October 3, 2016
The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Scott Hillegass with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Carolyn Crouthamel, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer and Mayor David Snook. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, Solicitor Mark Weand, Telford Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, residents Lori Rappold, Jason Searock & John Taylor, and a reporter. J. Allen Landis and Jeffrey Maxwell were absent.
The invocation was given by Scott Hillegass, followed by the pledge of allegiance.
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:
A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the minutes of the September 6, 2016 Borough Council meeting.
As of September 30, 2016, the Borough has taken in 90.57% of our revenues and has spent 66.74% of our expenditures.
Councilman Robert Baker inquired about the $98,281.95 remaining in the Earned Income Tax category. Manager Mark Fournier explained that the Borough expects to receive payment of those projected taxes in the 4th quarter of 2016.
A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for the month of September, 2016.
MAYOR’S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
POLICE REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
Councilman Stanley Nyce acknowledged the nice recognitions in the Police Report that the Department received from various organizations.
FIRE REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
Fire Department President Jerry Guretse reported that the Department will have new reporting software installed in the next month or two.
Mr. Guretse wished Council President Scott Hillegass all the best with his move and thanked him for his support of the Fire Company.
Councilman James Schaeffer thanked Mr. Guretse for the Fire Company’s service to the Community at the annual Fair at Penn Valley Church in June.
LIBRARY REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
PUBLIC WORKS REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
Public Works Director Gary Yoder informed Council that students from Indian Crest Middle School will be planting mums and mulching the beds at the Borough municipal parking lot as part of a Community Day project on Wednesday, October 5th.
Mayor David Snook told Mr. Yoder that the Boy Scouts have asked him if there is anything they could help out with in our community. Mr. Yoder stated that he will touch base with the Boy Scouts to talk to them about what opportunities there might be for the Boy Scouts to help out with.
MANAGER’S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
Manager Mark Fournier informed Council that W.B. Homes received a Blasting Activity Permit from the State for the Arlington Square development site. There was blasting today and there will be more tomorrow. Mr. Fournier gave a brief overview of the blasting activity and added that it’s been well controlled.
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.
ENGINEER’S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Landis
A-1 A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the bills for the month of September, 2016 in the amount of $308,436.03.
A-2 A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (5-0) to adopt the Minimum Municipal Obligation for the year 2017 for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan with the amount being $165,830.
A-3 A Crouthamel/Baker motion carried unanimously (5-0) to adopt the Minimum Municipal Obligation for the Police Pension Plan for the year 2017 with the amount being $120,265.
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell
PZ-1 A Baker/Nyce motion carried unanimously (5-0) adopting the 2016 update to the Bucks County Hazard Mitigation Plan.
ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce
Mr. Nyce reported that the Borough received a check for $11,611.22 from the Montgomery County Recycling Commission grant for 2014.
PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel
PW-1 A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (5-0) authorizing the sale of the GMC Yukon to Matthew Freeman in the amount of $3,450.00.
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer
The next Public Safety Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 11th at 9:00 am.
DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce
DC-1 A Fall Festival will be held at the last day of the Indian Valley Farmers Market on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.
DC-2 Oktoberfest will be held at JS Stover Beverage on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
RECOGNITION OF MERITORIOUS YEARS OF SERVICE – SCOTT K. HILLEGASS
Mayor David Snook presented the Resolution 16-06 honoring Scott Hillegass, which was read into the Borough Council minutes for permanent record:
WHEREAS, Scott K. Hillegass has faithfully and conscientiously served Telford Borough and its citizens as a dedicated Councilman for 26 years; and
WHEREAS, Telford Borough recognizes his longevity and loyal service during those 26 years of service; and
WHEREAS, the governing body, by this recognition, wishes to express great appreciation to Scott K. Hillegass for his loyalty, dedication, and meritorious service to Telford Borough; and
WHEREAS, we deeply appreciate the important contributions Scott K. Hillegass has made to the revitalization of Telford Borough through his outstanding volunteer efforts with the Souderton-Telford Main Streets program and his service to the Telford Industrial Development Authority; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of Telford Borough have been most fortunate to have had a person of his capacity and dedication;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVEDthat Telford Borough extends personal congratulations and best wishes to Scott K. Hillegass for continued success in his future endeavors.
Resolved this 3rd day of October , 2016.
A Nyce/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (5-0) passing Resolution 16-06, recognizing Scott Hillegass’ meritorious years of service.
A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (5-0) accepting the resignation of Scott Hillegass, with congratulations and regret.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm by a Schaeffer/Nyce motion and a celebration with cake was held to honor Mr. Hillegass.
Mark D. Fournier