Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting
September 15, 2010
The Lansdowne Borough Council General Meeting was held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 7:30 p.m. 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 and Borough Solicitor Scott. Police Chief Kortan and Fire Chief Young were absent.
Approval of Agenda: The agenda was approved with the following changes: (1) Mr. Schleigh noted that the Fire Company will be making a presentation; (2) Announcements and Presentations are modified to reflect the recycling presentation as first on the agenda.
Approval of Minutes: Ms. Silzle moved to approve the minutes of the August 18, 2010 Business Meeting of Council. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Announcements and Presentations: Mayor Young and Ms. Silzle welcomed Diane Chronister and Kelly Jennings, who gave a brief informational overview of how residents can increase their recycling efforts. Ms. Silzle mentioned that RSI Recycling in Pottstown, PA takes styrofoam and all plastics. Electronic equipment is accepted for a small fee.
Mayor Young presented Jeri Staiber, outgoing Director of Parks and Recreation, with a retirement gift celebrating Jeri’s 21 years of service in this capacity.
Fire Company President Jay Young presented Larry Alaberti, who spoke about the upcoming fire company recruitment program on October 7th, what positions are available and the rewards associated with being a volunteer firefighter.
Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Bartley presented the August report as follows: Beginning balance in General Fund – $127,136; ending balance $1,792,060. Beginning balance in Sewer Fund – $465,433; ending balance $1,019,556. Beginning balance in Liquid Fuels Fund – $217,741; ending balance $348,765. Beginning balance in Capital Reserve Fund $139,415; ending balance $61,054. Beginning balance in Non-uniformed Pension Plan – $1,473,304; ending balance $1,582,745. Beginning balance in Police Pension Plan – $5,537,650; ending balance $5,153,036. Year to date totals for all funds: beginning balance of $7,960,679, revenues of $7,948,497, expenses of $5,951,959, surplus of $1,996,537, ending balance of $9,957,216.
Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Scott had no formal report and one executive session item.
Mayor’s Report: Mayor Young read aloud a letter from a resident concerned about the growing litter problem in the borough. Mayor Young reminded residents that Philabundance has a monthly food package available for seniors with limited incomes.
Council President’s Report: President Coleman thanked the LEDC for the success of the recent Arts Festival. President Coleman mentioned that monthly meetings are held with Yeadon and Darby townships to share resources and the knowledge to problem solve issues of concern. President Coleman gave a status update on the Elm Street Program, indicating that dialogue with the DCED regarding the application process is underway and more information will be available by the next council meeting.
Public Health and Safety – Mr. Schleigh reported that the Committee met on September 9th. Items for discussion included the following:
- Protocol is being adopted for requests for additional traffic signage, etc.
- SPCA animal control issue – current vendor is trying to set up a shelter in the area while also sending animals to no kill shelter.
- South Lansdowne area meeting – future meetings will be held regarding the Neighborhood Watch Program.
- The Committee hopes to have an officer present at the Fire Company Open House on October 7th.
Finance and Administration – Ms. Lustgarten reported that no September meeting was held for the Finance and Administration Committee. The next meeting is scheduled for October 14th. The first budget meeting will be held with the Codes Department, Parks and Recreation Director and Chief Kortan. The second budget meeting, scheduled for October 13th, will be held with the Library, Fire Department and Sanitation staff.
Economic Development and Code Enforcement – Mr. Wagner reported on the following:
A Lansdowne Arts Board questionnaire will be in the upcoming newsletter.
Dunkin Donuts is now open for business.
The Lansdowne Diner has a new tenant and work progresses on improvements to the building.
Mr. Wagner thanked the LEDC for helping with the Galdo Tile facade improvement on Baltimore Avenue.
Environment – Ms. Silzle reported that the Committee met on September 9th. Budget considerations for 2011 were discussed. The Committee will also be looking at revising the tree ordinance. The next Environmental Committee meeting will be held on October 14th at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Silzle mentioned that yard waste and leaves can be mixed with grass clippings for the yard waste pickup.
Community Relations – Mrs. English reported that the Committee met on September 13th. Information was reviewed regarding the website policy. The Committee also discussed changes and desired items for the TV listing. Mrs. English mentioned that the committee is hoping to send out a survey in order to get feedback from residents in this regard.
Library Liaison Report: As of August 11th, there were 11,344 users of the library and 7,899 items were checked out.
Infrastructure and Public Works – Mr. Smith reported that the next IandPA Committee meeting will be held on September 28th at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Smith encouraged residents to send him e-mails about any infrastructure problems or concerns. Mr. Schleigh questioned the estimated time arrival for the new light replacements. Mr. Totaro indicated it would be about 3-4 weeks.
Communications: No items for communications.
Mr. Wagner moved to Suspend Roberts Rules of Order to hear public comments. Mr. Schleigh seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Susan Corbin – 66 Ardmore Avenue – Ms. Corbin asked why Lansdowne was not partnering with Media, Upper Darby, Clifton Heights and Springfield on various projects. President Coleman indicated that the Baltimore Avenue Corridor project had involved these townships. Also, there was feasibility study conducted with Upper Darby Township regarding Union Avenue. President Coleman indicated that participation depends on funding and grant sources that leverage different policies with other townships.
- Andrew Schmian – Scottdale Road – Mr. Schmian mentioned two discrepancies in the borough ordinance regarding Item 235 and 326, Discharge of Prohibited Items. Solicitor Scott indicated he would draft an ordinance to amend the two items and bring them into compliance with state law. The issue involves carrying versus discharging firearms.
Ms. Lustgarten moved to Reinstate Roberts Rules of Order. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Web Site policy – Mrs. English reported that the purpose of the web site is to provide criteria and grounds for inclusion and exclusion of items. There is no individual yet named to be the Web Administrator. Mr. Schleigh questioned how stringently item 4, regarding exclusion, would be enforced. Mayor Young indicated that listing a group is not advocating the group, so long as no link is provided. Mr. Scott stated that the site should not be turned into a public forum.
Mrs. English moved to adopt the Policy of the Borough of Lansdowne Regarding Public Linking to Content Posting on Borough Website. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Satellite Dish – Mr. Scott indicated that federal regulations pre-empt local requirements in this regard, but due to existence of the historic district, the borough can place restrictions on these types of dishes. Currently an ordinance is being drafted addressing this matter.
No items for new business.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to approve bills for the period. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Ms. Lustgarten moved to accept the 2011 Minimum Municipal Obligation (MMO) for the Police Pension Plan of $378,497 and the Non Uniform Retirement Plan of $123,250. Ms. Silzle seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Ms. Silzle moved to auction for sale the 1998 sanitation vehicle. Mr. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Mr. Wagner moved to accept the bid for the sale of 132 Bartram Avenue for $15,000. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
- Mr. Wagner moved to reappoint Sharon P. Coleman to the Lansdowne Redevelopment Authority for a five year term expiring 7/31/2013. Ms. Lustgarten seconded. The motion carried. President Coleman abstained from the vote.
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 9:02 p.m.
Public Session – No motions were made upon reconvening to public session.
Adjourn – Ms. Lustgarten moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Wagner seconded. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 9:38 p.m.
Barbara Ann Henry