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

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December 3, 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, Mayor David Snook and John Taylor. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Solicitor James Jacquette, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, William Richter, Esq. from Reed Smith, Christopher Gibbons from Concord Public Finance, residents Wendy Leshinskie, Lori Rappold & Beverlee Schnable and a press reporter. James Schaeffer was absent.

The invocation was given by Carolyn Crouthamel, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

PUBLIC HEARING – ORDINANCE #416:

The Public Hearing opened at 7:32 pm and Ordinance #416, the Tax Levy Ordinance for 2019, was considered.

There were no comments from the audience and the Public Hearing was closed at 7:33 pm.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

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

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 99.27% of its revenues and has spent 92.93% of its expenditures.

An Taylor/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for November, 2018.

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

Mayor David Snook thanked Council for all of their time this year and for attending the Mayor’s Dinner.

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

Police Chief Randall Floyd reported that part-time patrol officer Zach Wedemeyer took a full-time position with East Norriton Township, one week before he would’ve been able to patrol out on his own.

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

Fire Company President Jerry Guretse informed Council that they are all set for Friday’s tree lighting, and that the Fire Company is currently selling lottery calendars as a fundraiser. Mr. Guretse reported that the Fire Company received well over 300 calls this year, and added that 2018 was one of the busiest years they’ve had in a long time. Telford Fire Company is currently ranked 3rd in Montgomery County for response time.

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

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

Council member Carolyn Crouthamel informed Public Works Director Gary Yoder that the crew is doing a great job with the leaf pick-up, and added that it’s been tough because of the weather.

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

Mr. Fournier informed Council that they will receive their full budget at the January meeting; the Authority budget has not been approved yet because the November meeting was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

Mr. Fournier also reported that he recently met with representatives of the Lutheran Community at Telford, and they are looking to submit plans shortly for their next phase of development.

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:

Resident Beverlee Schnable from Grundy Manor introduced herself and stated that she came to speak to Council about the trouble with parking on the street at Grundy Manor. Ms. Schnable has a handicap placard and often has trouble finding parking close to the building. She asked why there are “No parking between signs” signs located in front of the building, and asked if there could be handicap parking made available between those signs instead.

Chief Floyd informed Council that he has instructed the officers not to cite vehicles in that area, since there is limited handicap parking, and he sees no reason why people can’t park there. Mr. Fournier stated that there used to be a bus stop there; Mr. Yoder stated that an elderly man was hit crossing the street there, which is why the signs went up. Chief Floyd stated that there is nowhere else to put the handicap parking that close to the building, and added that there are more cars now. He stated that he will work on a solution, and added that if the Borough isn’t going to leave the signs there, there will need to be an ordinance put into place. Mr. Baker asked the Chief if he could give this some more thought.

Ms. Schnable thanked the Chief and his officers for all of their work on this.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (6-0) adopting the 2019 Tax Levy Ordinance.

            A-2       A Taylor/Gehman motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the 2019 Holiday Schedule.

            A-3       A Taylor/Ashley motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the bills for the month of November, 2018 in the amount of $279,788.31.

            A-4       Concord Public Finance – Borrowing Presentation

Chris Gibbons from Concord Public Finance thanked Council for the opportunity to work with Telford Borough again, and gave an overview of the Results of the BankLoan Request for Proposals. Mr. Gibbons informed Council that this was one of the better proposals he has seen. Thirty-seven banks were solicited for financing proposals, and eight proposals were received from five banks. The best proposal for borrowing $1,030,000 over a term of 20 years was from the First National Bank and Trust Company of Newtown, with an initial fixed rate of 3.45% for the first 11 years, then a variable rate not to exceed 4.95% for the remainder of the loan. Mr. Gibbons recommended that Council proceed with this proposal.

            A-5       Bill Richter from Reed Smith gave an overview of Ordinance #417, which serves to accept the proposal from the First National Bank and Trust Company of Newtown. Municipalities are required by the Debt Act to pass an ordinance for financing. A Notice of Enactment will be published in a few days, which is also required by the Debt Act, and a filing will be made to the Department of Community & Economic Development. Mr. Richter informed Council that the Borough should be able to accomplish the purchase of the building by the end of this year.

Council President Robert Baker asked Solicitor James Jacquette if he has reviewed all of the documentation for the bank loan. Mr. Jacquette confirmed that he has reviewed everything and the Borough is good to go.

An Arnott/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) adopting Ordinance #417.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Gehman

Councilman Mark Gehman reported that he attended the November 13th NMCRC meeting and that the Commission is considering quarterly meetings. Mr. Gehman presented Council with a check for $13,841.40 that the Borough received from the Commission for the recycling grant.

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

Councilman John Taylor reminded Council that the Telford Borough tree lighting ceremony will be this Friday, December 7th at 7:00 pm.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:06 pm to discuss matters of personnel and real estate.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:15 pm.

An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the Borough to move forward with purchasing the former Univest Bank building at 50 Penn Avenue and borrowing $1,030,000 from the First National Bank and Trust Company of Newtown for a 20-year term at a fixed rate of 3.45% for the first 11 years and a variable rate not to exceed 4.95% for the remainder of the loan.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 pm by a Crouthamel/Arnott motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                      

Secretary                                 

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