Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting
November 3, 2010
The Lansdowne Borough Council Business Meeting was held on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall. Present were President Coleman, Mrs. English, Ms. Lustgarten, 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. Councilman Schleigh and Fire Chief Young were 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. Silzle moved to approve the minutes of the October 6, 2010 Business Meeting as submitted by the Borough Secretary. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to Suspend Roberts Rules of Order to hear public comment. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Public Comment: There were no comments from the public.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to Reinstate 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 the sale closing for 132 Bartram Avenue in the amount of $15,000.
Manager’s Report – Mr. Totaro reported on the following:
- Grant documents have been executed for the Gladstone Manor island project.
- The Lansdowne Market real estate deal was processed and taxes are current for 2009 and 2010 on the building only.
- Meetings were held with the Ardmore Avenue school engineer and architect re: land development items. Groundbreaking is scheduled for April 2011.
Police Chief Kortan – Chief Kortan reported that testing procedures for part time officer vacancies is progressing. Chief Kortan indicated that 19 applications were sent out and 8 have been returned. Testing will be administered on November 16th.
Chief Kortan indicated that Councilman Schleigh and Officer Brown plan to have another neighborhood watch meeting with residents in the area of Bartram and Nyack Avenues on November 27th, 1-3 p.m. at the Buddhist Temple.
Painting projects on the streets have been delayed due to the weather. The line painting at Marshall and Windermere may have to wait until the spring of 2011. Chief Kortan indicated that PennDot’s recommendations for the Marshall Road signage will be discussed at the next council meeting.
Fire Chief Young – No report was given in Chief Young’s absence.
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Young reported that two complaints had been received regarding trash issues. Mr. Totaro will contact Public Works Director Johnson in this regard to clarify the proper response methods. Concerns about a proposed halfway house at Fairview and Wycombe Avenues on the Yeadon side have been voiced by residents. Mr. Scott mentioned that the building is currently vacant and petitions were presented. Yeadon Codes Director Steve Travers will monitor the situation and provide any available information.
Mayor Young mentioned that the Youth Camp work performed at 87 Fairview Avenue was not completed and the owner was questioning who was responsible for completing the work. Mayor Young indicated that it was the homeowner’s responsibility to finish any incomplete work and was not the responsibility of the borough.
Complaints have been received about the excessive signage at the Dunkin Donuts on Baltimore Avenue. Codes Director Jozwiak will investigate. The Codes Department will also check into open neon signs on the inside of business windows. Mayor Young also indicated there were potholes on the east side of Plumstead Avenue.
President’s Report – President Coleman requested that any ideas for a more formalized intern program be submitted to Mr. Totaro. Current items on the list include: (1) archiving of historic information; (2) creating a trash data base; (3) creating a codes department data base; and (4) having an inventory of borough trees. President Colman will reach out to other educational sources for additional ideas and help regarding this list.
Monthly meetings are held with Darby and Yeadon regarding inner ring suburb issues. President Coleman mentioned that Asher Kemp is on Yeadon’s strategic committee to get more boroughs involved in the PA Association of Boroughs. Mr. Kemp would like a more localized workshop sponsored by the PA Association of Boroughs to be held in Yeadon if possible, possibly in the spring of 2011.
- 2011 Budget Update: Ms. Lustgarten reported that the Finance Committee met on November 1st regarding finalization of the 2011 budget. Highlights of the 2011 budget include:
- Projected ending balance for 2010 General Fund – $131,000.
- Projected ending balance for 2011General Fund – $108,000.
- Real estate tax increase of 2.5%.
- No increase in trash fee.
- No property assessment with a 95% return for taxes.
- 3. % salary increases for borough personnel.
- 7.5% increase in the employee benefits rate.
- 12.5% increase in Delcora fees.
- Capital Reserves – $67,000 beginning balance for 2011. The Finance Committee is recommending fire house repairs and changes to the phone lines in borough hall.
- Liquid Fuels stays flat.
Mr. Wagner questioned how ongoing revenues and expensed were handled and whether one time windfalls would be used. Ms. Lustgarten indicated that $35,000 of other expenses would be handled by one time windfalls. Mr. Wagner questioned whether the MMO balance could be used for other needs if the payment required of the borough is less. Ms. Lustgarten indicated it could be used in this way, based on a percentage of the valued portfolio. The Finance Committee will hold a further discussion of this point at their next meeting.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to advertise the preliminary 2011 budget. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Airport Ordinance – Mr. Scott reported that state law requires an ordinance requiring homeowners get a permit from PennDot for any structure on their property over 200 feet. Mr. Wagner will further discuss this at the next Economic Development Committee meeting.
- Junior Council Person Program – President Coleman indicated that this is a program geared to high school juniors and seniors as a way to get them involved in committees to get work done as a non-voting member. Mr. Smith indicated these groups are non-partisan and benefit the students on their college applications.
- CDBG 2011 – Mr. Totaro reported that the borough has received an invitation to apply. Deadline is January 12, 2011. President Coleman indicated there are plans to become more active in this regard in the hope of gaining more recognition from the County. Mr. Totaro will compile of list of areas and projects for possible consideration.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve bills for the period. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Mr. Wagner moved to adopt Resolution 2010-08, a Resolution of the Borough of Lansdowne, “Borough” authorizing the filing of a Proposal for funds with the Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
The motion regarding Ordinance 1257 and the airport district overlay was tabled until further discussion by Mr. Wagner’s committee.
- Mr. Wagner moved to accept the HARB’s recommendation for Certificate of Appropriateness numbered 2010-10 for 55 N. Lansdowne Avenue for window replacement. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: Unanimous.
- Mr. Wagner moved to accept the HARB’s recommendation for Certificate of appropriateness numbered 2010-11 for Wells Fargo Bank, 65 W. Baltimore for signage. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Mr. Wagner moved to accept the HARB’s recommendation for Certificate of Appropriateness numbered 2010-12 for Michael Parkin, 47 S. Lansdowne Avenue for facade improvements. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: unanimous.
- Mr. Wagner moved to accept the HARB’s recommendation for Certificate of Appropriateness numbered 2010-13 for Bounta Phengsisouk, 55 E. Baltimore Avenue, for facade improvements. Ms. Silzle seconded. Vote: unanimous.
The motion regarding Tai Chi Health Center’s certificate of appropriateness was tabled.
- Mr. Wagner moved to accept the HARB’s recommendation for Certificate of Appropriateness numbered 2010-15 for Agustina’s Salon, 24 N. Lansdowne Avenue for signage. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. Vote: unanimous.
Executive Session – Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn to Executive Session early to discuss personnel issues. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to executive session at 8:48 p.m.
Public Session – No motion were made upon reconvening to public session.
Adjourn – Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn the meeting. Mrs. English seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 9:17 p.m.
Barbara Ann Henry