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

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October 2, 2017

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 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, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss and a reporter.

The invocation was given by James Schaeffer, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Baker/Nyce motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of the September 5, 2017 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in approximately 78% of its revenues and has spent 63.8% of its expenditures.

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

MAYOR’S REPORT: We received 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.

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 Centrifuge project is about to begin at the Telford WWTF. The new centrifuge should be operational in early February, 2018.

Mr. Fournier informed Council that it is budget time, and the staff has been meeting with department heads to start discussing items for the 2018 budget. There is some building maintenance that will need to be done on the Police Department building, and some grounds maintenance that will need to be done at Franconia Avenue Park and the Community Building. 18 trees need to be cut down at the Community Building; they are old, diseased trees that are approximately 60’ to 80’ tall, and we need to make sure that they don’t fall and do damage to the building or any other properties. In addition, 8 to 10 ash trees need to be cut down at Franconia Avenue Park, due to damage caused by Emerald Ash Borer. The tree removal for both locations could cost in excess of $10,000; the Borough will use some money from the Recreation Fund to help pay these costs. The Borough may wait until the following year to replant any trees in better suited locations on the properties.

President Jeffrey Maxwell asked Mr. Fournier if this tree removal work will have to be put out to bid. Mr. Fournier stated that it does not have to go out for bid, but the Borough will get estimates for the work from a few contractors.

Councilman Stanley Nyce asked Mr. Fournier if the handicap ramp project is done; Mr. Fournier reported that the project is done and 53 ramps were built. Mr. Nyce then asked if there were any more ramps to do throughout the Borough, and Mr. Fournier told him that there are more to do on both the Bucks and Montgomery County sides of the Borough, and the Borough hopes to receive additional grant money to do more ramps in the future.

 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 Ordinance 412 has been duly advertised and is appropriate for adoption.

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/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the bills for the month of September, 2017 in the amount of $373,049.37.

A-2       A Baker/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) appointing Ken Price to the Telford Industrial Development Authority Board with a term expiring January, 2021.

A-3       A Baker/Arnott motion carried unanimously (7-0) to adopt the Minimum Municipal Obligation for the year 2018 for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan with the amount being $161,866.

A-4       A Baker/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) to adopt the Minimum Municipal Obligation for the Police Pension Plan for the year 2018 with the amount being $125,635.

A-5       A Baker/Nyce motion carried unanimously (7-0) to adopt Ordinance #412, which amends the current Police Pension Plan with PMRS to include the DROP Program.

A-6       A Baker/Arnott motion carried unanimously (7-0) to adopt Resolution 2017-07, which approves a financing project for the Lenape Valley Foundation through the Telford Industrial Development Authority.

A-7       A Baker/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) to execute the Certificate of Approval for the TIDA Project for the Lenape Valley Foundation.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Nothing at this time.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Nothing at this time.

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

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Nothing at this time.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Taylor

DC-1     Councilman John Taylor reported that Fall Fest will be held on October 14th, the last day of the Indian Valley Farmers Market. There will be extended hours from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.

DC-2     Oktoberfest will be held on October 21st at Stover Beverages. There will be beer tasting, music, activities for children and a chili cook-off.

Mr. Taylor also reported that this Saturday, October 7th, there will be a Boroughs Feeding Borough Families event at the Farmers Market. Representatives of Keystone Food Pantry and Garden of Health will be there, and Mr. Taylor asked if any members of Council could come and man the table, where food items will be collected for these 2 organizations.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:02 pm to discuss a matter of personnel.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:35 pm.

A Baker/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) conditionally approving Alana Stanziano as a part-time police officer pending her completion of pre-employment drug testing & physical and appropriate training clearances. Further, she is hired at a rate of $19.00 per hour.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:38 pm by a Nyce/Crouthamel motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                         

Secretary                                 

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