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

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October 6, 2014

 

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:29 p.m. by President J. Allen Landis with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Carolyn Crouthamel, Scott Hillegass, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer and Mayor David Snook. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Solicitor Mark Weand, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, resident Lori Rappold and a press reporter. Jeffrey Maxwell was absent.

 

The invocation was given by Mayor David Snook, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

 

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

 

A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the September 2, 2014 Borough Council meeting.

 

TREASURER'S REPORT:

 

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has received $28,000 more in real estate transfer taxes than we anticipated in the 2014 budget.

 

Mr. Fournier then informed Council that there will be some increases across the board in next year’s budget in the Borough’s day-to-day operating costs, in the following categories: medical/dental insurance premiums, life and disability insurance premiums, liability and property insurance premiums, and pension costs. He also reported that revenues should also increase next year in the earned income tax, real estate transfer tax and real estate tax categories, due to the proposed townhouse development on 3rd Street.

 

Councilman Bob Baker asked Mr. Fournier when the Council will see the budget, and Mr. Fournier replied that Council will see a draft in next month’s Council packet. He and Finance Director Craig Davies will meet with the Finance & Administrative Committee once or twice, prior to packet distribution.

 

Manager Mark Fournier suggested that Council may want to consider implementing the Local Services Tax (LST) in the Borough, since most municipalities in Bucks & Montgomery Counties already have it in place.

 

Mr. Baker asked Mr. Fournier what the turnaround time would be to adopt the ordinance that would implement the LST, and asked if there would be enough time with advertising, etc. to start it in January, and Mr. Fournier & Solicitor Weand said that yes, there would be.

 

Mr. Baker then asked what the $356,358.34 in the Escrow Fund pertained to, and Mr. Fournier explained that it’s for the Secant Medical project that came in this month as they had posted cash for their project and not a Letter of Credit.

 

A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for September, 2014.

 

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

 

Mayor David Snook reported that he attended some great social events, and performed 3 weddings. He’s had requests for a few more weddings in the coming weeks.

 

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

 

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

 

Telford Fire Company President Jerry Guretse informed Council that this is Fire Prevention Week, and everyone is invited to attend the open house at the Firehouse on Sunday, October 12th from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Everyone is also invited to attend the Fire Company breakfast at Borough Hall on Sunday, October 26th.

 

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

 

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

 

Public Works Director Gary Yoder informed Council that the Public Works crew has been very busy up at the Municipal Park project, and also reported that the Borough took possession of a new pick-up, which he drove to the meeting tonight, in case anyone would like to take a look at it after the meeting.

 

Councilman Jim Schaeffer asked Mr. Yoder if the Borough has a large reserve of salt for the winter, and Mr. Yoder replied that yes, we do. Mr. Fournier told Council that the Borough stocked up before the cost increase went into effect, and we have a good supply.

 

Councilwoman Carolyn Crouthamel stated that the Municipal Park is really shaping up beautifully, and she loves the look of the play set. Her grandchildren are excited to try it out when the project is finished.

 

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

 

Manager Mark Fournier asked everyone to be patient with putting out their leaves for collection; the Public Works crew will get to them as the schedule states. The 2014 leaf collection schedule was distributed in everyone’s meeting packet, is available at the Borough office window, and will be posted on the website and in the Morning Call and Souderton Independent.

 

Mr. Fournier stated that he is working with Chief Floyd and Jesse Hill on a property violation on West Broad Street.

 

Mr. Fournier also informed Council that the Borough will be ready in the new year to accept credit card and ACH/online payments.

 

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 update of the pending zoning matters in the Borough.

 

Mr. Weand also informed Council that he went on a site tour of the Municipal Park project with the Borough Manager and Engineer, and stated that the quality of work being done by the Public Works crew is to be commended.

 

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

 

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: There were no comments from the audience.

 

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

 

A-1       A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the bills for the month of September in the amount of $ 278,069.98.

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

 

Manager Mark Fournier informed Council that Les Freed sent a letter of resignation from the Zoning Hearing Board to the Borough, effective in the new year.

 

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: There was nothing to report at this time.

 

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

 

Mr. Fournier reminded everyone that Oktoberfest will be held at Stover Park on October 18th, and the Indian Valley Farmers Market will be located there all day for its final day of the season.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Mr. Fournier informed Council that he distributed a handout before the meeting with information about an open house for the Telford Diving Unit in Harleysville on Thursday, October 9th at 10:30 am.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

 

Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:10 pm to discuss a matter of litigation and personnel matters.

 

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 9:06 pm. No action was taken.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:06 pm by a Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                                 

Secretary                                             

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