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

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November 5, 2012

The Telford Borough Council meeting held this date was called to order at 7:31 p.m. by President Carolyn Crouthamel with the following members in attendance: Robert Baker, Scott Hillegass, Jeffrey Maxwell, Stanley Nyce, James Schaeffer and Mayor Jay Stover. Also present were Manager Mark Fournier, Public Works Director Donald Beck, Finance Director Craig Davies, Solicitor Mark Weand, Recording Secretary Megan McShane, Police Chief Randall Floyd, Jim Ennis from Keystone Municipal Services, Elizabeth Schirmer from Pennridge Community Center and a press reporter. J. Allen Landis was absent.

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


A Baker/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) approving the minutes of the October 1, 2012 Borough Council meeting.

TREASURER'S REPORT: We received the written monthly report for October, 2012 for the file.

Manager Mark Fournier reported that we've taken in 83.75% of our revenues and have spent about 78.44% of our expenditures.



Police Chief Randall Floyd thanked the Public Works Department for the great job that they did after Hurricane Sandy.

Chief Floyd reported that he has received comments from Manager Fournier and the Public Safety Committee about the draft Policy Manual, and still needs feedback from Solicitor Weand.

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

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

Mayor Stover reported that there will be a wine tasting fundraiser this Saturday, November 10th at the Library.

Jeffrey Maxwell asked Mayor Stover if the Library has cut hours or staff in an attempt to reduce their operating costs. Mayor Stover stated that the Library has not made any cuts yet; they are still working from their reserve of funds.

Mr. Maxwell then asked Mayor Stover if the Library approached West Rockhill Township or Hilltown Township for assistance. Mayor Stover reported that Bob Schoen has not received a response from West Rockhill Township and he was unsure about Hilltown Township.

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

Public Works Director Donald Beck reported that there will still be funds left in the CDBG Grant for Franconia Park, so he and the Parks Director and Manager are looking into what other improvements can be done to the Park.

Manager Fournier advised Council that Mr. Beck turned in his letter of resignation, and that his last day is January 18, 2013. Mr. Fournier said that this is a sad day, but it is well deserved, and that he would like to personally thank Don for all of his years of service. He added that the Borough will lose a good one with his retirement.

Stanley Nyce and Robert Baker also thanked Don for all of his hard work over the years and said that he will truly be missed.

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

Manager Mark Fournier informed Council that everybody worked well together during the storm, including the Public Works Department, Police Department and emergency officials. Mr. Fournier said that Hurricane Sandy impacted a lot of people in the Borough, and that he participated in daily conference calls with PPL officials and elected officials. More utility crews are working on the affected areas from this storm than any other storm we've had.

Manager Fournier told Council that the Borough needs to make it a priority to get generators for Borough Hall and the Police Department. The Borough office had to be closed on October 30th due to a lack of power, and if another event like this would happen in the future, the Borough staff needs to be available to answer any questions or concerns that the residents may have.

Stanley Nyce thanked Mr. Fournier, Mr. Beck and Chief Floyd for their leadership during the storm and its aftermath.

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.

ENGINEER'S REPORT: We did not receive a written monthly report for the file.

COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: There were no comments from the audience.


A-1 A Hillegass/Maxwell motion carried unanimously (6-0) accepting the payment of the bills for the month of October, 2012 in the amount of $ 301,236.07.

A-2 Manager Mark Fournier reviewed the proposed 2013 Budget, which includes a 5.3% tax increase. This equates to an approximate $34-40 increase per household in the Borough, $12 of which would be the increase to assist the Library. The Budget includes an additional $16,275 or 1.6% increase for the Library.

After Elizabeth Schirmer made her presentation on behalf of the Pennridge Community Center, a Hillegass/Baker motion carried 5-1 adopting the 2013 Budget. Jeffrey Maxwell opposed the motion.

A Hillegass/Baker motion carried unanimously (6-0) authorizing the advertising of 2013 Tax Levy Ordinance.


DC-1 Elizabeth Schirmer made a presentation on behalf of the Pennridge Community Center, asking the Council for any assistance they could provide, to help continue the programs at the Center. The County only funds the salaries of the Manager and Assistant Manager; the rest of their budget is made up through room rental, programming and donations.

DC-2 Manager Mark Fournier reported that Penn Valley Church is planning to have a carnival the week of June 4-8, 2013, to benefit the Library and Fire Company. The Church is located in Franconia Township, but they wanted to make us aware that they had scheduled this event. Council will discuss this further once they receive additional information about the event.


PZ-1 Manager Fournier informed Council that the Planning & Zoning Committee met to discuss a possible Zoning Ordinance amendment to include several properties along West Broad Street from Residential to Commercial C-1. The properties discussed were the Telford Fire Company, VFW and the Bergey properties near the intersection of Third Street.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: There was no report at this time.


PW-1 One week after new rain gutters were placed on the Community Building Garage, they were torn off by Hurricane Sandy, by a tree branch striking the building. The dugouts were also blown over at Stover Park.

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: There was no report at this time.



Borough Council entered into Executive Session at 8:51 pm to discuss personnel matters and a potential matter of litigation.

Borough Council closed executive session at 9:54 pm.

A Nyce/Schaeffer motion carried unanimously (6-0) promoting William McCue to the position of Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator upon his successful completion of the State Operator's exam. Further, his pay rate will increase to $19.75 per hour, effective November 8, 2012. This new pay rate will appear in his November 15, 2012 paycheck.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:55 pm by a Hillegass/Schaeffer motion.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark D. Fournier



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