Upper Makefield Township
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October 2013
In This Issue
Prevent Kitchen Fires
Arrow Hunting Approved to Control Deer
Fall Reminders to Protect Streams
FEMA Flood Map Changes
Chatrooms Pose New Stranger Dangers
2014 Budget Workshops, Tree Grants
Bowman's Fun Run
Community Calendar


Fire Prevention Week
Learn to Prevent Kitchen Fires

October 6-12

National Site with Videos and Tips for Families


General Election Deadline

Monday, October 7

Last Day to Register to vote in this year's General Election

 Bucks County Board of Elections

2014 Budget Workshop
Upper Makefield Township 
Thursday, October 10
7 p.m.

Fire Co. Open Houses

Friday, October 11

Upper Makefield Fire Company
Taylorsville Road 
Lingohocken Fire Company
Mill Creek Road and Washington Avenue, Wycombe, PA 
6-9 p.m. 


Flower-Tower 5K 

Run/Walk at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

Sunday, October 13



2014 Budget Workshop
Upper Makefield Township
Monday, October 14
7 p.m.
National Drug Takeback 
Upper Makefield Police Lobby

Saturday, October 26

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Here's Why


Election Deadlines

Tuesday, October 29

Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot


 Friday, November 1

Last day for Bucks County Election Board to receive voter absentee ballots


General Election Day

Tuesday, November 5

Schools closed, but Upper Makefield Township Offices will be open

Bucks County Board of Elections


Flood Map Appeal

Deadline is Saturday, Nov. 23

Please see article at right.


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Quick Links
A Fun-filled Open House, online videos for kids, and tips for parents are all part of Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013.
Focus on Kitchen Fires
Learn More Here and at Fire Company Open Houses, 
Friday, October 11, 2013

More fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. Our local fire companies are joining in the national effort to teach people how to prevent cooking fires from ever starting.


To keep our attention on fire safety, both of the fire companies serving the township will hold open houses on Friday, October 11.


Upper Makefield Fire Company will host its annual Fire Prevention Week Open House, Friday, October 11, 2013,  from 7 to 9:30 p.m.


Lingohocken Fire Company will host its Fire Prevention Week Open House on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


In the meantime, take a look at this video, a 50-second tour of a safe kitchen, for you to share with your kids. 


You may also download a helpful poster that defines, by age, what skills your kids can learn in the kitchen.

Arrow Hunting Approved to Manage Deer Population on Township Property

Season runs September 2013 to January 2014


The Big Oak Whitetail Management Association (BOWMA) has been authorized by township officials to use an archery team to harvest deer on township property during the 2013/14 deer hunting season. 


The agreement is for archery only. The association will conduct the harvest at no cost to the township. BOWMA provides its own archery team, plus any necessary permitting and liability insurance. Hunters must display vehicle placards and carry personal identification. 


PA Game Commission permits for deer archery are granted on specific days between September 2013 and January 2014. Although the arrow hunting agreement with BOWMA is new, the township has contracted for deer management annually since 2006. 

Fall Tips to Reduce Stormwater Contamination


When it rains, stormwater runs over yards, streets, roads, highways, parking lots, parks, and playgrounds, carrying along everything in its path. Eventually, this untreated water travels to a stream, either over land or via a storm drain. Please consider following these seasonal tips to protect our waterways.



  • Leave grass clippings on your lawn as an alternate nutrient to fertilizer.
  • If a fertilizer is necessary, first test your soil to determine how much your soil needs, and then choose a slow-release product.
  • Use a broom rather than a hose to clean up grass clippings
  • Keep a trash bag in your car--and use it!
  • Wash your car on your lawn so excess water, chemicals, and dirt is filtered through the lawn.

There's more stormwater information on our website.

FEMA Flood Map Revisions May Affect Dozens of Residential Properties 

Appeals Deadline is November 23, 2013 


A new flood map for Upper Makefield, and all of Bucks County, is in review now, with an appeals deadline of November 23, 2013.


These maps, created by the the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), and collectively titled, Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and a Flood Insurance Study (FIS), propose some changes to Bucks County's current flood zones that may impact which property owners will be required to buy flood insurance. The redrawn maps (drafted in 2010) use a new digital base map and updated hydrology to determine floodplain areas.


Your flood insurance rates are calculated by where your property is situated on these flood maps.


You may need help interpreting the map

The township's Planning and Zoning department estimates that dozens of properties will be affected by the change. However, parcels are not listed on these maps. If you see that you may be in a floodplain area, please contact the Upper Makefield Planning and Zoning office for help determining whether your property may be affected by these changes, well in advance of the November 23, 2013 deadline.


New information is available online regarding the update process from FEMA. FloodSmart.gov is particularly useful if you want to appeal your new floodplain status and for practical living tips when you do live in a floodplain area.




FEMA's Guide to Property Owners


FEMA's Mapping Status General Page


FEMA's Most Detailed (Stream Level) Information for Upper Makefield


FEMA's Bucks County Fact Sheet


FloodSmart.gov (offers many practical tips on the revision process including the grandfathering process for properties changing to high risk from low risk designation)


Upper Makefield Office of Planning and Zoning

Police Encourage Parents to Monitor Youth for Chat Room Use


As a residential community, Upper Makefield's police department works closely with parents and their children and teens. Protecting our children is increasingly complicated as online chat rooms frequented by predators and peer bullies are now accessible on their smartphones and laptops.


Another Stranger Danger

Imagine discovering your child is using a website that promotes the ability to "talk with strangers"? That is just how one chat room website, Omegle, bills itself.


Other popular chat room websites, such as: Imeetzu, Chatroulette, Chatrandom and Tiny Chat, may not be as direct in their approach, but essentially, they all follow the same model, providing the connection to talk with strangers. These websites often give the users the ability to talk via webcam, which gives predators another way to identify children.


Research New Apps, Monitor Internet Activity

We encourage parents to talk their children and teens frequently about what chat rooms are and their dangers. Research apps and websites and closely monitor their internet activity, be alert to any changes in demeanor when you see them using a smart phone or online, and act promptly if you have any concerns. By working together, we hope to reduce the chances of harm to our children.


If you have any questions regarding this topic or any other law enforcement issue, please do not hesitate to contact Upper Makefield's police officers at (215)968-3020. Online, please visit the Upper Makefield Police Department.

Municipal Roundup

We update our website several times a week to provide you with municipal news as soon as possible. Please visit our home page for recent updates on these important topics. 


Tree Grant Program Extended to November 15, 2013

Upper Makefield will reimburse residents $25 per tree, plus $4 for deer fencing for deer protection, up to $300. The grants may be used to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy, to protect riparian corridors, and to protect small wildlife such as songbirds and butterflies. Apply now.


Municipal Budget Workshops Slated for October 

Each fall, Upper Makefield's Board of Supervisors, working with staff, reviews and approves a roughly $10 million budget for the next calendar year. 


Public Meetings 

The process includes public meetings, which are scheduled for Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m. and Monday, October 14, also at 7 p.m. Subsequent budget meetings, including a date for adoption, will be announced on the township website. By Pennsylvania law, Upper Makefield's budget must be approved by December 31 each year.


Board of Supervisors Meeting Schedule 


Meeting Agendas and Minutes


Bowman's October 13 Flower to Tower 5k Run/Walk Offers Stunning Views


Flower to Tower 5k At Bowman's Widflower Preserve
Flower to Tower 5k At Bowman's Widflower Preserve

So Much More

Bowman's Wildflower Preserve, located in Solebury near the Upper Makefield line on River Road, provides breathtaking views of our fall colors and rolling hills. 


The Preserve's 2nd Annual Flower to Tower 5k and Fun Run is just one of Bowman's dozens of fall activities. Consider signing up for eNews directly from Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve.


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