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

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October 1, 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: Miles Arnott, Carolyn Crouthamel, Mark Gehman, Jim Schaeffer, Mayor David Snook and John Taylor. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, James Jacquette from Timoney Knox, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Building Inspector Jesse Hill, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, Tax Collector John Fenstermacher, Kim Triol & Lynn Musselman from Brewscuits, family members of the Brewscuits representatives, residents William & Jennifer Ashley, Eric Kratz and Lori Rappold and a press reporter.

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

PUBLIC HEARING:

President Robert Baker announced that there would be a Public Hearing to discuss a Conditional Use Application from Brewscuits for 100 Emlen Way, Suite 118. The Public Hearing opened at 7:31 pm.

The applicant, Brewscuits, is requesting Conditional Use Approval to establish a (C1) Retail Sales Use accessory to the LI 1 Manufacturing Use to conduct a business that manufactures dog biscuits and sells wholesale as well as retail. The retail store would be located in the front portion of the unit and the baking/processing of the products would take place in the rear of the unit.

Kim Triol gave an overview of how Brewscuits was started and explained that all of the ingredients in their products are grown locally. They also use all USA-sourced equipment and sell other locally-sourced items at their current location. Brewscuits has been a vendor at the Indian Valley Farmers Market for 5 years. Ms. Triol asked Council to please consider approving their application; they would really like to keep their business in Telford.

Manager Mark Fournier explained that the Conditional Use Application is only for the proposed retail sales area; Brewscuits could already manufacture their products in the existing space.

Council President Robert Baker asked what the business hours would be. Ms. Triol stated that weekday hours would be 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (closed Mondays) and Saturday & Sunday they would be open from 10:00 am or 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Public Hearing was closed at 7:39 pm.

ACCEPTANCE OF RESIGNATION OF COUNCIL MEMBER: Mr. Baker read the resignation letter of Councilman Jeffrey Maxwell to Council. A Schaeffer/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) accepting the resignation of Mr. Maxwell, with regrets.

RESOLUTION TO FILL VACANCY IN ELECTED BOROUGH OFFICE: Mr. Baker read Resolution 18-05 into the minutes:

WHEREAS, a vacancy in the office of Council of the Borough of Telford, Counties of Bucks/Montgomery has occurred due to a resignation, death or removal from the Borough.

WHEREAS, Section 901 (53 PS § 45901) of the Borough Code provides that the Borough shall fill such vacancy by Resolution within thirty (30) days by appointing a registered elector of the Borough (who has also resided one year continuously prior to the date of appointment) to hold such office until the first Monday in January after the first Municipal Election occurring more than sixty (60) days after the vacancy occurs at which election an eligible person shall be elected to the office for the remainder of the term.

WHEREAS, the next Municipal Election will be held in November 2019.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that William Ashley, a registered elector of the Borough of Telford, is hereby appointed to the office of Council of the Borough of Telford to serve until the first Monday in January, 2020.

FURTHER RESOLVED, that there shall be elected at the next Municipal Election, which shall occur in November 2019, a qualified registered elector of the Borough of Telford to hold such office from the first Monday in January, 2020 until the first Monday in January, 2024.

RESOLVED by the Borough Council of the Borough of Telford this 1st day of October, 2018.

A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (6-0) adopting Resolution 18-05 which appoints William Ashley to fill the remainder of Mr. Maxwell’s term, which ends in January, 2020.

SWEARING IN OF COUNCIL MEMBER: Mayor David Snook swore in William Ashley as a new Telford Borough Council member.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

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

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 88.41% of its revenues and has spent 66.18% of its expenditures.

A Crouthamel/Gehman motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for September, 2018.

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

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

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

Fire Company President Jerry Guretse informed Council that Fire Prevention Week is the week of October 7th, and there will be an open house at the Fire House on Sunday, October 14th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Everyone is invited to stop by.

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 reported that the Public Works Crew will be paving Third Street in October, and the fall leaf collection schedule has been posted in the lobby and on the website. The first week of leaf collection will be the week of October 29th.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that he and Finance Director Craig Davies will be meeting with the Finance & Administration Committee sometime during the week of October 15th to review the first draft of the 2019 Budget.

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.

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that Hoff Properties submitted land development plans for 114 West Broad Street. They appeared before the Planning Commission in September and it was determined that they will need to apply for a zoning variance. Revised plans will most likely be presented to Council within 2 to 3 months.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Eric Kratz from 214 Crestview Avenue appeared before Council and asked if there was any word from the Lutheran Home on future development plans. Mr. Fournier informed Mr. Kratz that the Borough has not seen any plans yet.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the bills for the month of September, 2018 in the amount of $252,844.84.

A-2       A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (7-0) to adopt the Minimum Municipal Obligation for the year 2019 for the Non-Uniform Pension Plan with the amount being $226,143.

A-3       A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (7-0) to adopt the Minimum Municipal Obligation for the Police Pension Plan for the year 2019 with the amount being $92,107.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer

PZ-1     A Taylor/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) to grant the Conditional Use for Brewscuits at 100 Emlen Way, with the following condition: the square footage of the proposed retail sales area cannot be more than 25% of the total square footage of the space. Building Inspector Jesse Hill stated that Brewscuits will need to apply for the appropriate building permits for any improvements made to the space.

PZ-2     An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) passing Ordinance #415, which amends the Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance and the submission process of Subdivision & Land Development plans to Telford Borough by requiring electronic submission of these plans.

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: Mr. Taylor

Mr. Taylor informed Council that Oktoberfest is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at J.S. Stover Beverage.

He also reported that the last day for the Farmers Market will be Saturday, October 13th.

Mr. Taylor reported that Souderton-Telford Main Streets was approached about holding a PA Eastern Modifiers car show at the Telford Marketplace, sometime in September of 2019. There would be about 70 cars on display, a DJ and food trucks at the event.

Councilman Jim Schaeffer stated that he didn’t think there would be enough room in the municipal lot for a car show of that size. Mr. Baker asked if the event could be held in the spring or summer instead, since there are a lot of events already planned in the Souderton/Telford area every fall. After further discussion, it was the consensus of Council that Mr. Taylor could continue discussions about this potential event.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:12 pm to discuss matters of personnel and real estate.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:28 pm. No action was taken.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:29 pm by a Crouthamel/Taylor motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary                                 

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