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Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting

January 5, 2011

The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 7:30 pm in Borough Hall. Present were President Coleman, Mrs. English, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Schleigh, Ms. Silzle, Mr. Smith 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. Fire Chief Young was 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 no changes.

Approval of Minutes: Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the December 1, 2010 Business Meeting as submitted by the Borough Secretary. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Schleigh moved to Suspend Roberts Rules of Order to hear public comment. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Public Comment:

  1. Mary Ann Surla – Resident of Lansdowne. Ms. Surla indicated that the construction site at the intersection of Baltimore and Lansdowne Avenue was in deplorable condition. Ms. Surla showed Council members several metal pieces of litter that she had collected from borough streets. Ms. Surla also mentioned that drivers continue to speed through the lights at various intersections. She exhorted Borough Council members to continue keeping the welfare of the borough the highest priority.

Ms. Silzle moved to Reinstate Roberts Rules of Order. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

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 reported that the first tax assessment of the year had been received for 58 North Lansdowne Avenue, Stratford Court Apartments. The $1,037,000 assessment was appealed in October of 2010 and denied. They are now appealing to the Court of Common Pleas.

Manager’s Report – Mr. Totaro had no formal report. Mrs. English questioned whether the street lights had been installed. Mr. Totaro indicated there had been a delay in shipment but the lights were expected to be in place by next week. Mr. Schleigh questioned if Mr. Totaro had received a copy of a trash complaint regarding Wycombe Avenue. Mr. Totaro indicated he had received the complaint.

Police Chief Kortan – Chief Kortan reported that Essex Avenue along Ardmore Avenue will be a two way street until the Ardmore Avenue school land development plan is completed in about 18 months. The Marshall Road resignage is in progress. Testing for the part time police has been completed and Chief Kortan will discuss his recommendations at the next Public Safety Committee meeting. Chief Kortan indicated that the new animal control laws place more restrictions on the borough that are counter productive to the borough’s philosophy and procedures. President Coleman requested that the Public Safety Committee look further into the matter. Chief Kortan reported that sales are brisk for overnight parking permits. Approximately 24 residents have been granted amnesty under the program for the first offense only.

Fire Chief Young – No report was given in Chief Young’s absence.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young reported that Jingle Judge awards will be presented at the next General meeting.

President’s Report – President Coleman had no formal report.

Old Business

  1. Gateway Park land use agreement – Mr. Scott mentioned that the intent is to use the County’s parcel across from Bonnie’s Plants. A draft agreement is currently being negotiated and is at the County for review. Language will be inserted to include the County in signage matters.
  2. 111 South Wycombe Avenue – Mr. Totaro mentioned that the land development for two twin houses at Wycombe and Linden Avenues had been approved last spring but the documents were never signed. Mr. Scott indicated there is a 3 month limitation and it needs to be acted upon subject to the same terms and conditions as determined last April.

New Business

  1. Delaware County Animal Control – the Public Safety Committee will discuss.
  2. Chicken ordinance – Mr. Wagner indicated that much of the language used in the animal control ordinance is being used for this particular ordinance. It applies to ownership of hens only, not roosters. Mayor Young, President Coleman and Mrs. English indicated they did not support this ordinance, citing potential smell and noise issues. Ms. Silzle mentioned that a lot of research had gone into the ordinance language. Mr. Smith indicated he was not opposed to the idea but suggested that residents wanting to own chickens should be required to attend a class on proper handling procedures. Mr. Scott suggested the matter could be handled by using the permit process and utilizing both the Health Inspector and Codes Department to allow more flexibility in compliance matters.
  3. 40 South Union Avenue – Mr. Scott indicated that the lawsuit was settled over this superfund site in the C3 general business area. The owner now wants to store wood chipping equipment at the site and has applied to the Zoning Hearing Board for special exceptions. The borough owns a parcel of land around the site. Mr. Scott felt that it might be worthwhile for the borough to discuss certain issues with the owner. After some further discussion, Mr. Wagner indicated he would confirm with the owner that the lot is to be fenced in, there would be no use of noisy equipment and that potential vermin/woodpile issues would be addressed.
  4. 2011 goals and objectives of Borough Council – President Coleman indicated that the goals and objectives had been laid out from a Committee perspective that included input as well from the borough staff and mayor. President Coleman indicated that some new goals had been added as well as the idea for a Junior Council and intern program. Council members who have any additions should send them to President Coleman as soon as possible.
  5. Ardmore Avenue School Land Development – an internal meeting is scheduled for next week with the Borough Engineer and County representatives. The borough will need to approve the plan 90 days from the filing date.

Action Items

  1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve bills for the period. Mr. Wagner seconded. Vote: unanimous.
  2. Mr. Wagner moved to approve Land Development application for 111 Wycombe Avenue subject to the terms and conditions set forth in Borough Council’s approval of 4/7/10. Mr. Smith seconded. Vote: unanimous.
  3. Mr. Wagner moved to reappoint Orlando Haddad to the Arts Board for a four year term expiring 12/2/2014. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: unanimous.
  4. Mr. Schleigh moved to reappoint Mike McCall to the Board of Health for a five year term expiring 12/31/2015. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: unanimous.
  5. Ms. Silzle moved to reappoint Michael Mills to the Recreation and Park Board for a three year term expiring 12/31/2013. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: unanimous.
  6. Ms. Silzle moved to reappoint Khalil Shearlds to the Recreation and Park Board for a three year term expiring 13/31/2013. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: unanimous.
  7. Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2011-01 a resolution authorizing the issuance of a Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note, Series 2011 with the terms set forth in the foregoing and attached certificate and transmittal; approving a form of note; authorizing and directing the filing of proceedings with the Department of Community and Economic Development; providing for the payment and security of the note; making certain federal income tax covenants respect to the note; accepting the proposal of PNC Bank, National Association for the purchase of the note; and repealing inconsistent resolutions. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
  8. Ms. Lustgarten moved to reappoint Bertha Phillips to the Vacancy Board for a one year term expiring 12/31/2011. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
  9. Ms. Lustgarten moved to confirm executive session discussion re staff salary adjustments to raise Mike Taylor’s salary to $50,000. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.

Executive Session – Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn to executive session to discuss a personnel matter. Mr. Wagner 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. Silzle moved to establish the salary of the Sanitation Supervisor at $55,000 per year. Mr. Wagner seconded. Vote: unanimous.

Adjourn – Mr. Wagner moved to adjourn the meeting. Mrs. English seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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