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Board of Supervisors
1/24/2018 7:30 PM

Meeting Minutes

 

The regular meeting of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held January 24, 2018 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.

 

The Board of Supervisor’s proudly presented a Proclamation to Emily R. Clark, in celebration of her accomplishment in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Mr. Mike Genus, Smith Road, explained he resides in the Mill Creek overlay district, and wanted to comment on the portion of the ordinance capping impervious surface at 8,000 square feet. Mr. Smith replied the ordinance does not do this, rather there is a deed restriction on the property itself that has nothing to do with township ordinances. Mr. Genus said his point is that because he has a 2-acre lot, which makes a long driveway a necessity, there are no allowances for additional improvements, such as a deck.

 

Mr. Smith said the problem is the deed restriction on the property.  He explained that a year ago, another property owner had the same type of issue, and Toll Brothers and the Township agreed to amend the deed restriction to allow for more impervious surface. Mr. Smith said the amendment was drafted at township expense and provided to the resident involved who had agreed to obtain a signature from each homeowner and return it to the township fully signed. Mr. Genus said the neighbors had not yet been contacted about this.  Mr. Calderaio said he had recently spoke with the homeowner involved, and had offered to assist in getting the signatures. Mr. Smith asked for Mr. Genus’ email address and said he would email the document to him.

 

Mr. Genus shared concern that every homeowner may not sign the document, and he will remain stuck. Mr. Smith said the township cannot compel anyone to sign.

 

Mr. Scott Riden, Smith Road, said he is a neighbor of Mr. Genus, and agreed their driveways take a significant part of their impervious allotment.  Mr. Riden said his lot includes a wide easement along Smith Road, the landscape buffer blocks the view, yet he is not allowed to have a driveway big enough to turn around in so they have to back out onto Smith Road. He said he has a 3-car garage, with a driveway 3 cars wide in that section, but no tail for a turnaround area. Mr. Riden said he wasn’t blaming the township but wanted to know what could be done. Mrs. Rash urged Mr. Riden to communicate with his neighbors in getting the deed restriction amendment signed.

 

BOARD’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Mrs. Rash expressed her appreciation for residents who attend the Board’s work sessions and business meetings to share their concerns and ideas.

 

 PAYROLL and BILL LIST

 

Consideration of approving Payroll for the weeks ending January 7, 2018 and January 21, 2018, and the Bill List for the meeting of January 24, 2018.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payroll for the weeks ending January 7, 2018 and January 21, 2018, and the Bill List for the meeting of January 24, 2018,in the total amount of $1,147,520.54.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

MINUTES

 

Consideration of approving draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the January 2, 2018 Reorganization and Regular Business Meeting.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forestto approve, as most recently presented, the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the January 2, 2018 Reorganization and 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 – December 2017

- Ad-Hoc Trail Committee – September 14, 2017, July 20, 2017

- Park and Recreation Commission – December 5, 2017

- Environmental Advisory Commission – September 20, 2017, October 18, 2017,

  November 16, 2017

- Planning Commission – November 1, 2017

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

BUSINESS

 

PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of approving Ordinance No. 2018-01, an Ordinance of Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Being an Omnibus Amendment of the Buckingham Township Zoning Ordinance, to Create an Enterprise Overlay District, a Mill Creek Overlay District, Communications Overlay District 4, a Hotel/Motel/Inn Use, a Parking Garage Use, Establishing Medical Marijuana Distribution and Manufacturing Uses, Revising the Forestry Use, Amending the Wireless Communication Use to Accommodate Wireless Small Cell Towers, Revising Noise Restrictions, Lighting Restrictions and Sign Restrictions, Imposing Restrictions on Blasting Near Occupied Structures, and Making Miscellaneous Other Disseminated Revisions.

 

Mrs. Rash opened the Public Hearing at 7:55 p.m.

Mrs. Rash invited the public to comment.

 

Ms. Susan Goff, Old Easton Road, had questions on the forestry harvesting operations section. Mr. Gray clarified this matter regards harvesting trees in order to sell the wood, an agricultural use noted as “farming trees”, as opposed to clearing a property for development, which would be governed by the ordinance’s natural resource protections.

 

Mr. Scott Miller, Church School Road, wanted to be clear on any changes to Ms. Goff’s property, which is across the street from his land and is being considered for purchase by the airport.

 

Ms. Goff questioned the Cross Keys Enterprise Zoning that requires public amenities. Mr. Smith explained there are four different municipalities in the Cross Keys area, and the Bucks County Planning Commission has promoted a unified plan to clean up the area. Mr. Ives explained the public amenities include sidewalks, benches, a streetscape and street trees to create development that is more lively and caters to pedestrians.

 

Ms. Leanne Yerkes, Swamp Road, asked about the overlay for medical marijuana. Mr. Forest explained it is not an overlay but rather a permitted use in a designated area of the township and if the township does not have a specific area zoned for this use, it could go just about anywhere. He said this specifies the use may only be allowed in the Planned Industrial area.

 

Mr. Eric Gustafson, Parkside Drive, asked when this ordinance would take effect, if approved. Mr. Smith said the law is 5 days after the Board votes to enact it.

 

Ms. Robin Schriedel, Lower Mountain Road, asked about the township’s plan to regulate online residential renting through Airbnb. Mr. Smith said the township currently has a definition of boarding house use, which is restricted to certain areas of the township. He said this amendment more specifically defines “boarding house use”, to include Airbnb and other online rental agencies, and actually limits the areas in the township for such use to where the boarding house was previously allowed.  Ms. Schriedel asked where it will be allowed; Mr. Ives replied in the VC2 district, which is near Edison Furlong Road. Mr. Gray added also in the Peddler’s Village area.

 

Ms. Goff questioned accessory in-law dwellings. Mr. Smith said accessory in-law dwelling was changed to specify the dwelling may only be occupied by a family member. Ms. Goff asked who defines “family member”, adding she did not know that this was a good idea and did not know how it could be enforced. Mr. Gray explained you may have a property that doesn’t allow an apartment, so you might call it an “in-law suite” to get around it. Mrs. Rash said we do our best to keep the neighborhoods as neighbors expect them to be.

 

As there were no other comments, Mrs. Rash closed the Public Hearing at 8:23 p.m.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Ordinance No. 2018-01, an Ordinance of Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Being an Omnibus Amendment of the Buckingham Township Zoning Ordinance, to Create an Enterprise Overlay District, a Mill Creek Overlay District, Communications Overlay District 4, a Hotel/Motel/Inn Use, a Parking Garage Use, Establishing Medical Marijuana Distribution and Manufacturing Uses, Revising the Forestry Use, Amending the Wireless Communication Use to Accommodate Wireless Small Cell Towers, Revising Noise Restrictions, Lighting Restrictions and Sign Restrictions, Imposing Restrictions on Blasting Near Occupied Structures, and Making Miscellaneous Other Disseminated Revisions. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of recommending Preliminary Approval of the “Hirsch Property” Land Development plan dated Revised December 22, 2017, Township File LD 2017-03, TMP 6-4-6, 3842 Old Easton Road, 6,000 square foot new building area on 1 acre, located in the PC1 Zoning District, with an extended review period expiration date of July 2, 2018.

 

Mr. Frank Hirsch, property owner, Ms. Kellie McGowan, Esquire, and Ms. Kristin Holmes, engineer, were present to discuss the plan. 

 

Ms. McGowan stated this project received preliminary/final approval recommendation from the Buckingham Township Planning Commission in October.

 

Ms. McGowan stated that all comments in the Knight Engineering letter of January 19, 2018 are “will comply to the satisfaction of the township engineer”, with most of them stormwater related and very technical in nature.  She said they added certain waivers in their recent waiver request dated January 24, 2018, and withdrew #21, 22 and 24 that are on that list.

 

Ms. Holmes described the project, stating Mr. and Mrs. Hirsch live in a single-family residence on the property. She said there is an existing detached garage which will be demolished and replaced with a pole building. Ms. Holmes said there will be a driveway extended to the rear of the property, with the required number of parking spaces and a turnaround area. She explained there is a bioretention basin proposed in the rear of the building, with technical comments from Knight Engineering that will be addressed and are all “will comply”. Ms. Holmes said there are several existing trees and an aerial tree canopy they propose to preserve. She noted they had met with the Landscape Review Consultant and revised the plan according to those comments. Ms. Holmes said the use of the pole barn will be woodworking.

 

Ms. McGowan explained one of the waivers being requested is from the requirement for paving along the driveway to the first parking spot; they are requesting to use gravel as there will be some customers, however the site will not be a high-volume traffic use. Ms. Holmes added the parking will be installed as per zoning requirements for the operation, however this is not a customer-based retail shop.

 

Ms. McGowan discussed the January 24, 2018 Waiver Request letter, saying the first page are all standard waivers, the three waivers regarding landscaping are all supported by the Landscape Review Consultant (removing one tree in poor condition, and requesting a waiver from the tree protection area for two large maples, however they will be preserved), and page 3 including the traffic impact study waiver and stormwater waivers, that she is confident they will work through.

She said they are in contact with the property owner in the rear, as some stormwater will need to discharge onto that property and they are working through that matter.

 

Mr. Gray confirmed that all waivers had been discussed and are being addressed satisfactorily. He noted specifically the paving of the driveway and the landscaping buffers are suitable for this particular use. He added, however, if Mr. Hirsch sells the property and it turns into a higher intensity use, the township should reserve the ability to request additional paving and buffers. Mr. Gray said the applicant had agreed to put notations on the plan for these items.

 

Mrs. Rash asked if there was a waiver request of sidewalks. Mr. Gray said yes, as sidewalks are proposed across the street as part of the ongoing “Biotechnology Center” project.

 

Ms. McGowan confirmed that all items within the January 10, 2018 Landscape Review Consultant letter are “will comply”.

 

Mr. Ives stated that items within the September 19, 2017 Bucks County Planning Commission letter were also identified by Knight Engineering’s review. He said they agree that if the use intensifies, the plan would be revisited.

 

Mrs. Rash asked if there were any questions from the audience, and there were none.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to grant Preliminary/Final Approval of the “Hirsch Property” Land Development plan dated Revised December 22, 2017, Township File LD 2017-03, TMP 6-4-6, 3842 Old Easton Road, 6,000 square foot new building area on 1 acre, located in the PC1 Zoning District, subject to:

 

1.         Compliance with all the comments in the January 19, 2018 Knight Engineering, Inc. review letter excepting:

 

Those comments requiring compliance with SALDO provisions for which waivers are, as discussed, by this motion granted pursuant to Applicant’s January 24, 2018 Waiver Request.

 

2.         Compliance with all the comments in the January 10, 2018 Landscape Review Consultants’ review letter.

 

3.         Compliance with all the comments in the September 19, 2017 Bucks County Planning Commission review letter.

 

4.         Compliance with the comment in the September 28, 2017 Buckingham Township Zoning Officer review letter.

 

 

5.         The waivers from SALDO requested in Applicant’s January 24, 2018 Waivers Request letter are granted to the extent heretofore discussed, noting that #’s 21, 22 and 24 shall be removed.

 

6.         Agreement that if the property use changes from this Applicant’s use, there will be some agreement of record that additional considerations will be addressed at that time, including the installation of a sidewalk along Old Easton Road.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

The Township Solicitor was directed to prepare the written approval as required by the MPC. The findings, terms and conditions of that written approval, read as complimentary to these minutes, shall be controlling.

 

Consideration of recommending Preliminary Approval of the “Leaver Cable Funeral Home” Land Development plan dated Revised December 15, 2017, Township File LD 2017-04, TMP 6-10-115-1, 4886 York Road, 2,205 square foot new building area on 2.0 Acres, located in the LC Zoning District, with an extended review period expiration date of January 2, 2019.

 

Mr. John VanLuvanee, Esquire, Mr. Zach Shearon, engineer, and Mr. John Givnish, owner, were present to discuss the plan.

 

Mr. VanLuvanee stated the Zoning Hearing Board granted variances on June 19, 2017 regarding impervious surface and parking in the front yard. Mr. VanLuvanee provided history of the business, saying in the 1950’s Sam Leaver made an application to the court to install a funeral home as a home occupation, which was not uncommon at the time. In the 1970’s an addition was put onto the building, and the building has been continuously operated as a funeral home since.

 

Mr. Givnish explained this is his family’s 90th year in the funeral business, that his parents had six children and all six children became funeral directors, with a 4th generation coming into the business. Mr. Givnish said the family has 20 some funeral homes throughout the area, however this particular one is obsolete, does not function well, and needs an overhaul. He proposes adding a 2,200 square foot addition with new bathrooms, entrance and chapel. Mr. VanLuvanee said this is not a project intended to increase business or the number of people accommodated as much as to accommodate existing business. Mr. Givnish added that due to the density of population within the township, this is not a particularly busy funeral home. He explained just because the building gets larger, people’s families do not.   

 

Mr. VanLuvanee explained the waivers granted by the Zoning Hearing Board. He said the existing impervious surface is 22%, and for most uses in the zoning district the ratio is up to 50%, however this particular property has a portion in limestone which reduced the limit to 10%.  He said based upon studies and the services of an expert witness, they requested 33%, and that was granted. Mr. VanLuvanee also explained they asked to be allowed parking in the front yard as there is no other place to expand, and that request was granted. Mr. VanLuvanee said the Zoning Hearing Board was concerned about the lack of stormwater management on the property and imposed a condition that this property be brought up to current stormwater standards as if starting from scratch. He said they negotiated with the adjacent property for an easement to cross and discharge into an open area.

 

Mr. VanLuvanee said following receipt of Knight Engineering’s review, they added five waivers, so he distributed a revised waiver request letter dated January 23, 2018 and said they would like to discuss the additional waiver requests.

 

Section 5.2.C.12 and 9.42.A: Requires a wetland delineation study to indicate if wetlands are present on site. Mr. VanLuvanee noted that Knight Engineering recommended they use a study previously made for Buckingham Pediatrics.

 

Section 9.7.A.13: Requires land development abutting or containing existing street of inadequate width or substandard construction to be widened and/or reconstructed to the current Township Standard. Mr. VanLuvanee requested this requirement be waived.

 

Section 9.20.M.2: Requires the Tree Protection Area to be 15 feet from the trunk of the tree or the distance from the trunk of the tree to the dripline, whichever is greater. Mr. VanLuvanee said there will be limited earthwork cuts within this Tree Protection Area, and the rest of the work to be done within the Tree Protection Area will be filling activities and asked if the Landscape Review Consultant needed more details.  He said all items within the Landscape Review Consultants letter of January 4, 2018 are “will comply” and added that Ms. Manicone has visited the site with the applicant’s landscape consultant and they will make sure she is satisfied with this waiver request.

Mr. Smith asked if they were comfortable cuts in driplines would not kill the trees, and Mr. Shearon replied “yes”. Mr. Smith suggested there be an agreement if the trees should die within a certain period of time, and Mr. VanLuvanee concurred. Ms. Manicone said she is more concerned about the fill than the cutting, adding with the existing vegetation they will do the best they can. She agreed a note on the plan would be good in case of decline in tree health or death, if the canopy zone is affected they may require some type of planting.

 

Mr. Gray noted there had been lengthy discussion with the Buckingham Township Planning Commission regarding the installation of a sidewalk.  Mr. VanLuvanee said the issue was if they must install it now or should they wait until there is a master plan and this piece would be installed consistent with that master plan. Mr. Ives said as part of the township trail study, a sidewalk is recommended for that lot. Mr. Smith clarified the applicant was not opposed to installing the sidewalk? Mr. VanLuvanee said “no”, they just need to know the timing. Mr. Shearon clarified the sidewalk is a deferment noted on the plan, but is not included in the waiver request letter.

 

Mrs. Cozza felt if the sidewalk was deferred, it may be difficult to install later. Mr. Gray noted there are two churches and a shopping center in this area with the same deferment. He said this is the heart of the area in which the township wants trails. Mrs. Rash said she would prefer the sidewalk be installed now, adding somebody has to be first. Discussion was held on uniformity and design standards; Mr. Gray noted the ordinance requirement is for a 6’ sidewalk or 8’ trail/bike path. Mrs. Mehling, Chairman of the Buckingham Planning Commission, said the commission recommended a sidewalk over a path as Route 202 is very busy.

 

Mr. VanLuvanee stated the applicant is willing to put up a reasonable amount of escrow money and then install the sidewalk when everyone else does, to a consistent standard. Mr. Gray said as soon as the Trail Committee makes their recommendation, this could be the first area of the township for sidewalk installation. Mr. Forest and Mr. Calderaio agreed they had no problem with the applicant setting aside escrow money for a future sidewalk installation.

 

Mr. VanLuvanee stated that all comments in the Knight Engineering letter of January 19, 2018 are “will comply” except with respect to the waivers, which are “will comply or will resolve to the satisfaction of the township engineer”.

 

Mr. VanLuvanee stated that all comments in the Bucks County Planning Commission letter of January 3, 2018 are “will comply”, noting the sidewalk was the basic comment.

 

Mr. VanLuvanee stated that all comments in the Landscape Review Consultants letter of January 4, 2018 are “will comply or will resolve to the satisfaction of the landscape review consultant”. Ms. Manicone commented that the landscaping plan is going to be very nice. Mrs. Rash confirmed that Ms. Manicone was fine with the potential cuts, and Ms. Manicone said “yes, however someone should be on site when it is happening”.

 

Mr. Calderaio questioned how York Road traffic may be affected by this nicer facility which may increase business. Mr. Givnish explained the amount of people attending funerals is now lower than previous generations because as people live more years, their peers are gone. He said the public still requires a beautiful building in which to make decisions, however the majority of their business is cremation, with the families not going to cemeteries, but still finding value in a ceremony. He said they will still only hold one funeral at a time in this location. Mr. VanLuvanee said for larger ceremonies people are holding their events in churches. Mr. Gray said if there is a need, the funeral home would provide an usher to help people exit the driveway.

 

Mr. Kelso noted the October 18, 2017 letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection indicated technical deficiencies in the wastewater application for Planning Module Exemption Request. He said they will need to receive the exemption for Act 537. Mr. Kelso said the property is already serviced by public sewer and does not plan to increase wastewater flows.

 

Mrs. Rash asked if there were any questions from the audience, and there were none.

 

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to grant Preliminary/Final Approval of the “Leaver Cable Funeral Home” Land Development plan dated Revised December 15, 2017, Township File LD 2017-04, TMP 6-10-115-1, 4886 York Road, 2,205 square foot new building area on 2.0 Acres, located in the LC Zoning District,subject to:

 

1.         Compliance with all the comments in the January 19, 2018 Knight Engineering, Inc. review letter excepting:

 

Those comments requiring compliance with SALDO provisions for which a waiver is by this motion and the foregoing discussion granted pursuant to Applicant’s January 23, 2018 Waiver Request.

 

2.         Compliance with all the comments in the January 4, 2018 Landscape Review Consultants’ review letter, with the condition that Ms. Manicone shall be notified as to the schedule of earthwork cuts and fills within the Tree Protection Area.

 

3.         Compliance with all the comments in the January 3, 2018 Bucks County Planning Commission review letter.

 

4.         Compliance with the comment in the December 21, 2017 Buckingham Township Zoning Officer review letter.

 

5.         Compliance with all the comments in the September 28, 2017 Castle Valley Consultants’  review letter.

 

6.         Receipt of the Act 537 Planning Module Exemption from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

 

7.         The Applicant shall provide a cash escrow deposit to the Township in an amount sufficient to construct sidewalks or bicycle/pedestrian paths along Old York Road.

 

Mrs. Rash commented for the record that she likes the plan and supports it, but disagrees about when the sidewalks should be installed as she believes they should be installed along with the other improvements within this plan.

 

Mrs. Rash called the vote:  Mr. Calderaio voted “aye”, Mr. Forest voted “aye”, Mrs. Rash voted “nay”. The motion carried.

 

The Township Solicitor was directed to prepare the written approval as required by the MPC. The findings, terms and conditions of that written approval, read as complimentary to these minutes, shall be controlling.

 

Consideration of recommending Preliminary/Final Approval of the “Swank Tract” 2-lot Minor Subdivision Plan dated Revised December 18, 2017, Township File SA 2017-01, TMP 6-18-71-4, 1481 Forest Grove Road, 16.155 Acres, located in the AG-1 Zoning District, with an extended review period expiration date of January 2, 2019.

 

Mr. Larry Byrne, engineer and Mr. Bill Swank, property owner, were present to discuss the plan.

 

Mr. Byrne explained the property is approximately 16 acres, proposed to be subdivided into two parcels of 10.1 acres and 5.7 acres. He said the new lot will be used for a house for Mr. Swank’s daughter. Mr. Byrne said the property did not conform to certain zoning requirements which were granted relief by the Zoning Hearing Board on November 23, 2016.

 

Mr. Byrne said the plan received preliminary/final approval recommendation from the Buckingham Township Planning Commission in October. He said they revised the plan according to review comments from Knight Engineering and Landscape Review Consultants, and resubmitted the plan for final review.

 

Mr. Byrne stated that all comments in the Knight Engineering letter of January 20, 2018 are “will comply” except with respect to the waivers, which are “will comply or will resolve to the satisfaction of the township engineer”.

 

Mr. Byrne stated that he discussed all comments in the Landscape Review Consultants letter of January 5, 2018 with Ms. Manicone, and all are “will comply”.

 

Ms. Manicone requested a marker be placed to indicate the 50’ buffer zone to define the conservation easement area so it is not mowed and is left in a natural state. She said a 4x4 cedar post placed at each corner and in between has proven effective at other locations, rather than a fence. She said Mr. Byrne has agreed to take photographs to verify existing vegetation as a record. Ms. Manicone said as long as this is agreed to, she would support waiving the planted buffer as required per ordinance. Mr. Swank agreed not to mow the conservation area, but requested permission to mow a walking path through it. Ms. Manicone agreed.

 

Mr. Gray stated he offered comments to the engineer on the January 22, 2018 waiver request letter, and all items are able to be resolved.

 

Mrs. Rash asked if there were any questions from the audience, and there were none.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to grant Preliminary/Final Approval of the “Swank Tract” 2-lot Minor Subdivision Plan dated Revised December 18, 2017, Township File SA 2017-01, TMP 6-18-71-4, 1481 Forest Grove Road, 16.155 Acres, located in the AG-1 Zoning District,subject to:

 

1.         Compliance with all the comments in the January 20, 2018 Knight Engineering, Inc. review letter excepting:

 

Those comments requiring compliance with SALDO provisions for which a waiver is by this motion and the foregoing discussion granted pursuant to Applicant’s January 22, 2018 Waiver Request.

 

2.         Compliance with all the comments in the January 4, 2018 Landscape Review Consultants’ review letter, with the condition that markers shall be placed to indicate the conservation area which shall not be mowed, except for a walking path.

 

3.         Compliance with all the comments in the September 18, 2017 Bucks County Planning Commission review letter.

 

4.         Compliance with the comment in the September 27, 2017 Buckingham Township Zoning Officer review letter.

 

5.         Compliance with all the comments in the September 29, 2017 Castle Valley Consultants’ review letter.

 

6.         Noting Act 537 Planning Module Exemption was received October 13, 2017 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

The Township Solicitor was directed to prepare the written approval as required by the MPC. The findings, terms and conditions of that written approval, read as complimentary to these minutes, shall be controlling.

 

Consideration of approving the Stormwater Facility Development Contract , Stormwater Controls and Best Management Practices Operations and Maintenance Agreement and Grant of Easement and Stormwater Facility Development Contract between Buckingham Township and Margaret N. Speaker regarding TMP 06-021-101-001 located on Pineville Road; and Consideration of approving the Indemnity Agreement between Margaret N. Speaker, Mack-Roedel Custom Builders, LLC  and Buckingham Township, regarding TMP 06-021-101-001 located on Pineville Road.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forestto approve the Stormwater Facility Development Contract , Stormwater Controls and Best Management Practices Operations and Maintenance Agreement and Grant of Easement and Stormwater Facility Development Contract between Buckingham Township and Margaret N. Speaker regarding TMP 06-021-101-001 located on Pineville Road; and Consideration of approving the Indemnity Agreement between Margaret N. Speaker, Mack-Roedel Custom Builders, LLC  and Buckingham Township, regarding TMP 06-021-101-001 located on Pineville Road.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

ESCROW RELEASE

 

“Lockwood Tract”, Stormwater Management Improvements,

TMP 6-17-70-2

Request for Release #1

$20,073.40 recommended for release

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forestto approve the Escrow Release for the “Lockwood Tract”, Stormwater Management Improvements, Tax Map Parcel #6-17-70-2, Release #1, in the amount of $20,073.40, subject to deduction for any outstanding amounts owed the township. The motion carried unanimously.

 

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS

 

Consideration of approving the Memorandum of Understanding between Doylestown Township, Doylestown Township Municipal Authority and Buckingham Township setting forth respective obligations to provide public water to properties in the Vandor/Furlong HSCA Site consistent with the terms and conditions of the DEP grant.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between Doylestown Township, Doylestown Township Municipal Authority and Buckingham Township setting forth respective obligations to provide public water to properties in the Vandor/Furlong HSCA Site consistent with the terms and conditions of the DEP grant. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of authorizing township staff to advertise the 2018 Buckingham Township Road Improvement Project Bid.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to authorize township staff to advertise the 2018 Buckingham Township Road Improvement Project Bid.

Mrs. Rash read the list of roads scheduled to be paved in 2018:

Landisville Road (Burnt House Hill Road to Old Easton Road)

Sugar Bottom Road

Stoney Lane

Woodward Drive

Brayson Lane

Church Road

Church Lane

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Consideration of approving the Request for Land Development Waiver submitted by Good StuffThrift, 5010 York Road, TMP 6-14-24.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Request for Land Development Waiver submitted by Good Stuff Thrift, 5010 York Road, TMP 6-14-24.

 

Mrs. Rash explained the request is to enclose an existing drive-through area for use as storage by the Good Stuff Thrift shop.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to adjourn the meeting at 9:44 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 28th day of February, 2018.

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                                                                                                         Maggie Rash, Chairman

                                                           

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                                                                                                        Paul Calderaio, Vice-Chairman

 

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                                                                                                        Jon Forest, Member

 

Attest:

 

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Dana S. Cozza, Secretary

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Lori Wicen.

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