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Telford Borough is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, approximately 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

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June 18, 2007

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Jeffrey Maxwell with the following members in attendance: J. Allen Landis, Carolyn Crouthamel, Robert Baker, Stanley Nyce and Scott Hillegass. John Harrell and Mayor Jay R. Stover were absent. Also present were Manager Mark D. Fournier, Recording Secretary Cathy Fried, Fire Chief Raymond Scheeler, Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Police Chief Douglas Bickel, Engineer Maureen Griet and the press.

The invocation was given by J. Allen Landis followed by the pledge of allegiance.

A Nyce / Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the May 7, 2007 minutes.

PUBLIC HEARING:

The public hearing was opened at 7:36 p.m. to discussion Resolution 07-07.

There were no public comments.

The public hearing was closed at 7:38 p.m.

TREASURER'S REPORT: was unanimously (6-0) approved by a Crouthamel / Landis motion.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that he and Council President Jeffrey Maxwell attended the loan settlement for the line of credit with Quakertown National Bank on June 14th. Councilmember Robert Baker requested that any draws on the line of credit be tracked and indicated on the monthly balance sheet.

MAYOR'S REPORT: no report

POLICE REPORT:

We have been inundated with calls for the month. Detective Floyd is investigating yet another reported rape, several thefts were reported to us, we are still accruing information on our wayward juveniles so that they can be petitioned to the juvenile court system, numerous domestics, two attempted suicides and several runaways in addition to the usual DUI's, public drunk and disorderly conduct arrests. This list just highlights some of the incidents.

I have sent out no less than five letters warning property owners to cut their grass and maintain lawns. Two landlords were cited due to the fact that they have received warning notices in the past and refuse to maintain their properties regularly. The property located at 213 West Hamlin Avenue, in particular, has received seven notifications (five warnings and two fines) for lack of maintenance (grass cutting, shoveling, trash removal). Most recently a letter was sent to the property owner advising them that the junk furniture, abandoned vehicle and other rubbish must be removed immediately and that all future violations will be sent to them by way of a citation being filed with the District Magistrate.

The laptop computers are now installed in the patrol vehicles and are being used as mobile data terminals. The old mobile data terminals had become obsolete and Montgomery County upgraded the system requiring us to purchase the laptops. In addition to calls being received via the mobile data terminals our officers can also access Penn Dot records and J-Net from the patrol units.

I attended mandatory update training this month as well as a presentation by the Montgomery County District Attorney on school safety. I also set up and oversaw the annual bicycle rodeo at E.M.C. Elementary School. Officer Minninger attended the monthly N.P.T.R.T. practice.

FIRE REPORT: received monthly report

Fire Chief Raymond Scheeler reported the new fire truck has been received and training should be completed in approximately three (3) weeks.

LIBRARY REPORT: written

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

  1. Storm Drainage - Our crew replaced an inlet at 612 South Main Street, and two inlets at Crest Avenue and Fourth Street.
  2. Fulton Avenue & Main Street Storm Drainage - We continue to install new pipe and inlets. We plan to complete installation and base repair by June 22nd.
  3. Train Station Renovations - The contractor continues to make progress on various aspects of the project. Installation of storm drainage for the freight house has been completed by our public workscrew. We will begin installing electrical conduit and storm drainage for the passenger station after completion of the Fulton Avenue and Main Street pipework.
  4. Parks and Athletic Fields - We continue to mow and maintain athletic fields as required. Time is also scheduled to maintain flower beds and mulched island areas at the parking lot, Borough Hall, the police station, and the public works garage. The dugouts for Stover Field are an on-going project which we work on as time allows.

MANAGER'S REPORT:

  • Reviewed various building/zoning permit applications and land development plans with the Zoning Officer and the Solicitor.
  • Attended various meetings with regard to Borough Council and Telford Borough Authority.
  • Attended the Telford Borough Planning Commission meeting.
  • Met with the Borough Engineer and Solicitor to coordinate various project reviews and construction projects.
  • Held a coordination meeting with the Architects and Contractors on the Train Station / Freight Building Renovation Project.
  • Attended the Montgomery County Borough's Association monthly meeting.
  • Held a bid opening for various road construction materials.
  • Met with the Borough Auditors to review their Audit.
  • Attended the YMCA Community Leaders Breakfast in Kulpsville.
  • Attended a meeting with the PUC regarding final paving restoration of Main Street/Railroad Crossing.
  • Attended a meeting with the PUC regarding a proposed modification to the Reliance Road Railroad Crossing.
  • Attended the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee meeting.
  • Coordinated the loan processing for the short-term loan for the Revitalization Project.
  • Met with the Engineer for the Delbar property to coordinate the subdivision of the parcel.
  • Met with the Engineer for the Electronic Assembly Corporation regarding the proposed land development.
  • Preparation of bid documents for the Centennial Park Project.

BUILDING OFFICIAL'S REPORT: written

Council President Jeffrey Maxwell commented that he appreciates the inclusion of more detailed information on the Building Official's Report.

SOLICITOR'S REPORT:

  1. ZONING. (A) The Solicitor continues to confer with Mark Fournier to discuss pending building, zoning and inspection matters. All material is reviewed by the Solicitor on receipt for advice submission. (B) Rock Community Church Zoning Application. Subsequent to last report, the Solicitor has received and reviewe the written opinion of the Zoning Hearing Board. Thereafter, the Solicitor conferred with Stephen Imms, Esquire, to obtain an explanation of the Decision, Order, and Board's intent. A file memorandum has been prepared. Legal opinion has been provided to the Manager for direction pertaining to issuance of any permits that may be requested. To date, there has been no follow-up contact from the Rock Community Church or its representatives. (C) There are no pending zoning applications at this time.
  2. NOBLE OAKS. The Solicitor continues to confer with the Manager and Engineer to review the development plan and agreement. The extensive file remains under engineer review to determine dedication and easements required by the Borough and Authority. Preparation of Deeds of Dedication for North Third Street and Railroad Avenue remain pending with the Solicitor. All requirements will be addressed in due course.
  3. ASSESSMENT APPEALS. Two Assessment Appeal Hearings have been completed since last report without Borough participation. Hearing results have not been received from the Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals.
  4. REVITALIZATION. All Souderton/Telford Main Street Program issues are addressed with the Manager as they arise.
  5. 2007 BUDGET. Budget aspects represent a continuing topic of discussion with the Manager as various projects develop.
  6. POLICE DEPARTMENT. Coordination continues with the Manager and Police Chief pertaining to department related matters.
  7. RYAN COURT (ERIE AVENUE TRACT). The developer is currently working on a punch list prepared by the Borough Engineer. Takeoffs are required for facility dedication. Easement agreements will be prepared by the Solicitor on receipt of the legal descriptions.
  8. SKLAR ACCIDENT CLAIM. There has been no Solicitor contact since last report. The Site Identity Report as authorized by the carrier has not been referenced to the Solicitor and inquiry will be initiated with Siana, Bellwoar & McAndrew, LLP.
  9. TRAIN STATION REHABILITATION PROJECT. (A) Construction progress and issues are monitored with the Manager, Engineer, and Public Works Director. Periodic site inspections have been initiated. The construction phase is proceeding timely with quality workmanship. (B) The Solicitor received PA DCED approval for the Quakertown National Bank Loan on June 6, 2007. Closing was conducted at the law office of Grim, Biehn & Thatcher in Perkasie on June 14, 2007. The Manager and Counsel President attended to sign the General Obligation Note, Loan Agreement, and related documents. The Solicitor provided a legal opinion with regard to propriety, legal compliance and tax exempt status.
  10. OPEN SPACE PLAN. At recent meeting with the Manager and Engineer, the Centennial Park Improvements project was review. A presentation to the Montgomery County Open Space Board has been scheduled for June 26, 2007 at which grant approval is anticipated. Bid packets have been completed and made available to prospective contractors. Bid opening has been scheduled for June 27, 2007 with award projected by Borough Council on July 2, 2007.
  11. CREST AVENUE PARCEL. Subsequent to last report, the Solicitor has received a Land Use Agreement from legal counsel for Moyer & Son, Inc. The Use Agreement has been reviewed with the Manager and found to be in order. The Borough carrier was contacted to assure and confirm insurance coverage as required by the Use Agreement. The Agreement provides for maintenance and upkeep of the property by the Borough as consideration for the recreational use granted. It is recommended that a motion be adopted authorizing execution and return of this Agreement.
  12. FULTON AND MAIN ST. STORM SEWER IMPROVEMENTS: Installation of storm sewer piping and inlets has been completed. Final closeout detail will be addressed with the Manager and Engineer.
  13. MUNICIPAL WASTE COLLECTION AND RECYCLING ORDINANCE: As previously referenced, Ordinance No. 368 has been adopted. Agreement execution should be referenced.
  14. DELBAR TRACT SUBDIVISION: Formal submission of the revised subdivision plan remains pending. A meeting to discuss zoning change will be scheduled with the Luthern Home.
  15. CABLE FRANCHISE. Franchise renewal request remains pending.
  16. CHIPLEY CLAIM NOTICE. As previously referenced, notification correspondence dated February 28, 2007 was received from legal counsel for the administratrix of the estate. Subsequently, the Solicitor has received correspondence from Claim Examiner for IRM (PIRMA) requesting incident specifics.
  17. IVRCP. The Indian Valley Regional Comprehensive Plan as amended July 2007 with adoption procedure has been received and reviewed by the Solicitor. Approval of Resolution 07-07 by Council this date would be appropriate.
  18. CURBING AND SIDEWALK BID: The Curbing and Sidewalk Bid Recap dated June 1, 2007 has been reviewed with the Manager and Public Works Director. Bid award as recommended is appropriate by Council this Development Ordinance and related regulations were reviewed for Solicitor input.date.
  19. ELECTRIC ASSEMBLY LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN: The land development plan review by the Borough Engineer has been received by the Solicitor. Zoning issues and plan comments were considered. The Land Development Ordinance and related regulations were reviewed for Solicitor input.

Stanley Nyce asked for an update on the M&M Stone Quarry vs. DEP Appeal. Solicitor Mark Weand reported that he expects a decision by mid-November.

Mark Weand reported that he received the Zoning Hearing Board opinion regarding 114 W. Broad Street. The religious use was approved and the coffee shop was approved with limits. A variance for off-site parking was denied because they did not present written agreements. The overflow parking is a major issue.

Mark Fournier informed Council that Moyer & Son, Inc. has contacted him regarding an open field at South Fourth Street. They have presented a "Use Agreement" that will allow Telford Borough to use the field for community and recreational purposes. There will be no charge for this use other than that the Borough maintain the area and obtain extended liability insurance coverage.

A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing Solicitor Mark Weand to sign the "Use Agreement" on behalf of Telford Borough.

ENGINEER'S REPORT:

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Porcelli, residents of N. Third Street, commented on the parking issues on N. Third Street due to tournaments at Centennial Field. Mr. Porcelli itemized three issues to be addressed which included parking, the early morning hour the tournaments begin, and littering. Mr. and Mrs. Porcelli would like to Borough to conduct a survey regarding the availability of parking spaces during a tournament and how this parking issue impacts the neighborhood. Mrs. Crouthamel and Mr. Baker indicated they believed this parking situation to be a scheduling matter with tournaments of significant size. They indicated that this could be controlled and explained to the field users.

It was the general consensus of Borough Council that the issue be referred to the Public Safety Committee

FINANCE AND ADMINSTRATIVE COMMITTEE:

A-1 A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the payment of bills for the month of May 2007 in the amount of $321,918.04.

A-2 A request was received from TIDA for approval of a project in Philadelphia. This project is the construction of a building approximately 55,000 square foot to be used for athletic and recreational programs.

A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving signature by Council President Jeffrey Maxwell.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMITTEE: no report

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

EC-1 A Nyce / Crouthamel was carried unanimously (6-0) to adopt the Indian Valley Comprehensive Plan, Resolution 07-07.

Stanley Nyce commented that future recycling grants may be dependent on providing the curbside collection of yard waste twice a year.

PUBLIC WORKS / BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Landis

PW-1 Engineer Maureen Griet made a presentation to Council explaining the addition of a little league field and other improvements to be made to Centennial Park.

PW-2 The bid opening was held on June 26th for curbing and sidewalk installation. Mark Fournier explained that the lowest bids were submitted by Trout Brothers, Inc.

A Landis / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to award the Curbing and Sidewalk Installation bid as outlined to Trout Bros., Inc.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Harrell

PS 1 - A Landis / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Telford Borough Fire Company's request for Fire Police to assist at the Tri-Valley Primary Care Power Walk on June 9th.

In response to comments made by Mr. and Mrs. Porcelli concerning future field use for

tournaments at the Centennial Field, the Public Safety Committee will research and make

recommendation to Borough Council regarding parking issues, field use fees, and hours of use.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Carolyn Crouthamel

OTHER BUSINESS:

The meeting was adjourned at 9:11 p.m. by a Hillegass / Crouthamel motion.

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