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

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June 1, 2009

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: J. Allen Landis, Carolyn Crouthamel, Jeffrey Maxwell, Stanley Nyce and Scott Hillegass. John Harrell was absent. Also present were Mayor Jay Stover, Manager Mark D. Fournier, Recording Secretary Cathy Fried, Solicitor Mark E. Weand, Jr., Police Chief Douglas Bickel, Public Works Director Donald Beck, Engineers Patrick DiGangi and Michelle Fountain, Tax Collector Emiline Weiss and press reporters. In the audience were borough residents Linda Morris and James Siffel.

The invocation was given by Mayor Jay Stover, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

A Hillegass / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the May 4, 2009 minutes.

TREASURER'S REPORT:

A Landis / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the May, 2009 Treasurer's Report.

Manager Mark Fournier reported the percentage of revenues received and the percentage of expenditures to date. In particular, he discussed the lagging Real Estate Transfer Tax.

MAYOR'S REPORT:

Mayor Jay Stover reported he attended the Key Communicator's meeting at which school security measures were discussed. The meeting included a tour of the new high school. He also attended the closing of the old high school.

POLICE REPORT:

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:

1. Centennial Park - We continue to work on various items as specified. We installed concrete pads for players' benches, and park benches at various locations. Also, electric service was installed by PPL. We continue to grade and seed grass areas around these improvements and we will be paving at bleacher areas.

2. Stover Park - We plan to install electrical conduit for the new ball field lighting in June.

3. Mowing - Mowing of Borough buildings, parks and athletic fields is on-going as required.

4. Reliance Road / Washington Street Culvert - The replacement culvert pipe has been installed by Passerini & Sons, Inc. and final restoration of the cartway has begun.

5. Flower Beds - The parks crew began weeding and mulching our various flower and shrubbery beds as time allows.

Public Works Director Donald Beck commented Centennial Park paving shall be completed in the near future. The public works crew will be working on completion of grading and seeding. The paving of Reliance Road will be done in coordination with Souderton Borough. Council member Jeffrey Maxwell questioned the work being done on County Line Road. Donald Beck responded that sewer work is being done for the construction of Harleysville Savings Bank.

MANAGER'S REPORT:

  • Reviewed various building / zoning permit applications and land development plans with the Zoning Officer and the Solicitor.
  • Attended various meetings with regard to Borough Council and Telford Borough Authority.
  • Met with the Engineer and Public Works Director regarding new handicap ramp regulations and design.
  • Attended the Partnership TMA monthly board meeting.
  • Attended the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee meeting.
  • Coordinated the advertising and appropriate review of the revised Telford Borough Zoning Ordinance.

Mark Fournier commented he is getting started on review of a number of projects.

BUILDING OFFICIAL'S REPORT: We received a written monthly report for the file.

Mark Fournier reported there have been a lot of calls and letters mailed regarding grass and weed control which are property maintenance enforcement actions.

1. ZONING. (A) The Solicitor continues to confer with Mark Fournier to discuss pending building, zoning and inspection matters. All material is reviewed by the Solicitor on receipt for advice submission. (B) Rock Community Church Zoning Application. The Solicitor has had no contact with regard to the status of this property. (C) Joseph Nitterour Zoning Application. As previously reported, the property use will become conforming upon adoption of the new Zoning Ordinance. (D) There are no pending zoning applications at this time.

2. ASSESSMENT APPEALS. (A) MetPro Corp. Since last report, the Solicitor has received the Settlement Stipulation intended for court filing. In accordance with Council authorization, the Solicitor signed the Settlement Stipulation and forwarded the document to the Solicitor for the Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals. It is assumed that a court approved copy will be submitted to the Solicitor in due course. (B) Warren Lumber & Millwork, Inc. There remains no activity to report.

3. REVITALIZATION. Aspects of the Souderton/Telford Main Street Program are reviewed with the Manager as they arise.

4. BUDGET. Budget-related matters are routinely discussed with the Manager as various projects and issues arise.

5. SKLAR ACCIDENT CLAIM. This matter remains outstanding. Resolution documents have not been returned for court filing. Apparently there is an impasse of some nature or other with plaintiffs "SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST ATTORNEY."

6. CENTENNIAL PARK IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT. Closeout detail continues to be addressed with the Manager and Engineer. The ground cover issue requires resolution. A restrictive covenant remains pending.

7. DELBAR TRACT SUBDIVISION. By resolution, the Roadway Deed of Dedication was accepted by Council as of April 21, 2009. Thereafter, the Solicitor recorded the Roadway Deed of Dedication and Tax Affidavit with the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds on May 8, 2009. A copy has been submitted to the Manager for record retention. A copy was also submitted to Mr. Dennis Schlosser, owner/grantor.

8. CHIPLEY CLAIM NOTICE. There is no update on the Chipley Claim Notice since last report. No material has come to the attention of the Solicitor pertaining to this matter.

9. CURBSIDE COLLECTION OF LEAF WASTE. The amendment to Ordinance No. 368 addressing handling, collection and disposal of leaf waste shall be Ordinance No. 380. Prior to advertisement, a draft of the Ordinance will be submitted Mark A. Hosterman, Esquire, Solicitor for the Northern Montgomery County Recycling Commission to assure approval. It is projected that adoption will be scheduled for the July 6, 2009 Council meeting. The Solicitor will attend to the legal advertisement. For Ordinance adoption, a minimum seven day notice is required.

10. LANDIS SUPERMARKET. Traffic signal improvement at the County Line and Church Road intersection continues to be addressed with the Manager and Engineer. Affirmative determination remains pending.

11. INDIAN VALLEY LIBRARY COMMISSION: At last meeting, Council rejected the proposed Intermunicipal Agreement and adopting Ordinance as the Borough tax structure could be set by the determination of other municipalities. Douglas Gifford Esquire, has been so advised by the Solicitor.

12. BUCKS COUNTY WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN: The Bucks County Solid Waste Management Plan Revision remains pending with the Manager and Solicitor.

13. ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT: At last meeting, a comprehensive review of Chapter 27 Zoning, as completed by the Montgomery County Planners was undertaken. Thereafter, Council directed advertisement for a public hearing followed by adoption on July 6, 2009. In accordance with Section 610 of the Municipalities Planning Code, the Solicitor prepared a notice for adoption of Ordinance No. 379. This advertisement will occur on June 8, 2009. In accordance with Section 609 of the Municipalities Planning Code, the Solicitor prepared a notice of a public hearing on Ordinance No. 379. This advertisement will be made on June 15 and June 22, 2009. The Telford Borough Planning Commission will conduct a review meeting on June 16, 2009. Other required notices have been completed by the Manager.

14. GENERAL OBLIGATION NOTE SERIES 2009: There has been no Solicitor contact subsequent to the Note closing on April 30, 2009. Accordingly, this matter will be deleted from further report.

15. PA DEP NPDES STORMWATER PERMIT REQUIREMENTS. The requirements of the new NPDES Stormwater Permit as prepared by the Borough Engineer have been reviewed by the Solicitor. It is anticipated that this permit will be in effect on March 9, 2010. A submission by September 9, 2009 pertaining to the Borough's application for the permit is projected. A presentation by CKS Engineers, Inc. will be conducted on June 1, 2009.

Solicitor Mark Weand reported there is no change of status regarding the Rock Community Church application. He also received and signed the settlement stipulation and forwarded it to the MetPro solicitor for the Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeal. He will receive a fully-executed copy for record retention. Mark Weand reported the Sklar matter remains outstanding. All parties are attempting to finalize the settlement which has been accepted. Regarding the amendment to Ordinance No. 368 pertaining to curbside collection and yard waste collection, Mark Weand will send a draft to Attorney Mark Hosterman. Mark Weand has also contacted Attorney Douglas Gifford to inform him the proposed Intermunicipal Agreement is not acceptable to Telford Borough. Mark Fournier suggested Mark Weand be authorized to work on the language in question.

ENGINEER'S REPORT:

Mark Fournier reported the Reliance Road culvert has been installed and water is flowing through it.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:

Resident James Siffel of 127 Lincoln Avenue commented on the volume of the fire siren and asked if there are any plans to move or silence the siren. A brief discussion was held regarding the timeframe of operation of the siren and it was the consensus of Council that previous minutes be reviewed to determine the defined hours of operation. James Siffel also asked if the decibels have ever been metered to determine if the volume could be adjusted. Mark Fournier explained one of the reasons for the siren is for public awareness. Mark Weand commented it may be advisable to contact the fire company and have this matter addressed at the next Council meeting.

FINANCE AND ADMINSTRATIVE COMMITTEE: Mr. Hillegass

A-1 A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving the payment of bills in the amount of $249,048.46 for the month of May.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMITTEE: Mr. Maxwell

PZ-1 Formation of Revitalization Plan Update Committee.

Mark Fournier reported he contacted several residents and members of the business community of Telford Borough and would ask the Council to appoint the following persons to the Revitalization Plan Update Committee: Ellie Landis, Carolyn Crouthamel, Scott Hillegass, Jeffrey Maxwell, Christopher McCarthy, Robert Birkett and Daniel Wurst.

A Maxwell / Landis motion was carried unanimously (6-0) appointing Ellie Landis, Carolyn Crouthamel, Scott Hillegass, Jeffrey Maxwell, Christopher McCarthy, Robert Birkett and Daniel Wurst to the Revitalization Plan Update Committee.

PZ-2 Mark Fournier distributed a memo he received from Richard O'Brien to Council regarding the land development application for the Electronic Assembly plant addition. Richard O'Brien recommended the request for extension be denied.

A Maxwell / Nyce motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to deny the requested extension for the Land Development Application for the Electronic Assembly Plant Addition.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Mr. Nyce

Engineer Michelle Fountain gave a brief presentation of new requirements for the PADEP NPDES Stormwater Permit. The deadline for comments on these new requirements was scheduled for May 15th. The comment period has been extended to July 6th.

Stanley Nyce reported the Environmental Committee continues to work on the 2006 grant which is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

PUBLIC WORKS / BUILDINGS & PLANT COMMITTEE: Mr. Landis

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: Mr. Harrell

PS-1 Telford Volunteer Fire Company Requests.

A Hillegass / Landis motion was carried unanimously (6-0) to approve Telford Volunteer Fire Company's requests to the Memorial Day Service at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Telford Borough on May 24th; the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony at Hatfield American Legion Post on May 25th; the Tri Valley Power Walk & Power Run, Fire Police requested for traffic control on June 13th; the Trumbauersville Volunteer Fire Company's annual carnival request for Fire Police on July 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 31st and August 1st.

DEVELOPMENT & CULTURE COMMITTEE: Ms. Crouthamel

DC-1 Resolution 09-04, Petition to Support Main Street and Elm Street Programs.

Mark Fournier explained that Souderton-Telford Main Streets Manager, Pamela Coleman, asked that Telford Borough Council consider a Resolution requesting that the state legislature and members of House and Senate Appropriations Committees and all sub-committees reconsider budget cuts to the Main Street and Elm Street programs.

A Crouthamel / Maxwell motion was carried unanimously (6-0) approving Resolution 09-04 to petition the Pennsylvania State Legislature and governor's office to restore annual funding to the Main Street and Elm Street programs in the 2009 / 2010 budget.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Mark Fournier asked that any Council member contact him if he/she wishes to attend the Heritage Conservancy dinner on June 11th. Telford Borough will be receiving an award for the revitalization of the Train Station / Freight Building. Mark Fournier will be leaving the office at 4:15 p.m. for anyone planning to attend.

Council member Jeffrey Maxwell exited the meeting at 8:46 p.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Council entered into executive session at 8:47 p.m.

Council closed executive session at 8:54 p.m.

A Hillegass / Crouthamel motion was carried unanimously (5-0) approving a wage increase for part-time patrolman Scott Keeler $1.04 per hour to $17.68 per hour.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m. by a Hillegass / Nyce motion.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mark D. Fournier

Secretary

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