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Board of Supervisors
9/26/2018 7:30 PM

The regular meeting of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held September 26, 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

 

Harry Veni, Chairman of the Buckingham Township Board of Auditors, presented the Board with a financial analysis report compiled by the Board of Auditors, with results of their review of the township’s annually prepared reports.

 

Ann Callahan, Street Road, said after searching township minutes, she had found no action taken on regulating bamboo since she spoke at a previous township meeting. She requested something be on the books to back her claims up against her neighbor and to deter residents in the future from planting bamboo. Mr. Forest said that since she was last before the Board Mr. Forest made a detailed review of other township’s ordinances. He also spoke to other township enforcement officials and found that as a practical matter these ordinances were not being enforced. So, Mr. Forest noted, even if there were an ordinance, the township has no way to enforce it, in part because township employees cannot enter private property. Mr. Forest said the matter has to be worked out between neighbors, adding that Ms. Callahan could file a private civil claim in district court and sue for damages.

 

BOARD’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Mrs. Rash made the following announcements:

Park and Recreation presents free movies at Hansell Park. The next one is scheduled

   Friday, September 28th at 7pm, “Bedtime Stories”.

-  Free Leaf Waste bags are available at the township building now through December 1st. Bags will be picked up according to your location/section, between October 22 to November 12. See the township website for details.

-  Keep Buckingham Beautiful – October 20 and 21. Bring your household trash to the Township Maintenance Building at 4991 Upper Mountain Road between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free shredding is offered from 9-12 only on Saturday, October 20.

Board of Supervisors fall/winter meeting schedule: Work Sessions and Regular Business Meetings will be held on: October 10, October 24, November 14 and December 19. All other meeting dates have been cancelled.

 

Mrs. Rash announced with great sadness that the community mourned the tragic loss of U.S. Army Ranger 1Lt. Connor Bednarzyk, a 25-year old hero who was raised in Buckingham Township. The Board offered their condolences to the family on behalf of the entire township.

 

            REQUESTS FOR PAYMENT, PAYROLL and BILL LIST

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 6, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Pump Station & Generators and Upgrades PH 2 – General Contract BT-17-03, in the amount of $49,500.00.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payment Request No. 6, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Pump Station & Generators and Upgrades PH 2 – General Contract BT-17-03, in the amount of $49,500.00. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 7, to Eastern Environmental Contractors, Inc. for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-01, in the amount of $108,810.00. 

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payment Request No. 7, to Eastern Environmental Contractors, Inc. for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-01, in the amount of $108,810.00. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 1, to Derstine Company, LLC, for work completed on the Buckingham Village WWTP 2017 Plant Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-04, in the amount of $46,800.00.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payment Request No. 1, to Derstine Company, LLC, for work completed on the Buckingham Village WWTP 2017 Plant Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-04, in the amount of $46,800.00.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 9, to A.H. Cornell & Sons Inc., for work completed on the Holicong Park Expansion, Phase 1, Contract 2016-04, in the amount of $95,277.76.  

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payment Request No. 9, to A.H. Cornell & Sons Inc., for work completed on the Holicong Park Expansion, Phase 1, Contract 2016-04, in the amount of $95,277.76. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Consideration of approving Payroll for the weeks ending September 2, 2018 and September 16, 2018, and the Bill List for the meeting of September 26, 2018.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to approve Payroll for the weeks ending

September 2, 2018 and September 16, 2018, and the Bill List for the meeting of September 26, 2018, in the total amount of $3,150,824.60. The motion carried unanimously.

 

MINUTES

 

Consideration of approving the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the August 22, 2018 Work Session and August 22, 2018 Regular Business Meeting.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forestto approve, as most recently presented, the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the August 22, 2018 Work Session and August 22, 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 – August 2018

- Planning Commission – July 17, 2018

- Park and Recreation Commission – August 8, 2018

- Safety Committee – August 2018

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

BUSINESS

 

8:00 p.m. PUBLIC HEARING:  Consideration of recommending Approval of the “FDH Velocitel, Inc. / AT&T Mobility” Conditional Use Application, Township File CU 2017-01, TMP# 06-037-040 (End of Forest Hill Drive – Water Tank Site), Zoned Communication Overlay District 1.

 

A Court Stenographer was present for the hearing.

 

8:07 p.m. Mrs. Rash opened the Public Hearing.

11:00 p.m. Mrs. Rash closed the Public Hearing. The Board retired to deliberate.

11:17 p.m. The Board reconvened.

 

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approve the Conditional Use Application, “FDH Velocitel, Inc. / AT&T Mobility” aka New Cingular Wireless, Township File CU 2017-01, TMP# 06-037-040 (End of Forest Hill Drive – Water Tank Site), Zoned Communications Overlay District 1, subject to:

 

a.         The Applicant shall install additional evergreen landscape buffering around the equipment cabinet to the satisfaction of the township’s Landscape Review Consultants.

b.         The Applicant shall have the antenna painted blue along the water tank to match the water tank, and white above the water tank.

c.         The Applicant agrees that the generator may only be tested for regular maintenance on Wednesday’s between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.

d.         The Applicant shall comply with all requirements of other applicable township ordinances, including the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.

 

Mr. Forest commented that he receives very few complaints about Buckingham Township, but one of them is lack of cell phone coverage, and he voted to approve this Conditional Use application as a matter of public safety and convenience for township residents. Mrs. Rash and Mr. Calderaio agreed, adding they support this application based on emergency services’ needs, and finding the proposed antenna will help to fill gaps in coverage.

 

The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Smith was directed to prepare the Board’s written Decision as required by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.

 

Consideration of accepting the Request for an Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Contract and Water and Sanitary Sewer Development Agreement to October 8, 2019, covering “Upper Mountain Estates”, Township File SA 2001-08.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to accept the Request for an Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Contract and Water and Sanitary Sewer Development Agreement to October 8, 2019, covering “Upper Mountain Estates”, Township File SA 2001-08. Mrs. Rash called the vote: Mrs. Rash voted “aye”, Mr. Forest voted “aye”, Mr. Calderaio abstained. The motion carried.

 

Consideration of accepting the Request for an Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Land Development Agreement to October 13, 2019, covering “Central Bucks East High School Improvements”, Township File LD 2009-02.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to accept the Request for an Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Land Development Agreement to October 13, 2019, covering “Central Bucks East High School Improvements”, Township File LD 2009-02. Mrs. Rash called the vote: Mrs. Rash voted “aye”, Mr. Forest voted “aye”, Mr. Calderaio abstained. The motion carried.

 

Consideration of accepting the Request for an Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Contract to September 30, 2019, covering “Verrichia Tract”, Township File SA 2006-04.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to accept the Request for an Extension of the time to complete the Improvements as set forth in the Residential Development Contract to September 30, 2019, covering “Verrichia Tract”, Township File SA 2006-04. Mrs. Rash called the vote: Mrs. Rash voted “aye”, Mr. Forest voted “aye”, Mr. Calderaio abstained. The motion carried.

 

The Chief Administrative Officer to advise the Board of Supervisors of the expected Financial Obligation for the Minimum Municipal Obligations (“MMO”)  for Non-Uniformed Pension Plan and the Police Pension Plan for the Year 2019.

 

Mrs. Cozza, the Township Chief Administrative Officer advised the Board of Supervisors of the expected Financial Obligation for the MMO for Non-Uniformed Pension Plan and the Police Pension Plan for the Year 2019.

 

ESCROW RELEASES

 

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

Release #2, Site

$1,330,960.99 recommended for release

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approve Escrow Release 2, Site, Residential, for “Fenton’s Corner (Feeney Tract)”, Township File SA 2013-03, in the amount of $1,330,960.99.Mrs. Rash called the vote: Mrs. Rash voted “aye”, Mr. Forest voted “aye”, Mr. Calderaio abstained. The motion carried.

 

Fenton’s Corner (Feeney Tract), Water & Wastewater, Township File SA 2013-03

Release #2, Water & Wastewater

$954,042.75 recommended for release

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approve Escrow Release 2, Water and Wastewater, for “Fenton’s Corner (Feeney Tract)”, Township File SA 2013-03, in the amount of $954,042.75.The motion carried.

 

Sotter Hill, Lot 3, Site, Township File SA 2006-05

Release #1, Site

$56,175.17 recommended for release

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approve Escrow Release 1, Site, for Sotter Hill, Lot 3, Township File SA 2006-05, in the amount of $56,175.17.The motion carried.

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS / MANAGER’S ITEMS

 

Consideration of rejecting all bids received for the Cold Spring WWTP Upgrades, Transfer Force Main, BT-18-02.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to reject all bids received for the Cold Spring WWTP Upgrades, Transfer Force Main, BT-18-02.

 

Mrs. Cozza explained the township received very high bids for the Cold Spring WWTP Upgrades, Transfer Force Main project, and requested that the Board reject all bids and the project be re-bid in the springtime. Mrs. Cozza said the bids were high due to the short workday allowed during the school year which would extend the length of the project. Mr. Kelso proposed that they redesign the project and request PennDOT to allow a waiver of the usual summertime working hours so that the contractors can put in a full day, possibly work at night, and get the job done quicker. 

 

The motion carried.

 

Consideration of approving purchase of a 2018 Police Interceptor SUV in an amount not to exceed $29,532.00 after trade-ins.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approve the purchase of a 2018 Police Interceptor SUV in an amount not to exceed $29,532.00 after trade-ins. The motion carried.

 

Consideration of approving the Inter-municipal Water Supply Agreement – Furlong Water Systems, between Buckingham Township, Doylestown Township and the Doylestown Township Municipal Authority.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to approve the Inter-municipal Water Supply Agreement – Furlong Water Systems, between Buckingham Township, Doylestown Township and the Doylestown Township Municipal Authority. The motion carried.

 

Consideration of authorizing township staff to move forward with Phase 2 of the Holicong Park Expansion.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to authorize township staff to move forward with Phase 2 of the Holicong Park Expansion. The motion carried.

 

Consideration of accepting the proposal for architectural services and project management as submitted by KCBA Architects for the Lindquist Property.

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest, to accept the proposal for architectural services and project management as submitted by KCBA Architects for the Lindquist Property, TMP# 06-010-224. The motion carried.

 

 

 

Mrs. Rash made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to adjourn the meeting at 11:36 p.m.  The motion carried.

 

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 24th day of October, 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