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

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November 6, 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, Patrick Hitchens, Esq. from Timoney Knox, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, residents Mark Gehman, Amber Hartman, Erik Kratz and Lori Rappold, and a reporter. Jeffrey Maxwell and Solicitor Mark Weand were absent.

The invocation was given by Carolyn Crouthamel, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

An Arnott/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the October 2, 2017 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in approximately 86.14% of its revenues and has spent 80.34% of its expenditures.

An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for October, 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.

Mr. Jerry Guretse reported that the Fire Company’s in-house compressor died, but they were able to purchase a used one to replace it.

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.

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:

Resident Eric Kratz of 214 Crestview Drive asked if the Borough knows of any Lutheran Home expansion plans for the land near the pavilion. Mr. Fournier informed Mr. Kratz that he is not sure about that specific piece of land, but the Lutheran Home has hired an engineer to design the future project and extend Crestview Drive as part of an expansion, and they hope to have plans submitted to the Borough by winter or spring of 2018. The Borough does not know yet how many units will be added or what types of amenities they will have.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Baker

            A-1       Manager Mark Fournier presented the proposed 2018 Budget, which includes a tax increase of .33 mils (6%). He informed Council that this is a very tough year, and the staff worked very hard to cut things out of the budget, but an increase is still necessary. The increase will cost approximately $43.50 per household.

Mr. Fournier informed Council that Chief Floyd’s proposal to add another full-time patrol officer was carefully considered by the Public Safety and Finance & Administration Committees, but this budget does not include an additional full-time patrol officer. Councilman Miles Arnott stated that Council is all aware of Chief Floyd’s ongoing challenges with staffing, and anything that we can do to help the Chief would be helpful. Mr. Baker added that it would cost the Borough $100,000 in the 1st year for a new full-time patrol officer, and up to $160,000 by year 5.

            A Baker/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the 2018 Budget.         

            A-2       A Baker/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the bills for the month of October, 2017 in the amount of $528,547.12.

            A-3       A Nyce/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the staff to advertise the 2018 Tax Levy Ordinance.

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     The Souderton Holiday Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd at 11:00 am.

DC-2     The Mayor’s Dinner will be on Sunday, December 3rd at the Indian ValleyCountry Club at 4:00 pm.

DC-3     The Telford Borough Tree Lighting will be on Friday, December 8th at 7:00 pm.

DC-4     The Montgomery County Borough’s Association Dinner will be on Thursday, November 14th at 6:00 pm at Presidential Caterers.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mr. Fournier distributed an e-mail that he received from PSAB regarding proposed House Bill 1620, which would strip municipalities of their authority to regulate wireless towers and antennae in the public rights-of-way; severely limit the fees that could be assessed for these facilities; exclude the public from the approval process; prohibit municipalities from requiring standard legal protections (e.g. full indemnification, bonding and insurance coverage); and allow wireless contractors to submit up to 50 applications in a single bundle and then limit the time period for municipalities to review them.

PSAB provided a sample resolution for municipalities to adopt that would oppose HB1620.

An Arnott/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) adopting Resolution 17-08, which opposes House Bill 1620.

Councilman Stanley Nyce thanked Emiline Weiss for her years of service as the Tax Collector for the Borough, and said he appreciates all that she’s done. Other members of Council joined in to thank Emiline for her many years of service.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:35 pm to discuss a matter of personnel.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:47 pm.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 8:48 pm by an Arnott/Crouthamel motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                         

Secretary                                 

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