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Board of Supervisors Work Session
11/15/2017 6:00 PM

Work Session



The work session 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

                        Craig A. Smith, Esquire        Township Solicitor


Not Present:    John Ives                                 Bucks County Planning Commission

                           Tom Kelso                               Township Water/Wastewater Consultant


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


Planning Commission Candidate Interviews


Mr. Glenn Thomson, Lovering Drive, and Mr. Erling Salvesen, Mountain Top Road, were present to meet with the Board regarding their interest in joining the Buckingham Township Planning Commission. Mr. Thomson said he attended the November Planning Commission meeting, and was impressed with the synergy within the commission in their discussions. Mr. Salvesen said he also attended the November Planning Commission meeting, commits a lot of time in community service, and would be honored to be appointed to the Planning Commission.


Mrs. Rash said there is one vacancy at the present time, and another may be available in January. She said the Board had received favorable recommendations for both candidates from the Planning Commission, and that the township would be privileged to have them both serve the community in this way.


Upcoming Board of Supervisor Meetings


Mrs. Cozza explained the Board of Supervisor’s annual reorganization meeting must legally be held on January 2, 2018, and requested a starting time and also whether the board wants to combine the reorganization meeting with the regular business meeting, as they have in previous years. The Board agreed to begin the combined Reorganization Meeting and Regular Business Meeting at 7:00 p.m., as they did this year.


Mrs. Cozza proposed, in keeping with this year’s schedule, to cancel the January 10th, 2018 meeting and hold the regularly scheduled second meeting on January 24, 2018. She also proposed to continue making the second monthly meeting the primary meeting, with the first meeting added back in if needed.  The Board agreed.


Township Auditor


Mrs. Cozza informed the Board the township received an audit engagement letter from Bee Bergvall & Company to perform the 2017 audit with no fee increase proposed for either this year or in 2018. Mrs. Cozza said the resolution for their appointment would be on the reorganization agenda.


Wastewater Rates


Mrs. Cozza advised the Board that the wastewater rates have been covering operations for the past twenty years, but now the system is aging and needs improvements, which will require an increase in the rates to cover the necessary projects. She noted the 2018 budget includes 3 million dollars of required improvements to the systems.


Mr. Forest agreed that the residents using the system should be paying the actual expense of the system, and there should be a set increase each year that users and the Township can expect and budget for.


Following discussion of various rates, Mrs. Pistory confirmed the Board’s agreement that there be a 15% across the board increase for Sewer Rate District Number 1, in 2018, which will be under $23.00 quarterly (less than $100 annually), with an automatic annual increase of CPI (Consumer Price Index) + 2% each year thereafter. She also noted this will be included in the annual Fee Schedule Resolution.


Public Wastewater Hook-up Requests


Mrs. Cozza discussed a request for public wastewater tie-in for 2397 Durham Road, TMP 6-10-234, noting the Bucks County Department of Health had provided a letter recommending the hook-up. She also reminded the Board of previous discussions regarding an easement across the property, and Mr. Smith said the easement had been drafted in 2008 and forwarded to the property owner’s lawyer but never returned.

Mr. Forest suggested this item be scheduled on the December agenda to provide time for all documents to be in order.


Mrs. Cozza discussed a request for public wastewater tie-in for 2524 Bogarts Tavern Road, TMP 6-12-10-1, noting that 25 years ago the Zoning Hearing Board granted a 6th apartment in the dwelling on the property, and the owner now wants to construct that apartment, and is claiming a hardship request for additional sewer to service the new apartment. Mr. Smith advised dividing the property would be a Land Development, and an EDU would be necessary. Mrs. Cozza advised the property currently has 5 EDU’s. Mr. Forest noted there is minimum space in that area for additional parking, and the Board agreed they were not supportive of the request.


Bucks County Airport Update


Mr. Gray advised the Board that while working towards completion of the Phase I and Phase II improvements, the Airport Authority has requested to change an area of paved tiedowns to create a run-up area, and rather than have a bypass taxiway, designate an additional paved area to prepare for take-off. Mr. Gray stressed this is not an extension of the runway, rather a reuse of the tiedown area already approved, and will be on the Doylestown end, not the Stony Lane end. Mr. Gray said this change is due to a new regulation regarding location of paved tiedown areas. Mrs. Rash asked if they are increasing impervious surface, and Mr. Gray said “no”, adding they are actually reducing the amount with other planned impervious surface removals on the site.


Mr. Gray said the airport also expects to submit a Land Development plan to shift the entire runway 50’ towards Doylestown, while removing 50’ towards Stony Lane. He said this is an FAA requirement to meet the required runway safety area.


Mr. Gray noted the airport and PA Biotechnology Center are working with the Landscape Review Consultant to develop a common landscaping buffer since both properties are under development. The original buffer, part of the Phase II improvement plan, has yet to be installed and is one of the remaining open items from Phase II. The buffer area is expected to be reduced as part of the change order to replace the tie-down area with the run-up area.


Lastly, Mr. Gray said the airport will be repairing and overlaying the existing runway, as they have planned for a couple years now, but will not be changing the width, length or weight bearing capacity.


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

10:25 p.m. The Work Session resumed.


Good Stuff Thrift Shop, 5006 and 5010 York Road, TMP 6-14-24


Mrs. Cozza mentioned the township received a verbal request from Good Stuff Thrift Shop to add on to the building, enclosing the existing drive-through area. She noted Mr. Silverman owns the property, and would need to agree. Mrs. Cozza suggested that if the project was deemed a Land Development, perhaps a request for Land Development Waiver might be considered.  The Board was agreeable to this suggestion.


Resolution Prohibiting Casino’s


Mrs. Cozza brought a proposed resolution to the Board’s attention as suggested by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) to prohibit the location of Category 4 casinos ("mini-casinos") within the boundaries of the township. She said this must be adopted by December 31, 2017 to be valid. The Board agreed to place this item on the December agenda.


Holicong Park Expansion Project


Mrs. Cozza explained in developing the Holicong Park Expansion, it may be prudent to add a modified Phase 2 via a change order, as some of the improvements may be less expensive to manage in this manner. The Board agreed with the suggestion.


11:00 p.m. The Board retired into Executive Session to discuss personnel, specifically the hiring of a new Administrative Assistant.


11:30 p.m. The Work Session was adjourned.


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





Dana S. Cozza, Secretary


Minutes respectfully submitted by Lori Wicen.


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