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

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May 6, 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, James Schaeffer and John Taylor. Also present were Mayor David Snook, Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Solicitor James Jacquette, Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Jordana Fitzgerald from Souderton-Telford Main Streets and residents Wendy Leshinskie, Lori Rappold, Nicole Spiese and Emiline Weiss. Mark Gehman was absent.

The invocation was given by Mayor David Snook, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

TELFORD NIGHT MARKET UPDATE:

Jordana Fitzgerald from Souderton-Telford Main Streets reported that Opening Day of the Telford Night Market will be on Wednesday, May 22nd from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The market is scheduled for 11 nights, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings of the month, and will run until October 23rd. There will be a kids’ craft and live music each night, and there are themes planned for each night. There are currently 33 vendors signed up to participate, including 4 farms, several crafters, food trucks, wineries and a beer garden.

Council President Robert Baker asked for clarification on the beer garden portion of the market, and if beer will be sold by the glass. Ms. Fitzgerald explained that the beer garden will be set up near Shekala’s, and confirmed that beer will be sold by the glass. The food trucks that sell food geared towards children will be at the opposite end of the parking lot.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the April 1, 2019 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier informed Council that the Borough has taken in 94% of its Real Estate Taxes.

Mr. Fournier also reported that the Borough has taken in 52.40% of its revenues and has spent 24.64% of its expenditures.

Mayor David Snook asked if the PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) payment for the Lutheran Home at Telford will balloon when the additional 60+ units are built, and Mr. Fournier confirmed that the payment will increase greatly when those units are built.

A Taylor/Ashley motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for April, 2019.

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

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

Mayor Snook asked Chief Floyd if he has a good candidate for the victim assistance volunteer position, and Chief Floyd confirmed that he does.

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

Fire Company President Jerry Guretse reported that the company is currently going through their re-certifications. Councilman John Taylor reported that he went to the penny auction on Saturday and the Fire Company did a great job fundraising; the event went very smoothly.

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

Wendy Leshinskie reported that the Library hosted its annual thank you event for their volunteers on Saturday, May 4th. Over 166 volunteers gave over 7,500 hours of service. Mayor Snook added that the Library makes $35-40,000 every year from its used book sales.

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

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

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough purchased a new/used Detective’s car since the previous Detective’s vehicle needed several repairs that would’ve cost more than what the car was worth. Mr. Fournier also informed Council that the Lutheran Community at Telford submitted their land development plans last week.

Mayor Snook complimented Mr. Fournier on his excellent response to a resident who e-mailed him with a tree complaint; he added that it was very well done, and very tactful. Mr. Fournier thanked him for his compliments.


Councilman William Ashley asked Mr. Fournier if he received any other tree complaints for other locations in the Borough. Mr. Fournier stated that we received some calls about the trees that were taken down at the WWTF, which is actually located in Franconia Township; the trees there were dead or dying trees, and one had come down and damaged part of the fence. The Borough also took down trees at the Community Building because the oaks there had oak blight, and trees were taken down at Franconia Avenue Park due to ash borer damage.

Mr. Fournier added that the trees along Reliance Road were taken down by PPL; the PUC has come down hard on the utility companies after the damage that was done by Hurricane Sandy, so they are being more proactive with cutting down trees and limbs that could potentially take out power lines during future storms.

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 the Land Development and Utility Agreements for the 114 West Broad Street project were sent to the attorney for Hoff Properties last week. Mr. Jacquette is currently working with Mr. Fournier and Zoning Officer Rich O’Brien on developing ordinances to prohibit parking on the sidewalks and play devices in Borough streets. He is also working on the annual audit letter, which should be sent out next week.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that CKS Engineers is currently preparing bid documents for the 2019 CDBG Handicap Ramp Project. He expects the project to go out to bid in June and to be awarded at the July Council meeting.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the payment of bills for the month of April, 2019 in the amount of $271,452.75.

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 there was a meeting with the staff, architect and Committee on April 16th to review plans for 50 Penn Avenue. Mr. Ashley added that he thinks this is something that the Borough is going to be very happy with.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Arnott

PS-1     An Arnott/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the following additional activities for the Fire Company for 2019: Fire truck to Draeger on April 25th for Bring Your Child to Work Day, Memorial Day parade in Lansdale on May 27th, waste haulers inspection on June 2nd and Pennridge Community Day on July 7th.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Taylor

Councilman John Taylor encouraged everyone to attend Opening Night of the Telford Night Market on Wednesday, May 22nd from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Mr. Taylor reported that a meeting was held recently with the vendors and it was well attended, with approximately 17-20 vendors in attendance. He added that the food trucks, farmers and 2 other vendor types have waiting lists with people who want to sign up for the Night Market.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 7:56 pm to discuss a matter of personnel.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:38 pm.

An Arnott/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the hiring of Colleen Marie Popiny for the victim assistance volunteer position, pending financial and criminal background checks.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:39 pm by a Crouthamel/Taylor motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary                                 

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