John Mack - Newtown Supervisor
Summary of July 11, 2018, BOS Public Meeting

Summary of July 11, 2018, BOS Public Meeting

The following is a brief summary of the July 11, 2018, Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting abstracted from the official minutes, which you can find here.

Administration

Interim Township Manager: Ms. Bobrin motioned to make an offer to Micah Lewis to serve as Interim Township Manager at a rate of $100,000.00 per year pending the execution of a mutually agreed upon contract. Mr. Mack seconded, and the motion was approved 4‐0.

Consultation Agreement: Offer of Consultation Agreement to Kurt Ferguson for advice on general municipal management, budget financing, collective bargaining, etc. It was noted that this agreement was to assist with the learning curve and 2019 budgetary process, etc. Mr. Mack made a motion to offer a consultation agreement, pending the execution of a mutually agreed upon contract, at the rate of $75.00 per hour beginning July 16, 2018, with either party requiring 30 days written notice of termination if and when desired. Ms. Bobrin seconded. The motion passing, 4‐0.

Committees

Environmental Advisory Council: Council member Brenna Luczyszyn sought the Board’s approval to hold a 2‐part event with the Audubon Society: September 12, 2018, 7PM‐9PM, at the Newtown Theatre for a movie, “The Central Park Effect”, regarding birds in correlation to Newtown’s status as an Audubon Bird Town; and September 23, 2018, 1PM‐4PM, Township Building, “Climate Action Circles” for the community to discuss projects to help birds and people. Mr. Mack motioned to approve the EAC Audubon Society events held on September 12, 2018 at the Newtown Theatre from 7PM‐9PM, and on September 23, 2018 at the Township Building from 1PM‐4PM. Ms. The motion was passed 4‐0.

Ordinances

Anti-discrimination Ordinance: Mr. Mack would like to see Newtown Township adopt an antidiscrimination ordinance similar to neighboring municipalities (e.g., Yardley; read "Yardley Borough Passes Local Anti-Discrimination Ordinance") to protect from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations, etc. Mr. Sander will provide a draft of an ordinance for a future agenda item and asked if the Board would be interested in creating a Human Relations Commission to receive complaints and help with private mediation.

Public Safety

Police Report: Lt. Jason Harris, Interim Police Chief, gave the report. For June 2018, there were 1,533 total calls for service from 148 traffic citations, 7 DUIs, 17 thefts, 29 property damage, 53 accidents, 116 medical emergencies, 62 suspicious circumstances, and 33 disputes. [See "June 2018 Police Report".]

Public Works

Roadway Improvement Program: Ms. Colubriale noted that there will be a change in the paving schedule from Quaker Drive and Sentinel Avenue to Franklin Court. Letters were sent to Quaker Drive residents notifying them of this change due scheduled sewer work. This reduces the total paving contract by $7,993.40. [See "2018 Road Paving Schedule (tentative)"]

Posted on 27 Jul 2018, 10:37 - Category: Board of Supervisors Minutes

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