Bucks County Herald

Bedminster police on special duty during Route 313 detour

CLIFF LEBOWITZ

Bedminster Police Chief Mark Ofner said his officers would be on special duty to help the community cope with the closure of Route 313 between Blue School Road and Bedminster Road (Route 113). A culvert replacement project has been estimated at nine weeks.

Ofner also, with Township Engineer Tom Fountain, and Township Manager Rich Schilling reviewed the status of speeding control efforts on Old Easton Road in Pipersville, which are now taking the form of the installation of speed tables (humps, not bumps).

A comprehensive plan on road patterns is to be circulated in the community. It will include the location of the humps and signage warnings motorists, in an effort to get resident unity for support of plan details, revised as appropriate.

A sketch plan for a new development on Buck Road in Bedminster Township is scheduled for presentation at the township planning commission meeting, 7:30 p.m. April 19, at the police headquarters building on Bedminster Road.

Sketch plans are encouraged in the township subdivision ordinance to allow for input before changes become much more costly during later stages of the proposal process.

At the March 8 public board of supervisors meeting, the board approved a standard professional services contract with the Piper Group for the project, to cover any township engineering costs. The preliminary description is for a 32-lot, single family development, on both sides of Buck Road, north of Route 113.

The site was originally known as the Yoder tract, and was the subject of a plan brought forward about 10 years ago for 18 lots on one side of the road. That plan was described as “dead.”

Also at the meeting, with the new three-year contract with its police department now in hand, the township approved advertising for a part-time police officer position that is expected to provide valuable support for its six full-time officers, especially with traffic complaints.

In addition, the department’s administrative assistant, Laurie Hepler, was rewarded with a substantial compensation increase, to a level commensurate with other municipalities, and in recognition of her special support for officers with information technology (IT) expertise, which saves the township from going outside for that.

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