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

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November 4, 2013

 

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Carolyn Crouthamel with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Scott Hillegass, J. Allen Landis, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer and Mayor Jay Stover. Also present were Bucks County Commissioner Rob Loughery, Solicitor Mark Weand, Manager Mark Fournier, Finance Director Craig Davies, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, residents Lori Rappold and David Snook, and a press reporter. Jeffrey Maxwell was absent.

 

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

 

PRESENTATION:

 

Council President Carolyn Crouthamel welcomed Bucks County Commissioner Rob Loughery to the meeting. Commissioner Loughery gave an overview of the priorities of Bucks County, discussed areas of the County’s budget and some of its programs. Some recent County projects include an upgrade of the radio system and the construction of a new Justice Center. The County recently received a $4.5 million Grant from the Commonwealth for the future brownfield redevelopment of the US Gauge site in Sellersville.

 

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

 

A Landis/Hillegass motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the October 7, 2013 Borough Council meeting.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: We received the written monthly report for October, 2013 for the file.

 

Manager Mark Fournier reported that we’ve taken in 102% of our revenues and have spent about 85.81% of our expenditures.

 

A Hillegass/Landis motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report.

 

MAYOR’S REPORT:

 

Mayor Jay Stover reported that he attended the October Council meeting and the Library Board meeting. He also attended the Octoberfest on October 19, 2013, which he said was well attended. Several Council members added that they attended and were very pleased with the turnout.

 

POLICE REPORT:

 

Chief Randall Floyd presented a memo to Council from Robert L. Rahn, Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, which ranked the top two candidates for the full-time patrolman position. Chief Floyd’s recommendation to Council is to make a conditional offer of employment to Kyle Heffernan, based on his passing of the medical and psychological examinations. Based on Officer Heffernan’s experience and the salary range noted for a new recruit in Article IV, Section B of the collective bargaining agreement, Chief Floyd recommended that Officer Heffernan’s starting salary be $23.77 per hour.

 

A Hillegass/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously approving the hiring of Kyle Heffernan as the new full-time patrolman at a starting salary of $23.77 per hour, beginning 12/1/13. Officer Heffernan will stay in the same Tier for the 2014 calendar year.

 

Chief Floyd prepared hiring guidelines for the hiring of part-time officers, and Manager Fournier suggested that the Public Safety Committee review these guidelines and bring them back to Council to adopt at the December 9th meeting.


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

 

Jerry Guretse informed Council that the Fire Company received loan approval from Bucks County for their radios. He also reported that they sold their tanker to Trumbauersville Fire Company, and sold their engine to another fire company in Tennessee. The Fire Company will take possession of their new truck, a 2005 rescue pumper, in December of this year.

 

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

 

Mayor Stover reported that the Library will be having its annual wine tasting fundraiser this Saturday, November 9th.

 

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

 

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

 

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough is waiting for DCNR approval of a Grant for the Telford Municipal Park project. Mr. Fournier also informed Council that the Borough is actively seeking a new tenant for the Freight House, since Marvelous Mealz has given their notice and will be leaving the building sometime in November.

 

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

 

SOLICITOR’S REPORT:

 

Solicitor Mark Weand informed Council that a Zoning Hearing Board meeting is scheduled for November 20th to review an application for 355 W. Broad Street, which contains several requests for zoning variances. Manager Fournier suggested that Solicitor Weand and Richard O’Brien attend on Council’s behalf to reinforce the Borough ordinances that are in place.

 

A Baker/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving representation for the Borough at the November 20th meeting.

 

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

 

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

 

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

 

A-1       A Hillegass/Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) accepting the payment of the bills for the month of October, 2013 in the amount of $ 376,233.62.

 

A-2       Manager Mark Fournier reviewed the proposed 2014 Budget, which includes a 2.85% tax increase.  A Hillegass/Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) adopting the 2014 Budget and further authorizing the advertising of the 2014 Tax Levy Ordinance. This Ordinance will be adopted at the December Council meeting.

 

A-3       A Hillegass/Landis motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the signing of the Grant & Bill of Sale for Stormwater Facilities and other Improvements for the Altek Business Systems building at 300 Emlen Way.

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

 

Manager Mark Fournier informed Council that the Borough received an e-mail update from Keystate Publishers that morning, stating that they should be shipping the preliminary draft of the Codification to the Borough on November 11th.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

 

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer

 

A Schaeffer/Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Resolutions of the Civil Service Commission of the Borough of Telford dated July 15, 2013, and the appointments referenced shall be the Act of Council in compliance with Section 1189(b) of the Borough Code, and have the effective date of August 5, 2013.

 

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

 

DC-1     Mayor’s Dinner – December 1, 2013

 

DC-2     Montgomery County Borough’s Association Holiday Dinner – December 5, 2013

 

DC-3     Tree Lighting Ceremony – December 13, 2013, 7:00 pm

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

A Nyce/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the advertising of the change in the December Council meeting date from December 2nd to December 9th.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

 

Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 9:11 pm to discuss a matter of potential litigation and a real estate matter.

 

Borough Council closed executive session at 9:40 pm.

 

A Hillegass/Landis motion carried unanimously (6-0) waiving the rent increase of $100.00/month for year three of the Passenger Station Lease Agreement. Solicitor Weand will draft an Amendment to reflect this change.

 

Following discussion by Council, President Carolyn Crouthamel entertained a Hillegass/Nyce motion confirming the policy of Telford Borough Council not to waive the attorney-client privilege, and further directed the Solicitor not to provide any information by testimony or otherwise that would constitute privileged communication in any litigation. The motion carried unanimously (6-0).

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:41 pm by a Schaeffer/Landis motion.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                                  Secretary                                             

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