August 1, 2016
The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:31 p.m. by President Scott Hillegass with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Carolyn Crouthamel, J. Allen Landis, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer and Mayor David Snook. Also present were Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Solicitor Mark Weand, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Gladys Gradel, Detective Daniel Fox, Sergeant David Bechtel, Officer Brett Popiny and family, Officer Christopher McAroy and family, Josh Gross from Richard C. Mast, Nathan Clemmer from Clemmer Realty LLC, Geoff Horrocks from Gavin Construction, resident Lori Rappold, and a reporter. Jeffrey Maxwell was absent.
The invocation was given by Robert Baker, followed by the pledge of allegiance.
SWEARING IN OF PART-TIME POLICE OFFICER: Mayor David Snook swore in Christopher McAroy as a new part-time police officer for Telford Borough.
AWARD PRESENTATIONS: Police Chief Randall Floyd presented awards to the following officers:
Detective Daniel Fox, Officer Jeremy Kim and Officer Brett Popiny were given commendations for their actions during an attempted armed robbery on May 11th.
Officer Brett Popiny was also recognized for his life-saving efforts during an attempted suicide on July 9th.
Ms. Lisa Santiago, Manager of Telford Garden Apartments, was presented with a Citizen Award for her outstanding efforts and assistance to the Telford Borough Police Department.
Council President Scott Hillegass thanked Chief Floyd for his presentations.
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:
A Crouthamel/Landis motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the July 5, 2016 Borough Council meeting.
As of July 31, 2016, the Borough has taken in 71.94% of our revenues and has spent about 50% of our expenditures.
A Landis/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for the month of July, 2016.
MAYOR’S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
Mayor Snook reported that he was stopped twice by residents while he was at the Farmers Market on Saturday; they shared compliments with him about how great the Public Works and Police Departments are doing and how well they work with the community.
POLICE REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
A Landis/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the proposed fee schedule for civil matters.
Councilwoman Carolyn Crouthamel stated that it was really a joy to read all of the notes of kindness that the Police Department received from residents; she is really pleased that the community is reaching out.
FIRE REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
Fire Company President Jerry Guretse informed Council that the Fire Company is offering a Cadet Program for kids 14-16 years of age. They have 14 kids signed up, and the program will be from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm every night, with a graduation ceremony at the end of the week-long program.
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 informed Council that Telford Borough’s Municipal Park has been selected by PA DCNR and the Penn State Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Management as one of two sites that will be studied to better understand the outcomes and impacts of park renovations. A Penn State graduate student will survey Municipal Park visitors between mid-August and October of 2016.
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 the Arlington Square agreements are complete and construction has started.
Councilman Stanley Nyce asked for a status update on the Keeler properties, and Solicitor Weand informed Council that the Borough will be going back to the District Court on Wednesday, August 3rd if a few remaining property violations are not resolved by that morning.
ENGINEER’S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that a pre-construction meeting occurred for the Arlington Square project, and that clearing of the culvert under the railroad tracks will take place on Wednesday.
Mr. DiGangi stated that an MS4 presentation will occur at the September 6th Council meeting, as a requirement of the Borough’s NPDES Permit.
COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:
Fire Company President Jerry Guretse reported that a car ran into the building at 100 Emlen Way, and Mr. Fournier came out to the scene until the building inspector arrived. Mr. Guretse thanked Mr. Fournier for all he does.
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Landis
A-1 A Landis/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the bills for the month of July, 2016 in the amount of $ 257,512.39.
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell
PZ-1 329 Erie Avenue – Preliminary/Final Minor Plan of Subdivision
Mr. Josh Gross from Richard C. Mast Associates, the Engineer for Clemmer Realty, LLC gave an overview for this revised project, which includes the subdivision of the existing 17,700 s.f. lot into two separate lots. Lot 1 will consist of one-half of the existing twin unit and Lot 2 being a single-family detached dwelling. In addition, two off-street parking spaces will be located on Lot 1 and stormwater management facilities for the project will be located on Lot 2.
Borough Engineer Patrick DiGangi also gave an overview of the two CKS review letters dated July 14, 2016:
Water and Sanitary Sewer Review
1. The previously approved plan required two new EDUs from Telford Borough Authority. The current proposal only requires one. The Applicant shall coordinate with Telford Borough Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection to revise the approved sewage facility planning accordingly.
2. The proposed 1-inch water service line from the corporation stop at the curb stop shall be revised to indicate ¾-inch. The Standard Detail on Sheet 10 shall also be revised to indicate ¾-inch service.
3. A Service Agreement with the Authority and establishment of a tapping fee will need to be completed prior to the start of construction (Telford Borough Authority Specification Part 1.C and D). One new residential unit will need to be served by the project (Lot 2). The existing building on proposed Lot 1 is currently served by the Authority.
The Applicant has agreed to comply with all conditions set forth in the CKS Water and Sanitary Sewer review letter dated July 14, 2016.
Preliminary/Final Minor Plan of Subdivision
1. The Telford Borough Zoning Hearing Board approved the Applicant’s request for three (3) variances from Section 804 at a public meeting held on May 24, 2016, and issued a decision on July 7, 2016 regarding the following variances:
a) From Z.O. 804.1.A – which requires a minimum lot area for single-family detached units of 10,500 s.f. The Plan proposes a 9,624 s.f. lot for Lot 2.
b) From Z.O. 804.2.B – which requires a minimum lot width at the building line of 50 feet for a single-family semi-detached unit. The Plan proposes 38 feet for Lot 1.
c) From Z.O. 804.4 – which requires a minimum aggregate side yard of 25 feet, with neither side yard less than 10 feet. The Plans propose a 10 foot side yard for Lot 1.
2. The stormwater management facility design has not changed from the previous townhouse proposed. As a result, the facility is oversized. In order to address potential future impervious surfaces, we suggest that a note should be added to the Record Plan indicating the amount of additional impervious area that can be added to each lot without requiring modifications to the stormwater management facility.
3. Variance No. 1 noted on Sheet 1 shall be revised to state 10,500 s.f.
4. The Designer shall verify the size of the existing lot to be subdivided. Tax parcel information on Sheet 1 indicates gross area as 16,753 s.f., while Sheet 3 indicates 17,700 s.f. This discrepancy needs to be resolved.
5. It appears that the property has been transferred to Gavin Properties, L.P. The Plans shall be revised to indicate Gavin Properties as the equitable owner.
SUBDIVISION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT ISSUES:
6. The Applicant previously requested and received a waiver from the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance Section 432.1, which requires curbing along parking areas. The current plans will still require this waiver. For stormwater runoff purposes, CKS does not see an issue with granting the required waiver. However, we would suggest that tire stops be added to the two parking spaces in the rear of Lot 1. The Applicant agrees to install landscaping in lieu of tire stops along the rear parking area of the project. A waiver is requested for the elimination of curbing along the parking area.
7. As per SALDO Section 409, the Borough requires the construction of recreational facilities or payment of fees in lieu thereof for park and recreation purposes when proposing subdivision and land developments of two or more dwellings. Further, a donation to the Borough’s fire services will be required for the project. The fee-in-lieu of recreation facilities is $1,250 per residential unit and donation to fire services is $250 per residential unit. The Applicant will comply with the paying of said fees for park and recreation and fire service fees as required for the project.
8. Driveways are required to be a minimum 5 feet from any side or rear lot line. The plans show approximately a 2-foot separation of the parking area in Lot No. 1 and the property line. A waiver may be required. (SALDO 428.10) A waiver is requested for a 2-foot separation of the parking area from the property line instead of the required 5-foot separation required.
9. CKS Engineers suggests the addition of plantings along the front of the stalls proposed on Lot No. 1 to buffer headlights from the adjacent property. The Applicant agrees to add 7 evergreen plantings in the front of the parking stalls on Lot No. 1 to buffer out headlight illumination.
10. The proposed driveway apron, depressed curb and road restoration shall be shown on the Construction Improvement Plan (Sheet 6).
11. Monuments shall be placed at the corners of the 20’-wide access easement. (SALDO 433.1) It was determined that monuments shall be placed at 2 of the corners of the 20’ wide easement and pins can be placed in lieu of monuments behind the curb line adjacent to Murray Alley.
12. Lot pins shall be added to the dividing line of Lots 1 and 2. The previous lot pins for the previously proposed townhomes shall be removed. (SALDO 433.2)
GRADING, DRAINAGE AND STORMWATER MANAGEMENT ISSUES:
13. A revision date shall be added to the Stormwater Management Report since the layout was changed. The Post Development Watershed Plan within the Stormwater Management Report shall be updated to reflect the current plan.
14. CKS recommends that the Borough Solicitor verify that the Stormwater Maintenance Agreement recorded for the previous project will be transferred with the property and is in place for the current project.
15. The previously recorded 50-foot-wide Access Easement will need to be extinguished before final plan recording. Proof of the extinguishment of this easement will need to be provided to the Borough.
It was determined that a signed 50-foot-wide Access Easement has not yet been recorded. The Applicant will not be required to record the previous easement. The Applicant has agreed to comply with all conditions set forth in the CKS Preliminary/Final Minor Plan of Subdivision review letter dated July 14, 2016.
A Schaeffer/Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) granting preliminary/final approval based on the following conditions:
1. The Applicant is to submit revised plans which address, meet and comply with all comments listed in the July 14, 2016 (Borough) review letter from CKS Engineers, Inc., the Telford Borough Engineer, to the satisfaction of the Borough Engineer.
2. The Applicant is to submit revised plans which will address, meet and comply with all comments listed in the July 14, 2016 (Authority) review letter from CKS Engineers, Inc., the Telford Borough Authority Engineer, to the satisfaction of the Authority Engineer.
3. The property Owner will be responsible for ownership and maintenance of the stormwater system located on Lot 2. A Stormwater Facilities Maintenance and Monitoring Agreement is to be executed between the Developer/Owner and Borough detailing the Owner’s maintenance responsibilities and allowing the Borough the ability to maintain said facilities, at the Owner’s expense, in the event the Owner fails to.
4. The following waivers were granted:
a. Section §428.10 Curbing
A waiver from the requirement to provide curbing along proposed driveways and parking lots. This will allow water to be conveyed from the parking area to a shallow underground stormwater management facility. Instead, the Applicant has agreed to place a row of seven evergreens along the parking edge to delineate the edge and screen automobile headlights.
b. Section §432.1 Driveway Intersections
A waiver from the requirement to provide a minimum five feet (5’) separation between any side or rear lot line and driveways. A two feet (2’) separation is provided between the Lot 1 driveway and the Lot 1/Lot 2 common side lot line. This will allow for twenty feet (20’) long parking spaces for vehicles within the limits of Lot 1.
5. The Applicant shall present to Telford Borough all required local, state and federal approvals, permits and certificates necessary to develop the site, including, but not limited to, Montgomery County Conservation District approval and Montgomery County Planning Commission review, as well as all reviews/approvals from all required utility agencies including, but not limited to, the Telford Borough Authority.
6. The Developer shall provide a recreation impact contribution to Telford Borough in the amount of $1,250 per residential unit, as well as provide a donation to the Borough’s Fire Services department in the amount of $250 per unit.
7. Prior to recording and signing of the final plan, the Developer shall sign, execute in a form satisfactory to the Borough, a Development Agreement and a Financial Security Agreement, together with financial security acceptable to the Borough as required by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Nothing to report at this time.
PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel
PW-1 A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the sale of the Leaf Vacuum Loader to Jimmie Ward in the amount of $1,125.00.
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Nothing to report at this time.
DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Nothing to report at this time.
Souderton-Telford Main Streets will be receiving a donation from Abstract Media, a company owned by 2003 Souderton Area High School graduate, Andrew Baker. Andrew will be donating his time and resources to create a video documentary of Souderton and Telford.
Council President Scott Hillegass announced that he will be moving to Florida by the end of October. Various Council members told Mr. Hillegass that he will be missed and that they appreciate his many years of service to Telford Borough.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:29 pm by a Nyce/Crouthamel motion.
Mark D. Fournier