In 1886 Telford, located in Bucks County, was incorporated as borough.

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June 5, 2017

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:32 p.m. by Vice-President Robert Baker with the following members in attendance: A. Miles Arnott, Carolyn Crouthamel, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer, Mayor David Snook and John Taylor. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Attorney James Jacquette from Timoney Knox, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, resident Lori Rappold and a reporter. President Jeffrey Maxwell was absent.

The invocation was given by Miles Arnott, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of the May 1, 2017 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 54.94% of its revenues and has spent 29.46% of its expenditures. He added that $550,352.66 of the General Fund is currently in a money market account, gaining .45% interest.

Mr. Fournier also informed Council that Account 01-454-740, the Parks Machine & Equipment Purchase account, is currently over budget by $3,111.48, due to an unplanned purchase of a replacement slide at Summit Avenue Park.

An Arnott/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for May, 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 highly recommended that Council read the Montgomery County Investigating Grand Jury Report on The Opioid Epidemic that he attached to his monthly police report, to give them a better understanding of the current heroin epidemic.

Councilman Miles Arnott asked Chief Floyd how many automatic license plate readers are being requested in the grant that the Chief mentioned in his report, and how they will be used. Chief Floyd stated that one license plate reader is being requested, and Telford Borough PD has been placed on a waiting list for when the readers become available. It could be 18 months until one becomes available, and Montgomery County receives them through a regional grant, then disburses them. Chief Floyd added that the readers will be good for identifying drivers with suspended licenses and wanted people.

Councilman Stanley Nyce complimented the Department on the nice thank you notes that they received, which were included in the monthly report.

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

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

Mr. Fournier referenced an article that appeared in the Souderton Independent about museum passes that are now available at the Indian Valley Public Library. Library members can now reserve passes to places like Elmwood Park Zoo and the National Constitution Center. Councilman John Taylor commented that the passes must be returned to the library on time, or a $25 fine will be issued.

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

Mr. Fournier informed Council that EMC Elementary School will be installing a book exchange/return box at Summit Avenue Park as a service project that is part of an outreach program with the School District in both Telford and Souderton Boroughs.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that he attended the PSAB Conference, and it was a very good conference; he attended some great sessions and put a few handouts in the packet, including a voting delegate packet which contained initiatives that the Association would be voting on, and a presentation on the ethics of social media for Boroughs. Discussion ensued about the possibility of a Telford Borough Facebook page in the future.

Mr. Fournier also referenced a legislative update from Representative Bob Godshall, which includes information on how seniors 65 and older can get a SEPTA card and ride for free.

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

SOLICITOR’S REPORT: We did not receive a written monthly report for the file.

Attorney James Jacquette from Timoney Knox reported that since Ordinance #411 was passed at the last Council meeting, everything is moving forward with the financing for the WWTF centrifuge project, and closing is scheduled for June 20th. Mr. Jacquette added that the terms are very favorable for this note.

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

Councilman Robert Baker asked if the ADA handicap ramp project has started in the Borough. Mr. Fournier reported that work will begin on or about June 26th, and letters will go out 2 weeks prior to that date to the first group of 25 home/business owners who will have ramp work done adjacent to their property.

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 May, 2017 in the amount of $234,647.96.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Nothing at this time.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

E-1       Mr. Nyce reported that the NMCRC requested that some updates be made to the Borough website, and they have been completed.

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

PW-1    Mr. Fournier informed Council that he spoke to PPL representatives at the PSAB Conference about a possible streetlight conversion to LED. Telford Borough is currently paying $57,500 annually for streetlights, and PPL could do the conversion to LED for $500.00. The Borough would have to pass a Resolution and sign an agreement with PPL to do the conversion. Mr. Fournier will do some research and will come back to Council with more information at the July meeting.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Nothing at this time.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Taylor

DC-1     Councilman John Taylor reminded Council that opening day of the Farmers Market is Saturday, June 24th from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. A&T Chevrolet-Subaru, who is sponsoring the Market this year, will be parking a car every Saturday on the café patio, and will remove the car by Saturday evening.

Mr. Taylor also reported that they will be coordinating a Boroughs Feeding Boroughs event with Keystone Opportunity Center on one of the Farmers Market Saturdays, where residents will be encouraged to bring food donations for the community. They would also like to coordinate a Meet & Greet day that would allow residents to meet Council members.

The first concert in the Souderton Concert Sundaes series is scheduled for this Sunday, June 11th.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:09 pm to discuss a matter of personnel.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:51 pm. No action was taken.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 pm by a Crouthamel/Nyce motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                         

Secretary                                                                                                                     

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