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Lansdowne Borough Council Reorganization Meeting
January 4, 2010

The Lansdowne Borough Council Reorganization Meeting was held on Monday, January 4, 2010, 7:30 PM at the Twentieth Century Club. Present were Ms. Coleman, Mrs. English, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Schleigh, Ms. Silzle, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wagner. Also in attendance: Mayor Young, Borough Secretary Henry, Borough Manager Totaro and Borough Finance Director/Treasurer Bartley. Borough Solicitor Scott, Police Chief Kortan and Fire Chief Young were absent.

Court of Common Pleas Judge Perfetti swore in Jayne C. Young as the Mayor of Lansdowne Borough.

Mayor Young led the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Young swore in the newly elected Borough Council members: Ms. Coleman, Mrs. English, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Schleigh and Mr. Smith.
Mayor Young swore in Joe Urban as Tax Collector.
Mayor Young swore in William Gill as Auditor.

Nominations for Council President

Ms. Silzle moved to nominate Sharon P. Coleman for Borough Council President. Mr. Smith seconded. A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

Nominations for Council Vice President

Ms. Lustgarten moved to nominate Barbara Silzle for Borough Council Vice President. Mr. Wagner seconded. A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Mr. Wagner moved to appoint Robert W. Scott as Borough Solicitor. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  2. Ms. Lustgarten moved to appoint NDI Engineering, Inc. as Borough Engineer. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  3. Ms. Silzle moved to appoint Bertha Phillips as Vacancy Board Chair. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  4. Ms. Lustgarten moved to appoint Barbara A. Henry as Borough Secretary. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  5. Ms. Lustgarten moved to appoint Joseph Bartley as Borough Treasurer. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  6. Ms. Silzle moved to adopt Resolution 2010-1, a resolution outlining the new council committee structure and assignments. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  7. Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt Resolution 2010-2, a resolution authorizing the issuance of a Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note in the principal amount of $700,000. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Lustgarten moved to recess until Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary


Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
January 6, 2010

The Lansdowne Borough Council reconvened the January 4, 2010 reorganization meeting on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 7:30 PM. Present were President Coleman, Mrs. English, Ms. Lustgarten, Mr. Schleigh, Ms. Silzle, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wagner. Also present: Mayor Young, Borough Secretary Henry, Borough Manager Totaro, Borough Solicitor Scott, Borough Treasurer Bartley and Police Chief Kortan. Fire Chief Young was absent.

Agenda

The agenda was approved with no changes.

Minutes

Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the December 2, 2009 business meeting. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Coleman moved to suspend the Rules of Order. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Visitors

Mary Ann Surla – Resident of Lansdowne – Ms. Surla thanked the newly appointed Council members for their continued service to the community. Ms. Surla mentioned that she was very impressed with the increase in recycling numbers and suggested investigating other renewable energy sources for the Borough. Ms. Surla felt that the recently erected new stop signs might invite negative responses from motorists. Ms. Surla asked Mr. Schleigh if the Public Safety Committee could lobby for text free driving in Pennsylvania. Mr. Schleigh indicated that at present more realistic time solutions are needed to address this problem.

Reports

  1. Finance Director/Treasurer Joe Bartley – Mr. Bartley had no formal report and indicated that sufficient funds were on hand to meet current obligations of the Borough.
  2. Solicitor Bob Scott – Mr. Scott had no formal report.
  3. Manager Craig Totaro – Mr. Totaro gave updates on the following:
    • a. Grant projects – Mr. Totaro distributed a grid of various projects and grants starting January, 2010. Mayor Young questioned whether the changeover in lighting had been included. Mr. Totaro indicated they were included.
    • b. Climate regulation of 20th Century Club – Mr. Totaro indicated that the language is being more clearly defined regarding the bidding proposal. The three major components of the project include insulating the ceiling, installing a ceiling fan on the top floor and putting window treatments on the south wall. Mr. Smith questioned the feasibility of planting trees providing some relief from the heat. Mr. Totaro indicated there could be a discussion regarding which trees would best visually enhance the Club. Mayor Young questioned if the 15 ton cooling unit would be powerful enough and whether or not supplemental window air conditioning units could be installed as needed. Mr. Totaro indicated that the climate should be in a comfortable range for most normal activities. Mr. Totaro also mentioned that the system would be visually non-intrusive in keeping with the historical parameters of the building. Mr. Smith asked if the ampage could be increased at a later date. Mr. Totaro indicated it could not be increased after the unit installation. Mr. Smith reiterated that there would be a measurable difference in the temperature.
  4. Police Chief Dan Kortan – Chief Kortan reported that the no parking decorative bags have been removed from the Borough meters. The pay station is now operating in Lot 5. Chief Kortan mentioned that new directional signs were needed for this lot and the meters were soon being removed. Chief Kortan indicated that $30,000+ in parking permit revenues had been received.
  5. Fire Chief Tom Young – No report was given in Chief Young’s absence.

Mayor’s Report

Mayor Young mentioned that Glen Trainer of Herby’s Towing Services, Inc. had donated 2 undercover cars to the Police Department. Chief Kortan felt Mr. Trainer should be publicly acknowledged at the next televised meeting. Mayor Young mentioned that the Borough web site will soon have an area where residents could report a variety of problems, e.g. potholes, problem properties, non-operating lighting, etc. After some discussion it was decided that this section would be called “Citizen Action Line”.

President’s Report

President Coleman reported that Congressman Sestak would be holding a meeting at Borough Hall on January 23rd, 3:30 – 5:30, to discuss the availability of grant money.

President Coleman reminded Council members to be cognizant of each Board’s oversight. In that regard, liaison reports will now be a part of the Committee reports. President Coleman questioned whether having a welcoming meeting for the Committee Chairs, Board Chairs and Borough Council would be ideal in order to discuss goals, expectations, etc. Borough Council members were in agreement to hold the meeting. Tentative date is February 22nd or 23rd.

Old Business

  1. Recreation Programs – Ms. Staiber had distributed a possible outline of new recreation programs and activities. Sample categories were separated according to Adults/Senior; Teens; Nature and Environment and The Arts. Ms. Silzle felt that some of the proposed programs/activities should be geared to different age groups and wanted clarification of which programs would be available for which age group. Ms. Lustgarten indicated that this first attempt at identifying desired programs was a good first step and questioned whether it would be handled as a committee of the whole or an ad hoc committee. Ms. Silzle felt that the Arts Board could be used as an aid to the proposed arts program. Mr. Smith indicated he would like the issue to be dealt with as a committee of the whole while obtaining costs and identifying target audiences. Mayor Young questioned whether a summary of prior successful programs could be determined to enhance future programs. Mr. Wagner asked for a realistic implementation plan that would identify the need and focus of the programs. Ms. Staiber agreed to provide a preliminary implementation plan as requested.

Committee Reports

  1. Public Health and Safety – Mr. Schleigh reported that the Committee will be looking at candidates for the Health Board and Civil Service Commission and will have recommendations for the general meeting. Mr. Schleigh indicated he had contacted the GLCA regarding the Neighborhood Watch program and mentioned that a Borough police force member, possibly Chief Kortan, would be meeting with the group in this regard.
  2. Finance & Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that the Committee met today. The Treasurer’s report will not be available until February, 2010, when outstanding 2009 revenues can be tabulated. Ms. Lustgarten reported that tax collections of $45,000 were received by late December as compared to the $109,000 received in December, 2009. The next Finance Committee meeting will be held on February 1st. Mr. Bartley mentioned that the audit was underway.
  3. Economic Development and Code Enforcement – Mr. Wagner mentioned that the Playwriting class had not been included in the recreation program listing. Mr. Wagner indicated that letters will be sent to residents in the downtown east area notifying them of a meeting to be held on February 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Borough Hall to discuss the assets and positive features of living in this neighborhood. The next Arts Board meeting will be held on February 12th at the Twentieth Century Club.
  4. Environment – Ms. Silzle reported that the Committee met on December 8th. The pickup for Christmas trees will take place January 13th to January 15th. Ms. Silzle mentioned that there will be no free mulch from the County this year. The diversion recycling rate for December was 19.7%, the highest ever for Lansdowne. This indicated a 3.1% increase over two years. The next Environment Committee meeting will be held on January 14th at 7:00 p.m.
  5. Community Relations – Mrs. English had no report. The next Community Relations Committee meeting will be held on January 11th.
  6. Infrastructure and Public Works – Mr. Smith stated that the timing for the next Infrastructure Committee meeting will be moved to 8:00 p.m. The air conditioning of the Twentieth Century Club will be discussed. Other issues concerning resident complaints will be discussed in Executive Session.

New Business

There were no items for New Business.

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for the period. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  2. Ms. Lustgarten moved to advertise bids for climate control of the Twentieth Century Club. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  3. Ms. Lustgarten moved to award contract to insulate the Twentieth Century Club to SPS Insulation LLC for $2,819.00. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  4. Mr. Wagner moved to reappoint John Gould to the HARB, for a three year term expiring 12/20/2012. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  5. Mr. Wagner moved to reappoint Christine Parks to the Multi-Unit Conversion Committee, for a three year term expiring 12/20/2012. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  6. Ms. Silzle moved to reappoint Jack Kelly to the Recreation and Park Board, for a three year term expiring 12/31/2012. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
  7. Mr. Smith moved to adopt Resolution 2010-3, a resolution to apply for CDBG Funds for a primary project, Union Avenue Storm water Management, and an alternate project for Schappet Terrace Sanitary Sewers. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Wagner moved to adjourn to Executive Session. Ms Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to executive session at 9:15 p.m.

PUBLIC SESSION

Upon reconvening to Public Session, the following motions were made:

Ms. Lustgarten moved to advertise Ordinance 1250 authorizing the participation of the Borough of Lansdowne in the Delaware Valley Health Insurance Trust Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Law. Mr. Wagner seconded. A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried with Mr. Schleigh abstaining from the vote.

Ms. Lustgarten moved to execute the agreement between the Borough of Lansdowne and the Delaware Valley Health Insurance Trust. Mr. Wagner seconded. A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried with Mr. Schleigh abstaining from the vote.

Ms. Lustgarten moved to appoint Craig Totaro as Trustee representing the Borough of Lansdowne in the Delaware Valley Health Insurance Trust agreement. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURN

Mr. Smith moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 10:42 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Ann Henry
Borough Secretary

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