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

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January 7, 2019

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:32 p.m. by President Robert Baker with the following members in attendance: Miles Arnott, William Ashley, Carolyn Crouthamel, Mark Gehman, James Schaeffer, Mayor David Snook and John Taylor. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Solicitor James Jacquette, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, Brad Clymer from Richard C. Mast Associates, residents Michael Harp, Wendy Leshinskie & Lori Rappold and a press reporter.

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

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

An Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of the December 3, 2018 Borough Council meeting.

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 reported that there was a total of 344 calls for 2018, over 20% more than last year. Over 40% of those calls were for mutual aid.

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

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

Councilman John Taylor complimented the Public Works guys on the nice job they did at the tree lighting.

Councilman Mark Gehman asked about the one side of County Line Road that got paved near Central Avenue, and if the other side was going to be done. Mr. Fournier informed Mr. Gehman that the paving was a condition of the CDBG grant that Souderton Borough received for their sidewalk project in that area. In addition, the other side of County Line Road that wasn’t paved is located in Hilltown Township and out of our jurisdiction.

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

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.

Solicitor Jim Jacquette reported that settlement took place on the bank building on December 31st, and everything went very well.

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

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

COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE:

Z-1       A Baker/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) designating Univest National Bank & Trust Company and Quakertown National Bank as depositories for Borough funds and authorizing the Borough Manager to invest as he sees fit in the best interests of the Borough.

Z-2       A Baker/Gehman motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the Borough Manager to advertise for bids for goods and services, as needed during 2019.

Z-3       A Baker/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) appointing Emiline Weiss to the Vacancy Board, term to expire 1/1/20; Barry Bowman to the Zoning Hearing Board, term to expire 1/1/22; Thomas Swanson to the Telford Industrial Development Authority, term to expire 1/1/24; Mark Gehman to the Northern Montgomery County Recycling Commission, term to expire 1/1/23.

Z-4       A Baker/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) re-appointing Timoney Knox, LLP as Solicitor.

Z-5       A Baker/Taylor motion carried unanimously (7-0) re-appointing CKS Engineers, Inc. as Borough Engineer.

A Schaeffer/Arnott motion carried unanimously (7-0) establishing the Council committees as follows:

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION              PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDING & PLANT

Carolyn Crouthamel – Chair                   Bill Ashley – Chair

Miles Arnott                                         Bob Baker

Bill Ashley                                           John Taylor

PLANNING & ZONING                           PUBLIC SAFETY

James Schaeffer – Chair                        Miles Arnott – Chair

Miles Arnott                                          Bill Ashley

John Taylor                                           Mark Gehman

ENVIRONMENTAL                                 DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE

Mark Gehman – Chair                            John Taylor – Chair

Carolyn Crouthamel                               Carolyn Crouthamel

James Schaeffer                                   Mark Gehman

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) re-appointing Mark D. Fournier as Secretary for the Telford Borough Council for the year 2019.

            A-2       A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (7-0) re-appointing Craig Davies as Treasurer for the Telford Borough Council for the year 2019.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer

Brad Clymer from Richard C. Mast Associates gave an overview of the proposed project at 114 West Broad Street, which includes the renovation of an existing two-story 6,485 s.f. brick building to a two-story, 2,053 s.f. restaurant building. In addition, 7 off-street parking spaces are proposed on the 6,751 s.f. lot. The project is located in the C2 – Commercial Downtown Zoning District and proposes the Use C-3 and C-16 – Outdoor Dining Establishment Serving Food and Beverages.

Engineer Patrick DiGangi reviewed the CKS Engineers review letters dated December 17, 2018.

This project has received Telford Borough Planning Commission approval and the Zoning Hearing Board granted variances from Sections 27-505(c)(1) and 27-507, as well as a special exception under Section 27-505, subject to the following reasonable conditions:

  1. All deliveries shall take place during hours when the restaurant is closed. Additionally, no deliveries shall be taken or performed on Main Street.
  2. The Applicant shall comply with all other requirements of the Telford Borough Code of Ordinances and such regulations as imposed under applicable Federal, State and local law.

A Schaeffer/Arnott motion carried unanimously (7-0) granting Preliminary/Final Land Development approval for the 114 West Broad Street Building Renovations project based on plans prepared for Hoff Properties by Richard C. Mast & Associates, dated July 25, 2018, last revised December 4, 2018 subject to the following conditions:

  1. Applicant addresses, to the satisfaction of the Engineer, the comments contained in CKS Engineers, Inc. letter dated December 17, 2018 prepared on behalf of the Borough.
  2. Applicant addresses, to the satisfaction of the Engineer, the comments contained in CKS Engineers, Inc. letter dated December 17, 2018 prepared on behalf of the Telford Borough Authority.
  3. Applicant shall fund and execute Land Development and Financial Security Agreements in a form satisfactory to the Borough Solicitor.
  4. Applicant shall pay all impact fees and/or fee-in-lieu of fees which shall be incorporated into the Land Development Agreement and executed by the Applicant. These fees shall include a fee-in-lieu of recreation fee of $0.25 per square foot of building space and a donation to the Telford Fire Company. Based on 2,053 sf of building, the recreation fee totals $513.25. The Fire Company donation shall be determined.
  5. As per Zoning Ordinance 27-501, exterior lighting shall be provided. Sidewalks shall be lit at 0.9 footcandles; pedestrian walkways at 2.0 footcandles; parking areas at 1.0 footcandles; and building entrances at 5.0 footcandles. One “wall-pack” light has been shown on the rear of the building which does not completely address these requirements. Council requires that a detailed lighting design be submitted along with any building permit applications.
  6. As per SALDO Section 22-434.C, a buffer planting area of not less than 10 feet in width shall be established along all property lines of the site. Due to insufficient room, no buffer plantings have been shown on the plans. A waiver is being requested for relief from this requirement. In addition, a 6-ft.-high opaque fence is proposed along a portion of the southeasterly property line and the entire northeasterly property line. In an attempt to further comply with this requirement, CKS suggests that a tree be planted along with some shrubbery in and around the proposed dumpster. This area is currently proposed as lawn. Council requires that additional plantings be placed in this area.

In addition, the Telford Borough Council also grants the following Waivers for relief from the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) in conjunction with the project:

  1. Section 22-431.B(2) requiring parking areas to be set back a minimum of 15’ from tract boundary lines. Impervious surfaces that exist to (and across) the boundary lines shall be maintained. However, proposed parking area striping is to be installed up to 1.3’ from the northeasterly property line (13.7’ encroachment), 3.4’ from the southeasterly property line (11.6’ encroachment), and 5.1’ from the southwesterly property line (9.9’ encroachment) in order to maximize required on-site parking.
  2. Section 22-432 requiring curbing installed along all existing and proposed common driveways and parking areas. This applies to the Eastern edge of the parking area.
  3. Section 22-434.2.C.(1) requiring a buffer planting area not less than 10’ in width along all property lines to the site. It should be noted that a 6-foot high fence is proposed along a portion of the southeasterly property line and the entire northeasterly property line. (In addition, Council has requested that a tree and shrubbery be planted around the proposed dumpster.)

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/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Telford Fire Company Calendar of Events for 2019.

            PS-2     An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the hiring of Edward R. Nitka as a part-time patrolman pending the successful outcome of his background investigation. Further, Mr. Nitka’s starting pay will be $19.00 per hour with an increase to $20.00 per hour after successfully completing his six-month probationary period.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Taylor

            Councilman John Taylor reported that Main Streets recently released a Schedule of Events for 2019, which was included in the Council packet. He mentioned that So You Think You Can Cook will be held on Wednesday, March 6th at the Franconia Heritage Banquet & Conference Center.

Mr. Taylor also reported that several vendors have signed up for the Telford Night Market. Due to a prior commitment on Wednesday evenings, Ray’s Greenhouse is unavailable to set up at the Telford Night Market, so Windy Springs and Ray’s Greenhouse have requested the opportunity to set up on a Saturday morning during the time when the Night Market takes place (May 22nd to October 23rd); they would be responsible for cleaning everything up. The consensus of the group was that it would be acceptable for Windy Springs & Ray’s Greenhouse to set up on a Saturday morning at the Telford Marketplace during the months that the Telford Night Market takes place.

Mr. Taylor informed Council that a Car Show has been scheduled for Sunday, September 8th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with a rain date of Sunday, September 15th. There will be 50-90 cars at the show at the Telford Marketplace, and Penn Avenue will be closed from Main Street to the Beardsley property. After some discussion, it was suggested that someone from Main Streets contact St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, since parishioners use the Municipal Lot for overflow parking on Sundays.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:32 pm to discuss matters of personnel and real estate.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:46 pm. No action was taken.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 pm by a Crouthamel/Arnott motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                      

Secretary                                 

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