Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting
October 20, 2010
The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall. 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 and Police Chief Kortan. Solicitor Scott and Fire Chief Young were absent. Carl Ewald, Esq. sat in for Borough Solicitor Scott.
Approval of Agenda: The agenda was approved with the following addition: (1) The Allied Youth Council will be making a presentation.
Approval of Minutes: Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve the minutes of the September 15, 2010 Business Meeting of Council. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Announcements and Presentations:
- Mary Lou Jennings Planting announcements – Ms. Jennings, Tree Advisory Board Chair, announced that as part of the Revitalization Program, 32 requests for trees had been received from residents. On November 20th an additional 66 trees will be planted along Baltimore Avenue to Church Lane. Volunteers are needed.
- Christine Hellmendollar, Friendship Circle – Director Hellmendollar gave a brief overview of the Friendship Circle activities that include a variety of educational classes, lunches, a Hot Tea and Hot Books program, etc. The Circle is open to those 50 and over.
- Lansdowne Allied Youth Presentation – Joan Gardner, Chair of the Allied Youth Council, presented Youth of the Year Awards to Elliott Fahrquhar and Caleb John Olshefsky.
Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Bartley presented the September report as follows: Beginning balance in General Fund – $127,136; ending balance $1,892,391. Beginning balance in Sewer Fund – $465,433; ending balance $745,694. Beginning balance in Liquid Fuels Fund – $217,741; ending balance $345,358. Beginning balance in Capital Reserve Fund $139,415; ending balance $61,062. Beginning balance in Non-uniformed Pension Plan – $1,473,304; ending balance $1,671,912. Beginning balance in Police Pension Plan – $5,537,650; ending balance $5,456,300. Year to date totals for all funds: beginning balance of $7,960,679, revenues of $8,991,495, expenses of $6,779,456, surplus of $2,212,038, ending balance of $10,172,717.
Mr. Bartley indicated that the MMO contribution had not yet been made.
Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Ewald reported that the state is now obligating the borough to institute airport zoning regulations. The purpose is to create an overlay district to protect flight paths to the airport from obstructions. An ordinance in this regard is currently being prepared.
Mayor’s Report: Mayor Young mentioned that Channel 6 had recently given the borough tips on how to put information on the borough information channel. Several letters of thanks were received: (1) from retired Park and Recreation Director Jeri Staiber; (2) to Officer Craig for his help with an apartment complex water flooding and maintenance problem; and (3) to Officer McCaughan regarding a September 8, 2010 robbery.
Council President’s Report: President Coleman reminded residents to vote on November 2nd. President Coleman recently attended a Youth Resource Fair at the William Penn High School, the purpose of which was to promote recreational activities and volunteering opportunities to give youth an opportunity to enrich their lives. A fundraiser will be held on December 2nd at the 20th Century Club regarding the 1st Suburbs organization. More information will follow.
Public Health and Safety – Mr. Schleigh announced that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and reaffirmed the borough’s commitment to stopping domestic violence while providing support to victims. He indicated there are a variety of programs available to help abuse victims.
HRC Liaison report: The Human Relations Commission continues to develop an outreach program to talk about their activities and reach out to the borough immigrant population through various ministries. The Health Board has a new health inspector, Susan Cook. Testing for the police department part time officer vacancies will be held on November 16th. Mr. Schleigh reminded residents who use the farmers market to use the Owens Avenue exit. Grants have been submitted for new police cars. The October 7th Open House at the fire department was a success and they are still recruiting for new members, youth and adults. Painting of crosswalks continues, especially in the area of Windermere and Marshall and near the Ardmore Avenue elementary school. Mr. Schleigh mentioned that borough council needs to address the issue of some trees along Baltimore Avenue blocking various traffic lights westbound out of the city to Media. The Committee is recommending that the borough participate in the DEA’s prescription drug surrender program. The Highland Avenue parking lot lights will now be programmed to be on all night. Existing signs in the parking lot are to be altered regarding fire alarm regulations.
Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that preliminary budget meetings with all department heads have now been held. On November 1st there will be a review of the consolidated budget. The budget gets adopted at the December 15th council meeting. There will be 7.6% increase in the benefit rates for 2011.
Economic Development and Code Enforcement – No report was given in Mr. Wagner’s absence.
Currently: Ms. Silzle reported recent changes to the waste collection process.
Revise: Ms. Silzle reported on the changes to the 2011 waste collection program
Environment – Ms. Silzle reported on the changes to the 2011 waste collection program. Trash and recycling will be picked up on a weekly basis. For collection purposes there will be two areas of collection, east and west. The east side of Lansdowne Avenue will have trash pickup on Mondays and recycling pickup on Thursdays; the west side will have trash pickup on Tuesdays and recycling on Fridays. Bulk trash and yard waste will be picked up curbside on Wednesdays for both east and west. Ms. Silzle also reported that there are currently 3 county operated recycling igloos in the Highland Avenue parking lot. Two igloos are to remain and recycling will be expanded to include cans, glass and plastic. The September diversion rate was 18% and $800 was received. Year to date diversion rate is 16.8% with $7,600 collected for recyclables. Leaf pickup collection starts this week. Ms. Silzle reminded residents that Pennsylvania has a home heating rebate program. There will be an opening on the Park and Recreation Board at year end. The next Environment Committee meeting will be held on November 11th at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Silzle reminded residents that with rising fuel costs, savings of 3% mpg and $.07 less per gallon can be realized if tires are properly inflated with the correct pressure.
Community Relations – Mrs. English had no formal report. There was no October meeting held. The next Community Relations committee meeting will be held on November 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Mayor Young mentioned that the Ardmore Avenue school construction project will start in January, 2011. More information is available on the borough website.
Infrastructure and Public Works – No report was given in Mr. Smith’s absence.
Communications: Letter from Tinicum Township Fire House regarding the adverse effects of the Philadelphia Airport expansion on all municipalities. Significant revenue losses will be realized with an increase in taxes due to agreement issues. A town hall meeting will be held on October 25th, 6:30 p.m. at the Tinicum Fire House. Mayor Young questioned the accuracy of the facts reported in the letter and President Coleman could not attest to the accuracy of the letter’s information. President Coleman asked that the letter’s content be made available for the public either through the web site or another venue.
Ms. Silzle moved to Suspend Roberts Rules of Order to hear public comments. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Andrew Scheemo – Scottdale Road – Mr. Scheemo asked for a copy of the borough’s current forearms ordinance.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to Reinstate Roberts Rules of Order. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Baltimore Avenue Paving – Mr. Totaro reported that Baltimore Avenue as a state road will not be paved this year but will be high in the cue for the spring list.
- Celebration Theater Agreement – Mr. Totaro reported that Celebration Theater is now under the umbrella of the LEDC and the agreement will be between the borough and the LEDC. Mr. Schleigh questioned if there was any provision to name the borough as an additional insured. Mr. Totaro indicated that the broker did not send the insurance with an increase to do that but the language is protective of the borough.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to adopt the agreement between the LEDC and the Borough of Lansdowne for Celebration Theater’s use of the 20th Century Club. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve bills for the period. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Ms. Silzle moved to adopt Ordinance No. 1256 an ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne amending Chapter 235 of the Code of the Borough of Lansdowne, entitled “Parks and Recreation”, to clarify certain restrictions relating to firearms in public parks and amending Chapter 326 of the Code of the Borough of Lansdowne, entitled “Weapons”, to clarify certain restrictions relating to firearms. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Executive Session – Mr. Schleigh moved to adjourn to executive session to discuss a litigation matter. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned to executive session at 8:55 p.m.
Public Session – No motions were made upon reconvening to public session.
Adjourn – Mrs. English moved to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 9:18 p.m.
Barbara Ann Henry