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

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August 4, 2014

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President J. Allen Landis with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Carolyn Crouthamel, Scott Hillegass, Jeffrey Maxwell, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer and Mayor David Snook. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Solicitor Mark Weand, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, Clifford Stout from S.T.A. Engineers, residents Stephen Fernald and Lori Rappold and a press reporter.

 

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

 

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

 

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

 

TREASURER'S REPORT:

 

Manager Mark Fournier reported that we’ve taken in 62.93% of our revenues and have spent about 47.19% of our expenditures.

 

Mr. Fournier reported that the 2014 Budget currently shows $691,879 projected for Grant money that the Borough anticipates receiving for the Telford Municipal Park project. Mr. Fournier explained that DCNR awards the final 10% of their Grant at the conclusion of the project, and Bucks County awards the final 25% of their Grant at the end of the project, which totals approximately $83,000. The Borough will have to temporarily borrow from Capital Reserve this year to pay for some of the project costs, and will reimburse Capital Reserve next year.

 

Councilman Scott Hillegass asked Mr. Fournier if the Borough is still receiving funds from the TIDA loan, and Mr. Fournier answered that yes, we will be submitting another draw request to TIDA. Mr. Hillegass informed Mr. Fournier that the TIDA Board will be meeting on Tuesday evening, August 12th, if he wishes to get in a request prior to that meeting.

 

Mr. Fournier also reported that we received $9,200 from the recycling grant with the County.

 

A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for July 2014.

 

MAYOR’S REPORT: There was no written report for this month.

 

Mayor David Snook reported that he attended 2 ribbon cuttings with Souderton-Telford Main Streets representatives, one of which was the ribbon cutting for Salon Sarai. Mayor Snook stated that he truly enjoyed participating in the ribbon cuttings.

 

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

 

Councilman Jeffrey Maxwell asked Chief Randall Floyd which of the Borough parks were vandalized, as referenced in the Police Report. Chief Floyd informed Council that the sliding board and picnic table were damaged at Summit Street Park, and there was significant spray painting done at Franconia Avenue Park. Chief Floyd has directed the officers to beef up the patrols of the parks.

 

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.

 

Councilman Robert Baker complimented Public Works Director Gary Yoder on the beautiful chip sealing job that the Public Works crew did on Fourth Street.

 

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

 

Manager Mark Fournier informed Council that the Borough received a revised sketch plan from Prospect Acquisitions for the proposed townhouse development on Third Street.

 

Mr. Fournier also informed Council that the Borough is moving forward with getting set up to receive credit card payments and online payments, for not only water & sewer bills, but also building permits, specifications and other Borough fees.

 

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 gave an overview of pending zoning matters in the Borough, specifically the application from Prospect Acquisitions for the proposed townhouse development on Third Street. After some discussion, it was the consensus of Council to authorize the attendance of Manager Mark Fournier, Solicitor Mark Weand and Zoning Officer Rich O’Brien at the August 26th Zoning Hearing Board meeting, so they can support the proposed development on behalf of Council.

 

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

 

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that Prospect Acquisitions has submitted an application to the Zoning Hearing Board for a Special Exception pursuant to Section 802.E1 of the Telford Borough Zoning Ordinance, in order to develop proposed Lot 1 as an R3 – Single Family Attached Dwelling (townhouse development). The Applicant has also requested a variance from Section 803.A which permits a maximum height for a dwelling of 35 feet and not exceeding two and one-half stories. The Applicant is proposing a height of 35 feet and three stories. The Applicant is also requesting a variance from Section 804.B.2 which permits a minimum lot width for townhouses of 24 feet at the building line. The project proposes a townhouse width of 22 feet.

 

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

 

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

 

A-1       A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the bills for the month of July in the amount of $284,638.15.

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

 

PZ-1     Mr. Clifford Stout from S.T.A. Engineers gave a brief overview of the proposed parking lot expansion project at Met Pro. 

 

The following items were brought before the Planning Commission, and now before Council, from the CKS Engineers review letter dated June 26, 2014:

 

Zoning Issues, Item 3 – The required parking front yard setback shall be a minimum of 25 feet (Z.O. Section 1506). The Zoning Data table indicates the existing front yard setback to be 24.4 feet. This should be noted as an existing non-conformity. The proposed parking front yard setback is 24.2 feet. This is less than the allowable 25 feet and less than the existing non-conformity.

 

Mr. Stout requested that the Borough agree to allow the proposed parking front yard setback of 24.2 feet as an existing non-conformity. Council concurred.

 

Zoning Issues, Item 4 – In accordance with Z.O. Section 1508, a minimum 15-foot landscape strip shall be provided along property lines. This 15-foot strip should be labeled and landscaping shown within this strip.

 

Mr. Stout requested that Met Pro be allowed to plant a landscape strip along the North West portion of the parking lot, since there are already existing plantings on site. Council concurred.

 

Zoning Issues, Item 5 – In accordance with Z.O. Section 503.G.1, all off-street parking lots visible from a street shall be continuously screened by a 3-foot high wall/fence and plantings. No such screening is proposed by the plan.

 

Mr. Stout requested that this 3-foot high wall/fence and planting regulation be waived since there is existing tree coverage in front of the parking lot and around the perimeter of this site. Council concurred.

 

Subdivision and Land Development Issues, Item 1 – Note 6 on Sheet 1 states “all proposed curbing to have a 6 inch reveal. (Waiver of S.A.L.D.O. Section 405.4.A requested).” The Applicant should verify this waiver request. The cited SALDO section is incorrect, and the proposed Plain Cement Curb detail, shown on Sheet 3 of 3, shows an 8” curb reveal.

 

Mr. Stout requested a waiver from the SALDO regulations for curb reveal to be 6” to match existing curbing on-site instead of the stated 8” curb reveal as shown on Sheet #3. Council concurred.

 

Subdivision and Land Development Issues, Item 6 – Planting islands should be provided for every ten parking stalls. There shall be no more than ten continuous stalls in a row without a planted island. (SALDO Section 430.2.H.1) However, alternative planting islands, not provided every ten stalls, will be permitted at the discretion of the Borough Council (SALDO Section 430.2.H.2) The plan provides eight proposed trees in the vicinity of the proposed parking area. Five proposed trees are located along the perimeter and three proposed trees within planted islands. Will this be acceptable to the Borough? Council concurred that the proposed additional islands within the parking lot would be sufficient.

 

Mr. Stout requested that a waiver be granted for the requirement that planting islands be installed for every ten parking stalls. Council concurred.

 

A Maxwell/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) granting conditional approval to Met-Pro Corporation for their Land Development submission, and approving the waiver requests for Subdivision and Land Development Issues #1 and #6, provided that all the other issues are addressed in the CKS review letter dated June 26, 2014.

 

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

 

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

 

PW-1    A Crouthamel/Hillegass motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing signature of the Resolution for Telford Borough to enter into a Winter Traffic Services Five-Year Agreement with PaDOT.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer

 

Councilman James Schaeffer reported that the next Public Safety Committee will be on September 9th at 9:00 am.

 

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

 

DC-1     Manager Mark Fournier reported that Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 18th at Stover Park. Councilman Scott Hillegass added that the Indian Valley Farmers Market will be re-located to the Park that day as part of Oktoberfest.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough Picnic will be held on Friday, September 5th, and the December Council meeting will be held on December 8th, instead of December 1st.

 

Councilman Jeffrey Maxwell exited the meeting at 8:13 pm.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

 

Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:13 pm to discuss personnel matters and a matter of litigation.

 

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:51 pm.

 

A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the hiring of Joseph Triola and Alana Stanziano at the starting rates of $17.00/hour, with salary increases to $18.00/hour after the completion of six months, contingent on passing the physical and psychological examinations as well as complete background investigations.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:53 pm by a Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                                 

Secretary                                             

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