In 1886 Telford, located in Bucks County, was incorporated as borough.

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May 7, 2018

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Robert Baker with the following members in attendance: A. Miles Arnott, Carolyn Crouthamel, Jim Schaeffer, Mayor David Snook and John Taylor. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Kate Harper from Timoney Knox, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, residents Mark Gehman, Claire & Erik Kratz, Lori Rappold and a press reporter. Jeffrey Maxwell was absent.

The invocation was given by James Schaeffer, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

APPOINTMENT OF NEW COUNCIL MEMBER: An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (5-0) appointing Mark Gehman to fill the remainder of former Councilman Stanley Nyce’s term, which expires December 31, 2019. Mr. Nyce passed away last month.

SWEARING IN OF NEW COUNCIL MEMBER: Mayor David Snook administered the Oath of Office for the new councilman, Mark Gehman. Everyone welcomed Mr. Gehman to Borough Council.


A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (5-0) approving the minutes of the April 2, 2018 Borough Council meeting. Mr. Gehman abstained since he was not a councilman at the April 2nd meeting.


Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 54.84% of its revenues and has spent 27.82% of its expenditures.

Mr. Fournier informed Council that we are currently over budget by $3,137.00 in the Civil & Military Celebrations – Decorations category, because the 2 “Welcome to Telford” signs had to be replaced; they were worn out and the posts were rotten.

A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously approving the Treasurer’s Report for April, 2018.

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

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

Councilman John Taylor inquired about the portion of Chief Floyd’s report that discusses the portable basketball standards in the Borough. Chief Floyd informed Council that half of the basketball courts are back up and in critical areas, and he thinks this issue needs to be pursued further with implementing an ordinance; it isn’t enough to just talk to the parents, as evidenced by the courts resurfacing in the Borough. He added that with the summer coming, it could get worse, and he is very concerned about safety. Chief Floyd stated that he will talk to other department chiefs for sample ordinances, and stated that we should include nets for street hockey, kick ball, etc. in the new ordinance.

Chief Floyd also gave an overview of a parking issue near Noble Oaks. The Fire Chief expressed concerns to Chief Floyd about the current parking situation along Catherine Street, adjacent to the apartment complex, which limits emergency vehicle access to the building in the event of a fire. Chief Floyd’s recommendation is that this area be made a No Parking Zone.

Councilman Miles Arnott asked Chief Floyd about one of the serious incidents mentioned in his report; he asked what kind of back-up Officer Popiny had, and how long it took that back-up to get there. Chief Floyd stated that he had no back up, and that it took a few minutes for them to arrive at the scene to assist. Mr. Arnott asked Chief Floyd to thank the officers for a job well done.

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.

Councilwoman Carolyn Crouthamel complimented the Public Works Department, stating that the town looks beautiful.

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 did not receive a written monthly report for the file.

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


Claire & Eric Kratz from 214 Crestview Avenue stood and asked Council if they had any information on the next Lutheran Home expansion. Their property is adjacent to Lutheran Home property and they just want to find out where the next expansion will be. Mr. Fournier reported that the Borough has not received any plans yet from the Lutheran Home for another expansion.


            A-1       A Crouthamel/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the bills for the month of April, 2018 in the amount of $388,842.45.

            A-2       A Crouthamel/Arnott motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the following revised Committee Structure:


Carolyn Crouthamel – Chair       Jeffrey Maxwell – Chair

Miles Arnott                             James Schaeffer

Jeffrey Maxwell                         John Taylor


James Schaeffer – Chair           Miles Arnott – Chair

Miles Arnott                            Mark Gehman

John Taylor                             Jeffrey Maxwell


Mark Gehman – Chair              John Taylor – Chair

Carolyn Crouthamel                 Carolyn Crouthamel

James Schaeffer                     Mark Gehman

            A-3       An Arnott/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) to table the appointment of a new representative to the Northern Montgomery County Recycling Commission. Mr. Fournier will gather more information about what is involved with this position prior to June’s Council meeting.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE: There was nothing to report at this time.

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


Mr. Fournier mentioned that there is a boy scout doing a project at the Community Building as part of his preparation to become an Eagle Scout. The project will include the planting of new trees, mulching around the trees and re-seeding the lawn.


Mr. Fournier explained that recent changes to the Pennsylvania Borough Code now require Civil Service Commissions to maintain no more than three alternate Commissioners. An Arnott/Schaeffer carried unanimously (6-0) appointing Mary Beth Clymer as an Alternate Civil Service Commissioner.


            DC-1     A Taylor/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing Penn Valley Church to use Centennial Park in Telford for overflow seating for the night of their fireworks display on June 16, 2018.

            DC-2     Councilman John Taylor distributed promotional material for the Indian Valley Farmers Market which contains a schedule of upcoming events at the Telford Marketplace.



Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:06 pm to discuss a matter of personnel.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:31 pm.

An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the hiring of Zachary Wedemeyer as a part-time police officer, contingent upon the successful completion of his background investigation and pre-employment testing. Mr. Wedemeyer is hired at a rate of $18.00 per hour for the first six months probationary period. Upon successful completion of the probation, he then will be moved to $19.00 per hour for his part-time work.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:33 pm by a Crouthamel/Arnott motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier                                                                                                          



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