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

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June 3, 2013

 

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Carolyn Crouthamel with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Scott Hillegass, J. Allen Landis, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer and Mayor Jay Stover. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Solicitor Mark Weand, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, 7 Borough residents and a press reporter. Jeffrey Maxwell was absent.

 

The invocation was given by J. Allen Landis, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

 

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

 

A Hillegass/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the May 6, 2013 Borough Council meeting.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: We received the written monthly report for May, 2013 for the file.

 

Manager Mark Fournier reported that we’ve taken in 71.19% of our revenues and have spent about 38.35% of our expenditures.

 

Mr. Fournier informed Council that the Borough has taken in about 97% of our real estate taxes and just under 50% of our earned income taxes.

 

A Landis/Hillegass motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report.

 

MAYOR’S REPORT:

 

Mayor Stover reported that he attended the May Council meeting and an appreciation dinner that the Indian Valley Public Library held for its volunteers. Approximately 4,500 hours of volunteer time were spent at the Library. Mayor Stover will also be attending the Community Fair this week at Penn Valley Church.

 

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


Chief Floyd informed Council that Telford Borough received requests from Penn Valley Church and Sellersville Borough for Fire Police assistance at their upcoming carnivals. A Hillegass/ Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Fire Police assistance at those 2 events.

 

FIRE REPORT: We did not receive a written monthly report for the file.

 

Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company reported to Council that the Fire Company has instituted a Health and Wellness Policy, which requires that all volunteers get a yearly physical examination. The purpose of the examination is to ensure that the physical, physiological, intellectual, and psychological health of the volunteer is suitable for the environment and functions of a firefighter.

 

Mr. Guretse also informed Council that the Fire Company is instituting an Incident/Scene Rehabilitation Standard Operating Guideline, to ensure that the physical and mental condition of fire fighters and support personnel operating at the scene of an emergency, training exercise, or other fire department activity does not deteriorate to a level that affects the safety or well-being of each fire fighter or support personnel or that jeopardizes the safety and integrity of the operation.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Manager Mark Fournier reported that Telford Borough has received approval for a Bucks County Open Space Grant, funding from Telford Industrial Development Authority and funding from Telford Borough Authority for the Telford Municipal Park Improvements Project. The Borough has applied for a DCNR Grant from Montgomery County and hopes to receive the Grant in the fall, which would secure all of the necessary funding for the project.

 

BUILDING OFFICIAL’S REPORT: We did not receive a written monthly report for the file.

 

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

 

Solicitor Mark Weand reported that legal counsel for Rock Community Church advised him that the Church plans to sell the property and relocate, so the Petition for a tax exemption will be withdrawn without the necessity of a hearing.

 

Stanley Nyce congratulated Solicitor Weand on his 50 years with the Montgomery Bar Association, and other members of Council expressed congratulations to Solicitor Weand as well.

 

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

 

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

 

Telford Borough resident Mrs. Edna Callahan appeared before Council with other Borough residents regarding the condition of 56 W. Summit Avenue. Mrs. Callahan stated that she is angry that this property has not been taken care of and showed Council pictures of the poor condition of the property. She is very concerned for her husband who has severe lung issues, and there is a lot of overgrown weeds and poison sumac on the property.

 

Manager Fournier explained that the former owner of this property became seriously ill, and walked away from the property; it is now in the process of being foreclosed on. Mr. Fournier further explained that he has been trying since the fall to get in contact with someone at the bank/institution that took possession of this property. A few weeks ago, he finally reached the financial institution that paid the 2012 taxes on the property, and was told that they had contracted a property maintenance company to maintain the property. Mr. Fournier explained the horrible condition of the property and the urgency to get the property taken care of. He was told that it would be addressed as soon as possible, and was asked to please follow-up in 2 weeks if it wasn’t taken care of.

 

Mr. Fournier reported that he did follow up 2 weeks later, and finally spoke to someone at the property maintenance company on Monday morning, who assured him that it would be taken care of that day. The woman he spoke to called back at the end of the day to report that she had spoken directly to the employee who would going out to the property, and was assured that it would be done before nightfall.

 

Mrs. Linda Reiger, another Borough resident, asked why the taxes that the residents pay can’t pay for the maintenance of this property, and the Borough get reimbursed by the management company? Manager Fournier explained that if the Borough did that for one property, they would be expected to do that for others, and we don’t have the resources available.

 

Mrs. Donna Brown, a neighbor of 56 W. Summit Avenue, expressed serious concerns about the animals living in the abandoned house that go over to the playground. Manager Fournier told Mrs. Brown that the Borough had not been informed of any problems with animals at this property, and asked what kind of animals had been seen. Mrs. Brown informed Mr. Fournier that she has seen 2 stray cats coming out of the house and going over to the playground.

 

Manager Fournier emphasized to the residents that he believes this property will now be on a regular maintenance cycle, and assured them that he would be following up with the management company in the morning.

 

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

 

A-1       A Hillegass/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) accepting the paymentof the bills for the month of May, 2013 in the amount of $ 259,644.72.

 

A-2       A Hillegass/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the sale of the 1996 GMC pick-up truck w/plow to Jeffrey Claycomb of Warrington, PA for $4,850.00.

 

A-3       Manager Mark Fournier reported that audit has been completed by Styer Associates, and Telford Borough had a clean audit, with the exception of one minor commentregarding the building permit listing, which was already addressed. Scott Hillegass thanked the staff for being so diligent.

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

 

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer

 

PS-1     A Schaeffer/Hillegass motion carried unanimously (6-0) adopting the 2012 Montgomery County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

 

Mr. Schaeffer asked Manager Fournier if the Mitigation Plan is something that the Borough would be renewing every year, and Mr. Fournier stated that no, theCounty revises the plan approximately every 5 years.

 

Mr. Schaeffer then asked about the petition that was received from residents onWest Broad Street for the speed humps. Manager Fournier reported that ChiefFloyd is investigating this matter and will report to the Public Safety Committeeat their meeting in June.

 

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:34 pm to discuss a matter of litigation and personnel matters.

 

Borough Council closed executive session at 10:01 pm.

 

A Hillegass/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) promoting Brian Kopp to Parks Foreman, at a rate of $25.25 per hour, effective June 6, 2013.

 

A Landis/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the hiring of part-time officer Matt Seydel, starting at $16.00 per hour.

 

A Hillegass/Landis motion carried unanimously (6-0) accepting the resignation of Sergeant Jim Minninger, as tendered in his letter dated May 23, 2013.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 10:06 pm by a Landis/Hillegass motion.

 

Respectfully submitted, 

 

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary

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