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Board of Supervisors
2/22/2017 7:30 PM

Meeting Minutes

 

The regular meeting of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held February 22, 2017 in the Township Building, 4613 Hughesian Drive, Buckingham, Pennsylvania.

 

Present:        Maggie Rash                           Chairman

                        Paul Calderaio                         Vice-Chairman

                        Jon Forest                                Member

                        Dana S. Cozza                          Township Manager

                        Daniel Gray                              Township Engineer

                        Craig A. Smith, Esquire          Township Solicitor

 

Not Present:    Lynn Bush                              Bucks County Planning Commission

                            Tom Kelso                              Township Water/Wastewater Consultant

 

                       

Mr. Forest called the regular meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

No Activity.

 

BOARD’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

No Activity.

 

PAYROLL and BILL LIST

 

Consideration of approving Payroll for the weeks ending February 5, 2017 and February 19, 2017, and the Bill List for the meeting of February 22, 2017.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payroll for the weeks ending February 5, 2017 and February 19, 2017, and the Bill List for the meeting of February 22, 2017, in the total amount of $1,217,363.28. The motion carried unanimously.

 

MINUTES

 

Consideration of approving draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the January 25, 2017 Work Session and January 25, 2017 Regular Business Meeting.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forestto approve, as most recently presented, the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the January 25, 2017 Work Session and January 25, 2017 Regular Business Meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Consideration of accepting various Departmental Minutes and Advisory Body Minutes.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forestto accept the following Departmental Minutes and Advisory Body Minutes:

 

- Safety Committee – December 2016

- Code Enforcement Monthly Statistical Report – December 2016 / January 2017

- Planning Commission – September 7, 2016 / January 4, 2017

- Board of Auditors – November 17, 2016

- Park and Recreation Commission – November 15, 2016

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

BUSINESS

 

Consideration of appointing Dr. Susan Salvesen to the Park and Recreation Commission filling a vacancy with a term expiration date of January 2020.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to appoint Dr. Susan Salvesen to the Park and Recreation Commission filling a vacancy with a term expiration date of January 2020. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving the Preliminary Plan dated 10/21/16 for “Sicom Systems, Inc.”, Township File LD 2016-02, T.P. 6-4-15-2, Progress Meadow Drive, 7.36 Acres, located in the PI-2 Zoning District. The 90-day review period expires March 7, 2017. 

 

Mr. Adam Crews, Crews Surveying, LLC, and Mr. Michael Shaffer, CFO of Sicom Systems, Inc. were present to discuss the proposed plan.

 

Mr. Crews provided a brief history of the Sicom Systems project, explaining the building was constructed approximately 7-8 years ago, is a 40,000 square foot office functioning as a food industry “point of sale”, data analytics facility, with the majority of power supplied by solar panels atop the building.

 

Mr. Crews said there was adequate parking at the time of construction, however, with growth additional parking is necessary and they are proposing the addition of 49 compact parking spaces by this land development application. Mr. Crews said the additional parking spaces will eliminate the need for employees to park along Progress Meadow Drive.

 

Mr. Crews explained in May of 2016, Sicom Systems, Inc. was granted a variance from the Zoning Hearing Board allowing 37.5% impervious site coverage, which is 2.59% more than the Zoning Ordinance allows.

 

Mr. Crews said the project received a recommendation for preliminary/final approval from the Buckingham Township Planning Commission on January 4, 2017, with the only concern regarding parking on Progress Meadow Drive. The Planning Commission recommended the applicant initiate a policy not allowing employees to park on Progress Meadow Drive, and Sicom agreed to do so. Mr. Shaffer said only the day shift overflows the current parking, and that will be addressed by the parking lot expansion. He said the night shift is 35-40 persons and they fit in the current parking lot. Mr. Shaffer said they do have visitors to the facility who will park along the street. Mr. Gray said Sicom agreed to install a sidewalk running from Burnt House Hill to the entrance so that guests will not need to walk in the street; and added the sidewalk will not disturb the existing hedgerow, which was preserved during the initial development.

 

Mr. Crews explained during construction of the additional parking spaces the employees have permission to park temporarily at SportsWear Plus, the adjoining neighbor.

 

Mr. Gray noted Progress Meadow Drive is a narrow road, only 26’ wide, which made travel difficult for emergency vehicles and large trucks when vehicles were lining the roadway. He said by Sicom installing adequate parking for their employees, adding a “no parking” policy for its employees, and installing a sidewalk, the matter should improve. Mrs. Rash said if heavy parking continues along the road, “no parking” signs would be considered.

 

Knight Engineering, Inc.’s review letter dated December 27, 2016 was discussed. Mr. Crews explained they submitted two additional waiver requests to address certain items within the review letter. Mr. Gray said with the two additional waiver requests, all matters are now “supported”, by either “will comply” or “will be worked out”.

 

The Landscape Review Consultant’s review letter dated December 15, 2016 was discussed. Ms. Manicone reported she spoke with Carol Jordan about some landscaping questions, and learned that the existing plant material in the disturbed areas will be relocated. Ms. Manicone said all of the review items are “will comply”.

 

Mr. Crews noted that Bucks County Planning Commission did not issue a review letter as parking lot expansions do not fall under their definition of a Land Development.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to grant Preliminary/Final Approval to “Sicom Systems, Inc.”, Plan dated 10/21/16, Township File LD 2016-02, T.P. 6-4-15-2, Progress Meadow Drive, 7.36 Acres, located in the PI-2 Zoning District, subject to:

 

1.         Compliance with all the comments in the December 27, 2016 Knight Engineering, Inc. review letter excepting:

 

Item 1.1 – The Board supports the Planning Commission’s recommendation waiving road improvements and limiting them to construction of a sidewalk running alongside Progress Meadow Drive from Burnt House Hill Road to the facility entrance.

 

Those comments requiring compliance with SALDO provisions for which a waiver is by this motion granted pursuant to Applicant’s February 22, 2017 Waivers Request.

 

2.         Compliance with all the comments in the December 15th, 2016 Landscape Review Consultants’ review letter.

 

3.         The waivers from SALDO requested in Applicant’s November 16, 2016 Waivers Request letter as revised February 22, 2017 are granted to the extent heretofore discussed.

 

The motion carried unanimously. The Township Solicitor was directed to prepare the written approval as required by the MPC. The findings, terms and conditions of that written approval, read as complimentary to these minutes, shall be controlling.

 

Consideration of approving the Preliminary/Final Plan dated 9/30/16 for “Barley Sheaf Farm”, Township File LD 2017-01, T.P. 6-14-85, 5281 Old York Road, 30.19 Acres, located in the AG-1 Zoning District. The 90-day review period expires May 2, 2017.

 

Mr. John VanLuvanee, Eastburn and Gray, and Mr. Mark Frank, owner of Barley Sheaf, were present to discuss the plan.

 

Mr. VanLuvanee explained this plan proposes to construct an addition onto the east side of the existing barn for the purpose of facilitating larger indoor events that are currently held outdoors. Mr. VanLuvanee distributed a revised plan sheet and noted the dimensions of the addition have been increased since the original plan submission due to revisions based on the removal of the large (and dead) catalpa tree that was previously limiting the size of the expansion. Ms. Manicone agreed the catalpa tree is dead and should be removed. Mr. Smith agreed the larger expansion was preferable in order to move more of the events indoors.

 

Knight Engineering, Inc.’s review letter dated January 30, 2017 was discussed. Mr. VanLuvanee said all items are either “will comply” or “will resolve to Knight Engineering, Inc’s satisfaction”.

 

Mr. VanLuvanee discussed the following specific items within the Knight Engineering, Inc. January 30, 2017 review letter:

 

6.1 - Mr. VanLuvanee confirmed his client has requested to change the material in the spillway to include the placement of topsoil and a specified grass seed mixture to be placed over geotextile fabric material; Mr. Gray recommended the applicable waiver request be granted subject to Knight Engineering’s confirmation of the materials to be used.

 

1.2 – Mr. VanLuvanee agreed the revised plans will provide information regarding the proposed lighting for the building addition. Mr. Frank distributed copies of the proposed lighting types, and explained there will be lanterns on the building near the entrance/exit to the deck area, along the landings, piers and steps, and along the ground path. Mr. Frank explained the style will match the expansion, keeping with the historic nature of the building and shall be limited to walkway lighting, deck step lighting, and wall sconces. No flood lighting, spot lighting or parking lighting shall be used. The lighting shall be solely intended to provide ambience and safety and shall be located solely on the east side of the existing building and its proposed addition.

 

The Landscape Review Consultant’s review letters dated January 19, 2017 and January 26, 2017 were discussed. Mr. VanLuvanee said all items are “will comply”.  Mr. VanLuvanee noted the January 26, 2017 review was generated at Mr. Frank’s request, following recommendations by Willow Tree Service that several dead trees be removed, including the 60” Catalpa tree. Mr. VanLuvanee noted that Ms. Manicone was in agreement with the recommendations of tree removal. Mr. VanLuvanee said the location of the trees to be removed will be identified on the revised plans.

 

Mrs. Rash asked if there were any questions from the audience, and there were none.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to grant Preliminary/Final Approval to “Barley Sheaf Farm”, Plan dated 9/30/16, Township File LD 2017-01, T.P. 6-14-85, 5281 Old York Road, 30.19 Acres, located in the AG-1 Zoning District.subject to:

 

1.         Compliance with all the comments in the January 30, 2017 Knight Engineering, Inc. review letter, noting the following:

 

Item 1.2 – The plan shall be revised to show lighting details to be installed on the east side of the building, with wall sconces, and lighting along the walkway, deck and steps.

 

Item 6.1 –  A partial waiver is granted from the requirement that the emergency spillway lining material consist of concrete checker block. The Spillway Detail may, instead, include the placement of topsoil and specified grass seed mixture over geotextile fabric material. The Township Engineer shall certify that the proposed detail offers a substantial equivalent to the SALDO requirement.

 

The Board notes by this motion the waivers granted pursuant to the Court Stipulation and Settlement Agreement dated January 31, 2017.

 

2.         Compliance with all the comments in the January 19, 2017 and January 26, 2017 Landscape Review Consultants’ review letter.

 

The motion carried unanimously. The Township Solicitor was directed to prepare the written approval as required by the MPC. The findings, terms and conditions of that written approval, read as complimentary to these minutes, shall be controlling.

 

ESCROW RELEASES

 

“Autoland North”, Site,

 Township File LD 2014-01

Request for Release #1,

Site Improvements

$2,104,466.44 recommended for release

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve “Autoland North”, Site, Township File LD 2014-01, Request for Release #1, in the amount of $2,104,466.44 for release. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS / MANAGER’S ITEMS

 

Consideration of authorizing township staff to advertise the 2017 Buckingham Township Road Improvement Project Bid. 

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to authorize township staff to advertise the 2017 Buckingham Township Road Improvement Project Bid.

Mr. Forest read the list of roads to be paved in 2017:

Holicong Road (Route 413 to Route 202)

April Lane

Princeton Circle

June Meadow Drive

Grape Bay Court

East Pelham Place

West Pelham Place

 

The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of approving proposal submitted by Pickering Corts & Summerson to complete the Boundary Survey and Plan Preparation for the Virnelson Property Conservation Easement, Tax Map  Parcels 06-022-024, 53-001-050 and 53-002-118, in the total amount of $23,850.00.

 

This item was tabled.

 

Consideration of approving Resolution No. 2334, Replacing Resolution No. 2329, Establishing a Fee Schedule of Subdivision and Land Development, Zoning, Building and Other Fees.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Resolution No. 2334, Replacing Resolution No. 2329, Establishing a Fee Schedule of Subdivision and Land Development, Zoning, Building and Other Fees. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to adjourn the meeting at 9:11 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 22nd day of March, 2017.

                                                                                                              Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors

          

                                                                                                               ______________________________________

                                                                                                               Maggie Rash, Chairman

                                                           

                                                                                                              ______________________________________

                                                                                                               Paul Calderaio, Vice-Chairman

 

                                                                                                              ______________________________________ 

                                                                                                              Jon Forest, Member

 

Attest:

 

_____________________________

Dana S. Cozza, Secretary

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Lori Wicen.

      

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