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

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June 2, 2014


The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President J. Allen Landis with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Carolyn Crouthamel, Jeffrey Maxwell, Stanley Nyce and James Schaeffer. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Solicitor Mark Weand, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Telford Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, resident Lori Rappold, and 2 press reporters. Scott Hillegass and Mayor David Snook were absent.


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




Mr. Schaeffer asked about Section PZ-2 from the May 5, 2014 minutes, specifically the sentence that read: Consideration will extend at least 30 days before final enactment. Solicitor Weand explained that this timeframe for consideration of the Codification is mandatory for compliance with Municipal Code.


A Baker/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the May 5, 2014 Borough Council meeting.




Manager Mark Fournier reported that we’ve taken in 54.47% of our revenues and have spent about 31.97% of our expenditures.


The Borough has already exceeded our anticipated Real Estate Transfer Taxes for 2014, but we are over budget by $6,600 in wages for snow & ice removal. We have 300+ tons of salt in our bin for the upcoming winter months.


A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for May 2014.


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


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


Police Chief Randall Floyd reported that the data from the traffic study on West Broad Street is in, and has been very helpful. The speeding on that street is not as much of a problem as originally anticipated.


Chief Floyd also reported that the bear sighted in the Borough on Sunday evening was able to be tranquilized and relocated.


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


Telford Fire Company President Jerry Guretse reported that the Fire Company is preparing for the Penn Valley Church festival. The Fire Company will be hosting a chicken BBQ on July 12th, where they will take drive-thru orders only. Tickets are on sale now for $9.00 and Manager Mark Fournier told Mr. Guretse that the Borough could make tickets available at the Borough office.


LIBRARY 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 Gary Yoder reported that the Public Works crew paved Colonial Avenue today, and will be paving 4th Street tomorrow between West Broad Street and Welker Alley.


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


Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough hosted a Community Day of Service on May 20th. Members of the Souderton soccer team mulched the beds at the Borough building and in the municipal parking lot.


Mr. Fournier had a meeting with Joanne Coppens, Main Streets Manager, who has now been hired full-time. He and Ms. Coppens discussed future potential planned activities for Telford Borough.


Mr. Fournier also informed Council that he is working with CKS on a grant application for the West Broad Street paving project. The project would have to be done in sections, as it would cost approximately $300,000 for 1 block to be milled and overlaid after sanitary sewer rehabilitation, waterline replacement and stormsewer construction. The curbs will need to be raised and will be evaluated if we do receive a grant award from DCED. The Borough would apply for a $200,000 grant and the remaining $100,000 would be paid for by the Borough and the Authority.


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.


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


Engineer Patrick DiGangi reported that the site work is moving along with the Indian Ridge Provisions expansion project.






A-1       A Crouthamel/Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the bills for the month of May in the amount of $217,385.12.


A-2       A Crouthamel/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) accepting the 2013 Audit.


A-3       Carolyn Crouthamel reported that the Finance & Administrative Committee met with representatives of the Indian Valley Public Library on May 15th. The Library representatives presented their case and informed the Committee that they no longer receive funding from the School District or Upper Salford Township. The Committee all agreed that the Library is a valuable institution in the community, but it is all a matter of what funds will be available when the Borough prepares next year’s budget. At this time, the Committee does not foresee any changes to what the Borough could contribute, since money is tight. Linda Beck stated that if the Library doesn’t receive the funding they need, she will have to go back to the Library Board to discuss what cuts will have to be made. Mrs. Beck suggested that the Library may have to cut their hours and only open 5 days instead of 7. Franconia & Lower Salford Townships have already agreed to increase their contributions.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.




Stanley Nyce asked if the information was provided to the Borough residents on the upcoming recycling events in the Counties, and Megan McShane informed Mr. Nyce that the information was mailed out with the quarterly water/sewer bills, and it was posted in the Borough lobby and on the website.




PW-1    A bid opening was held for the Telford Municipal Park project on May 29th.  Borough Engineer Patrick DiGangi presented the bid results.  S&H Landscaping, based in Chalfont, came in with the lowest bid at $284,599.50, which included their base bid, plus Add/Alternate Number 13 concrete curb) and Add/Alternate Number 15 (basketball court installation).        


Robert Baker asked if the Borough had any experience with S&H Landscaping.  Manager Fournier informed Mr. Baker that S&H did Centennial Park, and said that they have also worked with CKS before.  A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) awarding the Telford Municipal Park project bid to S&H Landscaping in the amount of $284,599.50.




James Schaeffer reported that the Public Safety Committee will be meeting with Chief Floyd on Tuesday, June 10th.




DC-1     Salon Sarai will be opening at the Freight House building on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.


DC-2     The Grand Opening of the Indian Valley Farmers Market will be on Saturday, June 21st.






Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:15 pm to discuss a matter of litigation.


Borough Council closed executive session at 8:45 pm.


A Schaeffer/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) to move forward with appealing the Zoning Hearing Board decision that granted John Rogers a variance from Section 415(C)(2), permitting the use of a commercial storefront in connection with the operation of a multi-use commercial business selling artwork, clothing and providing tattoo services at the property located at 203 N. Main Street.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:46 pm by a Crouthamel/Maxwell motion.


Respectfully submitted,


Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                                 



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