John Mack - Newtown Supervisor
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2020 Road Repair Program

After much delay due to COVID-19 re-allocation of repair funds to the General Fund (read "2020 Road Program Falls Victim to COVID-19" and see below), the revised road repair program is underway.

The 1.0 mill real estate tax slated to be used to borrow money to repave more than 5 miles of roads in 2020 was "re-allocated" to cover General Fund expenses - a drastic move in anticipation of an Earned Income Tax (EIT) revenue shortfall of 8-11% due to the COVID-19 shutdown of local businesses. That shortfall, however, never materialized. According to Keystone Collections, which collects EIT, at the close of August 2020, Bucks Tax Collection District (TCD) ended up with an increase of about $1.6million from 2019. As it stands now, the TCD as a whole is up a little over $55,000.00 in 5th quarter money! Comparing earned income collections for 1/1/20 – 8/31/20 vs 1/1/19 – 8/31/19, Newtown Township specifically is up about $258,000.00 or 4.8%.

At the July 8, 2020, Board of Supervisors meeting (here), the township engineer reported that after discussion with Township staff it was decided to complete the work included under the base bid and alternate bids 7, 8, and 9. The total is roughly 2.8 miles of roads.

2020 Road Repair showing "base bid" roads. Not shown are "alternate bid" roads that include all of Fountain Farm Lane, Newtown Gate Drive, and a portion of Upper Silver Lake Road.

The following roads are scheduled to be repaved in 2020:

  • Swamp Rd (from the Bypass to Sycamore St)
  • Fountain Farm Ln
  • Newtown Gate Dr
  • Penns St
  • Upper Silver Lake Rd (From Newtown Yardley Rd to Vera Ave)
  • Silver Lake Rd (between N. Penns Trail & L. Dolington Rd)
  • Newtown Yardley Rd (Patch Paving between Tara Blvd & N. Penns Trail)
The Schedule

Posted on 13 Sep 2020, 11:17 - Category: Roads

2019 Newtown Township Road Paving Schedule

This past March, the Newtown Board of Supervisors approved the milling and repaving of 2.73 miles of roadway at a cost of $706,596.20. The currently projected paving schedule is shown in the table below.

UPDATE (July 10, 2019): Due to weather conditions, some paving activities have been delayed. Access the latested REVISED paving schedule here.

See the maps showing the locations of the sections of these roads scheduled to be repaved here

Posted on 27 Jun 2019, 12:11 - Category: Roads

The 2019 Road Improvement Program

In 2019, Newtown Township plans to perform roadway rehabilitation along several Township roads. A portion of the funding for this project will be provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Municipal Liquid Fuels Program Definition.

At the February 13, 2019, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting, the Township was authorization to advertise the 2019 Road Program. Newtown Township will utilize the PennBid electronic bidding to receive sealed bids for this program. PennBid efficiently matches buyers and sellers of goods and services. It is hoped that by submitting the bids early, that the Township will receive competitive bids and get a good deal.

The project locations include 11 roads (2.34 miles) in the “Base Bid” and 8 “Alternate Roads,” one or more of which will be included in the project if the chosen lowest acceptable base bid comes in below the budgeted amount of $710,000 ($640,000 from the Liquid Fuels Program).

BASE BIDS will cover the following 11 roads (a total of 2.34 miles):

  1. Merion Drive: full length including intersections with E. and W. Burns Lane;
  2. E. Burns Lane: full length;
  3. W. Burns Lane: full length;
  4. Hillside Road and Clearview Drive: full length;
  5. Cliveden Drive: Cliveden Drive to Brookdale Place, including the intersection with Brookdale Place.

  1. Eldrigde Road: full length;
  2. Linton Hill Road: full length from Stoopville Road to the culvert over the tributary to Newtown Creek, including intersections with Waterford Place, Wrights Road, and Winding Lane

 

  1. Hershey Court: full length, including cul-de-sac;
  2. Hickory Court: full length, including cul-de-sac;
  3. Gettysburg Lane: full length, including cul-de-sac;
  4. Cherry Lane: full length, including cul-de-sac

ALTERNATE BIDS will also be accepted for the following 8 roads (a total of 1.08 miles):

  1. Primrose Court: full length, including cul-de-sac;
  2. Terry Drive: from Pheasant Run Road to Blacksmith Road, including the intersection with Blacksmith Road;
  3. Blacksmith Road: from Terry Drive to the cul-de-sac approximately 1,000 feet east of the intersection with Terry Drive;
  4. Sycamore Street: from the Newtown Bypass (Route 332) to Durham Road;
  5. Bedford Lane: full length, including both culs-de-sac;
  6. Hampton Circle: full length, including cul-de-sac;
  7. Brighton Place: full length, including cul-de-sac;
  8. Chatham Place: full length.

Bids will be opened in a public meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940.

UPDATE (March 19, 2019): Two Base Bids were received and opened. One from Harris Blacktopping for $578, 231.95 and one from Bray Brothers for $637,294.75. Usually, the contract is awarded to the lowest bidder if there are no problems with the bid. The township engineer will review the bid details and report to the Board of Supervisors at the March 27, 2019, public meeting at which time the official decision will be made. In any case, it seems that at least a few of the Alternate roads will also be "rehabilitated."

UPDATE (March 27, 2019): The Board discussed a motion to award to Harris Blacktopping, Inc., The Base Bid, Alternate Bid No. 2 and Alternate No. 3 in the amount of $706,596.20 for 2.73 miles of roadway. Mr. Mack asked about alternate roads included and Ms. Colubriale said the two alternates awarded were Terry Drive and Blacksmith Road. Access the official list here.

Posted on 11 Mar 2019, 01:17 - Category: Roads

A Scary Preliminary 2019 Budget, But at Least It Calls for More Roads to be Repaved

Welcome to the Budget Presentation!
It’s that scary time of year again - budget season!

The ghouls, goblins and skeletons were all there last night at the 2019 Budget Presentation. These guys greeted me at the door!

Interim Township Manager Micah Lewis and former Manager, Kurt Ferguson - now a consultant working for Newtown - presented some pretty scary numbers to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) throughout the night. Those numbers have to do with:

  • unpredictable Earned Income Tax (EIT Definition)
  • decreasing Real Estate Transfer Tax Definition
  • alarmingly low predicted year-end General Fund Definition balance
  • the looming shortfall in the debt service fund

I will post more information about these scary items in the next couple of weeks leading up to Halloween. Meanwhile, feel free to access the unofficial draft of the 2019 Budget here.

For now, I will focus on some good news: the budget includes a road paving program funded mostly from a PA Liquid Fuels Program Definition grant. The proposal is to repave 2.34 miles of roads in 2019. And the winners are:

That's it for now! Come back tomorrow for some more highlights - including video- from last night's Budget Presentation.

Posted on 16 Oct 2018, 12:55 - Category: Roads

2018 Road Paving Schedule

The Newtown Public Works Department released the 2018 road paving schedule:

This schedule, of course, depends upon the weather.

There are a couple of changes from the original list published earlier this year (see here). Quaker Drive in Devonshire Estates and part on Sentinal Avenue at the intersection of Quaker Drive are not on the list due to Sewer Authority work. The Township decided that it wouldn't make sense to repave the roads and then patch them up after the sewer work. Consequently, this road work will be rescheduled for 2020.

Meanwhile, Franklin Court has been added to the list.

 

Posted on 16 Jul 2018, 01:42 - Category: Roads

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