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

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August 6, 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: Carolyn Crouthamel, Mark Gehman, Jim Schaeffer, Mayor David Snook and John Taylor. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, James Jacquette from Timoney Knox, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Detective Daniel Fox, Officer Tori Adams, Officer Brett Popiny, Officer Zachary Wedemeyer, family members of Daniel Fox, Brett Popiny & Zachary Wedemeyer, residents Claire & Eric Kratz and Lori Rappold, and a press reporter. Miles Arnott and Jeffrey Maxwell were absent.

The invocation was given by John Taylor, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

SWEARING IN OF PART-TIME POLICE OFFICER: Mayor David Snook swore in Zachary Wedemeyer as a new part-time police officer for Telford Borough.

AWARD PRESENTATIONS: Police Chief Randall Floyd presented both Detective Daniel Fox and Officer Brett Popiny with the Chief’s Award of Excellence for their outstanding work on drug investigations and for Detective Fox’s thorough case work involved in the rape of a young girl.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Crouthamel/Gehman motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the minutes of the July 2, 2018 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 72.67% of its revenues and has spent 51.87% of its expenditures.

Mr. Fournier also reported that the Payment in Lieu of Taxes category is higher than what was budgeted, since the Borough received three years of back taxes for the former Trinity Church cemetery property that was purchased by the Lutheran Community at Telford. That property is now taxable.

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

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

Mayor David Snook reported that he stopped by the Fire Company prior to the Council meeting to visit with the 10 cadets who are graduating tonight from the cadet program.

POLICE REPORT: We received 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.

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

Mr. Fournier informed Council that we should be able to pave Third Street this year, not just seal coat it. He added that the Public Works Crew is currently installing sewer cleanouts on Third Street, and the Parks Department and summer crew are busy mowing the parks and other Borough properties.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that there are several smaller water/sewer projects that are ongoing, and that he, the staff and the Borough engineers are working with the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy on a naturalization project within the detention basin on Hunters 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 reported that he is working on the advertisement for the amendment of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. This ordinance must be amended to incorporate Montgomery County’s new requirements for the municipalities to electronically submit land development applications.

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

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Eric Kratz of 214 Crestview Avenue stood and introduced himself and his wife Claire, and asked Council if they knew anything yet about any expansion plans for the Lutheran Community at Telford. He also commented on the closures of the Univest Bank, the Towne Restaurant and the tax business on Penn Avenue.

Mr. Fournier informed Mr. Kratz that the Borough has not received any plans yet from the Lutheran Home for development; several months ago they discussed adding more flats, but we have not received any definitive word from them yet.

Mr. Fournier also told Mr. Kratz that there are several people looking at the Towne Restaurant, and that the Borough has looked at the Univest building, but has done nothing further.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE:

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the bills for the month of July, 2018 in the amount of $325,970.54.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Gehman

Mr. Gehman reported that he attended his first NMCRC meeting and it went well, but there is nothing new to report on the 2016 funds. The next meeting is September 11th.

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

PW-1    A Crouthamel/Gehman motion carried unanimously (5-0) authorizing Bucks County to use the Telford Borough Community Building as their new voting poll, instead of Grundy Manor. Mr. Baker reminded Mr. Fournier to contact Trinity Church about this change, since voters will be using the parking lot, which belongs to the church.

PW-2    A Schaeffer/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (5-0) awarding the sale of the 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty pick-up truck to Clifford Strolle in the amount of $16,550.00.

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

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

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mr. Fournier informed Council that the Souderton-Telford Main Streets annual report was included in their packet for tonight’s meeting.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:00 pm to discuss matters of personnel and real estate.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 9:00 pm. No action was taken.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:01 pm by a Schaeffer/Taylor motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                          

Secretary                                 

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