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Board of Supervisors Work Session
11/14/2018 6:00 PM

The work session of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held November 14, 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

                        Dan Gray                                Township Engineer

                        John Ives                                 Bucks County Planning Commission

                        Craig A. Smith, Esquire         Township Solicitor

 

Not Present:    Tom Kelso                              Township Water/Wastewater Consultant

 

The work session commenced at 6:00 p.m. with executive session to discuss police contract negotiations.

 

6:30 p.m. Mr. Smith, Mr. Gray and Mr. Ives arrived.

 

Buckingham Township Planning Commission

 

Planning Commission members Mrs. Mehling, Mr. Fowles, Mrs. Fink, Dr. Sandberg, Mr. Spadafora and Mr. Salvesen were present, along with Mr. Thomson via FaceTime, to meet with the Board of Supervisors to discuss various concerns.

 

Mrs. Mehling asked the status of the Buckingham Township Comprehensive Plan update. Mr. Smith accepted responsibility for the delay in processing of the update saying that once the Cross Keys traffic improvements associated with the Wawa plan are decided upon and implemented by PennDOT, the comprehensive plan will reflect those improvements and processing of the updated comprehensive plan may continue. He said this is a major component of the total Cross Keys area revitalization plan, which is a primary focus of the Comprehensive Plan.

 

Mr. Thomson requested courtesy be extended to the planning commission when the Board of Supervisors reviews a proposed project by publicly acknowledging during their meeting, and recording in their meeting minutes, the comments and decisions that were recommended by the planning commission regarding the proposed project.

 

Mr. Smith noted the Board of Supervisors receive a packet of information on each project which includes the planning commissions’ minutes along with consultant reviews and other project information.  Mrs. Rash confirmed that the Supervisors do consider the Planning Commissions’ recommendations, and as a former member of the Planning Commission, she appreciates the request and to the extent it is not already done, would be happy to acknowledge the Planning Commission recommendations during the public meeting. Mr. Calderaio agreed with Mrs. Rash, and emphasized the Planning Commission’s recommendations are very heavily considered.

 

Mr. Forest reminded the Planning Commission members that the Board’s decisions are required to be based on the law, and as such they cannot reject a plan that complies with township land use ordinances based on other amorphous factors or the township will face expensive lawsuits.

 

Dr. Sandberg requested the township be more encouraging of renewable energy sources for residents, such as electric charging stations for vehicles, energy efficient housing, wind energy and solar farms.  Mrs. Cozza replied that the township itself uses a lot of electricity, and has studied the use of solar panels, solar lagoon aerators, etc. on township run facilities.  She said as a township the streetlights have been changed to LED’s, and she has heard that PECO is working on electric charging stations. Mr. Forest noted the township does require solar orientation for houses in the subdivision and land development ordinance, however, he added that the federal government is responsible for creating energy sources, not the township. Mr. Smith said the state law establishes building code rules for housing construction.

 

Mrs. Fink said she was very pleased to be on the Bike and Trail Committee and that there is a final plan in process. Mr. Ives confirmed the final plan may be available for presentation in January.

 

Mr. Fowles said he found this meeting valuable and suggested the Supervisors meet with the planning commission members on a more regular basis during the year. Mrs. Rash agreed and proposed scheduling a meeting every six months.

 

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

 

8:19 p.m. The Work Session resumed with executive session to discuss potential litigation and the purchase of conservation easements on the Williams and Maximuck farms.

 

9:13 p.m. The Work Session returned from executive session.

 

Commission/Committee Memberships

 

Mrs. Cozza said that before the township prepared its annual advertisement to fill vacant positions on the various commissions and committees, she wanted to ask the Board if they would consider reducing the membership on the ones that are not very active in recent years, adding there is minimal interest from residents to fill the vacant positions. The Board agreed to reducing the membership on various commissions and committees.

 

Buckingham Township Tile

 

Mrs. Cozza displayed a remake of the Buckingham Township tile, updated from the one that was prepared marking the 300-year anniversary in the year 2000. She showed the board various color combinations asking their preference. Mr. Forest selected a few that were preferable.

 

9:25 p.m. The Work Session resumed with executive session to discuss police contract negotiations.

 

10:00 p.m. The Work Session adjourned.

 

 

 

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 19th day of December, 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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