March 6, 2017
The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:29 p.m. by President Jeffrey Maxwell with the following members in attendance: A. Miles Arnott, Robert Baker, Carolyn Crouthamel, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer, Mayor David Snook and John Taylor. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Building Inspector Jesse Hill, Solicitor Mark Weand, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Telford Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss and a reporter.
The invocation was given by Carolyn Crouthamel, followed by the pledge of allegiance.
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:
A Baker/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of the February 6, 2017 Borough Council meeting.
Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 13.53% of its revenues and has spent 11.15% of its expenditures.
A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for February, 2017.
MAYOR’S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
POLICE REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
Police Chief Randall Floyd reported that PennDOT came out to assess the intersection of East Church Road and North Hamilton Street, after a visually handicapped Borough woman was involved in a minor pedestrian/vehicle collision. The PennDOT representative made some very reasonable recommendations for the intersection, including additional signage and crosswalk delineation, and Chief Floyd suggested that they be implemented.
FIRE REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
Fire Company President Jerry Guretse informed Council that the Fire Company completed their ISO update of maps and the water supply system. He added that the Fire Company has 8 new members.
Mr. Guretse also reported that they assisted with a residential fire in Peartree Village on February 24th; the fire was under control within 36 minutes.
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.
BUILDING OFFICIAL’S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
Building Inspector Jesse Hill reported that there is a lot going on in the Borough. There are 6 townhouses up at Arlington Square, and 4 more are under construction.
Mr. Hill also reported that the Keeler property on Penn Avenue is no longer in violation. There were 4 code violations reported at the property, all of which have been addressed; the parking lot has been cleaned up, the high weeds and grass have been cut, new windows were installed to replace the broken ones, and the generator business is gone. Mr. Hill added that the new tenant coming in is very meticulous and will be good for that location.
Councilman James Schaeffer stated that Mr. Hill is doing a terrific job for the Borough.
SOLICITOR’S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
ENGINEER’S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.
Manager Mark Fournier reported that the engineer is currently working on the CDBG handicap ramp project.
COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Baker
A-1 A Baker/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the bills for the month of February, 2017 in the amount of $214,210.06.
A-2 An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the sale of the Ex-Mark Mower to Nate Seaman for $3,601.
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer
ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce
PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel
PW-1 Mr. Fournier reported that it’s been determined that some unexpected roof and building repairs are needed on the Police Department building and at Borough Hall. He added that the paving of Telford Pike has put on hold for a year, and we can also delay some carpeting needs at Borough Hall in order to help offset the cost of these repairs. A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing Timothy Schaeffer to do these repairs for $9,585.
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Arnott
PS-1 An Arnott/Taylor motion carried unanimously (7-0) conditionally approving Edward Radlow and Tori Adams as part-time police officers pending their completion of a complete and satisfactory background check and physical/psychological evaluation. Further, they are hired at a rate of $18.00 per hour for the first six months of training, then will be moved to $19.00 per hour for their part-time work. Chief Floyd informed Council that ¾ of their background investigations are complete, and he fully expects them to pass.
DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Taylor
DC-1 Councilman John Taylor reminded Council about the So You Think You Can Cook fundraising event for Souderton-Telford Main Streets this Wednesday, March 8th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Generations. John & Donna Taylor and Megan McShane will be participating as chefs in the event.
Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 7:56 pm to discuss a matter of potential litigation.
Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:20 pm. No action was taken.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:21 pm by a Crouthamel/Arnott motion.
Mark D. Fournier