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4613 Hughesian Drive
P.O. Box 413
Buckingham, PA 18912

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

Meeting Minutes

 

The regular meeting of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held July 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

                        Daniel Gray                             Township Engineer

                        John Ives                                 Bucks County Planning Commission

                       Craig A. Smith, Esquire          Township Solicitor

 

Not Present:    Tom Kelso                              Township Water/Wastewater Consultant

 

                       

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

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

No Activity.

 

BOARD’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Mrs. Rash made the following announcements:

- Midway Volunteer Fire Company CARNIVAL! Week 2 of the carnival is in process and continues July 26-29. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 6:00 p.m. Saturday. Location is at the Midway Carnival Grounds across from Holicong Park on Route 202.  Proceeds go to Midway Volunteer Fire Company to help purchase new trucks and equipment as well as the cost of daily operations. y, & 6

- Various Park and Recreation Programs including Summer Camps and our Thursday Concert Series at Hansell Park are in progress. Go to our website at www.buckinghampa.org or call 215-794-8834 for more information.

 

Mr. Calderaio thanked Mary Jane Atkinson, Park and Recreation Coordinator, for organizing the recent event at the Town and County Players, presenting “Willie Wonka”.  He said his family enjoyed the play and appreciated the event shared with the community by the township.

 

Mr. Forest thanked all of the local emergency and rescue personnel, the District Attorney’s office, and road crew personnel who assisted in working on and resolving the DiNardo case in Solebury Township.

 

Mrs. Rash expressed condolences to the Leonard Crooke family upon his recent passing. She explained Mr. Crooke was the father of the township’s land preservation program under which the first Bucks County farm to have its agricultural rights sold under the Bucks County/Pennsylvania preservation program was a Buckingham farm; Buckingham was the first municipality in Bucks County to form an agricultural security area district under the Agricultural Area Security Law; Buckingham was the first municipality in Bucks County to form an agricultural security area district under the Agricultural Area Security Law.  The township’s land preservation program continues on to this day yielding immeasurable benefit to our residents and for which current and future residents will owe Leonard Crooke a debt of gratitude.

 

PAYROLL and BILL LIST

 

Consideration of approving Payroll for the weeks ending July 9, 2017 and July 23, 2017, and the Bill List for the meeting of July 26, 2017.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payroll for the weeks ending July 9, 2017 and July 23, 2017, and the Bill List for the meeting of July 26, 2017, in the total amount of $756,169.04. The motion carried unanimously.

 

MINUTES

 

Consideration of approving draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the June 28, 2017 Work Session and June 28, 2017 Regular Business Meeting.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forestto approve, as most recently presented, the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the June 28, 2017 Work Session and June 28, 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 – June 2017

- Environmental Advisory Commission – April 29, 1027, May 17, 2017 and June 21, 2017

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

BUSINESS

 

Consideration of accepting the Agreement to Extend the Residential Development Contract and Tripartite Escrow Agreement to August 11, 2018 for the “Campbell Tract” Subdivision, Township File SA 2001-18.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forestto accept the Agreement to Extend the Residential Development Contract and Tripartite Escrow Agreement to August 11, 2018 for the “Campbell Tract” Subdivision, Township File SA 2001-18, pending receipt of the agreement. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Consideration of approving the Land Development Contract between Covenant Presbyterian Church and the Township of Buckingham for Covenant Presbyterian Church Phase II-A, TMP 6-10-7, Township File LD 2001-02A.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Land Development Contract between Covenant Presbyterian Church and the Township of Buckingham for Covenant Presbyterian Church Phase II-A, TMP 6-10-7, Township File LD 2001-02A.The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of awarding the bid for the “Removal and Disposal of 650,000 gallons more or less of Liquid Sludge on an approximately 6,500 to 18,000 gallons more or less per week basis”, for the first year of a three-year bid option, for the contract year September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018 to Franc Environmental, Inc. of Horsham, PA, in the amount of $0.0694 per gallon.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to award the bid for the “Removal and Disposal of 650,000 gallons more or less of Liquid Sludge on an approximately 6,500 to 18,000 gal. more or less per week basis”, for the first year of a three-year bid option, for the contract year September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018 to Franc Environmental, Inc. of Horsham, PA, in the amount of $0.0694 per gallon. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of accepting the Roadmaster’s recommendations to award the 2017-2018 Fuel Bid, through the Bucks County Consortium Bid, to Riggins, Inc. of Vineland, NJ for Regular Unleaded Gas, On-Road Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel and #2 Heating Oil.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to accept the Roadmaster’s recommendations to award the 2017-2018 Fuel Bid, through the Bucks County Consortium Bid, to Riggins, Inc. of Vineland, NJ for Regular Unleaded Gas, On-Road Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel and #2 Heating Oil.

The motion carried unanimously.

 

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS / MANAGER’S ITEMS

 

Consideration of appointing John Gemmi to the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) filling a vacant term with an expiration date of January 2019.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to appoint John Gemmi to the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) filling a vacant term with an expiration date of January 2019. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of appointing an independent attorney as a Hearing Officer to hear the Conditional Use Application for “FDH Velocitel / AT&T Mobility”, proposed Personal Wireless Facility at the Forest Hill Drive Buckingham Township Water Tank Site, TMP 6-37-40.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve appointing an independent attorney as a Hearing Officer to hear the Conditional Use Application for “FDH Velocitel / AT&T Mobility”, proposed Personal Wireless Facility at the Forest Hill Drive Buckingham Township Water Tank Site, TMP 6-37-40.

Mr. Smith explained there are two sites currently under discussion wherein AT&T and Verizon are preparing to lease space on existing towers/structures located on township properties. He said under the zoning ordinance, they must file Conditional Use applications and the Township Supervisors hold public hearings on those applications. Alternatively, Mr. Smith explained is an option under the Municipal Planning Code for the township supervisors to appoint an independent Hearing Officer to schedule the meetings, hear the case and make the decision, if both the township and the applicant agree.

 

Mr. Calderaio believed it would be more convenient for our residents to have the hearing during regularly scheduled Board of Supervisor’s meetings, rather than a hearing officer setting a separate date during the date when residents likely could not attend. Mr. Calderaio said it is important that residents be given a voice in the matter. Mrs. Rash agreed and Mr. Forest was fine either way.

 

The motion failed to carry.

 

Consideration of Granting an Emergency Connection to the Public Wastewater System submitted by Chadd Ritenbaugh, 3773 Cold Spring Creamery Road, TMP #6-4-40.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forestto approveGranting an Emergency Connection to the Public Wastewater System submitted by Chadd Ritenbaugh, 3773 Cold Spring Creamery Road, TMP #6-4-40.

Mr. Gray explained that Mr. Ritenbaugh purchased a home at 3773 Cold Spring Creamery Road with knowledge of the failing wastewater system. He said Bucks County Department of Health has recommended the property be allowed to tie into the Buckingham Township public wastewater system, and following township review the system has capability of receiving the wastewater from this parcel, and has public wastewater treatment facilities located nearby. Mr. Gray said Mr. Ritenbaugh has agreed to pay any required tie-in expenses that may be associated with this endeavor, per the current fee schedule resolution.

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to adjourn the meeting at 7:58 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 30th day of August, 2017.

                                                                                                       Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors

          

                                                                                                       ______________________________________

                                                                                                        Maggie Rash, Chairman

                                                           

                                                                                                       ______________________________________

Attest:                                                                                            Paul Calderaio, Vice-Chairman

 

________________________                                      ______________________________________ 

Dana S. Cozza, Secretary                                                          Jon Forest, Member

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Lori Wicen. 

 

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