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In 1886 Telford, located in Bucks County, was incorporated as borough.

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July 2, 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 was absent. Also present were Mayor Jay Stover, Manager Mark D. Fournier, Recording Secretary Cathy Fried, Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Police Chief Douglas Bickel, Engineer Patrick DiGangi and the press.

The invocation was given by Mayor Jay Stover followed by the pledge of allegiance.

Robert Baker requested that "overflow parking" issue be changed to "parking" issue on page 2 of the June 18, 2007 minutes. A Crouthamel / Landis motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the June 18, 2007 minutes as amended.

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

MAYOR'S REPORT:

Mayor Stover reported that he attended the Library Meeting. He also attended a Roast for Charles Allebach, retired mayor of Souderton.

POLICE REPORT:

I attended the Montgomery County Police Chiefs Association meeting this month. I also attended the "Advanced Executive community Policing" training sponsored by the Montgomery County Police Chiefs.

Detective Floyd attended a Computer Forensics course held by MAGLOCLEN. He and Officer Minninger also attended a security expo. Officer Minninger attended the monthly tact team practice (see attached report) and also participated in a North Penn DUI checkpoint.

Officer Fox attended a three day training on conversational Spanish for law enforcement officers.

As you may have read in the local newspapers, our officers responded to a burglary in progress call on June 2nd where the actor (a 16 year old boy) was discovered in the basement of the home and eventually surrendered and was arrested. This juvenile plead guilty to the charges and was being sent to the Bucks County Juvenile Detention center. A long term disposition is pending.

A 12 year old Telford boy was assaulted by an older teenage boy for what seems to be no apparent reason. The investigation is continuing into this incident as the 12 year old had no idea who the older boy was and has not been able to identify the youth through a photo line-up. One domestic call also resulted in the male half being arrested for simple assault; he was also arrested for cocaine possession.

During the execution of a search warrant in a resident's apartment for a fraud investigation Detective Floyd and Officer Hochstuhl viewed drug paraphernalia in plain view upon entering the apartment. Drug charges are now pending as well as the fraud charges.

Officers investigated nine accidents this month. One of those accidents involved Officer Minninger, who was driving one of our police units. While on patrol on Hamilton Avenue, the driver of the other vehicle ran the stop sign on Madison Avenue and Officer Minninger struck her vehicle at the driver's door. The driver was taken to Grand View Hospital for evaluation and was treated and released. Officer Minninger did not suffer any injuries. Our patrol car has already been repaired and is back on the road. The driver of the other vehicle was financially responsible for the costs of those repairs.

We have been extremely busy the past several months and those increased arrests and investigation are now turning into court time and other legal proceedings for the officers. We are also approaching vacation season and we are still down one officer (Officer Ritter's replacement), which makes covering open shifts very difficult when trying to keep overtime costs down. I am very appreciative of our part-time officers, Christopher Hunsberger and Connie McGuiness for the time that they are able to work over and above their expected shifts. I would like to make council aware that there may be weeks ahead when Officer Hunsberger or McGuiness may put in 40 or more hours. If either of those officers work more than 40 hours, they will be paid that overage in time and one half. Please keep in mind that their overtime rate is considerably less than a full-time officer's overtime rate. When the part-time officers are unable to cover an open shift, it is then offered to full-time personnel.

I have attached newspaper articles and other correspondence for your perusal.

FIRE REPORT: We received the monthly report for the file.

LIBRARY REPORT: We received the monthly report for the file.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

  1. Main Street & Fulton Avenue Storm Drainage - Final paving of Main Street and Fulton Avenue is planned for July 5 - July 6, 2007.
  2. Train Station Renovations - Our crew installed electrical conduit and storm drainage for the passenger station. Trout Bros. replaced curbing around the freight house.
  3. Parks and Athletic Fields - We continue to mow and weed our parks, fields, parking lot and Borough buildings. Concrete floors and player's benches were installed in the dugouts at Stover Field.

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.
  • 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.
  • Met with the Main Street Manager, Architects and Tenant to discuss building interior layout of passenger station.
  • Attended a loan closing for the short-term financing of the Revitalization Project.
  • Attended the Partnership TMA Annual meeting.
  • Attended the Quakertown / Lansdale Rail Restoration meeting.
  • Met with the vendor to coordinate leasing of the office copier.
  • Met with a developer regarding a possible future development within Telford Borough.
  • Attended the Montgomery County Borough's Association Executive Committee meeting.
  • Met with two residents regarding the Lutheran Home Land Development / Zoning Change Application process.
  • Attended the PSAB Annual Conference in Valley Forge.
  • Attended the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee meeting.
  • Met with Souderton Borough officials regarding Stormsewer Construction at Third Street and Reliance Road.
  • Met with the Train Station Architect with regard to design of the Fountain / Christmas tree stand.

BUILDING OFFICIAL'S REPORT: We received the written report for the file.

Carolyn Crouthamel questioned the status of property located at 218-220 Spring House Lane. The property has been gutted and is a bank foreclosure. Use & Occupancy will be conditional upon obtaining proper building permits and inspection of work as it progresses with the buyer.

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. There remains 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. Subsequent to last report, the Solicitor has prepared a Deed of Dedication for North Third Street and a Deed of Dedication for Railroad Avenue. The Agreements have been reviewed with the Manager and submitted to the Engineer to assure accuracy of the legal descriptions. The file remains under review with the Engineer to determine the full extent of dedication and easements required by both the Borough and the Authority. Solicitor contact is maintained with the Manager and Engineer with regard to development plan and agreement review.
  3. ASSESSMENT APPEALS. The Solicitor has not received hearing results pertaining to the two Assessment Appeal Hearings conducted by the Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals.
  4. REVITALIZATION. Souderton/Telford Main Street Program material continues to be reviewed on receipt. Issues are discussed with the Manager as required.
  5. 2007 BUDGET. Budget considerations remains a review item subject to discussion with the Manager.
  6. POLICE DEPARTMENT. Since last report, no department related matters have been referred to the Solicitor. Accordingly, this item will be deleted from further report.
  7. RYAN COURT (ERIE AVENUE TRACT). The Solicitor has received and reviewed Escrow Release No. 6 as recommended by CKS Engineers, Inc. The developer continues to address punch list items. Dedication and Easement Agreements are required and will be prepared by the Solicitor upon submission of the required information.
  8. SKLAR ACCIDENT CLAIM. There has been no contact since last report. A site identity report has not been referenced to the Solicitor.
  9. TRAIN STATION REHABILITATION PROJECT. (A) The construction phase continues with periodic reports provided by the Manager, Engineer and Public Works Director. (B) As reported, the loan closing with Quakertown National Bank was completed on June 14, 2007. Accordingly, these funds remain available for contractor draw pending supplemental grant issuance.
  10. OPEN SPACE PLAN. (A) At Council meeting on June 18, 2007, the Centennial Park Improvements project was reviewed by CKS. Subsequently, a presentation was made to the Montgomery County Open Space Board on June 26, 2007. The project was favorably received and grant approval submitted. (B) On June 27, 2007, the Solicitor attended the bid opening. All bid packets were reviewed to assure legal compliance. Subsequently, the engineer issued a recommendation for contract award supplemented by bid tabulation and a summary of bids. The Solicitor concurs with the recommendation that the contract be awarded to S&H Landscaping Contractor in the bid amount of $237,377.50.
  11. CREST AVENUE PARCEL. Following approval by Council at last meeting, the Solicitor signed and returned the Land Use Agreement for the Crest Avenue parcel to legal counsel for Moyer & Son, Inc. A signed copy has not been returned at this point.
  12. FULTON AND MAIN ST. STORM SEWER IMPROVEMENTS: Final closeout detail has been addressed by the Manager, Engineer and Public Works Director. There has been no subsequent reference to the Solicitor. Accordingly, this items will be deleted from further report.
  13. MUNICIPAL WASTE COLLECTION AND RECYCLING ORDINANCE: Since last meeting, the Recycling Ordinance file has been reviewed by the Solicitor. The last submission from the Recycling Commission occurred on February 19, 2007. There was no specific directive with regard to agreement execution. Accordingly, the Solicitor has placed a call Mark A. Hosterman, Esquire for direction.
  14. DELBAR TRACT SUBDIVISION: A revised subdivision plan has not been submitted. A meeting with the Luthern Home to discuss zoning change is required.
  15. CABLE FRANCHISE. Franchise renewal request remains pending.
  16. CHIPLEY CLAIM NOTICE. Incident specifics, as requested by the Claim Examiner for IRM (PIRMA), have not been submitted, or a copy has not been forwarded to the Solicitor. A follow-up contact will be initiated.
  17. IVRCP. Resolution 07-07 was adopted by Council on June 18, 2007. Accordingly, this item will be deleted from further report.
  18. CURBING AND SIDEWALK BID: Bid award, as recommended, was approved by Council on June 18, 2007. Accordingly, this item will be deleted from further report with reference that the Solicitor will review any subsequent submissions.
  19. ELECTRIC ASSEMBLY LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN: Since submission of the Land Development Plan Review by CKS, there has been no contact to the Solicitor. Review will be initiated with the Manager and Engineer to determine what, if any, Agreements will be required by either the Borough or the Authority.

Solicitor Mark Weand returned the signed Use Agreement to the attorney of Moyer & Sons, Inc. and is awaiting a response.

ENGINEER'S REPORT:

Engineer Patrick DiGangi and Mark Fournier made a presentation to the Montgomery County Open Space Committee. Telford Borough has been awarded a grant in the amount of $440,000 for the Centennial Park Project.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Porcelli, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Bowman and Mr. Phillip Detweiler, residents of North Third Street, commented on the parking issues on N. Third Street and Church Road during the use of Centennial Field during tournaments. The residents presented a letter to members of Borough Council signed by themselves and several other North Third Street residents, expressing their concerns. Council President Jeffrey Maxwell asked the residents to allow Borough Council time to review the letter. The matter is being referred to the Public Safety Committee for their recommendation.

FINANCE AND ADMINSTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

A-1 A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the payment of bills for the month of June 2007 in the amount of $242,138.25.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMITTEE: no report

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

Solicitor Mark Weand reported that he has not had a response regarding the Intermunicipal Agreement. Stanley Nyce did not have anything recent to report but did comment that he will contact Attorney Mark A. Hosterman, Solicitor for the Northern Montgomery County Recycling Commission, as to whether the Intermunicipal Agreement has been finalized and should be signed or if any changes are forthcoming.

PUBLIC WORKS / BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Landis

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that the Bid Opening was held on June 26th for the Centennial Park Project. The highest bid, $324,140, was submitted by Miniscalco Construction; the lowest bid, $237,377.50, was submitted by S & H Landscaping.

A Landis / Hillegass motion was carried unanimously to award the bid for this first phase of the Centennial Park Project to S & H Landscaping in the amount of $237,377.50.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Harrell

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mark Fournier distributed a sketch indicating the placement of a fountain to be included within

Train Station / Freight Building Renovation Project. The fountain is to be placed in the gathering

Area to the west of the pavilion.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:44 p.m. by a Hillegass / Landis motion.

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