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

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November 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: Carolyn Crouthamel, Jeffrey Maxwell, John Harrell, Stanley Nyce and Scott Hillegass. Council member J. Allen Landis was absent. Also present were Mayor Jay Stover, Manager Mark D. Fournier, Public Works Director Donald Beck, Recording Secretary Cathy Fried, Police Chief Douglas Bickel, Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Jr., Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, Zoning/Building Official Richard O'Brien and press reporters.

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

A Hillegass / Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the October 6, 2008 minutes.

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

MAYOR'S REPORT:

Mayor Stover reported he attended the Library Board meeting. The Library Board met with Lederach Associates regarding the addition to the Library. Lederach Associates will submit cost estimates for the addition which will include enlargement of the community room and rooms where people can be tutored. Upcoming events include a wine tasting evening and a book signing by author John Grogan.

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

Last month I advised members of Council that the process for replacing part-time officer Christopher Hunsberger was going well and that I would be naming a candidate in the near future. At this time I would like to recommend that Borough Council approve the conditional hiring of Scott Keeler for our open part-time patrolman position. Mr. Keeler has successfully completed all of the department interview and testing process required for hiring. The condition portion of this offer, however, is that he passes the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission's certified test. This test is being given on November 6, 2008. He cannot take this test without a written offer of hire from a police department. Once he passes this examination, he is completely qualified for a municipal police department certification and will become a part-time member of our roster.

On Thursday, October 30, 2008 we investigated two separate incidents involving senior citizens and a phone scam. The first victim lost $5,600.00 falling prey to the caller who claimed that she won a lottery and that she needed to wire money to them to cover the cost of taxes and sending the money to her. She was instructed to send it to her grandson in Vancouver, British Columbia. The victim thought that it was odd that her grandson was in Canada as he resides in Pennsylvania but she followed the caller's request. The caller instructed her where to go to make the bank withdrawal and to go to a Wal-Mart to wire the money. He even made taxi arrangements for her. She did as she was asked and repeated the task again the next day. On the third day the taxi driver realized that this elderly woman was being scammed and rather than take her to her bank she brought her to the police department. The money was traced to a pickup in Montreal but there are no other specific details at this time. Due to the difficulty in solving phone scams and the international wire transfer the information was forwarded to the local Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ironically, approximately one hour later we received a call from a Telford Lutheran Community resident was also received a call from someone claiming to be a grandson and that he was in Canada and needed money wired to him. The resident quickly realized that something didn't seem right and asked the caller what his name was. The caller gave a correct first name, but an incorrect last name. The resident hung up the phone and called the police to get the incident on record.

I have made calls to the administration personnel at the Lutheran Community, Grundy Manor, Generations and the local newspapers regarding these incidents hoping to put residents on alert to be wary of any telephone calls where the caller is asking for money especially if that money is to be sent to Canada. Prosecution is next to impossible. It is unlikely that our victim will ever recover her $5,600.00.

I was given correspondence from Chief Raymond Fegley of the Telford Volunteer Fire Company that the traffic pre-emption system was not working correctly on the traffic signal at Reliance Road and Main Street. On October 14th a call was placed to our service provider, Armour and Sons, to have the pre-emption system repaired.

I have attached a printout of our Calls for Service for the month of October.

FIRE REPORT: We received the July, August and September reports for the file.

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

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

1. Centennial Park Phase II - During this month we graded and seeded along the walking path and around the pavilion. We will be working on other items as our schedule permits.

2. Farmer's Market - The Farmer's Market season has ended for 2008. This item will be deleted from my report until the 2009 start up.

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

4. Leaf Collection - We are collecting leaves on Fridays on an as needed basis. Scheduled and advertised collection will begin on November 17th. Please see the schedule attached to this report.

5. Snow & Ice Removal - We experienced our first snowfall of the 2008/2009 season on Tuesday, 10/28/08. During the afternoon we plowed accumulated slush and avoided the use of salt. Due to a national salt shortage, we will be paying $86.71/ton this season. Last season our price was $51.74/ton.

Public Works Director Donald Beck briefly mentioned the schedule for leaf collection which begins November 17th. Mayor Stover questioned the extent of restoration of Reliance Road and Summit Street. Mark Fournier responded the base coat will be completed this fall with the top coat to be applied in the spring, 2009.

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.
  • Attended a Montgomery County Transportation Forum in Norristown.
  • Attended the Montgomery County Boroughs Association meeting.
  • Attended a legislative day in Harrisburg with PSAB and the Montgomery County Boroughs Association.
  • Met with the fire chief to discuss various Borough Fire Company issues.
  • Budget preparation and review with the Administration Committee.
  • Attended the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee meeting.
  • Coordinated review of dedication documents pertaining to Ryan Court.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that he and Solicitor Mark Weand are negotiating with Comcast Cable and Verizon. Mark Fournier, Jocelyn Tenney of the Montgomery County Boroughs Association and North Wales Borough Manager Sue Patton met with Representatives and Senators in Harrisburg regarding Borough-related issues. Mark Fournier also met with Fire Chief Ray Fegley regarding the light at Reliance Road that was not working properly. Police Chief Douglas Bickel contacted the Armour & Sons Electric, Inc. for that repair.

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

Mark Fournier reported he met with Building / Zoning Official Richard O'Brien regarding Borough Council's concerns expressed at the October meeting. Mr. O'Brien reported he has conferred with Telford Building Inspector, Joseph Cutri, regarding maintaining a good rapport with borough residents while achieving the necessary requirements for building permits and use & occupancy certifications. Council President Robert Baker commented on the greater number of phone calls rather than denial letters. Council member John Harrell asked for the status of code violations by the New Telford Inn. Mark Fournier reported the New Telford Inn has met with code requirements thus far.

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

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. The property remains listed for sale with no Solicitor contact for status report submission. (C) Joseph Nitterour Zoning Application. There remains no update to report. (D) There are no pending zoning applications at this time.

2. ASSESSMENT APPEALS. (A) MetPro Corp. There has been no contact since last report. (B) Warren Lumber & Millwork, Inc. There has been no activity since last report. (C) Lutheran Community at Telford. As previously referenced, the Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals granting exemption status to all referenced parcels effective January 1, 2009. The Solicitor will initiate a contact to discuss formal agreement for payment in lieu of taxes to the Borough. (D) The Solicitor has received notice that the assessment on residential property situate 207 Hamlin Avenue has been reduced from $162,010 to $127,000. No appeal will be taken on behalf of the Borough. (E) The Solicitor has received notice of an assessment appeal hearing pertaining to property located at 334 W. Broad Street. Since this represents a residential property, Telford Borough will not participate.

3. REVITALIZATION. Souderton/Telford Main Street Program issues continue to be discussed with the Manager.

4. BUDGET. During the course of the 2009 Budget preparation, the Manager has provided informational reports to the Solicitor.

5. RYAN COURT (ERIE AVENUE TRACT). Following receipt of legal description and plan attachment from the Engineer, the Solicitor prepared a Roadway Deed of Dedication for the irregular segment of Welker Street. This document was forwarded to Mark Herrmann for signature with request that the revised Deed for Lot 31 be recorded immediately. In the interim, the Manager has received the Ryan Court Roadway Deed of Dedication signed by John Garis. A Resolution for Roadway Acceptance and Ordinance adoption will be presented to Council at the November 3, 2008 meeting. The Roadway Deed of Dedication will then be recorded by the Solicitor with the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds. The Grant & Bill of Sale for Borough Facility Dedication has also been returned by the developer.

1. SKLAR ACCIDENT CLAIM. All communication continues to be monitored by the Solicitor. The depositions of the Plaintiff and Manager have not been rescheduled.
2. CENTENNIAL PARK IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT. (A) Completion aspects continue to be addressed with the Manager and Engineer. (B) The restrictive covenant requested by Montgomery County remains pending with the Solicitor.
3. DELBAR TRACT SUBDIVISION. The Solicitor has received and reviewed the final inspection punch list dated October 20, 2008 as submitted by the Borough Engineer in accordance with Section 510 of Act 247, the Municipalities Planning Code. A Roadway Deed of Dedication will be prepared by the Solicitor upon certification of Project completion by PennDOT.
4. CABLE FRANCHISE. (A) On October 21, 2008, the Solicitor received a revised draft of the Comcast Cable Franchise Agreement. The review meeting with the Manager and Brian Jeter, Senior Director of Government Affairs, scheduled for October 29, 2008 was canceled. The Solicitor's check list prepared following review of prior submissions and meeting notes was, however, discussed with the Manager and forwarded to Mr. Jeter. (B) On October 9, 2008, the Solicitor received a revised Cable Franchise Agreement between the Borough of Telford and Verizon Pennsylvania, Inc., as well as a blackline to prior draft. The performance bond has been increased. A review meeting will be scheduled with Richard A. Mitchell, Esquire.
5. CHIPLEY CLAIM NOTICE. There remains no contact since service of the Writ of Summons in Civil Action on August 25, 2008.

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

12. LANDIS SUPERMARKET. The project continues to be reviewed with the Manager and Engineer with no specific report other than construction continues.

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

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

15. ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT: The Solicitor attended a committee review meeting held on October 20, 2008. Numerous comments were submitted to the Montgomery County Planners for further ordinance refinement. Submission remains pending.

16. OPEN RECORDS LAW: Work continues on compliance with the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act which will become effective January 1, 2009. A meeting will be scheduled with Manager to review material for adoption by Council.

Solicitor Mark Weand briefly discussed the status of previous zoning application issues. He also reported the Lutheran Home at Telford has been granted Tax Exempt status; however, they have agreed to enter into a Payment in Lieu of Taxes Agreement with Telford Borough. Regarding Ryan Court, the Grant and Bill of Sale and the Roadway Dedication have been prepared and are ready for adoption at tonight's meeting. Mark Weand also reported he met with Mark Herrmann and has prepared the Roadway Dedication and ordinance for a portion of Welker Street Alley. He further reported the approval for Welker Street Alley does not need to precede the recording of these documents. The services have been installed and paid for by the developer for both the Borough and Authority. Mark Weand and Mark Fournier will be meeting with Brian Jeter of Comcast on November 6th regarding their Cable Franchise agreement. The next meeting schedule with Richard Mitchell of Verizon is November 12th. Mark Weand and Mark Fournier are hopeful to finalize these agreements within the near future.

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

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Borough resident Geralyn McFall, 27 Hamlin Avenue, addressed Borough Council regarding the probability of Telford Borough contributing to the Souderton pool for repairs needed at this time and future maintenance. Mrs. McFall said she feels it is important that every effort should be made to do whatever it takes to keep the pool open because of "it has been a benefit to people of all ages in the Telford area". Mrs. McFall had attended the Souderton Borough Council meeting where it was alleged that Telford has not contributed to the pool since it was constructed. Mark Fournier reported he has not been officially approached about funding for the pool construction or maintenance for the pool and had no further comment.

FINANCE AND ADMINSTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

A-1 A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the payment of bills for the month of October 2008 in the amount of $333,655.97.

A-2 Budget Presentation:

Manager Mark Fournier presented the draft of the 2009 Borough Budget which includes a 2% increase for a total millage of 4.605. Finance and Administrative Committee Chairman Scott Hillegass commented this is a bare-bones budget and very conservative. Mark Fournier highlighted the decrease in budgeted real estate tax revenue and the increase in payment in lieu of taxes per the proposed Lutheran Home agreements.

A Hillegass / Harrell motion was carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the advertising of the 2009 Budget, the advertising of Tax Levy Ordinance No. 375, and to move forward to advertise the public hearing of the Budget at the December 8th Borough Council meeting.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

PZ-1 Resolution Dedicating Ryan Court and other facilities.

PZ-2 A Maxwell / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the appropriate officials to sign and accept the Dedication of Facilities of Ryan Court.

PZ-3 A Maxwell / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the appropriate officials to sign the Grant and Bill of Sale for storm water facilities and other improvements for the Erie Avenue tract.

PZ-4 A Maxwell / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the Solicitor to record the appropriate documents for Ryan Court and Welker Street Alley as required.

PZ-5 A Maxwell / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the advertising of Ordinance No. 374 for the dedication of Welker Street Alley.

PZ-6 A Maxwell / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to accept dedication of Ryan Court as detailed in Ordinance No. 373.

PZ-7 A Maxwell / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to accept dedication of the irregular portion of Welker Street Alley.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

Stanley Nyce reported he will be attending the Northern Montgomery County Recycling Commission meeting next week. The paperwork has been submitted for the year 2006 but it may be a few months until the audit is completed.

PUBLIC WORKS / BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Landis

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Harrell

PS-1 Police Chief Douglas Bickel reported that Scott Keeler has been selected as a candidate for the part-time patrolman position. Mr. Keeler needs to pass the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission's certified test. He cannot, however, take the test until he has received a written offer of employment. Douglas Bickel would like to present a conditional offer to Scott Keeler to sign up for the test.

A Harrell / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing Police Chief Douglas Bickel to present Scott Keeler with a conditional offer of employment so he can enroll to take the test necessary for the certification that would enable him to fill the part-time position of patrolman.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

DC-1 Pennridge Community Senior Center Presentation.

Patricia Guth performed a power point presentation on the Pennridge Community Senior Center that included its role in surrounding communities and funding sources. Also attending the meeting were Buster Guth, Tina Rothstein and Sue Morgan, Manager of the Senior Center. The Advisory Board is asking Telford Borough to contribute $1 per Bucks County resident. Mark Fournier said Borough Council will consider the request.

DC-2 Request for use of Community Building.

Mark Fournier distributed a letter from Telma Brown of the Seventh Day Adventist Church requesting use of the Community Building on bi-weekly basis until such time as they can locate a permanent location. A discussion was held regarding the feasibility of this type use of the facility compared to the need of community residents for their social events. It was noted that the Community Building is booked for events for the entire month of November and partially booked for December. Council member John Harrell suggested they may possibly be able to rent a meeting room from the Indian Creek Foundation. Mark Fournier said he will relay this information to Mrs. Brown.

A Crouthamel / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to reject this request.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Public Works Director Donald Beck asked if Telford Borough will be erecting a community Christmas tree. Mark Fournier reported he was contacted today by Pamela Coleman, Souderton Telford Main Streets Manager. December 5th was given as the tentative date for the tree lighting ceremony, however, it appears this is not a convenient date and creates a scheduling conflict for various Council members. Therefore, Scott Hillegass will confer with Pamela Coleman to have the date moved to December 12th.

Mark Fournier requested that the Council meeting schedule for Monday, December 1st, be cancelled and rescheduled for Monday, December 8th. Mark reported he and a few other staff and Council members will be out of the area and unable to attend a December 1st meeting. It was the general consensus of Borough Council to cancel the meeting previously scheduled for December 1st and to reschedule the meeting for December 8th.

Mark Fournier informed Borough Council of the upcoming holiday dinner of the Montgomery County Boroughs Association on Thursday, December 4th, at the Pinecrest Country Club.

The Borough Council entered executive session at 9:14 p.m.

The Borough Council exited executive session at 9:18 p.m.

A Crouthamel / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the advance of seven (7) days of 2009 paid Military Leave to Warren Harris for his order of duty to Ft. Polk, LA November 12, 2008 to November 30th.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:19 p.m. by a Harrell / Crouthamel motion.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary

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