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

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April 6, 2015

                              

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, Scott Hillegass, Jeffrey Maxwell, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer and Mayor David Snook. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Solicitor Mark Weand, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, Pastor Larry Orme from Penn Valley Church, a press reporter and resident Lori Rappold.

 

The invocation was given by Scott Hillegass, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

 

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

 

A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of the March 2, 2015 Borough Council meeting.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT:

 

Manager Mark Fournier reported that we’ve taken in 43.22% of our revenues and have spent about 19.42% of our expenditures.

 

A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for March, 2015.

 

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

 

Mayor David Snook reported that he rode with Gary Yoder during one of the snow events in March. He stated that it’s a tough job to plow the cul-de-sacs and maneuver around cars, mailboxes, etc., and that the crew does an excellent job with plowing the Borough.

 

Mr. Snook also reported that he attended a Police Department meeting, and complimented Chief Floyd for running an excellent meeting. He also complimented Officer Bechtel on the excellent job he did with the presentation he gave on the in-car cameras.

 

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

 

Chief Randall Floyd reported that the Department will be implementing in-car cameras next Monday. Officer Bechtel will have the 1st shift that the camera is in place, and there will be a trial run with the cameras for about 2 months.

 

Councilman Stanley Nyce commended the Police Department, stating that he is very pleased and appreciative of the work done by the men and women in the department. Mr. Nyce asked Chief Floyd if most of the people who are arrested are cooperative; Chief Floyd stated that the majority of them are, but sometimes they aren’t. The department is trained to de-escalate and not use force unless absolutely necessary.

 

Councilman James Schaeffer wanted to commend Officer Alana Stanziano for going above and beyond while she was on duty; Officer Stanziano stopped at Mr. Schaeffer’s home because while she was on patrol, she saw a car parked in front of his house with the interior lights on.

 

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

 

Fire Company President Jerry Guretse informed Council that there are currently 22 firemen taking EMR training, and they should hopefully finish this training at the end of April.

 

A Hillegass/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving 4 additional activities submitted by the Fire Company for 2015.

 

Pastor Larry Orme appeared before Council to request permission to use Centennial Field for any overflow of spectators for the fireworks at the Penn Valley Church Community Fair on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Chief Floyd stated that the police department is in full support of the fair; there have been no issues at the fair over the last few years involving the Borough or Franconia Township police departments.

 

A Nyce/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing Penn Valley Church to use Centennial Field for spectators for the fair’s fireworks on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

 

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

 

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

 

Councilman Stanley Nyce stated that he appreciates the Public Works Department trying to address the potholes in the Borough.

 

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

 

Manager Mark Fournier reported that we have 2 employees, Bob Kratz and Scott Croissette, retiring on April 22, 2015. Mr. Fournier thanked Bob and Scott for all of their hard work, and stated that we will miss them, and wished them good health in their retirement.

 

Mr. Fournier informed Council that the Municipal Park is still closed; the playground equipment and basketball courts are still closed, and we cannot have people using those things until the project is finished.

 

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.

 

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

 

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

A-1       A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the bills for the month of March, 2015 in the amount of $381,132.91.

 

A-2       A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) adopting Ordinance # 406, which authorizes the re-financing of the Guaranteed Water and Sewer Revenue Bonds, Series of 2010, through Fulton Bank as a bank loan at a fixed interest rate of 1.9%.

 

A-3       A Hillegass/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) passing a Resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a Montgomery County Community Development Block Grant for Phase 2 of the West Broad Street Water/Sewer Improvements Project.

 

A-4       Manager Mark Fournier gave an overview of the following proposed revisions to the Telford Borough Personnel Policy Statement:

 

Disability Income Insurance – For Short-Term Disability, weekly benefits are provided equal to 70% of the employee’s base weekly earnings rounded to the nearest dollar, if not already a multiple thereof, up to a maximum weekly benefit of $600.00 for a period not to exceed 26 weeks for off-duty coverage, except for any outside employment. For Long-Term Disability, monthly benefits are provided equal to 60% of the employee’s annual earnings divided by 12, rounded to the nearest dollar, up to a maximum monthly benefit of $3,100.00 commencing 26 weeks after illness or injury and continuing for the length of disability up to a maximum age of 65.

 

Health Insurance – In accordance with the Affordable Care Act, each employee, spouse and any unmarried child under age 26 is afforded medical benefits through Delaware Valley Health Trust (DVHT).

 

Dental Benefit – Dental benefit provision shall be the Delta Dental PPO. Dependent age limitations: dependent children to age 26 (in accordance with the Affordable Care Act).

 

Vision Benefit – Vision benefits are provided as part of the AETNA Medical benefits through Delaware Valley Health Trust (DVHT) offered by the Borough of Telford as part of the health insurance benefits.

 

A Hillegass/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (7-0) passing Resolution 15-03, which implements the revisions to the Personnel Policy Statement.

 

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: Ms. Crouthamel

 

PW-1    Award of Bid – Bituminous Materials

 

A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (7-0) awarding the 2015 Bituminous Materials bid to Independence Construction Materials in the amount of $70,287.50, for the following:

Item 2 – Superpave Wearing 1 ½” depth @ $53.95 per ton

Item 3 – Superpave Wearing 3” depth @ $47.95 per ton

Item 4 – Superpave Binder 3”-5” depth @ $44.75 per ton

Item 5 – Superpave Base 3”-5” depth @ $44.75 per ton

Items 1 and 6 were rejected.

 

PW-2    A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) awarding the 2015 Equipment Rental without Operator bid to Plasterer Equipment for the following:

            Crawler Dozers:

Model #550 – Power Angle & Tilt Blade, 60 to 70 hp @ $300/day,

$700/week, $2,000/month

Compact Excavators:

Model #CX 36 – Operating Weight – 7,958 lbs @ $260/day,

$625/week, $1,700/month

Model #CX 47 – Operating Weight – 10,428 lbs @ $270/day,

$700/week, $2,000/month

Hydraulic Excavators:

Model #CX75/9007B - Operating Weight – 15,000 lbs @ $365/day,

$900/week, $2,500/month

Model #CX130/9010 - Operating Weight – 28,000 lbs. @ $360/day,

$1,000/week, $3,000/month

Model #CX160/9020 - Operating Weight – 35,000 lbs. @ $450/day,

$1,300/week, $3,800/month

 

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer

 

Councilman James Schaeffer reported that the next Public Safety Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, April 14th at 9:00 am.

 

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

 

Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:17 pm to discuss matters of real estate and personnel.

 

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:53 pm.

 

A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the hiring of Eric Fluck and John Stezenko for the full-time Laborer positions at a starting salary of $18.00 per hour, subject to the employment conditions outlined in the Telford Borough Personnel Policy Statement, including a six-month probationary period, and conditioned upon their successful completion of a police background check, physical examination and pre-employment drug & alcohol screening.

 

A Maxwell/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) granting the Police Department exclusive access to the 2nd floor of the Police Station, effective February of 2016. Proper notice will be given to Sharon Minninger and the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce, per the lease between the Chamber and the Borough.

 

A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing Chief Randall Floyd to begin the process for the promotion of existing staff to the Patrol Sargeant position beginning in March of 2016 with the appropriate salary increases as outlined in the current police contract.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:59 pm by a Schaeffer/Crouthamel motion.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                         

Secretary

                         

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