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

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February 5, 2018

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:31 p.m. by President Robert Baker with the following members in attendance: A. Miles Arnott, Carolyn Crouthamel, Stanley Nyce, Jim Schaeffer, Mayor David Snook and John Taylor. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Jim Jacquette from Timoney Knox, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Jerry Guretse & Chief Bob Wiszneski from the Telford Fire Company, Tax Collector John Fenstermacher, Emiline & George Weiss, Amber Hartman, residents Mark Gehman and Lori Rappold and a press reporter. Jeffrey Maxwell was absent.

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

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the January 2, 2018 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that as of December 31, 2017, the Borough took in 96.27% of its revenues. Real Estate Transfer Taxes were down a little bit since the townhouses in Arlington Square didn’t sell as fast as they projected, but sales are happening more frequently now. Earned Income Tax came in over $32,000 more than anticipated, but the Borough did not take in the $11,000 in 2017 that we budgeted for the recycling grant from Montgomery County. That grant money was not included in the 2018 budget.

Mr. Fournier also reported that the Borough spent 98.44% of its expenditures as of December 31, 2017. We were over budget in the Police Department by about $11,000 in police vehicle repairs and by approximately $9,800 due to soffit repair work on the Police Department building. The Borough also had an unplanned expense of $3,000 to replace a damaged slide at Summit Avenue Park, and an unexpected replacement of the air conditioning unit at the Freight House building, which cost $6,400. In addition, workers compensation insurance was $9,200 over budget, and medical & dental insurance was over by $7,194, due to changes that were made to employee benefits during the year.

Mr. Fournier informed Council that the Borough just about broke even for the year. Mayor Snook asked Mr. Fournier if we will see any changes with the new tax laws, and Mr. Fournier reported that they should have very little impact on the Borough.

A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously approving the Treasurer’s Reports for December, 2017 and January, 2018.

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

Mayor Snook reported that he and Councilman Miles Arnott attended the Telford Fire Company meeting in January, and that it was a good session. A survey was completed of all fire departments in Montgomery County, and out of the 92 departments in the County, Telford Borough is ranked 7th for dispatch time at 4 ½ minutes. And out of those top 7, 4 of them are paid departments. Telford Borough’s department currently has 50 active members.

Mayor Snook encouraged Council members to attend a fire company meeting. Mr. Arnott added that it was a great meeting, it’s great to see young people volunteering, and he stated that the fire company has done a good job with recruiting.

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

Councilman John Taylor asked how the speed signs worked. Chief Floyd reported that the signs worked very well.

Mayor Snook noted the section of the police report that discusses the current shortage of manpower. Chief Floyd reported that he is currently evaluating 2 candidates for part-time officer positions, but one of them does not turn 21 until May. Mr. Fournier asked Chief Floyd if he has looked into advertising for the part-time patrol officer position, and Chief Floyd replied that he is unsure if that would help.

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

Fire Chief Bob Wiszneski thanked Mayor Snook for his kind words, and thanked him and Mr. Arnott for coming to the fire company meeting. He added that it can only better the relationship between the Borough and the Fire Company. Chief Wiszneski then presented Council with the 2017 Annual Report for the Fire Company.

Councilman Stanley Nyce asked if there has been in increase in fire calls. Chief Wiszneski stated that there has been an increase in mutual aid calls, and 67% of those mutual aid calls occurred between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. He added that 25% of the fire calls are medical calls.

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.

Councilman Jim Schaeffer stated that the Public Works Department did a great job with picking up leaves in the Borough.

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 did not receive a written monthly report for the file.

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:

            A-1       A Baker/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the bills for the month of December, 2017 in the amount of $347,302.65 and the month of January, 2018 in the amount of $248,036.96.

            A-2       A Nyce/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) passing Resolution 18-03, which opposes the transfer of recycling funds to the Commonwealth general fund.

A-3       Manager Mark Fournier highlighted 2 changes that need to be made to the Telford Borough fee schedule: the Commonwealth increased its Uniform Construction Code fee for building permits from $4.00 to $4.50, and we need to add the Use & Occupancy Inspection fee of $75.00 for commercial & industrial properties. A Baker/Arnott motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the revised Telford Borough fee schedule.

A-4       Mr. Fournier announced that the annual PSAB Conference will be June 10th through June 13th at Hershey Lodge. Council members received the conference brochure in their meeting packet.

A-5       A Baker/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing John Fenstermacher to charge a $20.00 fee for the preparation of tax certifications.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE:

Council member John Taylor reported that the “So You Think You Can Cook” competition sponsored by Souderton-Telford Main Streets will take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Franconia Heritage. He encouraged people to participate or attend.

OTHER BUSINESS:

OB-1     Council President Robert Baker established the Council committees as follows:

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION              PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDING & PLANT

Carolyn Crouthamel – Chair                   Jeffrey Maxwell – Chair

Jeffrey Maxwell                                     James Schaeffer

Stanley Nyce                                         John Taylor

PLANNING & ZONING                           PUBLIC SAFETY

James Schaeffer – Chair                        Miles Arnott – Chair

Miles Arnott                                          Jeffrey Maxwell

John Taylor                                           Stanley Nyce

ENVIRONMENTAL                                 DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE

Stanley Nyce – Chair                             John Taylor – Chair

Carolyn Crouthamel                               Miles Arnott

James Schaeffer                                   Carolyn Crouthamel

A Baker/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the appointments of the Committees.

            OB-2     Mr. Fournier highlighted the correspondence from Univest Bank and discussed the closing of the Univest Bank in Telford Borough.

            OB-3     Mayor David Snook presented Resolution 18-02 honoring Emiline Weiss, which was read into the Borough Council minutes for permanent record:

WHEREAS, Emiline I. Weiss has faithfully and conscientiously served Telford Borough and its citizens as Tax Collector for over 34 years; and

WHEREAS, Telford Borough recognizes her longevity and loyal service during those 34 years of service; and

WHEREAS, the governing body, by this recognition, wishes to express great appreciation to Emiline I. Weiss for her loyalty, dedication, and meritorious service to Telford Borough; and

WHEREAS, we deeply appreciate the important contributions Emiline I. Weiss has made to Telford Borough and the community; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Telford Borough have been most fortunate to have had a person of her capacity, knowledge and dedication;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Telford Borough extends personal congratulations and best wishes to Emiline I. Weiss for continued success in her future endeavors.

Resolved this 5th day of February, 2018.

A Nyce/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving Resolution 18-02, recognizing Emiline Weiss’ meritorious years of service.

Mr. Fournier thanked Emiline for her service and stated that he hopes she enjoys her retirement. He has worked with her for 20 years, and added that she’s a special lady and has been a valuable resource to the Borough and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with her training of many Tax Collectors across the state.

Emiline Weiss thanked Mr. Fournier for his remarks and thanked Council. She stated that it has been a pleasure serving the Borough and getting to know people; she really enjoyed it.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:14 pm by an Arnott/Crouthamel motion and a celebration with cake was held to honor Emiline.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                      

Secretary                                                                                                                     

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