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Posted on: January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023: A Message from Council President Benjamin Hover

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Dear Lansdowne Neighbors,

As we end the month of January and move into the end of the Winter, I want to thank all the residents of Lansdowne for the festive end of the year with the beautiful lights and the beginnings of a great New Year. 

Beginning the year, Lansdowne Borough Council is dedicated to continuing the progress in making improvements in the community, providing excellent services, and hosting community events to continue to build the community.

Community Events:

First of all, I want to thank Councilmember Will Griffin and the Community Relations Committee for creating a new celebration of Martin Luther King Day. We look forward to continuing the tradition of remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr

At the first Council meeting, Lansdowne Borough Council also set out a number of events for the upcoming Spring and encourage residents to join in the planning and enjoyment of the community together for those events.

Please save the dates and be on the lookout for more information:

  1. April 22nd: Earth Day

  2. May 20th: STEAM Festival

  3. June 1st: Pride Flag Raising

  4. June 3rd and 4th: Lansdowne Community Weekend

  5. June 17th and 18th: Juneteenth Events

Economic Development: 

Lansdowne Borough Council continues to work with community partners and Lansdowne businesses to build the downtown in Lansdowne. Lansdowne Borough Council is in the process of negotiating the contract with the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation. As a long-time partner of the Borough, the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation works hard to promote Lansdowne.

In the next contract, Lansdowne Borough Council and the LEDC are committed to developing a marketing strategy to advertise the arts community and the many arts assets in the Borough.

On January 28th, Vinyl Revival will reopen at their new space at 26 North Lansdowne Avenue and there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 18th at 11:00.

Also, the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation is moving forward with the marshaling of their resources to begin construction this year. As part of the process, the HLTC was required to create a for profit entity to take advantage of the use of historic tax credits to help with the funding.

Finally, Lansdowne Borough Council is committed to the procurement of funds for the Lansdowne Landing and Veteran’s Park areas to upgrade the parks as a community gathering space and upgrade the parking lots in Lansdowne Borough.

Comprehensive Plan:

The Ad Hoc Steering Committee is nearing completion of a revised draft for public discussion and a second larger town hall discussion to review the plan.

The next meeting of the ad hoc steering Committee will be on January 24th at 6:30 at Borough Hall. We invite all members of the public to attend.

Facilities/ Infrastructure:

Over the next year, Lansdowne Borough will continue the housekeeping tasks to improve beautification in the Borough. Within the last two weeks of January, painting will begin in Borough Hall for the hallways and Borough Chambers. At the January 18th Council meeting, Lansdowne Borough Council voted for acquisition of a new Borough table and an upgrade to the furniture in Borough Council Chambers. Along with other facilities improvements, Borough Council is investing in the Borough property maintenance such as new HVAC and boiler in borough hall. 

On January 25th at 7:00, we will be have a public meeting to discuss a plan for Facilities upgrades to the Library, Borough Hall, and the Police Department. This meeting is the first public meeting to discuss a possible new building for the Library or transition of a current facilities and we encourage all residents to attend.

Also, Lansdowne Borough Council voted to upgrade the road signs throughout the Borough and will be replacing all of the signs throughout the Borough with signs that have reflective paint and the Lansdowne Borough Sycamore Tree. 

Boards and Commissions:

Lansdowne Borough has numerous opportunities for residents to participate as appointed members on Boards and Commissions. Currently, we have need of participants

Code Appeals Board—two members

Environmental advisory Council—1 member

Parks and Recreation Board—3 members

Human Relations Commission—5 members

Planning Commission—1 member

Zoning Hearing Board—3 members

Lansdowne Arts Board—1 member

Please find more information about the Boards and Commissions here: 

To all of my friends, neighbors and fellow residents, I hope to see you around the town.  

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