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

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February 4, 2008

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Robert Baker with the following members in attendance: Jeffrey Maxwell, John Harrell, Carolyn Crouthamel, Stanley Nyce, and Scott Hillegass. J. Allen Landis was absent. Also present were Manager Mark D. Fournier, Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Jr., Public Works Director Donald Beck, Recording Secretary Cathy Fried, Mayor Jay R. Stover, Police Chief Douglas Bickel, Engineer Michelle Fountain, Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Jr., and press reporters.

President Robert Baker asked for a moment of silence for Telford Fire Company Associate Member Kristin Statuti who was killed in an automobile accident January 31st.

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

Mayor Jay Stover administered the Oath of Office to re-elected Council Member John Harrell.

A Crouthamel / Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the January 7, 2008 minutes.

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

MAYOR'S REPORT:

Mayor Jay Stover reported he attended the Zoning Task Force meeting and the Key Communicators Meeting. The Key Communicators Meeting centered around the present high school building. They have received 15 potential bids. They also discussed class schedules for next year. The new high school will open September, 2009.

POLICE REPORT:

I attended the Bucks County Police Chiefs Association and the Montgomery County Police Chiefs Association monthly meetings. I attended the Law Enforcement Officers meeting, with Detective Floyd, at the Souderton Area School District. I also attended the Zoning Task Force meeting.

Officer Kim completed a Tobacco Compliance check with six of the borough's business establishments who still sell cigarettes. This is accomplished by using a volunteer who is under 18 years of age who goes into the establishments and asks to buy cigarettes. He then reports to the escorting officer what occurred. The clerks in all six establishments tested asked the under 18 year old for his identification and refused to sell to a minor. All six businesses conformed to tobacco sales requirements.

I held a staff meeting on January 24th with all officers, except one part-time officer, in attendance. A number of topics were discussed and reviewed. Overall, it was a very productive meeting.

We investigated and arrested one man for threatening to commit murder. (Several newspaper articles are attached.) He was also charged with simple assault from a separate incident and has additional simple assault charges pending from a third incident.

A borough man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after hitting his neighbor with a snow shovel. The neighbor's injuries required an emergency room visit and several stitches for lacerations. Two young men who were also present during the assault are still being investigated as to the extent of their involvement in the incident.

Also occurring in January: a burglary at Stover's Beverage which is still under investigation; a residential burglary reported to us was deemed unfounded after completing the investigation; a theft of a cell phone and the theft of a wallet; two motor vehicle thefts (one is still under investigation the other is closed - the owner of that vehicle refused to prosecute); two fraud incidents have been reported this month both of which are still open.

Several criminal mischief and criminal mischief to automobiles were reported (a total of seven cars damaged) the majority of these complaints have been closed; three DUI arrests; several public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and harassment complaints were investigated with a number of people receiving citations for same. Numerous miscellaneous complaints have also kept the officers very busy so far this year.

Other correspondence and news clips have been attached to this report for your perusal.

FIRE REPORT: received monthly report

LIBRARY REPORT: received monthly report

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

1. Train Station Project - We excavated the trench and installed the water pipe, drain pipe and electric conduit between the fountain and vault. The plumbing work was completed by A. T. King,

Inc. Plumbing, and the electrical components were installed by Swartley Bros. The General contractor must now complete the stone facing and paver bricks.

In the Passenger Station, the water problem in the basement continues to persist. We propose to install a second sump pump to collect the water entering through the old coal chute and pump it to the drainage system.

2. Snow & Ice - January was relatively snow free, except for several dustings. We must now wait and see what February brings.

3. Centennial Park Phase II - We began installing the proposed walking path between Fourth Street and Centennial Park. We also installed the connection between the existing water main in Third Street and the park water system. Our public works crew will continue work as weather and scheduling permit.

4. Bids for Materials - We conducted a bid opening on January 15th for materials and equipment rentals for 2008. After review, they are proposed for award at the February 4th Council meeting.

Public Works Director Donald Beck reported he is waiting for the general contractor to complete his work on the water fountain for the Train Station / Freight Building project. He also reported the public works crew will continue working at Centennial Park on the walking path, and the water system to be used at the pavilion and on the fields during drought conditions. Robert Baker inquired if the Reliance Road project will require Reliance Road to be closed during the day. Donald Beck responded that emergency vehicles and buses will be allowed access during daytime hours and Reliance Road will be open to local traffic during nighttime hours.

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.
  • Budget Adoption.
  • Coordinated lease preparation for the Train Station / Freight Building.
  • Held two meetings with the Zoning Ordinance Task Force.
  • Held a job conference for the Train Station / Freight Building Renovation Project.
  • Coordinated a meeting with our Employee Assistance Program providers to review year and statistics.
  • Met with a resident regarding the proposed Landis Supermarket project.
  • Performed a walk through inspection for the Train Station / Freight Building Renovation Project.
  • Reviewed building sewer specifications with staff, our engineers and our building and zoning officials.
  • Held bid openings for various construction materials and equipment.
  • Met with the publishers of Buxmont Living Newspaper.
  • Met with our solicitor regarding recycling ordinance changes.
  • Coordinated a staff meeting regarding our health benefit change.
  • Attended the Souderton Area School District Key Communicators meeting.
  • Attended the Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee meeting.
  • Met with Verizon regarding negotiating a new cable / telephone service contract for Telford Borough.
  • Attended the Montgomery County Borough's Association monthly meeting.
  • Attended the Montgomery County Borough's Association Executive Committee meeting.

Mark Fournier reported the leases have been signed for the Train Station and Freight Building. He also reported he is working on the contracts for Verizon and Comcast. Verizon Fios will be available to Telford residents sometime during the year 2008.

BUILDING OFFICIAL'S REPORT: received monthly report

Mark Fournier reported that David Tweed, the present building inspector, is working on merging most recent files with those of the previous two (2) building inspectors. He is also coordinating property files with zoning variance information.

SOLICITOR'S REPORT:

Solicitor Mark Weand reported he has had no further contact from Rock Community Church. A second hearing has not been scheduled so the Sellars zoning variance application is still pending. Mark Weand has contacted the Sellars' attorney and advised him the original zoning variance application has been reviewed with Borough Council.

Mark Weand received notice of an assessment appeal for Met Pro and is scheduled for February 21st. He does plan to attend and participate in the hearing by commenting that Telford Borough is depending on the present assessment. He also received a request to provide an opinion, as Solicitor, of the 2007 audit. He is working on this and his opinion should be completed shortly.

ENGINEER'S REPORT:

Engineer Michelle Fountain of CKS Engineers, Inc. reported an easement must be recorded for the walking path at Centennial Park and a deed restriction must be recorded for the property. Solicitor Mark Weand responded that the walking path easement was recorded in August and the deed restriction is in process with the county.

FINANCE AND ADMINSTRATIVE COMMITTEE:

A-1 A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the payment of bills for the month of January 2008 in the amount of $297,748.51.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

Mark Fournier reported the Zoning Task Force met a few times during the past few weeks and they are continuing to work toward the completion of rezoning of Telford Borough. A zoning ordinance is being prepared. The next meeting of the Zoning Task Force will be Monday, February 25th. We will be processing a stand alone ordinance for the Institutional District and will process that ahead of the full zoning ordinance to keep our schedule for the Lutheran Home / Delbar Subdivision.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

Mark Fournier received an e-mail from Tax Returns Plus asking for the use of the Train Station / Freight Building parking lot. Richter Drafting & Office Supplies will have their shredder available for Tax Returns Plus customer appreciation day on Saturday, April 26th.

Engineer Michelle Fountain gave a presentation of MS4, Storm Water Management. She explained the steps necessary to be in compliance. She referenced the need for a formal program, public education, public participation, and inspection for illicit discharges. She further reported that as of October, 2007 all of the outfalls have been inspected. The PA Department of Environmental Protection is in the process of developing the requirements for the next five (5)-year NPDES program. There is an extension to March, 2009 for these requirements to be made available.

Stanley Nyce reported the DEP has questions on the paperwork for the Recycling Grant submitted for 2003. Therefore, any discrepancies will be deducted from 2005 grant funds.

PUBLIC WORKS / BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Landis

PW-1 Award Bituminous Materials Bid:

A Hillegass / Harrell motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to award the bid for bituminous materials as listed on the Bid Recap for Bituminous Materials - 2008.

PW-2 Award Curbing & Sidewalk bid:

A Hillegass / Harrell motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to award the bid for Curbing & Sidewalk Installation at regular rate to Trout Bros., Inc. and the Curbing & Sidewalk Installation at Davis-Bacon rate to Kramer Bros., Inc.

PW-3 Award High Density Polyethylene Pipe bid:

A Hillegass / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to award the bid for High Density Polyethylene Pipe to Ferguson Waterworks, Inc.

PW-4 Award Equipment Rental with Operator bid:

A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to award the bid for Equipment Rental With Operator to P. K. Moyer & Sons, Inc.

PW-5 Award Equipment Rental Without Operator bids:

A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to award the bids as listed on the Bid Recaps of Eagle Power Equipment, Ransome Rents, and Plasterer Equipment Co., Inc.

PW-6 Award Stone Materials bid:

A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to award the Stone Materials bid as listed on the Bid Recap for Stone Materials - 2008.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Harrell

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Carolyn Crouthamel

Mark Fournier displayed the most recent copy of Buxmont Living Newspaper and reported that Telford Borough will be the centerfold for the spring issue.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mark Fournier attended a power point presentation at Souderton Area High School (Key Communicator's Meeting). He directed Council to the presentation in the packet outlining the sale of the old high school if they are interested.

Stanley Nyce asked for a projected time the tenants will be able to move into the Train Station / Freight Station. Mark Fournier reported approximately one-third (1/3) of the punch list has yet to be completed. There is possibly one (1) more month of work to be done. The leases have been signed. Plans must be submitted to SEPTA for approval. He estimated a March / April timetable for tenant move in depending on the level of renovations necessary in each restaurant.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:58 p.m. by a Nyce / Hillegass motion.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary

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