Maggie Rash elected Buckingham supervisor chair
Stuart Lee Friedman
In the first supervisors’ meeting of 2014, Jan. 6, newly elected Township Supervisor Paul Calderaio joined Supervisors Maggie Rash and Jon Forest to establish the reorganization of the township government.
Calderaio steps from having served as a township auditor, and replaces retired Supervisor Henry Rowan.
Rash was elected by her peers to be chairman of the board of supervisors, and Forest was elected vice chairman. Rash was also appointed as a voting delegate to the annual convention of the State Association of Township Supervisors, with Forest serving as an alternate.
Many familiar faces in township government remain, including Craig Smith as township solicitor, Knight Engineering's Daniel Gray as township engineer, Bucks County Planning Commission Executive Director Lynn Bush as township planner, Carol Manicone as landscape review consultant and Castle Valley Consultants’ Tom Kelso as water and wastewater engineer.
Dana Cozza was reappointed township manager.
“Dana has just done a fantastic job for the township,” Rash said. “We are probably in the best shape of any township in Bucks County."
Cozza was also appointed township secretary and Jill Pistory was reappointed as township treasurer.
Regular township supervisor meetings will be conducted on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, and are open to the public.
The amount of treasurer's bond for 2014 was set at $3 million.
Joe Jagelka was appointed for another on the Agricultural Security Area advisory commission, and Richard Zaveta was reassigned to the technical code review appeals board. Both terms run three years, expiring in 2017.
Ruth Foster was appointed to another four-year term through January 2018 on the environmental advisory commission, and Rash was reappointed to be the governing representative of the agricultural preservation committee.
Bee, Bergvall and Company of Warrington was awarded an appointment for a second year to audit the 2013 fiscal affairs of the township.
Resolutions setting non-uniformed employee pay rates and holiday schedules for 2014 were unanimously approved. Also approved was a resolution to appoint an officer to provide tax certifications.
A new resolution establishing a fee schedule for zoning, building, land and subdivision development and other fees for 2014 was tabled to allow more time for review.
An agreement between Buckingham Township and Central Bucks Ambulance and Rescue Unit for 2014 was approved without dissent. Rash reminded the board that one quarter mill of voter-approved township tax is directed to this.
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