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Posted on: May 22, 2023

May 22, 2023: Letter from Council President Hover

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Dear Lansdowne Neighbors,

Happy May! On behalf of Lansdowne Borough Council, I want to thank the community for the continual gardening and property maintenance - with beautiful flowers and the blooming trees in our community.

Thank you:

Elections Boards

To begin, I want to extend gratitude to all of the elected officials who work at the polls to ensure elections run effectively and efficiently in Lansdowne. Throughout the Borough, our neighbors worked on the front line in Lansdowne. These folks are truly the front line workers preserving our democracy.

Junior Councilmember Nhaomi Lartey

We also want to thank our Junior Councilmember Nhaomi Lartey for her years of service on Lansdowne Borough Council. In her time on Council, Nhaomi assisted in the development and celebration of both Earth Day and Juneteenth in Lansdowne Borough and introduced several resolutions concerning life in Lansdowne during her time on Council. 

As a student, Nhaomi Lartey earned numerous accolades including: 2022 Bezos Scholar; 2022 Alexander Hamilton Scholar; Google Code Next Scholar; President of the Sophomore and Junior Scholar; Editor of the School Newspaper; member of National Honor Society. And, there are many more awards among her many accomplishments.

We wish Nhaomi great success as she moves onto the next stage of her career as she matriculates to Harvard University. Read More Here

Public Safety:

Over the past two months, Lansdowne Borough Council and the Mayor have been discussing the end of EMS services with the end of the contract with Mercy Fitzgerald and their parent company Trinity Health. 

Regarding the topic  of appropriations for emergency services; The President of the Fire Company, Mike Boyce, spoke to council concerning the need for ambulance services and the possible options. President Boyce provided important details to give us more insight about what our next steps will be in helping to keep Lansdowne safe. Lansdowne Borough Council anticipates voting on the appropriations for the ambulances services during the first meeting in June.

Community/ Economic Development:

Lansdowne Borough hosted a great event on May 19th with SEPTA and the Delaware County Transportation Management Association. The event showcased the Lansdowne Bike Lanes and members of the Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition, Bike Delco, and the Delaware County Planning Department joined with Lansdowne residents to learn about how to Bike to Work. Read More Here

Also, Lansdowne Borough is excited to note the beginning of the work for the Callahan Ward Project at the old Barksdale Studio building on East Baltimore Avenue. Lansdowne Borough continues to move forward and progress to our future.

Community Events:

With the summer sunshine coming, the Borough of Lansdowne is happy to announce a number of new and recurring events. We encourage all residents to join in the planning and enjoyment of the community coming together for these events.

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

  1. May 29th: Memorial Day Parade: Join the American Legion in the annual Memorial Day Parade.
  2. June 1st: Pride Flag Raising, Borough Greene 6:00 PM
  3. June 2nd, 3rd, 4th: Lansdowne Founder’s Weekend
    1.  June 2nd: Flag Raising on Borough Greene at 6:00
    2. June 2nd: Night Market hosted by the LBPA from 6:00-10:00
    3. June 3rd: Lansdowne Farmers Market 9:00-1:00
    4. June 3rd: Community Bike Ride at 1:00; Circus Arts at 2:00; Police Dog Demonstration at 3:00 
    5. June 4th: Historic Lansdowne Tour. Meet at Borough Greene.
  4. June 14th at 7:00: Flag Day—Hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution
  5. June 17th and 18th: Juneteenth Events coordinated by Lansdowne Borough and the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation 
  6. July 4th: 4th of July Parade

Comprehensive Plan:

Lansdowne Borough received feedback from Lansdowne Planning Commission, the Delaware County Planning Commission, and surrounding communities on its draft Comprehensive Plan. Lansdowne Borough will host a public meeting for all residents to submit comments on May 25th at 7:00. If you are unable to attend, please email me your comments

Please find the draft Comprehensive Plan here

Facilities/ Infrastructure:

On May 31st at 7:00, Borough Council will hold another special meeting to discuss the scenarios plan for  Facilities upgrades to the Library, Borough Hall, and the Police Department. This meeting will continue the presentation of the scenarios developed by GKO Architects to allow for potential upgrades to Borough facilities. The special meeting will provide a presentation to Lansdowne Borough Council and allow time for residents to ask questions about the scenarios. Currently, the scenarios presented do not include detailed architectural plans. Also, the Special meeting will focus specifically on the pros and cons of each of the facilities scenarios.  We encourage all residents to attend to be informed about the process and provide input about the scenarios.

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 within the coming months. 

To all of my friends, neighbors and fellow residents, I hope to see you around the town. Enjoy the blooms and birds and the beautiful spring days.


Benjamin Hover

Council President

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