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

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March 7, 2022

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Miles Arnott with the following people in attendance: Carolyn Crouthamel, Spencer Kulhanjian, Jeffrey Maxwell, John Taylor and Emiline Weiss. Also present were Mayor Jerry Guretse, Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Gary Yoder, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Sparks and residents Wendy Leshinskie, Dale Nice and Lori Rappold. Councilman Bill Ashley was absent.

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

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the February 7, 2022 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Manager Mark Fournier gave an overview of the Treasurer’s Report for the month of January, 2022.

Councilwoman Emiline Weiss asked Mr. Fournier for clarification on the DVHT expenditure for $28,181.27. Mr. Fournier explained that Delaware Valley Health Trust is the Borough’s broker for health insurance. Ms. Weiss then asked for clarification on the $1,296.00 expenditure to the Treasurer of Montgomery County. Mr. Fournier informed Ms. Weiss that he will need to verify that with Finance Director Craig Davies.

A Weiss/Kulhanjian motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the Treasurer’s Report for January, 2022.

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.

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

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

Councilman Jeffrey Maxwell asked if PennDOT is getting ready to pave County Line Road, and Public Works Director Gary Yoder informed him that they are getting ready to do base repair work.

Council President Miles Arnott asked why the stormsewers on Grandview Avenue had been marked with green paint, and Mr. Yoder explained that this was probably the result of a PA One Call.

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.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Jim Hull, the President of the Bucks County Boroughs Association and a Councilman for Sellersville Borough, stood and introduced himself and briefly spoke about the Association. Mr. Hull also distributed an invitation to the Bucks County Boroughs Association general membership dinner meeting on March 24th and encouraged Council to attend.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE:

             A-1       A Maxwell/Crouthamel motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing payment of bills for the month of January, 2022 in the amount of $ 264,074.51.

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE:

PZ-1     Mr. Fournier gave an overview of a request that Telford Borough has received from Shiva Elohim, LLC for an intermunicipal liquor license transfer at 141 North Main Street (the former Hatt’s Too).

Shiva Elohim, LLC is proposing a quick service/grab ‘n’ go restaurant with seating for approximately 30 people; food and beverages will be available for eat in or take out. The alcohol would be sold in packs of bottles or cans.

Mr. Fournier explained that he obtained a sample policy and application from another municipality to review and consider, since Telford Borough does not currently have these in place.

If Council approves the policy and application this evening, once the application is received, a public hearing must be scheduled within 45 days. In addition, notice of the hearing must advertised in the newspaper, and it must also be mailed to residents who reside within 300’ of the property within 15 days of the date the application was    received.

If Council approves the application at the Public Hearing, which would be held on Monday, April 4th at 7:00 pm, prior to the regular Council meeting, the applicant would then apply for approval from the PA Liquor Control Board for this intermunicipal liquor license transfer, a process which takes 8 to 12 weeks.

Councilman Jeffrey Maxwell expressed his concern that the process seems to be moving quickly. Mr. Fournier explained that the Borough has to respond within 45 days of receiving the application, and Shiva Elohim, LLC is ready to submit as soon as Council approves the policy and application template.

Councilwoman Emiline Weiss asked if the notice for the Public Hearing will also be placed on the Borough website, and Mr. Fournier confirmed that it would.

A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) adopting the Intermunicipal Transfer of Liquor Licenses Policy and Procedure for Telford Borough, dated March 7, 2022.

A Crouthamel/Taylor motion carried unanimously (6-0) adopting the revised Telford Borough Fee Resolution dated March 7, 2022 which now includes the fees associated with an application for an economic development liquor license and intermunicipal transfer of liquor license.       

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

PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE:

PW-1    A Weiss/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) awarding the 2022 contract for Equipment Rental with Operator to P.K. Moyer & Sons as follows:

                                                                                                                  Regular        Davis

                                                                                                                     Rate          Bacon

Rubber Tire Loader 2 ½ cubic yard, min. bucket                                     $145.00       $175.00

Motor Grader 12’ blade, min. 105hp                                                        $145.00       $175.00

Tri-Axle Dump Truck 23 Ton capacity                                                     $102.00       $128.00

Ten Wheel Dump Truck 17 ton capacity                                                 $100.00       $125.00

Six Wheel Dump Truck 8 ton capacity                                                    $ 95.00        $120.00

10-Wheel Dump Truck w/plow                                                                $168.00       $192.00

Distributor Truck                                                                                      $135.00       $160.00

Uniloader w/Alitec Planer (Milling Machine) 18” Milling Width                $142.00       $172.00

Mech. Street Sweeper – Self Loading – 4 cu yd Hopper Min                 $142.00       $172.00

Power Broom 6 ft width                                                                            $ 98.00       $125.00

Bit. Paver-Self propelled w/10-20 ft extend-a-mat screed w/oper.         $255.00       $285.00

Bit. Paver-Self propelled w/8-16 ft extend-a-mat screed w/oper.           $225.00       $255.00

Bituminous Paver-Self propelled w/8-16 ft screed w/operator               $160.00       $185.00

Tandem Vibratory Roller 10-18 tons 75” min. roll width                         $145.00       $175.00

Tandem Static Roller 10-14 tons                                                            $106.00       $138.00

Tandem Static Roller 3-5 tons                                                                 $ 96.00       $128.00

Crawler Loader 2 ½ cubic yd. min. bucket, min. 150 hp                         $158.00       $195.00

Crawler Dozer 10’ blade, min. 105 hp                                                    $158.00       $195.00

Mill. Machine w/operator & milling crew 79”, drum width,

Capable of 87” with ext. w/sonic grade controls 400 hp min.               $695.00       $775.00

Foreman or screed man                                                                        $ 72.00        $ 98.00

Labor                                                                                        $ 62.00        $ 88.00

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE:

PS-1     An Arnott/Maxwell motion carried unanimously amending TBPD General Order 5.27 – Uniforms & Appropriate Dress as submitted.

Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Sparks informed Council that the Souderton Ambulance Association is having trouble staffing ambulances and has been put on probation with the state. Ambulance companies throughout Montgomery County are having trouble getting EMTs and are having funding issues as well.

Mr. Arnott stated that he will work on scheduling a Public Safety Committee meeting so this issue can be discussed further.

DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURE COMMITTEE:

Councilman John Taylor informed Council that Telford Happenings is hosting an egg hunt at Centennial Park on Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Mr. Taylor also reported that they are discussing the possibility of relocating the Night Market to the other end of the Municipal parking lot, closer to the pavilion and Salon Sarai. They are also working on getting sponsorships for the Market and scheduling a vendor meeting.

Mr. Taylor then informed the group that Souderton Connects is hosting So You Think You Can Cook at the Franconia Heritage on Wednesday, April 6th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, and they are still looking for more cooks to participate.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mr. Arnott requested that the 309 Project Updates be kept in a file in-house, rather than including them in the Council packet. It was the consensus of the group that paper copies of these updates no longer need to be included in the packet, but one copy can be kept on file in the office.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

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

Borough Council closed Executive Session at 8:39 pm.

A Maxwell/Weiss motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the staff and Public Works/Buildings & Plant Committee to proceed with the sale of old Borough Hall.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 pm by a Taylor/Crouthamel motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary

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