John Mack - Newtown Supervisor
Summary of February 14, 2018 BOS Meeting

Summary of February 14, 2018 BOS Meeting

You May not have the time to download and read the entire minutes from the biweekly meetings of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS), so I created this summary from the February 14, 2018, meeting. I also included some links to related information including video clips from meetings. I'll do the same for future meetings.


Crime Statistics: There were 1,330 calls during January, 222 of which were in Wrightstown. Some of the highlights are 3 burglaries, 5 DUIs, 1 death, 4 domestic, 3 drug investigations 5 frauds, 9 thefts, 19 property damages, 5 hit/run, 59 suspicious activity and 145 medical emergencies. More...


Nina's Waffles & Ice Cream: This building is the Toll House and is a part of the conditionally approved Brixmor development. Items outlined in the Planning Engineer’s response letter were discussed, such as, hours of operation, ADA compliance, landscape buffer fronting Durham Road, maximum employees during a shift, and deliveries. Proposed improvements to the exterior of the building is proposed seating areas. The Commission approved the conditional use. Motion for approval passed 4-0. Read "Nina's Waffles Coming to Newtown", view the video.

Pickering Manor: A plan was submitted proposing an approximate 18,200 sq. ft. two-story building addition to the main building and additions to three of the five existing cottage buildings. Expanded parking and driveway facilities and an underground seepage bed for storm water management is also proposed.

Fiscal Responsibility

2018 Budget: Mr. Calabro commented on what he read by a former Board of Supervisor member regarding the misrepresentation the former supervisor made to the budget which was passed on February 7, 2018. The person stated that taxes were raised one million dollars, increasing taxes by $168 per year. 1 mil is not one million dollars. 1 mil equates to approximately $340,000 which is roughly a $40.00 per year increase. It made it appear that taxes were being raised exorbitantly.


Irish Festival: Newtown Borough Resident Cherie Peters spoke on behalf of her neighbors on Edge, State, Sycamore, Congress, Frost, etc., some local business people, some Borough council members, church, etc., located near the Green Parrot regarding the upcoming Irish Festival. Bob Lutz, co-partner of the Green Parrot, said he was surprised that the days of the Festival were reduced from four days to two days when they have operated the Festival for eight years this way without incident. Other comments made by residents. Read "The Green Parrot Irish Festival Spurs Debate", view the video.

Public Health

Water Quality: Mr. Mack referred to a news item that cyanide had been poured down a storm drain. He spoke to Dan Angrove, Assistant General Manager of Newtown Artesian Water Company, and was assured there was never a threat to the water supply. Other municipalities also performed testing and no toxicity was found. If there is an emergency, the water company would put a reverse 911 system into effect to notify people or would have door hangers placed. More...

Posted on 01 Mar 2018, 15:35 - Category: Board of Supervisors Minutes

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