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25 January 2023 BOS Meeting Summary
Planning Commission Report, Lower Dolington Rd Trail Update, Newtown-Yardley Rd Speed Limit Reduction, More…
This is my personal summary of the January 25, 2023, meeting of Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS). This is not a complete nor an official summary.
Access the 2023 BOS Chronicle for detailed summaries of all 2023 BOS meetings plus the BOS voting record (UNOFFICIAL) for 2023.
- NTPC "Off-the-Record" Discussion: Should Newtown Pull Out of the Jointure?
- Engineer's Report
- Solicitor's Report
- Speed Limit Lowered to 25 MPH on Newtown-Yardley Road
- Official Video
Should Newtown Pull Out of the Jointure?
Although not on the official agenda of the January 17, 2023, Newtown Planning Commission (NTPC) public meeting, Supervisor Phil Calabro - NTPC liaison to Board of Supervisors – opened up an interesting discussion by asking "What if Newtown [Twp] would pull out of [the Jointure]? The discussion covered some of the pros and cons of Newtown Twp pulling out of the Jointure, which is comprised of Newtown, Wrightstown, and Upper Makefield.
It was suggested that the Board of Supervisors should formally request that the NTPC look into this matter in more detail with input from the Township Planner and advise the BOS. Listen to the discussion...
Lower Dolington Road Trail Update
The cable relocation project was estimated to take 30 days, which means it was supposed to be completed by around January 5, 2023. However, there are still cable conduits sticking out of the ground (at Frost Lane) and construction materials, traffic cones, etc. up the road plus new mysterious street markings.
Leanna Colubriale, Newtown Engineer, reported: “It goes without saying, that they [the cable relocation contractors] are beyond schedule at this point. It is my understanding that the fiber has arrived, however, there are material delays on the access vaults [enclosures used as an access and control point]. Once they receive those, they will be able to finish the relocation. So far, they have relocated the conduit for the fiber to the opposite side of the road to make way for the trail. They now have to actually run the fiber and place the vaults.”
Speed Limit Lowered to 25 MPH on Newtown-Yardley Road
At the January 11, 2023, BOS meeting, supervisors authorized an ordinance to lower the speed limit out of concern “for the public’s health, safety, and welfare as a result of a number of accidents on Washington Avenue/Newtown-Yardley Road between Lower Dolington Road and the Newtown Borough Line, the presence of a pedestrian crosswalk at Tara Boulevard and Newtown-Yardley Road, the presence of a residential development in that immediate vicinity, and the increased speeds at which individuals drive thereon which threatens pedestrians and other vehicular traffic.”
The engineers have prepared plans showing the new signs that are needed, as well as signs to be removed and/or replaced (see image below).
This plan was approved unanimously.
The BOS also discussed lowering the speed limit to 25 MPH on South Sycamore Street (see the Full Summary below).
View the PDF version of the full summary of this meeting embedded below or download the PDF file.
Download the unedited time-stamped transcript of this meeting prepared by Youtube from the video: download PDF file.
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