Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
July 7, 2010
The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 7:30 p.m. at the 20th Century Club. 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.
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 the following change: (1) Ms. Lustgarten will make the motions for Mr. Wagner and Mr. Smith.
Minutes: Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the June 2, 2010 Business Meeting. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Silzle moved to suspend Roberts Rules of Order to hear public comment. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Public Comment: There was no public comment.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to resume Roberts Rules of Order. Ms. Silzle 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 he had obtained an injunction that will prevent this year’s Greek Picnic being held at the Yeadon Nile Swim Club. Approximately 7 to 9 Yeadon police officers will be on duty to handle any crowds.
Manager’s Report – Mr. Totaro reported that 51 applications have been received for the Park and Recreation Department position. Mr. Totaro indicated that the workmen’s compensation issues regarding Henkels & McCoy summer help have been resolved. Henkels & McCoy will cover the two part time summer employees who will work for at least 6 weeks. Mr. Totaro reported that he had met with the Codes Department regarding the Ardmore Avenue School Redevelopment Project. This project is expected to run April 2011 through July 2012. Ms. Lustgarten expressed concern with the School District carrying the heavy financial burden in this matter and the Finance & Administration Committee will be looking at the charges. Mrs. English asked for an update on the aftermath of last week’s storm. Mr. Totaro indicated that he is working with an arborist regarding a tree on West Greenwood Avenue. The Borough Sanitation Department has also cleared three corners in this same area as well as the area along Baltimore Avenue near K-Mart. The crew is also back on schedule for yard waste collection. Mr. Totaro mentioned that an insurance claim will be made for 6 damaged street lights and it can be claimed as one incident.
Police Chief Kortan – Chief Kortan reported that PennDot had performed a sign and pavement signage survey along Marshall Road in its entirety. The Chief is currently awaiting the written report and recommendations from PennDot. Chief Kortan indicated that Marlyn Avenue will temporarily become one-way for about two weeks while Aqua performs concrete restoration work. Chief Kortan reported that all lights are currently non-functioning in Belmont Park due to the storm. PECO should be contacted to reconnect the three remaining leads. Mr. Scott indicated this matter should be considered an “emergency exception”. Ms. Lustgarten requested estimates for the Finance and Administration Committee’s consideration before any repair work is started.
Fire Chief Young – No report was given in Chief Young’s absence.
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young mentioned that Lansdowne will be lending 13 sweep brooms to Upper Darby to assist them in a cleanup project. Work continues on the Borough newsletter. Ms. Silzle requested that the newsletter include an article clarifying what constitutes yard waste and the Borough’s collection process in this regard.
President’s Report – President Coleman had no formal report.
- Public Health and Safety – Mr. Schleigh reported on storm emergency response issues. Debbie Lamborn of the Community Action Agency of Delaware County (“CAADC”) has been contacted regarding damaged homes that may not have insurance coverage. The CAADC has a weatherization program with financial eligibility requirements for residents that may have damage to their homes. The CAADC also has a HEELP loan program to help in this regard with energy efficiency improvements. Mr. Schleigh advised residents to look at any trees that may need attention before the hurricane season. Regarding neighborhood watch issues, the borough will be participating in the National Night Out Program on August 3rd. Mr. Schleigh indicated that more publicity is needed to promote the event. The Farmers Market will be holding a “Children’s Day” on July 31st with the Masonic Lodge providing a free CHIP program for parents. The police department will also be holding a car seat safety check in Highland Park. Mr. Schleigh also reported that the Health Board is looking at a mosquito awareness abatement program. The next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on July 14th. Topics for discussion will include the noise ordinance, landlord/tenant issues and the interplay between the Fire Department and the Fire Marshall. Ms. Silzle commented that some mosquitoes have tested positive in Lansdowne for the West Nile Virus. The County and the PA DEP are looking into options for control measures. Mr. Schleigh mentioned that the Committee is trying to schedule a neighborhood meeting to address traffic issues on Nyack Avenue near the Buddhist Temple.
- Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten had no formal report. The next Finance and Administration Committee meeting will be held on July 12th. Regarding snow removal funding, the FEMA field representative has signed off on a $23,000 grant application. The borough would receive $17,000 if approved.
- Economic Development and Code Enforcement – No report was given in Mr. Wagner’s absence.
- Environment – Ms. Silzle had no formal report. The next Environment Committee meeting will be held on July 28th. There will be no August Committee meeting.
- Community Relations – Mrs. English had no formal report. The date for the next Community Relations Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for July 22nd.
- Infrastructure and Public Works – No report was given in Mr. Smith’s absence.
- Elm Street – President Coleman gave an update on the program. Several local municipality representatives met on June 23rd to discuss the application. The objective of the meeting was to get more information regarding the process details and implementation of the objectives. The model has changed in that the LEDC is now the lead contact in this program. One point discussed was whether to submit one or two applications for the Elm Street Program for either the $50,000 per year for four years, or the $250,000 for one year. Mr. Totaro indicated that the borough has an evolved track record and framework in this regard that was discussed within the meeting. The new state budget cuts have reduced overall funding from $11 million to $8 million. President Coleman also mentioned that the existing structure within the LEDC was discussed.
- 20 Lansdowne Court – Mr. Totaro presented a brochure of grass pavers for Council’s perusal. The discussion centered on whether the grass would stay green in hot seasons and if would be comfortable for sitting patrons. Mr. Totaro indicated there would be parking space for about 11 to 19 cars and a landscaped buffer would divide the parking area from the public areas. Ms. Lustgarten questioned whether there were similar pavers in the area that could be viewed. President Coleman indicated that the 3rd floor residence idea was not currently feasible and the ad hoc committee continues to seek ways to support the intended vision of the building. Mr. Totaro reported that the outcome of the recent Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation meeting was a good one.
- Police Car – Chief Kortan indicated that he had sent requests to both Rep. Micozzie and Sen. Williams for a new police car. Ms. Lustgarten indicated the Finance and Administration Committee is also working with Sen. Micozzie for possible funding to either buy a new car next year or be reimbursed for buying one this year.
- Park and Recreation Ordinance – Ms. Silzle reported two minor changes in the ordinance. One clarifies the role of the Park and Recreation Board and when they need to go through Borough Council. The other change addresses the correct process for Borough bidding and purchasing.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to authorize payment of bills for period. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to advertise Ordinance 1254, an Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne by approving collection procedures and adopting interest and schedules of attorney fees to be added to the amount collected as part of the Real Estate taxes for delinquent accounts. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to award 2010 sewer contract to A. Gargiule and Son Inc. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to execute loan documents for the Multi-Unit Conversion Grant for 123 S. Lansdowne Avenue. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Ms. Silzle moved to appoint Eugene Dixon to the Parks and Recreation Board, filling a vacancy. This term is for three years expiring 12/31/2010. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Ms. Silzle moved to advertise Ordinance 1255, an Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne amending Chapter 77 of the Code of the Borough of Lansdowne, entitled “Recreation and Park Board,” to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the Recreation and Park Board. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Ms. Silzle moved to adopt Resolution 2010-9, a Resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne closing out Community Conservation Partnerships Grant Project (BRC-TAG-12-243), for the Marlyn Park Master Site Plan. Mrs. English seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Executive Session – Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn to Executive Session. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to executive session at 9:04 p.m.
Public Session – Upon reconvening to public session, the following motion was made:
Ms. Lustgarten moved to advertise for bids the Bartram Avenue lot owned by Lansdowne Borough with a minimum bid of $15,000. Ms. Silzle seconded. A roll call vote was taken. The motion carried unanimously.
Adjourn – Mr. Schleigh moved to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.
Barbara Ann Henry