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Borough Newsletter – Winter 2007

Jump to: mayor’s column, our clock is back, lansdowne announce!, news from your borough offices, spot light on economic development, animal friends of lansdowne seeks volunteers/foster families, february is ‘love your pets: keep them safe’ month, recycle like you’ve never recycled before, borough budget information 2007, upcoming events and reminders, be careful what you sign!, borough meeting dates

Mayor’s Column by Jayne Young

Single Stream Recycling has come to Lansdowne! Beginning February 1st, 2007 you can place all your recycling together in the same container, without sorting. You can recycle more items including: all colors of glass, cans, paper and plastic small necked bottles. A guide to which recyclables are now being collected is on page 7 of this newsletter.

This new program will be using the same schedule for pick up that is currently in place. Your recycling magnet should be at your door soon. If you need a new recycling bin call 610- 623-7300 ext. 211.

Please remember, Lansdowne sells it’s collected recyclables. The more you recycle the more we have to sell and the more revenue is generated. This can off set our borough collection costs, which in turn saves you money. See, it’s not just about the environment, which is important, it’s also about helping the borough financially.

Speaking of money, the borough manager asked me to share some information he received from The Office of Housing and Community Development concerning predatory lending. There has been an increase in lending abuses over the years and particularly hard hit are our seniors. If you or anyone you know is having financial troubles and is considering borrowing as a solution please check out www.dontborrowtroublesepa.org before you sign anything.

The Office of Housing and Community Development can also find you help with tax preparation and financial planning.

Please read the whole newsletter. It’s a great source of borough information. Remember to check out www.lansdowneborough.com for even more borough news.

Our Clock is back!

Through the efforts of Stefan’s Hands and the financial support of the GLCA the clock has been returned to it’s site on Lansdowne Ave., prettier than ever, and keeping perfect time. Thank you to everyone that participated in bringing it back.

Lansdowne Announce!
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Keep your eyes open for emails from Lansdowne Announce! This is an email newsletter with information about community events in Lansdowne.

The Lansdowne Business & Professional Association (LBPA) is happy to sponsor this newsletter so that more people can attend and enjoy local events. Lansdowne Announce! is our gift to the community.

If you want to get on the list to receive these newsletters, just send your email address to kelly@kellybliss.com

If you are part of a community organization, please send your event information (who, what, when, where, & cost) at least two weeks in advance, to kelly@kellybliss.com

News From Your Borough Offices
Residents Can Improve Lansdowne’s Sewer System

Lansdowne residents have an important role to play in improving our sanitary sewer system. Without knowing it, many property owners may be contributing to the flow of unwanted storm water entering sewer lines. This extra flow may not seem like a major problem, but when Lansdowne experiences a heavy rainfall it can cause sewage to back up into homes and businesses or overflow manholes and run down our streets.

Lansdowne owns and maintains about 30 miles of sewer pipe or "mains." Sewage from Borough homes and businesses flows into this public system through privately-owned "laterals" or pipes that connect them to the sewer mains, which are usually located in the street. The Borough-Owned pipes carry the sewage to a large "interceptor" pipe located along the Darby Creek. From there the sewage makes its way to a treatment facility. Each year the Borough pays the Delaware County Regional Water Control Authority (DELCORA) to treat the sewage. These charges are reflected in your annual sewer fee.

During heavy rainstorms large amounts of water, which is supposed to flow into the separate storm sewer system, instead often finds its way into the sanitary sewer system. The technical term for this problem is Inflow and Infiltration, or "I and I", and its source may be your home.

Homes that have downspouts connected to the lateral are contributing Inflow by bringing rainwater directly into the sewer system. Likewise, floor drains and sump pumps connected to the lateral are also sources of Inflow. Even the curb vents in your yard or sidewalk may play a role. If the vent is loose or lies low relative to the surrounding land, rainwater can enter and flow into the sanitary sewer system.

Infiltration is a less obvious problem because its source is underground. Tree roots can cause breaks or cracks in your lateral, allowing water in the ground to seep into the broken pipe. Sections of sewer pipe under your yard may have separated over time, again providing a way for water into the sanitary sewer.

Most people don’t realize how minor sources of "I and I" can add up to a major problem. One or two downspouts connected to laterals may not seem like a big deal, but when downspouts from several hundred homes are tied into the sewer system, they can create a major surge during a rain storm. And even if "I and I" isn’t having a direct impact on your property, it could be contributing to a sewer back up into your neighbor’s basement down the street.

"I and I" isn’t limited to private homes and businesses. Public sewer mains also become broken and cracked, and water can seep through the joints in brick manholes. So the solution to " I and I" can only come through the efforts of both Borough government and residents.

This issue is more important now than ever. Traditionally what DELCORA charged each community for sewage treatment was based on the number of households in the town. Starting in 2008, however, every municipality will begin to pay for sewage treatment based on the volume each contributes to the total as measured by meters. The more volume a community contributes, the more the community will pay.

So we need to start reducing Inflow and Infiltration now. The Borough has just completed a three-year program to televise all the public sewer mains in Lansdowne. Using this information, a plan will be developed to repair and better maintain the public sewers. Residents can do their part. If you have a sump pump connected to the sanitary sewer, disconnect it and instead let it drain onto the yard. Likewise, disconnect any downspouts that lead into the sewer. Efforts like these can make a big difference.

Residents who would like to discuss ways to reduce Inflow and Infiltration on their properties can call the Borough Code Enforcement Department at 610- 623-7300 x210.

Spot Light on Economic Development

By Sharon P. Coleman
Vice President, Lansdowne Borough Council

When you consider
Economic Development and what it takes to revitalize our town, 2006 has been an exciting year. We are seeing activity that will position us well for the future.

When I think of a revitalization strategy, I think of key components such as neighborhoods, a blend of businesses, focus on our downtown business district and new development activity. All of these factors will lead to increases in our housing stock and business properties, a healthy economic base and an environment that attracts new residents and additional entrepreneurs to Lansdowne.

Let’s look more closely at the progress we’ve made with these components.

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy
Over the past year, we have been working on a joint effort with Yeadon Borough. The objective was to develop a plan that will identify the opportunities of the neighborhood in terms of external home improvements, lighting, sidewalk and streets throughout the designated area which borders Lansdowne and Yeadon. As a result of several meetings of the steering committee comprised of the Borough Managers, members of Council and residents of both communities, a recommendation was developed that includes activities that will help to "spruce" up the houses in the area. To put the plan in full swing, this July we welcome "Work Group Camp". Approximately 400 camp members will come to Lansdowne for one week to work on improvements for 70 houses in the Lansdowne/Yeadon area. Committees and other support activities are being put in place in preparation for this upcoming activity. Vy Curry, a resident, who has been an integral part of this project, said "I am excited about this effort. It is a legacy from our parents to keep this community revitalized. It is bringing back the feeling of community, one community, working together, Lansdowne and Yeadon."

Business Development
In 2006, several new businesses opened their doors in Lansdowne. The services that these entities provide range from specialty foods, to services for pets to providing us artwork and fire place appliances for our homes. This compliments the existing business environment, which includes clothing boutiques, services for the creative arts and the sale of household staples. Additional businesses continue to open in our community offering various options to Lansdowne residents. Here is what a couple of our business owners had to say: "After searching for a house for over a year, Lansdowne was the only place where we felt a real solid community existed. It’s more than just a collection of houses, it has an active community where neighbors act like neighbors and people get involved in not only the betterment of their property but also of the Borough. We were surprised to find that a borough like Lansdowne did not have a cafe in its main business district. We felt that opening the cafe would compliment the existing businesses while acting as a get away and meeting place for our neighbors within the Borough. We feel the addition of the Regency Café to the business district will act as a magnet to draw more buyers into the area." Chris Allen, owner of the Regency Café

"After reading the Market Study for Lansdowne, I realized that one of the businesses which was under represented was a women’s clothing and accessories store. I saw this as an opportunity to develop a business in the community that would offer residents the convenience of shopping within the Borough. This business endeavor is also affording us the chance to play a small part in the restoration efforts of ‘Downtown Lansdowne’. My family and I are long-time residents in Lansdowne and certainly have a vested interest in the community." Joann Small, owner of Jasco-Jems

Baltimore Avenue Revitalization Strategy
Lansdowne Borough has been engaged in a cooperative effort with 5 other municipalities (Philadelphia, Yeadon, East Lansdowne, Clifton Heights, & Upper Darby) to develop a strategy for the Baltimore Avenue corridor. Projects that involve multiple municipalities are seen as more attractive when it comes to obtaining funding. The purpose of this initiative was to develop a plan that would lead to street-scape improvements along the corridor as well as meet the various goals of each participating community. Using focus groups we learned that the plan for Lansdowne should include ways to promote a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. You said that you would like to see an environment where individuals are out of their cars, not just passing through, so that they can patronize the many businesses and take advantage of the sights and historic landmarks in Lansdowne. The recommendation for the Baltimore Avenue corridor was approved and steps are being taken to develop implementation.

New Development Activity
2006 marked much interest from developers and entrepreneurs. Several of our "key" parcels are being revamped for a designated use or are close to the beginning stages of new development. These uses align with the redevelopment plan that was previously adopted by our borough. Here are a few examples of future development activities:

Lansdowne Partners purchased the Bank Building and is currently renovating the building for a "to be determined" future use. The previous Johnson Funeral Home site may be the next location for a Major Insurance Company. And, Lansdowne is buzzing about the old "7-11" building located on Baltimore Avenue becoming a Dunkin Donuts, upscale, I might add. Development is to begin in the early part of this year.

Overall, 2006 has been an exciting year. A foundation has been laid for 2007 and beyond. Here’s to Lansdowne, continuing to thrive. I am looking forward to it.

Animal Friends of Lansdowne Seeks Volunteers and Foster Families

Animal Friends, Lansdowne’s animal advocacy group, is just mid-way through its second year of operation. This young organization has, in less than two years, hosted two "Paws for Kindness Day" events, its first Halloween dog walk and costume parade, and a month-long promotion at the Lansdowne Library this past summer. The group raises funds to provide awareness and educational programs, and spay/neuter and veterinary care for companion animals in urgent need of assistance in our community. They have filed an application for 501-C3 non-profit status.

February is "Love Your Pets: Keep Them Safe" Month in Lansdowne
By Fran Wayne

How many times have you slammed on your car brakes to avoid hitting a cat, or even a dog, racing across the street right in front of your wheels?

My guess is more times than you can count. Hopefully, you’ve never had the experience of actually hitting a companion animal, but the truth is, it happens many times every day, and it is devastating.

Cars kill about 5.4 million cats per year – more, by a million-plus, than are killed in U.S. animal shelters. Most of them are hit at night. 1.2 million dogs were killed on U.S. roads last year, and most were likely chasing something – a ball, a child, a squirrel. Recently, a friend saw a cat struck and killed in front of his home on Drexel Avenue. The very next morning, I cam perilously close to hitting a cat who ran in front of my car on Owen Avenue.

Mayor Jayne Young has declared February 2007 "Love your pets: keep them safe" month in Lansdowne. Animal Friends of Lansdowne have requested the designation in order to call attention to the many pets permitted to run loose in our town. The statistics are real. In addition to the millions of pets killed by automobiles each year, there are other very real risks: deadly communicable diseases; injuries from fights and wildlife predators; lesser health problems like fleas, ticks and ringworm; poisoning from antifreeze and other toxins – the list goes on.

Indoor cats live, on average, three times longer than those allowed free access to the outdoors. Those of us who adopt rescued cats know that even previously outdoor cats can become happy indoor pets. If you believe that your pet deserves to enjoy the outdoors, there are creative ways to provide safe access that will not jeopardize the life of your pet.

Lansdowne’s leash laws apply to cats, as well as dogs. Animal Friends of Lansdowne has flyers available to help educate neighbors. Please, please keep your pets safely leashed or indoors, and share this information with your friends and neighbors. A pet’s life may depend on it.

For further information, visit www.animalfriendsoflansdowne.com, or call 610-259-1401.

Beginning February 1st, 2007 Recycle like you’ve never recycled before.

This exciting new collection program has begun in Lansdowne. You can now put cans, glass, plastic small necked bottles and mixed paper out at the curb in the same recycling bin. If one recycling bin. If one recycling bin isn’t enough to hold everything, just add another container of your choice. (no bags please).

Whether you’re a regular recycler or a first-timer, keep this new information handy:

Recycling Materials Include:

Metal: Tin and aluminum cans, empty aerosol cans, empty paint cans.

Glass: Jars and bottles – all colors.

Mixed Paper: Newspaper, magazines, mail (junk and personal), phone books, paperboard (cereal boxes, beer cartons), computer paper, flyers, soda and beer cartons (no food-soiled paper, please!)

Plastic Containers: Recycle #1 and #2 plastics ONLY (mostly beverage and detergent containers). Look for on of these numbers on the bottom of the container to see if it’s acceptable.

Cardboard: Empty and flattened.

And now for the Don’ts:

Don’t bag material. No Plastic bags, No food waste, No windows, mirrors, light bulbs or glassware, No foam or Styrofoam.

Call 610-623-7300 ext. 211 if you have any questions.

Lansdowne Borough Budget Information 2007

On December 20th, Lansdowne Borough Council voted to approve the 2007 budget. Borough expenses for the year are budgeted to be allocated as follows:

Below are the changes from 2006 to 2007 for the average Lansdowne homeowner.

2006 2007 Difference % Difference
Trash $189.00 $199.00 $10.00 5.3 %
Sewer $287.47 $333.03 $45.56 15.8 %
Real Estate Tax $906.90 $934.09 $27.19 3.0 %
Total $1.383.37 $1,466.12 $82.75 5.99 %

Upcoming Events and Reminders

Lansdowne Symphony OrchestraValentine’s Day Concert
Sunday, February 4, 2007, at 3 PM
Upper Darby Performing ArtsCenter, Upper Darby High School
• R.WAGNER: SigfriedIdyll
• S. RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor
• H. BERLIOZ: Love Scene from Romeo and Juliet
• E. ELGAR: Salut d’Amore
• C. SAINT-SAENS: "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice"
• L. van BEETHOVEN: Moonlight Sonata
Snow and Ice Removal
Please remember that ice and snow MUST be removed from the full width of your sidewalk within 24 hours of the end of the snowfall. Cleaning your walk will help prevent slips and falls, and is just the right thing to do. Non compliance with removal can result In citations being issued. Don’t forget to help out those whoneed it, the elderly and neighborswho live alone.Thank You.
February 14, 2007is the last day to submit the Library Survey.
Christmas Tree Pick Up
Christmas trees will be picked up from your CURB between Wednesday, January 17. This is for trees ONLY. All ornaments and stands must be removed, please. If you miss collection just place your tree on your curb and it will be collected with regular trash.
The Mayor’s Office is looking for residents to help as translators. Lansdowne has a growing Asian population and we need help communicating Borough government, code and tax issues.
No Place For Hate
And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.
Lock your vehicles at night. Don’t allow a crime of opportunity.


Be careful what you sign.
It could cost you your home.

Predatory lenders are sneaky. They make it seem like they want to help you. They might offer you easy money without explaining all the fees. Or they’ll mail you a pre-approved loan in the form of a big check with hidden costs. Costs that often you can’t afford but will have to pay. And these are just some of their nasty schemes.

So, before you sign something you don’t understand, call us. We’ll help you figure out all of your options. With the right information, you won’t have to put your home at risk.

http://www.dontborrowtroublesepa.org
Call 888-275-8843 for free advice.

Borough Information Meeting Dates 2007

January

Tuesday, January 3, 2007 Borough Council Business Meeting 7:30 pm

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Borough Council General Meeting 7:30 pm

February

Wednesday, February 7, 2007 Borough Council Business Meeting 7:30 pm

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 Borough Council General Meeting 7:30 pm

March

Wednesday, March 7, 2007 Borough Council Business Meeting 7:30 pm

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 Borough Council General Meeting 7:30 pm

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