TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

MINUTES – OCTOBER 4, 2006

 

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on October 4, 2006.  Chairman Santarsiero called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.  Mr. Caiola called the roll.  Mr. Santarsiero noted that the Board convened a special public session at 6:30 p.m. to interview candidates for the Special Events Committee.  The Board then met in Executive Session for approximately fifty minutes discussing real estate and personnel matters.  Mr. Santarsiero apologized for the condition of the room noting they are in the process of remodeling to get the room ready for television.  He stated they hope to be in a position to begin televising the meetings on October 18, 2006.

 

Those present:

 

Board of Supervisors:               Steve Santarsiero, Chairman

                                                Ron Smith, Vice Chairman

                                                Greg Caiola, Secretary/Treasurer

                                                Grace Godshalk, Supervisor

                                                Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor

 

Others:                                     Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager

                                                David Truelove, Township Solicitor

                                                James Majewski, Township Engineer

                                                Kenneth Coluzzi, Chief of Police

 

 

DISCUSSION OF DEDICATION OF GARDEN OF REFLECTION

 

Mr. Santarsiero asked that Ms. Godshalk speak about the recent Dedication of the Garden of Reflection. He noted Ms. Tara Bane was also present this evening.  Mrs. Godshalk stated she and Ms. Bane are members of the Garden of Reflection/9-11 Memorial Committee, and they had the Dedication on Saturday after four and a half years of work.  She stated they estimated 2,500 people were in attendance at the Dedication.  She thanked the Township for their help over the years. 

 

Ms. Bane thanked everyone who helped with the last minute work to get the project ready for the Dedication.  She stated it turned out beautiful and everyone should be proud to have the Memorial in the Township.

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated she has been there a number of times since the Dedication and has heard many positive comments.  Ms. Bane stated it is good seeing so many people visiting the site.

 

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Mr. Santarsiero thanked Ms. Bane, Mrs. Godshalk, and the rest of the Committee on behalf of the Township.  He stated Liuba Lashchyk did a wonderful job in designing it, and he also commended those who spoke at the Dedication.  He stated they want to make sure that they work with the Committee on a going-forward basis to insure that it is maintained and that there is appropriate security.  Mr. Santarsiero stated he feels the Chief should look into this to make sure it is properly protected. 

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated they have had volunteers from landscape companies perform services. 

 

Mr. Stainthorpe stated the Dedication ceremony was fabulous.  He stated at times he was concerned that the Memorial would not be completed, but stated it is truly visionary.  He stated Liuba Lashchyk and the Committee did an excellent job. 

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Mr. Bob Slamen, Bedford Place, stated he attended the Dedication, and it was beautiful.  He commended them on the “Fly-Over.”  Mr. Slamen asked if the Park is open twenty-four hours, and Mrs. Godshalk stated the Policy is that all Township Parks close at dusk, but there are no gates.  Mr. Slamen expressed concern with the potential for vandalism. 

Mr. Smith stated there have been a number of problems with vandalism in the Township in the past at Macclesfield Park and Stoddard, but hopefully they will do their best to prevent this. 

 

Mr. Paul Krupp, 1171 University Drive, noted the newspaper article by Chris English which was a good summary of what they are doing with regard to the Trenton-Mercer Airport.  He stated the Hearing will be held on October 24 in Philadelphia with the Third Circuit Court.  Mr. Krupp stated he has been attending the DVRPC Aviator meetings for a number of years, and in their most recent publication which is a forecast of planning between now and 2030, there was a map of the Delaware Valley and they described commercial airports. On the map they show three airports designated as commercial airports, one of which was Wilmington, one was Philadelphia, and the third being Trenton-Mercer designated as a full-size commercial airport operation.  Mr. Fedorchak was asked to obtain a copy of this publication for the Board of Supervisors.

 

Ms. Holly Bussey, 20 Knoll Drive, stated since their last presentation before the Board of Supervisors they have attended local events and their data base of names has grown.  They have targeted mailings in key neighborhoods and since August 15 have raised over $4,500.  They have been offered a private matching challenge by an anonymous donor who will match every $100 donation made until tomorrow.  She stated those interested in making a donation can go to their website, wwwBRRAM.org.  She stated they have Pay Pal and accept credit cards. 

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Ms. Bussey commended the Township on the Memorial noting she studied monument architecture in college and has visited monuments all over the world, and feels the 9-11 Memorial is one of the best she has seen.  She stated she feels this will be a stopping point for architecture and Memorial design students. 

 

Mr. Smith asked the feedback BRRAM received at Community Pride Day, and

Mr. Krupp stated many of the people were familiar with the situation but many were not.  Ms. Bussey stated they had a very good response at Yardley’s Harvest Day.  She stated while some people indicated they might fly out of the airport two to three times a year after the expansion, she asked them if they felt this was a fair trade off for the thirty to sixty planes flying over their neighborhood.  Mr. Santarsiero asked that they come back with an update after the Court Hearing.

 

Ms. Lisa Gayle, 1101 Quarry Commons Drive, stated she is representing people who sent a petition about the safety of Creamery Road.  She stated Quarry Hill Elementary School is across the street and children from their neighborhood have to walk across the street to get to the School.  She stated the current speed limit is 35 miles per hour, and people are going much faster than this. She stated they have seen cars going off the road and up onto the curb, hitting signs, etc.   She stated the School is also very concerned.  She stated recreation baseball also takes place in this area, and cars are parking on the street.  She stated they would like the speed taken down to 25 miles per hour and to 15 miles per hour during School opening and closing times.  They would also like flashing lights at the beginning and end of the road.  She stated there have also been suggestions of a guard rail.

 

Mr. Santarsiero stated Ms. Virginia Torbert, who is present this evening, is the Traffic Commissioner for this area from the Citizens Traffic Commission.  He stated he feels she, the Chief, and Mr. Coyne should look into this to see what can be done.  Chief Coluzzi agreed to meet with the group to go over some ideas on the site and come up with some additional measures.  He stated Creamery Road is a Township road. 

Mr. Santarsiero stated the Citizens Traffic Commission is in the process of identifying trouble spots in each area, will elicit public comment, and will then come up with a Plan to be presented to the Board of Supervisors. He stated he does not feel they have to wait for that to occur before working on this particular situation. 

 

Ms. Torbert stated she is aware of the situation and she would be happy to attend a site visit when the Chief meets with the residents.  Chief Coluzzi agreed to contact

Ms. Torbert when this site visit takes place.  Ms. Torbert stated she does not feel the School crossing area is well marked.  She stated she rarely sees a crossing guard crossing children at this location.  Ms. Gayle stated currently there are thirty children walking there from her neighborhood.

 

Mr. Fedorchak stated he lived in that area for six to seven years; and during that time once or twice a year, he would get a car in his front yard.  He agrees it is a speed issue. 

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Ms. Sue Herman, 1988 Boxwood Drive, stated the VA Cemetery Overlay Ordinance was reviewed by the Newtown Township Planning Commission last night, and they will review it again for final comments on October 17.  She stated she would like to have the Board of Supervisors’ support at that meeting. She stated she has a copy of the Ordinance, and asked if it could be reviewed by the Township.  She stated on October 25 the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors will review the Ordinance and consider approval to go forward to the Joint Zoning Council.  She stated she is very concerned that no traffic study has been done and feels Zoning changes should wait until traffic studies have been done.  She is concerned that they will use the Veterans Cemetery as an excuse to accommodate traffic on Lindenhurst and Stoopville Roads and make a northern

by-pass.  Ms. Herman asked Mr. Fedorchak if there was an update on the meeting he was trying to set up with regard to the by-pass lights.  Mr. Fedorchak stated he did contact Newtown Township and Gannet-Fleming, but they have not yet gotten back to him. 

Mr. Fedorchak agreed to call again.  Ms. Herman asked about Lindenhurst Road traffic calming, and Mr. Majewski stated he has been told that the Plans will be ready in a week or two for resubmission to PennDOT.

 

Ms. Dorothy Bueller, Heacock Meadows, asked if the Township is considering anything in the future for the Seniors other than using the Township meeting room.  She stated she moved to Lower Makefield from Middletown where they had their own building and many more things for the Seniors to do.  Mr. Santarsiero stated they have looked at some existing buildings, but these were not acceptable to the Lower Makefield Township Seniors organization.  They are hopeful that they will be able to find an alternative location in the Township to be used as a Community Center with an area for the Seniors, and Ms. Bueller stated she feels this would be a good idea.    Mr. Santarsiero stated he feels Community Day underscored the need for a Community Center as people in the Township are interested in coming together for various activities.  Ms. Bueller stated Lower Makefield is an affluent community and should have something more for their Seniors than a room.

 

Mr. Sam Conti, Sutphin Road, stated five months ago Mr. Marshall was charged with coming up with a Master Plan for the Patterson Farm, and he asked the status of this project. Mr. Santarsiero stated they will discuss this at their first meeting in November and there will be meetings prior to this including all those interested. 

 

Mr. Scott Burgess, Glen Drive, stated he felt they would be hearing more information this evening on the short-term solutions for flooding from Schoor DePalma.  Mr. Santarsiero stated he did not include this on this evening’s Agenda as they have not heard anything further from Schoor DePalma.  Mr. Majewski stated there are some short-term solutions that will be included in the final report expected next week.  He stated there are some areas of the towpath which are lower than other areas; and by raising these lower portions of the towpath where water tends to spill over, they feel it will help alleviate some flooding in some of the areas.  They are also looking into retrofitting some of the

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detention basins that drain into the streams that go into the Delaware Canal.  They are

hoping these could hold back more water and infiltrate it. 

 

Mr. Santarsiero asked if the final report including cost estimates will be completed by the

next Board meeting, and Mr. Majewski stated it will.  Mr. Santarsiero agreed to put this matter on the Agenda for the next meeting. 

 

Mr. Smith asked how long it would take for some of the short-term measures to be implemented, and Mr. Majewski stated some of the short-term measures are out of the Township’s control as they involve the Canal and they would need approval from other agencies.  Mr. Smith stated he would like to see something implemented before next spring.  Mr. Majewski stated he feels some items could be done by the spring.

 

Mr. Burgess asked if they have any other updates on the suggestions his group presented at the last meeting.  Mr. Santarsiero stated he feels theses are items being considered by Schoor DePalma.  Mr. Santarsiero stated much of this depends on the financial resources that are available.  Mr. Burgess stated before the next meeting, he would like to come up with a list of items they would like to see addressed so that they can be considered and answered at the next meeting.

 

Mr. Fedorchak stated Mr. Burgess has asked about the Army Corps of Engineers, and it is his understanding that the Corps is unable to fund the hazard mitigation project outlined by Schoor DePalma.  He stated they will sponsor projects by offering technical support.  He stated they have stated that they would be willing to undertake a study of the Delaware River including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York although he does not yet have complete information on this.  He stated they will not fund the structural relief project that has been offered by Schoor DePalma.  Mr. Caiola noted the article in the Trenton Times indicating that the Army Corps is not funding much as they do not have the funds themselves noting the expenses involved with Hurricane Katrina. 

 

Mr. Burgess asked for an update on the backflow preventers, and Mr. Majewski stated he is supplying the manufacturers with calculations so they can properly fabricate the backflow preventers.

 

Mr. Ray Weddington, 9 Glen Drive, stated he is on the Engineering Committee of RAFT, and he is concerned that it appears that they have lost some of their momentum.  He is concerned what would happen if there was a storm next week which resulted in

twenty-six feet of water and asked what their solution would be for this.  Mr. Santarsiero stated even if they could produce a Plan that had full funding, and if it could have been accomplished within the last two months, it would still not be sufficient to handle this level of storm.  He stated the Board’s resolve has not lessened.  He stated the Final Plan will be on the Agenda by the next meeting, and if RAFT has a list of items to be addressed, he would agree to accept this.  He stated the local Government has tried to

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move this matter forward.  He stated much of this rests with the Federal and State Government in terms of funding.  He stated they just heard that the Army Corps of Engineers is unlikely to come through with funding this year.  He stated the Board previously discussed in the summer the need for both the Township and the residents to engage in as much public relations pressure as possible on the Federal Government to come through with money, and they will have to work together on this.  He stated the Board considers this a pressing issue and all Board members toured the area after the last flood and understand that they have to try to do something. 

 

Mr. Majewski stated there are a few things the Township can do if there was a flood next week. He stated they have identified areas where water has been backing up and they could block off those pipes so that less water could get to the areas to which it is currently going.  He stated there are other areas that have been identified where they can clean out culverts and other areas that tend to clog and spill water, and this could be done on a three-day notice. 

 

Mr. Weddington stated he was happy that Yardley Borough had been invited to the meetings, but feels Morrisville and the DC & R should also be included.  He also asked about the availability of sand bags.  Mr. Santarsiero stated at the Southeastern Bucks League of Municipalities, he discussed this matter with the Morrisville representative and advised her that the Township engineer would contact their engineer so they are being included.  Mr. Santarsiero stated the Morrisville representative indicated it did not appear that anything Lower Makefield was proposing would negatively impact Morrisville.

 

Chief Coluzzi stated with regard to sandbags, it would depend on the extent of the problem whether or not the National Guard would have sufficient sandbags to handle all the requests.  He stated they would try very quickly to get sandbags.  Mr. Smith asked if the Township could have sandbags on hand, and Chief Coluzzi stated they would have to consider how they would store them, fill them, transportation etc.  Chief Coluzzi was asked to look into this.  Mr. Santarsiero stated during the walk through of the area they also discussed the need to organize the residents in the area so that they can be there to help. 

 

Ms. Alison Smith, Glen Drive, commented on how much more forward Lower Makefield is than the other Townships, and stated they appreciate this.  She asked if the Army Corps would be willing to fund some of the smaller items, and Mr. Fedorchak stated they will not noting that their specialty is large projects, and there are no funds available at this time.  Ms. Smith asked if there are funds left so that RAFT could have another meeting with the Township engineer prior to the next Board meeting.  Mr. Santarsiero agreed to get back to Ms. Smith on this.

 

 

 

 

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TOWNSHIP ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

 

Mr. Stainthorpe stated the Township has already been recognized for its purchase of wind power.  He stated the Township has also received an award from PennFuture Foundations recognizing the Township as a Green Power purchaser for State and Local Governments.  He stated the Township has now received another award from Community Energy. 

He stated there was a press conference yesterday to announce to the public the commitment made by the Township to Smart Power to purchase 20% of the Township’s energy from renewable sources by 2010.  He stated there is one other task to be completed in order for the Township to receive a one kilowatt solar panel system.  He stated they need to have 7% of the residents to commit to renewable energy or sign up 200 new households.  He stated sign-up forms are available and information will be on the Township Website and TV Channel.  He stated the Board encourages the residents to support this effort so the Township can get the free system and also because it is the right thing to do for our economy, our foreign policy, and for the environment.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Smith moved and Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of September 20, 2006 as written.  Motion carried with

Mrs. Godshalk abstained.

 

 

APPROVE RE-ADVERTISEMENT OF ORDINANCE #363 AND ORDINANCE #364 LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCES

 

Mr. Closser and Mr. Bray were present.  Mr. Santarsiero stated at the first meeting in August the Board of Supervisors voted to advertise the new Low Impact Development Ordinances.  There were comments made and he understands that the Task Force made revisions following those comments and are present again to request re-advertisement in light of the changes made.

 

Mr. Closser stated the Lower Makefield Township Planning Commission did see the changes and have recommended approval of the Ordinances.  The main change was the topsoil removal provisions in the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. 

He stated there were also some changes made to ensure that there was consistency from Section to Section concerning references to the Best Management Practices Manual and steep slope regulations.

 

Mr. Stainthorpe moved and Mr. Caiola seconded to approve re-advertisement of Ordinance #363 and Ordinance #364 – Low Impact Development Ordinances.

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Mr. Smith commended the EAC and the Planning Commission for working so well together.

 

Ms. Torbert asked how the topsoil will be handled in the Ordinance, and Mr. Majewski stated it was attached to the erosion and sediment control section and indicates that topsoil cannot be removed from the site.

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

AWARD BID FOR KINGS ROAD DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

 

Mr. Majewski stated the Township received four bids to replace failing pipe and

re-construct a head wall.  He stated they reviewed the bids and found the low bidder to be appropriate.  The bid matches the estimate that he had given.

 

Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Caiola seconded and it was unanimously carried to award the bid to S & H Landscaping at a cost of $84,808.

 

Mr. Fedorchak noted there was $100,000 in the Budget for this project.

 

 

AWARD PUBLIC WORKS BIDS FOR SNOW PLOWING AND LEAF COLLECTION

 

Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mr. Smith seconded and it was unanimously carried to award the snow plowing and leaf collection bid as recommended by the Public Works Director.

 

 

FIORELLO GROVE PRELIMINARY PLAN APPROVAL

 

Mr. Henry VanBlunk, attorney, was present with Mr. Marrazzo.  Mr. VanBlunk stated this is a ten acre site at the intersection of Big Oak and Derbyshire Roads.  He stated it is a heavily-wooded area and Rock Run Creek runs through part of it.  They propose three building lots and one lot will remain as an open space area.  One building lot will be one acre, one 1.7 acres, and one 2.3 acres.  They have been before the Planning Commission on four occasions and revised their Plans twice.  On 8/28/06, the Planning Commission recommended Preliminary Plan Approval.  The last engineer’s review letter dated 7/17/06 was noted, and Mr. VanBlunk stated they will comply with all items. 

 

Mr. VanBlunk stated they do need to discuss Item #3 regarding lot frontage improvements.  He stated there is already a sidewalk on Derbyshire Road on the property, and the Planning Commission has suggested that the sidewalk be installed on Big Oak Road.  Mr. VanBlunk noted that the sidewalk would not connect all the way to Charles

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Boehm as there are three existing homes that do not have sidewalks in that area. 

Mr. Stainthorpe stated he would be in favor of the sidewalk on Big Oak Road. 

Mr. Marrazzo stated they are willing to follow the Board’s recommendation. 

 

Mr. VanBlunk asked if the Board of Supervisors would consider granting Final Approval at this time, and Mr. Truelove stated it has only been submitted as a Preliminary Plan; and while the Final Plan may not deviate substantially, it would be best to grant only Preliminary Plan at this time.

 

Mr. Stainthorpe moved and Mr. Smith seconded to grant Preliminary Plan Approval to Fiorello Grove Subdivision, Plans dated 7/7/05 last dated 6/26/06 subject to the following:

 

1)  Applicant shall comply with the Lower Makefield Township Subdivision

and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO), the Lower Makefield Township Zoning Ordinance, and all applicable local, State and Federal Ordinances,

statutes and/or laws;

 

2)  Receipt of all permits, authorizations and/or approvals from all agencies

with jurisdiction including, but not limited to PADEP and NPDES;

 

3)  Compliance with Schoor DePalma review letter dated 7/17/06;

 

4)  Applicant to pay, pursuant to SALDO Section 178-92, the Fee-In-Lieu

of Recreation land, said amount to be determined;

 

5)  Applicant to pay, pursuant to SALDO Section 178-39 an Impact Fee

payable for off-site public transportation capital improvements as authorized under the applicable Impact Fee Ordinance that the Township adopted under Article V-A of the MPC, said amount to be determined;

 

6)  Compliance with Lower Makefield Township Planning Commission

review memorandum dated 8/30/06;

 

7)  Compliance with Deed Restrictions regarding impervious surface

conditions for Lots 1, 2, and/or 3 of the respective Plans, and which

are more specifically defined and set forth in a “Declaration of  Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions” which was drafted pursuant to discussions

with the Township Solicitor;

 

8) Where applicable, Applicant shall comply with all comments from the appropriate authorities responsible for approval of the proposed utilities.

 

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Ms. Karen Gates, 95 Big Oak Road, stated she feels where Derbyshire Road comes into Big Oak Road at a “T” it is an extremely dangerous place to cross the street because it is a three-way intersection.  She feels a lot of people would use the sidewalk were it installed. 

 

Ms. Torbert asked where the driveways will be located for the three lots, and

Mr. VanBlunk stated they are all on Derbyshire Road.

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

DISCUSSION OF ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR TRAFFIC FLOW PROBLEMS AT WILLIAM PENN MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

Mr. Thomas Gillette, Director of Physical Plant & Facilities, was present.  He showed a map of William Penn Middle School and noted the location of the entrance/exit to the School where there is a considerable back-up.  He noted an area where buses go around the School.  He stated to resolve the issue of back-ups they are considering where they could locate another exit out of the parking area. 

 

Mr. Gillette noted one option and showed a location where they could add a road which would go out to Roelofs Road at the back.  He stated it would be very expensive to build a 300 yard road and would be adjacent to the rear of some existing properties.  He noted another option would be to add an exit at a location which would be the farthest from the entrance, and he showed this location on the map.  He stated this does present a problem because of its proximity to Roelofs Road.  He stated because it would be so close to the road, they would only use it during the morning drop off and afternoon when children are leaving to go home.  The rest of the day, they would gate or chain this location. 

Mr. Gillette stated the third option would be to have an exit across from Gloria Lane which would result in a four-way intersection.  Another option would be coming to the end and adding an exit at a location he showed on the map but stated this would not solve their problem with congestion.  The final option would be to widen the existing entrance/exit, although he did not feel this would solve all their problems.

 

Chief Coluzzi stated about one year ago he did a vulnerability assessment of all the Schools and brought this problem to Mr. Sherwood’s attention.  He stated there was some concern with residents from Roelofs Road when the School District indicated they wanted to have an exit onto Roelofs Road.  Chief Coluzzi stated the option he had recommended was the “blue” option shown on the map on Derbyshire Road although they need to meet the requirement of setback from the intersection.  He stated the widening of the existing driveway would make traffic flow in and out of that driveway easier but does not solve all their problems.  He stated the “green” solution on the map creates an intersection and this would create a hazard.  Chief Coluzzi stated the

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“blue” option is the best option provided Mr. Majewski insures that there is a proper setback from the intersection. 

 

Mr. Smith asked if the Citizens Traffic Commission should look at this as well.

It was noted that they will have to submit a Plan to the Township.  Mr. Stainthorpe

stated he would be in favor of proceeding with the Chief’s recommendation.

 

 

ZONING HEARING BOARD

 

With regard to the Jerry Kaye Better Living Patio Rooms Variance Requests for property located at 752 Gordon Drive to construct a three-season sunroom on a new deck resulting in greater than permitted impervious surface and non-conformity with rear yard Special Setback, it was agreed that the Solicitor should participate to insure that they limit the increase as much as possible. 

 

 

SUPERVISORS’ REPORTS

 

Mr. Smith stated the Planning Commission is going to invite the Historic Commission to come to their meeting to discuss Edgewood Village.  He stated the Citizens Budget Commission met for the first time and will be studying ways to assist the Township in the Budget process.

 

Mr. Caiola stated the Park & Recreation Board discussed scheduling athletic events around some of the key holidays.  He stated they will try to make sure that everyone is aware of these holidays when they schedule events. 

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated there is still work to be done at the Memorial such as directional signs, benches, trash cans, etc. and they are still fundraising.  Mrs. Godshalk stated she has heard that CAPS is moving on to another location, although Mr. Fedorchak stated he has received nothing official on this as yet.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated he did have two different individuals approach him at Harvest Day indicating that CAPS was not handling the facility in a way that was acceptable.  He stated if they are moving out, this is a non issue, but if they have plans to stay, the Township needs to look into this further. 

Mrs. Godshalk stated she feels it was an internal situation in CAPS and did not have anything to do with the Township.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 2125 – AUTHORIZING APPLICATION TO THE 2007 BUCKS COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

 

Mr. Fedorchak stated the staff has made application to Bucks County for a Community Development Block Grant for repair work to the Satterthwaite House.  They are asking for $46,200 and hope to paint and do other repairs.

 

Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Stainthorpe seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve Resolution No. 2125.

 

 

BUDGET DISCUSSION

 

Mr. Santarsiero stated last year when they approved the Budget one of the comments made during Public Comment was that the Board had held their meetings in the late afternoon which made it difficult for the public to participate.  He stated the Board indicated that they would make an effort this year to address that and schedule meetings at times when the public would be more able to attend.  Mr. Santarsiero stated the Board should consider what evenings they are available.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated they usually need at least three meetings to review the Budget.  Mr. Santarsiero stated they will try to work out a schedule that works for the members of the Board, and they will put the schedule on the Township Website so that the public knows when there will be meetings.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

Mr. Caiola stated Philadelphia Magazine ranked Lower Makefield nineteen on their annual list of best places to live in the region.   He stated the Township has the lowest violent crime rate of any Township in the area.  Mr. Caiola commended those who governed in the past who have helped the Township develop and feels what the Township has done recently will make it an even better place to live.  Chief Coluzzi stated Money Magazine ranked Lower Makefield twenty-sixth in the Country. 

 

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

Mr. Caiola moved, Mr. Smith seconded and it was unanimously carried to appoint Cheryl Gublo and Susan Steiner to the Special Events Committee.

 

 

 

 

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There being no further business, Mr. Stainthorpe moved, Mrs. Godshalk seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m.

 

                                                                        Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Greg Caiola, Secretary