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Lansdale Borough Committees' Reports

The administration and finance committee revealed the potential borough human resources consultant, the code enforcement committee discussed sign permit fees and the parks and recreation department reviewed a proposal on a holiday tree event

Lansdale Borough Committees' Reports

Here is a rundown of recent Lansdale Borough committee reports


Administration and Finance

The committee is working on a running list of expenses for the general obligation bond, according to committee chair Dan Dunigan.

There are items requested by the parks and recreation and electric committees that will come out of long-term investments. These include a $60,000 lawn mower and a $30,000 pickup truck, respectively. To outright buy the items at a total $90,000 would save money, since it would cost $118,000 total to lease the items, Dunigan said.

The borough is looking into security of borough hall by purchasing additional cameras. Councilman Jack Hansen asked if there was any discussion on buying television cameras to televise borough meetings. Dunigan said there was no such discussion.

The borough has chosen N.J. Hess Associates, of Hummelstown, PA, as its human resources and organization development consultant. Dunigan said the borough received nine responses in Request For Proposals, and a seven-member team selected four companies. That number, he said, was whittled down to two.

“It turned out Hess was the clear winner,” Dunigan said. “They came in under budget.”

Dunigan reported that Berkheimer was awarded the earned income tax collector for Montgomery County. He said the model for earned income tax collection changed from the prior practice of the school district, borough and town contracting with their own collector. Now, it will go county by county.

“The side benefit is three-tenths of one percent savings,” he said.



Code Enforcement and Land Development

Committee chair Paul Clemente reported that the Economic Development Committee reviewed the sign permit fees in the borough, prompted by Mayor Andy Szekely and business owners.

“We have been doing a lot of due diligence, and we did in fact find that, of similarly situated boroughs in our region, we are the highest,” Clemente said. “We have now gotten the research completed, and we are still in the process of going through it and coming up with ways to adjust that so we are not onerous.”

He said the committee will work in conjunction with the planning commission related to its overall signage review.



Economic Development Committee

Mayor Andy Szekely reported that he and councilman Mike Riccio met with two developers interested in renovating the freight station property at Vine Street and Broad Street, across from borough hall.

 The committee also talked about dates for a Lansdale cleanup from vendors of the Lansdale Farmers Market, who will offer free food and coffee. Szekely said the Renew Community is interested. 



Library Committee

Committee chair Anne Henning-Scheuring said the roof of the library is fixed.

“It held up through the last storm,” she said.

Everything else is going very well, she said, except for one thing: raffle baskets.

She said the community and council needs to help out to draw more money for library funds.

“If everyone on council would go in once a month and throw $10 in for 10 chances, that’s $110 right there,” she said. “We need the support of everyone to make it successful.”


Parks and Recreation Committee

Councilwoman and committee chair Mary Fuller said council will have a motion Wednesday to approve the use of White’s Road Park for Easter services by St. John’s Church of Christ.

“This is something that comes before council every year,” she said.

There will also be a motion to extend curfews at borough ballfields and at the swimming pools.

Council will make a motion to award a contract for pool resurfacing. She said the committee is looking into different types of resurfacing materials. There is also a possible paint option at Fourth Street Pool.

There was also a proposal regarding a way to attract people to Lansdale's downtown during the holidays.

“Two residents came before the committee to propose a holiday tree decorating extravaganza or spectacular in the downtown to help draw business and what Lansdale has to offer,” Fuller said. “It’s in the beginning stages and look for that in the November to January window.”

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