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Buckingham, PA 18912

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Board of Supervisors Work Session
5/23/2018 6:00 PM

The work session of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held May 23, 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

 

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

Trail Committee Update

Mr. Paul Gordon, Bucks County Planning Commission, was present to provide the Board of Supervisors with an update on the results as produced by the recent meetings of the Buckingham Township Ad Hoc Trail Committee.

Mr. Gordon distributed maps to the Board and also displayed them on an easel for the audience. He explained the committee began by dividing the township into 6 planning areas and then focused on each by itself and then as an integrated township concept. He pointed out that the maps include existing trails and proposed trails or bike routes.

Mr. Gordon said the committee recognized a large challenge in planning trails is acquiring the proper right-of-way easements and may also be limited by environmental constraints.  He said for those reasons, they looked more at establishing formal bicycle routes, using
primarily lower volume and lower speed roadways that are suitable for biking.

Mr. Gordon said the committee identified 60 different trail or bike routes, 54 miles total, with 36 of them “on road” biking, or “sharrows” (a shared lane marking indicating a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles), (which is the least expensive option). He said the routes could be identified with bike sharrows (a bicycle with two chevron arrows) painted on the roadway, or by posting a “share the road” sign (a more effective cost). Mr. Gordon explained of the 54 miles identified, 36 are bike routes and 13 are shared use trails. He said they selected the routes and trails based on their safety, cost effectiveness and making overall sense.

Mr. Gordon proposed offering the community a public comment period in which to view the trail maps on the township website and offer comments prior to drafting the plan. He said following receipt of the comments he would analyze and present the Board with the results. The Board agreed that would be a good thing to do.  The Board thanked Mr. Gordon for his time and leadership on this project.

Park Usage Fee Waiver Request – CB East Cheerleaders

Mrs. Cozza explained the township had received a fee waiver request for renting a park pavilion for use by the Central Bucks East Cheerleaders. Mrs. Rash asked if we normally waive the fee, and Mrs. Cozza replied we do not, as it is set low and just covers the cost of inspection following the use. The Board agreed to keep it uniform and not to waive the fee for this request.

June Meeting Dates

Mrs. Cozza asked the Board what meeting date(s) should be scheduled in June, and the Board agreed to cancel the June 13th meetings, and keep the June 27th meetings.

Fee Schedule

Mrs. Cozza explained that the Board may wish to consider revising the Fee Schedule resolution moving the placement of the Park and Recreation Fee from the Subdivision Fee area to the Building Permits Fee area.  She explained that the fee was historically located with the subdivision fees, due to it being required when a house is built, however if there is a subdivision and the home is not built right away or even for many years, the person purchasing the lot and building home may question the fee. Mrs. Cozza said the fee has normally been collected as part of the building permit process and may make more sense to be listed in that area of the resolution.  Mrs. Cozza suggested adding language that the Park and Recreation Fee is due when the building permit application is filed, or something similar. The Board agreed to Mrs. Cozza’s request and asked that it be included in the next revision of the fee schedule resolution.

Mrs. Cozza questioned the Zoning Hearing Board fees, as they have not been raised in years, and processing costs have increased, especially the legal advertising which is required by law. Mrs. Rash said it is rational that the fee paid by the applicant should cover the expenses of processing the application, and not be paid by other township residents. Mr. Forest and Mr. Calderaio agreed. Mrs.
Cozza was instructed to adjust the fees accordingly and include in the next revision of the fee schedule resolution.

Bamboo Ordinance

Mrs. Cozza said every year the township receives complaints from one neighbor about another neighbor’s bamboo encroaching onto their yards or blocking sight distances along roadways. Mr. Smith reminded the Board they had discussed this previously, and the ability to enforce the ordinance is the ongoing issue. Mr. Gray noted bamboo is also spread by bird droppings, can grow naturally, and
that it spreads laterally underground making it very difficult to identify who planted it. Mr. Forest suggested that the township gets a sample ordinance from another township or borough and find out how they enforce it. Mr. Smith advised the township would likely be engaged in neighbor disputes if they enacted an ordinance.

7:15 p.m. The Board retired into Executive Session to discuss potential litigation concerning the Feeney tract.

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

9:32 p.m. The Work Session continued.

Police Department Body Cameras

Mrs. Cozza said that Chief Gallagher had requested body cameras for the officers to wear as standard equipment. Mr. Forest said some townships have received grants for the equipment. Mrs. Cozza said she had questions about storage requirements – retention of records and storage location due to the large file size of videos. Mr. Forest suggested more research be done and then discussion held
again.

9:50 p.m. The Work Session adjourned.

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 27th day of June, 2018.

BuckinghamTownship 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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