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

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September 4, 2007

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:32 p.m. by Vice-President Robert Baker with the following members in attendance: J. Allen Landis, Carolyn Crouthamel, John Harrell, Stanley Nyce and Scott Hillegass. Jeffrey Maxwell was absent. Also present were Mayor Jay Stover, Manager Mark D. Fournier, Recording Secretary Cathy Fried, Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Fire Chief Raymond Scheeler, and the press.

The invocation was given by Stanley Nyce followed by the pledge of allegiance.

It was noted that Carolyn Crouthamel and Stanley Nyce were also present at the Public Safety Committee meeting but omitted from the August 6th minutes. A Crouthamel / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the amended August 6, 2007 minutes.

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

Council member Scott Hillegass asked if any of the grant money from Montgomery County has been received. Mark Fournier reported that some of the money has been received and there will be reimbursement for Centennial Park through the Montgomery County Open Space Program.

MAYOR'S REPORT:

Mayor Stover reported that he attended a meeting for the Univest Grand Prix scheduled for Saturday, September 8th. He also attended the housing of the new piece of equipment of the Fire Department.

POLICE REPORT:

Several arrests were made in August to include the following: Indecent Exposure, DUI, Disorderly Conduct (4), Corruption of Minors, Stalking, Criminal Trespass and Harassment. We also assisted Montgomery county Adult Probation with a probation violation warrant.

Officer Kim has referred one of the juveniles involved in last month's bottle bomb incident to the Youth Aid Panel. The other juvenile, who was present but did not throw the bomb, has been handled within the department. Two female juveniles have also been referred to the Youth Aid Panel for damage that they did to signs at Bergey's property at 3rd and West Broad Streets.

Officer McGinness assisted Souderton Borough with the National Night Out event. Officer Kim participated in a DUI checkpoint. Officer Minninger attended the monthly NPTRT practice. I attended a back to school meeting at Souderton Area School District and I attended the Telford Fire Company truck housing ceremony.

Officer Fox participated in a DUI Roving patrol; Officer McGinness assisted Souderton Borough and Franconia Township with both of their 'National Night Out' events; Officer Kim attended an 'Interview and Interrogation' seminar and Officer Minninger participated in the N.P.T.R.T. practice.

Please see Detective Floyd's investigation report for further information.

FIRE REPORT: none

LIBRARY REPORT: none

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

1. Parks - We continue to mow parks and athletic fields as required.
2. Train Station - Our crew graded and installed the sub-grade for the pavers around the passenger station. We will continue to prepare the paver area around the freight house when the general contractor is ready.

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 two coordination meetings with the Architects and Contractors on the Train Station / Freight Building Renovation Project.
  • Coordinated electric service to the Train Station / Freight Building with the contractor and PP&L.
  • Met with the proposed tenants of the Train Station / Freight Building to coordinate tenant fit out of the buildings.
  • Met with Congressman Charles Dent regarding a press photo session at the Train Station to promote economic development initiatives.
  • Met with Franconia Township Manager to discuss planning, development, parking, signage, etc. for the Centennial Park Redevelopment Project.
  • Coordinated a meeting with the Lutheran Home officials to discuss their future development plans.
  • Coordinated a meeting with the Rock Community Church to discuss their Zoning Hearing Board decision as it impacts upon their development plans.
  • Met with our engineers and staff regarding our MS4 stormwater program and permit reporting requirements.
  • Met with the Montgomery County Open Space Coordinator regarding funding reimbursement for the Centennial Park Project.
  • Met with our insurance agent regarding loss control and claim prevention.
  • Met with a local church member regarding recycling and expanding their program.

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

Building Inspector David Tweed sent letters to some residents regarding maintenance issues. Council member Allen Landis questioned whether these inspections are by sectors or random. He also asked if there will be follow-up on the issues. Mark Fournier said the inspections are based on observation and resident contact and yes, there will be follow-up on the issues listed in the letters.

SOLICITOR'S REPORT:

Solicitor Mark Weand thanked Fire Chief Raymond Scheeler for the invitation to the dedication of the new fire truck. He further highlighted zoning items as listed in his report.

Scott Hillegass asked if the parking agreement between Rock Community Church and Landis Supermarket will be limited to Sundays only. Solicitor Mark Weand responded his impression is that the shuttle service as covered in the parking agreement will be during Sunday hours only.

Discussion was held regarding a zoning exception application submitted by Gary and Phyllis Sellars for property at 15 N. Third Street. Mayor Jay Stover remarked on the problem of adequate parking spaces for this zoning exception. It was the consensus of Council that Vice-President Robert Baker and Solicitor Mark Weand attend the Zoning Hearing Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 25th to present the concerns of Council, Mayor Stover and Mr. Gomolinski to oppose the requested variance.

Michael Gomolinski, a Telford resident, voiced his opinion regarding the conversion of property at 15 N. Third Street from a single-family to a two-family dwelling. Mr. Gomolinski cited tax burden and added burden to the school system as his reasons for not being in favor of the requested zoning exception. He indicated he plans to attend the Zoning Hearing Board meeting on September 25th.

FINANCE AND ADMINSTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

A-1 A Hillegass / Landis motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the payment of bills for the month of August 2007 in the amount of $326,691.25.

A-2 A request was received from TIDA for approval of the St. Mary Roman Catholic Parish Project in Hamburg. This project is the financing of the construction of a building approximately 24,000 square feet to be used as a social hall and education center.

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

A-3 A Hillegass / Harrell motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the 2008 MMO for the non-uniformed employees' pension plan in the amount of $106,194.96 and the police pension plan in the amount of $3,029.03.

A-4 A Hillegass / Landis motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to adopt Resolution 07-09, a resolution of the governing board of Telford Borough, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, Pennsylvania, authorizing, empowering and directing the proper officers of the governing board to appoint Berkheimer and its tax hearing officer under and pursuant to the local taxpayers bill of rights for the express purpose of adjudicating appeals thereunder.

A-5 A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to adopt Resolution 07-10, a resolution of the governing board of Telford Borough, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, Pennsylvania, authorizing, empowering and directing the proper officers of the governing board to execute an agreement with Berkheimer whereunder Berkheimer is retained as the exclusive tax officer for the collection, administration, receipt and enforcement of the provisions of the respective tax enactment of the governing board levying and assessing the earned income tax for the term herein defined, together with such extensions as may be agreed upon, said tax enactment having been adopted under and pursuant to the authority of the Pennsylvania Local Tax Enabling Act (Act 511, P.L. 1257); and approving and adopting the rules and regulations prepared by Berkheimer to administer and enforce the earned income/net profits tax.

A-6 A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to adopt Resolution 07-11, a resolution of the governing board of Telford Borough, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, Pennsylvania, authorizing and empowering its local tax collector, Berkheimer, to impose and retain costs of collection on delinquent taxes.

A-7 A Hillegass / Landis motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to adopt Resolution 07-12, a resolution of the governing board of Telford Borough, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, Pennsylvania, authorizing, empowering and directing the proper officers of the governing board to appoint a liaison between it and Berkheimer, the duly appointed collector of earned income tax for the district, for the express purpose of sharing confidential tax information with the District for official purposes.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMITTEE:

PZ-1 Mark Fournier presented Resolution 07-13. Resolution 07-13 replaces Resolution 07-02 that was adopted at the January 2nd meeting due to a few minor revisions. The Resolution, as retyped, contained a typographical error requiring correction.

A Baker / Harrell motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to adopt Resolution 07-13 as amended, Acceptance of the terms and conditions of a Montgomery County Open Space grant to fund the Centennial Park Improvements Project for conservation, open space, and recreation purposes.

Resident Michael Gomolinski asked if electric service will be installed at Centennial Park. His concern is that the field would have lighting. Mayor Jay Stover explained that two fields are presently lighted and this appears to be sufficient. Mark Fournier reported the pavilion will have electric and water service for maintenance purposes. PPL requires a service order request for electric service and he is awaiting a response.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

PUBLIC WORKS / BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Landis

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Harrell

PS-2 A Harrell / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving Telford Borough Fire Company's requests to assist with the Back-to-School Celebration at Christopher Dock High School, Towamencin Township on September 8th and the Lansdale (Jaycees) Mardi Gras Parade, Lansdale Borough on November 17th.

Fire Chief Raymond Scheeler asked if anyone is being considered for the vacant position of Fire

Marshall due to the passing of Malcolm Jacobs.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

DC-1 Mark Fournier presented three (3) change orders for the Train Station / Freight Building Renovation Project. The change orders are necessary due to increases in unit prices and unforeseen structural issues.

A Crouthamel / Hillegass motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to accept Change Order No.1 as presented by contractor Donald E. Reisinger, Inc. in the amount of $7,565.

A Crouthamel / Landis motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to accept Change Order No. 2 as presented by contractor Donald E. Reisinger, Inc. as a credit in the amount of $4,658.

A Crouthamel / Landis motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to accept Change Order No. 3 as presented by contractor Donald E. Reisinger, Inc. to extend the contract time by 39 days.

OTHER BUSINESS: none

The meeting was adjourned at 9:12 p.m. by a Crouthamel / Landis motion.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary

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