John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

The following is a list of the most recent audio podcasts that highlight discussions with lawmakers, township residents, and comments made before the Board of Supervisors Definition at public meetings. You can access ALL my podcasts or subscribe to John Mack's Podcast Series on the iTunes Store (here), on SoundCloud (here) or via the playlist on this website (here).

Lower Dolington Road Trail Revisited

At the April 28, 2021, Newtown Township supervisors meeting, Township Engineer Leanna Colubriale provided another update on the Lower Dolington Road Trail that has been in the works since 2018! [View the March 14, 2018, video of then Assistant Township Manager Micah Lewis Proposing Lower Dolington Road Trail Project.]

I questioned why it is taking so long to get this project started. It seems there have been problems with the stormwater management permits that required a change in plans - namely the elimination of rain gardens and using an underground drainage system instead.

Township Manager Micah Lewis suggested that the delay might be a "blessing" based on his hope that prices for asphalt might decrease by the time bids are received. LOL! He described how the bidding process works and what the final length of the trail might be as a result.

Given all the delays, I hope this project can get adequate bids in time to finally get the project completed this year; i.e., 2021.

Mack's Newtown Voice · Newtown Engineer Provides Lower Dolington Road Trail Update

Newtown Planning Commission Versus Wawa

At its April 21, 2021, Zoom meeting, the Newtown Planning Commission discussed Provco’s Zoning Hearing Board “Special Exception” application that includes variances to allow a proposed Motor Vehicle Fueling & Convenience Store (i.e., Super Wawa) on the southwest corner of Newtown Bypass & Lower Silver Lake Road in the Newtown Office Research district.

The requested variances to the E-30 use includes 8 multi-product fueling dispensers where 6 are permitted & associated signage, including an electronic sign visible to the Bypass where electronic signs are prohibited throughout Newtown.

After the presentation and general discussion and questions by Commission members, each member was requested to vote on the special exception application in general and specifically regarding the variances for the fueling dispensers and electronic signage on the Bypass.

Mack's Newtown Voice · Newtown Planning Commission Versus Wawa

Improving Newtown Township Communications 

There was an “unofficial” Zoom meeting of the Technology & Communications Committee on Monday, April 26, 2021 (a quorum was not present). However, members of the Planning Commission (PC), Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) and the Human Relations Commission (NTHRC) attended to have an informal discussion of their communication needs.

The discussion focused mainly on how to improve the usability of the website and the possibility of performing routine analytics to identify problem areas. The Committee members will discuss a needs analysis at future meetings.

Mack's Newtown Voice · Improving Newtown Township Communications Discussion

Future Of Bucks County's Fire Services

An excerpt from an April 1, 2021, presentation by Evan Stone, Executive Director of the Bucks County Planning Commission, at a Zoom meeting hosted by the Bucks County Consortium. Download the full PDF version of the Powerpoint.

Mack's Newtown Voice · Future Of Bucks County's Fire Services

5G Technology Safety Discussion

The safety of 5G cellular technology was discussed at the March 22, 2021, Meet Mack Monday Zoom meeting. A resident asked prior to the meeting: "Is 5G a topic that has been or will be discussed by Newtown Zoning or other? Are 5G emitters/masts allowed to be close to schools?"

Mack's Newtown Voice · 5G Technology Safety Discussion

Newtown Supervisor David Oxley Comments on Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

Newtown Supervisor David Oxley commented on the results of the Derek Chauvin trial at the April 28, 2021, Board of Supervisors meeting. Mr. Oxley called for more police accountability at the country, state, and local level and he urged all citizens to work together to ensure action, to do better, and to be kinder.

Mack's Newtown Voice · Newtown Supervisor David Oxley Comments on Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

Kevin Antoine Speaks on Equality Act

On March 11, 2021, I hosted a Zoom to commemorate the passage of Newtown Township's LOVE is LOVE Resolution. Kevin Antoine, who is the Chief Diversity Equity Inclusion Officer at Bucks County Community College and the Chair of Newtown Township’s Human Relations Commission, attended and spoke at that meeting.

In this 10-minute audio clip from the meeting, Mr. Antoine talks about the Equality Act that was recently passed by the U S House of Representatives. He explains why this Act is necessary to amend all previous federal civil rights laws. The Act is monumental because, if passed by the Senate, the rights of LGBTQ citizens would be protected by these laws, which currently do not offer such protection


Mack's Newtown Voice · Kevin Antoine Speaks About the Equality Act

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