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

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March 3, 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: John Harrell, Carolyn Crouthamel, Stanley Nyce, and Scott Hillegass. Jeffrey Maxwell, J. Allen Landis and Mayor Jay R. Stover were absent. Also present were Manager Mark D. Fournier, Public Works Director Donald Beck, Recording Secretary Cathy Fried, Police Chief Douglas Bickel, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Jr., and press reporters.

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

A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the February 4, 2008 minutes.

TREASURER'S REPORT: was unanimously (5-0) approved by a Hillegass / Nyce motion.

MAYOR'S REPORT: no report

POLICE REPORT:

I attended the Zoning Task Force and the Montgomery County Police Chiefs Association monthly meetings.

We have begun to gather price quotes for new computer equipment in the police department. Our server has been giving us some recent problems and needs to be replaced as soon as possible.

We are also gathering price quotes for digital imaging software. We must keep criminal case files a minimum of 20 years and some up to 75 years (depending on the crime and/or investigation). We are just about out of filing space for the older records. The digital imaging software will allow us to store the older case files on the server and free up file cabinet space for more recent arrest files. A department policy will be developed to govern the record keeping schedule using the digital system.

I've attached a report from Officer Fox regarding the North Penn DUI Task Force and a report from Officer Minninger regarding the North Penn Tactical Response Team for the month of February.

FIRE REPORT: We received the monthly report for the file.

LIBRARY REPORT: We received the monthly report for the file.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

1. Train Station Project - We installed a second sump pump in the Passenger Station. Unfortunately, we still experience water problems due to weepage between the basement wall and floor. Therefore, we will install a perimeter drainage system to collect the water and carry it to the sump pumps.
2. Snow & Ice - We salted streets on 2/10, 2/12, 2/13, 2/22. We plowed streets on 2/22.
3. Centennial Park Phase II - We received delivery of the 4" water main to be installed in Centennial Park.
4. Stover Park - Gary Yoder continues to install the new dugouts as time and weather allow.
5. MS-4 - On Tuesday, 2/26/08, our public works crew attended a training session prescribed for public works personnel pertaining to storm drainage concerns.

Council member Carolyn Crouthamel commented on the water problem in the area between the basement wall and floor of the passenger station. Public Works Director Donald Beck reported he will be saw cutting an area and installing a perimeter drainage system in attempt to alleviate this seepage problem.

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 meetings with the Zoning Ordinance Task Force.
  • Performed a walk through inspection for the Train Station / Freight Building Renovation Project.
  • Attended the Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee meeting.
  • Attended the Montgomery County Boroughs Association monthly meeting.
  • Attended the Bucks County Consortium monthly meeting.
  • Met with our engineer, staff, and lighting consultant regarding installation of Stover Park ball field lights.
  • Coordinated a meeting with the Lutheran Community at Telford regarding our revisions to the Institutional District zoning.
  • Met with our zoning officer and solicitor regarding proposed zoning ordinance modifications.
  • Coordinated a meeting with regard to the Quakertown Rail Restoration project with Senator Wonderling, Representative Godshall and the Bucks County TMA.
  • Met with the Borough Solicitor to review final changes to the proposed police contract.
  • Attended the Montgomery County Public Works Association Annual Show.

Souderton Area School District will be holding a meeting March 19 and will present the proposals for the High School at Souderton Borough Hall.

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

SOLICITOR'S REPORT:

1. ZONING. (A) The Solicitor continues to confer with Mark Fournier to discuss pending building, zoning and inspection matters. All material is reviewed by the Solicitor on receipt for advice submission. (B) Rock Community Church Zoning Application. There remains no contact by the Rock Community Church. As previously referenced, an Agreement for off-site parking and a building permit would be required if the project is to proceed as proposed. (C) Gary Sellars Zoning Application. There has been no contact from Applicant's attorney since last report. Further hearing has not been scheduled. The waiver of rescheduling requirement remains in place. (D) Joseph Nitterour Zoning Application. This application involves a use variance for premises situate 261 W. Broad Street. A Zoning Board hearing is still being deferred pending resolution of certain issues with the applicant. (E) John Appleton Zoning Application. The Solicitor has received and reviewed a Zoning Application filed by John and Sondra Appleton requesting permission to expand residence situate 34 W. Ridge Avenue. Rear yard, front yard, and building coverage requirements are exceeded. A determination with regard to Council participation should be made.

2. NOBLE OAKS. The four Easement Agreements requiring Montgomery County recording have been returned by Michael Evans and Robert C. Alderfer. Recording will be undertaken by the Solicitor following execution by the Borough and Authority officials. The Grant and Bill of Sale of Water and Wastewater Service Facilities has been revised by the Solicitor and forwarded to legal counsel for Robert C. Alderfer for signature.

3. ASSESSMENT APPEALS. On February 21, 2008, the Solicitor attended the MetPro Corp. Assessment Appeal hearing pertaining to premises situate 700 Emlen Way. An appraisal report was prepared by the Indian Valley Appraisal Company on behalf of the Applicant. The testimony of Frank J. Bruno, SRA, was presented to the Board in support of request for assessment reduction. On February 27, 2008, the Solicitor received Notice of Interim Assessment Reduction from the Board of Assessment Appeals. The Interim Assessment was reduced by approximately sixteen percent (16%). Appeal evaluation will be provided by the Solicitor in executive session.

4. REVITALIZATION. The Souderton/Telford Main Street Program and all related issues continue to be reviewed with the Manager.

5. 2008 BUDGET. Budget aspects continue to be discussed with the Manager as various projects and issues arise.

6. POLICE DEPARTMENT. Since last report, the Police Contract with effective dates January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2011 has been reviewed by the Manager and Council Bargaining Committee. Several revisions have been initiated by the Solicitor. The final draft is all but complete.

7. RYAN COURT (ERIE AVENUE TRACT). Since last report, the Solicitor has conferred with the Manager, Engineer and legal counsel for the developer to complete closeout requirements. A Grant and Bill of Sale for Facilities to be dedicated to the Borough, and a Grant and Bill of Sale for Facilities to be dedicated to the Authority have been prepared and submitted to the Manager. A Deed of Dedication is required for the Ryan Court roadway and a portion of Erie Avenue. These documents will be completed when the Solicitor receives the legal descriptions from the developer's engineer. An Easement Agreement is also required for the facilities which cross Lot No. 32 to service Lot No. 31.

8. SKLAR ACCIDENT CLAIM. Some activity has been initiated by the defendants to have this suit withdrawn. There has been no response from legal counsel for the plaintiff. A survey report indicates that neither Wurst or Gross own the site where the alleged accident occurred.

9. TRAIN STATION REHABILITATION PROJECT. All project aspects continue to be referenced with the Manager. A final deadline of March 20, 2008 has been set by Telford Borough for completion of all remaining work and documentation submission. Althouse, Jaffe & Associates has submitted notice to all contractors advising that withheld funds will be utilized to complete any remaining work.

10. CENTENNIAL PARK IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT. Centennial Park detail continues to be referenced with the Manager and Engineer. The Solicitor will attend to any remaining Montgomery County grant requirements.

11. DELBAR TRACT SUBDIVISION. Following request, the Solicitor provided a written status report on February 15, 2008 to legal counsel for the owner of the Delbar Tract. Thereafter, the Solicitor reviewed the Institutional District Amendment and Zoning Map as prepared by the Montgomery County Planning Commission. Authorization for advertisement will be required by Council.

12. CABLE FRANCHISE. Correspondence and material has been reviewed by the Solicitor pertaining to the Comcast Franchise. The Solicitor will attend a meeting on March 3, 2008 with the Manager and a Comcast representative to discuss new terms and conditions to the existing Franchise Agreement.

13. CHIPLEY CLAIM NOTICE. Claimant has initiated no contact following claim notice. Incident specifics have not been submitted as requested.

14. ELECTRONIC ASSEMBLY LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN. Since Electronic Assembly Company intends to relocate whereby the proposed expansion will not occur, this item will be deleted from further report.

15. CURBSIDE COLLECTION OF LEAF WASTE. Ordinance No. 368 requires revision to reflect changes to Sections 11 and 12. A Resolution is also required to designate Barnside Farm Compost Facility as a drop-off location. These items are necessary for compliance with Pennsylvania Act 101.

16. LANDIS SUPERMARKET: The land development proposal by Landis Supermarket continues to be referenced with the Solicitor especially with regard to potential impact on Telford Borough. Council will be updated on all information as it is received.

17. NPDES PHASE II STORMWATER PERMIT: The Stormwater Management Program was presented to Council by CKS at last meeting. The Engineer will file Year 5 Report by March 9, 2008.

18. INDIAN VALLEY LIBRARY COMMISSION: There has been no further reference to the Solicitor pertaining to the proposed Intermunicipal Agreement and adopting Ordinance. A contact with Douglas A. Gifford, Esquire is required.

19. 2007 AUDIT: The Solicitor is in the process of completing an opinion pertaining to the Audit of the 2007 financial statements of the Borough of Telford as requested by Styer Associates.

20. BID AWARD: All documents issued subsequent to the January 15, 2008 bid award have been reviewed by the Solicitor to assure propriety and legal compliance.

Solicitor Mark Weand highlighted a few items in his Report. A discussion was held regarding a Zoning Variance Application for property at 34 W. Ridge Avenue. The application includes three (3) exceptions. It was the consensus of Borough Council to allow the Zoning Hearing Board to handle the application without representation by Borough Council.

ENGINEER'S REPORT:

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported the public participation aspect of the NPDES Phase II Stormwater Permit has been satisfied. Employees of the Public Works Department recently attended a seminar hosted by CKS Engineers, Inc.

FINANCE AND ADMINSTRATIVE COMMITTEE:

A-1 A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the payment of bills for the month of February 2008 in the amount of $277,844.28.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

PZ-1 Plan of Subdivision: Delbar

Gary Kulp of Schlosser & Clauss gave a brief presentation for the applicant. Engineer Patrick DiGangi referred to review letters dated February 13th to Telford Borough Authority and February 14th to Telford Borough. Gary Kulp indicated the applicant will comply with all issues as listed in the review letters.

A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (5-0) to provide the waivers requested for SALDO Section 402.2.C and 402.2.D regarding contour lines and existing features.

A Crouthamel / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (5-0) to grant conditional approval for Delbar Tract Plan of Subdivision contingent on compliance with comments contained in the February 14th letter as well as the February 13th pertaining to water and sewer.

PZ-2 Authorization to advertise Ordinance No. 372, an Ordinance Amending the Code of the Telford Borough Zoning Ordinance No. 100, Adopted October 3, 1960 as Amended January 18, 1999 to Replace Part 9 with Part 9, I - Institutional District

A Nyce / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (5-0) authorizing the advertisement of Ordinance No. 372.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

Stanley Nyce reported there will be a meeting March 4th. Funds have not yet been received for the 2005 grant.

PUBLIC WORKS / BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Landis

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Harrell

PS-1 A Harrell / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (5-0) to approve Telford Fire Company's request to send a truck(s) to the "Truck Zoo" at the Library on April 5, 2008.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: none

OTHER BUSINESS:

Council entered executive session at 8:25 p.m.

Council came out of executive session at 9:07 p.m.

A Harrell / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (5-0) authorizing Police Chief Douglas Bickel to advertise for a part-time police officer and establishing a beginning rate of $16.12/hr., $18.00/hr. after six (6) months, followed by a salary increase after one (1) year to the prevailing rate for part-time officers within the current budget.

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

Respectfully Submitted,
Mark D. Fournier
Secretary

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