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

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August 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: J. Allen Landis, Carolyn Crouthamel, and Stanley Nyce. Scott Hillegass, Jeffrey Maxwell, and John Harrell were absent. Also present were Mayor Jay Stover, Manager Mark D. Fournier, Public Works Director Donald Beck, Recording Secretary Cathy Fried, Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Jr., and press reporters.

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

A Nyce / Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (4-0) approving the July 7, 2008 minutes.

TREASURER'S REPORT: was unanimously (4-0) approved by a Landis / Crouthamel motion.

Mark Fournier reported the sale of the Delbar Tract to the Lutheran Community at Telford has been completed. The RETT from this transaction should be received within the near future. He also reiterated that even though RETT will be significantly less than the budgeted amount, the effect will be minimal because a few projects or purchases will be delayed that can be accomplished next year.

MAYOR'S REPORT:

Mayor Stover reported he attended the monthly Library Board meeting. The Library Board is waiting for a cost estimate before moving forward with renovations to the library. He also officiated at a few weddings. Mayor Stover remarked that the Farmer's Market is bigger and better than last year.

POLICE REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.

David Stevens has received his certification number from the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. He began his required field training and will be ready to cover shifts as soon as his field training is complete. I am anxious to get him on board as soon as possible due to our being short-handed with Officer Hunsberger's departure.

On July 15th we were audited by the Attorney General's Office on our record keeping practices. We are required to maintain criminal records in a certain manner. For example juvenile records MUST be kept separate from adult records. We must make a record of release whenever a person's criminal history is given out and many other rules and regulations that go along with maintaining proper files and safeguarding a person's criminal history. I am pleased to say that we passed this audit and that our record keeping policies and practices are commensurate with the best practices within the Commonwealth.

Officer Minninger wrote a memo outlining the acquisition of a pair of Stedi-Eye Binoculars. His memo is included with my report.

Also attached is a letter of thanks from Tri-Valley Primary Care and newspaper clippings for the month of July.

Stanley Nyce commented on the types of offenses listed in the police report.

FIRE REPORT: no report

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

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

1. Train Station Project - Nothing at this time.

2. Centennial Park Phase II - During the month of July, we completed the installation of the base course of paving along the walking path. Also, the pavilion was erected and the roof shingles were installed by our summer crew employees. Items planned for August include construction of the concrete floor in the pavilion, installation of the drinking fountain, and construction of the electric panel / information kiosk.

3. Farmers Market - We continue to prepare for the Farmer's Market each Friday.

4. Mowing - We continue to mow borough properties as required.

5. Flags - New flags for display along Main Street, W. Broad Street, and Penn Avenue have been purchased and received.

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 Montgomery County Revitalization Board regarding our downtown revitalization project award.
  • Met with a Bucks County Planning Commission member regarding a parks inventory project.
  • Coordinated a review of the final draft of the proposed zoning ordinance with the Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor, Zoning Officer, Borough Solicitor and County Planners.
  • Met with the Lutheran Home regarding their proposed land development project.
  • Met with our Solicitor regarding the Verizon and Comcast proposed cable agreements.
  • Met with our insurance loss control person to evaluate our operations.

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

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

A Nyce / Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (4-0) approving the July 7, 2008 minutes.

TREASURER'S REPORT: was unanimously (4-0) approved by a Landis / Crouthamel motion.

Mark Fournier reported the sale of the Delbar Tract to the Lutheran Community at Telford has been completed. The RETT from this transaction should be received within the near future. He also reiterated that even though RETT will be significantly less than the budgeted amount, the effect will be minimal because a few projects or purchases will be delayed that can be accomplished next year.

MAYOR'S REPORT:

Mayor Stover reported he attended the monthly Library Board meeting. The Library Board is waiting for a cost estimate before moving forward with renovations to the library. He also officiated at a few weddings. Mayor Stover remarked that the Farmer's Market is bigger and better than last year.

POLICE REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.

David Stevens has received his certification number from the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. He began his required field training and will be ready to cover shifts as soon as his field training is complete. I am anxious to get him on board as soon as possible due to our being short-handed with Officer Hunsberger's departure.

On July 15th we were audited by the Attorney General's Office on our record keeping practices. We are required to maintain criminal records in a certain manner. For example juvenile records MUST be kept separate from adult records. We must make a record of release whenever a person's criminal history is given out and many other rules and regulations that go along with maintaining proper files and safeguarding a person's criminal history. I am pleased to say that we passed this audit and that our record keeping policies and practices are commensurate with the best practices within the Commonwealth.

Officer Minninger wrote a memo outlining the acquisition of a pair of Stedi-Eye Binoculars. His memo is included with my report.

Also attached is a letter of thanks from Tri-Valley Primary Care and newspaper clippings for the month of July.

Stanley Nyce commented on the types of offenses listed in the police report.

FIRE REPORT: no report

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

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:

1. Train Station Project - Nothing at this time.

2. Centennial Park Phase II - During the month of July, we completed the installation of the base course of paving along the walking path. Also, the pavilion was erected and the roof shingles were installed by our summer crew employees. Items planned for August include construction of the concrete floor in the pavilion, installation of the drinking fountain, and construction of the electric panel / information kiosk.

3. Farmers Market - We continue to prepare for the Farmer's Market each Friday.

4. Mowing - We continue to mow borough properties as required.

5. Flags - New flags for display along Main Street, W. Broad Street, and Penn Avenue have been purchased and received.

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 Montgomery County Revitalization Board regarding our downtown revitalization project award.

Met with a Bucks County Planning Commission member regarding a parks inventory project.

Coordinated a review of the final draft of the proposed zoning ordinance with the Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor, Zoning Officer, Borough Solicitor and County Planners.

Met with the Lutheran Home regarding their proposed land development project.

Met with our Solicitor regarding the Verizon and Comcast proposed cable agreements.

Met with our insurance loss control person to evaluate our operations.

1. premises situate 261 W. Broad Street remains pending on resolution of certain issues with the applicant. (E) There are no other pending zoning applications at this time.

2. NOBLE OAKS. The Solicitor has been successful in obtaining payment of the outstanding obligations by Robert C. Alderfer. This will permit the Manager to complete project closeout detail.

3. ASSESSMENT APPEALS. (A) MetPro Corp. There has been no contact since last report. (B) Warren Lumber & Millwork, Inc. As previously indicated, the Assessment Appeal Hearing was conducted on June 19, 2008. Notification of Assessment Reduction effective January 1, 2009 was submitted on July 14, 2008. The Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals determined that the assessment should be reduced from $2,034,900. to $1,598,900. The Solicitor immediately contacted David H. Comer to determine if the Souderton Area School District intended an appeal. No response has been received. (C) Lutheran Community at Telford. On July 24, 2008, the Lutheran Community at Telford filed seven Applications for exemption of real estate with the Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals. The Applications, and a bound volume of extensive documents in support of the request for exemption have been reviewed by the Solicitor. As previously referenced, an agreement for payment in lieu of taxes was entered into with the Lutheran Community for a portion of the property on March 11, 2008. In conferring with counsel for Stephens & Lee, the Solicitor was advised that the Lutheran Community intended to make payment in lieu of taxes to the Borough for all parcels comprising the entire community. The Solicitor will enter the appearance of the Borough and monitor the proceedings accordingly.

4. REVITALIZATION. The Solicitor confers with the Manager on an ongoing basis to discuss various aspects of the Souderton/Telford Main Street Program.

5. 2008 BUDGET. Budget issues continue to be discussed periodically with the Manager as different situations arise.

6. RYAN COURT (ERIE AVENUE TRACT). The Roadway Deed of Dedication for Ryan Court and accompanying Realty Transfer Tax Affidavit have been prepared by the Solicitor and submitted to the Manager on July 8, 2008. There remain no submissions with regard to the Utility Easement over Lot 32 and a Deed of Dedication for a portion of Welker Street.

7. SKLAR ACCIDENT CLAIM. On July 31, 2008, the Solicitor and Manager attended Oral Argument on the Motions for Summary Judgment as filed by defendants Gross and Wurst. Following presentation by counsel for all parties, Judge Tilson entered an Order denying Defendants' Motions. In addition to the depositions of Plaintiff, Sandy Sklar, as scheduled for September 23, 2008, the depositions of Mark Fournier will also be taken. Ownership of the point of the alleged fall appears to be critical. Although the deed descriptions of the abutting property owners runs only to the edge of the alley, the Solicitor has examined legal authority whereby ownership may be extended to the center line since the Borough never accepted dedication.

8. TRAIN STATION REHABILITATION PROJECT. Since Solicitor contact is limited to informational submissions, this item will be deleted from further report.

9. CENTENNIAL PARK IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT. Various aspects of the Centennial Park Improvements Project continue to be referenced with the Manager and Engineer. The restrictive covenant required by Montgomery County requires completion.

10. DELBAR TRACT SUBDIVISION. Construction pertaining to Parcel No. 2 storm sewer system and the Church Road widening is basically completed. The Roadway Dedication Agreement will be recorded by the Solicitor upon issuance of PennDOT approval.

11. CABLE FRANCHISE. (A) On July 22, 2008, the Solicitor met with the Manager to review a proposed Cable Franchise Agreement submitted by Comcast. Following review of agreements with other municipalities, it was determined that a resubmission should be made by Comcast providing for a more substantive agreement to work from. Request has been initiated by the Manager. (B) There has been no follow-up submission from Verizon following Manager and Solicitor meeting with representatives on June 17, 2008.

12. CHIPLEY CLAIM NOTICE. Although no contact has been initiated following claim notice, this item must continue to be referenced by the Solicitor by reason of potential importance.

13. CURBSIDE COLLECTION OF LEAF WASTE. Revision of Ordinance No. 368 and a Resolution to designate a drop-off location remain pending.

14. LANDIS SUPERMARKET: The construction phase of this Land Development Project has commenced. Issues continue to be coordinated with the Manager and Engineer. Specific directive for legal agreements would pertain to the Authority service requirements.

15. NPDES PHASE II STORMWATER PERMIT: Since the Year 5 Report was timely filed by the Engineer, this item will be deleted from further report.

16. INDIAN VALLEY LIBRARY COMMISSION: There is no update with regard to the proposed Intermunicipal Agreement and adopting Ordinance.

17. BUCKS COUNTY WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN: The Bucks County Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan Revision remains pending with the Manager and Solicitor.

18. ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT: On July 17 and July 24 2008, the Solicitor met with the Manager, Zoning/Building Official, Zoning Board Solicitor, and two representatives from the Montgomery County Planning Commission to review the draft of the proposed Telford Borough Zoning Ordinance Amendment. A detailed review of each section was undertaken to determine the propriety, edit, modify or delete same. Format revisions were also initiated. Policy considerations were given thorough review. A revised draft encompassing all changes has not been received at this point.

19. OPEN RECORDS LAW: The Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Act, the latest version of the Open Records Act will become effective January 1, 2009. The Manager and Solicitor are exchanging material to formulate a written policy for compliance.

Solicitor Mark Weand highlighted a few of the items in his report. The building purchased by Rock Community Church is presently for sale and they have not been in contact regarding the application for zoning variance. There was some discussion regarding possible utilization of the property. The Noble Oaks project will be closed since payment has been received from Robert Alderfer. The assessment for Warren Lumber has been reduced. Mark Weand placed a phone call to the attorney for the school district to ask if they will appeal the decision and has not received a response. Telford Borough will join the appeal if the school district decides to appeal this assessment reduction. The Lutheran Community at Telford has applied for seven (7) requests for property tax exemption and has indicated they will enter into a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with the Borough.

ENGINEER'S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.

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