A monthly collection of summaries of articles curated from various news, township meetings, and other sources, focused on topics of interest to local residents. The insights expressed here are those of John Mack and do not represent the opinions of any other person.
Elaine McCarron, Co-Chair of the Newtown Township PA Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) gave the Supervisors a preview of the EAC’s future plans, including recommending a ban of single-use plastics, and the use of solar energy to supply the electricity needs of the township municipal building.
Newtown Township [supervisors approved] a [road repaving] base bid listing parts of six roads totaling 2.32 miles, and alternate bids listing parts of 11 roads totaling 2.18 miles. The base bid is budgeted at $703,514 and the alternate bids at $638,994, though true costs won’t be known until bids come back.
Township Engineer Leanna Colubriale said the tentative schedule is to advertise for bids the week of February 13 [posted on PeenBID on 19 February 2023], open bids March 14, and award a bid on March 22.
Supervisor John Mack remarked on the rising cost of repaving roads, noting that this year’s program will cost somewhere around $300,000 a mile*.
Elen Snyder has announced her bid for re-election to the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors.
Snyder, a Democrat and six-year resident of Newtown Township, is a member of the board’s Democratic 4-to-1 majority. She was appointed to the board in 2019 and won election to a two year seat in 2021.
During her first term Snyder successfully assisted in negotiating an agreement between the township and the borough to ensure that both will have adequate fire coverage coordination for years to come. Snyder also serves as a member of the newly formed fire commission that constantly monitors the agreement and is committed to fire services that includes the retention and expansion of paid firefighters. More details...
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Thirteen people (mostly Newtown Twp residents) attended this Zoom meeting, which is more than usually attend official BOS meetings!
At its Feb. 22 meeting, the board of supervisors voted unanimously to direct fire chief Glenn Forsyth to resubmit its SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant application for consideration.
If successful, the grant, totaling over $1 million, would fund the salaries and benefits of four additional full-time career firefighters for three years. Since its last application, [BOS Chair Dennis] Fisher said changes have been made by the township for the good that further demonstrates the township's long term commitment to building a career fire service. “We hired a deputy assistant fire chief. We have a new agreement with Newtown Borough to help pay for emergency services.”
Supervisor John Mack asked Fire Chief Glenn Forsyth whether he felt that would be enough to demonstrate to FEMA the township's commitment to maintaining the additional career firefighters once the grant runs its course.
"With the additional millage - that's an additional $325,000 - and the additional money from the borough - that's $156,000 - that's almost a half a million dollar increase," said Forsyth. "For a $50 application fee, I think we should try it and see what the outcome is." More...