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

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February 7, 2011

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Stanley Nyce with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Carolyn Crouthamel, John Harrell, Scott Hillegass, J. Allen Landis, Jeffrey Maxwell and Mayor Jay Stover. Also present were Manager Mark D. Fournier, Solicitor Mark Weand, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Telford Fire Company President Ron Chernuka and Secretary Jerry Guretse, resident James Schaeffer, and a press reporter.

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

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Crouthamel/Landis motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of the January 3, 2011 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER'S REPORT: We received the written monthly reports for December, 2010 and January, 2011 for the file.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that money is tight right now, and that the staff is carefully tracking and watching any spending.

For the year 2010, we had a net loss of $3,315.98. $7,000 was uncollected in property taxes; we received $22,000 less than what we projected for earned income tax; we have not yet received the 2010 Franchise Fees from Comcast, which total approximately $15-17,000; the rent totals are less due to vacancies that occurred during the year in the train station and freight house.

The Police Department was over budget with overtime by 2.9% (approximately $18,000) due to the department being short staffed; the Borough had approximately $52,000 in unexpected storm sewer expenses, and had some unexpected roof repairs at the end of the year, but did recover some of the roof repair costs through insurance coverage.

The Borough staff will look to cut out large expenses this year, including the ordinance codification and the purchase of a Public Works truck. The Borough may also wait on purchasing a new patrol car for the Police Department.

A Hillegass/Baker motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Treasurer's Reports for December, 2010 and January, 2011.

MAYOR'S REPORT:

The Mayor informed Council that last month he attended the Library board meeting and the Telford Borough Council meeting.

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

Police Chief Randall Floyd informed Council that the Police Department is also doing what they can to lower costs. They were able to negotiate a reduced dry cleaning rate for uniforms.

Fire Department Secretary Jerry Guretse asked Manager Mark Fournier if the Borough has an official stance on the new home sprinkler regulations. Mr. Fournier informed Mr. Guretse that Telford Borough will be meeting with West Rockhill Township and Hilltown Township to review and discuss these new regulations.

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

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

Public Works Director Donald Beck informed Council that the road crew spent a lot of time in January on snow plowing, salting and ice removal. Two deliveries of salt arrived at the Public Works garage today.

Mr. Beck also informed Council that Gary Yoder and Bob Kratz are replacing the fluorescent lights in all of the Borough buildings. Each fixture will now have two, 32-watt bulbs instead of 4, 40-watt bulbs. PPL will reimburse the Borough for the cost of the materials.

John Harrell complimented the road crew on an excellent job with the plowing.

LIBRARY REPORT:

Mayor Stover reported that the construction on the addition at the library has finished.

There will be a "Goofy Golf in the Library" fundraiser on the weekend of February 26th and 27th. The Library has received $160,000 in donations thus far towards the
cost of the construction.

The State has cut back on the Access Pennsylvania program.

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

Manager Mark Fournier informed Council that Altek Business Systems has purchased the last lot remaining on Emlen Way and they will construct their own building on the lot.

A pre-bid meeting for the 2011 Easement Clearing project was held this morning. The bid opening for the project will be on February 15th.

Jeffrey Maxwell asked how the Borough is handling residents who haven't removed snow from their sidewalks. Chief Police Randall Floyd advised Mr. Maxwell that the Police Department has been issuing warnings and placing phone calls to residents who have been negligent with removing the snow on their sidewalks. The Department will issue fines if necessary.

BUILDING OFFICIAL'S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.

SOLICITOR'S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.

Solicitor Mark Weand informed Council that the Zoning Hearing Board approved the Koffel zoning variance application, which pertains to enclosing a car port for additional living space at 22 Branch Avenue. The application was approved with conditions.

Solicitor Weand prepared a Deed of Conveyance and Real Estate Transfer Tax Affidavit for Lot 6 on Emlen Way and this Deed was recorded on February 3, 2011.

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

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Telford Fire Company President Ron Chernuka asked Council if they could direct the Fire Company on what, if anything, can be done to allow the Fire Company to replace their current sign with an electronic sign. Mr. Chernuka provided Council with color copies of a newly-designed electronic sign, explaining that this sign, unlike the sign that was presented to the Zoning Hearing Board for review, would not scroll or flash, but would be a "static" message sign. Members of the Fire Company could change the message on the sign by typing a new message onto the computer inside the station, instead of having volunteers change the lettering on the existing sign, which takes up to an hour and a half.

Robert Baker informed Mr. Chernuka that the zoning ordinance states that no electronic signs are permitted in the Borough. Mr. Chernuka reiterated that the sign would not scroll or flash.

Jerry Guretse informed Council that the sign brings support to the fire company for fundraising and also promotes fire safety. John Harrell asked for clarification regarding the control of flashing and the scrolling, and Mr. Chernuka and Mr. Guretse clarified that there would be no flashing or scrolling, that it would be a "static" message sign.

Manager Mark Fournier explained that Council cannot approve this sign at tonight's meeting. Since the zoning ordinance states that electronic signs are not permitted in the Borough, and the zoning hearing board denied the Fire Company's application for a variance, the Planning and Zoning Committee should meet and discuss this further and come back to Council with their recommendation at next month's meeting.

Resident Jim Schaeffer stated that he thinks it would be a shame if Council couldn't help out the Fire Company.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

A-1 A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) re-appointing Mark D. Fournier as Secretary of Telford Borough.

A-2 A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) re-appointing Craig E. Davies as Treasurer of Telford Borough.

A-3 A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the payment of the bills for the month of December 2010 in the amount of
$ 300,776.91.

A-4 A Hillegass/Landis motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the payment of the bills for the month of January 2011 in the amount of $ 197,909.39.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: There was no report at this time.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: There was no report at this time.

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: There was no report at this time.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Harrell

PS-1 A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the 2011 Schedule of Events of Telford Volunteer Fire Company.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

Ms. Crouthamel showed Council an example of one of the community maps currently being developed through Montgomery County and the Indian Valley Regional Planning Commission. Each map will show amenities within each community and can be linked to each community's website when it is finished.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Manager Mark Fournier informed Council that he received the latest draft of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance on Friday, and he forwarded it to CKS and our zoning officer for their review and feedback.

There will be a fundraising event at Caruso's on Thursday, February 10th for Souderton-Telford Main Streets.

John Harrell announced that he will not be seeking re-election in November, and told Council that it has been an honor to serve with them. Council President Stanley Nyce thanked Mr. Harrell for his many years of service and stated that he will be missed.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Borough Council entered into executive session at 8:47 p.m. to discuss personnel matters.

Borough Council closed executive session at 9:30 pm.

A Harrell/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the conditional hiring of part-time police officer Kenneth E. Peck. Upon the conditional offer, he would then need to undergo the required medical and psychological evaluations. Upon satisfactorily passing the evaluations, he would be eligible for certification. His starting salary would be $16.00 per hour, with a salary increase to $17.00 per hour after he successfully completes a six-month probationary period.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:31 pm by a Landis/Crouthamel motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary

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