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

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August 6, 2012

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Vice-President J. Allen Landis with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Scott Hillegass, Jeffrey Maxwell, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer and Mayor Jay Stover. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Donald Beck, Solicitor Mark Weand, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Police Chief Randall Floyd, 3 residents and a press reporter. Carolyn Crouthamel was absent.

The invocation was given by Scott Hillegass, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Hillegass/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the July 2, 2012 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER'S REPORT: We received the written monthly report for July, 2012 for the file.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that we've taken in 64% of our revenues and have spent about 44% of our expenditures.

We have received 97% of our property taxes, but are still behind in our real estate transfer taxes.

Due to constantly changing PennDOT standards for handicapped ramps, our engineering costs for handicapped ramps will be over budget.

Engineering costs related to our MS4 Permit will also be over budget due to changing DEP standards.

A Nyce/Hillegass motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer's Report for July, 2012.

MAYOR'S REPORT:

Mayor Stover reported that he attended the July Council meeting and that while he was unable to attend the Brews for Books festival at the Indian Valley Public Library, it was well attended.

POLICE REPORT:

Chief Floyd reported that he is currently working on upgrading the Police Department Policy Manual, since the last full upgrade was done in 1988, and he wants to make sure that everything is brought up to today's standards. Mr. Floyd will have officers review a draft of the manual before he brings it to the Public Safety Committee, and plans to have the Safety Committee bring it to Council for its first review at the September meeting. He hopes to have the new Policy Manual in place by the new year.

Chief Floyd also distributed a memorandum to Council, which documents a situation that has been taking place between Mr. Ralph Prather (116 South Main Street) and Mr. Owen Foizen (112 South Main Street). Mr. Prather keeps a very well maintained property, and Mr. Foizen's property, while it has been deemed an official wildlife preserve, appears overgrown. Mr. Prather complains to both the Borough office and Police Department several times a week about the condition of Mr. Foizen's property, stating that it is a safety hazard.

Robert Baker asked Chief Floyd if 112 South Main Street is indeed a safety hazard. Chief Floyd stated that it would not be his preference to have a yard like Mr. Foizen's, but that he had the Fire Chief and Fire Marshall both look at the property, and they have indicated that it is not a safety hazard. Mr. Floyd has also reviewed the Borough Ordinance with Manager Fournier and the building inspector, and the property is not in violation of the Ordinance.

Manager Mark Fournier added that this matter is about aesthetics, and is not causing any harm. Mr. Fournier said it's not something he would like, but it's within the law.

FIRE REPORT: We received a written monthly report 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.

Public Works Director Donald Beck reported that the exterior of the Community Building has been painted, and the shutters will be hung shortly.

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

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

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

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

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Borough resident Martha Child of 525 School Lane informed Council that she is very in favor of the millage increase to support the Indian Valley Public Library, and suggested that the Borough do half of the millage increase for 2013 and the other half for 2014, if that makes it any easier.

There were no other comments from the audience.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

A-1 A Hillegass/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) accepting the payment of the bills for the month of July, 2012 in the amount of $ 190,673.90.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: There was no report at this time.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: There was no report at this time.

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Landis

PW-1 A Hillegass/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) to award the 2012 Oil and Chip Surface Treatment in Place contract to Asphalt Maintenance Solutions in the amount of $ 69,825.00. This is a contract that the Borough is sharing with Souderton Borough.

PW-2 Public Works Director Donald Beck drafted 2 letters for the Council to review and approve, pertaining to tree trimming requirements and Ordinance No. 184. In an effort to make sure that all stop signs and speed limit signs, as well as sidewalks, are clear of obstructions, these letters will be sent to any residents who are in violation of the Ordinance. Mr. Beck did a survey of the Borough and currently there are 150-200 properties in violation. A violation notice will be sent out first, then after 30 days, a second notice will be sent out, indicating that the resident has 10 days to come into compliance, or risk further enforcement

action including possible fines.

James Schaeffer asked if there would be some way to assist residents with getting rid of their tree trimmings; Manager Fournier informed Mr. Schaeffer that the Borough is not equipped with a chipper.

Mayor Stover asked if it would be possible to set up a day for the Borough crew to collect these tree trimmings and take them to the Barnside Mulch & Compost Facility. Mr. Beck reminded Mayor Stover that the Borough has had to make cuts from the budget to save money, and that a collection done by our crew would cost the Borough time and money.

Mr. Beck informed Council that Hilltown Township has a walk-up dumpster at the Township building where residents are permitted to bring tree trimmings and branches that are no larger than 4" in diameter. Mr. Baker asked Mr. Beck to get cost information on this dumpster.

A Hillegass/Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) to mail the first round of letters out to those residents who are in violation of Ordinance No. 184.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: There was no report at this time.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: There was no report at this time.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:21 pm to discuss personnel matters.

Borough Council closed executive session at 8:50 pm.

A Schaeffer/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving a promotion for Christopher Haddon to Water System Operator and a salary increase to $ 21.50 per hour, beginning the pay period August 9, 2012.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:51 pm by a Hillegass/Schaeffer motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary

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