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In 1886 Telford, located in Bucks County, was incorporated as borough.

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August 5, 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, Mayor David Snook and James Schaeffer. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Solicitor James Jacquette, Police Chief Randall Floyd, and residents Christine Benson, Mary Hunsberger, Lori Rappold, Nicole Spiese, Emiline Weiss and Wendy Leshinskie. Councilmen Mark Gehman and John Taylor were absent.

The invocation was given by Carolyn Crouthamel, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the minutes of the July 1, 2019 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 65.49% of its revenues and has spent 43.97% of its expenditures.

Mr. Fournier also reported that the Borough is currently behind in revenue from building permits since the Lutheran Community at Telford expansion has not started yet. CKS completed its first review of their plans and the Lutheran Home is currently working on a resubmission to the Borough.

A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for July, 2019.

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

Mayor David Snook reported that he was set up at the last Night Market for “Dinner with the Mayor”. Mr. Snook informed Council that Parks Foreman Brian Kopp does an excellent job at the Night Market.

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

Police Chief Randall Floyd informed Council that Officer Ed Nitka has resigned. He also reported that the new patrol vehicle will not be available until October, because the manufacturer that handles the equipment for the vehicles is behind.

Councilwoman Carolyn Crouthamel stated that it is nice to see people no longer parked on the sidewalk on Main Street. Chief Floyd stated that it appears the Department has full compliance. One person asked for leniency and was denied. Chief Floyd added that the Department has had one problem with a resident regarding the removal of play equipment in the street. The resident has been given multiple warnings and will be cited if it is still there tomorrow morning.

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

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

Wendy Leshinskie reported that the Library has a new computer system, as well as a new device for counting Library visitors.

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

Ms. Crouthamel thanked the Public Works Department for the great job they did on Washington Street.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that the Borough Hall Renovation Project is out to bid. There is a mandatory pre-bid meeting scheduled for August 14th and bids are due August 28th.

Mr. Fournier also informed Council that there recently was a bid award for an electrical upgrade project at Well #1, TBA’s oldest well.

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.

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

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Christine Benson, a resident from Grundy Manor, stood and re-introduced herself to Council. She was at last month’s Council meeting and asked that, now that the road work on Washington Street is complete, can the Borough put angled parking spaces on both sides of Washington Street? Mr. Fournier explained that the Public Safety Committee has not met to discuss this matter yet, and Councilman Miles Arnott added that the Committee will meet sometime in the next 30 days.

Mary Hunsberger from 20 Church Road stood and re-introduced herself to Council. She and her husband were at the June Council meeting to discuss their concerns about 18 Church Road. Mrs. Hunsberger informed Council that 18 Church Road has now become a dumping ground; one of the nearby neighbors dragged a mattress, tire and other items over from their yard into the yard at 18 Church Road, and she asked what can be done about it. Mr. Fournier asked Mrs. Hunsberger if she called the police, and Chief Floyd reported that the mortgage company was sent a letter stating that they will be cited every 7 days for the items that the Police Department has the authority to cite for. Chief Floyd added that he has spent hours on the phone trying to get this rectified and that the Borough has to operate under the law and Borough Code. Mr. Fournier reported that the hazardous tree was removed from the property, the damaged fence was taken down, and the building was secured. He added that it will be difficult to get a judge to enforce the citations. Mrs. Hunsberger informed Council that she will be writing letters to the president and the board members of PHH Mortgage Company to further pursue this matter.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

            A-1       Greg Ede from Styer Associates presented the Audit for the year ending December 31, 2018.  There was a clean opinion of the Audit, and there were no findings.  A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (5-0) accepting the 2018 Audit.

            A-2       A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the payment of bills for the month of June, 2019 in the amount of $290,658.10.

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                        

Mr. Ashley thanked Mr. Fournier for all of his work on the new Borough Hall project.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Arnott

PS-1     An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the updates to the Emergency Management Plan for 2019, which include the following:

  • Added the County Disaster and Damage Assessment Field Guide as part of the plan
  • Added an Emergency Disaster Declaration Template to be used when necessary
  • Added Generations of Souderton as a temporary Evacuation Center
  • Updated contacts at several other facilities
  • Deleted duplicate sections which had redundant information

Mr. Fournier informed Council that Tom Pivnichny needs to step down as Emergency Management Coordinator, effective October 1, 2019. Mr. Fournier added that Mr. Pivnichny has names of possible candidates that he will forward to the Borough.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mr. Fournier thanked Council for their support in the days surrounding the passing of his mother.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:20 pm to discuss matter of personnel and litigation.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 9:03 pm.

A Schaeffer/Arnott motion carried unanimously (5-0) authorizing the hiring of Alysa Cianciarulo as a Civilian Police Specialist starting on August 12, 2019 for 24 hours per week. Alysa’s starting rate will be $19.00 per hour, with an increase to $20.00 per hour after successful completion of her 6-month probationary period.

A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (5-0) authorizing a salary increase for Megan McShane to the rate of $22.73 per hour, effective August 8, 2019.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 pm by a Crouthamel/Arnott motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary                                 

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