Fall 2018
Please enjoy the latest eNews from Upper Makefield Township. Check our website for regular updates.
Projects are in Review to Restore Jericho Creek and Houghs Creek Watersheds
Watershed Assessment Map Draft 2018

With input from residents, Upper Makefield Township officials and consultants are drafting a strategic plan to stabilize stream banks and improve water quality within the Jericho Creek and Houghs Creek watersheds.

By years’ end, the Board of Supervisors expects to review and approve the plan. As part of the study, an approved Assessment Map update may help the Township secure grant funding for approved projects.

The Assessment Map shown is a draft presented at a September 11, 2018 public workshop. It illustrates the results of survey work this year.

Clear-cut timbering and environmentally insensitive agricultural practices years ago accelerated natural erosion and sediment along these creeks. Today, powerful storm waters carry tree branches and sediment downstream that block and erode established waterways and creek banks. Stormwater overflow (flooding) from creek banks also picks up ground contaminates that pollute our drinking water systems.

Upper Makefield Township and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are working jointly under a grant to update the Township’s Watershed Assessment, and to develop a number of projects most likely to help restore the two watersheds.

About 2 dozen residents participated in a September 11, 2018 public workshop with consultants from LandStudies of Lititz, Pennsylvania. With their input, plans are being prioritized for review by the Board of Supervisors.

You Can Help Now
If you own property along the Jericho Creek or Houghs Creek, here's how you can help:
  • Learn and apply best maintenance practices for the property. Here is our Creek Maintenance Fact Sheet.
  • Get financial help by applying to Upper Makefield’s Riparian Restoration and Preservation Grant Program. Learn more on our website.
  • Discuss your property’s specific needs with Dave Kuhns, Director Planning & Zoning.
Fire Company Open Houses
As part of Fire Prevention Week, Upper Makefield Fire Company is hosting an Open House on Friday, October 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Station 71, 1221 Taylorsville Road. 

Learn important fire safety tips, tour the station, meet the firefighters and explore the many ways you can help the community through volunteering at the fire company. 

Lingohocken Fire Company's Open House will be held on Sunday, October 7. Bring the family and stop by the Wrightstown Township Building, 2203 Second Street from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

National Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, 2018. 
Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere. 
  • Look for places fire can start
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Learn two ways out of each room
Officer Walter Joins Upper Makefield Police Department
Officer Bryan Walter was sworn in to duty at the August 7, 2018, Board of Supervisors meeting. Office Walter is a 2017 graduate of Shippensburg University and a recent graduate of the Montgomery County Police Academy. Please join us in welcoming him to Upper Makefield Police Department. From left: Supervisors Ed Ford and Mike Tierney, Judge Mick Petrucci, Officer Walter, Chief Mark Schmidt, Supervisors Kris Ballerini, Diana Nolan and Thomas Cino. 
Bucks County Offers all Residents, age 3+, Free Flu Shots
Saturday, September 29
Friday, October 12
Saturday, October 13

Bucks County is offering free flu shots for residents who are age 3 and over.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older and using antiviral drugs to treat flu illness if prescribed by your doctor. 
Township Seeks Volunteers

More than 50 residents serve as volunteers on the Township’s many boards and commissions. If you have professional skills or personal interests in areas including community planning, parks and recreation, environmental conservation, historic preservation, or if you just want to learn more about volunteering, please review descriptions of our Boards and Commissions on our website. There you can also find meeting minutes and schedules. 
Door-to-Door Solicitors Must Abide by Township Ordinance
For the safety of our residents, members of the Upper Makefield Police Department want you to know that commercial door-to-door solicitations are regulated by a permit application process. Even religious and political canvassers, who are exempted from permitting, must be prepared to show you official identification, such as a driver’s license. To protect yourself, know these rules.
  • Peddlers or Solicitors may not enter or request entry to private property if it is posted in a reasonably visible location with the words “No Peddlers or Solicitors.”
  • Peddlers or Solicitors who are not exempt from the religious/political description of work must always display the permit issued by our Police Department. Permits are good for up to 90 days.
  • All canvassers, peddlers and solicitors must present a legal form of identification, such as a driver’s license, when asked.
  • Door-to-door solicitations are limited to daylight hours Monday through Saturday. No activity is permitted on Sundays and legal holidays.

If you have general questions or concerns about door-to-door solicitors, please call the Police Department during normal business hours at 215-968-3020. If you are concerned about your immediate safety, dial 9-1-1 for help. 
2019 Budget Workshops
Tuesday, October 2 (Rescheduled from October 1st), 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
Upper Makefield Township Building
1076 Eagle Road

Staff and the Board of Supervisors work together each fall to form the upcoming calendar year budget. Workshop meetings are held and then the Township Manager presents the draft budget at a Board of Supervisors meeting.

The Preliminary Budget is posted online on the Upper Makefield Township website, and the Final Budget adoption must be made at a public meeting before the end of each year. You can follow our Calendar for all meeting dates. Agendas for the Board of Supervisors meetings are posted before each meeting. 
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