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According to the 2000 census, this quiet, primarily residential community is home to approximately 4600 people.

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October 1, 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, John Harrell, Stanley Nyce and Scott Hillegass. Mayor Jay Stover was absent. Also present were Manager Mark D. Fournier, Recording Secretary Cathy Fried, Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Police Chief Douglas Bickel, Public Works Director Donald Beck, Telford Borough Building and Zoning Official Richard O'Brien, Representative of Telford Fire Company Joseph Rausch, Souderton Telford Main Streets Manager Pamela Coleman, and the press.

The invocation was given by John Harrell followed by the pledge of allegiance.

A Baker / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (7-0) approving the September 4, 2007 minutes.

TREASURER'S REPORT: was unanimously (7-0) approved by a Baker / Crouthamel motion.

MAYOR'S REPORT: none

POLICE REPORT:

Several arrests were made in September to include the following: Stalking & Harassment, Aggravated Assault, Weapons Offenses, Theft & Receiving Stolen Property, Burglary, DUI (one was a motor vehicle accident), Criminal Mischief, Public Drunk and Disorderly Conduct. Detective Floyd is actively investigating a recent statutory rape complaint (the incident is several years old); a corruption of minors allegation, a robbery at the Cumberland Farms Store, an attempted burglary at the Greenhouse Tavern and a complaint where a juvenile is being harassed on the internet. Officers also responded to eight domestics this month. Two of the domestics were at the same address and the second call to this address ended with the aggravated assault arrest noted above.

Officers Hochstuhl, Kim, Hunsberger and McGinness attended their mandatory update training for 2008. Officer Fox attended a photography course sponsored by MAGLOCLEN (see attached report).

I attended a Safe Schools meeting at Souderton Area School District. I also attended the Bucks County Police Chiefs Association's monthly meeting and the North Penn Goodwill annual banquet. Officer Kim attended a Youth Aid Panel meeting and a juvenile officers meeting at Souderton Area High School.

We assisted the Luther community at Telford with their annual Patriots Day Parade and with the Grand Prix race sponsored by Univest. We had one mishap with the Grand Prix during the morning amateur race where one bicyclist drove into a car on North Fourth Street when he attempted to turn left onto Erie Avenue. This accident occurred during the time that the race route is open to normal traffic patterns. The bicyclist was not injured and, in fact, got back on his bike and completed the race. We participated in two DUI Roving patrols and one DUI checkpoint.

A few letters were sent to property owners this month in regard to grass cutting and also trash removal. Officer Hochstuhl towed an abandoned vehicle from Station Alley.

We've been registering Souderton Area High School students for the parking permits we made available on Central, Hillcrest and Highland Avenues. As of today, we have five permits still available.

I've attached a copy of a press release submitted early in September. Also attached is a report from Officer Fox. Detective Floyd will submit his report next month.

FIRE REPORT: none

LIBRARY REPORT: none

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

1. Parks - We continue to mow parks and athletic fields as required.
2. Train Station - The contractors continue to work toward completion of outstanding items
3. Centennial Park - The contractor, S & H Landscaping, continues to work at a steady pace and has completed a majority of the items in the contract. This project is proceeding smoothly.
4. 2008 Budget - I am working on budget items that pertain to public works.

Public Works Director Donald Beck reported that work will begin on the Third Street water main on Tuesday, October 2nd.

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.
  • 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.
  • Attended the Bucks County Consortium meeting regarding human resource planning and employee recruitment.
  • Attended the Montgomery County Borough's Association monthly meeting.
  • Met with our insurance agents regarding insurance policy renewal.
  • Coordinated a meeting with our building and zoning officials and fire department with regard to appointment of a new fire marshal.
  • Began budget preparation.
  • Coordinated a meeting with the Lutheran Home officials to discuss their future development plans.
  • Applied for a DCED grant with Pam Coleman for park amenities for the Train Station / Freight Building area.

Mark Fournier distributed a copy of the "Single Application for Assistance" being submitted to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. The grant will be approximately $20,000 to $25,000.

A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing Mark Fournier to submit the application for a grant from PA Department of Community and Economic Development to be used for the purchase of amenities for the Train Station / Freight Building Renovation Project.

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

Mark Fournier highlighted letters that have been sent to residents regarding repairs necessary to their property and/or repairs being done without application for a building permit.

SOLICITOR'S REPORT:

Solicitor Mark Weand reviewed his report highlighting Rock Community Church, the applications to the Zoning Hearing Board for properties located at 15 North Third Street and 261 West Broad Street. He also discussed the Delbar Tract, Electronic Assembly Co. plan and the Spagnolo reverse subdivision plan.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Resident Charles Porcelli represented a neighbor, Eleanor Gordon, who requested a street light be installed at her residence at 319 North Third Street. Mark Fournier reported he had visited the address and determined

there are street lights on both sides of the property approximately 150 feet in each direction. He determined additional lighting is not necessary. It was the consensus of Council that the Public Safety Committee review the matter and make recommendation at the next Council meeting.

Residents Glen and Sharon Bowman asked if Telford Borough has any rules or regulations regarding snow removal from sidewalks. They were advised there is an ordinance regarding this matter. Police Chief Douglas Bickel explained that snow should be removed from sidewalks and walkways within 24 hours following the end of the snowfall; however, there are times when circumstances due to weather conditions make it difficult to adhere to this ordinance within the required time frame.

FINANCE AND ADMINSTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

A-1 A Hillegass / Landis motion was carried unanimously (7-0) approving the payment of bills for the month of September 2007 in the amount of $320,289.72.

A-2 Resolution 07-14 authorizing the filing of a proposal for funds with Souderton Borough as lead agency, for funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). This resolution provides for the operation expenses and salaries of Souderton Telford Main Streets.

A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the signing of Resolution 07-14

by the appropriate officers.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMITTEE: no report

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

Stanley Nyce reported there will be a meeting of the Environmental Committee on October 2nd. There will be a discussion regarding leaf and yard waste collection. Mark Fournier reported that he and Council members Carolyn Crouthamel and Allen Landis attended the Montgomery County Borough's Association dinner where leaf and yard waste collection was the speaker's topic and reported on the confusion on the interpretation of the regulations taking place by PA DEP.

PUBLIC WORKS / BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Landis

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Harrell

PS-1 Richard O'Brien presented Resolution 07-15, a resolution of Telford Borough establishing the position of Fire Marshal and Fire Code Official. The Resolution proposes Keystone Municipal Services, Inc. to serve as Fire Code Official and Deputy

Fire Marshal in conjunction with Joseph Rausch serving as Fire Marshal and Deputy Fire Code Official.

A discussion was held regarding the designation of duties of Fire Marshal and Fire Code Official and the effects to servicing Telford area residents and the Telford Borough budget. Richard O'Brien assured council members that Keystone Municipal Services, Inc. will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week as a back-up to Joseph Rausch when necessary.

A Harrell / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the signing of Resolution 07-15 by the appropriate officers.

PS-2 A Harrell / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (7-0) approving Telford Borough Fire Company's request for two members and one apparatus to attend the funeral for Line of Duty Death in Sharon Hill, Delaware County on Friday, October 5, 2007.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

Jeffrey Maxwell questioned the success of the Farmer's Market. Pamela Coleman reported the Farmer's Market is doing well. The food festival scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd, was cancelled because the appropriate forms were not submitted by the restaurants that must be filed with the Health Department.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mark Fournier suggested the fee schedule for zoning and subdivision applications be reviewed and possibly adjusted. The present application fees are not sufficient to cover expenses incurred for planning, legal and engineering expenses. It was the consensus of Borough Council to have the Planning & Zoning Committee review these fees and make recommendation to Borough Council by the end of this year.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m. by a Hillegass / Landis motion.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary

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