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Buckingham, PA 18912

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Board of Supervisors Work Session
10/10/2018 6:00 PM

The work session of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held October 10, 2018 in the Township Building, 4613 Hughesian Drive, Buckingham, Pennsylvania.

 

Present:           Maggie Rash                           Chairman

                        Paul Calderaio                        Vice-Chairman

                       Jon Forest                               Member

                        Dana Cozza                             Township Manager

 

Not Present:    Dan Gray                                Township Engineer

                        Craig A. Smith, Esquire         Township Solicitor

                        Tom Kelso                              Township Water/Wastewater Consultant

 

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

 

Budget – Water and Wastewater Department

 

Mr. Graham Orton, Director of the Water and Wastewater Department, and Mrs. Pistory, Director of Finance Department, were present. Mrs. Pistory distributed Water and Wastewater fund budget spreadsheets.

 

Water Budget

 

Mrs. Cozza highlighted the following items:

- The largest increase is the new Water and Wastewater operations center, with $2,000,000 in the water budget and $2,000,000 in the wastewater budget. She said this center will consolidate the water and wastewater department into one location with office space, locker rooms, garages and storage. Mrs. Cozza said this project will be phased, with the largest expense in year 2020. 

- The other large expense is continuation of the Well CS-4 arsenic removal program. She explained the permits have been received and the project is ready to go out to bid.

- The ongoing meter replacement program is getting done.

- The DEP Furlong Project should be completed by the end of the year. Mr. Orton explained that construction is complete and the contractor is finishing up some restoration work.  Final calculations of the cost sharing with Doylestown Township Municipal Authority and the final calculation of tapping fees will be the next step.

 

Mrs. Cozza said she is concerned that if the Governor’s Task Force comes up with a ruling on PFOA limits/treatment substantially below the EPA Federal Health Advisory, the township may be mandated to install the required treatment and will need to raise the rates. Mr. Orton said one issue would be the size of the building needed to contain the treatment unit, however he said there is not enough information at this time to plan for it, and when/if the time comes, it will be regulated by the EPA.

 

Wastewater Budget

 

Mr. Orton said the pump station upgrade program is almost finished, but we will continue with additional upgrades. Mrs. Cozza stated it will not be as expensive as the first time around when large rebuilds were required; it will be general maintenance and repair.

 

Mr. Orton said the generators are a huge improvement in the pump stations, and all but two stations will have them (1 has a portable, and the other is more complicated).

 

Mrs. Cozza mentioned that some projects were pushed out further to increase the income flow this year, such as rejecting the Feeney bid this year which will be back in 2019 at approximately $800,000.

 

Mr. Orton explained that due to the unusual excessive rainfall this year we had the additional expense of Bucks County Water & Sewer pump and haul process.

 

Mr. Calderaio noted that the cash flow really dips low in 2021. Mrs. Cozza introduced the idea of borrowing money for the Lindquist renovation project instead of using township funds. The Board agreed.  Increasing fees was also discussed, as currently the rates are increased only to cover inflation. Mr. Orton said currently Buckingham Townships rates are in the middle of surrounding communities, adding that wastewater treatment operations are expensive.

 

Mr. Calderaio commented on electricity at Furlong Site #1A being much higher than the other sites, and Mr. Orton said that is due to the number of aerators and pump stations needed at the different locations. Mrs. Pistory said electricity rates have gone down and this amount is likely to be reduced.

 

Budget – Board of Supervisors and Finance Department

 

Mrs. Pistory noted that she entered a 10% increase as an estimate for health insurance as she has not received the amount yet, although last year it ended up being only 5%.

 

Mrs. Rash requested money be budgeted for a township newsletter. Mrs. Pistory suggested $600.00 for printing and mailing. It was decided to budget money to cover the publication and mailing of two newsletters.

 

Mrs. Cozza requested assistance for review and recommendation to improve the original sound system in the Board’s meeting room, including the microphones, projector and camera. Mr. Calderaio said it would be helpful to be able to connect their iPads to the projector system. Mrs. Cozza said she would add money for this purpose.

 

Mrs. Pistory reviewed the finance department budget and said there were no specific changes to discuss in the finance department budget.

 

 

Budget - Open Space Fund

 

Mrs. Pistory requested an update on the properties currently being pursued for purchase of agricultural conservation easements. Mrs. Rash said there are 4 properties at this time in the discussion phase – with 2 of them actively involved in the 180-day application process to join the Agricultural Security Area, which is the first requirement before consideration of purchasing easements.

 

 

9:00 p.m. The Work Session adjourned.

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 24th day of October, 2016.

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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