Buckingham was command center during power outage
Stuart Lee Friedman
Supervisor Chair Maggie Rash, at the Buckingham Township supervisors’ meeting Feb. 12, acknowledged Township Manager Dana Cozza’s efforts in organizing meeting space and parking for more than 300 vehicles for regional electric companies during the recent power outage.
The trucks came from as far away as Alabama and Georgia, and included representatives from Baltimore and Chicago.
The companies used Buckingham as a command center for assisting PECO with restoring the power grid infrastructure.
Cozza said that 350 tons of salt were spread out over 95 miles of roads in the township in the week prior to the meeting. Normally, a single storm would require 70 to 80 tons. Power outages affected up to 6,000 customers at one point, but as of the meeting, all power had been restored.
Three pumping stations went down and the wastewater treatment plant was running on generator power.
The supervisors approved a third payment request to Lisbon Buildings and Infrastructure Inc., for the Buckingham Village wastewater treatment plant upgrades in the amount of $96,538.
Most of the meeting was devoted to plans for residential developments. The supervisors established fees for a subdivision and land development zoning schedule for 2014.
A preliminary subdivision plan for Watson’s Creek submitted by Gilmore & Associates Inc. on behalf of Georgiana S. Coles was extended to June 2. The 36.3-acre plan at Mill Road and Route 263 will contain six lots.
Attorney Ed Murphy presented a revised final plan on behalf of Bob Jones and Kim Corsini for Sycamore Hollow Farms, also known as the Histand Tract.
Discussion included the relocation of a property sign. Rash said that the conservation easement did not allow for the sign.
"I would recommend just not having it," she said. "That really wasn't the spirit of the preservation of this property."
Supervisor Jon Forest added, "It looks like the entrance to a development."
The revised plan gained full approval contingent upon Knight Engineering instructions and a revised waiver letter, a landscape review and Bucks County Planning Commission input, and a redesign of the entrance sign acceptable to the township.
For Arbor Point, an agreement to extend the residential development contract and water and sanitary sewer development agreements to March 23, 2015 for Phase II and III was approved without dissent.
An agreement extending the residential development contract, sanitary sewer development and tripartite escrow covering the Stoneymead development was discussed. Issues remain unresolved with the sewage system, according to Solicitor Craig Smith, as well as with a bridge and parameters involving a storm sewer system.
Township water and wastewater consultant Tom Kelso added that the township had a state-mandated obligation to stop further development until a corrective action plan addresses the sewage flow issue. The motion was approved 3-0.
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