COUNCIL PRESIDENT’S REPORT
By Michael Schleigh
When someone asks me to describe Lansdowne, I do so in one sentence: “We’re a small Borough doing BIG things.” I am happy to report a few of the things we have undertaken most recently.
Your Borough Council has taken the initiative to identify resources and programs that can be brought here to benefit Borough residents. We work to obtain grants, resources, and programs that recapture your tax dollars paid to other levels of government (county, state or national), whether it be Redevelopment Assistance Capital Programs (RACP) to develop downtown projects, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants to support arts programs and facilities, or Community Development Block Grants.
Council seeks to promote a community with a strong sense of community spirit, promotion of community-based public safety, and acceptance of a diverse swath of humanity.
Similarly, we have developed private-public partnerships to develop a Police K-9 program, Lansdowne National Night out and Neighborhood Watch programs, the Philadelphia Art Inside Out Program, the Lansdowne Farmer Market programs, and many, many others. We hope that our Lansdowne Plaza project to support more activities in the central business district will be a successful pilot project.
The Borough Councilpersons take no salary for their service for the Borough in line with the spirit of volunteerism that pervades Lansdowne public life. As a first suburb of a major thriving metropolis, your Council seeks to promote a community with a strong sense of community spirit, promotion of community-based public safety, and acceptance of a diverse swath of humanity.
We hope that these values and efforts are important to you as well. To voice your support for our continuing progress, please come out on May 16th to VOTE in our LOCAL election!