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Board of Supervisors
3/28/2018 7:30 PM

Meeting Minutes

 

The regular meeting of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held March28, 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

                        Tom Kelso                                Township Water/Wastewater Consultant

                        Craig A. Smith, Esquire          Township Solicitor

 

Not Present:    John Ives                                 Bucks County Planning Commission

 

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:

-  Egg Huntt his Saturday, March 31st, 10:00 a.m., at GMB Park. Bring your basket and a camera for a picture with the Bunny.

-  Spring Yard Waste Pick-Up.Free bags are available March 12 through April 18 at the township building for Yard Waste.  Pick up will begin on April 16th.  You must use township bags and register with the township for pick-up.

-  Keep Buckingham Beautiful– April 28 & 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your household trash

   to the Township Maintenance building located at 4991 Upper Mountain Road. Free Shredding will be available on Saturday from 9-12.   Details are available on the township website and/or call the township office at 215-794-8834.

-  Playground Resurfacing at George M. Bush Park.Mrs. Rash announced the playgrounds will be closed April 2nd through and April 20th (maybe longer depending on the weather) for resurfacing.  Mrs. Cozza added they will be fenced off while the surface cures.

-  Mr. Forest thanked everyone who came out and voted at the recent election of Hughesian Trust  trustees.

 

 PAYROLL and BILL LIST

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 4, to A.H. Cornell & Sons Inc., for work completed on the Holicong Park Expansion, Phase 1, Contract 2016-04, in the amount of $16,286.40.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payment Request No. 4, to A.H. Cornell & Sons Inc., for work completed on the Holicong Park Expansion, Phase 1, Contract 2016-04, in the amount of $16,286.40. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 2, to Eastern Environmental Contractors, for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-01, in the amount of $53,100.00.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payment Request No. 2, to Eastern Environmental Contractors, for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-01, in the amount of $53,100.00. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 1, toGS Developers for work completed on the Pump Stations Generators & Upgrades Phase 2 - General Contract BT-17-03, in the amount of $14,400.00.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payment Request No. 1, toGS Developers for work completed on the Pump Stations Generators & Upgrades Phase 2 - General Contract BT-17-03, in the amount of $14,400.00. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payroll for the weeks ending March 4, 2018 and March 18, 2018, and the Bill List for the meeting of March 28, 2018.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payroll for the weeks ending March 4, 2018 and March 18, 2018, and the Bill List for the meeting of March 28, 2018,in the total amount of $1,182,521.53. The motion carried unanimously.

 

MINUTES

 

Consideration of approving the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the February 28, 2018 Work Session and February 28, 2018 Regular Business Meeting.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forestto approve, as most recently presented, the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the February 28, 2018 Work Session and February 28, 2018 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. Forest to accept the following Departmental Minutes and Advisory Body Minutes:

 

- Code Enforcement Monthly Statistical Report – February 2018

- Safety Committee – February 2018

- Park and Recreation Commission – January 16, 2018

- Ad Hoc-Trail Committee: October 12, 2017, December 5, 2017,and January 16, 2018

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

BUSINESS

 

Consideration of accepting the Request for Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Contract to April 10, 2019, covering the “McKernan Development” Subdivision, Township File SA 2007-01.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to accept the Request for Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Contract to April 10, 2019, covering the “McKernan Development” Subdivision, Township File SA 2007-01. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of accepting the Request for Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Land Development Agreement to April 22, 2019 from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, for “Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Phase I” Land Development, Township File LD 2006-01.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to accept the Request for Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Land Development Agreement to April 22, 2019 from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, for “Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Phase I” Land Development, Township File LD 2006-01. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Public Hearing:  Consideration of adopting Ordinance No. 2018-02, Establishing Mandatory Water Connection and Use, and Setting Penalties for Violation Thereof.

 

Mrs. Rash opened the Public Hearing at 7:59 p.m.

 

Mr. Smith explained this ordinance requires mandatory connection to the township water system for residential customers who reside within 150’ of a public water line. He said this ordinance is a requirement of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in order for the township to receive $680,000 in grant monies towards the expansion of the Furlong water system intended to address volatile organic compounds in private wells in the area. Mr. Smith explained the Furlong water system expansion will provide public water to the residents who have had pollution in their wells in the Furlong area and includes properties both in Buckingham and Doylestown Townships. Mr. Forest commented that the pollution came from previous manufacturing companies including the Furlong Manufacturing lamp factory and Vandor electronics manufacturing that were in the area.

 

Mr. Donald Robb, Indian Walk, asked if there was a map available showing the township water lines in order to determine the properties within 150’ of a public water line. Mr. Kelso explained there are very few homes in Buckingham Township who are not currently serviced by public water that are within 150’ of a pipe and stated this ordinance will have no additional impact on the rest of the township for the existing systems.  He explained the Furlong area impacted is basically the village of Furlong, located on both sides of York Road and Edison/Furlong Road. 

 

Mr. Kelso said he has spoken to each of the residents in the Furlong Area who will be connected to the public water system. Mrs. Cozza announced that there is a meeting Thursday, March 29th from 5-7pm at the township building with representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection present to explain the process and to answer questions. She said the residents in the Furlong area were informed of the meeting.

 

Mrs. Rash asked if there were any comments. There were none.

 

Mrs. Rash closed the hearing at 8:52 p.m.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the adoption of Ordinance No. 2018-02, Establishing Mandatory Water Connection and Use, and Setting Penalties for Violation Thereof. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Resolution No. 2365, A Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Accepting: The Improvements; The Public Sanitary Sewage Collection System, The Water Distribution System, A Deed of Utility Easement Over Parts of T.M.P.s 06-065-032 and 06-009-072, A Deed of Conservation Easement Over Part of Lot 259, T.M.P. 06-070-131, Deeds of Conveyance of North Whittmore Street, South Whittmore Street, Rosemont Terrace, East Brighton Street, West Brighton Street, Dorchester Street (West), Dorchester Street (East), Sugar Bottom Road Right-of-Way; Lot 260; and Lot 261 to Buckingham Township in or Serving the Land Development Known as Arbor Point (aka Villages at Buckingham).

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Resolution No. 2365, A Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Accepting: The Improvements, The Public Sanitary Sewage Collection System, The Water Distribution System, A Deed of Utility Easement Over Parts of T.M.P.s 06-065-032 and 06-009-072, A Deed of Conservation Easement Over Part of Lot 259, T.M.P. 06-070-131, Deeds of Conveyance of North Whittmore Street, South Whittmore Street, Rosemont Terrace, East Brighton Street, West Brighton Street, Dorchester Street (West), Dorchester Street (East), Sugar Bottom Road Right-of-Way; Lot 260; and Lot 261 to Buckingham Township in or Serving the Land Development Known as Arbor Point (aka Villages at Buckingham).

 

Mr. Smith explained that Toll Brothers developed the Arbor Point subdivision, and after many years all items have been completed and Knight Engineering, Inc. has recommended the township accept dedication of the project. Mr. Smith said the Resolution includes a list of requirements that Toll must meet to complete the dedication process. Mr. Smith said they include Toll getting an easement through the neighboring Devonshire subdivision that must be 10’ wide where the water line runs, and several other items that are administerial in nature, however all of the physical work has been completed. 

 

Mr. Smith said once all of the requirements are met, the 18-month maintenance period will begin, and at the end of the 18-month maintenance period the township engineer and staff will provide an inspection and make a punchlist of any items that need repair prior to the final 21-month security period expiration. 

 

Mr. Calderaio asked if the township would snow plow this year if needed, and Mrs. Cozza said no, that the roads are not the township’s responsibility until the administrative matters required by the Resolution are completed.

 

Mr. James Mann, President of the Arbor Point Homeowners Association and also resident of East Brighton Street, asked if there was a maintenance plan they should follow to service the water retention basins. Mr. Gray said there are two detention basins both on Homeowners’ Association owned land, and that Toll Brothers had provided the Homeowners’ Association a maintenance plan that was prepared by a landscaping firm which explained plant material and maintenance of the basin. Mr. Gray said the approved record plans have some information, but the one that was provided by Toll Brothers had more details. Mr. Gray said Toll did provide the township with as-built plans showing that the basins were built in compliance with their proposal, and the township was satisfied with them. Mr. Gray said that there has been an issue of trash collecting in the one basin and getting caught there, and that will be a continual maintenance item. Mr. Calderaio concurred, adding that he lived beside the basin, and trash did collect during storms mainly, and the lawn maintenance crew cleaned it up fairly quickly.

 

Mr. Mann asked if any testing would need to be performed on the basins. Mr. Gray said not necessarily, as the berm was built in order to be sure it compacted and would be solid so that water would not penetrate. He said they, the Homeowners Association, could do visual inspections just to make sure there are no gopher holes or nests, etc. Mr. Gray explained there is a small orifice at the bottom, with a larger one near the top to serve as an overflow spillway. 

 

Mr. Mann understood that water in the basin was normal, however, he said following some work that Toll Brothers recently did, neighbors on South Whittmore were complaining about ponding in their back yards. Mr. Gray explained there are individual recharge beds all along the back of the their yards, which are underlain with stone beds excavated below the grade of the swale. Mr. Gray said they are on the plan and are designed for water to run into and then recharge/infiltrate into the ground. He explained Toll Brothers re-graded the drainage channel and installed structures to retain the water which makes it appear clogged up. Mr. Smith asked if the idea is that water sits there a number of days and then slowly seeps back into the ground; and Mr. Gray said yes. Mr. Mann said that presents a problem for the landscape crew when they are scheduled to mow the lawn, and then the neighbors complain of tall grass. Mr. Mann asked if they could plant the area with something that would not need to be mowed; and Mr. Gray said yes, they could plant a meadow mix of wildflowers that will handle the rain, look nice and reduce maintenance costs.

 

Mr. Gray provided Mr. Mann with a copy of the maintenance plan for the detention basins, approved record plan and as-built plan.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving the reinstallation of “Arbor Point” entrance sign.

 

Mr. Smith said that he received a request from Mr. Richter, the attorney for the Arbor Point Homeowners’ Association, requesting that the entrance sign reading “Arbor Point” be placed back in its previous location. Mr. Mann, the president of the homeowners’ association, explained the previous sign said “Villages of Buckingham” and they want to revert to the original subdivision name to lessen any confusion with the “Village of Buckingham Springs”, especially with emergency services.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Calderaio to approve the reinstallation of the entrance sign identifying “Arbor Point”, pursuant to the March 27, 2018 letter of Stefan Richter, Esq. on behalf of the Arbor Point Homeowners’ Association. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Resolution No. 2366, A Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania Authorizing the Acquisition of a Utility Easement over parts of Property Owned by Anvil Partnership (TMP No. 06-009-009).

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Resolution No. 2366, A Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania Authorizing the Acquisition of a Utility Easement over parts of Property Owned by Anvil Partnership (TMP No. 06-009-009). The motion carried unanimously.

 

ESCROW RELEASE

 

RD Realty 3 LLC,

TMP 6-010-009-001 (Church School Road)

Release #1, Stormwater Facility Development Contract

$86,709.70 recommended for release

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Release #1, Stormwater Facility Development Contract for RD Realty 3 LLC, TMP 06-010-009-001, in the amount of $86,709.70.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS

 

Consideration of awarding the 2018 Buckingham Township Road Improvement Project Bid to Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA in the amount of $386,900.00.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to award the 2018 Buckingham Township Road Improvement Project Bid to Morrissey, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA in the amount of $386,900.00.

 

Mrs. Rash announced the roads included in the scope of work:

• Landisville Road (Burnt House Hill to Old Easton)

• Sugar Bottom Road

• Stoney Lane

• Woodward Drive

• Brayson Lane

• Church Road

• Church Lane

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of accepting the Roadmaster’s recommendations for the Crushed Stone Aggregate and Paving Materials Bid Award through the Bucks County Consortium.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to accept the Roadmaster’s recommendations for the Crushed Stone Aggregate and Paving Materials Bid Award through the Bucks County Consortium. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving the Wastewater Grinder Pump Maintenance Agreement between Buckingham Township and Margo Ostrowski, for property located at 3783 Cold Spring Creamery Road, TMP 06-004-043.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Wastewater Grinder Pump Maintenance Agreement between Buckingham Township and Margo Ostrowski, for property located at 3783 Cold Spring Creamery Road, TMP 06-004-043.

 

Mrs. Cozza explained the Board previously approved an emergency connection to the township wastewater system for this property.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving the Wastewater Grinder Pump Maintenance Agreement between Buckingham Township and Chadd M. Rittenbaugh, for property located at 3773 Cold Spring Creamery Road, TMP 06-004-040.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Wastewater Grinder Pump Maintenance Agreement between Buckingham Township and Chadd M. Rittenbaugh, for property located at 3773 Cold Spring Creamery Road, TMP 06-004-040.

 

Mrs. Cozza explained the Board previously approved an emergency connection to the township wastewater system for this property.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving the Purchase Order for a 2018 F550 Dump Truck with plow and salt spreader be purchased from Lancaster Truck Bodies in the amount of $38,787.00 AND approving the Purchase Order for a 2018 F550 Dump Truck to be purchased from Koch 33 Ford in the amount of $39,079.00.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Purchase Order for a 2018 F550 Dump Truck with plow and salt spreader be purchased from Lancaster Truck Bodies in the amount of $38,787.00 AND approving the Purchase Order for a 2018 F550 Dump Truck to be purchased from Koch 33 Ford in the amount of $39,079.00.

 

Mrs. Rash noted that purchase of these trucks was planned for in the 2018 township budget.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of approving the Purchase Order for a 2018 Ford Explorer to be purchased from Koch 33 Ford in the amount of $33,840.00.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Purchase Order for a 2018 Ford Explorer to be purchased from Koch 33 Ford in the amount of $33,840.00.

 

Mrs. Cozza explained this vehicle is for use by the roadmaster and was planned for in the 2018 township budget.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving the Purchase Order for stone work to be done on the Quarry Road Bridge by John Busik Custom in the amount of $19,961.00.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Purchase Order for stone work to be done on the Quarry Road Bridge by John Busik Custom in the amount of $19,961.00.

 

Mrs. Cozza explained this bridge has been on the schedule for repairs and needs them now especially after the harsh winter weather this year. Mrs. Rash said the township has some small stone bridges in the older areas of the township, and we maintain them to preserve the character of the neighborhoods.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Mr. Robb, Indian Walk, said he is very pleased with the way things work here, and has made it a point to attend the Board of Supervisor meetings recently.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 18th day of April, 2018.

 

                                                                                                                Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors

          

                                                                                                                ______________________________________

                                                                                                                 Maggie Rash, Chairman                                             

                                               

Attest:                                                                                                    ______________________________________

                                                                                                                Paul Calderaio, Vice-Chairman

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___________________________                                       ______________________________________

Dana S. Cozza, Secretary                                                                  Jon Forest, Member

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Lori Wicen.

 

 

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