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

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September 5, 2017

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 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, Solicitor Mark Weand, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Indian Valley Public Library Director Margie Stern, Jay Stover and a reporter. Jeffrey Maxwell was absent.

The invocation was given by Stanley Nyce, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the August 7, 2017 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 70.22% of its revenues and has spent 52.47% of its expenditures.

A Schaeffer/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for August, 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.

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

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

Jay Stover reported that the Indian Valley Public Library has become extremely active – the most active it’s been since he’s been on the Library Board.

Margie Stern, who has been the IVPL Director for over a year now, reported that they had a great summer at the Library; they had a ton of visitors. Ms. Stern informed Council that they should have received an invitation to the upcoming municipal breakfast on Thursday, September 21st at 7:30 am.

Ms. Stern gave an overview of the Library’s Strategic Plan, which includes strategic initiatives, objectives and action steps for the IVPL. A building consultant was hired to evaluate the Library’s infrastructure & space and make recommendations. The IVPL has been used a lot for business/meeting and community group use, and it has been determined that in the future, they may not need as much space for books, but more room for other uses.

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

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

Mr. Fournier reported that the Public Works Crew is getting ready to pave Highland Drive.

The contracts were signed today for the installation of the Centrifuge at our WWTF.

The ADA Handicap Ramp project is complete; most of the restoration work is done, with just some chip seal work to finish.

Mr. Fournier gave an overview of a memorandum prepared by the Finance Director to the Department Heads, which was revised to increase the Purchase Order requirement to purchases that are $500 or more.

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.

Solicitor Mark Weand reported that he worked with Mr. Fournier and Attorney Joe Rudolf to refine the Police Contract.

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

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

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Baker

            A-1       A Baker/Arnott motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the bills for the month of August, 2017 in the amount of $259,731.15.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Nothing at this time.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

E-1       Mr. Fournier informed Council that Telford Borough did not receive any comments from the public during the 30-day comment period that was required for the proposed PRP Plan that is part of our MS4 Permit application. Once our MS4 Permit is approved, it will be good for 5 years.

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

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Arnott

            PS-1     An Arnott/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving an additional activity in 2017 for the Fire Company – the Lansdale Bike Night on September 9th.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Taylor

Councilman John Taylor reported that it has been a good market season at the Indian Valley Farmers Market; they have been averaging about 500 visitors per week, and actually had 700 visitors the week before.

Mr. Taylor also reminded Council that Art Jam will be on Saturday, September 30th.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:05 pm to discuss a matter of personnel.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 9:02 pm.

            An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) conditionally approving Danielle Politsky as a part-time police officer pending her completion of a complete and satisfactory background check and physical/psychological evaluation. Further, she is hired at a rate of $18.00 per hour for the first six months of her training, then will be moved to $19.00 per hour for her part-time work, upon completion of her probationary period.

A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried (5-1) authorizing the staff to advertise the Ordinance and sign the necessary agreements with PMRS to implement the DROP Program for the Police Department, with Mr. Arnott voting no.

A Taylor/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the Borough to proceed with executing the Police Contract for 2018-2021.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:07 pm by a Crouthamel/Arnott motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                         

Secretary                                 

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