Upper Makefield Township
January 2012
In This Issue
Upper Makefield Wins Top Communication Award at Statewide Contest
Board of Supervisors Elect Rattigan as Chairman
of the Board
Sergeant Tim Rauch Graduates From
CIT Training
Prescription Drug Drop Box Available at Upper Makefield Police Station
Safety tip of the month: Ashes & your fireplace
A 5-year Partnership with UMBA & Revolutionary Run
Community Updates & Events

Earth Day Celebration at Brownsburg Park    

Saturday, April 21

10:00am - 2:00pm  


Bring the kids, browse exhibits, watch demonstrations and learn ways to protect the Earth.

Lingohocken Fire Deparment Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, April 22

Take a bite into a hot stack of tasty pancakes and support a local fire department at the same time! Bring the whole family for a tour of the fire house. Learn more at

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Upper Makefield Wins Top Communication Award at Statewide Contest       

Upper Makefield took home top prize, the 21st Annual Outstanding Citizen Communication Award, in the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors' 44th Annual Township Citizen Communication Contest. The annual Outstanding Citizen Communication award is given to one township for its overall achievement and commitment to citizen communication-and this year Upper Makefield won.


This annual contest recognizes townships that have successfully communicated programs, news, information, and activities to their residents. Upper Makefield was the only township to win first place in multiple categories.

This monthly e-mail newsletter received first place in the electronic newsletter category. Additionally, Upper Makefield also won first place in the website category.

The association will officially present the township with the award in May 2012 at PSATS's 90th Annual Educational Conference in Hershey, PA.
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Board of Supervisors Elect Rattigan as Chairman of the Board   

Recently re-elected Supervisor Dan Rattigan was voted in as chairman at the annual reorganization meeting of the Board of Supervisors held on January 3. Also elected were Bud Baldwin as vice chairman and Mary Ryan as treasurer.


In other business, the monthly meetings of the Board of Supervisors were changed to the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month at 7:30 pm, and recently elected supervisors Mary Ryan and Larry Breeden were administered the Oaths of Office.


Visit the township website for more information. 

Board of Supervisors Sign Resolution in Honor of David Kulig     

On December 21, 2011, the Board of Supervisors approved Resolution No. 2011-12-21-03 recognizing David Kulig's service to Upper Makefield Township. Kulig served on the Planning Commission from May 2000 until his election to the Board of Supervisors in 2006. His term concluded at the end of 2011.


Highlights of Kulig's dedicated service to the community include having an instrumental role in revising the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO); rewriting the Comprehensive Plan of the Newtown Area Jointure; and establishment of the $3 million Riparian Restoration and Preservation Grant Fund to help preserve water quality and reduce flooding in Upper Makefield Township.


Members of the board and residents thanked Mr. Kulig for his dedication to the township.


Sergeant Tim Rauch Graduates From CIT Training 

Sergeant Tim Rauch recently completed 40 hours of crisis intervention training to become part of Bucks County's sixth graduating CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) class. According the Bucks County CIT website, the program is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention with community, behavioral healthcare, and advocacy partnerships. It was first developed in Memphis twenty years ago, and has spread throughout the country.

CIT is a jail diversion program designed to improve the outcomes of police interactions with individuals whose behavior is influenced by mental illness, substance use, mental retardation and related conditions. Officers learn to recognize psychiatric distress and other conditions and how to de-escalate a crisis - avoiding officer injuries, consumer deaths and tragedy for the community. In addition, CIT officers learn how to link people with appropriate treatment, which has a positive impact on fostering recovery and reducing recidivism.


Sergeant Rauch has been with the Upper Makefield Police Department since 1999, and worked in the mental health industry for 5 years before becoming a police officer. Chief Mark Schmidt said, "With his background, Sergeant Rauch was the logical choice to be the first Upper Makefield Police Officer certified by the Bucks County CIT. This program gives us another option to offer individuals instead of placing them in the criminal justice system. Their placement in treatment will have a more positive outcome. My goal is to have every officer receive this training."


For more information on mental illness contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chapter Toll-Free Helpline @ 1-866-399-NAMI (6264) or www.namibuckspa.org.   

Prescription Drug Drop Box Available at Upper Makefield Police Station

Due to the popularity of the National Take Back Initiative, there is now a permanent drop box in the lobby of the Upper Makefield Township Police Department for safe disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs.   

Americans who participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in October turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states. When the results of the three prior Take Back Days are combined, the DEA and its law enforcement partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.   

These events have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue. The Upper Makefield Police Department hopes that a permanent drop box will help continue to aid this great cause.


The drop box is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. The Police Department is located at 1076 Eagle Road. For more information, call 215-968-3020.


Safety tip of the month: Ashes & your fireplace   

It's the perfect time of year to cozy up near your fireplace and watch the snow fall! Keep these tips in mind to safely dispose of your fireplace ashes all season long:

  • Allow time for ashes to cool before disposal
  • Put ashes into a non-combustible metal container with a lid
  • Do not discard your ashes into a flammable container such as a paper or plastic bag
  • Do not place ash containers on decks or porches or in garages
  • Douse ashes with water and place a metal lid placed over the bucket. Smoldering embers can remain hot for over four days if insulated in ash!
  • Keep the disposal can outside of the home
A 5-year Partnership with UMBA & Revolutionary Run    

Each year over 2,000 Upper Makefield residents and neighbors participate in the annual Revolutionary Run (choice of 5k, 10k, or fun run) on the 4th of July at Washington Crossing Park. This year Upper Makefield signed a 5-year commitment with the Upper Makefield Business Association (UMBA) to cooperatively sponsor the 32nd-36th Annual Revolutionary Runs.


Learn more at www.umbarevrun.com

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