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Board of Supervisors
6/27/2018 7:30 PM


The regular meeting 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

 

Mrs. Rash called the regular meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Bamboo

Mr. Todd Wertalik, New Road, wanted to make the Board of Supervisors aware of a situation he is experiencing with invasive bamboo intruding onto his property from his neighbor’s property. He said the bamboo cascades over his 30 pine trees along the border of the property and will eventually kill them. Mr. Wertalik explained the bamboo spreads under the ground and grows as a rhizome
and can also be spread by birds dropping seeds.

Mr. Forest said when Mr. Wertalik contacted him with this situation, he provided Mr. Wertalik with five model ordinances from local townships. Mr. Forest said none of the ordinances have been enforced, some do not have fines, and some have been in place since 2013. Mr. Forest noted that bamboo is not listed as a noxious weed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. He said one recourse would be to remove the bamboo and bill the neighbor for the removal or ask a landscaper to prepare an estimate of the cost, and then take them to small claims court to try and get reimbursement for the expense. Mr. Forest also stated an ordinance cannot require bamboo that was previously planted to be removed.

Mr. Wertalik noted one of the model ordinances regulated the height of the bamboo; however, he said the issue is containment. Ms. Ann Callahan, Street Road, said a 3’ barrier installed in the ground along the property border may help to contain the bamboo and stop it from spreading.

Mr. James Mann, Solebury Township resident, said his community received a notice from the township regarding bamboo, and they are not allowed to plant it due to the noncontrol of its growth.

Mrs. Rash said the Bucks County Association of Township Officials is currently discussing this same topic, and she hopes there will be way to resolve the matter.

Arbor Point Parking (Township File SA SA99-02A)

Mr. James Mann, president of the Homeowners’ Association, explained that upon dedication, the homeowner’s association had
assumed that the township would guide them in updating the signage within the community to address parking issues (specifically at corners where the parked vehicles block the turn so that fire engines cannot get through, or they park in front of fire hydrants). He said the traffic speed signs are not PennDOT approved, and there is a “no outlet” sign at the top of Rosemont Terrace where it now accesses Heritage Center. Mr. Mann said the problem is there is not enough space for parking, because there are 386 homes, calculated for 2
vehicles per home, but some homes have 5-7 cars associated with them. He said when cars park on both sides of the street, even a single car can barely fit through. Mr. Mann stated from a community perspective, they are victims of an approval that was provided to the developer, but potential dimensional aspects of passage for emergency vehicles was underestimated.

Mr. Calderaio asked Mr. Mann if the curbs were painted by the fire hydrants so that people knew not to park there, and Mr. Mann said no.
Mr. Gray said that plans for the community had 2 plus ¼ spaces per single-family home designated as a required minimum for off-street or designated on-street parking. Mr. Smith pointed out that is in addition to the garage at each home, which effectively makes it 3 ¼ parking spaces per home. Mr. Gray said the plan called for an additional 79 off-street parking spaces, and Toll provided between 120-130 spaces. Mrs. Rash asked how many parking spaces are in the community center area, and Mr. Gray replied “more than 100, and there are extra spaces spread throughout the community”. Mr. Gray said the development was planned with the intention of no on-street parking, however following a traffic study a solution may be to look at some areas of no parking in certain places, including at the
corners, however they may find areas of the development where parking on one side would be allowed.

Mr. Mann confirmed that the Homeowners’ Association bylaws prepared by Toll Brothers state there is no on-street parking permitted.

Mr. Smith said at this time the township does not own the roads and will not until the items within the Dedication Resolution are
completed. He said once the roads belong to the township, in order to prohibit parking on the street under the vehicle code, the township must undertake a traffic study to show that the request is justified.

Ms. Zoya Nastaskin, Dorchester Street, agreed with Mr. Mann, that there are not enough parking spaces, and the ones that are there next to the fire hydrants are not safe places to park as fire vehicles cannot get through. Ms. Nastaskin also said there is an officer appointed by their homeowners’ association who gives $25 tickets or puts stickers on the car for those parking illegally (not according to the bylaws). Mr. Mann confirmed the HOA hired a solicitation company who keeps records generating a history of vehicles improperly parked, with a courtesy notification to the homeowner and then a ticket following the bylaws based on re-occurrences. Mr. Mann said the officer gives tickets to vehicles parked in spaces other than the cut outs or indicated parking spaces according to the bylaws. Mrs. Rash said the township has no jurisdiction over the HOA, but when the roads are dedicated and the HOA requests signs, the township will go through the process and post the streets accordingly.

Mr. Mann asked if there was a date they could expect dedication to be complete. Mr. Smith explained the resolution for dedication was approved in March, and it specifies many legal items that need to be completed prior to the township accepting dedication of the improvements, but hopefully dedication should be completed shortly.

Mr. Smith warned the residents that the traffic study may require there be fewer parking spaces. Mr. Gray said it will be a safer community, and Mrs. Rash agreed that safety is the township’s primary concern. Mr. Mann said the Homeowners’ Association must err on the side of safety. Mr. Forest agreed, noting the Homeowners’ Association is also responsible for keeping property values up.

BOARD’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mrs. Rash made the following announcements:

-  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.

-  Buckingham Township Administrative Offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4th for Independence Day.

Mr. Forest announced the township enjoyed a very successful Buckingham Day at George M. Bush Park today, and served over 800 hot dogs to the Central Bucks community.

REQUESTS FOR PAYMENT, PAYROLL and BILL LIST

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 3, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Pump Station & Generators and Upgrades PH 2 – General Contract BT-17-03, in the amount of $104,215.50.   

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payment Request No. 3, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Pump Station & Generators and Upgrades PH 2 – General Contract BT-17-03, in the amount of $104,215.50. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 4, to Eastern Environmental Contractors, Inc. for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-01, in the amount of $74,981.93. 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payment Request No. 4, to Eastern Environmental Contractors, Inc. for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-01, in the amount of $74,981.93. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 6, to A.H. Cornell & Sons Inc., for work completed on the Holicong Park Expansion, Phase 1, Contract 2016-04, in the amount of $167,674.33. 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payment Request No. 6, to A.H. Cornell & Sons Inc., for work completed on the Holicong Park Expansion, Phase 1, Contract 2016-04, in the amount of $167,674.33. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payroll for the weeks ending May 27, 2018, June 10, 2018 and June 24, 2018, and the Bill List for the meeting of June 27, 2018.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payroll for the weeks ending May 27, 2018, June 10, 2018 and June 24, 2018, and the Bill List for the meeting of June 27, 2018, in the total amount of $1,731,761.98. The motion carried unanimously.

MINUTES

Consideration of approving the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the May 23, 2018 Work Session and May 23, 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 May 23, 2018 Work Session and May 23, 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 – May 2018

- Planning Commission – April 4, 2018

The motion carried unanimously.

BUSINESS

Consideration of accepting Request for Extension to the allowable review time under the provisions of the PA Municipalities Planning Code to September 30, 2018, for “BKTD Tract”, Township File SA 2017-02.  

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to accept the Request for Extension to the allowable review time under the provisions of the PA Municipalities Planning Code to September 30, 2018, for “BKTD Tract”, Township File SA 2017-02. The
motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of accepting the Agreement to Extend the Residential Development Agreement for Common Improvements and Lot 3 to July 23, 2019 for “Sycamore Hollow Farms” Subdivision (aka Histand Tract), Township File SA 2010-01.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to accept the Agreement to Extend the Residential Development Agreement for Common Improvements and Lot 3 to July 23, 2019 for “Sycamore Hollow Farms” Subdivision (aka Histand Tract), Township File
SA 2010-01. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of approving Resolution No. 2368, A Resolution of the Board of Supervisors, Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania Ratifying the Final 2018 Municipal Waste Management Plan as Adopted by the Bucks County Board of Commissioners.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Resolution No. 2368, A Resolution of the Board of Supervisors, Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania Ratifying the Final 2018 Municipal Waste Management Plan as Adopted by the Bucks County Board of Commissioners. The motion carried unanimously.

ESCROW RELEASES


 

Mill Creek Ridge (Smith-Pfeiffer), Site, Township File SA
  2001-05C


 

 

Release #8, Site


 

 

$87,108.36 recommended for release


 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approve Escrow Release 8, Site, Residential, for “Mill Creek Ridge (Smith-Pfeiffer)”, Township File SA 2001-05C, in the amount of $87,108.36. The motion carried unanimously.

 


 

Fenton’s Corner (Feeney Tract), Site, Township File SA
  2013-03


 

 

Release #1, Site


 

 

$996,332.15 recommended for release


 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approve Escrow Release 1, Site, Residential, for “Fenton’s Corner (Feeney Tract)”, Township File SA 2013-03, in the amount of $996,332.15. The motion carried unanimously.

 


 

Fenton’s Corner (Feeney Tract), Site, Township File SA
  2013-03


 

 

Release #1, Water & Wastewater


 

 

$866,271.15 recommended for release


 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approve Escrow Release 1, Water and Wastewater, for “Fenton’s Corner (Feeney Tract)”, Township File SA 2013-03, in the amount of $866,271.15. The motion carried unanimously.

 


 

Barley Sheaf Farm, Township File LD 2017-01


 

 

Release #1, Site


 

 

$30,542.14 recommended for release


 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approve Escrow Release 1, Site, for “Barley Sheaf Farm, Township File LD
2017-01, in the amount of $30,542.14, pending payment of outstanding invoices owed. The motion carried unanimously.

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS

Consideration of waiving the Temporary Sign Permit Fee per Resolution #2359 for the Village Library of Wrightstown's Renaissance Faire to be held September 15 & 16, 2018.  

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve waiving the Temporary Sign Permit Fee per Resolution #2359 for the Village Library of Wrightstown's Renaissance Faire to be held September 15 & 16, 2018. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of authorizing the Township Manager to execute the Agreement between Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority and the Township of Buckingham for a Temporary Connection to Transmit Effluent from the Buckingham System to the Harvey Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to authorize the Township Manager to execute the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority and the Township of Buckingham for a Temporary Connection to Transmit Effluent from the Buckingham System to the
Harvey Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Mr. Kelso, Castle Valley Consultants, Inc., explained that due to the excessive rainy weather this spring the wastewater treatment lagoons are very full, and spray capacity is at its limit. He said the Department of Environmental Protection, who regulate the
amount the township is allowed to spray, may provide some relief and expand the allowance, however there may still be a need to have Bucks County Water and Sewer absorb some of the excess wastewater.

The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of authorizing the Township Manager to execute the North Wales Water Authority Shut Off Agreement for delinquent sewer customers.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to authorize the Township Manager to execute the North Wales Water Authority Shut Off Agreement for delinquent sewer customers. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of authorizing the Township Solicitor to prepare and advertise an updated Solicitation Ordinance.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to authorize the Township Solicitor to prepare an updated Solicitation Ordinance. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of authorizing the Township Solicitor to prepare and advertise a Disclosure Ordinance for Single Lot Developments.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to authorize the Township Solicitor to prepare and advertise a Disclosure Ordinance for Single Lot Developments. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of re-approving the “Bucks County Biotechnology Center” Land Development Plan and Stormwater Management Easement, Township File LD 2017-02 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 the “Bucks County Biotechnology Center” Land Development plan and Stormwater Management Easement, Township File LD 2017-02 due to the previous approval being over 90 days ago, in order that Record Plans may be signed, conditioned on receiving the title insurance policy for the Right-of-Way previously given to Buckingham
Township and the Stormwater Management Easement, approval from the Bucks County Conservation District for the revised Erosion and Sedimentation Plan, and approval from Doylestown Municipal Water Authority for the necessary water connection. The
motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of approving the Land Development Contract, accepting the Blanket Stormwater Easement and reapproving the plan for the “Bucks County Biotechnology Center” Land Development, Township File LD 2017-02.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve the Land Development Contract, the Blanket Stormwater Easement and reapprove the plan for “Bucks County Biotechnology Center” Land Development, Township File LD 2017-02. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of appointing Malcolm Burgess to the Buckingham Township Environmental Advisory Commission filling a vacant position with a term expiration of January 1, 2022.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to appoint Malcolm Burgess to the Buckingham Township Environmental Advisory Commission filling a vacant position with a term expiration of January 1, 2022. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of approving the Pump and Haul Agreement for Fenton’s Corner, Township File SA 2013-03, between Buckingham Township and Toll PA II, LP.
Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to the Pump and Haul Agreement for Fenton’s Corner, Township File SA 2013-03, between Buckingham Township and Toll PA II, LP. The motion carried unanimously.

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to adjourn the meeting at 8:47 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.

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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