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

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May 1, 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, Solicitor Mark Weand, John Evarts from CKS Engineers, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, resident Lori Rappold and a reporter.

The invocation was given by John Taylor, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Nyce/Arnott motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of the April 3, 2017 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 48.61% of its revenues and has spent 22.85% of its expenditures. He added that Real Estate Transfer Taxes are lagging a bit, since property sales have been slow.

A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for April, 2017.

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

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

Mayor David Snook asked Chief Floyd for feedback on his brake retarder survey, and informed Council that he received a few calls from people on Church Road about brake retarders.

Chief Floyd stated that he surveyed residents in the 400 block of North Main Street, and also sat between 5:00 am and 7:00 am one morning to survey the truck traffic; 1 out of 15 trucks used its brake retarder. Chief Floyd has asked other municipalities for copies of their ordinances on brake retarders, and added that this issue needs more investigation.

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

Jerry Guretse thanked everyone for their well wishes, and said that it is good to be back. He informed Council that House Bill 1683 was signed into law to enact Act 172, which allows municipalities to offer tax credits to active volunteer fire fighters. On behalf of the Telford Fire Company, Mr. Guretse asked Council to take Act 172 into consideration.

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 reported that the Borough met with Moyer and Son to discuss stormwater projects on their property, and added that a pre-bid meeting was held for the ADA Handicap Ramp Project.

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. Baker

            A-1       A Baker/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the bills for the month of April, 2017 in the amount of $227,554.96.

A-2       Mr. Fournier informed Council that Telford Borough and other municipalities have been asked by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs to consider passing a resolution that would oppose the proposed elimination of the CDBG program. Mr. Fournier added that the CDBG Program has been very good to the Borough over the years; we received CDBG funding for the Franconia Avenue Park improvements project, the rehabilitation of the Community Building and most recently, the ADA handicap ramp project.

A Baker/Nyce motion carried unanimously (7-0) to pass Resolution 17-05, which opposes the elimination of the CDBG Program.

Mr. Fournier also reported that, per the request of the PA Municipalities League, Telford Borough sent letters to senators and state representatives requesting their support to oppose the elimination of this program.

A-3       A Baker/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) to pass Resolution 17-06, which approves the issuance of a Telford Industrial Development Authority loan to Lutheran Community at Telford. The loan will allow the Lutheran Community to retire old debt and to borrow funds for new projects.

            A-4       Mr. Fournier gave Council an overview of proposed Ordinance #411, which authorizes the backing of the financing for the Telford Borough Authority centrifuge project, at a maximum of $1,374,500.  Adopting this ordinance would allow for a better interest rate for the loan.

The debt schedule for this project loan will extend the current debt service for TBA for two additional years. Should TBA default on the loan, which would be highly unlikely, the interest rates would be raised accordingly to pay for the loan.

Councilman Robert Baker asked if the Borough needs to have a Public Hearing to adopt this ordinance, and Solicitor Mark Weand replied that no, the Borough only needs a Public Hearing if they are making a zoning ordinance change.

Manager Mark Fournier and Solicitor Weand recommended the adoption of this ordinance. A Baker/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) to adopt Ordinance #411.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Nothing at this time.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Nothing at this time.

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

PW-1    The bid opening for the ADA Handicap Ramp project was held on April 26th, and there were 6 bidders. Telford Borough will award the bid based on unit price.  A Schaeffer/Arnott motion carried unanimously (7-0) awarding the 2017 ADA Handicap Ramp project to the low bidder, T. Schiefer Contractors, Inc. for the following unit prices:

                        Plain Cement Concrete Curb                  $ 82.00/LF

                        Depressed Concrete Curb at Driveway    $ 82.00/LF

                        Concrete Sidewalk                                $ 19.00/SF

                        Concrete Driveway Aprons                     $ 19.00/SF

                        Concrete Cheek Walls                           $ 65.00/LF

                        Detectable Warning Surfaces                 $ 40.00/SF

                        Excavations as Directed by Engineer      $ 80.00/CY

The project amount will not exceed the grant amount of $207,000, and the Borough has a letter of confirmation from the T. Schiefer Contractors that they will not exceed the $207,000.

Mr. John Evarts from CKS Engineers informed Council that CKS has worked with this contractor before.

Councilman A. Miles Arnott asked how the Borough will prioritize which ramps will be done. Mr. Fournier stated that he and Gary Yoder will determine where the contractor starts. Ramps will be done in the area of Highland Drive, and in the School Lane Area, including Acorn Avenue and 3rd Street. No ramps will be addressed on PA DOT-owned roads.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Arnott

Mr. Arnott informed Council that the Public Safety Committee met on April 7th. Discussion took place at the meeting to re-address the Police Department returning to a slate of 7 full-time officers and 2 part-time officers.

The Committee also had a discussion about play devices in the streets, including hockey nets and basketball nets, and Mr. Arnott suggested that the Borough may want to look into an ordinance that would establish rules about these nets. Chief Floyd added that the Department doesn’t want to cause trouble, as they have not had a big problem with the nets, but the traffic in the Borough is getting heavier, and he wants to look into it more.

Solicitor Weand stated that the Borough does not have an ordinance that addresses this concern, and suggested that Chief Floyd may want to reach out to other municipalities to see what they have in place.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Taylor

DC-1     Councilman John Taylor informed Council that opening day of the Indian Valley Farmers Market is Saturday, June 24th, with extended hours of 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. There are currently 10-12 vendors committed to the Market, and Main Streets is hoping to have 15 or more vendors by the time the season starts.

DC-2     Representatives of Penn Valley Church appeared before Council to request the use of Centennial Field for spectator seating on June 17th, the night of the fireworks for their annual Community Fair. This is the 6th year for the fair, and they will be adding a 5K event to the festivities for the first day.

Chief Floyd informed Council that there have been no problems for the Borough at this event in prior years. A Taylor/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing Penn Valley Church to use Centennial Field on June 17th for spectator seating for their fireworks.

Councilman Stanley Nyce asked the church representatives to please accept the Council’s condolences on the passing of Pastor Larry Orme.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Chief Floyd reported that the Perkasie District Court office will be closing, and the Department will have to go to New Britain for any court matters on the Bucks County side.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:19 pm by a Crouthamel/Arnott motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                         

Secretary                                                                                                                     

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