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

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December 9, 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, James Schaeffer and John Taylor. Also present were Mayor David Snook, Manager Mark Fournier, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Solicitor James Jacquette, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Police Chief Randall Floyd and residents Eric Kratz, Lori Rappold and Nicole Spiese. Mark Gehman was absent.

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

PUBLIC HEARING – ORDINANCE #419:

The Public Hearing opened at 7:33 pm and Ordinance #419, the Tax Levy Ordinance for 2020, was considered.

There were no comments from the audience and the Public Hearing was closed at 7:34 pm.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

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

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 94.40% of its revenues and has spent 85.93% of its expenditures.

The Borough has taken in $53,257.39 more than what was budgeted for Real Estate Transfer Taxes, due to the sale of MetPro on Emlen Way. The Borough also unexpectedly received $10,659.97 from the Northern Montgomery County Recycling Commission grant. However, the Borough is currently over budget for 2019 by $41,911.93, for engineering and architectural services for the new Borough Hall project.

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

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

Mayor David Snook reported that he spent time at both voting polls on Election Day, and things went very well at St. Paul’s, given that it was the first time Telford Borough residents on the Montgomery County side of the Borough voted there. Mayor Snook also reported that a new air exhaust system was purchased for the Fire Company for $35,000, and a nice luncheon was held for those who sponsored the purchase.                                         

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

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

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.

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 Arlington Square dedication will be addressed at next month’s Council meeting.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that a groundbreaking ceremony was held today at the Lutheran Home; site work is expected to begin in February.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Eric Kratz from 214 Crestview Avenue stood and introduced himself to Council, and asked where the Lutheran Home was going to be starting on the latest phase of their construction. Mr. Fournier stated that the Borough is not sure yet, and won’t know until the pre-construction meeting occurs. Councilman Miles Arnott asked Mr. Kratz if he has any particular concerns, and Mr. Kratz explained that he lives at the back of the cul-de-sac on the side opposite the Lutheran Home, and has some concerns that the construction will be encroaching on his property. Mr. Fournier stated that the Borough is aware that people from the Lutheran Home have spoken with Mr. Kratz about his property, and explained that the road will extend into the Right-of-Way; Mr. Fournier added that Mr. Kratz’s property could actually expand if the Lutheran Home purchased some of his property, but that he doesn’t believe the Lutheran Home would actually need to purchase any of his property for their expansion project. Mr. Fournier stated that he would verify this information with the Borough Engineer.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (6-0) adopting the 2020 Tax Levy Ordinance.

            A-2       A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the 2020 Holiday Schedule.

            A-3       A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the signature of the Professional Services Agreement with Keystone Municipal Services, Inc.

            A-4       A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the payment of bills for the month of November, 2019 in the amount of $299,221.80.

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. Fournier reported that the Handicap Ramp Project is moving along nicely. We received a proposed change order that the Borough will put on hold for now until other ramps are poured out and finalized. We don’t want to go over the amount that’s been budgeted with the grant funds. Mr. Fournier added that Montgomery County extended the grant deadline until June of 2020.

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

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Taylor

DC-1     The Telford Borough Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at Telford Marketplace on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:02 pm to discuss matters of personnel.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:42 pm.

An Arnott/Ashley motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing Borough Council to begin a program of annual evaluations of the Manager and Police Chief. The evaluations shall be conducted by the Finance & Administrative Committee for the Manager, and the Public Safety Committee for the Chief. The evaluation process shall, for its first year, begin in January 2020 and be completed with a report to the Council at its March meeting. Thereafter, the evaluations shall be conducted in November each year, with a report to the Council at its December meeting. The Committees shall adopt a consistent evaluation approach for the Manager and the Chief with the goal of promoting the efficient, productive and respectful administration of the Borough and Police operations, and may seek professional assistance to design and implement the program.

A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the Solicitor to proceed with settling the tax assessment appeal for GH Holdings on behalf of Telford Borough.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:51 pm by a Crouthamel/Arnott motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary                                 

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