Upper Makefield Township
In This Issue
Board Invites Discussion about Washington Crossing Park
Earth Day Celebration
Emergency Management Coordination through the Snow
Participate in the 2010 Census
Next Board Meeting - Wednesday, March 24
Community Notes
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Board Invites Discussion about
Washington Crossing Park
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The future of the 500-acre Washington Crossing Historic Park has been an ongoing concern for the Board of Supervisors and township residents since the visitor's center was closed to the public last year. To keep the dialogue open, the Board of Supervisors invited key participants to present updates at their February 17 and March 3 public meetings and hopes to continue to hold town hall-style meetings as discussions on the park's future continue.


At the February 17 meeting, Rep. Scott Petri, along with Barbara Franco, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), and Steve Miller, Bureau Director of Historic Sites and Museums, PHMC, reported that the $4.1 million renovation project for the visitor center should begin this summer so it can reopen in 2011.


At the March 3 meeting, Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve (BHWP) discussed their plans for taking ownership of the 90-acre wildflower preserve land that they currently manage in Solebury Township. Friends of Washington Crossing Park discussed the business plan they are working on to manage the park through a lease option. Both organizations are still in discussions with state and PHMC officials regarding these plans.


Earth Day Celebration: April 24, 2010
Brownsburg Park
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FrisbeeBring your bike, Frisbee, picnic lunch, or just your walking shoes, and celebrate Earth Day with the Upper Makefield Environmental Advisory Council on Saturday, April 24, rain or shine. Enjoy environmental exhibits, seminars, and demonstrations, and bring the kids to see the animals! More details to come.
Emergency Management Coordination through
the Snow

During the recent snowstorms and rainstorms, Emergency Management Coordinator Robert A. Kay Sr. and his team coordinated services through constant communication with township officials, police, and staff; Upper Makefield Fire Company; and Newtown Ambulance squad to ensure public safety and minimize property damage throughout the storms.

During the storm emergencies:
  • Public works crews plowed and salted 52 miles of dedicated roads and more than 13 miles of state roads
  • Volunteer firefighters responded to 26 fire and medical emergencies and 18 non-emergency calls for service
  • Police handled 288 service calls
  • Newtown Ambulance was contracted for 72 hours during the two snow state of emergencies
Fallen trees also produced numerous power and phone outages. During the March 13-14 storm, more than 1/3 of Upper Makefield's residents (2,568 PECO customers) had no power.
Notify PAWith phone lines down and power outages shutting down cordless home phones, emergency notifications sent out through ReadyNotifyPA did not reach most of the residents impacted. Just over 300 residents have opted to receive emergency cell phone and PDA alerts. To make sure you receive emergency notifications next time, please sign up at www.ReadyNotifyPa.org. Emergency information is also posted on www.uppermakefield.org and the township cable television station.

Participate in the 2010 Census
Take 10 minutes, answer 10 questions, and make sure our community receives its share of more than $400 billion in annual federal funding. As of this eNews, Upper Makefield Township had an approximately 83% participation rate on the mailed survey. If the questionnaire is still sitting in your to do pile, fill it out and send it back today.
Your answers are protected by Title 13 of the U.S. Code, and all Census Bureau employees swear an oath to uphold this iron-clad law.
Additionally, the Census Bureau is recruiting people locally for temporary positions offering flexible hours and paid training.
For more information call 866-861-2010 or visit www.2010census.gov.

Next Board Meeting - Wednesday, March 24
The Board of Supervisors meeting, regularly scheduled for March 17, was postponed to Wednesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the Board meeting there will be a public hearing to review the Melsky Final Subdivision Plan at 7 p.m.