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September 2012
In This Issue
PD Welcomes Officer
Jeffrey Jumper
Today's Bath Salts are
New Drug Concern
Crime Stats Updated Monthly
Schedule Free Water Meter Replacement Now
PECO Pruning Trees
Two FAQs-Answered!
Community Events

Plant Sale at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

Saturday & Sunday

September 15-16


Washington Crossing Park Market and Muster Day

Sunday, September 23

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lower Park

Friends of Washington Crossing


National Drug Take Back Initiative

Saturday, September 29 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Upper Makefield Police Department, 1076 Eagle Road, Newtown, PA

Note:  The Upper Makefield Police Department now has a permanent drop box located in its lobby. Please clean out your medicine cabinet safely by using Take Back boxes. 


Old Computer and Electronic Recycling

Saturday, September 29

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine

Bucks County Planning Commission

Almshouse Road & Rt. 611, Doylestown

For a list of what to bring, and what not to bring, here's   the brochure.


Free Flu Shots at 

7th Annual Pandemic 

Flu Drill

Saturday, September 29 
10 am to 1 pm 

(drive-through) at fire Companies of Sellersville, Northampton (Churchville), and Levittown. Details. 


Fire Prevention Week 

Oct 7 - 13, 2012


Open House: Upper Makefield Fire Company 

Fire Prevention Open House 

Friday, October 12, 2012 

6 to 9 p.m.  Activities.


David Library Open House and Quiz Show

Saturday, October 13, 2012

This and all fall events. 


Flower to Tower 5K and Fun Walk

Sunday, October 14, 2012

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

Join others for this first-time event. 


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

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New Law: Give Bicyclists 4-foot Cushion

Read below for tips for passing bicyclists safely.

Drivers take note: A new Pennsylvania law requires drivers to allow at least four feet between their vehicle and a bicycle while passing. The law went into effect April 2012.


Upper Makefield Township's rolling hills and scenic roads make our township a destination for avid bicyclists. With the number of motorized vehicles and bicyclists sharing our roadways on the increase, Upper Makefield police officers offer this brief review of the new bicycle safety law.


Before passing, you must first assess if you can maneuver around the bicyclist. Be sure to check for oncoming traffic.


Important! When passing, you must allow at least four feet between your vehicle and a bicycle for the vehicle to safely pass the bicycle.


When safe to do so, it is legal to cross the center double yellow line if necessary to provide the required four feet when passing a bicycle.


Click here for  more Motorist / Bicyclist safety rules from JustDrivePA.com.

PD Welcomes Officer Jeffrey Jumper

Upper Makefield officials welcome Officer Jeffrey Jumper. Left to right: Sgt. Rich Kraus, Ofc. Jeffrey Jumper and Chief Mark Schmidt.
Former Bristol Township patrol officer Jeffrey Jumper, 25, joined the Upper Makefield Police Department in July. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Penn State University-Abington, and is a police academy graduate. Officer Jumper is a 2006 graduate of Council Rock High School South, and lives in Northampton.


Upper Makefield now employs 14 officers, plus the chief of police, who are each dedicated to community service. Parents and teachers, learn about the police department's car seat installation program, station tours, and download a Halloween Safety Tipsheet from the Public Safety section of our website.

Today's Bath Salts are New Drug Concern 

Their name is deceptively soothing, but designer drugs sold on the street as bath salts are man-made chemicals that mimic the high of amphetamines. Named because they resemble bath products, illegal bath salts are typically snorted, smoked, and/or injected.


The ever-changing nature of illegal drugs reminds us to encourage Upper Makefield parents to remain vigilant and monitor your children's activities. By being positively involved in your children's lives, you may be able to spare your family the pain associated with drug abuse.  Learn about Upper Makefield's D.A.R.E. program to prevent drug abuse on our website. 


A multi-state crackdown on bath salts sales took place this summer and included Bucks County locations: A Bucks County Courier-Times article from July provided more information about bath salt use and regulation in Bucks County. 
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Crime Stats Updated Monthly 

Upper Makefield's Police Department handled 347 calls during the month of July 2012. This included 18 fire calls, 5 burglary reports and 7 motor vehicle accidents. Upper Makefield's Police Department crime stats are posted monthly on our website, as they are reported to Pennsylvania's Uniform Crime Reporting System.  View recent reports here.

Schedule Your Free Water Meter Replacement  

Heritage Hills, Lakeside, and East Grant Residents should have received details about the township's mandatory water meter replacement program in the mail. The township is replacing the meters at no additional cost to the homeowner. If you have not yet received a new meter, please call 1-888-899-3348 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for a time when you will be at home. 

PECO Pruning Trees

Aims at Common Cause for Power Outages


Upper Makefield's bucolic, riverside location makes us more prone to weather related power outages. Tree trimming is a proven way to reduce outages, so that's why PECO has underway a $28 million vegetation management program that includes portions of Upper Makefield. Pruning began in July and will continue through December. PECO notifies individual property owners prior to any work. The PECO crews are trained in proper pruning techniques, as defined by the American National Standards Institute A300 Standard.


If you have questions about tree trimming in your area, please call 1-800-311-6345, ext. 915 for more information, or visit www.peco.com.  


If you plan to plant trees or shrubs near power lines this fall, you will find that PECO's Trees and Powerlines link under Customer Service contains helpful information, including this illustration from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Two FAQs--Answered!  

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions at Upper Makefield Township. For answers to more FAQs, visit our website


Construction Permits Require Final Inspection

As your home construction project wraps up, please remember to call the Planning & Zoning Department at 215-968-3340 to arrange for a Final Inspection. Once your project has passed the final inspection, you will receive notification that the permit has been closed.


Emergency Generators Require Permits

If you are considering installing an emergency generator, please download our instructions and permit forms before you select a vendor and contractor. Some details to consider:


Location: Generator must be located within the building envelope and behind the front line of the house.

Screens: The generator must be screened from view.

Electrical Review: Rough and final inspections required

Zoning Review: A zoning permit is required, including a plot plan with illustrated screening plan.

Insurance/Workman's Compensation: Certificates required.

Final Inspection: Required upon completion.


Download the Emergency Generator application.