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

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April 1, 2019

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 and John Taylor. Also present were Mayor David Snook, Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Catherine Harper from Timoney Knox, Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Officer Jeremy Kim, Officer Brett Popiny, Officer Ed Nitka, Officer Ryan Sloan, family & friends of Officers Nitka & Sloan, and residents Wendy Leshinskie, Lori Rappold, Beverlee Schnable, Alex Stump and Emiline Weiss. James Schaeffer was absent.

The invocation was given by Mark Gehman, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

SWEARING IN OF PART-TIME POLICE OFFICERS: Mayor David Snook swore in Ed Nitka and Ryan Sloan as new part-time police officers for Telford Borough.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the March 4, 2019 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier informed Council that the Borough has taken in 82.26% of it’s Real Estate Taxes, which is ahead of where we were at this time last year (70%).

Mr. Fournier also reported that the Borough has taken in 42.53% of its revenues and has spent 17.62% of its expenditures.

An Arnott/Gehman motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for March, 2019.

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

POLICE REPORT: We received the written monthly and yearly reports for the file.

Mayor David Snook inquired about the proposed victim assistance volunteer position mentioned in the monthly report, and if the Police Department would be looking for someone with a college background to fill this position. Police Chief Randall Floyd reported that he hopes to find someone who’s in their mid-twenties, male or female, who could volunteer a few hours a week to make follow up calls to crime victims and connect them with services they may need. Mayor Snook and President Robert Baker commented that this sounds like a good program.

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

Fire Company President Jerry Guretse reported that the Fire Company has responded to 89 calls so far for 2019, as of yesterday. He added that an exhaust system is being installed in the engine bay to help with the diesel fumes.

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 he distributed the meeting minutes to Council from the first two meetings with MKSD Architects, which highlight what has been discussed at the meetings for the Borough Hall renovation project.

Mr. Fournier also reported that Clarifier #2 at the WWTF broke down on a Sunday a few weeks ago. No violations occurred, but it makes operations difficult to operate with only one clarifier, so an emergency order was placed for a replacement assembly. The cost of the new assembly was $39,260 and the installation will cost approximately $12-15,000.

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.

In Jim Jacquette’s absence, Kate Harper from Timoney Knox reported that Jim Jacquette is currently working on the Development Agreements for 114 West Broad Street.

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

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Beverlee Schnable, who lives at Grundy Manor but was not representing Grundy Manor, stood and re-introduced herself to Council; she had been at the December meeting and asked if the two “No parking between signs” signs located in front of the building could be removed and if handicap parking could be made available between those signs instead. She stated that the signs have been removed, which is good, but there are now handicap parking signs there, which have caused some issues for the older residents who have trouble with the steps at that entrance. She added that it’s now not conducive to people who used that area for loading and unloading, and asked if there was anything that could be done.

Chief Floyd stated that the entrance with the semi-circle is safer and more conducive for drop-off and loading/unloading, but he can take another look at this issue with Public Works Director Gary Yoder. Ms. Schnable stated that she appreciates all that they do.

Resident Wendy Leshinskie asked what the status is of the spotted lanternflies, and if the Borough will be opening a drop-off area again for residents to take their yard waste. Mr. Fournier reported that the quarantine zone now includes the Barnside Mulch & Composting Facility, so residents are able to take their yard waste there again; the Borough is no longer accepting yard waste at the Telford WWTF. He added that there could be even more spotted lanternflies than there were last season.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the payment of bills for the month of March, 2019 in the amount of $257,048.51.

            A-2       Carolyn Crouthamel read the following Proclamation for National Library Week into the minutes:

WHEREAS, libraries are more than book repositories, demonstrating the breadth and depth of all they offer to their communities, with opportunities for community engagement, learning and growth while delivering new services which more closely connect to residents and their needs;

WHEREAS, libraries throughout Pennsylvania have consistently served as valued and needed institutions, and library staffs and volunteers strengthen these centers by fueling their efforts to enhance the surrounding community;

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Library Association is the state's oldest and most diverse professional library organization serving libraries, library employees, library trustees, and Friends of the Library groups working to heighten awareness of the various tools and resources, such as STEM programming, workforce development and life planning tips libraries offer;

WHEREAS, collectively we recognize librarians as information professionals who provide expertise, services and guidance for patrons to access credible sources and material, making their own informed decisions about the worlds they navigate;

            WHEREAS, librarians level the playing field for anyone who seeks information and access to technologies, particularly as society continues to transition the way in which information is shared and explored in the online world;

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Library Association’s PA Forward initiative provides a collective voice for the state’s libraries to tell their own stories, building capacity for the work they do with and for patrons through five literacies – Basic, Information, Civic and Social, Health and Financial – underscoring the importance of lifelong learning;

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania libraries support democracy and effect social change through their commitment to providing equitable access to information for all library users regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status;

WHEREAS, April 9 is National Library Workers Day, a day for all library staff, volunteers and supporters to highlight the immeasurable contributions made by libraries; April 10 is National Bookmobile Day, a day recognizing the importance of libraries being available beyond their physical structure; and April 11 is Take Action for Libraries day, a day which encourages everyone to recognize how libraries enhance communities and quality of life;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that Telford Borough Council proclaims National Library Week, April 7-13, 2019 in Telford Borough. Residents are encouraged to visit their local libraries this week and beyond, exploring all the libraries have to offer, realizing that literacy is power and that libraries provide the fuel to move Pennsylvania forward.

            The Proclamation was approved unanimously (6-0) by a Crouthamel/Taylor motion.  Wendy Leshinskie from the Indian Valley Public Library Board of Trustees informed Council that a strategic plan was formulated in 2017 to review and consider different improvement options for the Library. The building was built in the 1960s as a school before the library took possession of the building in 1981, and it now has several issues. Options being considered are a renovation of the current building, which could cost approximately $9 million, or building a new library for approximately $13 million. The Board of Trustees has started a new 501c(3) Foundation called the Indian Valley Public Library Foundation of Friends, for fundraising purposes, and the Foundation is looking to hire a development officer. Ms. Leshinskie added that Tuesday, April 9th is Library Staff Appreciation Day.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer

In Mr. Schaeffer’s absence, Councilman John Taylor reported that the Planning and Zoning Committee met and considered in great detail the fence requirements for corner lots in the Borough. Resident Alex Stump attended the Committee meeting, who had followed up his appearance at the March 4th Council meeting with a written request to the Committee. Due to safety concerns and concerns with aesthetics, the Committee has decided not to recommend any changes to the fence requirements for corner lots at this time. Mr. Taylor acknowledged Mr. Stump’s extensive work on this matter.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Gehman

Councilman Mark Gehman reported that the next NMCRC meeting is on April 9th.

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Arnott

Mr. Arnott reported that the Public Safety Committee met on March 27th and held their meeting at the Police Station. The next Committee meeting will be held at the firehouse.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Taylor

Mr. Taylor referenced the flyer in the packet announcing the Penn Valley Community Fair from June 11th through June 15th. He also reminded Council that Opening Day of the Telford Night Market is Wednesday, May 22nd.

OTHER BUSINESS:

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm by a Crouthamel/Arnott motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary                                 

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