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

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October 5, 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 and Mayor David Snook. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Solicitor Mark Weand, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, Zoning Officer Richard O’Brien, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Detective Daniel Fox, Police Officers Jeremy Kim and Ryan Kochersberger, new Police Officer Samantha Lehman, family and friends of Samantha Lehman, residents Dean Deibler, Lori Rappold and Ed Toy, and a reporter. James Schaeffer was absent.

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

SWEARING IN CEREMONY OF NEW PART-TIME POLICE OFFICER:

Mayor David Snook swore in Samantha Lehman as a new part-time police officer for Telford Borough.

 

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Hillegass/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of September 8, 2015.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that we’ve taken in 78.34% of our revenues and have spent about 66.56% of our expenditures. Mr. Fournier added that the Borough has not received funds from the ARLE Grant for the traffic signal improvements project yet; we should receive funds by the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

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

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

Mayor David Snook reported that he and Mr. Fournier went on a tour of the Secant Medical facility, and stated that it’s a first class outfit; he added that we are very fortunate to have Secant in the Borough. Council President J. Allen Landis added that he and Jim Schaeffer went to the Secant grand opening and they were also very impressed with their facility.

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

Police Chief Randall Floyd reported that on Thursday, October 22nd from 10:00 am – 11:00 am, the first Coffee with a Cop session will be held at the Towne Restaurant. Four of these sessions will be planned for the fall, and the department feels this is a good way to build relations with the Community.

Councilman Stanley Nyce stated that he appreciates seeing copies of the thank you notes from residents in the monthly report, and added that he’s proud to hear good things about the department.

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

Fire Company President Jerry Guretse informed Council that this is Fire Prevention week, and that the Fire Company is out and about at the schools. There will be an open house at the Telford Fire House this Sunday, October 11th from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

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

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

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

Mr. Fournier reported that the staff is working hard on the budget, and is looking to meet with the Finance & Administrative Committee during the week of October 19th.

 

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

Mr. Fournier reported that Building Inspector Jesse Hill has been very busy, and added that he and Mr. Hill will be attending a court hearing on Wednesday, October 7th with District Justice Augustine regarding a property owner who has multiple violations on his property.

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

Solicitor Mark Weand reported that there are several Agreements being prepared for Arlington Square, which is a significant project. One Agreement will be considered by Council tonight.

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

Mayor David Snook asked Mr. Fournier if he had any idea when the traffic signal improvements project will start, and Mr. Fournier informed him that it should be soon; we thought they would’ve started already.

 

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Mr. Dean Deibler of 61 W. Reliance Road stood before Council and reiterated his concerns from last month’s meeting about his neighbor’s chickens, and stated that he assumed that they didn’t meet since nothing’s been done. Mr. Fournier informed Mr. Deibler that the Planning & Zoning Committee did meet last month, and will be discussing the matter with the rest of Council in Executive Session tonight. Mr. Deibler expressed frustration by stating that his summer was ruined by this, so his fall might as well be, too. Mr. Fournier explained that issues like these take time to get resolved.

Mr. Ed Toy from the Souderton Area Soccer Association introduced himself and talked about the upcoming Soccer Day being held this weekend at Centennial Park and other fields in surrounding municipalities, and also mentioned 2 upcoming tournaments that will be held in November. Mr. Toy informed the group that they are more than welcome to come out and check out these events.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

A-1       A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the bills for the month of September, 2015 in the amount of $298,834.14.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

PZ-1     PA DEP Resolution for Plan Revision for New Development – Arlington Square

Manager Mark Fournier gave an overview of the Resolution for Plan Revision for New Land Development. This Resolution affirms that, as required by the Act 537 Plan, Telford Borough finds that the Arlington Square subdivision described in the project’s Sewage Facilities Planning Module conforms to applicable sewage related zoning and other sewage related municipal ordinances & plans, and to a comprehensive program of pollution control and water quality management.

A Maxwell/Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) accepting the Resolution.

PZ-2     Grinder Pump Operation & Maintenance Agreement – Arlington Square

Mr. Fournier gave an explanation of the Grinder Pump Operation & Maintenance Agreement, which will be implemented in the Arlington Square Development.

Jeffrey Maxwell asked if there are any inspections that the Borough would do for the grinder pumps, and Mr. Fournier informed Mr. Maxwell that yes, the Association has to submit a report to us, after the 1st and 3rd months of operation of the pumps, and every year after that. A $2,500 fee will be paid to the Borough for the inspections.

Mr. Maxwell then asked if we have any grinder pumps in the Borough, and Mr. Fournier replied that yes, we do, but not this particular model; there are some on East Broad Street, and there are also some in The Villages at Dorchester, Providence I and on Darrah’s Way. There are approximately 60 in our system.

Mr. Fournier informed Council that the Authority Board has already reviewed and approved this Agreement. A Maxwell/Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Grinder Pump Operation & Maintenance Agreement.

PZ-3     Carolyn Crouthamel gave an update on the Indian Valley Regional Planning Commission, which included a brief overview on the Multi-Regional Greenway & Stewardship Study that’s currently underway. DCNR has funds delineated for the assessment of areas in the Indian Valley, and Telford Borough has submitted the following areas for consideration: the detention basin behind MetPro, an off shoot area of Centennial Park, and the old Richmond dam.

Ms. Crouthamel also informed Council that the Regional Planning Commission approved their budget for 2016.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

Stanley Nyce asked Mr. Fournier if the Borough received recycling information from F.X. Browne. Mr. Fournier informed Mr. Nyce that the Borough did receive the information, and it will be going out with the next water & sewer bill. He added that Megan McShane posted it in the lobby at Borough Hall, and also posted it to the Borough website.

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

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer

Mayor Snook reported that the Public Safety Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, October 13th at 9:00 am.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

Scott Hillegass reminded Council that Oktoberfest is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th at Stover Park. The last day of the farmers market will be held at Oktoberfest that day.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Borough Council entered into an Executive Session at 8:11 pm to discuss a matter of potential litigation.

Borough Council closed the Executive Session at 9:04 pm.

A Crouthamel/Hillegass motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the advertising of proposed Ordinance #407.

A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the advertising of the Public Hearing for proposed Ordinance #407.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 pm by a Hillegass/Crouthamel motion.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Mark D. Fournier, Secretary                                                                                                    

                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                    

                                                                              

                                                                                                                 

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