Upper Makefield Township
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May 2013
In This Issue
Spring Tips and Permits
Electronics & Hazardous Waste Pickup
Road Work Planned
Volunteers Needed for 3 Commitees
Land Ethics Award, Tree Grants
SnapChat Caution
Supervisors Meet May 7
Community Calendar

Bird Walks 

at Bowman's Hill

Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18

8 a.m. to 10 a.m

Free with Admission, Ages 8+

See Spring Birds!



Upper Makefield Fire Company

May 6-11, Monday-Saturday

Routes 32 & 532

Washington Crossing

Hours and a Link for Coupons


Board of Supervisors' Only 

Public Meeting in May

Tuesday, May 7

7:30 p.m.

Township Bldg., 1076 Eagle Road

(May 21 meeting cancelled) 

Agendas and Minutes



Friends of Washington 

Crossing Park

Saturday, May 11

12:30-4:30 p.m.

Sells out each year!

Tickets, Music Schedule, More


Plant Sale

Bowman's Wildflower Preserve 

May 11-June 2

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Plant List and Prices


Mother's Day


Bowman's Wildflower Preserve

Sunday, May 12, 2013

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free with admission

Picnic, Take a Tour, and  Visit the Craft Station to Make a Gift for Mom.  


33rd Revolutionary Run

at Washington Crossing Historic Park

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Run Details



Crossing Park

Visitor Center Now Open!

Tour 3 sites for $11:

The Lower Park, Thompson-Neely House, and Bowman's Hill Tower .

Washington Crossing Park Site

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 This section is updated several times a week. 

Driveway with bushes under 30 inches high
Keep driveway landscaping under 30 inches for a safe line of site.


Spring Cleanup:

Tips and Permit Info


Chances are this glorious spring weather has you or others outside sprucing up your Upper Makefield home. Our Planning and Zoning Department compiled this list of common spring maintenance and permitting needs in Upper Makefield.


Safe Line of Sight. When trimming bushes near your driveway, follow this safety triangle tip to keep a safe line of sight for yourself and others driving from your home:


Sight Clearance Triangle
Roadway (top) and Driveway (perpendicular) Sight Clearance Triangle


1. Sketch a triangle with a point starting at the center of your public road.


2. Extend two points 75 feet each to the right of the roadway centerline.


3. From the roadway centerline, measure back 30 feet toward the driveway. 


4. The area of your property covered by the triangle created must be trimmed to a safe height of 2.5 feet (30 inches) or less. 


Check Fences and Gates. Take a few minutes to walk the perimeter of your property and its fences, checking for loose boards and hardware. Replace, lubricate, and repair where needed.


Permits Required? New fences, pools, paver patios, outdoor fireplaces, and more require permits. Download our permit packages  or call 215-968-2868.


Yard Waste from Trimming? You will need to contract with a private hauler to take it away. Our website offers a list of private haulers who serve Upper Makefield residents or check with your Homeowner's Association. 

If you have questions, please contact Phyllis Mehler, Wendy Mecke, or Dave Kuhns in our Planning and Zoning Department. 

Household Hazardous Waste 

and Electronics

Next Collection is June 1, 2013


Weed killers, pool chemicals, rust remover, and wood preservatives top the list of outdoor chemicals that should not slip into your curbside trash. In addition, curbside haulers are prohibited from collecting electronic waste. Here's where and when to bring your hazardous and electrical waste:


June 1, 2013

Upper Bucks County Area Vo-Tech School

3115 Ridge Road - Bedminster Township


July 27, 2013

Central Bucks School District -South High School Campus

1100 Folly Road - Warrington Township


Additional collection events are scheduled each month in August, and September. For a complete list of where, when, and what to dispose-plus how to prepare it for disposal, please view the Bucks County Planning Commission's recycling page. 

2013 Road Work 


Watch for roadwork planned for this season by Upper Makefield's public works crew and PennDOT. 


Buckmanville Road

Resurfacing by Upper Makefield Township.


Intersection of Walker and Mt. Eyre roads

Stormwater inlet and pipe system drainage improvements. Resurfacing will follow in areas where work is performed.

Eagle Road from Stoopville to Pineville roads

Resurfacing by PennDOT. (Crews have already cleaned and re-graded ditches Pineville and Eagle roads.)

Volunteers Needed

Historical Advisory Commission

Cable Advisory Board

Council Rock Seniors Board


Active volunteers keep Upper Makefield a desirable community. Our elected supervisors typically learn the process and procedures of local government by serving first on a volunteer board. We invite you to consider offering your service for appointment to these boards. Our website details the work of each volunteer board.


Please view these online pages for details about responsibilities for each board. If one description fits your experience, talent or interest, please fill out and submit our  Citizen Board Application. 

Riparian Plan Earns EAC 

Land Ethics Award


Members of Upper Makefield's Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) are rightly proud of their 2013 Certificate of Achievement from Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, recognizing the council's strong land ethic and pointing to the EAC's "outstanding promotion" of native plants.


The award cites as example the EAC's Riparian Restoration and Preservation Grant Program.


Tree Grants Still Available
Upper Makefield Township offers grants of up 12 trees at up to $25 per tree to residents who plant regionally native trees. Make the most of the spring planting season with this program. Additional information:

Snapchat More Permanent Than Your Teen May Think


Keeping in contact with friends and family online can become a source of headache and regret when children and teens don't understand the permanent, public nature of online activity.


Snapchat is a new photo-sharing app for iPhone and android operating systems that allows the user to send photos that the recipient can view for a predetermined time frame set by the sender.  Then, the photo disappears. Think of it as a self-destructing photo. However, the recipient can take a screen shot of the photo to keep, use, or post at their discretion.


Talk about risky online behavior

Misusing the app is dangerous not only for the content shared: Snapchat's presumed short life can encourage teenagers to engage in risky behavior that they may think is inconsequential. 


We encourage parents to research Snapchat and all social media applications that their children use, and to communicate openly with them about the consequences of each form of communication. 


If you have any questions, or if we can be of any assistance, please contact the Upper Makefield Township Police Department at (215) 968-3020.


Here's a profile of our  Upper Makefield Police Departmentwhere you'll also find more safety tips and resources for you and your family. 

Only Meets Once this Month:

Supervisors meet Tuesday, May 7th


The Upper Makefield Board of Supervisors meets only Tuesday, May 7 this month; the May 21 meeting cancelled. The agenda is posted online before each meeting. 

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