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

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July 2, 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: A. Miles Arnott, Carolyn Crouthamel, Mark Gehman, Jeffrey Maxwell, Jim Schaeffer and John Taylor. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, James Jacquette from Timoney Knox, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, residents Bill Ashley & Emiline Weiss, and a press reporter. Mayor David Snook was absent.

The invocation was given by Robert Baker, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of the June 4, 2018 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 65.84% of its revenues and has spent 42.18% of its expenditures.

The Borough has taken in 97.37% of our property taxes so far for 2018. Projected incomes from Real Estate Transfer Taxes, Local Services Tax and Earned Income Tax are all on target.

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

MAYOR’S REPORT: We did not receive a written monthly report for the file.

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

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

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

Mr. Fournier referenced the letter that Telford Borough Council and other municipalities received from the Indian Valley Public Library regarding the implementation of a Strategic Plan to explore improvements to the Library. An architect completed a review of the building’s existing conditions and also presented a concept plan to the Board of Trustees. The plan includes creating a new main entrance, community rooms and spaces with dynamic and high-tech elements. Age-based issues that currently exist would also be addressed, including plumbing, electrical, interior accessibility, lighting and lack of adaptable spaces. The projected cost to complete these major improvements and renovation in the Library’s current location is an estimated project cost of $9.5 million.

The architect also reviewed possible scenarios for a new library at the existing site or a new library at an alternative site, and those projected costs would be $13.7 million to $14.7 million.

The Board of Trustees is starting a new 501c(3) Foundation to spearhead potential fundraising and capital campaigns, and the foundation will be called “The Indian Valley Public Library Foundation of Friends”. It is expected that the primary funding sources will be private donations.

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 he and Finance Director Craig Davies met with the Borough’s Metlife 457(b) deferred pension plan program representative to prepare the appropriate adoption agreement, which needs to be adopted by August 1, 2018.

Mr. Fournier also reported that there are very few punchlist items to complete on the Centrifuge project at the WWTF.

Councilman Jeffrey Maxwell asked Mr. Fournier if he knew what happened to prompt the sudden closing of the Towne Restaurant. Mr. Fournier commented that he had no idea and there was some discussion amongst the Council members about the closing of this Borough landmark.

Councilman John Taylor complimented the good work that has been done so far on the handicap ramps on Village Green Lane.

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 from Timoney Knox informed Council that he worked on the parking ordinance that will be adopted at tonight’s meeting.

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

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE:

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the bills for the month of June, 2018 in the amount of $254,146.49.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Gehman

Councilman Mark Gehman reported that he spoke to Rich Halbom, Souderton Borough’s representative to NMCRC, to learn more about the organization. Mr. Gehman will be attending the next NMCRC meeting on July 10th.

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

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Arnott

PS-1     An Arnott/Taylor motion carried unanimously (7-0) adopting Ordinance #414, an ordinance of the Borough of Telford amending the Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Telford; Chapter 15, Section 402, Regulating Parking & Penalties.

Mr. Fournier informed Council that this Ordinance has been created to restrict parking on the west side of Catherine Street to make sure emergency vehicles can enter Noble Oaks without difficulty.

PS-2     An Arnott/Gehman motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving 2 additional Fire Company activities for 2018 – the Perkasie Carnival and the Sellersville Carnival.

PS-3     An Arnott/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (7-0) passing Resolution 18-04, which adopts the 2017 update to the Montgomery County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mr. Fournier informed Council that Bucks County is considering the relocation of their polling place from Grundy Manor to the Telford Borough Community Building. The consensus of Council is that this would be acceptable and that Mr. Fournier can have someone from the County take a look at the building to determine if it will be suitable to fit their needs.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 7:59 pm to discuss matters of personnel and real estate.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:24 pm. No action was taken.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 pm by an Arnott/Crouthamel motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                      

Secretary                                 

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