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Board of Supervisors Work Session
8/30/2017 6:00 PM

Work Session

Minutes

 

The work session of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held August 30, 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:    Tom Kelso                               Township Water/Wastewater Consultant

 

The work session commenced at 6:00 p.m.

 

6:00 p.m. The Board retired into Executive Session to discuss a real estate easement purchase over the Kaplan tract.

 

6:30 p.m. The Work Session resumed.

 

Gerrymandering – Fair Districts PA

 

Ms. Susan Abramson, Ms. Mary Kremser, and three audience members were present to represent and support Fair PA Districts, a group formed to organize support for revising the way legislative districts and their borders are defined.

 

Ms. Abramson, Walden Way, urged the Board of Supervisors to approve a resolution supporting Senate Bill 22 and House Bill 722 amending the state constitution to create a “citizen’s redistricting commission”. She had submitted a petition with several signatures, and a sample resolution to the Board of Supervisors in advance of this meeting.

 

Ms. Abramson described this as a non-partisan issue, to assist in creating and maintaining fair electoral districts determined by an independent, impartial citizens redistricting committee per specific guidelines.

 

Ms. Kremser said Buckingham is an example of the problem, being split into two districts with two state representatives. Mr. Smith pointed out the township had passed Buckingham Resolution 1776 on October 4, 2001, objecting to the reapportionment of the 29th legislative district.  Ms. Kremser said Middletown Township is split into three districts. Ms. Kremser contended one of the problems is the district wholly within one municipality is likely to get most of the funds allocated, with none left for the other split districts’ needs.

 

Mr. Forest agreed it can be confusing for residents not knowing which representative is theirs, however he said Buckingham Township has not suffered from loss of funding. Mr. Forest also explained the census determines whether there is more than one district in a township, and he would rather the township lines were the borders of legislative districts.

 

Ms. Kremser stated so far, 9 out of 53 municipalities have approved resolutions regarding this matter, and Fair PA Districts will continue approaching more of them. She also said that 97 state representatives out of 203 have already co-sponsored the bill, including Buckingham’s Marguerite Quinn.

 

Mrs. Rash noted the matter is before the United States Supreme Court, and she would like to hear their decision which will dictate if this is a legislative or judicial issue. Mr. Smith explained the Supreme Court is going to decide if setting electoral lines based on political affiliation is “justiciable”, which is a fancy way of saying whether it is something the court can get involved in or not.

 

Ms. Susan Ridgeway, Red Gate Drive, asked the Board to take the lead, act on the resolution, and not wait for the Supreme Court.

 

Mr. Calderaio said he believes we should be very cautious in passing resolutions supporting things on a constituent level, in representation of the township residents, without being fully prepared and deliberate. Mr. Calderaio felt it wise to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision before acting on the matter.

 

Mrs. Rash and Mr. Forest agreed to add the resolution opposing gerrymandering to this evening’s business meeting agenda for a formal vote.

 

7:15 p.m. The Board retired into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation concerning the dedication of Upper Mountain Estates.

 

7:30 p.m. The Work Session was adjourned.

 

8:13 p.m. The Work Session resumed.

 

September through December Meeting Dates

 

The Board discussed scheduling of upcoming meeting dates in regards to budget preparation and regular business meetings.

 

It was determined that October 11, 2017 will be for budget only, with no regular business meeting, October 25, 2017 will have work session and regular business meetings.  November 15, 2017 and December 20, 2017 will replace all other regularly scheduled monthly Board of Supervisor meeting dates, with November 8, 2017 to be added for budget preparation, if needed.

 

 

8:25 p.m. The Work Session was adjourned.

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 20th day of September, 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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