Public Works Department
Management Study Of The Lower Makefield Public Works Operations
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Mulch is now available outside the gate of the recycle yard.
The Lower Makefield Township Public Works Department consists of a Public Works Director, two mechanics, nine road crew employees, a facility technician, several seasonal/part-time employees and an Administrative Assistant. The Department is housed at the Municipal Complex in the Maintenance Garage located at 1100 Edgewood road, Yardley, Pa. 19067. The Public Works Department maintains an office in that building and their direct number is 267-274-1130.
Regularly scheduled office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Yard Waste hours are Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM and the first and third Saturday of each month from 7:00 AM to noon for residents with proper ID only. Contractors are not authorized for Saturday drop off.
The following is a brief description of the areas of responsibility of the Public Works Department. More detailed information may be obtained by calling the Publics Works Director at the number listed above.
Road Maintenance and Paving
- Plowing, salting and clearing of Township roads.
- Sweeping Township roads.
- Removal of road debris, excluding dead animals.
- Patching of roads. Major road paving projects are bid.
- Roadside mowing
- Repair and replacement of street signs on township dedicated roads.
- Repair and replacement of traffic signs.
- Maintenance and repair of all public works, police, township administration, sewer and parks & recreation vehicles and equipment.
- PA State Inspection Station - Inspection of all township vehicles are done on the premises by our two certified mechanics.
- Install new and repair and replace existing drainage pipes.
- Install an repair storm drain boxes and inlets
- Clean storm drain boxes and inlets.
- Clean and maintain all retention and detention basins.
Road Occupancy Permits
- Issue permits for surface and road opening for installation of utilities on pavement, shoulder, or outside of shoulder.
- Issue permits for expansion of commercial and residential driveways. As built plan required with application for permit.
Yard Waste Recycling
Effective December 1, 2012, new dumping fees:
$45 per dump – 1-5 Yards (Pick up trucks, small utility trailers)
$65 per dump – 5-9 Yards (Mason dump trucks, large utility & dump trailers)
$85 per dump – 10 Yards and up (Large dump trucks, tree chipping trucks & bucket trucks)
All dumping fees will be payable by check or charged to contractors’ accounts
NO CASH transactions will be accepted.
- Yard Waste hours are Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM and the first and third Saturday of each month from 7:00 am to noon for residents with proper ID only.
- Click here for a list of dates the Recycle Yard will be CLOSED
- Grinds yard wasted, leaves and trees into mulch with Township owned Tub Grinder
- Provide mulch free of charge to Township residents. Mulch is now available outside the gate of the recycle yard.
- Free mulch is also provided to local schools, churches & non-profit organizations.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AT THE PUBLIC WORKS OFFICE PRIOR TO DUMPING
- The Township recycle yard is located at the Township complex, 1100 Edgewood Rd.
- Acceptable yard waste is wood, grass clippings, tree limbs and leaves.
- We DO NOT accept dirt, sod, tree stumps, Bamboo, Black Walnut, Ash, creosote, painted or pressure treated lumber, rocks, stone, steel, metal or concrete, railroad ties, or telephone poles. Plastic bags are also not acceptable.
Leaf Collection and Recycling Program Budget Presentation
Leaf Collection starts after the first heavy frost in November, normally the first week of November. There are two pick-ups, we will not return until the first cycle is completed. The weather is a major factor in our schedule pick-up dates. Heavy rain and snow will slow the pick-up of leaves. We attempt to have both pick-up’s completed by Christmas. Leaf pick-up information can be found on the township website and on Comcast cable channel 22 during the months of November and December.
- All leaves must be raked curbside for pick-up. Leaves should not be put in the street. It is unlawful to place on any road or highway in the township any leaves, materials or substances.
- Leaves must be free of branches, twigs and other debris. These items clog and damage the vacuum hoses on the machines.
- Leaves in biodegradable bags will be picked up. Leaves in plastic bags will be emptied and bags will be left at curbside. Plastic bags damage the machines.
- Replacement of bulbs in street lights. Provide location and pole number when reporting burned out lights.
- Replacement of bulbs in traffic signals on low posts. Police Department contractor with a boom truck is responsible for repairs of overhead traffic signals.
Mowing and Maintenance of Basins
- Mow sides and tops of Township owned basins. Seasonal employees are hired during the Spring and Summer months to maintain the basins.
- Dead tree removal in basins.
- Cleaning and repair of drain pipes.
Preparation of Bid Specs and Purchasing
- The Township participates in the Bucks County Consortium which collectively bids the purchase of heating fuels, gasoline, diesel, paint, road materials, pipe, salt and sign materials. This process enables the Township to purchase those items at highly discounted prices.
- The Public Works Dept. prepares specifications for bidding and purchasing of all road equipment and vehicles.
- Participation on the State Piggy Back Program to purchase various items through State contracts when available.
Director of Public Works - Kevin Kall
Phone: (267) 274-1130