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Buckingham, PA 18912

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Board of Supervisors Work Session
6/27/2018 6:00 PM

The work session of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held June 27, 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

 

The work session commenced at 5:00 p.m. with Executive Session to discuss police personnel disciplinary matters and police contract negotiations.

6:30 p.m. The Work Session continued in regular session.

BKTD Tract, Township File SA 2017-02, TMP 6-18-94

The Board discussed a proposed plan revision, with the driveway adjusted and a landscape buffer that will be escrowed.

Stoneymead, Lots 8, 10, 22 and 26

Kellie McGowan, Esq. of Eastburn and Gray, PC was present, along with Mr. Les Seskin, to discuss Mr. Seskin’s four vacant lots identified as lots 8, 10, 22, and 26 on the final plan for the Stoneymead Development.

Ms. McGowan explained that in 2010 Mr. Seskin acquired the four properties through a foreclosure process and came to her office for advice on what could be done to develop the lots. Mr. Seskin has since sold one of the lots and is ready to move forward with construction on the remaining three. The Development has a history of excessive tree disturbance by the prior developer’s tree clearing
activities on the site, which now limits additional tree disturbance which will be needed to develop Mr. Seskin’s lots. Ms. McGowan said they are requesting the Board amend their final approval condition from 2004 regarding additional tree disturbance. Ms. McGowan also stated they realize one of the lots has a significant number of trees and will require Zoning Hearing Board approval to clear what is needed to build a home.

Mrs. Rash asked how many trees would need to be removed in order to build on the forested lot, and Ms. McGowan said more than 10. Mr. Gray noted he has spoken with several of the homeowners in the development, and they would like to see the lot developed as it is not cared for at this time. Ms. McGowan said that Mr. Seskin is a member of the Homeowners’ Association and the status of the neighbor’s opinion is they would like all 4 lots to have homes on them in keeping with the other lots appearances.

Mr. Smith suggested in lieu of tree replacement, which is the typically recommended penalty for excessive tree removal, monies could be provided towards the necessary bridge replacement in the development.

Mrs. Rash stated she would prefer that not every tree be cut down. Mr. Calderaio said he agreed and would like the lot to look like the other developed lots. Mr. Calderaio also said he was in favor of a donation towards another improvement, be it the bridge or a township park.

Ms. McGowan said they would continue to work with the township staff towards a resolution of the situation.

Wastewater Treatment

Mrs. Cozza reported to the Board that due to heavy amounts of rain this spring, saturating the ground and raising the water table, the water levels in the lagoons are unusually high as the amount of treated wastewater that can be sprayed has been limited. She said this has occurred in previous years, and one of the solutions is to pump some of the wastewater to Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority’s system through pipes that were installed in 2012 and used for this purpose.

Mrs. Cozza said in the future, the Fieldstone Feeney site will be helpful in this type of situation, adding that there is a bid opening in late July for work to conclude the piping for the site, however even if it is completed in time for use this year, there will not be enough capacity for the overflow.

Mrs. Cozza said the township has also submitted a request to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, who regulates this matter, to be allowed more spray days if the weather permits.

Mrs. Cozza said there is an agreement between Buckingham Township and the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority in the Board’s packet this evening, and during the regular business meeting she is requesting to be provided with the authority to sign that agreement should the pumping of wastewater to the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority’s system be needed.

Solicitation and Disclosure Ordinances

Mrs. Cozza explained the township has a 1956 solicitation ordinance that needs to be updated to match the current Supreme Court caselaw addressing such ordinances. She also explained that on the regular business meeting agenda will be a request to authorize the township solicitor to prepare and advertise amended solicitation and disclosure ordinances, the disclosure ordinance amendment to
address persons purchasing undeveloped lots.

July Meeting Dates

Mrs. Cozza asked the Board what meeting date(s) should be scheduled in July, and the Board agreed to cancel the July 11th meetings, and keep the July 25th meetings.

 

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

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 25th day of July, 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.

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