According to the 2000 census, this quiet, primarily residential community is home to approximately 4600 people.

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April 4, 2016

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Vice-President Jeffrey Maxwell with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Carolyn Crouthamel, J. Allen Landis, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer and Mayor David Snook. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Solicitor Mark Weand, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss, Jerry Guretse from the Telford Fire Company, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, resident Bill Ashley and a reporter. Scott Hillegass was absent.

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

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Landis/Nyce motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the March 7, 2016 Borough Council meeting, with one correction: The Finance & Administrative Committee Chairperson will be changed from Mr. Hillegass to Mr. Landis.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

As of March 31, 2016, the Borough has taken in 45.65% of our revenues and has spent about 22.93% of our expenditures.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that Emiline Weiss collected over $800,000 in property taxes during the month of March, which is about 83% of the amount that was budgeted for 2016.

A Nyce/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for the month of March, 2016.

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

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

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

Telford Fire Company President Jerry Guretse thanked those who attended the annual Fire Company banquet.

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

Councilwoman Carolyn Crouthamel informed Council that she and a few of her grandchildren attended the Civil War enactment at the Library, and stated that it was very well done.

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

Mayor David Snook asked Public Works Director Gary Yoder about the public works event that the department attended last month. Mr. Yoder informed Mr. Snook that this is an annual event for equipment demonstration and training.

Mr. Maxwell asked Mr. Yoder how it’s going with the new street sweeper and its maintenance. Mr. Yoder stated that other than a few minor things, the street sweeper is working fine.

Councilman Robert Baker inquired about the status of the West Broad Street project. Mr. Yoder informed Council that the sidewalk work needs to be completed before the paving of Phase I can take place.

Mr. Fournier reported that one homeowner is on a payment plan for the curb & sidewalk replacement work, and one property has been liened. The rest of the West Broad Street residents who received curb & sidewalk letters have either completed their sidewalk work, or the work is under contract, and all sidewalk work should be done by the end of next week. RGC will then come back and do the paving in early May.

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

Mr. Fournier referenced an article from The Intelligencer which advised dog owners to make sure that their dog is up to date with its rabies vaccination, and that it has a current license; dog wardens will be checking homes and those in violation could face a maximum fine of $300 from the PA Dept. of Agriculture. Dog license applications for both counties are available on the Telford Borough website and in the lobby of the Borough building.

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 Mark Weand gave an update on current zoning matters.

Mr. Weand reported that he will go to the Bucks County Court House to record 10 agreements for the Lutheran Community at Telford – Phase I project on April 5th.

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. Landis

A-1       A Landis/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the bills for the month of March, 2016 in the amount of $ 287,773.52.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

PZ-1     Mr. Fournier informed Council that the Borough will be applying for a Montgomery County Community Development Block Grant for the installation of approximately 90 concrete/ADA handicap ramps throughout the Montgomery County portion of the Borough.

Councilman Stanley Nyce asked if the funds will be used to improve the handicap ramps that are already located in the Borough, and Mr. Fournier clarified that some existing ramps will be redone to meet ADA specifications, and some new ramps will be installed. All older ramps will be done, and ramps will also be added to locations that never had ramps.

A Maxwell/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing submission of an application to the Montgomery County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and designating Mark D. Fournier as the contact person for the Borough.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

E-1       Manager Mr. Fournier informed Council that the Montgomery County Commissioners have revised the 2015 Municipal Waste Management Plan, which delineates where you can discharge your waste, and supports the municipal recycling programs. Mr. Fournier explained that this Plan can be submitted to PA DEP for approval once half of the municipalities in Montgomery County ratify the revised plan, and recommended that Council adopt the resolution that will ratify the revised plan.

A Nyce/Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) adopting Resolution 16-03 for the ratification of the 2015 Municipal Waste Management Plan Revision as prepared by the Montgomery County Commissioners.

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Nothing to report at this time.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Schaeffer

Mr. Schaeffer reported that the Public Safety Committee will meet on April 12th.

 DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

A Nyce/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) adopting the following Resolution in recognition of Linda Beck and her 28 years of service to the Indian Valley Public Library, which will be presented to Linda at her retirement dinner on May 22, 2016:

WHEREAS, Linda Beck has faithfully and conscientiously served Telford Borough and its citizens as a dedicated employee of the Indian Valley Public Library for 28 years; and

WHEREAS, Telford Borough recognizes her longevity and loyal service during those 28 years of service; and

WHEREAS, the governing body, by this recognition, wishes to express great appreciation to Linda Beck for her loyalty, dedication, and meritorious service to the Indian Valley Public Library and Telford Borough; and

WHEREAS, we deeply appreciate the important contributions Linda Beck has made to Telford Borough and the community; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Telford Borough have been most fortunate to have had a person of her capacity and dedication;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVEDthat Telford Borough extends personal congratulations and best wishes to Linda Beck for continued success in her future endeavors.

Resolved this  4th   day of  April , 2016.

OTHER BUSINESS:

 Mayor David Snook gave an update from the Indian Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting held on March 22nd and reported that Diane Rosencrance from Natural Lands Trust will be coming out to the Borough to do a site assessment/visit of Centennial Park sometime during the summer of 2017, for the Multi-Regional Greenway and Stewardship Study.

Mr. Maxwell asked if Telford Borough has heard any feedback about Souderton Borough now having one trash hauler in their Borough. Mr. Fournier stated that we have not heard anything.

Mr. Fournier reminded everyone to turn in their ethics forms prior to May 1st, and also reminded everyone to RSVP to Megan McShane prior to April 18th for the Montgomery County Borough’s Association Dinner on April 28th, which will be held at Pinecrest Country Club and is being hosted by Hatfield, Souderton & Telford Boroughs.

Mr. Fournier reported that the sign planter area at Summit Park was hit on Saturday morning and some damage was done. Witnesses reported that the vehicle that hit the sign was a white SUV, and some of the license plate numbers were noted before the vehicle drove away.

Councilman James Schaeffer asked if anyone knew what would be going into the Greenhouse Tavern, since the business and liquor license have been sold. No one had any information on the sale.

Mayor Snook advised Council that House Bill 340 is now being considered for adoption by the PA General Assembly; if passed, HB 340 would make executive sessions at Council meetings open to the public and require them to be audiotaped and saved. This is a very dangerous House Bill and should be opposed.

 The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm by a Crouthamel/Landis motion.

 Respectfully submitted,

 Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                         
Secretary                                                                                                                     

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