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

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January 4, 2016

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Jr., Esq. with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Carolyn Crouthamel, Scott Hillegass, J. Allen Landis, Jeffrey Maxwell, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer and Mayor David Snook. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Zoning Officer Richard O’Brien, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, resident Lori Rappold, and a reporter.

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

PUBLIC HEARING – ORDINANCE #407:

At 7:31 pm, Solicitor Mark Weand re-opened the Public Hearing that was continued from the December 7th Council meeting to discuss and consider any additional comments pertaining to Ordinance #407.

Mr. Weand reported that he and Manager Mark Fournier reviewed the proposed Ordinance # 407 at length with Zoning Officer Richard O’Brien; they also reviewed the comments that were received from Bucks County Planning Commission on this Ordinance, and saw nothing in their comments that would require any modifications to the document.

Councilman Stanley Nyce stated that he is concerned with Bucks County’s comments; he added that he is concerned that the Ordinance would interfere with people who want to run a legitimate business in the Borough.

Mr. O’Brien addressed Mr. Nyce’s concerns and stated that the Ordinance is complete as written; it removes any ambiguity.

There were no comments from the audience and the Public Hearing was closed at 7:38 pm.

PUBLIC HEARING – INDIAN VALLEY REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN:

At 7:39 pm, Solicitor Weand re-opened the Public Hearing that was continued from the December 7th Council meeting to discuss and consider any additional comments pertaining to the Indian Valley Regional Comprehensive Plan.

Councilman Robert Baker thanked Council for allowing him additional time to review the Plan and stated that it looks good to him.

There were no comments from the audience and the Public Hearing was closed at 7:40 pm.

 MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Crouthamel/Nyce motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the minutes of December 7, 2015.

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

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

Chief Randall Floyd was pleased to announce that Officer Stanziano gave birth to a baby girl on December 13th, and everybody is doing well.

Chief Floyd then reported that the Fire Company has begun to assist the Police Department on all motor vehicle accidents. On December 24th, there was a very serious accident in the Borough, and the Fire Company played a crucial role in extracting one of the drivers involved from their vehicle.

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

On behalf of the Fire Company, President Jerry Guretse expressed deepest gratitude for what the Borough did last year with taxes; it was very beneficial to the Fire Company.

Mr. Guretse reported that the Deputy’s car was becoming more costly to repair, so the Fire Company purchased a 2007 Tahoe from Yardley Township – it included all of the lights and features that the Fire Company needs. He also reported that they had very few officer changes this year; Allen Boyer is now the Secretary again.

Mr. Guretse stated that the Fire Company’s relationship with the Police Department is excellent, and he thanked them for all of their support. He also thanked Manager Fournier for all of his assistance this year.

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

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

Mayor David Snook inquired about GIS mapping. Public Works Director Gary Yoder explained that it is a large, detailed mapping system for all of our utilities, easements, etc.

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

Manager Mark Fournier thanked Gary Yoder, Brian Kopp, Tyler Mathe and the Main Streets Program for their work on another successful tree lighting. Mr. Fournier also thanked those who made cookies for the event.

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 gave Council an update on the Adcock case.

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

Council member Carolyn Crouthamel asked if the traffic signal improvements project is complete, and Mr. Fournier confirmed that it is.

Mr. Fournier reported that, after the presentation at last month’s Council meeting, CKS Engineers submitted a revised Skippack Creek TMDL strategy to DEP.

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

SWEARING IN OF COUNCIL MEMBERS:

Mayor David Snook administered the Oath of Office to re-elected Council members Carolyn Crouthamel, Jeffrey Maxwell, Stanley Nyce & James Schaeffer. They then assumed their seats at the table.

Nominations were opened for Council President.

J. Allen Landis nominated Scott Hillegass for Council President, seconded by Stanley Nyce. This motion carried unanimously (7-0).

Scott Hillegass nominated Jeffrey Maxwell for Vice-President, seconded by Carolyn Crouthamel. This motion carried unanimously (7-0).

Scott Hillegass nominated Robert Baker for President Protempore, seconded by Jeffrey Maxwell. This motion carried unanimously (7-0).

The Solicitor relinquished the chair to the newly elected President, Scott Hillegass.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE:

Z-1       A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) designating Univest National Bank & Trust Company, Quakertown National Bank, and First Savings of Perkasie as depository for Borough funds and authorizing the Borough Manager to invest as he sees fit in the best interests of the Borough.

Z-2       A Hillegass/Nyce motion carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the Borough Manager to advertise for bids for goods and services, as needed during 2016.

Z-3       A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) re-appointing Emiline Weiss to the Vacancy Board, term to expire 1/1/17; Terry Johns to the Planning Commission, term to expire 1/1/21; Abram Diehl to the Telford Borough Authority, term to expire 1/1/21; Barry Bowman to the Zoning Hearing Board, term to expire 1/1/19; Jay Stover as Representative to the Indian Valley Public Library, term to expire 1/1/21; Jay Stover to the Recreation Board, term to expire 1/1/20.

Z-4       A Hillegass/Landis motion carried unanimously (7-0) passing Resolution #16-01 to exempt participating fulltime paid policemen from contributing one percent of their wages to the police pension fund for the year 2016.

Z-5       A Hillegass/Nyce motion carried unanimously (7-0) re-appointing Timoney, Knox, LLP as Borough Solicitor.

Z-6       A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) re-appointing CKS Engineers, Inc. as Borough Engineer.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

A-1       A Hillegass/Nyce motion carried unanimously (7-0) re-appointing Mark D. Fournier as Secretary for the Telford Borough Council for the year 2016.

A-2       A Hillegass/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) re-appointing Craig E. Davies as Treasurer for the Telford Borough Council for the year 2016.

A-3       The annual PSAB Conference will be held June 5 – 8, 2016 at the Hershey Lodge.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

PZ-1     A Maxwell/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) adopting Ordinance # 407.

PZ-2     A Maxwell/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (7-0) adopting the Indian Valley Regional Comprehensive Plan.

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     A Schaeffer/Baker motion carried unanimously (7-0) approving the 2016 Calendar of Events for the Telford Fire Company.

Councilman James Schaeffer reported that the Public Safety Committee will have its next meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

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

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:09 pm to discuss a matter of personnel.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:15 pm.

A Crouthamel/Nyce carried unanimously (7-0) authorizing the promotion of Jeremy Davies to Skilled Laborer with an increase in his hourly rate to $21.50, effective January 7, 2016.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:16 pm by a Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion.

Respectfully submitted,

 Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                                     

Secretary                                                                                             

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