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

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February 4, 2019

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: Miles Arnott, William Ashley, Carolyn Crouthamel, Mark Gehman, James Schaeffer and John Taylor. Also present were Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Solicitor James Jacquette, Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, Penn Valley Church representatives Laz Reyes and Daniel Houser, Skyler Houser, and residents Eric Kratz, Wendy Leshinskie, Lori Rappold and Dustin Wade. Mayor David Snook and Manager Mark Fournier were absent.

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

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

An Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of the January 7, 2019 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT: A Crouthamel/Gehman motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Treasurer’s Reports for December, 2018 and January, 2019.

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

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

President Robert Baker noted two issues mentioned in Chief Floyd’s report – residents parking on the sidewalks along West Broad and South Main Streets, and the lost/found animal signs and other signs that are being attached to utility poles and not being taken down. Councilman Miles Arnott stated that he will take these items up with the Public Safety Committee at their next meeting.

FIRE REPORT: We received a written monthly report and the yearly report for 2018 for the file.

Councilman John Taylor asked Jerry Guretse when the boot collection is going to be, and Mr. Guretse stated that it will be sometime in early April.

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

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

Councilwoman Carolyn Crouthamel asked Public Works Director Gary Yoder about the damage that PECO did to the TBA sewer lateral on Reliance Road. Mr. Yoder explained that PECO accidentally broke through it when they were replacing gas line through Reliance Road.

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 he is monitoring a few projects and that the land development project at 114 West Broad Street is working its way through engineering review.

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 payment of bills for the month of December, 2018 in the amount of $ 320,139.98 and for the month of January, 2019 in the amount of $295,178.87.

            A-2       Ms. Crouthamel reported that the brochure for the 2019 PSAB Conference was in the Council packet for consideration. If anyone is interested in attending or would like more information, they can contact Megan in the office.

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: Mr. Ashley

Councilman Bill Ashley reported that he and the other Public Works & Buildings Committee members went with Mayor Snook and Borough Manager Mark Fournier on a tour of the building at 50 Penn Avenue. Mr. Ashley added that it has great potential for our Borough to serve our citizens.

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

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Taylor

            DC-1     Dan Houser, a representative of Penn Valley Church, gave an overview of the history of the Penn Valley Church Community Fair and its purpose. The fair will be held from June 11-15, 2019 and the Church is requesting permission to use Centennial Field for overflow seating during the fireworks display on the last night of the fair (Saturday, June 15th). Mr. Houser then introduced Laz Reyes, the Director of Outreach for the Church.

A Taylor/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) permitting the Church to use Centennial Field for overflow seating for the night of their fireworks display on June 15, 2019.

Councilman John Taylor referenced the Save the Dates flyer for the 2019 Car Shows & Cruises for East Penn Modifiers Club, which includes the car show planned for the Marketplace at Telford Station on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Mr. Taylor also reminded Council that the Main Streets fundraising event, So You Think You Can Cook, is being held on Wednesday, March 6th at the Franconia Heritage from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 7:55 pm to discuss a matter of personnel.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:00 pm. No action was taken.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:01 pm by an Arnott/Crouthamel motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Megan E. McShane

Recording Secretary                             

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