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

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November 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: Miles Arnott, William Ashley, Carolyn Crouthamel, Mark Gehman, Jim Schaeffer, Mayor David Snook and John Taylor. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Finance Director Craig Davies, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, James Jacquette from Timoney Knox, Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, residents Wendy Leshinskie & Lori Rappold and a press reporter.

The invocation was given by James Schaeffer, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

An Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of the October 1, 2018 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 92.54% of its revenues and has spent 84.49% of its expenditures.

An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for October, 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.

Telford Fire Company President Jerry Guretse reported that the Feel the Burn 5K Run is this Saturday, and the Fire Company will be bringing Santa to the Telford Tree Lighting on December 7th. Mayor David Snook commented that the Fire Company’s open house was excellent; Mr. Guretse added that they had a good turnout for the event.

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

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 a planting project began at the detention basin on Summit Street on October 26th with Borough staff, and staff and volunteers from the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy. The project is about 2/3 done and a total of 5,000 plants will be planted. The group will be back in the spring or the fall to finish, depending on the weather. This project is a part of the Borough’s MS4 requirement for PA DEP.

Mayor Snook asked about the potential Treevitalize Grant referenced in the Manager’s Report and the 50 trees that Telford Borough may receive as part of that grant. Mr. Fournier clarified that the Borough is applying for this grant with assistance from the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, and that the trees we could receive will be 4’ – 5’ trees, including sycamore and river birch, to name a few. The ash trees at Franconia Avenue Park have to come down because they were damaged by the ash borer, so they will be replanted with trees from the Treevitalize Grant.

President Robert Baker asked Mr. Fournier if there was anything new on future development plans for the Lutheran Home. Mr. Fournier stated that he met with representatives from the Lutheran Home and they shared a sketch plan with him. He is anticipating a plan submission from them in the next couple of months.

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.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: There were no comments from the audience.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the bills for the month of October, 2018 in the amount of $556,977.62.

            A-2       Manager Mark Fournier presented the proposed 2019 Budget, which includes a tax increase of .25 mils (4.3%). The increase will cost approximately $34.00 per household.  The proposed budget also includes a 10-Year Capital Plan. Councilman Miles Arnott complimented the staff on the 10-year plan, and added that it is very helpful for Council to see things down the road.  An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the 2019 Budget.

            A-3       A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the staff to advertise the 2019 Tax Levy Ordinance.

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

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: Mr. Arnott

PS-1     An Arnott/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving 2 additional Fire Company activities for 2018 – an Open House at North Penn Fire Company in North Wales and the Mardi Gras Parade in Lansdale.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Taylor

            DC-1     The Souderton holiday parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 1st at 11:00 am, and the Souderton tree lighting will be that same day from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

DC-2     The Mayor’s Dinner will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the Indian Valley Country Club.

DC-3     The Telford Borough tree lighting ceremony will be Friday, December 7th at 7:00 pm.

DC-4     The Montgomery County Borough’s Association Holiday Dinner will be on Thursday, December 13th. As soon as the staff receives the invitation from MCBA with more details, it will be e-mailed to Council.

Councilman John Taylor informed Council that he attended the grand opening for Brewscuits last weekend.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:38 pm to discuss matters of personnel and real estate.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 9:22 pm.

An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the purchase of the former Univest Bank building at 50 Penn Avenue for up to $270,000.

A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the hiring of Concord Public Financial Advisors, Inc. at a cost of $12,500.

An Arnott/Taylor motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the hiring of Reed Smith as Bond Counsel for the purchase of 50 Penn Avenue.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 pm by a Crouthamel/Taylor motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                      

Secretary                                 

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