John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

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Find news about various topics affecting Newtown. About two times per month, I send out my Newtown News Update, an e-mail newsletter that keeps subscribers up-to-date on what's going on in Newtown Township and at the Board of Supervisors and other public meetings. The opinions expressed in this newsletter are solely mine and do not represent the views of any other person or entity. Click the "Subscribe" button to sign on and receive this newsletter in your email inbox. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Possible Future Topics

Articles planned for future issues may include:

  • 2019 Budget Review

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Selected Recent Issues

  • Does Newtown Need a Mobile-Enabled Emergency Notification System? (November 28, 2018). Recently, there have been several emergency or near emergency situations in Newtown Township and although the Newtown Police Department and/or the Township Manager were able to post information about some of these events on Twitter and Facebook or via email to homeowner association management companies (with the hope that the messages would passed along to resident members), these notices reached a limited number of residents, reached them too late, or never reached them at all. The Newtown Technology Committee recommended Nixle to send notices to residents about active shooters, traffic incidents, community events, severe weather alerts, missing persons, etc., via text, mobile apps, email, voice, Twitter, and Facebook (depending on personal preferences). So, should Newtown provide this service to its residents? Access the entire issue here.

  • Is Newtown’s Financial Garden In Peril? Part 1: The Audit Report (October 9, 2018). In the movie “Being There,” Chance, the gardener, answers a question from the President about stimulating economic growth by saying “As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.” I was reminded of this quote after listening to Edward Furman, a partner at Maillie, LLC, who presented a summary of the 2017 audit to the Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) at the September 26, 2018, public meeting. In my opinion, the main takeaway of the audit report was "as long as non-resident Earned Income Taxes Definition are not severed, all is well in the Newtown Township financial garden." Access the entire issue here.

  • Is Newtown’s Financial Garden In Peril? Part 2: The Newtown Township Finance Committee Warns of Approaching Precipice (October 12, 2018). Jack Brod, Chair of the Newtown Township Finance Committee (NTFC), presented the Committee's first-ever report to the Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS) at the September 26, 2018, public meeting. According to the report, the Township is "rapidly approaching [a] fiscal precipice." Access the entire issue here.

  • Newtown Artesian Reports Non-Detectable Levels of PFAS in Our Water Supply (August 13, 2018). Dan Angove, Assistant General Manager, Newtown Artesian Water Company, gave an update on the quality of Newtown's drinking water at the August 8, 2018, Board of Supervisors (aka BOS Definition) meeting. He answered my questions about Maximum Contamination Levels (MCLs) of PFAS Definition - perfluorinated compounds - in the town's drinking water. Access the entire issue here.

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Summaries of Board of Supervisors/Committee Meetings

BOS IconI write about and comment upon decisions made at Board of Supervisors and other public meetings, including Zoning Hearing Board and Advisory Committee meetings. Often articles talk about issues before they are published in the official minutes of meetings. Many articles incudes links to short videos of select discussions.


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My blog focuses on a range of topics such as water quality, preservation of open space, opioid epidemic, etc. The newsletter provides more in-depth versions of blog posts and includes information that was not available at the time the posts were written. This keeps subscribers up to date on important issues affecting Newtown Township.

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