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Telford Borough is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, approximately 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

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May 5, 2014

 

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:31 p.m. by President J. Allen Landis with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Scott Hillegass, Mayor David Snook, Stanley Nyce and James Schaeffer. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Solicitor Mark Weand, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Telford Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, Pastor Larry Orme from Penn Valley Church, Evelyn Tyson from STV Architects, Inc., Michele Fountain from CKS Engineers, Carlos Valdes from Secant Medical, Jim Ennis from Keystone Municipal Services, residents Leonard Jennings and Lori Rappold, and a press reporter. Carolyn Crouthamel and Jeffrey Maxwell were absent.

 

The invocation was given by James Schaeffer, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

 

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

 

A Hillegass/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the minutes of the April 7, 2014 Borough Council meeting.

 

TREASURER'S REPORT:

 

Manager Mark Fournier reported that we’ve taken in 51.09% of our revenues and have spent about 27.04% of our expenditures.

 

A Hillegass/Baker motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for April 2014.

 

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

 

Mayor Snook thanked Council for sending him to the various seminars that he’s been able to attend; he stated that these seminars help him to better serve the community.

 

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

 

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

 

Mayor Snook asked Council if there has been any change in their position on the funding for the library. Scott Hillegass reported that the Finance & Administration Committee will be meeting with Library representatives on May 15th.

 

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

 

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.

 

Solicitor Mark Weand reported that there is a Zoning Hearing Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 7th to review Zoning Variance Application from John Rogers. The applicant is proposing to operate a multi-use commercial business at 203 N. Main Street, which will sell artwork, some clothing and provide tattoo services. The operation of a tattoo parlor is not permitted in that District, per Section 415 (C) (2) of the Telford Borough Zoning Ordinance.

 

After some discussion, it was decided that representation for Council is not necessary at the Zoning Hearing Board meeting. James Schaeffer stated that he will be attending as a concerned neighbor/resident.

 

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

 

Police Chief Randall Floyd stated that he has consulted with Pennsylvania State Police about the speeding problem on West Broad Street. The Borough may be able to have State Police do radar speed enforcement two or three times at peak areas on West Broad.

 

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

 

Michele Fountain from CKS reported that the bid opening for the Telford Municipal Park project is scheduled for Thursday, May 29th, and the bid award recommendation should be made at the June 2nd Council meeting.

 

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: None

 

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

 

A-1       A Hillegass/Baker motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the bills for the month of April in the amount of $268,073.00.

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

 

PZ-1     Evelyn Tyson from STV Architects, Inc. gave a presentation on the proposed Secant Medical relocation project at 551 E. Church Road. The project is in the LI – Limited Industrial Zoning District and proposes the use, LI-7 Research Facilities, in an existing 120,000 sq. ft. building. In addition, a 566 sq. ft. building addition, parking area improvements and stormwater improvements are proposed on this 11.844 acre lot.

Secant Medical requested the following two waivers from the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO):

 

1.         Section 305.5 – from showing existing features 100 feet outside of the property boundary.

 

2.         Section 433.2.C.D. and E. – from planting the total required softening buffer along the Eastern property line associated with the solvent storage building addition. This is due to the existing 20-feet-wide Sanitary Sewer Easement located along the Eastern property line.

 

A Hillegass/Baker motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the Secant Medical Preliminary/Final Land Development Plans and the waivers from the SALDO listed above, subject to addressing the comments in the CKS review letters to Telford Borough and Telford Borough Authority dated April 21, 2014.

 

PZ-2     The Borough of Telford Code of Ordinances comprising Chapters 1 thru 27 as prepared and published by Keystate Publishers, Inc. was introduced for adoption. Consideration will extend at least 30 days before final enactment.

 

This was followed by a Baker/Nyce motion which carried unanimously (5-0) authorizing the advertising of Ordinance # 401 for enactment of the Codification.

 

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

 

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

 

PW-1    Manager Mark Fournier gave an overview of the Telford Municipal Park project and showed a plan to Council that includes the proposed park amenities, parking and landscaping.

 

Mr. Baker asked Mr. Fournier about the soccer and baseball groups who use the fields every year, and Mr. Fournier advised Mr. Baker that those groups were notified in early January that the fields would not be available this season.  The Borough has been working with them to accommodate their needs.

 

Mr. Schaeffer asked if the Borough will rent out the pavilion, and Mr. Fournier informed Mr. Schaeffer that the Borough does not rent out any of the pavilions in our parks; they are on a first come, first serve basis. Mr. Fournier added that, if the Library would need to use the pavilion for one of its events, the Borough would work something out with them.

   

Mr. Landis asked when the new park will be ready, and Mr. Fournier advised him that the Borough hopes to have it ready by next spring.

 

PW-2    A petition was submitted by Borough residents to grade, stone and roll the 0.07 mile stretch of Station Alley extending south of East Reliance Road. After some discussion, Mr. Fournier informed Council that the Borough will use millings we received from PennDOT to stone the alley.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

 

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

 

DC-1     A Schaeffer/Nyce motion carried unanimously (5-0) authorizing Penn Valley Church to use Centennial Field for spectators of the festival’s fireworks on June 14, 2014.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

 

Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:51 pm to discuss a matter of litigation.

 

Borough Council closed executive session at 9:17 pm. No action was taken.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:18 pm by a Hillegass/Baker motion.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                                 

Secretary                                                                                                                     

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