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Board of Supervisors
11/15/2017 7:30 PM

Meeting Minutes

 

The regular meeting of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held November 15, 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

                        Tom Kelso                              Township Water/Wastewater Consultant

                        Craig A. Smith, Esquire       Township Solicitor

 

                       

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

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Ms. Leann McCann, Long Lane, expressed concern regarding cars speeding on Long Lane, specifically in the area between 5400 Long Lane to Route 413, where there are twelve children living now with four Central Bucks school bus stops. She said the cars are not yielding to the pedestrians. Mailboxes have been knocked over and yards have been damaged. Ms. McCann said there is little visibility over the ridge and when crossing the road to get her mail she cannot see the oncoming vehicles. She said there are no lines painted on the sides or center of the road to assist drivers with boundaries. Ms. McCann requested the speed limit be lowered from the currently posted speed of 45mph.

 

Mr. Smith advised that even though this is a township road, if a speed test were conducted and found everyone was speeding, the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code would require the Township to raise the speed limit to the 85% percentile speed, thereby raising the speed limit, not lowering it. The township would have no discretion in the matter. Mr. Smith said the speed study in 2012 averaged 52mph. Mrs. Cozza concurred, adding that when Long Lane was last studied, it was tough then to hold the speed limit at 45mph. Mr. Calderaio regretted that the matter is not easily resolved, adding that as a community we all must take responsibility and observe the speed limits.

 

Ms. McCann asked what can be done to make the road safer for pedestrians. Mr. Forest noted the new police chief is installing vascar lines as a traffic calming device, along with posting portable speed signs and speed limit trailers in various locations. Mrs. Cozza said she would ask the police chief to include Long Lane. Mrs. Myers asked if “Watch for Children” signs would be helpful? Mrs. Cozza said they can be, or “Bus Stop Ahead” signs could also be installed.

 

Mrs. Rash thanked Ms. McCann and Ms. Myers for bringing the matter to the Boards’ attention.

 

Ms. Deaune Volk, Sands Way, said she read on the internet that local police could use radar as approved by the Senate; Mr. Smith explained that before becoming law, the bill still needs to pass the house and also be signed by the governor.

 

Ms. Volk asked if minutes from all the township’s boards and commissions could be posted on the township website, especially the Environmental Advisory Commission and the Park and Recreation Commission. Mrs. Cozza said all of the minutes are available upon request through the administrative office; adding these are volunteer commissions who do not meet and produce minutes every month, so there may be gaps in the records.

 

Ms. Volk also asked when the township posts the budget to actual for the current year? Mrs. Pistory explained this is done in the financial statements each year, adding the 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report “CAFR” is on the website. Ms. Volk asked how the budget looked for the next 6 or 9 months? Mrs. Pistory responded the proposed budget will be posted on the website tomorrow, following the Board’s approval of the posting during this evening’s meeting. Mrs. Pistory said the budget includes actual year-to-date through August 31st and projection through the end of the year. Mr. Forest noted Buckingham Township is the only township in Bucks County with a triple A bond rating. Mr. Calderaio added Buckingham Townships’ two pensions are fully funded and 100% compliant.

 

Mr. Robert Johnston, Route 202, asked if traffic could be slowed on Route 202? He reported he has difficulty turning into his driveway as the traffic is going 50-60mph. Mr. Gray noted the road is posted 50mph, and Mrs. Rash added Route 202 is a state highway that the township has no authority over. Mr. Forest recommended Mr. Johnston contact his state representative.

 

Mrs. Rash announced that Phase I of the Holicong Park Expansion is underway at Quarry Road and Route 263, directly across from Buckingham Green shopping center. Mr. Josef Ridgway, Redgate Drive, asked how the public can be involved in the planning process for Phase II, and Mr. Gray recommended he attend the Park and Recreation Committee’s meetings.

 

BOARD’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Mrs. Rash made the following announcements:

-  Free Leaf Waste bags are available at the township building. They may be brought to the Township Maintenance Garage at 4991 Upper Mountain Road on Saturday, December 2nd from 10am to 12 noon.  There are no more bag pick-ups scheduled this year.

 - The Administrative Offices of Buckingham Township will be closed November 23 and 24 for    

    the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

-  The November 22nd, December 13th and December 27th Board of Supervisor Work Sessions and Regular Business Meetings have been cancelled.  There will be a Work Session and Regular Business Meeting on Tuesday, December 19th, and the annual Reorganization Meeting (including a Regular Business Meeting) will take place on January 2, 2018.

-  Annual Township Tree Lighting Event: Friday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m.

 

 PAYROLL and BILL LIST

 

Consideration of approving Payroll for the weeks ending October 29, 2017 and November 12, 2017 and the Bill List for the meeting of November 15, 2017.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payroll for the weeks ending October 29, 2017 and November 12, 2017 and the Bill List for the meeting of November 15, 2017,in the total amount of $1,054,375.40.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

MINUTES

 

Consideration of approving draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the October 25, 2017 Work Session and October 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 October 25, 2017 Work Session and October 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:

 

- Code Enforcement Monthly Statistical Report – October 2017

- Planning Commission – August 2, 2017 and October 4, 2017

 

The motion carried unanimously.

BUSINESS

 

Consideration of posting the Proposed 2018 Budget for Buckingham Township.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forestto approve posting the Proposed 2018 Budget for Buckingham Township.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of Approving the “Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless” Conditional Use Application, Township File CU 2017-02, TMP# 6-12-81-1, 4597 Sands Way, .22 acres, Zoned VR-1 Village Residential District / Communications Overlay District 2. Review expiration date of December 9, 2017.

 

A Court Stenographer was present for the hearing.

8:21 p.m. Mrs. Rash opened the Public Hearing.

9:55 p.m. Mrs. Rash closed the Public Hearing. The Board retired to deliberate.

10:05 p.m. The Board reconvened.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approve the Conditional Use Application,“Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless”, Township File CU 2017-02, TMP# 6-12-81-1, 4597 Sands Way, .22 acres, Zoned VR-1 Village Residential District / Communications Overlay District 2, with a Review expiration date of December 9, 2017, subject to:

 

a..        The Applicant receiving the Variances from the Buckingham Township Zoning Hearing Board requested in Applicant’s Application to that Board as Calendar Number PH17-013 and Applicant otherwise complying with all applicable Township Ordinances.

b.         The Applicant completing the construction, erection, placement, reconstruction, enlargement or expansion of the proposed Personal Wireless Facility within one (1) year of approval unless the Board grants an extension for good cause shown.

c.         The Applicant entering into an agreement with the Township whereby the Applicant agrees that, upon abandonment of the proposed Personal Wireless Facility for a period of twelve (12) consecutive months, the facility will be removed and the land and/or structure returned to the condition that existed before placement of the Personal Wireless Facility thereon, ordinary wear and tear excepted within a reasonable time not to exceed six (6) months.  The agreement shall be in recordable form, may be recorded by the Township, and shall be binding on all successors and assigns of each signatory.

d.         The Applicant providing an acceptable form of security in the amount of $10,000.00 to cover the cost of removing an abandoned Personal Wireless Facility and restoring the property to its original condition.

e.         The Applicant shall accommodating collocation of additional Personal Wireless Facilities, if appropriate, in accordance with Ordinance § 405 I E. 4

 

Mr. Forest commented that he receives very few complaints about Buckingham Township, but one of them is lack of cell phone coverage, and he approves this Conditional Use application as a matter of public safety. Mrs. Rash and Mr. Calderaio agreed, adding they support this application based on emergency service’s needs, hoping it helps to fill gaps in coverage.

 

The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Smithwas directed to prepare the written Decision as required by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. The findings, terms and conditions of that written approval, read as complimentary to these minutes, shall be controlling.

Consideration of accepting the Request for Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Contract to December 1, 2018 for the "Gash Tract" Subdivision Township File SA 2004-04.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to acceptthe Request for Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Contract to December 1, 2018 for the “Gash Tract” Subdivision, Township File SA 2004-04. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of accepting the Request for Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Contract to December 13, 2018, covering the “Phillips Tract (Surrey Hill)”, Township File SA 2002-06A.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to acceptthe Request for Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Contract to December 13, 2018, covering the “Phillips Tract (Surrey Hill)”, Township File SA 2002-06A. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of accepting the Request for Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Agreement to December 17, 2018, covering “Pine Crest Farm, Lot 2”, Township FileSA 2010-03.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to acceptthe Request for Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Agreement to December 17, 2018, covering “Pine Crest Farm, Lot 2”, Township FileSA 2010-03. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of accepting the Request for Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Contract and Water and Sanitary Sewer Development Agreement to December 18, 2018, covering “Arbor Point, Phase I”, Township File SA 99-02.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to acceptthe Request for Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Contract and Water and Sanitary Sewer Development Agreement to December 18, 2018, covering “Arbor Point, Phase I”, Township File SA 99-02. The motion carried unanimously.

  

Consideration of approving the Indemnity Agreement between Linbrad Ventures, LLC, Artisan Construction, Inc. and the Township of Buckingham, for “Barley Sheaf Farm”, Township File LD 2017-01, TMP 6-14-85, 5281 York Road.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approvethe Indemnity Agreement between Linbrad Ventures, LLC, Artisan Construction, Inc. and the Township of Buckingham, for “Barley Sheaf Farm”, Township File LD 2017-01, TMP 6-14-85, 5281 York Road.

 

Mr. Smith explained this agreement effectively provides additional insurance coverage for the “Barley Sheaf Farm” project.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving the Stormwater Controls and Best Management Practices Operations and Maintenance Agreement, Grant of Easement and Stormwater Facility Development Contract between Buckingham Township and Vincent Rongione, III and Karen Rongione regarding 4527 Church Road, TMP 6-10-72; and Consideration of approving the Indemnity Agreement between Vincent Rongione, III and Karen Rongione, Magnum, Inc. and Buckingham Township, regarding 4527 Church Road, TMP 6-10-72.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approve:the Stormwater Controls and Best Management Practices Operations and Maintenance Agreement, Grant of Easement and Stormwater Facility Development Contract between Buckingham Township and Vincent Rongione, III and Karen Rongione regarding 4527 Church Road, TMP 6-10-72; and the Indemnity Agreement between Vincent Rongione, III and Karen Rongione, Magnum, Inc. and Buckingham Township, regarding 4527 Church Road, TMP 6-10-72.

 

Mr. Smith explained these agreements meet the stormwater management procedures required for the construction of a single-family home. He said the property owner also owns the construction company, Magnum, Inc. and afforded the required insurance through the company by virtue of the indemnity agreement. Mr. Gray said the site is 1.8 acres located at the corner of Church Road and Burnt House Hill Road.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of accepting Snow Removal and Salt/Cindering Proposals/Contracts for the 2017-2018 winter season per the Director of Public Work’s recommendation.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to accept theSnow Removal and Salt/Cindering Proposals/Contracts for the 2017-2018 winter season per the Director of Public Work’s recommendation.

Mrs. Rash announced the proposals/contracts were submitted by:

  - Phil Oaks of Oaks Paving

  - Kayvon Tabatabai of LFB Landscaping Service, Inc.

  - Walt Myers

The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of accepting GS Developers’ Bid Withdrawal for the Fieldstone Spray Field

Upgrades – General (BT-17-01) Bid.

Consideration of awarding the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General (BT-17-01) Bid to Eastern Environmental Contractors of Green Lane, PA in the amount of $1,017,710.00. 

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to acceptGS Developers’ Bid Withdrawal for the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General (BT-17-01) Bid and to award the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General (BT-17-01) Bid to Eastern Environmental Contractors of Green Lane, PA in the amount of $1,017,710.00. 

 

Mr. Kelso explained there were four bids received for the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General Bid. He said GS Developers bid was the lowest, however, contained a mathematical error and under state law they are within the timeframe and have the right to withdraw their bid. Mr. Kelso said the second lowest bidder was Eastern Environmental Contractors. He is familiar with their work and he recommended the Board award them the bid. Mr. Kelso explained this bid is part of a long term project that includes the expansion of the spray system into the Feeney Property and other improvements in the Fieldstone Wastewater system.

 

Mr. Forest explained the money for this project comes directly from the income received from the customers of the wastewater service area using the facilities, not from the townships’ general fund or tax revenues.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of awarding the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades –Electrical (BT-17-02) Bid to GS Developers of Doylestown, PA in the amount of $131,970.00.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to awardthe Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades –Electrical (BT-17-02) Bid to GS Developers of Doylestown, PA in the amount of $131,970.00. 

 

Mr. Kelso explained that state law requires the separation of “prime contractors” meaning that “general” bids get separated from “electrical” bids. He said only one electrical bid was received, and it was lower than the estimated price of $150,000. Mr. Kelso recommended GS Developers receive the bid as they have an excellent track record with the township, and offer great prices.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS / MANAGER’S ITEMS

 

Consideration of authorizingthe TownshipSolicitor to provide notice and advertise the Proposed Zoning Amendment for a Public Hearing during the January 24, 2018 Board of Supervisor’s business meeting.

 

 Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, toauthorize theTownshipSolicitor to provide notice and advertise the Proposed Zoning Amendment for a Public Hearing during the January 24, 2018 Board of Supervisor’s business meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to adjourn the meeting at 10:19 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 19th day of December, 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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