John Mack - Newtown Supervisor
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Summary of June 12, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting

The following is a brief summary of the June 12, 2019, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting, which you can find here. In attendance and voting were Supervisors: Chairman Phillip Calabro, Vice Chairman Linda Bobrin, Secretary John Mack and members Kyle Davis and Dennis Fisher. Also in attendance were: Township Manager Micah Lewis, Township Engineer Leanna Colubriale and Township Solicitor David Sander.

Environment

Pollution Reduction Plan – Public Comment Period and Responses: Mr. Lewis reported the Township has received public comment and provided engineer responses on the Pollution Reduction Plan as required by the DEP. In response to comments and the large number in favor of maintaining manicured lawn at Roberts Ridge Park, the space was reconfigured to maintain a larger area of manicured lawn near the playground. [read "Newtown Revises Pollution Reduction Plan After Hearing Resident Comments"]

Mr. Mack asked Mr. Lewis for an update on the Pollution Reduction Plan specifically regarding Roberts Ridge [Park]. Mr. Lewis said there has been no official revision of the plan yet as the engineers are still reviewing it. CKS is still responding to comments received and then a final decision will be made [read "Newtown Revises Pollution Reduction Plan After Hearing Resident Comments"]. Mr. Mack expressed concern about the risk of invasive vegetation when creating meadows and asked if there was a plan to address this issue. Mr. Lewis replied that there are maintenance procedures to follow with meadows and the Township Public Works crews will be maintaining the meadows.

Mr. Mack stated he would like to see HOA's and the public become involved in meadow conversions and a discussion ensued on this topic. Mr. Fisher then asked about having a walkway cut through in Roberts Ridge park and Mr. Lewis stated once the meadow is established it can be considered.

[Statement by John Mack not in the minutes: Public Involvement Going Forward: The US EPA says “An active and involved community is crucial to the success of a stormwater management program… the public can provide valuable input and assistance to a regulated small MS4’s municipal stormwater management program…” The EPA suggests that “the public be given opportunities to play an active role in both the development and implementation of the program.”

HOA Definition Involvement: At previous BOS meetings as well as at the June 4th Planning Commission meeting mention was made regarding the involvement of Homeowners Associations in the process. As the HOA Liaison, I would like to see the Township work more closely with the Environmental Advisory Board and HOAs to see how they can play an active role in the implementation of our Pollution Reduction Plan.]

Development

Conditional Use – OMD Prospect, LLC – Solstice: Attorney Joseph Blackburn represented the applicant and Richard Darby-Matteoda, representing Solstice, was sworn in. Mr. Blackburn explained Solstice was a full service, sit down dining establishment which is affiliated with Shula’s Steak House. There will be no outdoor music on the outdoor patio. This location brings the restaurant allocation in the shopping center to approximately 26.78% which is still within the 45% limit and the sewer capacity is adequate.

Mr. Mack stated Solstice outdoor seating space has the most of all with 1800 square feet and noted there will be over 5000 square feet total of outdoor dining space in this section of the property. He asked if this space was included in the parking calculations and Mr. Blackburn acknowledged that it was. Mr. Blackburn also noted that this is the largest proposed area, however there will be fewer seats in a bigger area.

Arcadia Appeal: Resident Dennis Schoener provided an update on the Arcadia appeal [for background on this case, read "Newtown Township Supervisors Say 'No Means No' When It Comes to Arcadia Green III Planned Residential Development"] and expressed his concerns on the direction it is going. Mr. Sander acknowledged the update provided by Mr. Schoener was accurate. He then explained it was not legally feasible for the Township to contribute to the legal fees of the Eagle Ridge Association as requested. Mr. Sander is unable to discuss details of the case as it is in litigation and he referred Mr. Schoener to the Eagle Ridge counsel.

Public Safety

May 2019 Police Report: Chief Hearn reported there were 1,633 calls for service during May including 16 arrests, 11 which were DUI related; there was one incident where a sergeant successfully administered Narcan and one corruption of minor arrest. [Read "May 2019 Newtown Township Police Report: A Speeding Ticket Is The Best Education!" for more details.]

Mr. Mack expressed concern on behalf of residents who are concerned about speeding on Sycamore and mentioned there was recently a pedestrian accident there. Mr. Mack also inquired about utilizing LED speed indicators and blinking lights at pedestrian walkways. The Chief said the LED signs are owned by the police department and are moved to where needed. He also reviewed additional initiatives the department uses to enforce speed limits.

Supervisor Reports

Mr. Mack: Mr. Mack reported on the Joint Zoning Council (JZC) Definition meeting which provided updates on ordinances, including gas, oil and transient residential use which addresses Air B&B’s. Also reviewed was a proposal by the Bucks County Planning Commission on a Comprehensive Plan Update.

[More details provided by John Mack, not in minutes:

(1) Transient Residential Use Ordinance, which essentially is designed to limit the use of a home as it was “Pre Airbnb” because of neighborhood disruption. Ms. Kushto (JZC Solicitor) was charged with preparing a draft ordinance to accomplish that will comply with recent decisions of the State Supreme Court. Mack wondered how big a problem airbnb rentals were and suggested we do some research to see how many airbnb listings there currently are in the Jointure. "Personally," said Mr. Mack, "I would not like an ordinance that completely prohibited airbnb-type listings especially since hearing from the Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce that it may be interested in promoting airbnb’s in Bucks County to attract tourists, which are good for the local economy in my opinion."

(2) Comprehensive Plan Proposal – A proposal was presented by Lisa Wolff, Senior Planner at the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC). In response to the challenge of continued growth pressures, and the importance of staying current with changing community dynamics and activities, the Newtown Area Joint Zoning Council decided that an update to its Comprehensive Plan Definition may be needed since the current plan is older than 10 years. At the February meeting, the JZC asked Ms. Wolff to come up with a proposal, including fees. Everyone on the Newtown BOS received a copy of the proposal. There was a suggestion that the plan should include a section about what the Jointure Definition needs to do to stay “ahead of the ball” – as Allen Fidler said – of the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with regard to future watershed Definition pollution reduction requirements. There was a discussion of doing a survey of residents, which is optional. The BCPC would create the survey, but the JZC would be responsible for printing and mailing. I suggested that it may be possible to do an online survey, which would be cheaper and probably get more responses. The total base cost of this project is not to exceed $50,880. Payment schedule and sources of funding were discussed. Ms. Wolff said she would prepare a list of potential applicable funding sources. The JCZ will draft a resolution for each to the Jointure Townships to consider.]

Mr. Fisher: Mr. Fisher reported the Newtown Environmental Advisory Council (EAC Definition) discussed a green infrastructure topics document and the Finance Committee worked on the RFP which is in final draft [for more information, read "Newtown Applies for DCED Grant to Assess the Township’s Financial Condition"]. They also talked about conducting a business survey. In reference to the business survey, Mr. Calabro asked for the committee to incorporate the Business Commons in the survey to determine what uses it can handle and how it can be utilized in the future.

Posted on 13 Jul 2019, 01:12 - Category: Board of Supervisors Minutes

Summary of May 22, 2019, Newtown BOS Public Meeting

The following is a brief summary of the May 22, 2019, 2019, Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting, which you can find here. In attendance and voting were Supervisors: Chairman Phillip Calabro, Vice Chairman Linda Bobrin, Secretary John Mack and members Kyle Davis and Dennis Fisher. Also in attendance were: Township Manager Micah Lewis, Township Engineer Leanna Colubriale and Township Solicitor David Sander.

Environment

Pollution Reduction Plan: Mr. Mack asked Mr. Lewis for an update on the Pollution Reduction Plan specifically regarding Roberts Ridge [Park]. Mr. Lewis said there has been no official revision of the plan yet as the engineers are still reviewing it. CKS is still responding to comments received and then a final decision will be made [read "Newtown Revises Pollution Reduction Plan After Hearing Resident Comments"]. Mr. Davis asked if we have mowed the field recently and Mr. Lewis said yes.

Development

Conditional Use - MOD Super Fast Pizza: Mr. Blackburn presented the application for E-5 and E-6 eating place at 2938 S. Eagle Road in the eastern most portion of proposed building eight at the Village of Newtown Shopping Center (see plan below).

Mr. Mack asked about parking for this specific quadrant and how it relates to the rest of center. Mr. Blackburn said the retail space in this area totals 48,642 square feet which requires 228 parking spaces. He said the parking ratio is on a site wide basis and there are 217 spaces proposed for this area. Mr. Mack then asked Mr. Blackburn to review the concept of walkability as it relates to the shopping center. Mr. Blackburn stated the outdoor restaurant seating is a component of the walkability scheme as well as the enhanced sidewalk networks and traffic calming measures.

Mr. Calabro asked about the amphitheater area and if this location will have seating available. Mr. Blackburn pointed out the amphitheater on the plan and explained it will be a common public space with seating not designated for any specific tenant. Mr. Calabro questioned the necessity of 30 outdoor seats for MOD Pizza since there is the amphitheater seating.

Historic Preservation

Historical Architectural Review Board: Mary Donaldson, Vice Chairman of HARB, reported three applications were reviewed at the May 8, 2019 meeting. The first for Affinity, a title company at 9 South Sycamore Street, for signage, painting, windows, roof, front door and guard rail. The second is for Guru Restaurant at 203 N. Sycamore Street for 3 wooden signs to replace the Saloon signs and the third is for Steven Robbins Eyewear for replacement of the sign at 41 Cambridge Street.

Public Safety

Emergency Services Report: Chief Forsyth reported the Fire Department had 101 calls for service during April; there were 44 fire calls, 57 calls for emergency medical responses, NESD responded to 74 calls and 27 calls to the Fire Association.

Mr. Mack asked Chief Forsyth if it was possible in future reports to have a breakdown of the types of fire calls such as commercial building fires vs private building fires, car fires, etc. Chief Forsyth responded that he could give a breakdown every month

Supervisor Reports

Mr. Mack: Mr. Mack was given a tour of the Tyler Park covered bridge trail restoration site. He also reported the Human Relations Commission will be receiving training on 5/28/19.

[More details (not in minutes): Walking Tour of the Tyler Park Covered Bridge Trail Restoration Site: On Friday, May 17, Mr Mack was given a tour of the Tyler Park Covered Bridge Trail restoration site by Joyce Ely, Director of the Neshaminy Creek Watershed Association. Recall that Ms. Ely made comments about Newtown’s Pollution Reduction Plan at the last BOS meeting on May 8 (see here). She also submitted a 4-page document that will be included along with the Pollution plan when submitted to the PA DEP (find that document here). The Neshaminy Creek Watershed Association received funding to plant 249 trees, 40 shrubs and 80 perennials this fall along the trail. I am told that this will add shade and provide caterpillars for feeding young birds – the only food they will eat (I was surprised to learn that the baby birds cannot eat bird seed, which was a disappointment to my wife!).

HRC Training: The Newtown Human Relations Commission members and members of other local commissions will receive training from the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission on May 28 right here at the Municipal Center in Newtown. Afterward the Commission will be ready to go to work. If any resident feels that he or she has been discriminated against in housing or employment in Newtown and would like to bring a case before the Commission, you can call (215) 968-2800 and press 8 for the Administration.]

Mr. Fisher: Mr. Fisher reported the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED Definition) grant was fully executed and sent back to the Commonwealth. The Finance Committee is working on the request for proposal. The Committee is also working on a survey to gather data on economic development for the township.

 

Posted on 18 Jun 2019, 15:03 - Category: Board of Supervisors Minutes

Summary of May 8, 2019, Newtown BOS Public Meeting

The following is a brief summary of the May 8, 2019, 2019, Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting, which you can find here. In attendance and voting were Supervisors: Chairman Phillip Calabro, Vice Chairman Linda Bobrin, Secretary John Mack and members Kyle Davis and Dennis Fisher. Also in attendance were: Township Manager Micah Lewis, Township Engineer Leanna Colubriale and Township Solicitor David Sander.

Committee Reports

Planning Commission: Chairman Allen Fidler reported that at its May 7, 2019 meeting the Commission reviewed two conditional use applications for two new restaurants at Village at Newtown. The Commission recommended approval for MOD Pizza at 2938 S. Eagle Road subject to conditions including the Supervisors’ confirmation that the proposed outdoor seating is permissible, and for Solstice at 2948 S. Eagle Road, also subject to conditions.

Environment

Pollution Reduction Plan: Mr. Lewis said that the plan is on the Township’s Web site, outlining measures to reduce sediment. A number of residents have e-mailed comments, which will be reviewed by the Township Engineer before being forwarded to the DEP. [This was discussed on the Roberts Ridge section of Nextdoor here.]

[Several residents and watershed experts spoke out against the establishment of a "meadow" in Roberts Ridge Park as part of the township's Pollution Reduction Plan. Several objections were raised. The discussion resulted in the Township rethinking the plan for the park and mowing the meadow in the meantime. Other ideas were put forward to comply with PA Department of Environmental Protection regarding reduction of pollution of watersheds.]

Parks and Recreation

Trails: Ms. Colubriale reported that the grant which the Township sought last year and was denied [read "Newtown Township Trail Plan Struggles to Get Off the Ground"] is again available for the Lower Dolington Road trail. This cycle will not require matching funds. Ms. Colubriale said that she had intended to resubmit last year’s application. She could contact DCED for feedback on last year’s application to try to improve it. The Board agreed that Ms. Colubriale should prepare a new application for the Lower Dolington trail.

Public Safety

Newtown Artesian Water Company Presentation: Dan Angove, General Manager of Newtown Artesian, followed up with the Board on Newtown Artesian’s February letter advising residents of the presence of Polyflouroalkyls Definition (PFC’s) in our water. While Newtown’s water tested below the advisory of 70 particles per trillion, there were PFC’s detected. The Water Company has initiated quarterly testing and has taken two wells off line to address the issue. www.newtownwater.com has the most recently updated information on the levels. [This was discussed on the Roberts Ridge section of Nextdoor here.]

[At the meeting, Supervisor Mack asked Mr. Angove to explain the results in comparison to the Q4 results focusing on (1) how sampling is done, (2) when was sampling done, (3) were multiple samples collected & combined for the test? (4) what company did the testing, (5) how accurate is the test? What's the margin of error? Residents also asked if the NAWC had set aside money to lower the levels of PFAS if necessary to comply with the Maximum Contamination Levels (MCLs) set by the PA Department of Environmental Protection.]

Regarding the letter that NAWC sent to Newtown Township residents:

Perfluorinated Compounds Detected in Newtown Township's Water Supply

Police Report: Police Chief John Hearn presented the Calls Report for April 2019. In April, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,686 total calls, 300 (18%) of which were in Wrightstown Township. Mr. Mack asked about recent anti-Semitic graffiti in Tyler Park. Chief Hearn said that this incident was in the Northampton portion of the park and is being investigated by the State Police. Newtown has 13 places of worship; the Department has a presence at all major holiday worship services but otherwise does circulate among these churches and synagogues. He has reviewed the files and found no incidents of hate crimes in our township in the last three years. See more details here.

 

 

 

Posted on 23 May 2019, 13:35 - Category: Board of Supervisors Minutes

Summary of April 24, 2019, Newtown BOS Public Meeting

The following is a brief summary of the April 24, 2019, 2019, Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting, which you can find here. In attendance and voting were Supervisors: Chairman Phillip Calabro, Vice Chairman Linda Bobrin, Secretary John Mack and members Kyle Davis and Dennis Fisher. Also in attendance were: Township Manager Micah Lewis, Township Engineer Leanna Colubriale and Township Solicitor David Sander.

Committee Reports

Planning Commission: Chairman Allen Fidler reported at the April 16, 2019, meeting, the Commission reviewed two conditional use applications. The first for La Maison LLC – 250 & 254 N. Sycamore Street, Goodnoe’s Corner. The Commission recommended not to oppose this application.

The second was for Madison Family Dental LLC, 258 N. Sycamore Street, in Goodnoe’s Corner. The applicant will occupy 800 sq.ft. for specialized dental care services. The Commission recommended not to oppose this application.

Environment

Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) - Public Review Period: [For background, read "Newtown Township's Pollution Reduction Plan"]. There was no public comment on the PRP.

[The plan's impact on the Roberts Ridge Park was a hot topic for public comment in the Roberts Ridge section of Nextdoor. Access the discussion here.]

Mr. Mack asked if the proposed meadow area in Roberts Ridge park is where soccer is currently played. Mr. Lewis said there is a drainage swale there, but no soccer fields. The discussion continued on soccer field locations, and the proper process of creating meadows Mr. Mack also questioned how grassy areas in parks would be converted to meadows and he mentioned that according to his understanding chemicals like Roundup have to be used to first kill the grass. Mr. Mack asked if there were environmentally friendly ways other than using Roundup to do this. Mr. Lewis noted that there are other products approved by the DEP and EPA for use in wetland areas.

Drinking Water Contamination: Resident Mark Boada expressed his concern over a letter received from Newtown Artesian Water indicating small levels of contamination in groundwater. Mr. Mack addressed this by acknowledging the Board is aware of this situation and the Board is being kept informed of ongoing testing results by Mr. Angove from Newtown Artesian Water. [Followup: "Update on PFAS in Newtown's Water Supply".]

Fiscal Responsibility

DCED Grant: Mr. Calabro reported the township has been approved for a $40K grant which will be put toward economic development (read "Newtown Township Seeks Grant to Assess Finances"). Mr. Calabro credited the Finance Committee and Mr. Fisher who made the proposal to the Board and Mr. Lewis for completing the grant application. Mr. Calabro said this grant will afford the township the ability to establish a 5-10 year plan which will permit the township to continue to be a healthy and thriving community.

Public Safety

South Eagle Road Potholes: Mr. Mack raised a question about the party responsible for pothole repair on South Eagle Road between the farmers market and Wendy’s since this is not a township owned road. Mr. Lewis said the landlord is responsible as they own the roads and Mr. Sander confirmed. [This was discussed on the Roberts Ridge section of Nextdoor here.]

A discussion ensued around enforcement of ordinances, suggestions on how to manage these types of situations and the ramifications of township involvement. Ms. Bobrin noted that conditions were placed on landowners for other projects and suggested that the Township consider that maintenance of roads up to Township standards should also be a condition that could be imposed by the Township. Mr. Sander said he would look into the Ordinances and see what can be done.

Potholes on South Eagle Road as Seen on April 17, 2019.

[When a resident called the Township to complain, he was given contact information for the owner of the road. When the resident called the owner, he got no satisfaction. At the request of the resident, Supervisor Mack took photos of the potholes (see above) and on April 17, 2019, sent an email to the representative of the owner:

"Attn: {name redacted}:

"A Newtown Township resident notified me of several potholes on South Eagle Road between the Farmers Market and Wendy's. I've seen these myself on the way to do some shopping in the area - see photos attached. As this is private property that your company managers - and not Newtown Twp - I thought you would like to see this.

"I note that this road is used by Newtown Ambulance Service as well as residents and for that reason repairing these should be a priority. Thank you for your attention to this matter."

As a result, the potholes were repaired on or about April 21, 2019.]

Posted on 12 May 2019, 11:13 - Category: Board of Supervisors Minutes

Summary of April 10, 2019, BOS Public Meeting

The following is a brief summary of the April 10, 2019, 2019, Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting, which you can find here. In attendance and voting were Supervisors: Chairman Phillip Calabro, Vice Chairman Linda Bobrin, Secretary John Mack and member and Dennis Fisher. Also in attendance were: Township Manager Micah Lewis, Township Engineer Owen Hyne and Township Solicitor David Sander. Absent: Kyle Davis.

Committee Reports

Planning Commission: Peggy Driscoll, Vice Chair of the Planning Commission reported that at its meeting on April 2, 2019, the only item on the agenda was the Revised amendment to the Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance to amend provisions of Office Research District to add new use (E-25, Motor Vehicle Fueling Center).

The Commission recommended that the Supervisors consider this ordinance, not as written, and move forward. Ms. Driscoll stated that this recommendation was not unanimous.

Mr. Mack asked to clarify what is meant by “consider not as written but move forward." Mr. Sander explained this is a use that is now recognized by the courts and has to be provided for within the Jointure so that right now the ordinance doesn’t have provisions for a motor vehicle fueling center or gas station/convenience store combined use. The recommendation is the township move forward with an ordinance to deal with that legality, but not necessarily this ordinance as written.

Ms. Driscoll said it was the applicant that crafted this ordinance and much of it does not coincide with our ordinances. The commission recommended the applicant go back and consider some of the recommendations made by the commission. Mr. Calabro suggested to create the usage within the jointure and then form our own ordinance. Mr. Sander recommends the Township reach out to the Bucks County Planning Commission and their partners in the jointure to determine any resources that can help the township establish the use and provide for it.

Development

Arcadia Professional Consultants Fee Lawsuit - Authorization to File Appeal : Mr. Mack asked if any details could be provided. Mr. Sander said there is a portion of decision received that the judge stated that we disagree with and we want to protect the township going forward with regard to charging professional fees in PRD cases.

[The following questions/concerns were prepared by Supervisor Mack before the BOS meeting with the intent of bringing them up at the meeting. However, these questions/concerns may NOT be included in the official minutes. View the official video of the meeting for details.

"I assume that this appeal is response to a lawsuit filed by Arcadia that was reported in A Feb 5, 2018, article published in the Bucks County Courier Times, which states that Arcadia asked a county judge to determine whether it must pay back the township $39,866 in fees it – the Township - paid for solicitors and consultants to review the developer’s proposal. According to the article, Arcadia also requested a court order for the township to return $17,132 of the developer’s $19,375 submitted cash escrow, which the township previously spent on expert review."]

Conditional Use - Iron Hill Brewery: Application of Iron Hill Brewery LLC for conditional use to operate an E-5 eating place at 2920 S. Eagle Road in the Village of Newtown. Attorney Joseph Blackburn represented the applicant. Mr. Calabro thanked Mr. Blackburn for addressing the parking issues. Mr. Fisher, in reference to the outside music, asked if there was a possibility for dual controlled volume and Mr. Blackburn confirmed that this was part of the proposal. [Mr. Calabro] asked if there was a way to reduce the outdoor seating area and after Mr. Blackburn discussed with Mr. Finn, who is representing Iron Hills, it was determined they could reduce the outdoor area by 20 seats.

Public Works

Pollutant Reduction Plan: Mr. Hyne reviewed the Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP). The Township has three impaired watersheds, Neshaminy Creek, Lake Luxembourg and Core Creek, The Township must reduce 202,252 lbs. of sedimentation per year for five years and will be implemented by basin and meadow conversions, inlet cleaning and stream restoration projects. Mr. Hyne provided a map to show targeted areas. This plan must be authorized by the Board and then be publicly advertised for public comment for 30 days, After this time frame the plan will go to DEP for approval.

Mr. Calabro asked if we have enough township basins that can be converted to meadows to reduce by 10%. Mr. Lewis clarified that the seven township owned basins will be converted to meadows along with under-utilized park areas. The manicured grass areas will be transformed into meadow areas which will also reduce fuel consumption and maintenance costs. Mr. Lewis believes the meadow and basin conversions will start this year

Public Safety

Newtown Township Complex Emergency Action Plan: Mr. Lewis explained that the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is required by our insurance carrier. Chief Forsyth presented the EAP which was written in compliance with NFPA Standard 3000 Definition and Homeland Security standards. Chief Forsyth is looking for the Board’s approval of the EAP so staff training can begin. The purpose of the EAP is to ensure staff is trained and prepared for any critical incidents that may occur. Mr. Mack asked if the Board would be trained and Chief Forsyth said yes they could be. The motion passed 4-0.

[The following questions/concerns were prepared by Supervisor Mack before the BOS meeting with the intent of bringing them up at the meeting. However, these questions/concerns may NOT be included in the official minutes. View the official video of the meeting for details.

Page 11: “Violent Incidents/Active Shooter”: This report does not specifically mention Supervisors, advisory Committee members, ZHB members, etc. at Public meetings – I am concerned about active shooter incidents at such meetings.

Page 12, Under “FIGHT” – says “be prepared for the fight of your life” and gives some pointers such as “try to attack the shooter's eyes and face” with “whatever makeshift weapon is available (pocket knife, scissor, screw driver, keys, etc.).”

Shouldn’t Supervisors, committee members – as well as employees – be trained in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate)? According to the
ALICE Training website, the "Counter" aspect of the training does not involve confronting the active shooter: "ALICE Training does not believe that actively confronting a violent intruder is the best method for ensuring the safety of those involved. Counter is a strategy of last resort. Counter focuses on actions that create noise, movement, distance and distraction with the intent of reducing the shooter’s ability to shoot accurately. Creating a dynamic environment decreases the shooter’s chance of hitting a target and can provide the precious seconds needed in order to evacuate."]

Police Report: Police Chief John Hearn reported during March the Department responded to 1,846 calls including 53 traffic accidents and 15 arrests, 4 were DUI related. There were 319 traffic citations issued, 78 which resulted from the aggressive driving campaign. Read "March 2019 Police Report: Crack Down on Aggressive Driving!"

 

Posted on 26 Apr 2019, 10:35 - Category: Board of Supervisors Minutes

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