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Board of Supervisors
4/26/2017 7:30 PM

Meeting Minutes

 

The regular meeting of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held April 26, 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

                        Lynn Bush                                Bucks County Planning Commission

                        Daniel Gray                              Township Engineer

                        Tom Kelso                                Township Water/Wastewater Consultant

                        Craig A. Smith, Esquire         Township Solicitor

 

                       

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

 

PRESENTATION

 

Presentation of proclamation to Eagle Scout Connor Melloy

 

The Board of Supervisors proudly presented a proclamation to Eagle Scout Connor Melloy, and expressed their appreciation of and respect for his accomplishment.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Mr. Anthony Caputo, owner of the Villaggio restaurant in Penns Purchase Outlet Center and new owner of a pizzeria in the Shopping Center across Route 263 from Villaggio, was present to ask the Board to allow the Roach redevelopment plan of the outlet center converting some of the stores to houses and building other houses to proceed to support Mr. Caputo’s business as the current landlord is doing nothing to support Mr. Caputo. Mr. Forest noted it is not the Township’s duty to maintain or develop the site; however it is the Board’s duty to be sure that any plans presented meet the zoning ordinance requirements. Mr. Forest noted the Board has met with Mr. Roach many times to try and come up with a viable plan but his plan to reuse dilapidated vacant buildings that are a mere 20 years old and of no historic or architectural significance and turn them into townhouses is inconsistent with the Township zoning.  Mrs. Rash stated the Board welcomes the presentation of any plans that adhere to the current zoning ordinance and if such a plan is presented, or if a viable, vibrant mixed use plan is proposed, the Board would look to work with the developer to make that happen. However, to encourage a bad plan, just to do something, is the formula that led to where Penns Purchase is now and it is a mistake not to be repeated.

 

Developer Coleman Roach of Roach Custom Builders, who previously submitted plans for re-development of the site with a mix of commercial and attached residential units that are not permitted under the existing zoning, said he had submitted various re-development plans for the site, but none were received favorably by the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Forest reiterated that plans must meet the requirements of the zoning ordinance as it is written, or make a compelling argument as to why a variance from the Ordinance is appropriate. 

BOARD’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Mrs. Rash made the following announcement:

- Municipal Primary Election, May 16, 2017 – VOTE!

 

Mr. Calderaio, who was absent from the March 22, 2017 Board of Supervisors Regular Business Meeting applauded his fellow supervisors action taken during the meeting of March 22, 2017, added his voice to and support of Resolution No. 2335, declaring that Buckingham Township opposed the proposed alternate route of the Penn East pipeline. Mr. Calderaio asked that his statement be included as an attachment to these official minutes.

 

PAYROLL and BILL LIST

 

Consideration of approving Payroll for the weeks ending April 2, 2017 and April 16, 2017, and the Bill List for the meeting of April 26, 2017.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payroll for the weeks ending April 2, 2017 and April 16, 2017, and the Bill List for the meeting of April 26, 2017, in the total amount of $809,956.83. The motion carried unanimously.

 

MINUTES

 

Consideration of approving draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the March 22, 2017 Work Session and March 22, 2017 Regular Business Meeting.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forestto approve, as most recently presented, the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the March 22, 2017 Work Session and March 22, 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:

 

- Code Enforcement Monthly Statistical Report – March 2017

- Historic & Architectural Review Board (HARB) – March 9, 2017

- Safety Committee – February 2017

- Historic Commission – January 26, 2017 and February 22, 2017

- Park and Recreation Commission – February 7, 2017

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

BUSINESS

 

No Activity.

 

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS / MANAGER’S ITEMS

 

Consideration of awarding the 2017 Buckingham Township Road Improvement Project Bid to

Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA in the amount of $417,725.00.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to award the 2017 Buckingham Township Road Improvement Project Bid to Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA in the amount of $417,725.00.

 

Mrs. Rash announced the roads included in the scope of work:

• Holicong Road (Route 413 to Route 202)

• April Lane

• Princeton Circle

• June Meadow Drive

• Grape Bay Road

• East Pelham Place

• West Pelham Place

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving the demolition permit for the township owned structure located at 2495 Quarry Road, TMP 6-10-265.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest toapprove the demolition permit for the township owned structure located at 2495 Quarry Road, TMP 6-10-265.

 

Mrs. Cozza explained this is the small, dilapidated house at the corner of Quarry and Old York Roads, located on park property owned by Buckingham Township. She said the structure is beyond saving, and all hardware or items of value have been removed to be reused or preserved.

 

 The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Purchase Order to Omega River Farm Services in the amount of $55,300.00 for farming of Derstine, Lojeski, Kaplin and Lindquist spray fields.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest toapprove thePurchase Order to Omega River Farm Services in the amount of $55,300.00 for farming of Derstine, Lojeski, Kaplin and Lindquist spray fields.

 

Mrs. Cozza noted that Omega River Farm Services held the same pricing from 2015 and 2016, with the exception of an additional fee for the Lindquist spray fields, which were added this year. She also noted that payment of this fee comes from the customers who support the use of the public wastewater facilities, not taxes.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Purchase Order for a 20-ton trailer under state contract forthe road department’s use for $31,768.00.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Purchase Order for a 20-ton trailer under state contract for the road department’s use in the amount of $31,768.00, noting the money for purchasing this item comes from the liquid fuels account.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

The Board retired into Executive Session to discuss ongoing litigation with the Bucks County Airport Authority over the Young tract, and with Toll Brothers over the Feeney tract and to discuss the potential purchase of conservation easements on the Doan tract and the Maximuck tract.

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 24th day of May, 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.

 

 

Statement by Paul Calderaio read during Board’s Announcements:

 

I was unable to attend the Board of Supervisors’ meeting of March 22, 2017 due to a health issue, which is now resolved. At the March 22nd meeting Maggie and Jon approved Resolution No. 2335, declaring that Buckingham Township opposes the proposed Penn East pipeline. This opposition was sparked by the filing by Penn East of “Sourland Mountain Alternative 1” which would have run the pipeline through Buckingham Township and surrounding municipalities. Since that time the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued its final environmental impact statement for the Penn East Pipeline Project concluding, “we do not believe Sourland Mountain Alternative 1 is a reasonable alternative.” As such, the proposed run of the pipeline through Buckingham has now been removed from further consideration. By this statement, I want the minutes to reflect that I applaud my fellow supervisors action, add my voice to and support of Resolution No. 2335, and commend whatever small part the Township’s action had in preventing the pipeline from running through Buckingham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View Meeting Minutes prior to June 23, 2009