Upper Makefield Township
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March 2015
In This Issue
2015 Roadway Resurfacing
Wrightstown and Highland Roads
Who Fixes Potholes?
Commendation and Appreciation
EMC Rob Kay
Upper Makefield Police on Facebook
Thanks to Volunteers, Staff
Fire Planning Saves Lives


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Board of Supervisors

Bi-monthly public meeting

7:30 p.m.

1076 Eagle Road, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 18940

Calendar of all Township Meetings 



Saturday, April 25, 2015

Earth Day at Core Creek Park

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.




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Saturday, May 2, 2015

5th Annual BrewFest


Washington Crossing Historical Park 
Ticket sales are already brisk for this annual sellout event. A new website details dozens of activities and events throughout the year, including the Brewfest.

The event will be located at the Upper Park, behind the Thompson-Neely House.  


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Spring Sport Signups


Ages under 4 to under 10

Intramural Soccer Program

Registration Now Open!


A new age group for youth under age 10 as been added to the Patriot FC Intramural's annual spring soccer program. (starting at age "under 4") The program will run Monday evenings from April 7 to May 11, 2015. 


Youth Baseball and Softball 

Information at Upper Makefield Baseball and Softball. 


Seniors 65+ Softball

A Senior Softball group for ages 65+ will meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings at area ballfields beginning April 28, 2015. Locations to be determined. The league began as many as 15 years ago and plans to expand to 5 teams this year. To participate, email Commissioner Jim Mahoney or call 215-859-0901.
Event organizers are reminded of a new procedure that requires road closure approval by presentation to the Board of Supervisors.

Homeowners Association leaders are asked to submit their contact information to the Township, to facilitate communication with residents.

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Quick Links
On the Upper Makefield Township Website, you'll find news and video of recent meetings on the home page, Minutes & Agendas from all public meetings of the Board of Supervisors and their appointed committees.

The Police Department pages introduce you to the officers and their work, and the Permits & Applications pages will guide your through required steps.

Like many communities, people have the same questions. We collected some of the
Frequently Asked Questions for Upper Makefield on the website.

Upper Makefield Accelerates Road Resurfacing Plan 


Upper Makefield officials plan to complete five years of deferred road improvements in just this year, resurfacing as many as 17 Township roads.


Some roadway resurfacing and storm drainage improvements had been postponed due to financial constraints. This year's work will bring the Township's long-term maintenance plan up to date.


The Township's 2015 budget allocates $1.6 million for the work,
most of which will be completed by contractors. Work will begin in late spring.  

PennDOT approves 4-Way Stop

at Wrightstown and Highland Roads 

PennDOT recently approved a Township request for  4-way stop signs, as well as "STOP AHEAD" signs, on Wrightstown Road at Highland Road. Below the "STOP" signs, "ALL WAY" plaques will be installed.

The approval comes after PennDOT's review of a high number of crashes at the intersection.  

Who Fixes Your Potholes?

PA Hotline: 1-800-FIX-ROAD 

f that last bump in the road clattered your teeth, call the PennDOT Pothole hotline. 


In addition, it's good to know that roadway maintenance, including snowplowing, is done by Township employees on Township and some state roads. PennDOT maintains other roads that wind through Upper Makefield. 


Our website page 

details which roads are maintained by the Township, and which roads PennDOT maintains. .

Township Bond Refinance will save up to $550K

Upper Makefield Township now pays 6.3 percent interest on a $13.5 million bond issue. Taking advantage of lower bond rates, the township will this month refinance the $11.2 million balance to a more favorable 1.9 percent interest. The difference in interest paid should save the Township as much as $550,000.  


That lower rate won't be finalized until the refinance occurs. 

The bond still will be repaid by 2025, which was the original bond's scheduled payoff.

Commendation and Appreciation


A Letter of Commendation was presented to Upper Makefield Police Officer Lee Crawford for his work in apprehending four subjects and thereby preventing potential thefts and helping ensure the safety of residents.


Detective Patricia Haines, Officer Mary Kate Huff and Officer Harry Vitello were presented with Letters of Appreciation for assisting Office Crawford with the above arrest. 


From Left: Officer Crawford, Detective Haines, Chief of Police Mark Schmidt, Officer Vitello and Officer Huff. The presentation was made at a recent Board of Supervisors public meeting. 

UMT Tom Cino presents Certificate to EMC Rob Kay
Emergency Management Coordinator Rob Kay, left, with Supervisors Chairman Tom Cino.

EMC Rob Kay Completes Professional Certification


Upper Makefield Township's Emergency Management Coordinator Rob Kay recently completed training requirements to receive Professional Certification from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. 


Rob's certification is the culmination of a 5-year process that included 300 volunteer hours of training.


Professional certification is the highest recognition available to local Emergency Management Coordinators, and Rob is one of only a few Emergency Management Coordinators in Bucks County to receive it.

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Police Department Attracts 1,100 Facebook Followers 


Answers to questions featured in the New Ask-A-Cop posts, plus photos of roadway conditions, news of recent arrests, and lost and found dogs are rapidly building a Facebook following for the Upper Makefield Police Department. 


You need not join Facebook to check out news from Upper Makefield Police. Just click the Facebook icon above, which will link you to the page. 

Township Recognizes Volunteers and Staff 


At a recent Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisors Chairman Tom Cino recognized volunteers and employees for milestones in service. We greatly appreciate your work toward strengthening the Upper Makefield community!

Today's House Fires Burn 8x Faster 


When you know your home is on fire, there is less time than ever to rescue anything or anyone.  


Recent research by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in concert with Underwriter's Laboratory (UL), has confirmed that, because the furnishings, contents and construction materials in homes now burn as much as 8 times faster than they did decades ago, there's little time to make safety decisions once a fire starts. 


Today's particle board and veneer furniture, as well as the synthetic materials in home furnishings, are so highly combustable that that a fire can double in size every thirty seconds, given the right fuel load and oxygen supply. 


Prepare your alert and exit plan with family members now.

  • Consider wireless, interconnected smoke alarms.
  • Review your alarm placement for optimum alert time.
  • Install working smoke alarms at the highest ceiling level throughout the home.

Thanks to John C. Kernan, Fire Marshal for Upper Makefield Township, for providing this information.   


Find more fire safety tips on the Township website

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If you want the most timely news, look to our website: Township staff make updates to our official website throughout each week, including news releases, meeting agendas, and meeting videos. 


We do not publish a print newsletter, so we encourage you use this newsletter as a reminder to visit the Upper Makefield Township website often. By request, we will mail a printout of this eNews to people without computer access.