Telford Borough is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, approximately 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

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March 5, 2018

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Robert Baker with the following members in attendance: 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, Kate Harper from Timoney Knox, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Building Inspector Jesse Hill, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, Dr. Alex Grande from Indian Valley Public Library, Bob Williamson from Moyer Indoor/Outdoor, Randy Thomas from Randy’s Cycle Shack, Amber Hartman, Brian Gourley, Esq. from Bricker, Landis, Hunsberger & Gingrich, Ray Beaver & Jim Furey from JDM Materials, Sanford Alderfer, Michelle Hunsberger, Linda Stretch, Donald Arrowsmith, residents Bill Ashley, Jamie Davidson, Scott Harpel, Michelle Kane, Sandra Posavec, Lori Rappold, Stephen Scalia, Jay Stover and a press reporter. A. Miles Arnott and Jeffrey Maxwell were absent.

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

PUBLIC HEARING: Conditional Use Application from Randy’s Cycle Shack

President Robert Baker announced that there would be a Public Hearing to discuss a Conditional Use Application from Randy’s Cycle Shack for the property at 250 North Third Street. The Public Hearing opened at 7:31 pm.

Brian Gourley, Esq. from Bricker, Landis, Hunsberger & Gingrich introduced himself as the attorney representing Randy Thomas, the owner of Randy’s Cycle Shack, and gave a brief overview of the application.

Sandy Alderfer introduced himself as the representative for the Estate of James Hartman and briefly spoke about Mr. Thomas’ business and the property.

Randy Thomas, owner of Randy’s Cycle Shack, introduced himself and stated that he has been conducting business for 6 years out of his home, and has been tinkering with motorcycles since he was 7 years old. His business involves the service, repair and yearly maintenance of motorcycles, ATVs and dirt bikes. Further, he does inspections of motorcycles as well. He does not do a lot of engine repair, and will not be doing a lot of performance work (revving up); he has been doing this work at his house and is not even sure that the neighbors are aware that he does it. He has 1 employee and does not plan to make many changes at the building, other than the name on the sign. There will be no dumpster at the property. Mr. Thomas receives most of his parts and supplies via UPS. Lucas Oil would deliver to the trailer that he has at P.K. Moyer. There will be approximately 10 motorcycles at a time in the shop, and there will be no drop-offs during non-business hours when he is not there. Business hours would be Tuesday to Friday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Saturdays, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Mr. Thomas stated that he has no plans to be like a dealership; any sales would be conducted inside the building. He does a lot of work already in the Telford area; he does a lot of community work with the Legions and Owls. Mr. Thomas added that he would keep the tenancy going.

Kate Harper from Timoney Knox provided Council with an explanation of a Conditional Use and stated that it is sometimes important to make conditions to an already permitted use. The Council does not have to render a decision tonight if they choose not to.

Councilman Jim Schaeffer asked for confirmation from Mr. Thomas that there would not be a lot of outside storage. Mr. Thomas confirmed that everything is stored inside. Mr. Schaeffer then asked about the fluids stored at P.K. Moyer. Mr. Thomas confirmed that oil, no coolant, will all be stored at P.K. Moyer.

President Robert Baker asked Mr. Thomas if there will be any retail at this location, and if he repairs any wrecked motorcycles. Mr. Thomas stated that no, he is not a parts distributor, and he does not do a lot of body work; there will be no paint shop or any custom builds.

Building Inspector Jesse Hill asked Mr. Thomas if there would be any new proposed lighting for the property, and Mr. Thomas stated that they wouldn’t really need any – what’s currently there will stay.

Mr. Hill asked for clarification that there will be no outside storage; Mr. Thomas confirmed that everything will stay inside.

Mr. Hill informed Mr. Thomas that he would have to make sure the handicapped parking space is code compliant; there is currently a step in front of the entrance, and that would have to be modified to make sure a handicapped person could enter the building.

Mr. Hill informed Mr. Thomas that he would have to make sure the noise is kept under control.

Manager Mark Fournier asked for clarification that there will be nothing for sale on the sidewalk, no outside storage and no impound area. Mr. Thomas confirmed that there would be nothing for sale on the sidewalk, no outside storage and no impound area.

Mr. Fournier stated that ATVs and dirt bikes cannot be run on the street. Ms. Harper asked Mr. Thomas if he agreed that he will not permit ATVs and dirt bikes to be run on the street, and Mr. Thomas confirmed that he would not permit them to run on the street.

Ms. Harper then opened the floor for questions on this application.

Michelle Kane from 275 North Third Street introduced herself and stated that she has a home office and has some concerns. Ms. Kane asked Mr. Thomas how many test drives he takes, if bikes will be ridden into the shop, and would he have any events to promote the business. Mr. Thomas stated that the amount of test drives done depends on the job, but with any maintenance jobs, there wouldn’t be any test drives. He confirmed that bikes will be ridden into the shop, and stated that he does not really do any promotion events, unless he hosts a charity stop on a Saturday, which would involve 15-20 riders at the most.

Jamie Davidson from 317 West Broad Street introduced himself and asked Mr. Thomas what his plan would be to remediate any hazardous waste spills. Mr. Thomas stated that any spill can be contained with oil dry and pig mats.

Mr. Davidson also asked Mr. Thomas how he would control sound. Mr. Thomas stated that he can’t control what customers bring, but he would not allow revving up and down; he does not push the performance end of things. Mr. Davidson asked Mr. Thomas if he will have any personal vehicles on site, and Mr. Thomas stated that he will have his personal 16’ truck on site if need be. Mr. Davidson then asked if he perceived any hazards for loading & unloading, with the close proximity to Franconia Avenue Park. Mr. Thomas confirmed that the entrance to his property near the Park would be for him and his employee only; any customers will need to look carefully if they have to come in that way for any reason.

The floor was then opened for any comments on this application.

Sandra Posavec from 275 North Third Street introduced herself and expressed her concern about the potential noise level at the shop, adding that they experience a lot of noise from the car wash customers.

Mr. Davidson from 317 West Broad Street stated that parking is an issue, and he believes that loading and unloading will be an issue. He also expressed concern about the noise levels. He understands trying to get a good mix of businesses in the area. Further, Mr. Davidson indicated that hazardous waste is a concern and every time Mr. Thomas would access that oil disposal drum it would be a concern. Mr. Davidson also has a lot of concerns that this is abutting up against a residential neighborhood; noise and parking are really a concern. He asked the Council to consider all of these factors and believes that there are better uses for this building.

Scott Harpel from 323 West Broad Street introduced himself and stated that he shares the same concerns about noise and hazardous materials and added that there is residential area across the alley, not just the street.

Stephen Scalia from 279 North Third Street introduced himself and stated that motorcycles already like to run up and down Third Street, and he suggested that a stop sign be installed at Franconia Avenue and North Third Street.

Brian Gourley, Esq. stated that parking is a moot point, nothing will be stored outside, and there will be no spills outside because everything will be handled inside. Mr. Thomas added that yes, noise is a concern, but people won’t be my clients for long if they create a problem.

Mr. Harpel asked if any customers will be coming in and out of the alley; Mr. Thomas stated that he would not have customers come in that way – they will come in out front. Mr. Harpel asked if anyone will park on the street; Manager Mark Fournier stated that parking is allowable on the street for customers, employees and neighbors.

The Public Hearing closed at 8:24 pm.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Nyce/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the minutes of the February 5, 2018 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in approximately 12.19% of its revenues and has spent 13.16% of its expenditures.

A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously approving the Treasurer’s Report for February, 2018.

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

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

Councilman Stanley Nyce stated that he appreciates the work that Randy does as Chief and congratulated him on the excellent job he did on his annual report.

Mayor David Snook stated that he thought Chief Floyd’s annual report was an excellent report and added that he can’t get over all of the programs that the Department does and how they conduct themselves; it’s amazing what they do.

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

Fire Company President Jerry Guretse distributed handouts to Council and reported that the Fire Company adopted a new point system that is in compliance with Act 172. The emphasis of the point system is on calls, drills and fundraising.

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

Dr. Alex Grande from the Indian Valley Public Library Board presented Jay Stover with a certificate recognizing his 24+ years of service to the Library Board and thanked him for all of his service. Dr. Grande stated that Mr. Stover has made a tremendous contribution to Telford Borough and the Library.

Mr. Stover thanked Dr. Grande for the certificate and for his remarks and stated that he has truly enjoyed his service to the Library Board.

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

Mr. Nyce stated that he appreciates what the Public Works Department does and added that they have done an excellent job with plowing this season.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that there will be approximately 15-20 people coming to the Borough this week from the Department of Agriculture to study the impact that spotted lanternflies have had along the railroad tracks, in the detention basins and in our easements. The group will be studying ways to eradicate the insects.

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.

Attorney Kate Harper from Timoney Knox reported that there is a Zoning Hearing Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm to discuss an application for a variance at 248 N. Washington Street.

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

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Bill Ashley from 314 Northview Avenue stood and commented that his son is in the boy scout troop that uses the Telford Borough Community Building, which is a great benefit to the community. He added that the basement of the building took in 4 inches of water after the storm on March 2nd and thanked the Fire Company and Borough for their assistance with clean-up. Mr. Fournier also thanked the Fire Company for their assistance.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE:

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the bills for the month of February, 2018 in the amount of $239,030.10.

            A-2       A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (5-0) appointing Wendy Leshinskie as the new Telford Borough representative for the Indian Valley Public Library Board. Wendy will fill Jay Stover’s current term that will end in December of 2020.

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE:

PZ-1     Kate Harper asked if Council had a decision on the Conditional Use Application for 250 North Third Street and stated that this is the time to apply any conditions that they would like to add to the decision.

Mr. Baker asked how the Borough would deal with any potential noise issues. Chief Floyd informed Council that the Department would enforce the Borough disorderly conduct ordinance as they currently do with any noise issues that arise.

Jesse Hill asked Mr. Thomas for clarification on the containment of any oils, etc. Mr. Thomas confirmed that oil is disposed of in 5-gallon pails that go directly into his truck and are taken over to P.K. Moyer for proper disposal.

A Schaeffer/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (5-0) to grant the Conditional Use for Randy’s Cycle Shack at 250 North Third Street, with the following conditions:

  1. There shall be no outside storage of vehicles or parts or junk.
  2. The hours of operation of the cycle shop shall be limited to Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 Noon until 8:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  3. Off road vehicles may not be “tested” or driven on the alley or roads of the Borough.
  4. The Applicant will install six parking spaces in conformity with all codes and one handicap parking space, in conformity with all codes, in order to allow a driver or passenger to access the cycle shop by an accessible route.
  5. The Applicant plans no changes to the outdoor lighting, and recognizes that any changes to outdoor lighting will require all appropriate permits from the Borough.
  6. The Applicant agrees that hazardous materials used in connection with the Cycle Shop operation will be used with a secondary environmental containment system, and further agrees that all hazardous materials will be disposed of offsite.
  7. The Applicant agrees that the Cycle Shop will not have a paint shop or painting booth.
  8. The Applicant agrees to apply for all necessary building and zoning permits due to the change of occupancy in accordance with Borough codes.

PZ-2     Waiver of Land Development – Moyer Indoor/Outdoor

Bob Williamson from Moyer Indoor/Outdoor appeared before Council to request a waiver of land development for a pole barn on their 4th Street campus. Mr. Williamson reported that the proposed building would be used solely to store current inventory because they have run out of room on their campus; there will be no new business or products. He added that Moyer already has a few of these storage buildings on site.

Building Inspector Jesse Hill informed Council that Moyer Indoor/Outdoor received a variance from the Zoning Hearing Board to construct this pole barn.

Engineer Patrick DiGangi stated that he reviewed the proposed building and that he finds it acceptable for a waiver of land development.

A Schaeffer/Taylor motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving a waiver of land development for Moyer Indoor/Outdoor for the proposed pole barn located at their 4th Street campus.

PZ-3     Waiver of Land Development – JDM Materials

Ray Beaver from JDM Materials gave an overview of the proposed addition at their facility located at 451 East Reliance Road, which includes a 50’x 37’ shop addition and a small, 20’ x 20’ office addition.

Jesse Hill informed Council that this is a non-conforming use but JDM is allowed to expand up to 25% without increasing their impervious surface.

Mr. DiGangi stated that JDM met the necessary requirements for this expansion and a waiver of land development would be appropriate.

Mr. Fournier mentioned that a holding tank was part of the original submission but was removed from the plans. JDM is aware that they would have to connect to public sewer if they would want to add a bathroom to the facility in the future.

A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving a waiver of land development for JDM Materials at their 451 East Reliance Road facility, with the condition that JDM would have to connect to public sewer if they decide in the future to add a bathroom to the facility.

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

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE:

            PW-1    Bid Award of 2018 Curbing & Sidewalk

A Schaeffer/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (5-0) awarding the 2018 contract for Curbing and Sidewalk to Trout Brothers as follows:

Straight Curb (L.F.) – Regular Rate $37.75 & Davis Bacon $46.75, Radius Curb (L.F.) – Regular Rate $39.75 & Davis Bacon $48.75, 4” Sidewalk (S.F.) Regular Rate $8.40 & Davis Bacon $11.00, 8” Driveway (S.Y.) Regular Rate $9.65 & Davis Bacon $12.75, Excavation & Removal Stone Curb (L.F.) Regular Rate $8.25 & Davis Bacon $12.00, Excavation & Removal Concrete Curb (L.F.) Regular Rate $8.25 & Davis Bacon $12.00, Excavation & Removal Concrete Sidewalks (S.F.) Regular Rate $3.50 & Davis Bacon $5.50, Excavation & Removal Concrete Driveway Paving (S.F.) Regular Rate $4.50 & Davis Bacon $6.50, 4” Concrete Sidewalk & Ramp incl. Sub-Base, Excavation & Disposal ADA Compliant (S.F.) Regular Rate $10.40 & Davis Bacon $12.25, Depressed Straight Curb include Excavation & Disposal ADA Compliant (L.F.) Regular Rate $40.00 & Davis Bacon $47.00, Depressed Radius Curb include Excavation & Disposal ADA Compliant (L.F.) Regular Rate $42.00 & Davis Bacon $49.00, Installation of replaceable, detectable warning surface Regular Rate $70.00 & Davis Bacon $95.00.

PW-2    Bid Award of 2018 Stone

A Nyce/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (5-0) awarding the 2018 contract for Stone to Naceville Materials in the amount of $36,962.50.

#1 Stone (#4 Ballast) 200 tons @ $10.00 per ton, #2A Stone (2A MOD) 2,000 tons @ $7.25 per ton, #3 Stone (3A MOD) 50 tons @ $10.00 per ton, #8 Stone (1B= ½” CHIP) 250 tons @ $14.25, #57 Stone (2B Clean) 1,500 tons @ $10.50 per ton, and Type 2 Screening (Grit) 100 tons @ $6.50 per ton.

PW-3    Bid Award of Equipment Rental with Operator

A Nyce/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (5-0) awarding the 2018 contract for Equipment Rental with Operator to P.K. Moyer & Sons:

                                                                                                            Regular       Davis

                                                                                                            Rate           Bacon

Rubber Tire Loader 2 ½ cubic yard, min. bucket                                      $112.00        $140.00

Motor Grader 12’ blade, min. 105hp                                                        $122.00       $150.00

Tri-Axle Dump Truck 23 Ton capacity                                                     $ 86.00        $108.00

Ten Wheel Dump Truck 17 ton capacity                                                 $ 82.00        $105.00

Six Wheel Dump Truck 8 ton capacity                                                    $ 78.00       $100.00

10-Wheel Dump Truck w/plow                                                                $148.00      $170.00

Distributor Truck                                                                                    $112.00     $135.00

Uniloader w/Alitec Planer (Milling Machine) 18” Milling Width                   $120.00       $145.00

Mech. Street Sweeper – Self Loading – 4 cu yd Hopper Min                    $122.00       $150.00

Power Broom 6 ft width                                                                         $ 82.00      $105.00

Bit. Paver-Self propelled w/10-20 ft extend-a-mat screed w/oper.             $210.00       $240.00

Bit. Paver-Self propelled w/8-16 ft extend-a-mat screed w/oper.               $185.00       $220.00

Bituminous Paver-Self propelled w/8-16 ft screed w/operator                   $135.00       $170.00

Tandem Vibratory Roller 10-18 tons 75” min. roll width                            $120.00       $150.00

Tandem Static Roller 10-14 tons                                                            $ 88.00      $120.00

Tandem Static Roller 3-5 tons                                                                $ 78.00      $110.00

Crawler Loader 2 ½ cubic yd. min. bucket, min. 150 hp                           $138.00      $170.00

Crawler Dozer 10’ blade, min. 105 hp                                                     $138.00      $170.00

Mill. Machine w/operator & milling crew 79”, drum width,

Capable of 87” with ext. w/sonic grade controls 400 hp min.                     $595.00       $660.00

Foreman or screed man                                                                         $ 62.00      $ 85.00

Labor                                                                                                    $ 52.00      $ 75.00

Mr. Fournier reported that the Borough is currently looking into purchasing a leaf machine, which may end up costing less than what was anticipated for the 2018 budget. If that is the case, the Borough may be able to pave a part of Third Street instead of just seal coating that street.

President Robert Baker complimented the Public Works Department on the good job they did with taking the trees down at the Community Building.

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 has been postponed to Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Franconia Heritage, due to this Wednesday’s impending storm.

It was also reported that Joanne Coppens is resigning from Main Streets effective March 9, 2018.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 9:17 pm to discuss a matter of personnel.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 9:22 pm.

A Crouthamel/Nice motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving Tori Adams as a part-time police officer, and he is hired at a rate of $18.00 per hour for the first six months of training, then will be moved to $19.00 per hour for his part-time work.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:23 pm by an Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                          

Secretary                                                                                                                     

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