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

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November 5, 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. Also present were Manager Mark D. Fournier, Utility Billing Diane Windfelder, Mayor Jay Stover, Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Police Chief Douglas Bickel, Public Works Director Donald Beck, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, and the press.

The invocation was given by Carolyn Crouthamel followed by the pledge of allegiance.

A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the October 1, 20

A "peeping Tom" was reported in a neighborhood on the Bucks County side of the borough. This is still under investigation. Numerous other complaints, domestics, thefts and disturbances were also investigated in October.

A traffic count and speed survey was conducted in the 600 block of South Main Street between October 1st and October 14th (a total of 14 days). Please see the attached report regarding this survey.

I would also like to note that you read the memo I have included regarding a complaint about feral cats.

I attended the Bucks and Montgomery County Police Chiefs Associations monthly meetings. Detective Floyd and I, along with our spouses, attended the North Penn Chamber of Commerce's annual Heroes banquet. Detective Floyd and Officer McGinness attended a seminar on domestic violence, Officer Minninger attended the monthly NPTRT practice and Officer Kim attended the juvenile officers meeting at Souderton Area High School. Detective Floyd also attended the Pennsylvania Juvenile Officers Association's annual week long conference. Officer Minninger attended a one day "break out" training at this conference. Officer Fox assisted at the fire company's open house and Officer Kim appeared at the post office's open house.

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

MAYOR'S REPORT: Mayor Jay Stover reported that he attended the library's monthly meeting.

POLICE REPORT:

I have been working closely with our building / zoning officer, Dave Tweed, regarding a few properties within the borough. One property, in particular, is a rental unit on Springhouse Lane where it appears that construction is taking place without the proper permits from the borough. Upon observation, it looks like the garage is being converted into living space. I have also received reliable information that the number of people living at this residence may be exceeding occupancy limitations. A copy of the letter that was sent to the property owner is attached.

I received correspondence from the property manager of Ryan Court regarding the illegal parking of vehicles near the fire hydrant and also the emergency access lane on Ryan Court. In response to his letter I have requested Gary Yoder paint the curb lines yellow in those areas and I advised the property manager of my actions. A copy of this correspondence is also attached.

Three problem vehicles were addressed this month. Two were handled verbally or in person and subsequently taken care of. The remaining vehicle owner was sent a letter outlining our stationary vehicle ordinance and was requested to move the car from its location.

A homeowner was requested to trim back a large maple tree on Hamlin Avenue that overhangs the street and sidewalk.

Two burglaries and two attempted burglaries were reported this month. Both of the burglaries are still under investigation however possible suspects have been developed. A young male was arrested for one of the attempted burglaries. He has been charged with Attempted Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Loitering and Prowling at Night, Disorderly Conduct, Public Drunk and Underage Alcohol. The second attempted burglary is still under investigation.

An ATV was taken from a garage on Hamlin Avenue and an attempted motor vehicle theft occurred at Grundy Manor. The car theft was unsuccessful but the car was heavily damaged in the attempt. Several other thefts from motor vehicles and criminal mischief to vehicles were reported.

Officers received a call of several young adults behaving suspiciously near Grundy Manor, allegedly smoking marijuana. Upon arrival the actors admitted to smoking the marijuana and one of the suspects was found to have a small bag of marijuana visibly sticking out of a cigarette box. Initial reports from the communication center on the individuals was that there were no wants or warrants on any of them. The marijuana was seized and the defendant possessing the marijuana was released with the intent of the officer to file a summons at a later time. While gathering more detailed information on the individuals, it was learned that the young man who the marijuana was taken from had given a false name. His true identity was determined and the officer learned that there was an arrest warrant for him issued by the Chester County District Attorneys Office. The officer went back to the location and the young man was still sitting in the spot where the officer had earlier contact. He was then placed under arrest and taken into custody. Before being placed in the patrol car he was handcuffed and "patted down". Another bag of marijuana was found on his person. He is being charged with False I.D. to Law Enforcement and the two bags of marijuana (pending lab results).

A "peeping Tom" was reported in a neighborhood on the Bucks County side of the borough. This is still under investigation. Numerous other complaints, domestics, thefts and disturbances were also investigated in October.

A traffic count and speed survey was conducted in the 600 block of South Main Street between October 1st and October 14th (a total of 14 days). Please see the attached report regarding this survey.

I would also like to note that you read the memo I have included regarding a complaint about feral cats.

I attended the Bucks and Montgomery County Police Chiefs Associations monthly meetings. Detective Floyd and I, along with our spouses, attended the North Penn Chamber of Commerce's annual Heroes banquet. Detective Floyd and Officer McGinness attended a seminar on domestic violence, Officer Minninger attended the monthly NPTRT practice and Officer Kim attended the juvenile officers meeting at Souderton Area High School. Detective Floyd also attended the Pennsylvania Juvenile Officers Association's annual week long conference. Officer Minninger attended a one day "break out" training at this conference. Officer Fox assisted at the fire company's open house and Officer Kim appeared at the post office's open house.

All of the parking permits that we had available for Hillcrest, Highland, Carousel and Central Avenue have been issued to

high school students. This parking permit system seems to be working well and we have not heard of any problems from the student drivers or the residents of those streets. A minor accident occurred on Hillcrest Avenue; however it involved a student who had parked there without a permit.

Other correspondence and news clips have been attached to this report 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. Parks - We continue to mow parks and athletic fields as required.

2. Street Signs - We replaced "No Parking" signs and "Stop" signs at various locations.

3. Leaf Collection - Scheduled leaf collection will begin during the week of November 12th. A notice will appear in the newspaper.

4. Train Station - By and large, the work items earmarked for the Public Works Department have been completed. With respect to the fountain adjacent to the Freight Station, our crew will be excavating for the foundation, conduit, installing the pipe, and excavating for the pump vault.

5. Centennial Park - Signs have been installed along Church Road and Third Street to prevent damage to the newly-planted grass.

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.
  • Attended the Souderton / Telford Main Streets Open House celebration.
  • Attended the Bucks County Consortium meeting regarding ethics.
  • Attended the Montgomery County Borough's Association monthly meeting.
  • Attended the Montgomery County Green Futures Award Ceremony of the Montgomery County Lands Trust.
  • Coordinated a meeting with the Administration Committee regarding police contract negotiations.
  • Performed a punch list inspection of the Train Station / Freight Building project.
  • Hosted a student from Souderton Area High School as part of a job shadowing project through the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • Met with our solicitor regarding drafting proposed ordinances to be considered in the future.
  • Developed lease agreements with the Solicitor and Main Streets Manager for the Train Station / Freight Building.
  • Budget preparation.

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

SOLICITOR'S REPORT: A written report was received for the file.

ENGINEER'S REPORT: A written report was received for the file.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: none

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 October 2007 in the amount of $502,580.51.

A-2 Manager Mark D. Fournier presented a draft of the 2008 budget to Borough Council for their review and comment. Mr. Fournier outlined individual line items and answered questions. Mr. Fournier indicated that for the 2008 budget, Telford Borough Council would be required to raise the millage rate from 4.271 to 4.521. This millage increase would generate $52,200. After extensive discussion, it was the consensus of Borough Council to review the budget and discuss it at the next Council meeting in December.

A-3 PMRS Excess Interest Determination of 3.12% shall be allocated to the Municipal Account, Member Account, and Retired Members' Reserve Account with equal percentages credited to the active and retired members' individual account balance for both the Police and Non-Uniformed Pension Plans.

A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) to allocate monies as indicated above.

A-4 A Hillegass / Harrell motion carried unanimously (7-0) to enter into an agreement with Delaware Valley Municipal Health Insurance Trust for the Borough employees' health care benefits.

A-5 A Hillegass / Harrell motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the advertisement of Ordinance No 370 for the participation of Telford Borough in the Delaware Valley Health Insurance Trust pursuant to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Law.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Baker

PZ-1 Spagnolo Tract - Reverse subdivision plan:

Mr. Fournier reported that the Spagnolo Tract is a two lot reverse subdivision, that was approved by the Planning Commission with compliance of CKS Engineers comments in their review letter dated October 9, 2007.

Patrick DiGangi reported that reverse subdivision plan proposes the consolidation of two lots to create one building lot. This tract is located in the A-Residential District of the borough and has frontage along both Hamilton Street and Oxford Alley. The total area of the newly created lot will be 15,500 square feet.

A Baker / Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Spagnolo Tract reverse subdivision as presented by Patrick DiGangi.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

E-1 Ordinance Amendments for curbside collection of leaf waste - Schedule Committee Meeting

It was the consensus of the Council to send this back to the committee for review and comment.

PUBLIC WORKS / BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Landis

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Harrell

PS-1 Fire Department Request.

A Harrell / Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving Telford Borough Fire Company's requests to assist the Hopewell Christian Fellowship Community event at Meadow Glen, Hilltown on October 31, 2007, Souderton High School Homecoming Parade and Souderton High School Bonfire on October 19th.

PS-2 Third Street Lighting:

The Public Safety Committee reported they had walked along Third Street and it is the consensus of the Committee, based on their findings in the area, that they do not see a need for more lighting along the street. They indicated that the trees along that road are blocking the street lights. It is the recommendation of the Committee that no further action need be taken.

It was the consensus of Council to not take further action at this time.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

DC-1 Train Station / Freight Building Renovation Project Update:

Manager Mark D. Fournier reported that there is an extensive punch list on the train station / freight building especially in the electrical and mechanical work. At this time, we had a meeting with the contractors to make the necessary corrections and will be keeping an eye on the work.

DC-2 Can small town be cool?

Manager Mark D. Fournier reported that he attended a Bucks County Consortium meeting on "Can Small Towns Be Cool". The Power Point had a lot of interesting ideas and things that we could learn from and wish to implement in Telford Borough.

DC-3 Council member Carolyn Crouthamel reported that she and Mr. Fournier attended the Montgomery County Green Futures Achievement Awards Ceremony, where Telford Borough was honored and received an award for multi-municipal planning for its work through the Indian Valley Regional Planning Commission.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Manager Mark D. Fournier reported that the next Planning & Zoning Committee meeting will be held on November 13th.

Manager Mark D. Fournier reported that the Montgomery County Borough Association Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 29th and that you will need to let the office know if you are attending by November 16th.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m. by a Landis / Crouthamel motion.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary

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