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

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November 7, 2011

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Stanley Nyce with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Carolyn Crouthamel, Scott Hillegass, J. Allen Landis, Jeffrey Maxwell, James Schaeffer, and Mayor Jay Stover. Also present were Manager Mark D. Fournier, Finance Director Craig Davies, Solicitor Mark Weand, Public Works Director Donald Beck, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Zoning Officer Richard O'Brien, resident Charles Porcelli and a press reporter.

The invocation was given by Robert Baker, followed by the pledge of allegiance.


A Baker/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of the October 3, 2011 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER'S REPORT: We received the written monthly reports for September, 2011 and October, 2011 for the file.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that we've taken in 80.7% of our revenues and have spent 80% of our expenditures.

Mr. Fournier reported that the Borough has collected 96% of its property taxes, and that we anticipate collecting $118,000 in earned income tax by the end of the year.

A Crouthamel/Landis motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Treasurer's Reports for September and October, 2011.


Mayor Jay Stover reported that he attended the October Borough Council meeting, the Library Board meeting, the wine tasting fundraiser at the Library and the Fire Company breakfast, and he helped make hoagies for the Fire Company hoagie sale.

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

Police Chief Randall Floyd commended Detective Daniel Fox for the significant role he played in the Dr. Ruth case and arrest. Officer Popiny also assisted with the case.

Chief Floyd added that several officials within the DEA and FBI complimented Detective Fox for his work on this case.

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

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

Mayor Stover reported that some hours have been cut but no staff members are being laid off.

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

Scheduled leaf collection started today on the South side of the railroad tracks.

The road crew plowed and salted the roads on Saturday, October 29th when the Borough had a snowfall of approximately 8".

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

There will be a bid award for an Authority project at the next Authority meeting on November 17th; a new sewer line will be installed along Springhouse Lane, and a new water line will also be installed along East Church Avenue and Main Street. This project will start in December and will go through late spring/early summer.

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

Zoning Officer Richard O'Brien reported that Altek Business Systems will be coming back to the Planning Commission on November 16th; Altek revised their land development plans according to the Engineer's comments, but also added an additional 10,000 square feet of building to those revised plans, which must be reviewed by the Planning Commission.

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

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

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: There were no comments from the audience.


A-1 A Hillegass/Baker motion carried unanimously (7-0) accepting the payment of the bills for the month of September, 2011 in the amount of $295,797.07

and the payment of the bills for the month of October, 2011 in the amount of $346,885.62.

A-2 Manager Mark Fournier reviewed the proposed 2012 budget on a page-by-page basis. The draft that the Council received prior to the meeting

included a 0.15 millage increase, due to the deployment of full-time officer, David Bechtel. The morning of the Council meeting, Officer Bechtel received word that his deployment has been deferred, so a full year's worth of salary and benefits for Officer Bechtel had to be added back into the budget.

After a lengthy discussion, Council tentatively agreed to a 0.35 millage increase, but will review the 2012 budget further and adopt it at the December 5th meeting.

A-3 A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Excess Interest municipal contract checklists for the PMRS Non-Uniformed

and Uniformed Pension Plans.

A-4 A Hillegass/Landis motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Penn Foundation, Inc. Project through the Telford Industrial Development Authority.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: There was no report at this time.


Council President Stanley Nyce was pleased to report that the grant check from 2009 was received from the State.


PW-1 A Landis/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving Ordinance #389, which pertains to "Streets and Sidewalks" construction specifications.


Zoning Officer Richard O'Brien gave a presentation to Council pertaining to the statement made by the Fire Company at the last Council meeting, regarding their proposed electronic sign.

After the last Council meeting, and per Manager Fournier's request, Mr. O'Brien reviewed the Fire Company's written statement and the Borough Zoning Ordinance. Mr. O'Brien also asked Mr. James Ennis of the Montgomery County Planning Commission to review these documents, since Mr. Ennis was the Borough's lead consultant in the preparation of the most recent Ordinance update.

The determination of both Mr. O'Brien and Mr. Ennis is that an Electronic Message Center type of sign with or without an Electronic Display Screen, and/or a stand-alone Electronic Display Screen, is not permitted pursuant to the Telford Borough Zoning Ordinance, Section 605.A. The following statement raised by the Fire Company, "Municipal uses are exempt from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance", applies to Section 415 of the Ordinance, regarding use definitions and parking requirements only.

Mr. O'Brien also attached a copy of the original Zoning Hearing Board decision, which denied the Fire Company's variance request.

After some discussion and review of the information presented by Mr. O'Brien, Council determined that nothing further can be done at this point with the Fire Company's request.


DC-1 A Crouthamel/Hillegass motion carried unanimously (7-0) allowing The American Historic Jukebox Society to use the Community Building on the third Tuesday of each month, provided that they remove any equipment or materials from the premises each time they have their meeting.


The dates of the next 2 Council meetings are as follows:

December 5, 2011 and January 3, 2012


Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 9:30 pm to discuss personnel matters.

Borough Council closed executive session at 9:45 pm. No action was taken in Executive Session.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:46 pm by a Schaeffer/Crouthamel motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier



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