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

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December 3, 2007

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 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 Manager Mark D. Fournier, Recording Secretary Cathy Fried, Mayor Jay Stover, Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Public Works Director Donald Beck, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, and the press.

The invocation was given by Robert Baker followed by the pledge of allegiance.

John Harrell requested the November 5th minutes be revised to reflect the determination of adequate lighting on Third Street was the general consensus of the Public Safety Committee rather than the decision of a Committee member. A Nyce / Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the amended November 5, 2007 minutes.

PUBLIC HEARING:

The Public Hearing was opened at 7:32 p.m.

Manager Mark D. Fournier indicated Tax Levy Ordinance No. 371 was previously supplied to Borough Council Members and advertised in a local newspaper.

There were no comments from the audience.

The Public Hearing was closed at 7:33 p.m.

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

MAYOR'S REPORT: none

POLICE REPORT:

I attended the Bucks County Police Chiefs Association monthly meeting. Officer Fox attended the mandatory update training for 2007.

A man was arrested for harassing one of our residents early in the month. During his arrest he became extremely out of control and in the process of trying to restrain him, Officer Fox injured his left shoulder and has not been able to work a full shift however he is expected to be back on duty next week. That same evening this defendant was arraigned and taken to Montgomery County Prison. A week later he had to be picked up at the prison and brought up to Judge Deatelhauser's office for his preliminary hearing, at which time Judge Deatelhauser found prima facia and remanded him back to prison. Immediately after the judge's ruling, the defendant erupted in a violent tantrum and had to be restrained once again. New charges have been filed against this defendant for his behavior in the court room. It should also be noted that while enroute back to the prison that afternoon, he became so unruly in the patrol vehicle that he had to be hobbled and he was spitting to the point where officers had to place a surgical mask over his mouth. Two of our officers had to make this transport, which normally only takes one officer and neighboring officers had to get involved to help restrain this individual to make him safe for the transport.

I've included an article that appeared in the Souderton Independent this week regarding the Youth Aid Panel in Montgomery County. Our department has been involved with this program since its inception. We have used the program regularly and have been very pleased with the results and outcomes.

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. Leaf Collection - Leaf collection is on-going. Scheduled leaf collection has been hampered by weather, manpower shortages due to scheduled vacation, equipment failure and various other on-going projects both Borough and Authority, and due to the simple fact that the leaves are falling later this year. We will continue to collect leaves through December as weather and work schedules permit.

2. Christmas Lights - Christmas lights have been installed at Borough Hall and the Police Building. Wreaths on utility poles will be installed during the week of December 2nd.

3. Train Station - Our crew excavated for the proposed fountain to be installed between the new pavilion and Dan Beardsley Ltd. The general contractor will install the fountain wall, Al King will do the plumbing, Swartley Electric will handle the electrical service, and our public works crew will provide the excavation and installation of the conduit and pump pit. Once this is complete our crew will grade the site and provide sub-grade for the paver blocks.

4. Centennial Park - We met with CKS to discuss the improvements to Centennial Park planned for 2008. These items include a walking path, a pavilion, electric and water service, and additional sidewalk.

5. Equipment - We began developing specification for a new dump truck to replace one of our 1989 dump trucks in 2008.

MANAGER'S REPORT:

Mark Fournier briefly reviewed his report. He also referenced a letter from Styer Associates regarding their fee increase for 2008. They are being asked to perform an additional 20% work for which they are asking for 12% increase that is 9% above the normal annual increase. The consensus of Borough Council was to retain Styer Associates as our Auditors for 2008.

  • 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.
  • Met with the proposed tenants of the Train Station / Freight Building to coordinate tenant fit out of the buildings.
  • Coordinated lease preparation for the Train Station / Freight Building.
  • Attended the Bucks County Consortium meeting regarding marketing your municipality.
  • Attended the Montgomery County Borough's Association monthly meeting.
  • Coordinated the punch list preparation for the Train Station / Freight Building Renovation Project.
  • Held a meeting with the Planning / Zoning Committee regarding fee schedules for permits and subdivision / land development.
  • Coordinated an Environment Committee meeting regarding leaf and yard waste removal.
  • Attended the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee meeting.
  • Coordinated the Centennial Park project development.
  • Met with Pam Coleman and a PA Main Streets official to review our pending application and to review our accomplishments in Telford Borough.

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

SOLICITOR'S REPORT:

Solicitor Mark Weand highlighted a few items listed in his written report. He also referenced the zoning application of Rock Community Church and any possible time constraint for this application. It was the general consensus of Council that Richard O'Brien be contacted to determine if time is a factor.

ENGINEER'S REPORT:

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 November 2007 in the amount of $302,436.93.

A-2 A Hillegass / Harrell motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to adopt the 2008 Budget.

A-3 A Hillegass / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to adopt Tax Levy Ordinance No. 371.

A-4 A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the 2008 Holiday Schedule.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMITTEE:

PZ-1 Fee Schedule Discussion and Presentation:

Richard O'Brien of Keystone Municipal Services, Inc. presented a preliminary survey and comparison of a few surrounding townships and municipalities itemizing their fees for various permits and inspections. To summarize the statistics, the major area of fees to possibly be re-evaluated is subdivision and land development. Other areas analyzed as an example included a proposed 500 s.f. residential addition and a proposed 3000 s.f. single family detached dwelling. It was the overall consensus of Council that while the present fee schedule is marginally below the charges of surrounding townships and municipalities, fees for subdivision and land development should be explored further.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

Stanley Nyce reported the Environmental Committee met and is still discussing how to comply with the guidelines for removal of yard waste with the least amount of difficulty.

Mark Fournier suggested the possibility of area haulers performing a one (1) time pick up in the Spring. An alternative would be that Telford residents take the yard waste to Barnside Farm in Schwenksville.

Mayor Jay Stover felt that PA DEP may not realize that yard waste removal places a monetary burden on residents and municipalities. He also expressed that perhaps it would benefit Telford Borough if this issue be presented to our representation in Harrisburg.

PUBLIC WORKS / BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: no report

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: no report

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

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

Mark Fournier reported that items of the punch list are being addressed by various contractors. He also reported that the negotiation of leases for the Train Station and Freight Building has begun. He further suggested that the Finance and Administration Committee should be involved in the lease negotiation process because issues may require change to present policy.

Stanley Nyce questioned Mark Fournier as to when the buildings should realistically be ready for tenant occupation. Mark Fournier expressed that approximately one (1) month should be a realistic time frame. The present problems with the completion of the buildings are a result of the poor work done by the electrical contractor.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Pastor Christiansen of St. Paul's Lutheran Church commented that the Train Station / Freight

Building really look nice. He also thanked the public works crew for salting the area by the

church on Sunday. This made the area safer for the members of the congregation to attend the

church service.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

The Council entered into executive session at 8:38 p.m. to discuss personnel matters.

The Council exited executive session at 9:18 p.m. No action taken.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:18 p.m. by a Nyce / Crouthamel motion.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary

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