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

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July 6, 2015

 

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:32 p.m. by President J. Allen Landis with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Carolyn Crouthamel, Scott Hillegass, Jeffrey Maxwell, Stanley Nyce and James Schaeffer. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Finance Director Craig Davies, Solicitor Mark Weand, Engineer Patrick DiGangi, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, Nate Clemmer from Clemmer Realty LLC, Josh Gross from Richard C. Mast, a press reporter and resident Lori Rappold. Mayor David Snook was absent.

 

The invocation was given by Jeffrey Maxwell, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

 

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

 

A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of June 1, 2015.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT:

 

Manager Mark Fournier reported that we’ve taken in 58.4% of our revenues and have spent about 41.84% of our expenditures.

 

Revenue from building permits is lower than we projected; we had anticipated that 20 townhomes in the proposed Arlington Square development would go to closing this year, but the project has not started yet.

 

We are over budget in the Snow Removal/Highway Supplies category by approximately $5,000; due to the heavy winter last year, we have been stockpiling our salt at the 2014-2015 contract price so we are prepared for the coming winter. We are also over budget in the Snow Removal/Machinery & Equipment Repair category by approximately $2,800, due to some repairs needed on the snow plow.

 

A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for June.

 

MAYOR’S REPORT: No report.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Manager Mark Fournier reported that work began today on the first phase of the West Broad Street Water & Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

 

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

 

Mr. Fournier reported that the Municipal Park project will be finished this month; the paving work is finished and there are just a few things yet to complete. We anticipate that the Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, July 18th at Noon, with a rain date of Saturday, July 25th. The celebration will be similar to the opening we had for the Franconia Avenue Park, with a free picnic for those who attend.

 

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: Ms. Crouthamel

A-1       A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the bills for the month of June, 2015 in the amount of $284,756.53.

 

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

PZ-1     Josh Gross from Richard C. Mast Associates introduced himself and Nate Clemmer from Clemmer Realty LLC. Mr. Gross gave an overview of the proposed 329 Erie Avenue Subdivision Project. The project proposes the subdivision of the existing 17,700 sq. ft. parcel into 3 lots; the existing parcel contains one-half of a twin home, which will remain on the property, and 2 townhomes on 2 new lots will be created.

Engineer Patrick DiGangi gave an overview of the Borough and Authority CKS review letters and recommended that Council approve the Preliminary/Final Minor Plan of Subdivision contingent upon the following:

  1. Curbing shall be installed along all parking lots in accordance with Section 432(I).  The applicant has requested a waiver for this requirement. CKS Engineers recommends granting the waiver since it has a minimal impact on the development and helps facilitate stormwater runoff to the proposed stormwater management facility.
  2. Before final plans are recorded, the required payment of recreational fees and fire services donation shall be made to the Borough.
  3. The following easement/agreement documents have been submitted and found acceptable:
  1. A “Declaration of Easement for Access and Maintenance of Parking Area” dated May 19, 2015.
  2. A “Deed of Easement and Storm Sewer Maintenance Agreement” dated May 28, 2015, which allows the proposed underground stormwatermanagement facility to connect to an existing storm sewer on the Shah property (Block 6, Unit 97).
  3. A “Stormwater Discharge Agreement” dated May 19, 2015, between the applicant and Ryan Court Community Association to allow discharge from the proposed underground stormwater management facility into the existing stormwater conveyance facilities within the Ryan Court Subdivision.
  4. A “Stormwater Facilities Maintenance and Monitoring Agreement” dated May 19, 2015.
  5. An Existing Recorded Driveway Easement between the adjacent Moyer property and Clemmer Realty (applicant) property.

 

A Service Agreement with the Authority and establishment of a tapping fee will need to be completed prior to the start of construction (Telford Borough Authority Specification Part 1.C and D). Two new residential units will need to be served by the project (Lots 2 and 3). The existing building on proposed Lot 1 is currently served by the Authority.

 

Further, the Applicant must obtain Sewage Facilities Planning Approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP). Once obtained by the Applicant, a copy of the PA DEP Sewage Facilities Planning Approval correspondence should be forwarded to the TBA. (Telford Borough Authority Specification Part 1.J)

 

A Maxwell/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the Preliminary/Final Minor Plan of Subdivision dated July 16, 2014 and last revised May 22, 2015 for 329 Erie Avenue, contingent upon Clemmer Realty LLC addressing the items in the Borough and Authority CKS letters dated June 29, 2015.

 

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

 

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

 

PW-1    Engineer Patrick DiGangi gave an overview of the bid tabulation for the ARLE Traffic Signal Improvements Project and recommended that the contract be awarded to the low bidder,Armour and Sons, Inc., in the amount of $163,118.00. A Crouthamel/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (7-0) awarding the ARLE Traffic Signal Improvements Project contract to Armour and Sons, Inc. in the amount of $163,118.00.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time

 

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

DC-1     Manager Mark Fournier informed Council that the Brews for Books Fundraiser will be held at the Indian Valley Public Library on Saturday, July 25th at 4:00 pm.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

Telford Fire Company President Jerry Guretse informed Council that the annual Chicken BBQ fundraiser will be held at the firehouse on Saturday, July 25th from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

 

Borough Council entered into an Executive Session at 8:16 pm to discuss a matter of litigation and personnel matters.

 

Borough Council closed the Executive Session at 9:10 pm.

 

A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) agreeing not to appeal the June 18, 2015 Bucks County Court of Common Pleas affirmation of the Telford Borough Zoning Hearing Board decision on the Rogers zoning application for the tattoo parlor at 203 N. Main Street.

 

A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the hiring of Samantha L. Lehman and Cody L. Young at the starting rates of $17.00/hour, with salary increases to $18.00/hour after the completion of six months, contingent on passing the physical and psychological examinations as well as complete background investigations.

 

A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) for the Borough Manager and Finance Director to re-affirm the purchase policy established by Council in 2008 with the department heads.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:13 pm by a Hillegass/Crouthamel motion.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                     

Secretary

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