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

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April 2, 2018

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:32 p.m. by President Robert Baker with the following members in attendance: A. Miles Arnott, Carolyn Crouthamel, Jeffrey Maxwell, Jim Schaeffer, Mayor David Snook and John Taylor. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Police Chief Randall Floyd, James Jacquette from Timoney Knox, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, residents Bill Ashley, Mark Gehman, Lori Rappold, Emiline Weiss and a press reporter. Stanley Nyce was absent.

The invocation was given by Jeffrey Maxwell, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the March 5, 2018 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in approximately 42.62% of its revenues and has spent 20.61% of its expenditures.

Mr. Fournier thanked Emiline Weiss for helping make John Fenstermacher’s transition to Tax Collector as smooth as possible.

An Arnott/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously approving the Treasurer’s Report for March, 2018.

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

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

Council President Robert Baker asked Chief Floyd about comments that he made in his report last month about complaints that the Department has received from residents on East Broad Street about the railroad crossing. Chief Floyd stated that trains come through the crossing at East Broad and Washington Avenue with no flagman present. Mr. Fournier remarked that this is an unfortunate situation. There have been refrigerated cars parked for 4-5 days with motors running non-stop, and when the Borough has contacted the railroad representatives, they tell the Borough that they have a right to be there and cite legal reasons. Chief Floyd added that they were rather unpleasant the last time that he spoke to them, and that the current railroad owners are not as considerate as they once were; they are not malicious, but they just don’t care. Mr. Fournier suggested that concerned residents reach out to the state representatives to perhaps apply some political pressure, and added that he will make some calls to state representatives to see if anything can be done.

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

Jerry Guretse informed Council that there will be a shredding event at the Telford Fire House this Saturday, April 7th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm for $5.00 a bag.

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

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

Mr. Baker complimented the Public Works Department on the great job they did with keeping the Borough roads open during the month of March.

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

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough took delivery of its new leaf vacuum and front cut lawnmower, and that representatives of the Department of Agriculture spent some more time in the Borough addressing the Spotted Lanternfly issue.

Mr. Fournier shared the news that Stanley Nyce is unable to fulfill his Council term due to unexpected health issues, and distributed a copy of Mr. Nyce’s resignation letter to the group. An Arnott/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) accepting Mr. Nyce’s resignation with regret, effective April 16, 2018, to allow appropriate time to appoint someone to fill the remainder of his term.

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.

James Jacquette reported that Kate Harper wrote the Opinion for the Conditional Use Application for Randy’s Cycle Shack at 250 North Third Street. Mr. Fournier confirmed that the Opinion was sent out to the Applicant.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that the finalization of the pool project at the Lutheran Home should be done shortly; the County and State inspections had to take place first before the Borough can do its final inspection.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE:

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the bills for the month of March, 2018 in the amount of $269,310.59.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE:

PZ-1     A Schaeffer/Arnott motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the Borough staff to submit an application to the Montgomery County Community & Development Block Grant Program for a Grant for $200,000 to construct 50 more handicap ramps on the Montgomery County side of Telford Borough.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE:

E-1       A municipal MS4 grant application was recently submitted to the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy for a $5,000 Grant to create a bioswale within the existing detention basin on Hunters Lane. An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) ratifying the grant application.

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:

            Councilman John Taylor reported that the 2018 Penn Valley Church Community Fair will take place the week of June 12-16, and the beneficiaries of this benefit will be the Keystone Opportunity Center, the Telford Volunteer Fire Company, Indian Valley Public Library and North Care Women’s Clinic.

In addition, the Indian Valley Farmers Market will open on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Councilman Miles Arnott informed Council that he attended the Fire Company banquet and it was great; he urged Council to please try to go to next year’s banquet. Mr. Arnott also reported that he did a tour of the WWTF and it was tremendous, and he encouraged others to go as well. He added that the new centrifuge is impressive.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:12 pm by a Crouthamel/Arnott motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                          

Secretary                                                                                                                     

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