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

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August 7, 2017

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:31 p.m. by President Jeffrey Maxwell with the following members in attendance: A. Miles Arnott, Carolyn Crouthamel, James Schaeffer, and Mayor David Snook. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Solicitor Mark Weand, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Greg Ede from Styer Associates, Chris Canavan from W.B. Homes, resident Lori Rappold and a reporter. Robert Baker, Stanley Nyce and John Taylor were absent.

The invocation was given by Mayor David Snook, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (4-0) approving the minutes of the July 3, 2017 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 62.12% of its revenues and has spent 45.74% of its expenditures.

Councilman Miles Arnott asked why Category 01-411-164, Workers Comp Insurance for the Fire Company, is over budget. Mr. Fournier explained that it is not due to excessive claims; the cost of the premium was simply higher than anticipated.

A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (4-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for July, 2017.

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

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

Police Chief Randall Floyd reported that there was a burglary at East Coast Taxidermy – three ATVs were stolen. Detective Fox and Officer Popiny quickly identified 3 suspects that turned out to be connected to over 100 burglaries, and helped the Allentown Police Department and other area departments apprehend the suspects and recover 2 of the 3 ATVs.

Councilwoman Carolyn Crouthamel commended the Police Department for the wonderful compliments/notes that were included in Chief Floyd’s monthly report.

FIRE REPORT: We did not receive a written monthly report for the file.

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

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

Mayor David Snook asked if the handicap ramp project was finished. Mr. Fournier reported that 21 of the ramps are done, and it takes three days to complete one ramp. Our Public Works crew restores the macadam at the end of each ramp, and also does grass restoration on the homeowner’s property. The project has gone smoothly so far.

Mayor Snook informed Council that he has received several positive calls from residents about the excellent job done by the Road Crew on Main Street.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that he and our attorney and engineers attended a stakeholders meeting at the DEP office in Norristown, which was sponsored by EPA to discuss the sediment TMDL being prepared by EPA for the Indian Creek Watershed. This was an important meeting and will have a profound effect on us for our TMDL and the costs of implementation of the EPA program, which are unfunded mandates.

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.

Councilman Jim Schaeffer asked about the PPL streetlight replacement item on Solicitor Weand’s report. Mr. Fournier informed Mr. Schaeffer and Council that this project is on hold; the staff is looking into it a bit further, and there is no need to rush into doing it. The Borough would not see as much savings as originally anticipated by installing LED fixtures.

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

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that the ADA Handicap Ramp Project is on target and going pretty well.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: There were no comments from the audience.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Baker

            A-1       Greg Ede from Styer Associates presented the Audit for the year ending December 31, 2016.  There was a clean opinion of the Audit, and there were no findings. 

            An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (4-0) accepting the 2016 Audit.

            A-2       A Maxwell/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (4-0) approving the bills for the month of July, 2017 in the amount of $336,986.68.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer

PZ-1     Chris Canavan from W.B. Homes made a presentation to Council about a new offering that W.B. would like to make available in the Arlington Square development. In addition to the current 3-story townhomes, which are 1,990 sq. ft. and start at $278,900, they would like to also offer 2-story, 1,611 sq. ft. townhomes, starting at $249,900. Mr. Canavan added that W.B.’s Carillon Hill development in Sellersville currently offers both sizes of townhomes.

Mr. DiGangi reported that, per the CKS review letter dated August 4, 2017, the proposed units meet Telford Borough’s building coverage requirements, and there will be no adverse effect to the neighboring properties.

An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (4-0) approving Lots 1-6, and potentially Lots 12-17 and 25-28, to be developed as 2-story townhomes instead of 3-story townhomes, subject to plan submission, review and approval by the Manager, Engineer and Solicitor for each lot grouping.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

E-1       Mr. Fournier gave an overview of the materials that were distributed in the Council packet regarding the spotted lanternfly quarantine, and emphasized that yard waste and tree branches cannot be disposed of outside the Borough. There is an approved list of contractors on the PA Department of Agriculture’s website who can properly handle and dispose of these items.

Mr. Schaeffer asked if someone gets a tree cut down, do they have to use one of the contractors on the list? Mr. Fournier replied that yes, they would have to use one of the designated contractors on that list.

Mayor David Snook asked if Borough residents can take yard waste and branches over to the Telford WWTF, and if Borough residents can take any of these items out of town. Mr. Fournier told Mayor Snook that yes, Borough residents can take those things to the Telford WWTF, and that no, they should not take them out of town.

Mr. Fournier reported that an updated recycling notice will go out with the October water/sewer billing.

E-2       Mr. Fournier informed Council that a copy of the proposed TMDL and Pollution Reduction Plan is available for public review and comment at the Borough office.

As part of the Borough’s MS4 requirements, a Public Notice was placed in the newspaper stating the TMDL and PRP would be available at the Borough office, and public comments may be submitted in writing until September 5, 2017.

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Nothing at this time.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Arnott

Councilman Miles Arnott reported that the Public Safety Committee met this morning and reviewed a manpower report that was prepared by Chief Floyd. Chief Floyd will present a revised report to the Committee approximately two weeks before the next Council meeting.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Nothing at this time.

OTHER BUSINESS:

The meeting was adjourned at 8:32 pm by a Crouthamel/Arnott motion.

 Respectfully submitted,

 Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                     

Secretary                                 

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