The work session 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 Cozza Township Manager
Dan Gray Township Engineer
Craig A. Smith, Esquire Township Solicitor
Not Present: Lynn Bush Bucks County Planning Commission
Tom Kelso Township Water/Wastewater Consultant
Chief of Police Report
Chief Michael Gallagher presented the Supervisors with a slideshow summarizing where the department is now in regards to policies and procedures, and the plan to work on updating them. Items discussed included: Personnel procedures, uniforms, evidence storage, goals to reduce vehicle accidents by educating residents, drug diversion for youth, and becoming an accredited police department. The Board agreed the Chief is on the right track to continue increasing departmental professionalism and community service, and thanked him for the presentation.
Park and Recreation Commission Candidate
Dr. Susan Salvesen was present to introduce herself to the Board and express her desire to become a member of the Park and Recreation Commission. Dr. Salvesen recently attended a Park and Recreation Commission meeting and the Chairman had transmitted a memo of recommendation for her to join the commission.
Dr. Salvesen said the commission seemed excited to work on increasing the trail system in Buckingham Township, and she had participated in the project for the bike and hike path in front of Doyle Elementary School, and knew the work involved to get trails and paths completed.
The Board agreed to consider the appointment of Dr. Salvesen to the Park and Recreation Commission during the regular business meeting, and thanked her for offering her service to the community.
Township Commission/Committee/Board Recognition
Mrs. Cozza shared with the Board that several members of the township commissions, committees and boards have served for many years, with some exceeding twenty years, and suggested some form of recognition may be appreciated. The Board unanimously agreed this was a good idea and asked Mrs. Cozza to prepare some ideas towards executing this matter for further discussion.
Central Bucks Emergency Medical Services
Mrs. Cozza informed the Board she would be attending a general state of affairs meeting on March 1st held by Central Bucks Emergency Medical Services and would report back on the discussions afterwards.
Proposed Revisions to the Fee Schedule Resolution
Mrs. Cozza said there were a few minor changes to the fee schedule that were not ready to be included in the usual January resolution, but are ready now. Mrs. Cozza then presented an addition to the resolution regarding fences. Mrs. Cozza explained in the past the township has not required a permit for fences unless they exceeded a certain height or involved swimming pools, however residents are placing fences in deed restricted areas, atop easements, etc. and when there is an issue, the fence has to be moved which creates an inconvenience and expense to the resident. She suggested to be proactive the township could charge a minimal fee for a fence permit, and the zoning officer would then be able to advise the resident prior to installation if it was properly placed or needed adjustment. Mrs. Cozza suggested this permit requirement only for residential and non-residential uses, however, also not in the agricultural zoning areas. As a fence is a structure within the definition of the zoning ordinance, there is authority in the Zoning Ordinance’s section 3401 to require a permit for a fence.
Mr. Gray mentioned that several other municipalities have a fence permit requirement.
Mr. Forest and Mrs. Rash agreed to add the fence permit requirements, as long as it was a minimal fee; they felt it may actually serve to reduce future inconveniences to residents. Mr. Calderaio was not sure the township needed another license/permit requirement, in general.
7:30 p.m. The Work Session adjourned.
9:15 p.m. The Work Session resumed.
Historic Commission Project
Mrs. Cozza advised the Board that the Historic Commission recently met, and inquired as to the possibility of the township renovating the dilapidated structure at Quarry Road and Route 263, for use as a central gathering location for residents visiting the expanded Holicong Park when it is completed. Mrs. Cozza shared a list compiled from the zoning ordinance and building codes with requirements for a public gathering space, and noted it would be extremely expensive to renovate the structure to accommodate the requirements. Mr. Forest said it looked to be an extremely cumbersome, unjustifiably expensive, and spendthrift project.
Mrs. Cozza suggested as an alternative, the Historic Commission could work on getting a historic marker for the renovated Wycombe Train Station, and could also plan to hold some type of event there.
Proposed Zoning Ordinance Clean-Up
Mrs. Cozza noted there are several minor clean-up type items that have been accumulating for the Zoning Ordinance, and suggested the Board discuss which items are basically ready to incorporate, and which should be considered at a later date. Mrs. Cozza reviewed the list and the board indicated “now” or “later” for each item. Mr. Smith agreed to continue preparing the draft ordinance amendment for their future review based on tonight’s input.
9:25 p.m. The Board retired into executive session to discuss ongoing litigation with Toll.
9:30 p.m. The Work Session was adjourned.
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
Dana S. Cozza, Secretary
Minutes respectfully submitted by Lori Wicen.