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

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August 3, 2015

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:31 p.m. by President J. Allen Landis with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Carolyn Crouthamel, Scott Hillegass, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer and Mayor David Snook. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Solicitor Mark Weand, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Zoning Officer Jesse Hill, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, John Evarts from CKS Engineers, Eric Schade from East Coast Outdoors, LLC, Dorothy Weik, Esq. from Bricker, Landis & Hunsberger, Jeffrey Giacobe from U-Haul, Dan McKee from Lutheran Community at Telford, Ronald Jackson and Jon Tresslar from Boucher & James, Inc., Chris Canavan & Justin Strahorn from W.B. Homes, stenographer Kimberly Bursner, and residents Lori Rappold, Jamie Davidson, Julia Mayo, Scott & Deb Harpel, Michelle Kane and Sandy Posavec. Jeffrey Maxwell was absent.

The invocation was given by Mayor David Snook, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

PUBLIC HEARING: Conditional Use Application from East Coast Outdoors, LLC

Council President J. Allen Landis announced that there would be a Public Hearing to discuss a Conditional Use Application from East Coast Outdoors, LLC for the property at 261 W. Broad Street.

The Public Hearing opened at 7:32 pm and Dorothy Weik, Esq. from Bricker, Landis & Hunsberger, representative for Mr. Eric Schade and East Coast Outdoors, LLC, gave a brief overview of the Application. Mr. Schade then informed Council that he recently purchased the car wash, the old dealership building and the old out building from Bergey’s, and gave an overview of his business, stating that he wants to upgrade the current taxidermy building and add a U-Haul business to the property. The hours would be the same as the taxidermy business – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 8:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturdays. A security system will be added to the building, and Mr. Schade has already spoken to the Police Department about it. Mr. Schade emphasized that he wants to do the right thing for the Borough.

Mr. Jeffrey Giacobe from U-Haul introduced himself and stated that Mr. Schade would be an independent dealer for U-Haul. He would start with a fleet of 5 vehicles, and the size of the fleet would depend on how well it would be used by the community. The 2 closest U-Haul locations are Harleysville and Sellersville, which both have approximately 6-8 vehicles on site. The largest truck on site would be 26’, and the vehicles use gasoline, not diesel fuel. The summer months and weekends are the busiest rental times.

Councilman Stanley Nyce asked how close the U-Haul business would be to the car wash. Mr. Schade explained that the U-Haul would go no further than the driveway to the car wash; he doesn’t want to hinder the entrance to the car wash.

Councilman Robert Baker asked if there would be onsite maintenance and repair of the vehicles. Mr. Giacobe explained that there would be basic vehicle maintenance but nothing major; the major repairs are done in Warrington. This location would be for truck & trailer rental only. Mr. Schade added that there will be a handicap entrance and front desk for the U-Haul business.

Councilman James Schaeffer stated that he likes the idea of the U-Haul business, but doesn’t want it to be a storage depot. Manager Mark Fournier stated that Council can set a limit on the size of the fleet, if they so choose.

Council President J. Allen Landis asked if the U-Haul business would be open on Sundays, and Mr. Schade confirmed that it would not be open on Sundays or in the evenings.

Zoning Officer Jesse Hill stated that the Borough needs to see a site plan showing striping on the parking lot, and handicap parking must be shown on the plan, per Code. The front desk counter also needs to be done per Code and seen on the plan. Mr. Hill asked if there would be any lighting added to the lot, since there currently is no lighting there. Mr. Schade answered that he does not plan to add lighting. Mr. Hill also asked if there are plans for signage, and stated that the owner would have to apply for a permit for any signage. Mr. Hill emphasized that the Borough needs to see a site plan before anything gets done at the site.

Mr. Fournier asked if there were any questions from the residents. Councilman Robert Baker stated that there should be no on-street parking, and that the vehicles would need to be parked out of the site triangle. Mr. Giacobe stated that only the smaller trucks would be parked towards the corner. Councilman Stanley Nyce added that the Borough may need to put a limit on the number of trucks allowed at the site, since the lot is small.

Resident Julia Mayo expressed concern about the busy bus times and the U-Haul truck traffic, and stated that the U-Haul business could be detrimental to Franconia Avenue Park. She expressed further concern that someone could rent a truck and abduct a child from the playground, and asked if there are plans to put a fence in between the playground and the U-Haul business. Ms. Mayo asked Council to please consider the safety of the children.

Resident Jamie Davidson stated that his concerns would be about the egress…would it be one way in, one way out? What about snow removal? How will the U-Haul business affect the site lines? And what about the aesthetics of big trucks? Mr. Davidson stated that he thinks the industry could be great for the Borough and has noticed the improvements at the site, but is concerned about people from the neighborhood hanging out in the empty portion of the lot. He is in favor of Mr. Schade’s idea not to add lighting to the lot.

Resident Scott Harpel stated that he shares Mr. Davidson’s concerns about the egress and aesthetics. Resident Deb Harpel shared her concerns about the people hanging out in the empty portion of the lot, even on Sundays, and said that something needs to be done. Mrs. Harpel added that there should be a distinctive entrance/exit delineated for the parking lot.

Resident Michelle Kane also expressed her concern about the aesthetics of the U-Haul business.

Solicitor Mark Weand stated that he and Council appreciate hearing the residents’ concerns. He added that the U-Haul business is a permitted conditional use, and gave an explanation of conditional use.

Mr. Weand stated that it would be appropriate to see a site plan that would include something in writing to establish ground rules for the U-Haul business, and suggested that Council direct the Zoning Officer to address and resolve any and all issues with Mr. Schade and come back next month to Council with the site plan. No public hearing would be necessary for that meeting.

Mr. Schade stated that he can’t keep doing this anymore; he has dumped everything he has into this project and said that the Borough is making it impossible to get somewhere.

Mr. Weand told Mr. Schade that he was not sure how the Borough could be more accommodating; it would be to neither party’s benefit to proceed with just a hand shake. Mr. Weand added that he can appreciate the economics and knows that Mr. Schade is a valued member of the community, so the Borough does not want to lose him. Mr. Weand asked Mr. Schade to please tell the Borough how we can be more accommodating. He added that Mr. Giacobe offered to help Mr. Schade with his site plan, so there should be no cost involved there.

Manager Mark Fournier reiterated that the Borough does need to get something in writing that addresses the concerns that were raised, before Mr. Schade proceeds with the business.

A Nyce/Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) granting Conditional Use Approval to East Coast Outdoors, LLC conditioned upon the submission of a detailed plan for review and approval at next month’s Council meeting. The direction was given to Mr. Schade to meet with Jesse Hill to review what should be on the plan before it is submitted.

A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) to close the Public Hearing at 8:23 pm.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of July 6, 2015.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that we’ve taken in 60.02% of our revenues and have spent about 49.46% of our expenditures.

Mr. Fournier informed Council that we are approximately $25,000 behind on where we were at this time last year with earned income tax. He added that the proposed Arlington Square project will not be starting this year, so we will not receive any of the projected income from building permits for that development.

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

MAYOR’S REPORT:

Mayor David Snook reported that he attended the Indian Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, July 26th, the Public Safety Committee meeting on July 14th, and the Grand Opening of Telford Municipal Park on 18th, which was a great day, and very successful. He also has been making his weekly visits to the Borough office, Public Works garage and Police Department, and will be taking a tour of the water system & wells on Tuesday.

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.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Library had another successful beer fest. Councilman Scott Hillegass informed Council that over 400 people attended the event, which was more than last year.

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

Councilman Robert Baker asked about the timeline for the West Broad Street project, and if the Borough is still doing road closures. Council President J. Allen Landis thanked the Borough for blocking the alley for the bible school at St. Paul’s.

Mr. Fournier explained the timeline and phases of the project, and advised Council that the project phases may not be done in that order, since Phase 2 did not qualify for a block grant.

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

 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.

Solicitor Weand informed Council that the Clemmer Subdivision project at 329 Erie Avenue is on hold; after last month’s meeting, Mr. Clemmer advised the Borough that he may try to sell the property instead.

Mr. Weand also reported that the proposed Arlington Square project received approval from both the Planning Commission and Telford Borough Authority Board.

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

John Evarts from CKS Engineers advised Council that a pre-construction meeting for the ARLE Traffic Signal Improvements Project is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4th. Councilman Robert Baker asked how long the traffic signals will be out at the intersections when construction starts. Mr. Fournier explained that they will not be out for the whole day, just briefly while each traffic signal is under construction.

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

 

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

A-1       A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the bills for the month of July, 2015 in the amount of $323,827.55.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

PZ-1    Trinity Cemetery Subdivision – Lutheran Community at Telford – Plan of Lot Consolidation

Ron Jackson from Boucher & James gave a brief overview of the proposed project, which includes the creation and consolidation of a lot on the existing Trinity Cemetery. Mr. Jackson the stated that both of the following comments from the CKS review letter dated July 29, 2015 have been addressed:

  1. The numbering for the General Notes should be revised to be in sequential order.
  2. The applicant’s engineer response letter indicates a Deed was included with the submission but no Deed was included. The applicant should forward a Deed for review.

Dan McKee from the Lutheran Community at Telford informed Council that they have asked Trinity Church for an extension until November 30th, because they are working out some items with Bucks County.

A Crouthamel/Hillegass motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Plan of Lot Consolidation for the subdivision of Land of Trinity Reformed Church of Telford and Lot Consolidation of Land of Lutheran Community, dated June 17, 2015 and last revised July 14, 2015.

PZ-2    Arlington Square – Preliminary Land Development Plans

Chris Canavan from W.B. Homes gave a presentation on the proposed 42-unit townhouse development on the former Bergey tract on South 3rd Street and informed Council that W.B. Homes submitted draft Home Owners Association documents to the Borough for review.

John Evarts from CKS Engineers gave an overview of the 4th CKS review letter dated June 29, 2015 and reported that W.B. Homes has requested the following waivers of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance requirements:

In accordance with SALDO Section 306.E, existing features within 100 feet of the tract boundaries, a waiver has been requested to substitute an Aerial Plan (Sheet 23) to show features within 100 feet of the subject property. Please note, the Borough has previously accepted aerial plans.

In accordance with SALDO 421.2.A.9.b, not more than 10 dwelling units may be served by a private street which has access to a public street. Arlington Lane serves 15 dwelling units. The Applicant has requested a waiver.

In accordance with SALDO Section 425.E.4, cul-de-sac lengths shall not be greater than 500 feet in length. Proposed West Hamlin Avenue cul-de-sac is approximately 567 feet long. The Applicant has requested a waiver.

In accordance with SALDO Section 425.E.6, not more than four driveways shall have access to the circular turnaround portion of the cul-de-sac. The West Hamlin Avenue cul-de-sac proposes 13 driveways within the cul-de-sac, while the Arlington Lane proposes 7 driveways within the cul-de-sac. The Applicant has requested a waiver.

In accordance with SALDO Section 428.5, driveways should not be located any less than 40 feet from street intersections. Units 18, 32, and 38 are closer than 40 feet. The Applicant has requested a waiver.

In accordance with SALDO Section 434.C.4, existing trees with a 6-inch diameter at breast height (dbh) or greater must be replaced with one or more trees where total trunk diameter equals the total inches in dbh of the trees removed. A total of 926 caliper inches are to be removed from the site which requires a total of 309 3-caliper inch trees to be replanted. The plans propose a total of 52 replacement trees. The Applicant is requesting a waiver for the remaining 171 required trees. CKS Engineers suggests granting a waiver contingent on the Applicant providing an acceptable fee in lieu of the remaining required trees or planting of the required trees elsewhere in the Borough.

In accordance with SALDO 22-434.2, a waiver is requested for the buffer requirements along the northwest property line for Lot 1 as it is an existing non-conformity. In addition, a waiver is also requested for the buffer requirements along the northwest property line for Lot 2 due to conflicts with the basin spillway locations. Since the existing home on Lot 1 is no longer to remain, this waiver request is no longer needed.

Per SALDO Section 434.3.B(2), street trees shall be planted a minimum of 5 feet and a maximum of 10 feet from the ultimate right-of-way line. Due to the layout of the off-street parking areas, some street trees are more than the maximum allowed distance of ten feet from the right-of-way line. CKS Engineers suggests granting the waiver since this requirement has a minimal impact on the landscaping.

In accordance with SALDO Section 22-434.7.A(1), a waiver is requested for planting on the basin berm.

A Crouthamel/Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) granting approval to the waivers and the Preliminary Land Development Plan dated September 15, 2014 and last revised May 29, 2015, conditioned upon W.B. Homes addressing the latest review letters from CKS dated June 29, 2015, and conditioned upon W.B. Homes working out the proper Agreements and HOA documents with the Borough Manager, Solicitor and Engineer.

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

PS-1    Telford Municipal Park – Hours Discussion

Manager Mark Fournier reported that Chief Floyd raised a concern to some members of Council regarding the hours of the park and whether they are too long. The lights currently go off at 9:45 pm, and per the Ordinance 203, all Borough parks will be closed between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. The Police Department has not received any other calls since Chief Floyd expressed his concern. Mr. Fournier informed Council that the Police Department has increased their presence at the Park.

Mayor Snook reported that he goes by the Park every day. Public Works Director Gary Yoder stated that a lot of people eat lunch at the pavilion, and a reading class from the Library meets there as well.

PS-2    Radio Purchase Discussion

Mr. Fournier reported that Chief Floyd referenced in his report that it is now time for the Borough to purchase new radios to replace Montgomery County’s emergency radio system. The cost for the new radios will be $39,000, and the County will provide no-interest financing to municipalities. This will need to be a recurring budget item for the next several years, at $7,800 per year.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mr. Fournier reminded Council that the next Borough Council meeting will be on Tuesday, September 8th at 7:30 pm.

Mr. Hillegass informed Council that with the passing of Don Ziegler, the Telford Industrial Development Authority Board is now down to 3 members, and Mr. Hillegass is now the Chairman of TIDA. Two vacancies need to be filled on the Board, and they meet once a month at the Indian Valley Country Club.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:27 pm by a Schaeffer/Crouthamel motion.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                       

Secretary                                                                                                                   


                                                                                                           

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