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Board of Supervisors
5/23/2018 7:30 PM

The regular meeting 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

 

Mrs. Rash called the regular meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and Zachary Van Siclen, Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America, led the
Pledge of Allegiance.

The Board of Supervisor’s proudly presented a Proclamation to Kerry M. Silidker, in celebration of her accomplishment in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.

The Board of Supervisor’s proudly presented a Proclamation to Zachary Van Siclen, in celebration of his accomplishment in earning the rank of Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Board of Supervisor’s humbly accepted a plaque and recognition for their enduring support for the healing heroes and invaluable contributions towards a successful Honor Ride Philadelphia.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Ms. Vera Shelton, Street Road, requested the Board’s decision regarding her letter submitted recently requesting an ordinance regulating existing invasive bamboo and future problems with the plant. She said other townships have such an ordinance and requested that Buckingham adopt one.

Mrs. Rash said the Board had discussed her letter during their work session and said while they may agree that bamboo should be regulated, they question how to enforce such regulations.

Ms. Shelton said her neighbors bamboo has spread 20’ into her property. Mr. Smith suggested she could file a lawsuit in small claims court against the neighbor, and if she won, the neighbor could be ordered to pay for the removal of bamboo from her property.

The Board agreed to research the subject further, discuss the matter with other townships, and also with the Bucks County Association of Township Officials.

Ms. Ann Callaghan, Street Road explained she lives on the other side of the property with the bamboo issue, and said it destroys bushes and trees as it moves along. Ms. Callaghan said the neighbor kicks the plants over, but that does not stop it from spreading. She said there is a chemical compound that kills the root. Mrs. Rash asked for her to email that information to the township.

Ms. Suzanne Ridgway, Red Gate Drive, asked who cuts bamboo back for visual safety along roadsides. Mr. Smith responded that the property owner has the responsibility and obligation to remove from their property any tree, plant, shrub or part thereof that obstructs the view of any driver and constitutes a traffic hazard. Mr. Forest added if it’s in the right-of-way, either PennDOT or the township will mow it down if needed.

Ms. Barbara Sheinmel, Grouse Circle, asked if the supervisors had considered adopting a resolution opposing the Penn East pipeline as she proposed during a previous meeting. Mrs. Cozza said the Board adopted a resolution opposing the entire Penn East Pipeline project on March 22, 2017.

BOARD’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mrs. Rash made the following announcements:

-  The Buckingham Township Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of Memorial Day.

-  Various Park and Recreation Programs including Summer Camps and our Thursday Concert Series at Hansell Park begin in June. Go to our website at www.buckinghampa.org or call 215-794-8834 for more information.

Mr. Calderaio reported the township intends to have an inclusive playground included in Phase 2 of the Holicong Park Expansion, and that his goal is for it to be one of the top 10 in the Country. Mr. Calderaio said 2 million dollars will be raised outside of Buckingham Township for this playground.

            REQUESTS FOR PAYMENT, PAYROLL and BILL LIST

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 5, to A.H. Cornell & Sons Inc., for work completed on the Holicong Park Expansion, Phase 1, Contract 2016-04, in the amount of $199,854.45.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payment Request No. 5, to A.H. Cornell & Sons Inc., for work completed on the Holicong Park Expansion, Phase 1, Contract 2016-04, in the amount of $199,854.45. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of approving Payroll for the weeks ending April 29, 2018 and May 13, 2018, and the Bill List for the meeting of May 23, 2018.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payroll for the weeks ending April 29, 2018 and May 13, 2018, and the Bill List for the meeting of May 23, 2018, in the total amount of $1,083,567.21. The motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES

Consideration of approving the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the April 18, 2018 Work Session and April 18, 2018 Regular Business Meeting.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve, as most recently presented, the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the April 18, 2018 Work Session and April 18, 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 – April 2018

- Safety Committee: March 2018 and April 2018

The motion carried unanimously.

BUSINESS

Consideration of approving the Residential Development Agreement and Indemnity Agreement between Buckingham Township and Maureen P. McGahan and Steven Smugar for “Sotter Hill - Lot 3”, TMP 06-014-063-003.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Residential Development Agreement between Buckingham Township and Maureen P. McGahan and Steven Smugar, and the Indemnity Agreement between Buckingham Township and Maureen P. McGahan, Steven Smugar and E.J. McGahan Inc. for “Sotter Hill - Lot 3”, TMP 06-014-063-003. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of accepting the offer of Agreement to Extend the Residential Development Contract and Water and Sanitary Sewer Development Agreement to May 24, 2019 for the “Fenton’s Corner” Subdivision, Township File SA 2013-03.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to accept the offer of Agreement to Extend the Residential Development Contract and Water and Sanitary Sewer Development Agreement to May 24, 2019 for the “Fenton’s Corner” Subdivision, Township File
SA 2013-03. The motion carried unanimously.


Consideration of accepting the offer of Agreement to Extend the Land Development Contract to June 11, 2019 for the “Bucks County Airport Authority, Doylestown Airport – Phase II” Land Development, Township File LD 2003-02. 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to accept the offer of Agreement to Extend the Land Development Contract to June 11, 2019 for the “Bucks County Airport Authority, Doylestown Airport – Phase II” Land Development, Township File LD 2003-02.The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of re-approving “Geerlings Florist Inc.", Township File SA 2014-02, due to the previous approval being over 90 days ago, in order that Record Plans may be signed.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to re-approve “Geerlings Florist Inc.", Township File SA 2014-02, due to the previous approval being over 90 days ago, in order that Record Plans may be signed.

Mr. Gray explained there are outstanding items as referenced within Knight Engineering Inc’s. May 23, 2018 review letter including a deed of dedication of the ultimate rights of way of Pineville, Durham and Holicong Roads and resolution of the septic issue, however, once those items are satisfied, this re-approval would give the Board of Supervisors the approval to sign the record plans prior to the next scheduled Board of Supervisor’s meeting so they could be recorded.

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of awarding the Pump Station Generators and Upgrades, Pump Station 1, BT-18-01 Bid to GS
Developers, of Doylestown, PA in the amount of $221,000.00.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to award the Pump Station Generators and Upgrades, Pump Station 1, BT-18-01 Bid to GS Developers, of Doylestown, PA in the amount of $221,000.00.

Mr. Keith Farrell, Powder Horn Drive, asked how many bids were received, and Mrs. Cozza replied there were five bids submitted.  Mr. Farrell asked if it was being awarded as the lowest bid or per criteria evaluation, and Mrs. Cozza replied GS Developers was the lowest responsible bidder. Mr. Calderaio noted the monies do not come from all the taxpayers, only those who use the public wastewater facility. Mr. Farrell said he appreciated the due diligence and transparency.

The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Resolution 2367, A Resolution of Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, accepting the Petition of Toll PA II, L.P., by Toll PA GP Corp., Its General Partner, and Accepting Petitioner’s Request to Establish a Street Light Assessment upon Present and Future Property Owners of the Fenton’s Corner
Subdivision.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Resolution 2367, A Resolution of Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, accepting the Petition of Toll PA II, L.P., by Toll PA GP Corp., Its General Partner, and Accepting Petitioner’s Request to Establish a Street Light Assessment upon Present and Future Property Owners of the Fenton’s Corner Subdivision. The motion carried unanimously.

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS

Consideration of approving four Purchase Orders to Omega River Farm Services LLC in the total amount of $84,125.00 for farming of Derstine, Lojeski, Kaplin and Lindquist spray fields and mowing of certain areas.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve four Purchase Orders to Omega River Farm Services LLC in the total amount of $84,125.00 for farming of Derstine, Lojeski, Kaplin and Lindquist spray fields and mowing of certain areas. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of approving Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades (BT-17-01) Change Order No. 1 increase of $2,507.26.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades (BT-17-01) Change Order No. 1 increase of $2,507.26. . The motion carried unanimously.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to adjourn the meeting at 8:43 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.

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

Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors

Maggie Rash, Chairman

Paul Calderaio, Vice-Chairman

Jon Forest, Member

Attest:

Dana S. Cozza, Secretary

Minutes respectfully submitted by Lori Wicen.

View Meeting Minutes prior to June 23, 2009