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Summary of October 28, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting

2021 Budget Revision, Newtown Ambulance Squad Dire Report, Newtown Fire Association Reorganization, "Latino" v.s. "Hispanic," More...

The following is a brief summary of the October 28, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) public meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting, which you can find here. You also can view the video archive here.

2021 Budget Discussion

Mr. Mack asked whether the Township could consider incremental tax increases over time and accept a smaller general fund balance, perhaps by phasing in new hires. He also noted that he would favor hiring of public works personnel to provide more roadway improvements. Mr. Davis said that he would prefer a smaller tax increase as well. He asked a series of questions on proposed capital spending.

Mr. Davis moved to ask the manager to prepare a budget with a 40% tax increase rather than the currently proposed 178% increase. Mr. Davis said that he has no specific recommendations for reductions but asked that Mr. Lewis review the entire budget and look for ways to reduce or eliminate some spending, bringing in a 40% increase over last year, overall, not per any particular fund. It could involve a smaller year end reserve balance or elimination of some spending. Mr. Mack said that an increase of only 40% would not be enough to do anything, particularly road improvements. Mr. Davis's motion passed 3-2, with Messrs. Mack and Oxley voting nay.

Mr. Fisher suggested that next year the Township could have a different budget preparation procedure, with the Finance Committee having input into the draft budget.

[Read “Newtown Supervisors Look To Tweak A Taxing Budget Proposal”.]

Public Safety

Newtown Ambulance Squad Report: Chief Evan Resnikoff of the Newtown Ambulance Squad gave a brief overview of the Squad's past year. He noted the leadership changes in the past years as well as the increased support from municipal services. The squad has a response time of 5.55 minutes, below the county wide average. This past year, the squad has had a number of Covid operations, and has seen dramatic increases in cost for and use of PPE. After reviewing a number of cost increases and delays in insurance reimbursements, Chief Resnikoff asked that the dedicated millage be increased to 0.05 mills and suggested that a higher dedicated millage could be sought through a referendum in a future election.

Newtown Emergency Services Dept (NESD) Report: Fire Chief Glenn Forsyth reported that the department responded to 121 calls for service and conducted 57 inspections in the Township and 52 inspections in Newtown Borough. The NESD attended 151 hours of training and the Newtown Fire Association attended 115 hours of training.

Fire Services Agreement with NFA: Chief Forsyth noted that this will be a five year agreement through December 31, 2025. The Township contribution will be reviewed annually. It provides fire service when the NESD is not on duty. Next year's Township contribution will be $161,000 (sic). Mr. Mack said that he did not want to enter into an agreement to pay $160,000 until the budget has been passed. [The motion passed 4-1, with Mr. Mack voting nay.]

Committee Reports

Planning Commission: Mr. Fidler said that the members discussed recommendations in the ESI report and from the Economic Development Committee to revamp the list of permitted uses in our commercial zoning districts [e.g., LI, OLI and OR] and he and Ms. Fountain would like to discuss this further with the EDC at one of their November meetings. Mr. Fisher asked whether the EAC's recommendations had been reviewed by the Planning Commission. Mr. Fidler said that the recommendations had been forwarded to the Jointure for consideration to incorporate these suggestions in the Comp Plan and in each municipality's SALDO. [For more information, read "Bringing New Businesses to Newtown"]

Board Member Reports

Human Relations Commission: Mr. Mack reported that he had attended the Human Relations Committee meeting at which Dr. Leticia Ferri discussed the difference between Latino and Hispanic and being a Latino in the United States.

Mack's Newtown Voice · Latino vs. Hispanic: What's The Difference?

Public Comments

Frank McCarran: Resident Frank McCarran said that he has acted on behalf of his Homeowners Association to keep residents of Delancey Court informed of ongoing budget discussions. He said that he believed that the Econsult five year plan had a discrepancy in its estimate of year end general fund balances which would have an impact on all other predictions in the modeling. Regarding the Township's ESD's failure to get a fire grant this year, he suggested that as Township and Borough share fire protection services, the Borough could apply for the grant.

Mr. McCarran explained that residents of Delancey Court are unhappy with the large proposed tax increase because it was so unexpected whereas school and county increases are expected and anticipated.

Mr. Mack asked that e-mails from residents be appended to the minutes.

[Read more Resident Comments Regarding the Proposed 2021 Budget]

Summary of Votes on Motions

Download the UNOFFICIAL 2020 BOS Voting Record to date.

More Information

Download the Newtown Township Meeting Notes newsletter. Topics include: Arcadia PRD Litigation Decision, Toll Bros Delancey Court Request Denied, Resident Critiques ESI Consultants' Financial Report, 2021 Budget Coming to Town!

My Personal Notes

The following are my personal notes that I used to prepare for this meeting. You can also download the PDF version here.

Posted on 20 Nov 2020, 01:04 - Category: Board of Supervisors Minutes

Summary of October 14, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting

2019 Audit, Arcadia PRD Litigation Decision, Toll Bros Delancey Court Request Denied, Police Report, More...

The following is a brief summary of the October 14, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) Zoom meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting, which you can find here. You also can view the video archive here.

Planning Commission Report

Comprehensive Plan: Chairman Allen Fidler reported that the Commission ... members ... would like to have input into any recommendations to change uses in the Business Zoning Districts as part of the Comprehensive plan. Mr. Fidler said that the Comp Plan would be considering the directions the Jointure will take for the next ten years to keep our community vibrant and functioning. It would be appropriate to ask the Bucks County Planning Commission to have some input.

Business Commons: The members briefly discussed work being considered by the Economic Development Committee to consider expanding the permitted uses in the Business Commons.

Audit Presentation

Mike Gentile and Dan Pearson of Maillie, LLP presented their 2019 audit, reviewed the Township’s net position over the past five years and issued a clean opinion of the Township’s finances. In response to Mr. Mack’s comments on a decline in net position [the township's net position decreased each year from 2015 ($37,106,877) to 2019 ($31,955,572) - a 14% decrease], Mr. Pearson said that he has seen similar declines in other municipalities, some of it due to overall depreciation of fixed assets and some due to changes in reporting requirements, such as regarding pension liabilities.

In response to further Board questions, Mr. Pearson said that the Township’s overall position is healthy. The Township is seeing some decline in overall revenue but is working toward improvement.

Public Safety

Police Chief John Hearn reported that the department responded to 1530 calls in the last month, including 10 arrests, 63 traffic accidents,17 deer-vehicle collisions and three instances of NARCAN use to revive drug overdoses.

Mr. Mack asked about a criminal mischief call which involved anti-Semitic graffiti and asked why it was not considered a hate crime. Chief Hearn explained that the call involved an offensive symbol graffiti but it was not directed at a specific person or property, so it is not hate directed at an individual.

See the October 2020 Newtown Township Police Report for more information.


Arcadia Decision: Township Solicitor Dave Sander asked the Board to consider an appeal to the mandamus order which deemed the Arcadia Land Holdings PRD application approved.

The motion passed 5-0.

Delancey Court Decision: Mr. Sander reported that CKS Engineers has reviewed the Delancey Court request for final dedication and found a number of unresolved items on the punch list. He asked the Board to pass a motion to deny dedication.

Mr. Calabro explained that developers usually complete punch lists, and in this case it has just not been completed yet. Resident Frank McCarran said that he lives in Delancey Court and his homeowners association has found a number of costly issues as yet unresolved, including standing water on his own property, need for repaving the entire Rittenhouse Circle street and a number of trees and shrubs that need replacing. Mr. Sander said that CKS will work with Toll Brothers to have these issues resolved. Should this not address the concerns their development agreement will be reviewed to see if Toll is in default, in which case the Township can draw down escrow money.

The motion passed 5-0.

Board Member Reports

Newtown Fire Association: Mr. Mack reported that he had attended the Newtown Fire Association meeting in September and expressed some concern about the Association’s difficulty providing staffing and recruiting of new members and board officer positions.

Joint Zoning Council: Mr. Mack attended the Joint Zoning Council (JZC) meeting, where the E-30 use amendment was adopted and the Council submitted two proposed ordinances on short term rentals and riding academies to the member planning commissions for consideration. The JZC also considered recommendations submitted from the Newtown Environment Advisory Council (EAC) for inclusion in the Joint Comprehensive Plan. It was agreed that further discussion among the member EAC’s and Planning Commissions is needed.

Economic Development Committee: Mr. Oxley reported that he has spoken with both the Economic Development Committee (EDC) and Financial Committee chairmen about the Econsolutions report. He has also spoken to Commissioner Harvie about attracting biotech firms to Newtown. He reported that the EDC has been discussing expanding the permitted uses in our business districts, including multi-family housing, and would like to seek some advice from Bucks County Planning Commission for the comp plan. Mr. Calabro suggested that the EDC and Planning Commission should work together on such recommendations. He also suggested contacting Pete Krauss from Bucks County IDA about bringing in tech firms.

Summary of Votes on Motions

Download the UNOFFICIAL 2020 BOS Voting Record to date.

More Information

Download the Newtown Township Meeting Notes newsletter. Topics include: Arcadia PRD Litigation Decision, Toll Bros Delancey Court Request Denied, Resident Critiques ESI Consultants' Financial Report, 2021 Budget Coming to Town!

The following are my personal notes that I used to prepare for this meeting. You can also download the PDF version here.

Posted on 13 Nov 2020, 12:59 - Category: Board of Supervisors Minutes

Summary of September 23, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting

E-30 Use Approved, ESI Financial Report Accepted, More...

The following is a brief summary of the September 23, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) Zoom meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting, which you can find here. You also can view the video archive here.

Public Comments

Formation of a Newtown Township Board of Health: Resident Terry Halper requested the formation of a Newtown Township Board of Health (BOH) as described in the “Pennsylvania Township Supervisors Handbook.” He also requested for open access to Township Supervisors meetings as required in the “Citizen’s Guide to Local Pennsylvania Government”.

Public Safety

Emergency Services Department (ESD): Chief Forsyth reported there were 114 calls for service in July including three building fires, one dwelling fire, one vehicle fire and 57 EMS calls.

The Chief also said the Township and Borough received a letter from the Newtown Fire Association (NFA) stating for various reasons they are unable to provide adequate protection. He said the NFA is struggling however they are still responding to calls. The NFA is extremely low on volunteers and the Chief asks anyone who is interested in becoming a member to reach out to the NFA. [For more about this, read "The Volunteer Newtown Fire Association is at a Turning Point".]

ESI Presentation

Steve Wray of Econsult Solutions ... said the BOS was provided with a 144-page detailed report dated September 18, 2020, and he presented a slide summary of that report which explained the purpose of the Strategic Management Planning Program (STMP); he reviewed the services Econsult performed along with key findings and recommendations, projections, financial history, a revised financial forecast and a recommended approach.

Mr. Oxley asked Mr. Wray to share any additional economic development ideas that would make sense for Newtown. Mr. Wray replied that an incubator type approach could make sense for the Township and he said from an industry perspective, biotechnology healthcare is an area of opportunity to explore with the County as the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center in Doylestown is at capacity. He also suggested meeting with businesses yearly to discuss growth and challenges and lastly mentioned a recovery program to help hurting businesses to ensure they are aware of county growth programs and bring them together to discuss rebuilding. Mr. Oxley then inquired about a marketability initiative to reach out to NJ businesses and Mr. Wray said first the Township should make residents aware of the intent as many residents work for the pharma companies; second he suggested outreach with the County economic development organizations and County commissioners as well as regionally with the greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Mack said on page 33 it shows total revenue collected is projected to be 8% lower than budgeted and asked how ESI arrived at this. Alix Sullivan of ESI replied this came about from the Covid induced cash projection where 2020 actuals were compared to 2019 as well as general data sources received from the US Census Bureau and Department of Labor. Mr. Mack shared information from Keystone who show the Township’s EIT up 4.8% through August 31, 2020 compared to the same time last year. In response to Mr. Mack’s additional questions, Mr. Wray said the resident EIT cannot be increased to 1.5% as the Second-class Township code limits it to 1%.

Mr. Mack asked if ESI would come back for a special live meeting where the public can attend. A brief discussion ensued, and Mr. Wray agreed to return in the future for a two-hour public meeting. [That meeting will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020, 9:30 AM. Pre-registration to attend the event is REQUIRED, and the registration deadline is Wednesday, October 28th at 5 p.m. (Please send your email request to attend to Olivia Kivenko at

E-30 Use Public Hearing

Consideration of JMZO Amendment to provide for a Motor Vehicle Fueling and Convenience Store Use (E-30): [Mr. Mack moved to table the motion until residents can be in attendance. There was no second, the motion to table was defeated.] Mr. Calabro asked Mr. Sander to review the legal constraints and Mr. Sander detailed the Substantive Validity Challenge filed by Provco and the Municipal Curative Amendment declared by the Jointure and the ramifications of each. Mr. Calabro stated certain specifics have been included within the ordinance and asked if it does not pass if the Township is left open for anyone to come in and build where they want. Mr. Sander said yes, they can try but they would have to file a challenge like Provco; however, if enacted they will not be able to challenge and he referenced other local cases.

Mr. Davis understands the need for corrective action on zoning but feels we are giving this kind of developer exactly what they are looking for and he thinks we are giving them too much; too many pumps and acreage and he said we should consider LI or OLI .Mr. Davis does not like this change; Mr. Mack agrees with Mr. Davis.

Public Comment from Mr. Mike Horbal read out loud:

I urge you to reject this proposed E-30 ordinance as it is currently written as it does not put a limit on the number of potential fuel dispensers, leaving Newtown exposed to the possibility of a gas station with up to 11 fuel dispensers resulting in 22 fueling stations. Here's why:
The proposed E-30 requires a minimum lot area of 4 acres, with the following footnote: "(4) Four acres is required for 1-6 fuel dispensers. For every additional dispenser, an additional one acre is required." The property that is being considered for this E-30 is identified as Tax Parcel # 29-010-042 As of 9/22/2020, the Bucks County Board of Assessment lists IHM Newtown LLC as the property owner.
The developer has proposed a project on a 5.09-acre site, but the total size of this property is actually 9.7730 acres according to land records. The land has not been subdivided yet, which leaves Newtown exposed to the potential of 22 fueling stations according to the proposed rules.
Right now, the proposed 5.09 acre site would allow 7 fuel dispensers (14 fueling stations). The developer could acquire up to 4.68 acres from the owner and increase the number of fuel dispensers and fueling stations. For Example:
6 acre site = 8 fuel dispensers (16 fueling stations)
7 acre site = 9 fuel dispensers (18 fueling stations)
8 acre site = 10 fuel dispensers (20 fueling stations)
9 acre site = 11 fuel dispensers (22 fueling stations)

Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions

Planning Commission: Final Draft of the E-30 Ordinance. The PC feels they demonstrated a significant effort to comply with most of what Provco was trying to create in an E-30 use and is hopeful the BOS will consider their recommendation and be judicial in their decision. There was a roll call vote which recommended supporting the E-30 use however, it was not unanimous.

Board Member Reports

Environmental Advisory Council (EAC): Mr. Mack reported he attended the EAC meeting where they requested a line item in the budget for $250 for minor supplies for signage, public meetings, etc. He said they plan to work with other EAC’s on projects and invite experts to attend their meetings.

Executive Session

Township Solicitor: Mr. Sander said there will be an executive session needed between now and October 14 to discuss the Arcadia matter. [Note: On October 14, 2020, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to APPEAL (i.e., fight) the decision. Read "Highlights from the October 14, 2020, BOS Meeting".]

Votes on Motions

Download the UNOFFICIAL 2020 BOS Voting Record to date.

The following are my personal notes that I used to prepare for this meeting. I may not have asked all the questions in the notes at the meeting. You can also download the PDF version here.

Posted on 22 Oct 2020, 12:21 - Category: Board of Supervisors Minutes

Summary of September 9, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting

Proposed 5-Year Budget Plan, Police Diversity, 2020 Road Program Update, LED Street Lighting, More...

The following is a brief summary of the September 9, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) Zoom meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting, which you can find here. You also can view the video archive here.

Public Comments

Econsult Report: Proposed 5-Year Budget Plan: Resident Frank McCarron submitted lengthy comments below grant-related revenue and the hiring of new police and fire officers, which are largely based on his review of local news articles and online posts. Please refer to the official minutes to see the full comment.

A few summary points made by Mr. McCarron were read at the meeting by John Mack:

  • Perform a benchmark comparison of grant revenues awarded elsewhere in Bucks County so money is not left on the table.
  • Project the cost savings of hiring part-time, non-civil service personnel.
  • Benefits of a career fire chief should be weighed against cost in light of the financial position of the township; “this approach was never right as the NFA owns the firehouses, trucks and equipment and so why would the Township expect to dictate procedures for using those assets.
  • Perform a benchmark comparison to Northampton Township to look for more cost-efficient ways of operating the NESD.
  • perhaps Newtown Township can at least delay hiring firefighters
  • Perform a separate examination of big ticket expense items.
  • Pursue greater diversity in hiring practices. 15% of CRSD North student population is non-white – in comparison Police Dept is ALL white

Police Report

Chief Hearn reported the department is still operating under Covid-19 precautions and responded to 1,686 calls for service during August including 22 arrests; there were 12 DUI’s, 41 traffic accidents, and 216 citations were issued. The Chief stated the truck enforcement initiative is ongoing, deer are back in season and were involved in 10 auto accidents, fraud continues and theft from vehicles is on the rise.


Referring to the testing candidates, Mr. Oxley asked if there were people of color participating in the test. Chief Hearn replied he did not attend the written test, only the physical agility test where he saw two African American males, several females, and a few Hispanic males, but not a dramatic number of applicants for that assignment. Mr. Oxley asked how the candidates for police officers are recruited and Chief Hearn detailed the process. Mr. Oxley asked how the Township can get the Police Department to reflect the community they serve which includes approximately 15% minorities. He suggested recruiting at schools and community colleges. The Chief said he is a firm believer in hiring the best candidate and said Newtown can to do a better job to find those candidates and he has been looking for other options besides the Bucks County Consortium. He encouraged everyone on the Board and community that knows someone who wants to be a police officer to please encourage them to pursue it. He added that diversity is more than race and reassured that the department was diverse.

Mr. Mack referred to an article in the Courier where the NAACP and Bensalem PD were working together to encourage Bensalem residents of color to consider becoming a police officer and asked Chief Hearn if the NAACP has ever reached out to him. The Chief said they have not and explained that Bensalem is a much larger department and does not use the Bucks County Consortium, but conducts their own recruiting, testing and application processing.

Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions

Board Members: Mr. Fisher reviewed three items from the Finance Committee meeting as follows:

  1. FC members are reviewing the ESI final draft final report and will provide comments by Friday, September 11, 2020.
  2. FC members are working on phase two of the communications plan and hope to have it ready for the September 23 BOS meeting.
  3. The FC recommended holding a public Township finance forum to discuss the findings of the ESI report.

Mr. Mack reported he attended the Act32 Bucks Tax Collection Committee meeting and he provided background on resident Greg Garber who had a tax question back in October, 2019. Mr. Mack invited Mr. Garber to the meeting to review his case and Joseph Lazarro of Keystone followed up with Mr. Garber. Mr. Mack also received a report on EIT collection and of note was Newtown Township is up $285K this year compared to the same time last year. He also said Keystone has a menu of reports the Township can order for free.

Mr. Oxley reported he attended the Economic Development Committee (EDC) meeting where Matt Shanahan of Colliers spoke about what can be done to make Newtown more attractive to corporations as they like areas with amenities such as gyms, daycare centers, sidewalks and restaurants. Newtown Commons was discussed.

Reports of Officials

Engineer's Report: 2020 Road Program. Ms. Colubriale had no items to report, however she provided an update on the road program stating she issued notice to proceed to the contractor and anticipates they will start within the next two weeks. She said she is still waiting on the formal schedule.

Mr. Mack asked if the schedule will be publicized and Ms. Colubriale said it will be published on the Township website a few days before they start, and the contractor will post signs on the roads. He said the monthly report states Brixmor construction is substantially complete and the punch list is in progress; he inquired if the traffic study was part of the punch list. Ms. Colubriale said that it was and when the list is complete it will be sent to Brixmor.

2020 Roadwork Schedule
Swamp Rd (from the Bypass to Sycamore St) • Fountain Farm Ln • Newtown Gate Dr • Penns St • Upper Silver Lake Rd (part) • Silver Lake Rd (part) • Newtown Yardley Rd (Patch Paving between Tara Blvd & N. Penns Trail). More details here.

Solicitor's Report: Resolution extending outdoor sales and dining during COVID-19. Mr. Davis asked if the Township’s emergency declaration is tied to the State’s and Mr. Lewis said yes, it is. Mr. Calabro asked when Covid-19 is over if the outdoor dining can continue and Mr. Sander said yes, however it may need a new resolution. Mr. Sander suggested considering outdoor dining as amendment to the zoning ordinance and a brief discussion ensued.

New Business

LED Street Light Proposal: Mr. Mack reported he received an email from Lou Nazirides of Facility Solution Group on an LED streetlight proposal. He met with Mr. Nazirides who would like to make a presentation to the BOS. Mr. Mack shared the email with the BOS and said there is a lot in the plan that could save money and is asking the BOS for their thoughts. Mr. Fisher replied he is always interested in learning but doesn’t know if we are in a place for this now. Mr. Davis said it sounds like a good idea, but we don’t have the money to put out now and Mr. Oxley concurs with Messrs. Fisher and Davis. Mr. Calabro agrees with rest and suggested pushing it back to the beginning of year.

Newtown Ambulance Squad: Mr. Mack requested to invite Chief Evan Resnikoff of the Newtown Ambulance Squad to give a report comparing this year to last. Mr. Calabro said Mr. Lewis will touch base with him and ask him to give a report.

Votes on Motions

Download the UNOFFICIAL 2020 BOS Voting Record to date.

The following are my personal notes that I used to prepare for this meeting. I may not have asked all the questions in the notes at the meeting. You can also download the PDF version here.

Posted on 29 Sep 2020, 12:23 - Category: Board of Supervisors Minutes

Summary of August 26, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting

Toll Bros Defeated, Park Bathrooms, E-30 Ordinance, Human Relations Commission Appointees, More...

The following is a brief summary of the August 26, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) LIVE public meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting. Vew the video archive here.

Public Comments

Econsult Study: Resident Frank McCarron addressed the Econsult study which suggests increasing from 4.5 to 11 mils which is triple that of 2017 and 2.5 times what it is now. He said this would increase taxes $51k per year for his community of Delancey Court and the residents are being offered no new services for that money. Mr. Fisher asked Mr. McCarron to email his presentation with the BOS. [Download Mr. McCarron's comments here.]

Re-opening Bathroom Facilities in Parks: Mr. Lewis read one email received from resident Terry Halper of 7 Geranium Court regarding reopening the bathroom facilities at Veteran’s Park. Mr. Lewis explained the restrooms will remain closed due to the risk of contamination and lack of staffing to thoroughly clean. Eventually, after several more emails from Mr. Halper, Mr. Lewis decided to install portable toilets in the public parks:


Trinity Rehab Conditional Use Hearing: Mr. Sander marked board exhibits for the Conditional Use to operate a use D-2 medical office at 2826 South Eagle Road in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center in the PC Planned Commercial zoning district. Attorney Joe Blackburn represented the applicant stating Trinity Rehab LLC will be located in an existing 3,866 square foot tenant space directly across from the handicap parking in the middle of the strip between Hand and Stone and Saladworks. Mr. Mack inquired about ADA compliance and Mr. Blackburn identified the crosswalk flanked by two ADA compliant parking spaces on the plan. The plan was approved 5-0.

Newtown A.O.P. Toll PA XVIII, L.P. – Conditional Use Decision: Mr. Sander reviewed the history of the Conditional Use hearing which was advertised, held and closed on February 26, 2020; the BOS deliberated at that time and did not make a decision. The BOS brought the matter back on March 11, 2020 where a motion was made, and public comment was accepted. He said the decision was tabled at that time where it remains and will be brought off the table this evening.

Mr. Mack said the BOS was notified this afternoon that their decision must be based solely on the comments made at the February meeting and questioned the role of the public comment tonight. Mr. Sander replied the BOS is considering taking action and the Sunshine Act requires the BOS to take public comment. Mr. Mack said it has no impact whatsoever and Mr. Sander replied in this case that is correct.

[There were many comments from the public who attended the meeting. The application was denied. For details, read "In an Unanimous Vote, Newtown Township Supervisors Denied Toll Brothers Conditional Use Application to Build 45 Homes in Conservation District. Residents Ecstatic!"]

Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions

Planning Commission (PC): The Commission reviewed the final draft of the E-30 Ordinance Amendment. Mrs. Fountain detailed the most recent changes made that primarily [a]ffected Newtown Township. The Commission members asked questions and shared thoughts and concerns that certain things they hoped to see carry forward were not universally accepted in the final document. The Newtown PC had significant involvement in this process and overall felt their efforts deserved more critical evaluation by the BOS before they made their recommendation to the Jointure partners. The Chairman said the Commission is not party to all the litigation impacting the Township via the curative amendment and explained the BOS makes their modifications and suggestions to the Jointure based on the information they have. The PC feels their positions and ideas were in the best interest of the Township and were unable to come to a majority motion to recommend approval.

Mr. Mack said he appreciated the work the PC did on the Curative Amendment and said it does incorporate several things the PC wanted and that he fought for at the JMZO meeting Including fewer than eight fueling stations with two pumps each. He identified the charging station and no indoor eating which was incorporated into the amendment. Mrs. Driscoll said some things the PC took exception to were the other Townships not having the same requirements and the lack of consistency throughout the Jointure.

[Followup: The BOS approved the ordinance by a 3-2 vote on September 23, 2020. Supervisor Davis and Mack voted "no".]

Board Member Reports

Economic Development Committee (EDC): Mr. Mack gave a summary of the EDC meeting who are eager to expand their ability to contact local businesses specifically to provide info on State grants and loans. He said the business list from the NBA and Newtown Commons only offer a few contacts and an EDC member spoke to a firefighter who keeps list of businesses for inspection purposes who can share the info with approval of the Township Manager.

Reports of Officials

Engineer's Report: DCED Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant Resolution – Lower Dolington Road Multi Use Trail Phase 2 Ms. Colubriale reported the Township received partial funding for the trail project and is seeking additional funding for the entire trail length with the focus from the PECO easement to Upper Silver Lake Road. She said this is the last year that this grant has zero match for municipalities.

Mr. Mack asked about the road program and if there was a schedule for the program. Ms. Colubriale said she anticipates starting in next few weeks and is still waiting on material and formal schedule. Mr. Mack inquired if any manpower issues are anticipated and Ms. Colubriale said no.

2020 Roadwork Schedule
Swamp Rd (from the Bypass to Sycamore St) • Fountain Farm Ln • Newtown Gate Dr • Penns St • Upper Silver Lake Rd (part) • Silver Lake Rd (part) • Newtown Yardley Rd (Patch Paving between Tara Blvd & N. Penns Trail). More details here.


Human Relations Commission (HRC):Mr. Calabro said there are two positions open. Mr. Mack noted one vacancy expires in 2020 and the other in 2022. Mr. Mack moved to appoint Kevin Antoine to the HRC position expiring in 2022 and Nicole Adams to the position expiring in 2020. Mr. Fisher seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Votes on Motions

Download the UNOFFICIAL 2020 BOS Voting Record to date.

The following are my personal notes that I used to prepare for this meeting. I may not have asked all the questions in the notes at the meeting. You can also download the PDF version here.

Posted on 27 Sep 2020, 01:05 - Category: Board of Supervisors Minutes

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