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Board of Supervisors
4/18/2018 7:30 PM

Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors

Meeting Minutes

 

The regular meeting of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held April 18, 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

                        Craig A. Smith, Esquire         Township Solicitor

 

Not Present:    Tom Kelso                             Township Water/Wastewater Consultant 

                       

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

 

PUBLIC COMMENT 

Ms. Barbara Sheinmel, Grouse Circle, thanked the Board for approving the resolution calling on the Delaware River Basin Commission to enact a ban on natural gas development hydraulic fracturing, and related activities in the Delaware River Basin.  

Ms. Sheinmel asked the Board for support to approve a resolution opposing construction of the proposed PennEast Pipeline, stating that even though the pipeline is primarily proposed to run through New Jersey, there still is a possibility of alternative routes that could include Buckingham Township. Ms. Sheinmel said Solebury Township recently approved a resolution and provided the Board with an article published in The Herald regarding their actions. The Board noted that at its March 22nd, 2017 meeting it approved Buckingham Township Resolution No. 2335, declaring that Buckingham Township opposes the proposed Penn East pipeline.

 

BOARD’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mrs. Rash made the following announcements:

- The April 25, 2018 Board of Supervisor’s Work Session and Regular Business Meeting have been cancelled.

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

- Buckingham Township Police Department – Open House Event, Saturday, May 5th from 11am-3pm.

- Municipal Primary Election, May 15, 2018 – VOTE!

- Buckingham Township Concert Friday, May 18th at the Buckingham Springs Club House, from 7pm-9pm, with “The Belairs” – Sounds of the 50’s and 60’s. 

Mr. Calderaio announced the Buckingham Township Police Department recently held an opioid addiction forum with experts available to educate and answer questions. He said Buckingham has an advisory network (Buckingham Advisory Network “BAN”) that provides support to persons and families affected by opioid addiction. Mr. Calderaio stated that Bucks County has the largest take back drug program in the entire state, and that Buckingham Township has a drop box in the police lobby where residents may safely deposit unused drugs.

 

            REQUESTS FOR PAYMENT, PAYROLL and BILL LIST

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 3, to Eastern Environmental Contractors, for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-01, in the amount of $9,774.00.

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 2, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – Electrical Contract BT-17-02, in the amount of $16,650.00.

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 3, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – Electrical Contract BT-17-02, in the amount of $5,400.00.

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 2, to GS Developers for work completed on the Pump Stations Generators & Upgrades Phase 2 - General Contract BT-17-03, in the amount of $6,750.00.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payment Request No. 3, to Eastern Environmental Contractors, for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-01, in the amount of $9,774.00; Payment Request No. 2, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – Electrical Contract BT-17-02, in the amount of $16,650.00; Payment Request No. 3, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – Electrical Contract BT-17-02, in the amount of $5,400.00; and Payment Request No. 2, to GS Developers for work completed on the Pump Stations Generators & Upgrades Phase 2 - General Contract BT-17-03, in the amount of $6,750.00. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payroll for the weeks ending April 1, 2018 and April 15, 2018, and the Bill List for the meeting of April 18, 2018. 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payroll for the weeks ending April 1, 2018 and April 15, 2018, and the Bill List for the meeting of April 18, 2018, in the total amount of $902,315.90. 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: 

- Planning Commission – December 6, 2017

- Code Enforcement Monthly Statistical Report – March 2018 

The motion carried unanimously.

 BUSINESS 



Consideration of recommending Preliminary/Final Approval of the “Wilkinson-Sank Lot Line Change”, Preliminary/Final Plan dated February 15, 2018, Township File SA 2018-01, TMP 6-035-030 and 6-010-091-001, French Drive/Route 202, 2 lots, located in the VR-1 Zoning District. The initial 90-day review period expires June 5, 2018. 

Mr. Gray explained this project is a typical lot line change being requested in order to square off a corner of a lot. He said approximately 2,000 square feet of land will be added to the Wilkinson’s lot, and taken away from the Sank’s lot. Mr. Gray said the plan received a preliminary/final approval recommendation from the Buckingham Township Planning Commission on April 4, 2018, with only a handful of minor technical issues to be cleaned up before mylars are delivered for the Board’s signatures.  Mr. Gray said all items on the February 14, 2018 Waiver Request are “will comply”. 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to grant Preliminary/Final Approval of the “Wilkinson-Sank Lot Line Change”, Preliminary/Final Plan dated February 15, 2018, Township File SA 2018-01, TMP 6-035-030 and 6-010-091-001, French Drive/Route 202, 2 lots, located in the VR-1 Zoning District, with an initial 90-day review period expiring June 5, 2018, subject to: 

1.         Compliance with all the comments in the March 29, 2018, 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 February 14, 2018 Waiver Request. 

2.         Compliance with all the comments in the March 16, 2018 Landscape Review Consultants’ review letter. 

3.         Compliance with all the comments in the March 16, 2018 Bucks County Planning Commission review letter.   

4.         The waivers from SALDO requested in Applicant’s February 14, 2018 Waivers Request letter are granted to the extent heretofore discussed. 

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 record lot line change plan for the “PA Biotechnology Center”, being sheet 2 of 37 of the “Lot Line Change Plan and Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan” dated March 2, 2017, last revised April 12, 2018, Township File LD 2017-02, T.P. 6-4-10-1 & 6-4-10-2, 3805 Old Easton Road, located in the PI Zoning District; SUBJECT TO: (i) the Applicant revising the Owner’s Signature Block to reflect the correct ownership; (ii) the conveyance to the Township of the Right of Way of Old Easton Road; and (iii) the required monumentation along the common property line between TMP# 6-4-10-1 and TMP# 6-4-10-2  being installed, with the Lot Line Change Plan being revised prior to recording to reflect that those monuments have been set. Further, upon compliance with these conditions to the satisfaction of the Township Engineer and Solicitor, the appropriate officials of the Township are authorized to sign the record plan. 

Mr. Smith summarized that the Board approved the “PA Biotechnology Center” Lot Line Change and Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan during their February 28, 2018 meeting. He said the Biotechnology Center owners now have an agreement of sale to purchase the property that was acquired in the lot line change and have a settlement deadline of April 30, 2018. Mr. Smith said while researching the conveyance of easements for the right-of-way on Easton Road, it was discovered that the Biotechnology Center does not actually own the land surrounding the buildings where it is located; rather, there is a Condominium Association that owns the land, Old Easton Road Condominium Association. Units A and B of that condominium are owned by the Biotechnology Center.  He said they propose to collapse the condo association and return the property to single ownership, but until they do, the Condominium Association will have to sign the plans and the plans have not been prepared with the Association’s signature.  

Mr. Smith said in the meantime, Mr. Murphy, the Biotechnology Center’s attorney, is working to get the plans signed by the correct ownership. However, due to the settlement time constraints, he has requested the Board consider approving the plan during this meeting, subject to correction of the ownership and signature issues, so that Township officials may immediately sign the record plans when they are delivered prior to the next Board of Supervisor’s meeting, which is not scheduled until May.  

Mrs. Cozza clarified that only page 2 of the plan set, being the Lot Line Change Plan, is being signed and recorded when the signature block is corrected. She said the Land Development Plan will be signed and recorded separately. Mrs. Cozza also stated that with the exception of the signature block, the plans themselves are the same exact plans as approved by the Board of Supervisors on February 28, 2018.  

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to grant approval of the record lot line change plan for the “PA Biotechnology Center”, being sheet 2 of 37 of the “Lot Line Change Plan and Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan” dated March 2, 2017, last revised April 12, 2018, Township File LD 2017-02, T.P. 6-4-10-1 & 6-4-10-2, 3805 Old Easton Road, located in the PI Zoning District; SUBJECT TO: (i) the Applicant revising the Owner’s Signature Block to reflect the correct ownership; (ii) the conveyance to the Township of the Right of Way of Old Easton Road; and (iii) the required monumentation along the common property line between TMP# 6-4-10-1 and TMP# 6-4-10-2  being installed, with the Lot Line Change Plan being revised prior to recording to reflect that those monuments have been set. The motion carried unanimously. 

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS 

Consideration of approving the purchase of a 2018 Ford Interceptor SUV in the amount of $27,630.00. 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the purchase of a 2018 Ford Interceptor SUV in the amount of $27,630.00. 

Mrs. Cozza explained the 2018 Ford Interceptor SUV being requested would replace one of the older police department vehicles which has approximately 110,000 miles. She said the lowest bid price for this vehicle was received from Whitmoyer Auto Group and is the base unit which will need to be fully outfitted for use by the police department. Mrs. Cozza said this vehicle was scheduled for replacement and was included in the 2018 budget.  

Mr. Robb, Indian Walk, asked what the usual process is to outfit a police vehicle. Mrs. Cozza said any items that can be transferred from the older vehicle to the new one are usually transferred. However, since this older vehicle was still in useful condition, it may be retained as a spare, so the township will keep all of the equipment intact on the older vehicle. Mrs. Cozza said it usually costs approximately $3,000 to outfit a police vehicle, and that is included in the budget.  

The motion carried unanimously. 

Consideration of approving the Crews Surveying Conservation Plan received by the township solicitor on April 12, 2018 as an Exhibit to the Agreement of Sale of Conservation Easement prepared for the “BKTD Tract”, Township File SA 6-18-94 and approving the release of the Agreement of Sale, so revised to the Seller for signature.  

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Crews Surveying Conservation Plan received by the township solicitor on April 12, 2018 as an Exhibit to the Agreement of Sale of Conservation Easement prepared for the “BKTD Tract”, Township File SA 2017-02 and approving the release of the Agreement of Sale, so revised to the Seller for signature. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 23rd day of May, 2018.

Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors          

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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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