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4613 Hughesian Drive
P.O. Box 413
Buckingham, PA 18912

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Board of Supervisors
2/27/2019 7:30 PM

The regular meeting of the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors was held February 27, 2019 in the Township Building, 4613 Hughesian Drive, Buckingham, Pennsylvania.

 

Present:           Jon Forest                               Chairman

                        Maggie Rash                           Vice-Chairman

                        Paul Calderaio                        Member

                        Dana S. Cozza                        Township Manager

                        Daniel Gray                            Township Engineer

                       

Not Present:    John Ives                                 Bucks County Planning Commission

                        Tom Kelso                             Township Water/Wastewater Consultant

                        Craig A. Smith, Esquire         Township Solicitor

 

Mr. Forest called the regular meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

 

Swearing in of New Police Officers                          Swearing in of Promoted Police Officers

            Michael Davis                                                             William Moffett - Sergeant

            Timothy Weber                                                           Stephen Thomas - Corporal

 

Swearing in of New Police Officers Michael Davis and Timothy Weber and Promoted Police Officers William Moffett promoted to Sergeant, and Stephen Thomas promoted to Corporal.

Judge Maggie Snow, District Justice, was present to swear in New Police Officers Michael Davis and Timothy Weber and Promoted Police Officers William Moffett (promoted to Sergeant) and Stephen Thomas (promoted to Corporal). Many members of the Buckingham Township police department were present, together with officers from throughout Bucks County and the families of the officers, all to witness the ceremony.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Ruckman Way/ Church School Estates

 

Mr. Robert A. Woodruff, 4044 Mechanicsville Road, was present to request an update to his enduring concerns about a property in his neighborhood recently purchased by Ruckman Realty PA, LLC that is apparently being used as a group home or sober living facility.

 

Mrs. Cozza reported: (i) that the homeowner has consulted with the building department regarding a permit for the updates to the basement, and is not using the basement bedrooms until the situation is resolved (ii) the homeowner is working with the township engineer to relocate the driveway onto Mechanicsville Road, rather than continuing to use the existing shared Ruckman Road driveway and (iii) Mr. Smith, township solicitor, and Mr. Yeager, Mr. Woodruff’s lawyer, have contacted one another to discuss Mr. Woodruff’s concerns and are awaiting further consultation between Mr. Woodruff and Mr. Yeager.

 

Mrs. Cozza also explained that per conversations with Eric Brosius of the Bucks County Department of Health, the septic system is regulated by the number of bedrooms within a home, not the number of persons. She said the homeowner has been informed they must confirm that the existing septic system can support the number of bedrooms in use, and the township is awaiting that confirmation.

 

Mr. Woodruff reiterated his contention that the property is being operated like a commercial enterprise, with people coming and going all the time. He said there are ruts along the driveway, branches in the yard and the property is not being maintained. He said that visitors come to his driveway searching for the group home. Mr. Woodruff restated his contention that the use does not comply with township zoning and the township is responsible for enforcing existing zoning.

Mr. Woodruff said the township needs to be creative to get around federal law and support the citizens of Buckingham township to make this situation go away and not happen in Buckingham.

 

Mrs. Rash reminded Mr. Woodruff the township is complying with the Fair Housing Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act which are all Federal law that supersedes the township’s zoning ordinance. Mr. Forest said that Mr. Smith, at the township’s direction remains willing to listen to any ideas that Mr. Woodruff ‘s lawyer presents.

 

Buckingham Township Website – Boards and Commissions

 

Ms. Barbara Sheinmel, Grouse Circle, said she noticed the township website appears to have been recently changed, with the terms and vacant positions for the boards and commissions removed. She said only the names of the current members are now listed.

 

Mrs. Cozza said that webmaster currently retired, so she took the opportunity to review the website and clean things up a bit. She noted that many of the boards and commissions are currently restructuring, possibly downsizing due to lack of quorums at many of their meetings, so it was best to remove that information as it quite possibly will be changing.

 

BOARD’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Mr. Forest announced that current events are available on the Buckingham Township website, and residents should check it frequently at www.buckinghampa.org.

 

Mrs. Rash expressed her appreciation to PECO for their impressive customer service in response to a recent power outage due to storm damage at her home. She also thanked the township Road Crew for their quick clean-up of all the tree debris created by the storm throughout the township. Mr. Skip Salvesen, Mountain Top West, agreed that the township should be proud of our Road Crew because they are very good at their jobs.

 

REQUESTS FOR PAYMENT, PAYROLL and BILL LIST

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 12, to Eastern Environmental Contractors, Inc. for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-01, in the amount of $18,798.16.

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve Payment Request No. 12, to Eastern Environmental Contractors, Inc. for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-01, in the amount of $18,798.16. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 7, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – Electrical Contract BT-17-02, in the amount of $4,500.00.

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve Payment Request No. 7, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Fieldstone Spray Field Upgrades – Electrical Contract BT-17-02, in the amount of $4,500.00. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 10, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Pump Station & Generators and Upgrades PH 2 – General Contract BT-17-03, in the amount of $25,200.00.

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve Payment Request No. 10, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Pump Station & Generators and Upgrades PH 2 – General Contract BT-17-03, in the amount of $25,200.00. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 5, to Derstine Company, LLC, for work completed on the Buckingham Village WWTP 2017 Plant Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-04, in the amount of $138,200.00.

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve Payment Request No. 5, to Derstine Company, LLC, for work completed on the Buckingham Village WWTP 2017 Plant Upgrades – General Contract BT-17-04, in the amount of $138,200.00. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Change Order #2 for the Buckingham Village WWTP 2017 Plant Upgrades, General Contract BT-17-04, increasing the contract by $4,500.00. 

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve Change Order #2 for the Buckingham Village WWTP 2017 Plant Upgrades, General Contract BT-17-04, increasing the contract by $4,500.00. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 5, to BSI Electrical Contractors for work completed on the Buckingham Village WWTP Plant 2017 Upgrades – Electrical Contract BT-17-05, in the amount of $20,000.00.

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve Payment Request No. 5, to BSI Electrical Contractors for work completed on the Buckingham Village WWTP Plant 2017 Upgrades – Electrical Contract BT-17-05, in the amount of $20,000.00. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Change Order #1 for the Buckingham Village WWTP 2017 Plant Upgrades, Electrical Contract BT-17-05, increasing the contract by $13,069.00.  

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve Change Order #1 for the Buckingham Village WWTP 2017 Plant Upgrades, Electrical Contract BT-17-05, increasing the contract by $13,069.00. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 4, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Pump Station Generators and Upgrades, Pump Station 1 - Contract BT-18-01, in the amount of $16,200.00.  

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve Payment Request No. 4, to GS Developers, for work completed on the Pump Station Generators and Upgrades, Pump Station 1 - Contract BT-18-01, in the amount of $16,200.00. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payment Request No. 12, to A.H. Cornell & Sons Inc., for work completed on the Holicong Park Expansion, Phase 1, Contract 2016-04, in the amount of $77,884.83.  

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve Payment Request No. 12, to A.H. Cornell & Sons Inc., for work completed on the Holicong Park Expansion, Phase 1, Contract 2016-04, in the amount of $77,884.83. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving the Request for Contract Extension submitted by A.H. Cornell & Sons Inc. for the Holicong Park Expansion, Phase 1, Contract 2016-04 project to August 1, 2019.

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve the Request for Contract Extension submitted by A.H. Cornell & Sons Inc. for the Holicong Park Expansion, Phase 1, Contract 2016-04 project to August 1, 2019. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of approving Payroll for the weeks ending February 3, 2019 and February 17, 2019, and the Bill List for the meeting of February 27, 2019.

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve Payroll for the weeks ending February 3, 2019 and February 17, 2019, and the Bill List for the meeting of February 27, 2019 in the total amount of $1,669,749.91. The motion carried unanimously.

 

MINUTES

 

Consideration of approving the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the January 23, 2019 Work Session and January 23, 2019 Regular Business Meeting.

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve, as most recently presented, the draft Supervisors’ Minutes of the January 23, 2019 Work Session and January 23, 2019 Regular Business Meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consideration of accepting various Departmental Minutes and Advisory Body Minutes.

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash to approve the various Departmental Minutes and Advisory Body Minutes. 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 March 31, 2019, for “BKTD Tract”, Township File SA 2017-02.  

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash, to accept the Request for Extension to the allowable review time under the provisions of the PA Municipalities Planning Code to March 31, 2019, for “BKTD Tract”, Township File SA 2017-02. The motion carried unanimously.

 

ESCROW RELEASES

 

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

Release #3, Water & Wastewater

$769,664.70 recommended for release

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

Release #2, Site

$35,000.00 recommended for release

RD Realty 3 LLC,

TMP 6-010-009-001 (Church School Road)

Final Release, Release #3, Stormwater Facility Development Contract

Amount to be determined pending resolution of monies owed

 

            Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash, to approve Escrow Release 3, Water & Wastewater, for “Fenton’s Corner (Feeney Tract)”, Township File SA 2013-03, in the amount of $769,664.70.The motion carried unanimously.

            Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash, to approve Escrow Release 2, Site, for Sotter Hill, Lot 3, Township File SA 2006-05, in the amount of $35,000.00. Mr. Gray explained this is the amount that was escrowed for road improvements, if needed. The motion carried unanimously.

            Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash, to approve Escrow Release 3, Final Release, Site, Stormwater Facility Development Contract, TMP 06-010-009-001, in an amount to be determined pending resolution of monies owed. The motion carried unanimously.

 

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS / MANAGER’S ITEMS

 

Consideration of approving the First Amendment to the Agreement of Sale of Conservation Easement between BKTD, LLC, and Buckingham Township for a Conservation Easement on lands located on 4506 New Hope Road, TMP 06-018-094.

 

Mr. Forest made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Rash, to approve the First Amendment to the Agreement of Sale of Conservation Easement between BKTD, LLC, and Buckingham Township for a Conservation Easement on lands located on 4506 New Hope Road, TMP 06-018-094. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

Mr. Calderaio made a motion, seconded by Mr. Forest to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Approved by the Board of Supervisors on the 27th day of March, 2019.

Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors

 Jon Forest, Chairman

Maggie Rash, Vice-Chairman

 Paul Calderaio, Member

 

Attest:

Dana S. Cozza, Secretary

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by Lori Wicen.

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