Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting
January 19, 2011
The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall. Present were President Coleman, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Schleigh, Ms. Silzle, Mr. Wagner and Mr. Smith. Councilwoman English and Fire Chief Young were absent. Also in attendance were Mayor Young, Borough Manager Totaro, Borough Secretary Henry, Borough Treasurer Bartley, Borough Solicitor Scott and Police Chief Kortan.
Approval of Agenda: The agenda was approved with the following changes: (1) discussion of the SPCA under Old Business will be presented after the Mayor’s presentations; (2) the Ardmore Avenue School Development Agreement discussion will be held after the Mayor’s presentations.
Approval of Minutes: Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the December 15, 2010 General Meeting of Council. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Announcements and Presentations: Mayor Young announced the 2010 Jingle Judge Award winners for the following properties:
8 Balfour Circle
194 Berkley Ave.
284 Congress Ave.
45 East Greenwood Ave.
56 East Greenwood Ave.
86 East Greenwood Ave.
65 East Price Ave.
78 East Price Ave.
24 East Stewart Ave.
26 East Stewart Ave.
48 East Stewart Ave.
107 Gladstone Rd.
97 Lansdowne Court
112 Lansdowne Court
102 Madison Ave.
19 Mansfield Road
26 North Highland Ave.
29 North Highland Ave.
269 North Highland Ave.
123 North Maple Ave.
88 North Wycombe Ave.
127 North Wycombe Ave.
114 Owen Ave.
118 Owen Ave.
199 Owen Ave.
44 Pennock Terrace
15 Rose Lane
43 Rose Lane
68 Runnemede Ave.
44 Schappet Terrace
86 South Lansdowne Ave.
1 The Knoll
35 Violet Lane
98 Walsh Road
103 Walsh Road
113 Walsh Road
208 Wayne Ave.
40 West Albemarle Ave.
63 West Greenwood Ave.
187 West Greenwood Ave.
19 West Plumstead Ave.
149 West Plumstead Ave.
234 West Plumstead Ave.
255 West Plumstead Ave.
73 Windermere Ave.
89 Windermere Ave.
Mayor Young had no announcements.
SPCA Discussion – Tom Hickey Sr., an appointed member of the Pennsylvania State Dog Law Advisory Board, gave an overview of the pending SPCA changes to become effective July 1, 2011 as follows: (a) the SPCA will no longer take in strays unless a $116 fee is paid; (b) the SPCA’s directive is to be designated as a No Kill Shelter; and (3) the SPCA will no longer take in hurt animals. Mr. Hickey went on to say that by law all municipalities are required to pick up stray dogs and cats but no law is in place to specifically designate which organization should take them. The current numbers indicate that approximately 7,000-8,000 strays are brought in each year. Mr. Hickey has met with state officials several times and stated that this issue cannot be resolved by the July deadline and is requesting an additional 12-18 month extension of time. Mr. Hickey indicated that most donors would embrace the changed timeline. Currently there is no infrastructure in place to handle the problem.
Ardmore Avenue School Development Agreement – Charlotte Hummel, School Board President, George Clark of Gannett Associates and Joe Mastanardo of Pennoni Engineering gave an overview of the proposed changes/additions to the site. The project started with HVAC improvements and plans are for a complete renovation of the existing school building. This is the largest renovation project in Lansdowne and students have been relocated to Collingdale schools until completion of the project. Mr. Clark indicated that some of the plans include elevations of the additions, a renovated courtyard, more ADA compliance features, installing two elevators, adding 4 indoor classrooms, creating outdoor classrooms, adding 16 trees, installing a ramp to the playing field and splitting the playground into two sections to include a basketball court. There would also be a gated fence surrounding the masonry building.
Mr. Mastanardo indicated that the side yards will have a minimum 8′ clearance, impervious will be increased 27-30%, trash enclosures will be relocated to Essex Avenue, 300′ of sidewalk will be replaced after receiving approval from the Planning Commission and an underground storage basin to control water runoff flow rate is being proposed.
Ms. Hummel added that permit fees will be paid in excess of what the Codes Department requires and the excess amounts will be reinvested back into the project. The raw numbers will be adjusted by the income bids and $250,000 will be shared in the development of the project on a ratio basis. Ms. Hummel mentioned that after all the proposed requirements are in place, there will be a remaining contingency of $86,000. A consultant has been hired for the playground project and all borough groups have been invited to give their input. Cost would be approximately $200,000. President Coleman questioned the classroom renovations. Ms. Hummel indicated the plans for the first floor include 3 additional classrooms on one side of the school, a teachers’ workroom, custodial storage space, and a learning support space. The first floor would include an expanded cafeteria, a redesigned kitchen and a teachers’ lunchroom. The third floor would include a teacher’s work space, 3 classrooms and an expanded library with a separate computer lab. Ms. Silzle asked if recycling cans would be available on the playing fields to which Ms. Hummel replied there would be cans at that site.
Mr. Scott mentioned that the language in Chapter 18 is in agreement with the School Board’s language but needed slight revisions. Mr. Scott, Ms. Hummel and the other school officials then adjourned to discuss the parameters and best course of action.
Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Bartley had no formal report as year end figures have not been finalized. The Treasurer’s report will be presented at the February general meeting. Mr. Bartley indicated that the auditors have started their preliminary examination. The Tax Anticipation Note has been received in the amount of $700,000.
Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Scott had no formal report.
Mayor’s Report: Mayor Young mentioned that Media borough has an Adopt a Fire Hydrant program and suggested that Lansdowne residents could do the same by clearing fire hydrants of snow to assist fire company officials. The winter recreation program is now available on the web site. Philabundance is still looking for seniors to take advantage of their food programs. Mayor Young mentioned that Animal Friends of Lansdowne now has a collection bin in borough hall for donations of food items, toys, etc.
Council President’s Report: President Coleman reported that she recently spoke to Jack Whelan, County Council Chair, regarding the $40,000 CDBG application for the library project. President Coleman indicated that during their conversation, Mr. Whelan stated that he would lend his support to the grant application and bring to it to County Council for approval.
Public Health and Safety – Mr. Schleigh had no formal report.
Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten indicated that the January meeting was cancelled; the next meeting will be held February 7th at 7:00 p.m. with the Police Pension Committee meeting to be held the same day at 6:00 p.m.
Economic Development and Code Enforcement – Mr. Wagner reported that the Economic Development Committee met on January 18th. The maintenance code regarding sewer vents and inspection caps has been revised. The new height will now be 4-1/2 to 6″ above ground with the cap. Mr. Wagner mentioned that another Neighborhood meeting will be held on February 23rd. The proposed chicken ordinance will be on the agenda for the February business meeting.
Environment – Ms. Silzle reported that the Environment Committee met on January 13th. The committee has discussed purchasing matching trash and recycling cans for the business district and plans will be presented to the HARB. Plastics recycling have now been expanded to include #1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 plastic. Ms. Silzle reported that the diversion rate for 2010 was 17% and 16% in 2009. December 2010 diversion rate was 18.2%; December 2009 diversion rate was 19.7%. The 2011 goal is a 25% diversion rate. The second annual Keep Lansdowne Beautiful Day will be held on April 16th from 9:30 a.m. to noon. An ordinance is in the process of being drafted to establish a Tree Commission. There are two openings on the Park and Recreation Board.
The next Environment Committee meeting will be held on February 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Community Relations -No report was given in Mrs. English’s absence.
Infrastructure and Public Works – Mr. Smith reported that no December Infrastructure Committee meeting was held. The next meeting will be held on January 25th. Topics of discussion will include the Marlyn Park Master Site Plan and the Reservoir Park erosion remediation project.
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.
Mr. Wagner moved to reinstate Roberts Rules of Order. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Elm Street Program update – President Coleman reported that the borough has been approved for this program as part of its revitalization strategy for neighborhoods. The contract will be signed with the LEDC, Yeadon and Lansdowne. Approximately $50,000 for administrative and $249,000 for implementation processes will be received.
- RACP Program update – Mr. Wagner indicated that the grant award is promising. Mr. Wagner will put together concepts and a report on the findings, priorities and costs for presentation at the February business meeting.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve bills for the period. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Mr. Smith moved to adopt Resolution No. 2011-2, a resolution regarding application to the County Council of Delaware County for an allocation of county liquid fuel tax funds. Mr. Wagner seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Mr. Wagner moved to adopt Resolution No. 2011-3, a resolution granting preliminary/final land development plan approval for the proposed renovation of the Ardmore Avenue School. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Mr. Wagner moved to advertise Ordinance No. 1260, an ordinance to amend Chapter of the property maintenance code regarding inspection and modification of sewer vents and inspection caps. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: unanimous.
Executive Session – Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn to executive session. Mr. Wagner seconded. Vote: unanimous. The meeting adjourned to executive session at 9:35 p.m.
Public Session – No motions were made upon reconvening to public session.
Adjourn – Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Wagner seconded. Vote: unanimous. The meeting adjourned at 9:53 p.m.
Barbara Ann Henry