and indicated there were sufficient funds on hand to meet current obligations.
B. Solicitor Bob Scott – Mr. Scott had one item for Executive Session.
C. Borough Manager Craig Totaro – Mr. Totaro had no formal report. Mr. Schleigh questioned if additional documents had been received regarding the Darby Creek Sewer Authority budget. Mr. Totaro indicated that a meeting is being held tonight and across the board amounts currently indicate a 12% increase. Ms. Lustgarten questioned when the RFP would go out for the Borough lighting. Mr. Totaro indicated that it would be sent no later than March. The aim is the finish traffic and street lights by September, 2010.
D. Police Chief Dan Kortan – Chief Kortan reported that free meter parking is now in effect for December. The new pay station for the Highland Avenue parking lot 5 and installation is scheduled for January, 2010. Chief Kortan mentioned that the Sergeants exam is being held tomorrow night at 5:30. Oral exams are expected to be held on December 14th. Pending approval by Council, the sergeant recommendations will be available by January 1, 2010. Chief Kortan mentioned he recently met with Senator Williams’ law enforcement representative, Don Cave, to discuss Lansdowne’s needs and concerns. President Coleman mentioned that no parking meter bags for free parking should be put out along Marshall Road. Mr. Wagner questioned whether some meter heads could be removed to provide bike parking spots. Chief Kortan indicated that street parking would be less problematic in this regard and to have bike parking in a lot might be more problematic. The poles will remain for awhile and Chief Kortan will revisit the issue at a later date. Mayor Young indicated that discussion is currently being held regarding grants for bike racks. The Public Safety Committee will further discuss this matter.
E. Fire Chief Tom Young – No report was given in Chief Young’s absence.
Mayor Young indicated the next edition of the Borough newsletter is in progress and several articles from various groups are scheduled for publication. Ms. Silzle asked if a flyer could be inserted regarding environmental services, not schedules.
President Coleman had no formal report but mentioned that the Elm Street
presentation is rescheduled for the next General meeting.
1. Public Safety – Mr. Schleigh reported that a Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held on December 6th at 2:00 p.m. at Borough Hall. The Gladstone Manor Civic Association will be distributing 400 flyers in this neighborhood and the Regency Cafe will provide refreshments. Mr. Schleigh indicated that the agenda items for the next Public Safety Committee meeting on December 9th will include a discussion of the Neighborhood Watch event, re-using poles for bikes in town and animal control issues.
2. Finance – Ms. Lustgarten reported that some final decisions have been reached regarding the General and Sewer Funds balance. The impact of Delcora’s 12% increase to the Borough’s fee was also discussed. Mr. Totaro’s compilation of six different scenarios showed a variety of factors including Darby Creek’s history of sewer fee increases, various assumptions in the General Fund and several Sewer Fund minimum balances with projections to 2015. Ms. Lustgarten indicated that a desirable ending sewer fund balance would be difficult to ascertain, given the uncertainty of the Sewer Authority’s future actions. Mr. Urban questioned who the constituents could contact at Delcora to facilitate the Borough’s budgeting process in this regard. Mr. Schleigh indicated that County Council ultimately is responsible for the increases. Mr. Totaro mentioned that the Sewer Authority held a meeting tonight and decided their increase would be 8%. Mr. Totaro recommended raising Lansdowne’s sewer fee 5.5% to cover the Authority’s increase for sewage treatment.
3. Economic Development – Mr. Wagner had no formal report but mentioned that all five biographies for the Arts Board nominees had been received.
4. Environmental – Ms. Silzle had no formal report. The next Environmental Committee meeting will be held on December 8th at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Silzle mentioned that yard waste pick up continues until December 9th
5. Education – Mr. Urban reported that the next Education Committee meeting will be held on December 15th at 7:30 p.m. All School Board members are expected to be present.
6. Infrastructure – Mr. Smith reported that the Infrastructure Committee met on November 24th. Mr. Smith indicated the agenda items remain somewhat constant but one new item regarding street and traffic light grants will be discussed. Mr. Smith indicated that the street paving project is primarily completed. The Baltimore Avenue Phase II project is now complete with 30 trees being planted. Mr. Schleigh questioned the status of PennDot’s installation of a left hand turn signal at Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues. Mr. Totaro indicated the timeline is projected for 2011 or 2012. Mr. Smith mentioned it would be cost prohibitive for the Borough alone to fund the installation. Chief Kortan indicated that PennDot is now at the bidding out phase in this process.
1. CDBG priorities – Ms. Lustgarten mentioned that a new House Bill is being proposed to allow municipalities to directly apply for Federal funds rather than going through the County. Regarding desired priorities, Ms. Lustgarten suggested more funding for the Sewer and Liquid Fuels Funds and perhaps emergency funds for the Fire House repairs. President Coleman felt that the flooding issue along Union Avenue should be a priority and suggested that the affected residents bring pictures of the damage to the County hearing. Mr. Schleigh suggested having the road program a priority. After further discussion it was decided to make the Union Avenue flooding issue the primary project and the sanitary sewers the secondary project.
Mr. Schleigh moved to advertise a public hearing for CDBG funding projects. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Scott suggested contacting the County Planning Department for ideas on how an award could be received.
2. Committee Structure – President Coleman presented the proposed Committee structure and asked if there were any changes. Mr. Schleigh questioned the handling of 20 Lansdowne Court. President Coleman indicated this would be dealt with as a committee of the whole. President Coleman asked that all time frames be in line with the Community Relations Chair’s availability. A motion will be made at the Reorganization Meeting to address this issue.
1. Recycling services for houses of worship. Ms. Silzle reported that the Environmental Committee is recommending offering recycling pickup services for a fee related to the residential trash fee. The proposed fee is approximately $100 and the pickup could be absorbed by the Borough crew for no additional cost. Mr. Urban questioned the cost of a private hauler for a church and whether churches now recycle. Mayor Young indicated that many of churches do not have private haulers and remove their own trash. Mr. Urban felt that this service should be consistent for all non profit organizations, not just houses of worship, regardless of the volume of trash. The Environmental Committee will further discuss the relevant issues.
1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for period. Mr. Urban seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
2. Ms. Lustgarten moved to advertise Ordinance 1249, an Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne fixing the tax rate for 2010. Mr. Smith seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
3. Ms. Lustgarten moved to advertise Ordinance 1248, 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 2010 and to fix the amount of sewer rental or charge to be made to each property connected to the sewers to reflect a 5.5% sewer fee increase and a Sewer Authority increase of 8%. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
4. Mr. Wagner moved to approve a certificate of Appropriateness for signage at 16 South Lansdowne Avenue. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
5. Mr. Wagner moved to approve a Certificate of Appropriateness for a wireless communications roof antenna at 29-37 North Lansdowne Avenue. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Discussion: Mr. Wagner stated that this had not been a unanimous HARB vote, with Mr. Laufer being the dissenting vote. A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
6. Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2009-21, a Resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne showing support for the Local Fiscal Assistance Act as proposed under H.R. 3007. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
7. Mr. Wagner moved to appoint Orlando Haddad to the Arts Board for a one year term expiring on 12/2/10. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
8. Mr. Wagner moved to appoint Megan Halsey to the Arts Board for a two year term expiring on 12/2/11. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
9. Mr. Wagner moved to appoint Virginia Maroun to the Arts Board for a three year term expiring on 12/2/12. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
10. Mr. Wagner moved to appoint Richard Prigg to the Arts Board for a four year term expiring on 12/2/13. Ms. Silzle seconded. A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried with Ms. Lustgarten abstaining from the vote.
11. Mr. Wagner moved to appoint Jared Reed to the Arts Board for a five year term expiring on 12/2/14. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Schleigh moved to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss personnel and
litigation issues. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to
Executive Session at 9:25 p.m.
No motions were made upon reconvening to Pubic Session.
Mr. Schleigh moved to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The meeting adjourned at 10:10 p.m.
Barbara Ann Henry