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

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June 3, 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, James Schaeffer and John Taylor. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Solicitor James Jacquette, Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, Police Chief Randall Floyd, and residents Ray & Mary Hunsberger, Wendy Leshinskie, Lori Rappold, Nicole Spiese and Emiline Weiss. Mayor David Snook was absent.

The invocation was given by William Ashley, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

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 96% of its Real Estate Taxes.

Mr. Fournier also reported that the Borough has taken in 57.99% of its revenues and has spent 30.55% of its expenditures.

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

Councilman Mark Gehman arrived at 7:37 pm.

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.

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

Fire Company President Jerry Guretse informed Council that the new exhaust system was installed in the station. In addition, the new/used air truck that was purchased from Twin Valley is now in service; this replaced the ’92 air truck.

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

Library Representative Wendy Leshinskie reported that the Library Board is still reviewing what will be done with the Indian Valley Public Library. The subject of using a Butler building for this project was discussed at the last Board meeting.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that a tree came down at the Community Building during last week’s storms.

Councilman John Taylor thanked Gary Yoder and his crew for the work they did for the Telford Night Market.

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 worked on the draft of Ordinance #418 which pertains to prohibiting play devices in the Borough streets and prohibiting parking on the sidewalks. Mr. Jacquette reviewed specifications for the ADA handicap ramp project, and he also discussed the proposed Telford Station Square project at length with Mr. Fournier.

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

Mr. Fournier informed Council that the engineer is reviewing the land development plans for the 108 proposed new units (apartments and attached cottages) at the Lutheran Community at Telford, and should be issuing his review letter shortly.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Mary Hunsberger from 20 Church Road stood and introduced herself, stating that she was here to talk about 18 Church Road. She’s aware that the Chief has been in touch with the property management company and the grass was recently cut, but stated that the rest of the house is falling down, and the management company doesn’t seem to care. She asked what she can do as a citizen to get them to do something, and added that she has created a flyer to hand out to neighbors to ask them to start contacting the management company everyday until something gets done. She further added that she and her husband would have to do something if they allowed that to happen at their property.

Mr. Fournier informed Mrs. Hunsberger that the Borough Building Inspector, Jesse Hill, has issued violations for this property before, according to Code; aesthetics are not part of code enforcement. The Borough is unable to get access into the property, and can only stay within the building codes, as far as enforcement action goes. He encouraged Mrs. Hunsberger and the neighbors to call the management company, and added that the Police Chief can start citing them if they do not keep up with the grass. Chief Floyd stated that he issued 6 citations last week to properties in the Borough.

Ray Hunsberger of 20 Church Road stood and introduced himself, and stated that he appreciates the Borough’s service to the community. He informed Council that when the Borough sprayed for weeds along the curbline last year, the weed spray killed the grass – he added that you can see yellow strips along the streets, where the lawn strip was damaged between the sidewalk and the curb. Mr. Hunsberger asked if a different weed product could be used in the future. Council President Robert Baker stated that this is duly noted and will be addressed with the staff.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the payment of bills for the month of May, 2019 in the amount of $398,158.65.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer

PZ-1     Mr. Fournier gave an overview of proposed Ordinance #418 which includes proposed amendments to the Telford Borough Code of Ordinances, with the addition of the following 2 sections:

Section §10-209 Recreational Equipment within the Street/Road Right-of-Way, which states:

1.         No person shall place or cause to have placed any piece of recreational equipment within the Right-of-Way associated with any Borough street or State road within Telford Borough.

            2.         Any person who does so shall be in violation of this Ordinance, and shall remove the piece of recreational equipment within forty-eight (48) hours after written notice from the Borough is delivered to the address         at which the violation has occurred. If the subject recreational equipment is not removed from the Right-of-Way within forty-eight (48) hours, the property owner may be subject to enforcement action and fines in accordance with the Code of Ordinances.

            3.         Telford Borough may, at its discretion, after the forty-eight (48) hour notification Period has expired, remove the recreational equipment and invoice the property owner for all costs associated with                    enforcement and removal of the recreational equipment plus ten percent (10%).

Section §15-410 Parking on Unapproved Surfaces, which states:

            1.         Any motor vehicle subject to state registration requirements and/or designed to traverse any Borough street or state road within Telford Borough (“motor vehicle”) shall be subject to the following restrictions:

                        A. No portion of a motor vehicle shall be parked on any unapproved surface, or a surface not designed to support the motor vehicle.

                        B. For parking in a street or road, no portion of a motor vehicle shall be parked outside of the cartway.

                        C. No portion of a motor vehicle shall be parked on a sidewalk, or on the area between a sidewalk and the cartway.

            2.         Upon any violation of this restriction, the registered owner of the motor vehicle may be subject to enforcement action pursuant to the requirements of the Vehicle Code for the Commonwealth of                         Pennsylvania, and the Code of Ordinances, including applicable fines, removal and/or storage of the motor vehicle in accordance with Chapter 15 – Part 5 of the Code of Ordinances, together with reimbursement to the Borough for all costs incurred in the removal and storage of the motor vehicle.

Mr. Fournier informed Council that the Borough office has received several complaints regarding the parking on the sidewalks. Councilman Miles Arnott asked where the parking on the sidewalks is happening the most frequently, and Mr. Fournier informed him that it is along Main Street and West Broad Street.

A Schaeffer/Taylor motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the advertising of Ordinance #418.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Gehman

Councilman Mark Gehman presented Mr. Fournier with a check for $10,659.97 from the Northern Montgomery County Recycling Commission.

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Ashley

Councilman Bill Ashley remarked that there are several references to the Univest Bank/ Borough Hall project at 50 Penn Avenue in the different department reports.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Arnott

            PS-1     An Arnott/Gehman motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the following additional activities for the Fire Company for 2019: Sellersville Fire Company Memorial Day Parade on May 25th.

The request was made to Mr. Guretse that the Fire Company submit these activities to Council for their approval at their monthly meeting before the events actually take place.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Taylor

Councilman John Taylor reported that Opening Night of the Telford Night Market went very well; there were over 1,800 people in attendance and more than 40 vendors set up. He and Mr. Gehman informed Council of a Frequent Buyer card that is available; once 10 punches are obtained on the card, the card will be entered into a drawing for prizes from the vendors.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Councilperson Carolyn Crouthamel referenced the letter included in the packet acknowledging Diane Windfelder and the kindness that she displayed to a woman who came into the office and needed assistance. Ms. Crouthamel also referenced the letter in the packet from Partnership TMA, who will be awarding our Public Works Department with a Community Award at TMA’s annual luncheon on June 28th. Ms. Crouthamel stated that she is very appreciative for the people that Telford Borough has working for them. She also acknowledged Council Member Miles Arnott, who was mentioned in an article in The Intelligencer for a new trail that was put in at Bowman’s Preserve enhancing accessibility.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:23 pm to discuss matters of personnel.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:57 pm.

An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the hiring of Tori Adams as a full-time patrol officer at a rate of $27.56 per hour, contingent upon him passing the required medical and psychological examinations. His initial date of service will be calculated from March 6, 2017 for longevity and vacation calculation purposes, per the collective bargaining agreement.

An Arnott/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the hiring of Abdenor Faheem, Robert Seville and Sara Shaffer as part-time patrol officers, contingent upon all 3 candidates passing their required medical and psychological examinations. Further, the starting rate of pay for Mr. Faheem, Mr. Seville and Ms. Shaffer will be $19.00 per hour, with an increase to $20.00 per hour after their probationary periods.

An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the advertising of the Civilian Police Specialist position, which will fulfill the 5th budgeted part-time position for the Police Department. The candidate will be hired to work 24 hours per week (three 8-hour days) at a rate of $19.00 per hour, with an increase to $20.00 per hour after 6 months.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:04 pm by an Arnott/Crouthamel motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary                                 

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