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

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June 7, 2021

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President John Taylor with the following people in attendance: Miles Arnott, Bill Ashley, Carolyn Crouthamel, Mark Gehman and Jeffrey Maxwell. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Solicitor James Jacquette, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Fire Company President Jerry Guretse, Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Sparks and residents Wendy Leshinskie, Lori Rappold and Nicole Spiese. Councilman Robert Baker and Mayor David Snook were absent.

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

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

An Arnott/Gehman motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the May 3, 2021 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier reported that the Borough has taken in 59.78% of its revenues and spent 32.33% of its expenditures as of the end of May, 2021.

An Arnott/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for May, 2021.

MAYOR’S REPORT: We did not receive a written monthly report for the file.

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

Council President John Taylor addressed Chief Floyd’s request in his report about Council authorizing the process to begin for hardening the Police Department lobby, and asked if the request needs to go through the Public Safety Committee for approval. Mr. Fournier explained that our engineer will need to design the new lobby and he will get him to start working on it. Council Vice-President Miles Arnott emphasized that this needs to get 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.

Mr. Taylor thanked the Public Works Department for their great teamwork with the Night Market.

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

Mr. Fournier reported that the West Broad Street Waterline Replacement Project is about halfway done, and the Well #3 Electrical Upgrades Project will start next week.

Mr. Taylor reported that the Borough Hall move has been rescheduled to the week of July 12th.

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.

Solicitor Jim Jacquette is currently working on the Telford Happenings by-laws and the application for non-profit status; he still needs some more information for the non-profit status application.

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: Ms. Crouthamel

            A-1       A Crouthamel/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing payment of bills for the month of May, 2021 in the amount of $389,347.62.

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

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Gehman

EC-1     A Gehman/Arnott motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving Resolution 21-03, which adopts procedures for the handling of recycling and solid waste disposal violations by haulers, businesses, institutions or residents of member municipalities of the Northern Montgomery County Recycling Commission.

Councilman Mark Gehman reported that the next quarterly NMCRC meeting is July 15th.

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Ashley

PW-1    An Ashley/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) awarding the 2021 contract for Chip Seal Equipment Rental with Operator to Asphalt Maintenance Solutions:

                                                                                                         Hourly Rate  Hourly Rate

                                                                                                             Regular   Davis Bacon

20’ Bear Cat Computerized Chip Spreader or equal with 2 operators            $295.00     $355.00

20’ Bear Cat Computerized Asphalt Distributor or equal with operator          $160.00     $165.00

9-wheel pneumatic rubber tire roller or equal with operator                          $135.00     $175.00

Tri-Axle Dump Truck with chipping bars for chip seal operation                   $100.00     $105.00

Flag Person for chip seal operation; flaggers must be ATSSA certified.        $ 50.00      $ 65.00

Labor for chip seal operation                                                                    $ 60.00      $ 75.00

One Way Equipment Mobilization (chipper & roller) – lump sum               $1,150.00    $1,150.00

PW-2    An Ashley/Gehman motion carried unanimously (6-0) awarding the 2021 contract for Ultra-Thin Bonded Wearing Course to Asphalt Maintenance Solutions in the amount of $9.97 per square yard for an estimated contract total of $54,486.05.  This ultra-thin bonded wearing course will be applied to Emlen Way and Ryan Court this year.

Councilman Bill Ashley attended the Indian Valley Regional Planning Commission Zoom meeting on May 25th and reported that a discussion was held on area outdoor activities and events that have resumed. He added that Carolyn Crouthamel was recognized for her 20+ years of service to the IVRPC.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Arnott

PS-1     An Arnott/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the following additional activity for the Telford Volunteer Fire Company: Fire Police Assistance at the Sellersville Fire Department Carnival, from July 13th through July 17th.

PS-2     Mr. Arnott reported that the Public Safety Committee met on May 10th and Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Sparks attended the meeting. It was the recommendation of the Committee that the Community Building be opened without restrictions, but following PA guidelines, effective immediately.

An Arnott/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the opening of the Telford Borough Community Building without restrictions, but following PA guidelines, effective immediately.

DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURE COMMITTEE: Mr. Baker

DC-1     Mr. Taylor reported that Opening Night of the Telford Night Market went very well, and there were about 300 people in attendance. Mr. Taylor thanked the Fire Company for coming to Opening Night. He announced that live music has returned to the Market. One table every week will be designated for a non-profit group (no charge) and another will be designated for an area business.

Mr. Taylor stated that there are currently 3 Board members for Telford Happenings, but the group would like to get 2 more Board members; it’s recommended that one of the members be a Council member.

OTHER BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Telford Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:15 pm to discuss a matter of litigation.

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:25 pm. No action was taken.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:26 pm by a Crouthamel/Arnott motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary                                 

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