TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

MINUTES – MAY 16, 2007

 

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on May 16, 2007.  Chairman Smith called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.  Mr. Santarsiero called the roll.

 

Those present:

 

Board of Supervisors:             Ron Smith, Chairman

                                                Greg Caiola, Vice Chairman

                                                Steve Santarsiero, 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

 

 

CONFIRMATION OF PROCLAMATION FOR EAGLE SCOUT, KEITH RANKIN

 

Mr. Keith Rankin was present with Mr. John Heilferty, Naturalist, at the Five Mile Woods.  Mr. Heilferty reported on the work done by Mr. Rankin in the Five Mile Woods.

He stated Mr. Rankin’s Eagle Scout project of trail marking became so complex that they had to re-do the map and the Map (which was shown this evening) became part of his project.  He also fabricated and hung kestrel boxes in the Woods.  Mr. Smith presented the Proclamation to Mr. Rankin and congratulated him on behalf of the Board.

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE DISCUSSION

 

Members of the Special Events Committee were present.  Mr. Smith stated several weeks ago they held the First Annual Spring Fling at Elm Lowne.  A representative of the Committee thanked the sponsors – McCaffrey, Shady Brook, and SuperFresh, as well as Jo Norum and the rest of the Elm Lowne Committee for their help.  She reviewed the activities which took place that day.  She also thanked the Police Department, EMTs, Fire Department, the Pennsbury High School students who were involved, and the many other volunteers. 

 

Mr. Smith stated a video was prepared by Pennsbury High School students which will be set to music and will be ready to be shown shortly.  The Special Events Committee

 

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representative stated they look forward to Community Pride Day to be held on Monday, September 3.

 

Mr. Caiola stated this was a good opportunity to appreciate the Elm Lowne property. 

He stated he feels 75% of the people present that day had never been on the property before.  He thanked all members of the Special Events Committee and all those who worked on this event.

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated she has written to the Committee thanking them for their work and made some suggestions for the future as was requested by the Committee.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Ms. Barbara Petrush, 47 Sutphin Pines, thanked Ms. Frick for all her hard work on the Marrazzo’s matter.  She asked if they have checked the records in Doylestown, and

Mr. Truelove stated they are still looking into this and hope to have information by the next meeting.  Ms. Petrush showed pictures of the view from Sutphin Road including the gasoline tank, the piles of stone, debris which is falling over the fence onto Sutphin Pines property, and debris and stone which have been pushed under the Sutphin Pines fence.  She stated it also shows their use of impervious space.

 

Mr. Smith stated they are following the process; and in order to limit liability to the Township, the policy must proceed.  He stated they will turn the pictures over to their Solicitor and the Zoning Department.  Mr. Smith stated he did receive information from

a group called NAM (Neighbors Against Marrazzo’s).

 

Mr. Caiola asked who owns the property on the other side of the fence, and Ms. Petrush stated it is the Sutphin Pines common area.  Mr. Smith stated at some point this matter will go before the Zoning Hearing Board, and the residents should participate in that process.   Mr. Truelove stated the Marrazzo’s have a certain period of time within which to submit responses to the Notice received from the Township.  He stated they had to submit forms for Application to the Zoning Hearing Board within five days of receiving the letter from the Township which should make it next week.  Ms. Petrush stated she hopes an Ordinance is passed so that this cannot occur again.  Mr. Smith stated they are trying to work on issues which relate to quality of life.

 

Ms. Cynthia Osofsky provided additional pictures. 

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated the present Ordinance has a Stipulation that when there is a change of Zoning to a higher use, they are required to have a certain buffer.  She asked if they are exempt from this because they are grandfathered.  Mr. Truelove stated they are required to obtain Variances as Ms. Frick’s letter has indicated; and while he did not want to

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comment until he had more information, he stated a buffer could be something that would be implicated.  Ms. Petrush stated since Matrix will be built, she does not want those homeowners to have to face what her neighbors are facing.  Mr. Smith stated he is also concerned about noise pollution.  Ms. Petrush stated they had a refrigerated tractor trailer on the property, and all weekend the generator was running all night long.

 

Ms. Cynthia Osofsky stated she would like to thank Ms. Frick for the work she has done.   Mr. Smith asked Mr. Fedorchak to communicate this to Ms. Frick.  Ms. Osofsky stated Ms. Frick is referring to the new addition as a greenhouse, but Ms. Osofsky stated she does not feel it is really a greenhouse.  She stated the yellow tape is strictly ceremonial as there were shoppers there all weekend.  Ms. Osofsky stated Ms. Frick indicated that when she had visited the property, the Marrazzos indicated that because they were concerned about the neighbors that they had brought all the lawnmowers into the greenhouse structure.  Ms. Osofsky showed a photograph of lawn mowers that are still outside. 

She also noted there is more stone and more lawn mowers than before.  She asked why landscape material such as trees and plants are not being displayed out front as opposed to lawn mowers, stone, and mulch.  Ms. Osofsky stated it also appears that the roof is leaking in the new structures as they have black plastic on the roof.  She stated she understands Ms. Frick has been there a number of times, but she would ask that the Board of Supervisors visit the facility as well.  She stated the street sweeper is being run at

6:00 a.m. and mulch is loaded very early in the morning and continuously all day long.

 

Ms. Sue Herman stated they have not yet received a copy of the letter which was to be written to get the Lindenhurst Road traffic calming project moving along.  Mr. Fedorchak stated he did contact Dave Steil after the last meeting and asked that they have a meeting with everyone involved in the PennDOT organization including the head of District Six.  A week ago Mr. Steil contacted him and stated either they will have the meeting or they will get the Permit approved.  On May 14, the Township received a copy of the letter sent to Mr. Steil from PennDOT stating that all major issues with respect to the issuance of the Highway Occupancy Permit have been resolved.  While a few minor issues are outstanding, the Permit will be issued shortly.   Mr. Majewski was asked to contact PennDOT to make sure those issues were minor; and Mr. Majewski indicated they are very close to having the Permit issued, and they anticipate it will be issued in the near future.  Ms. Herman stated the residents are concerned that something is happening behind the scenes at a political level which is holding this up.  She stated they are questioning whether Mr. Steil’s Task Force will recommend against traffic calming on Lindenhurst Road which is a residential road with inordinately high volumes of truck traffic.  She stated at the Open House held in April by Mr. Steil’s Task Force residents filled out surveys, and the following comment was written by numerous Lindenhurst Road residents “Now is the time to implement the proposed traffic calming measures along Lindenhurst and Stoopville Roads and follow through on making the Newtown

By-Pass function optimally by 1) making the lights traffic responsive with the goal being

 

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to move traffic as efficiently, and 2) insuring that the traffic-responsive light system is continuously monitored and maintained to keep the By-Pass functioning optimally.

These measures are relatively simple and inexpensive compared to the horrific consequences and possible lawsuits that could occur if they are not done.”  She stated the residents expect that the project will begin by the end of May as promised in

Mr. Majewski’s letter to them, and they will be greatly disappointed and begin asking questions if the project does not start by then.

 

Mr. Fedorchak stated today they opened bids for Phase II of the Lindenhurst Road Traffic Calming project; and he anticipates that at the next public meeting, Mr. Majewski will be making a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.  Ms. Herman stated it has been two and a half years since the Grant was approved, and residents are out of patience.

 

Ms. Herman stated on May 21 at 7:30 p.m. the Lower Makefield Citizens Traffic Commission encourages the public to come out to discuss traffic problems they have in their neighborhoods and elsewhere in the Township.  Mr. Santarsiero stated residents from the entire Township are invited to attend. 

 

Mr. Smith stated he and Mr. Caiola serve on the Task Force as representatives from Lower Makefield.  He stated while the Task Force is a regional Task Force, he and

Mr. Caiola stand there on a local level strongly in support of Ms. Herman’s group in respect to getting the traffic calming on Lindenhurst Road.  Ms. Herman stated their concern is that at higher political levels there may be maneuverings to stall the project.

She stated four to five years ago when the Lower Makefield Board of Supervisors applied for Lindenhurst Road to be turned back to the Township, Mr. Steil interfered in the process and it was the first turn-back request denied by District Six in ten years. 

 

A woman asked if Township Officials will be present at the Citizens Traffic Commission to hear the complaints from the public; and Mr. Santarsiero stated he is present as the Supervisor Liaison along with the Township Traffic engineer.  He stated if a concern is something that is of a more immediate nature that can be handled quickly, they ask the Traffic engineer to look into it and work with Mr. Fedorchak.  If it is a long-term issue, this would be one of the things the Traffic Commission would review and then make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.  Mr. Smith asked when they anticipate the Traffic Commission will present their findings; and Mr. Santarsiero stated this is the last Public Hearing, and he feels by early fall they will have recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.  Ms. Herman stated the residents are welcome to attend their meetings any time, and they meet the third Monday of every month.  Mr. Santarsiero stated the three special meetings were a special opportunity where the only business before the Commission was to hear residents’ comments. 

 

Mr. Paul Cecilio, President of the Sutphin Pines Homeowners Association, stated the only property Marrazzo’s touches is Sutphin Pines.  He stated he too has some photos of

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the pits where they put their mulch and the photos have been time-stamped three different days.  He submitted these to the Board this evening.  Mr. Caiola stated Marrazzo’s do have a responsibility to maintain their property.

 

Mr. Al Laurer, Heacock Meadows, stated he is concerned with the sound from I-95.

He stated he has lived there for sixteen years, but because of the increase in the size of the road and potential improvements to Scudders Falls, he would like there to be sound barriers installed.  Mr. Smiths stated they did have representatives from the Bridge Commission present at one of their meetings, and he asked Mr. Laurer if he had an opportunity to see the re-broadcast of that meeting; and Mr. Laurer stated he did not. 

Mr. Smith stated this is available at the Township, and he may wish to view the tape. 

Mr. Laurer stated he understands that they intend to install sound barriers at least part way, but he asked if they were going to extend them past 332.  Mr. Smith stated they are not. 

 

Mr. Santarsiero stated for the highway south of 332, it would be under PennDOT jurisdiction.  The construction being done from 332 north to the River, across the Bridge, and into New Jersey is being performed by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission with PennDOT through a Memorandum of Agreement.  He stated he believes the money for any sound barriers that would go into that stretch would be from the Joint Toll Bridge Commission.  With respect to the stretch south of 332, that would be solely PennDOT, and they were not present at the meeting with the Board of Supervisors.  He stated they will have to bring this sound issue up to PennDOT. 

 

Mr. Laurer asked if there is someone the residents should contact to put on more pressure, and Mr. Santarsiero suggested that they get a petition together, and the Township could put this on as an Agenda item and bring someone in from PennDOT to discuss this. 

 

Mr. Smith stated at the meeting with the Joint Toll Bridge Commission they sent them a message to go back to whoever is the head of their organization and advise them it would be unfair not to have the sound barriers on both sides from beginning to end.  He also suggested that they write to their State Representatives, Congressmen, and the Governor. 

 

Mr. Laurer provided a letter to Mr. Fedorchak to this evening.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF GLOBAL WARMING CONFERENCE

 

Mr. Santarsiero noted the presence of Mr. Bray.  Mr. Santarsiero stated they will hold the Global Warming Conference this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Charles Boehm with Congressman Murphy making the Keynote Address. 

 

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Mr. Santarsiero stated they are sponsoring this with the EAC, the Pennsylvania Land Use Coalition, and the Pennsbury School District. 

 

Mr. Bray stated Registration is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  He stated they will have well-respected local scientists discussing global warming and defining solutions.  They will have a panel Q & A period.  In the afternoon, they will have break-out sessions where action plans will be prepared.  Several environmental organizations will be present with displays.  Congressman Murphy and Representative Steil will be present.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome.  He stated there is no cost to attend.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Caiola moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of May 2, 2007 as corrected.

 

 

APPROVE REQUEST BY WOODSIDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH TO USE TEMPORARY STORAGE UNITS DURING ITS EXPANSION CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

 

Mr. Bruce Jones, Ms. Carla Carter, and Pastor Doug Hoagland were present.

Mr. Jones stated they are faced with a situation that their Church is growing; and following their expansion of 1988, they need to expand the facility again.  He stated as they were going through the planning process, they recognized that a significant portion of the Church will need to be replaced, and they will lose a lot of their local storage capabilities which are essential to keeping the Preschool and Church operation functioning.  They would like to bring in some temporary storage facilities close to an entrance of the Church so that they can continue their operations.

 

Mr. Jones showed a Plan of the property including some locations where they would like to keep the storage facilities.  He stated a final decision on the exact location has not yet been made. 

 

Mr. Stainthorpe asked how big they feel these would be, and Mr. Jones stated they would have two 10’ by 18’ units with height not to exceed 9’.  Mr. Smith asked how long they anticipate they would be at that location, and Mr. Jones stated they would need to be placed before construction, during construction, and following that they would be removed.  Construction is expected to take eleven to twelve months.  He stated both locations they have suggested are relatively secluded and should have limited visibility from the street.

 

 

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Mr. Santarsiero moved and Mr. Stainthorpe seconded to grant permission to site the temporary storage units.  Motion carried with Mr. Caiola abstained.

 

 

APPROVE ORDINANCE NO. 362 AMENDING THE ZONING REGULATIONS RELATED TO THE SALE AND STORAGE OF FIREWORKS

 

Mr. Stainthorpe moved and Mr. Santarsiero seconded to approve Ordinance No. 362.

 

There was no public comment. 

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Truelove stated this will be effective five days after this evening.

 

 

DISCUSSION AND APPROVAL OF PROPOSAL FOR A FARMERS’ MARKET AT THE EDGEWOOD VILLAGE POCKET PARK

 

Ms. Jeanne Bray, 12 Terracedale Road, Mr. Jim Bray, 12 Terracedale Road, and

Ms. Sandy Guzikowski, 1205 Big Oak Road, were present.  Mr. Bray stated for a long time it was felt a farmers’ market in Lower Makefield Township might have merit, and the Environmental Advisory Council has been in favor of a proposal of this type as has Ms. Guzikowski who owns a farm in the Township, Ms. Jeanne Bray, and

Mr. Santarsiero, who is the Liaison for the EAC.  Mr. Bray stated during the last Community Day, the EAC took on a project of sponsoring a farmers’ market and they set up a Sub-Committee with Ms. Guzikowski, Ms. Bray, and Ms. Lisa Grayson heading up the Sub-Committee.  They contacted local farmers and during Community Day, there were six farmers in attendance.  It was a very successful trial run.  After Community Day

Ms. Bray and Ms. Guzikowski prepared a proposal, and the EAC endorses this project.

 

Ms. Guzikowski stated they are looking to have a seasonal market on Thursday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting the middle of June to the end of September.  They hope to have six to ten vendors including farmers from within the Township and the surrounding areas.  It will be open air and producer-only.  The market will be outdoors and the farmers will come in and park in the area and sell from the back of their truck with a canopy and their own tables.  The farmers can sell only what they produce themselves which is considered the highest standard for farmers’ markets and guarantees that consumers are receiving what is produced locally and that the vendor has complete knowledge of the production practices, harvest dates, etc.  They hope this will be a positive community experience for residents and will support the family farmers as well.

 

 

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Ms. Bray stated they are looking at the field at the end of Edgewood Road, which is the Edgewood Village Pocket Park across from the Woodside Church.  She stated when Edgewood Village is done, this will be a nice tie in.  She stated there is an open field and some parking.  She stated the Woodside Church will also allow them to use some of their parking if it is needed.  She stated they do not have running water at the location which will limit what they can offer.  They will have produce, meats, cheeses, and herbs.  If they were to get into something more complicated such as prepared food, they would need running water, so they would have to come back and ask for a different location or for more facilities. 

 

Ms. Bray stated Mr. Bray had discussed traffic concerns with Chief Coluzzi who indicated it would not be a problem.  Chief Coluzzi stated he feels the traffic would be minimal, and the pedestrian crossings would be handled by placing some temporary signage at the location and possibly assigning an Officer if necessary for a short period of time.

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated she is pleased to see this historic area put to good use.  She stated this was the former site of the original Edgewood School which burned down thirty-five years ago.  She stated when Pennsbury went to a regional School District; the School Board gave the property to Lower Makefield Township.  She stated a number of people were interested in it over the years; but she wanted the Township to hold onto it, and she is glad to see this property put to a farming use. 

 

Mr. Smith stated he is pleased to see this Township-owned property put to good use.  He also is pleased to hear that the Church is willing to work with them on this.  He hopes this is a forerunner of the rebirth of Edgewood Village. 

 

Mr. Stainthorpe asked how many farmers have lined up for this, and Ms. Guzikowski stated currently she has interest from Charlann, Shady Brook, Tom McGowan, Snipes, Styers, Tall Pines, and Back Yard Bison.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated one of his concerns was with Charlann and Shady Brook as they are already operating stands.  Ms. Guzikowski stated because the farmers’ market will only operate on a Thursday, it will not compete with their weekends which are their big times.  She added that both Charlann and Shady Brook were very pleased with this and felt it would bring in more customers.

 

Mr. Caiola agreed he does not feel it will result in traffic problems, and is pleased that there is a lot of interest already. 

 

Mr. Stainthorpe asked if they would have banners, etc.  Ms. Bray stated they were going to ask about signage.  She stated she does feel they could have a sign at the entrance to the property listing the days and the times.  She stated she is not sure if they need a Permit, and Mr. Stainthorpe stated they would need a Permit for a permanent sign. 

 

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Mr. Santarsiero stated initially he feels it would be better to have a temporary sign and they could see how it goes first to determine their needs.  He feels given the line up they have put together, he feels this will bring in a lot of traffic.  He suggested they start out with temporary signs and then come back if they need a permanent sign.  Mrs. Godshalk stated the Township does have frames for signs that could be used.  Mr. Santarsiero stated they could also include this in the next Newsletter and put the information on the Website. 

 

Mr. Santarsiero stated Ms. Bray and Ms. Guzikowski have done a great job on this and done a tremendous amount of work.  He stated when Ms. Guzikowski came before the EAC with this idea, she was very enthusiastic; and the people on the EAC were in favor of this to help out the local farmers.  Mr. Santarsiero stated when you purchase locally; you also cut down on the amount of energy needed to be used to transport produce and other foods. 

 

Mr. Santarsiero moved and Mrs. Godshalk seconded to approve the proposal for the time period requested. 

 

Mr. Stainthorpe asked the contact point within the Township, and Mr. Bray stated he felt it would be the EAC.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated he feels it should be a Township staff person, and Mr. Fedorchak was asked to decide who will be in charge of this within the Township.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated they must ensure that the trucks are not tearing up the lawn and that the area is left clean.   

 

Mr. Truelove stated Mr. Fedorchak has provided a License Agreement which has been used by the Church and Mignoni Real Estate Group for the use of the road next to their buildings which could be a model also between the Township and the Church for the use of the parking lot. 

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

AUTHORIZE ADVERTISING OF ORDINANCE NO. 370 TO ALLOW FOR A TEMPORARY HOLDING TANK AT A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT SITE

 

Mr. Stainthorpe moved and Mr. Caiola seconded to authorize advertisement of Ordinance No. 370.

 

Mr. Truelove stated at the 4/18/07 meeting, Mr. Wilson was present regarding his request with regard to Towering Oaks for a modification in his plans relating to sewer structures; and the Board of Supervisors appropriately approved a holding tank arrangement until such time as a more permanent hook up could be arranged.  Mr. Truelove stated

 

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Mr. Hoffmeister then determined that the DEP requires that the Township enact an Ordinance to allow a holding tank structure to be constructed.  Mr. Truelove stated he has reviewed the model for this from Middletown Township which was supplied by

Mr. Hoffmeister. 

 

There was no public comment, and the Motion carried unanimously. 

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

Mr. Smith stated last week at the corner of Heacock and Stony Hill Road, a sign was installed stating “Shell Station Opening Soon.”  Mr. Smith stated the Township received a number of phone calls about this, and Mr. Smith stated no Shell Station is proposed for this location.  He stated Sunrise Assisted Living will be constructed at the location.

 

Mr. Santarsiero stated the Sunrise Application came before the Board prior to the time that Mr. Smith and Mr. Caiola were on the Board; and a number of the Supervisors were against the Sunrise facility going in at that location because they felt it was not an appropriate use for this site because of the traffic and other issues.  The Zoning Hearing Board approved it, and the Township appealed the Decision; but the developer made some changes which mooted their Appeal, and the Township Solicitor advised that they should withdraw their Appeal.  Mr. Santarsiero stated the modifications made will hopefully limit the impact to the surrounding community.  He stated this is an example of land that is being developed in the Township such that if this kind of thing continues unchecked, it will in time change the character of Lower Makefield.  He stated this is why the Board decided in December to take an inventory of the remaining land in Lower Makefield Township, and this is being done by the EAC and should be before the Board of Supervisors sometime this summer; and the Board of Supervisors will then need to make a decision as to how they want to proceed with preserving the remaining open land with the limited resources we have.

 

 

APPROVAL OF EXTENSIONS FOR SHADY BROOK FARM SUBDIVISION AND HARMONY LANE SUBDIVISION

 

Mrs. Godshalk moved, Mr. Santarsiero seconded and it was unanimously carried to grant an extension to Shady Brook Farm Subdivision to August 31, 2007.

 

Mrs. Godshalk moved and Mr. Santarsiero seconded to grant an extension to Harmony Lane Subdivision to September 7, 2007.

 

Mr. Patrick Frain, 16 Delaware Rim, asked about the extension, and Mr. Smith stated they are extending the time period for approval.  Mr. Santarsiero stated there are still

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issues that need to be resolved in the Land Development process, and both the Applicants and the Township need more time in order to address those issues.  Mr. Truelove stated under the Municipalities Planning Code, there are time limits within which Plans must be acted on unless the parties involved agree to an Extension.  Mr. Frain asked

Mr. Fedorchak that when an issue regarding anything around Delaware Rim is being considered, all the residents should be notified rather than the small number of residents that were notified in the past.  Mr. Fedorchak stated it would be easy to expand it to include those in the area since it is a relatively contained area.  Mr. Frain stated in the past only certain residents were getting the Notice; but all the residents in the area are impacted because there is only one way in and one way out, and he would ask that all those in Sunny Knolls be notified.

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

ZONING HEARING BOARD

 

With regard to the Elayne Klein, 671 River Road, Variance requests to allow existing handicapped accessible walkways and patio as well as reconstruction of existing porch resulting in greater than permitted impervious surface, it was agreed to leave the matter to the Zoning Hearing Board.

 

 

SUPERVISORS REPORTS

 

Mr. Stainthorpe stated the Golf Committee had their Annual Tour of the Course, and the Course is in great shape.  He added the Superintendent has done a good job and all they need is good weather to make their numbers.

 

Mrs. Godshalk stated a number of trees have been planted at the Garden of Reflection.  The fountains will be turned on this weekend.  She stated there is a berm between the trees and the area where the softball field will be located.  She stated there are paths through the new arboretum.   

 

Mr. Santarsiero stated the Park & Recreation Board met last week with the main topic of discussion being a Sketch Plan for the Samost Tract.  They are considering one 90’ baseball field, possibly two 70’ fields, and a number of tennis courts.  He stated the tennis facilities in the Township are not in the best shape, and there has been discussion for some time about constructing tennis courts on the Samost Tract.  He stated Schoor DePalma will be looking at two concepts – one for up to 12 tennis courts, and two baseball fields and the other for 8 to 12 tennis courts and three baseball fields.  They will go back to the Park & Recreation Board with these Plans and then come to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation. 

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Mr. Caiola stated the Historic Architectural Review Board met and discussed the fact that what is currently an Eckerd will become a Rite-Aid shortly so there will be a change to the sign. 

 

Mr. Smith stated the Regional Traffic Task Force will meet on May 30 in Upper Makefield.  He stated the Elm Lowne Committee will meet later in the month, and they will discuss recent resident concerns.

 

 

UPDATE ON TOWNSHIP’S PEMA HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT APPLICATION

 

Mr. Fedorchak stated at the conclusion of last year, the Township submitted three Hazard Mitigation Grant Applications to PEMA.  The first was a $2.8 million Grant Application for various structural flood control measures.  The second was a $1.125 million Grant Application to purchase two properties, and the third was a $1.1 million Grant Application to elevate nine homes within the River Road area.  He stated they just received word from PEMA that they did not select any of the projects for funding with the reason being limited Grant monies were available.  Mr. Fedorchak stated they wanted to know which communities were funded, and found out thirty-seven project Applications were submitted throughout the State of Pennsylvania, and of those eight were funded.  No projects in Bucks County were funded.  He reviewed the Townships and Counties which did receive funding.  He stated he is not familiar with the details of their projects.

 

Mr. Stainthorpe asked if there is a possibility of re-submitting and getting the State Representatives involved since nothing in Bucks County was approved.   Mr. Fedorchak stated he is reaching out and trying to understand the facts and the reasons for funding those eight to see if there is any opportunity to piggyback.  Mr. Fedorchak stated he feels all the Applications approved were acquisitions and that this was their priority. 

Mr. Caiola stated he feels the acquisitions for property in the Townships which were approved was considerably less than would be for those in Bucks County, and he feels they were trying to get the most they could get for the money they had available.

 

Mr. Scott Burgess, 15 Glen Drive, stated one of their residents was told that the total insurance pay out for his home after the last flood by FEMA was $250,000 and elevation would have been approximately $100,000.  He stated RAFT will be looking into this.  He stated Mr. Majewski advised today that the back-flow preventers are expected next week, and he asked if they are prepared for immediate installation upon receipt.  Mr. Majewski stated a few will be installed immediately and a few will be done a little later as some work needs to be done prior to installing them which could take one to two weeks.

 

 

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Mr. Burgess stated with regard to the reservoirs in New York, he has learned that there was previously a restriction about the banking of water in the three major reservoirs that impact the Delaware Rive.  In 2001, they relieved that restriction which allowed them to hold water even when New York City did not need it; and since then, this area has been hit with three floods.  He stated RAFT has become involved with the DRC, and he was present at the meeting with the Delaware River Valley Planning Commission last week; and the DRVPC did not vote on the Flexible Flow Management Plan because of the enormous amount of public complaints that they received.  He stated they feel what they are planning to do will not help the flood mitigation.  He stated they did table the vote until 9/07 which will give the residents across the State more time to drum up public support and get the Governors and Army Corps of Engineers involved.  He stated RAFT has joined with the DRC to send out petitions requesting that the Governors sign off on 80% levels on the reservoirs.  He asked that all Supervisors sign the Petition.  He stated they are also selling signs which state “Governor Please Stop Delaware River Flooding,” and he stated they have had some complaints about these being put up in areas which are not flood areas.  He stated they are selling them to residents who are putting them up in their own homes.  He stated he has asked those in RAFT not to put them up in public places or right next to homes that are for sale. 

 

Mr. Burgess stated he saw in the newspaper that all appointees for the Bucks County Task Force have been made, but they have not yet had their first meeting.  He stated when they do meet, his first priority will be the reservoirs.

 

Ms. Virginia Torbert, 1700 Yardley-Newtown Road, stated there was an article in the paper about a woman in Upper Makefield who had a creek in her rear yard that was previously 4’ wide and it is now 25’ wide.  They mentioned in the article that every Bucks County Application was rejected for acquisition.  They interviewed a representative from PEMA who indicated that the reason all Bucks County Applications were rejected was because Bucks County is such an affluent area, and the money would not have gone far in Bucks County.  Mr. Caiola stated he agrees that they wanted to get the most they could for their money.  Ms. Torbert stated this is the same rationale they use for Farmland Preservation.  Mrs. Godshalk stated she feels Bucks County is being discriminated against and everyone deserves equitable return for their damages.

 

 

SET DATE FOR SPRING ROAD INSPECTION

 

It was suggested that the Road Tour be held on Saturday, June 2 at 8:30 a.m.  Ms Torbert asked if a member of the Citizens Traffic Advisory Commission could attend, and this was acceptable to the Board. 

 

 

 

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There being no further business, Mr. Santarsiero moved, Mr. Caiola seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m.

 

 

                                                            Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

                                                           

Steve Santarsiero, Secretary