Upper Makefield Township
May 2011
In This Issue
Barbara Hirst Named 2010 Volunteer of the Year
Jericho Creek Stream Assessment Project
6 Public Works Projects Approved for This Year
Identity Theft Part 3:
If You Are a Victim
Proposed FEMA
Flood Maps Available
Summer meeting
schedule of the Board
of Supervisors
Community Events
 UMBA Phillies Game Fund Raiser
June 15

The Phillies take on the Florida Marlins. Get your tickets online from the

Upper Makefield Business Association. 

Hazardous Waste & Computer Collection on June 18

Bring your household hazardous waste and old computers to the Upper Bucks Area Vo-Tech School at 3115 Ridge Road. For what to bring and more collection dates/locations download the flyer from the Bucks County Planning Commission.

Register & Volunteer for the Revolutionary Run on July 4

Planning for the 31st Annual Revolutionary Run at Washington Crossing Historic Park is underway. Register and/or volunteer for the event.  

Middletown Grange Fair
August 17-21

Enter a variety of farm products, crafts, and more at the Middletown Grange Fair. Look for more information on their website to be updated in June.  

We will try to include as many events as possible; however we may edit submissions. The township maintains the right to select appropriate submissions for inclusion.

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Barbara Hirst Named 2010
Volunteer of the Year

Barbara Hirst Volunteer of the YearOn behalf of the the Board of Supervisors, Chairman Conrad Baldwin presented Barbara Hirst with the 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award at the May 4 Supervisors meeting. 

"Barbara Hirst exemplifies to me what Upper Makefield Township is," said Supervisor Baldwin. "That is people who step up to plate, give with their heart, work hard, and we are better for it."

In addition, Vice Chairman Thomas Cino read a proclamation from the Senate of Pennsylvania recognizing Barbara Hirst, "Through her many initiatives to benefit her community and by personal example, Ms. Hirst clearly reflects the true spirit and mission of the Commonwealth."

A resident since 1986, Ms. Hirst has provided a decade of service to the township. Her contributions include:
  • Member of the Zoning Hearing Board for 10 years, Chair for one year
  • Member of the Environmental Advisory Council for 10 years, served as Chair and Vice Chair
  • Pivotal in open space an preservation efforts which led to the preservation of close to 40% of the township
  • As member of the EAC, closely involved with initiation of Riparian Restoration & Preservation Grant Program Education
"I never in my wildest imaginings thought that I'd receive this honor," said Ms. Hirst, "I want to thank the board for selecting me, I know and adore you all for you hard work." Ms. Hirst went on to encourage everyone to volunteer in some capacity. Read more. 
Jericho Creek Stream Assessment Project
The Upper Makefield Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) will be conducting a "Visual Assessment" of the Jericho Creek in an effort to document the overall health of the stream, gain an understanding of existing conditions and to identify areas in greatest need of improvement.

This project will be conducted entirely by volunteer members of the EAC who are residents of Upper Makefield Township. Volunteers will walk along the Jericho Creek, documenting a variety of biological and physical variables related to general stream health including, but not limited to: channel condition, existence of a riparian buffer, bank stability, water appearance, andconditions at locations where storm water outfalls enter the Creek.

The EAC will also inspect storm water basins in the Jericho Creek watershed to determine if they may be suitable for modifications that would reduce their rate of discharge and/or the volume of water discharged to the Creek.

Upon completion, the EAC will identify for the Board of Supervisors potential projects that would reduce the rate/volume of runoff that enters the Creek during storm events andimprove the overall stream health.
6 Public Works Projects Approved for This Year
The Board of Supervisors approved 6 public works projects for this year with an estimated cost of $241,500 to 246,500. These projects all involve repairing, replacing, or installing structures to direct stormwater flow, in an attempt to reduce or eliminate water damage on roads and properties. Public works crews and contractors will begin work on the following projects in August to complete them by the end of the year. They include:

Highland Road Stone Masonry Bridge Culvert - estimated $5,000-$6,000

Project to clean, repair, and reinforce sidewalls and headwalls.


Highland Road Endwall Replacement - estimated $18,000-$22,000

Project to remove and replace the failing endwall with a reinforced concrete headwall.


Aqueduct Road Storm Sewer Pipe Extension and Endwall Replacement - estimated $18,000-$22,000

Project to remove the existing stone wall, extend the drain pipe, and construct a new concrete block wall.


Heritage Hills Treatment Plant Bridge Wall - estimated $3,500

Project to clean existing wall and construct and tie in a new wall.


Mount Eyre Manor-Bruce Road Channel Erosion - estimated $75,000

Project to repair a disconnected pipe and strengthen natural crib walls where erosion is currently occurring. This project will require DEP General Permit and County Earth Disturbance Permit.


Mount Eyre Manor-Glenwood Drive/Bruce Road Stormwater Project - estimated $93,000-$115,000

Project to install storm sewers and yard inlets/catch basins in rear yards where stormwater runoff concentrates, in order to reduce problems with septic systems. Two options for this project will be bid before the Board decides which to authorize.


A seventh project to edge-mill & asphalt overlay at Delaware Shores will be considered next year. This project was estimated at $75,000.

Identity Theft Part 3: If You Are a Victim
After covering how thieves steal identities and how to protect yourself, in this final installment we focus on what to do if you are the unfortunate victim of identity theft. Though it is a stressful time,
following these steps may help you limit the damage caused by these criminals.
  • Contact your local police department and file a report. Provide all necessary information relating to the fraud and obtain an incident or report number from the department, as this will aid you when you address the fraud with other agencies.
  • Contact the three major credit reporting bureaus: Equifax (800)525-6285, Experian (888)3973742, and Trans Union (800)680-7289, and inform them of your situation. Request that a fraud alert be placed on your credit profile, and obtain copies of your credit report from each bureau. There are two types of fraud alerts. An initial alert, usually applies for a minimum of 90 days, and an extended alert, which lasts up to 7 years.
  • Review credit reports for any discrepancies or fraudulent activity. Contact those companies where your name and/or identifying information have been used fraudulently and request to speak with someone in the fraud department. Close all accounts that have been opened illegally or tampered with, and request that these creditors inform the credit reporting agencies that the account has been closed. If the fraud has been committed against an existing account, close this account as well and request new account numbers or new credit cards.
  • Help creditors investigate. Creditors may require an affidavit so that they can investigate the claim. Inquire as to what forms they require and complete them in a timely manner.
  • Document carefully. When corresponding with these companies, document your contact. List names, dates, and times; record account numbers, any fraudulent account activity, and the amounts charged.
  • Mail copies not originals. If creditors request documents for investigation purposes, provide copies, not originals, and send the documents via certified mail with return receipt requested.
  • Continue to monitor your credit report every three months for the first year after the discovery of the identity theft. Provide any updates and additional information to the police officer investigating the case.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission as they will be a good resource as you work to remedy the problem.
  • Inform debt collectors you are a victim of identity theft and provide supporting documentation. Inquire as to the name of the company for which the debt is owed and the amount. Document all pertinent information.
We hope you are never a victim of identity theft, but if you are, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help. Additionally, if you have any topics or questions that you would like to appear in the eNews contact us at info@uppermakefield.org.
Proposed FEMA Flood Maps Available
For Review Online
FEMA presented Upper Makefield with new flood plain maps at a public meeting in April.

Bucks County has since made these maps available online. You can view both current maps and the proposed new FEMA maps. You can search the map by municipality, street address, or tax parcel.

View the online maps now, or call the Bucks County Planning Commission at 215-345-3400 for more information.  
Summer meeting schedule of the Board of Supervisors:

June 1, 2011

July 13, 2011

August 3, 2011


All meetings held at 7:30 pm at Municipal Building, 1076 Eagle Road, Newtown

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