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Newtown Township Finance Committee Discusses Ideas For Launching a Business Reopening Initiative

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Approximately 25-30 people - including many local business leaders - attended the June 9, 2020 Zoom meeting of the Newtown Township Finance Committee.

 

On the agenda was an Update on the ECONSULT Project (read "Newtown Township To Develop a 5-Year Financial Plan" for background) and the Newtown Township Business Reopening Initiative, which was the main topic of discussion.

 

A summary of the meeting presented to Board of Supervisors at its June 10, 2020, Zoom meeting. View that summary here…

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(UNOFFICIAL) 2019 Voting Record of Newtown Township Supervisors

(UNOFFICIAL) 2019 Voting Record of Newtown Township Supervisors | Newtown Government Business | Scoop.it

I've been keeping track of how Newtown Township supervisors voted on motions before the Board. The following is the voting record to date based on the approved minutes of meetings.

NOTE: This is NOT an official record of votes. Some very minor motions, such as to approve minutes, bills lists, etc., are not included. Please refer to the BOS meeting minutes for the official voting record of each meeting.

I will update this list after every Board of Supervisors public meeting minutes are approved for publication. Download a PDF version here.

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Summary of June 24, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting: Gaucks Lane, Invasive Plants, JMZO Amendment, HRC Applicants, More...

Summary of June 24, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting: Gaucks Lane, Invasive Plants, JMZO Amendment, HRC Applicants, More... | Newtown Government Business | Scoop.it

The following is a brief summary of the June 24, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting via Zoom based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Reports of Committees, Boards and Commission

Planning Commission (PC): Martin Becker, 25 Gaucks Lane. Despite letters from neighbors opposing this request for variances and concerns from PC members regarding conflict with the spirit of Conservation Management, Mr. Calabro said he does not have a problem with it going before the ZHB. 

 

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Economic Development (EDC): Members discussed ways to help businesses through the Township’s permitting procedures for such accommodations as restaurant outdoor seating, erecting tents and sidewalk sales tables for retail. Other considerations were relaxation of signage restrictions on a temporary basis to alert the public of business openings and altered business hours of operation.

 

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Reports of Officials

Mack on Human Relations Commission (HRC): Mr. Mack reported the HRC met on June 17 to discuss priority action items on racism in Newtown. HRC is working in conjunction with the Borough HRC on their goal of ensuring there is no place for racism in our Township or Borough.

 

Oxley on Policing: Mr. Oxley reported he met last week with Bucks County DA Matt Weintraub and discussed the current state of policing and ideas of community policing in Bucks County. Mr. Oxley met with Mr. Mack about the upcoming town hall involving the police and the community.

 

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Summary of May 27, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting: E30 Ordinance, Road Work, Trails, Helping Business Reopen, More...

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Summary of May 27, 2020, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting via Zoom

 

The following is a brief summary of the May 27, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting via Zoom based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Reports of Committees, Boards and Commission

Planning Commission: JMZO Amendment for the E-30 Ordinance - Convenience Store/Fueling Station: There was a lengthy review and discussion of the E-30 use, which is finally being looked at by the Jointure Definition partners. It appears that none of the changes or requests made by the Newtown PC were updated in the drafts issued by Mary Eberle [Jointure Solicitor].

 

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Supervisor Reports

Finance Committee: Mr. Fisher reported the Finance Committee (FC) is considering scheduling a Zoom meeting to help bring the Economic Development Committee (EDC) up to speed and provide advice around the reopening of businesses. He said some members of the FC want to apply for the ECD and are willing to try to get things off ground until EDC gets started.

 

Newtown BINGO!: Mr. Mack reported Newtown Bingo www.newtownbingo.com is in progress with 25 local businesses participating.

 

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Reports of Officials

Engineer: Authorization to Advertise the 2020 Liquid Fuels Road Program Re-Bid: Ms. Colubriale reminded all the original $1.3 million bid for the road program was rejected with the intent to rebid with a reduced scope utilizing mainly liquid fuels program Definition funds. She said the Township is seeking authorization for a new base bid for approximately 1.6 miles of road work and she named the roads to be included.

 

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DCED Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant: Ms. Colubriale reported although the Township did receive funding last year for the Lower Dolington Trail (LDT), they did not receive all of it; therefore, the Township would like to seek some additional funding this year from that grant.

 

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Manager's Report: 2020 Summer Camp Discussion: Mr. Lewis reported it appears the Township will unfortunately have to consider cancelling the summer camps it normally holds.

 

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Old Business

Helping Local Businesses Reopen: Mr. Mack said he has been getting questions from applicants on responsibilities and meeting time frames for the EDC and added that he would like to get things going ASAP and feels the BOS doesn’t need to wait for the EDC to get started; he said the BOS can start working now to try to help Newtown businesses and try to move forward simultaneously.

 

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Summary of May 13, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting: COVID-19 Lockdown, E-30 Curative Amendment, More...

Summary of May 13, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting: COVID-19 Lockdown, E-30 Curative Amendment, More... | Newtown Government Business | Scoop.it

The following is a brief summary of the May 13, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting via Zoom based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Public Comment

A comment from Michael Roughton questioned why we are still unable to open our businesses or go to work.

 

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Joint Zoning Council

Mr. Mack reported he attended the May 7 Jointure meeting regarding the E-30 Use and Curative Amendment. He said the draft was revised again and sent to the three Planning Commissions for their review. The Comprehensive Plan and resident’s survey being prepared by the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC) was also discussed.

 

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Supervisor Reports

Newtown BINGO!: Mr. Mack shared many local businesses are open on a limited basis due to Covid19 and many need help generating business. He said residents and the NBA [Newtown Business Association] are soliciting local businesses for a bingo contest to benefit local businesses. So far 19 businesses have signed on. Details can be found at newtownbingo.com

 

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New Business

Helping Local Businesses Reopen: Mr. Mack referred to the public comment received regarding the possibility of what the Township can do to help local businesses. He suggested the Finance Committee (FC) be charged with determining what businesses might need to reopen and how the Township might be able to assist by revising the existing business survey. A discussion ensued…

 

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Included in this post are my personal meeting notes that I prepared before the meeting. I may not have brought all these items up for discussion at the meeting. It does, however, given you some idea of my concerns and references to further information concerning the matters discussed at the meeting.

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Summary of March 11, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting: Love is Love Passes, Toll Bros Tabled, More...

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The following is a brief summary of the March 11, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Discrimination

Love is Love Day Resolution: The Newtown Township BOS passed a "Love is Love" resolution in support of LGBTQ + minority youth by a unanimous bipartisan 5-0 vote. Joining me in voting in favor of the resolution, which I authored and put forward, were Board members David Oxley, Phil Calabro, Kyle Davis, and Dennis Fisher.

 

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Development

Mr. Sander reported the BOS held a conditional use hearing on February 26 for a use B-12 cluster development in the CM district. Mr. Calabro asked what the recourse would be should the BOS not approve this application tonight. Mr. Sander replied there is no recourse provided a full written decision is issued within 45 days. Mr. Calabro moved to table the conditional use decision for Toll Brothers AOP to the next agenda. Mr. Oxley seconded. The motion passed 5-0.

 

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Public Safety

Chief Hearn reported there were 1562 calls for service during February including 16 arrests, 70 traffic accidents, and 229 citations.

 

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Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions

Planning Commission: JMZO Amendment – The Commission reviewed the amended ordinance for short term rental revising the definition of “family” and after a lengthy discussion found it to need further clarification. The solicitor will attend the Jointure meeting on March 5 to determine the purpose of this amendment and get additional details.

 

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Supervisor Report

Mr. Mack reported the EAC has a HOA forum on April 6 and they are working on getting the information out to the HOA’s. He said the EAC also adopted a set of recommendations for environmental provisions to be included in the Comprehensive Plan which will be submitted to the PC. Additionally, an EAC representative would like to attend a future BOS meeting to discuss drafting a resolution in support of a voluntary ban of single use plastics in the Village of Newtown Shopping Center.

 

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Summary of February 12, 2020, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting

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The following is a brief summary of the February 12, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Public Safety

Chief Hearn reported the department responded to 1,601 calls for service during January including 12 arrests, 94 traffic accidents, 18 deer related and one fatality. There were 213 traffic citations issued and the commercial vehicle enforcement initiatives continue.

 

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Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions

Planning Commission: JMZO Amendment – Mary Stover from CKS engineering attended the meeting to provide updates and answer questions. She reported Wrightstown and Upper Makefield received the ordinance however they have not officially reviewed it.

 

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Trails

Lower Dolington Road Multi-Use Trail: Ms. Colubriale reported the Township was awarded partial grant funding from DCED and DCNR totaling $625K between the two for construction. She reviewed the plans and stated based on reduced funding and reviewing with the Township staff it made the most sense to move forward with the design and revise the plan to fit within the budget.

 

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Summary of December 11, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting

Summary of December 11, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting | Newtown Government Business | Scoop.it

The following is a brief summary of the December 11, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Development

Conditional Use Hearing - Toll Pa. XVIII: Mr. Sander explained when the conditional use application was received it was advertised for public hearing this evening. The hearing was continued until January 22, 2020. [UPDATE: Read “Planning Commission Review of 41-Unit Toll Brothers Development Pushed To Feb. 4; BOS Hearing Will Resume on Feb. 12”; http://sco.lt/8M1Lvc]

 

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Finances

Consideration to Adopt the 2020 Final Budget: Mr. Mack had previously requested to get a line item in the budget for the Savvy Citizen app. A discussion ensued on budget amendments and the time frame. Mr. Mack said he will distribute materials and review with local businesses to determine interest in sponsorships. He will also speak with Mr. Lewis about personnel requirements prior to moving forward.

 

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Zoning

Consideration of Declaration of Municipal Curative Amendment: Mr. Sander explained according to Pennsylvania law the use of property as a convenience store and gas station as a combined use is to be provided for by law and the use contained in a zoning ordinance. He said the Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance doesn't have such a use and are in the process of drafting an ordinance; in the meantime there is a procedure that allows municipalities to examine their zoning ordinances and if an invalidity is found, they have an opportunity to declare that invalidity and announce they will cure the invalidity. [Read “’Municipal Cure’ May Not Prevent Developer From Putting a Wawa on the Bypass in Newtown Township”; http://sco.lt/72cpBQ]

 

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Public Safety

Police Report: Chief Hearn reported the department responded to 1,771 calls for service during November including 6 arrests, 89 traffic accidents, 41 of which were deer related and 220 citations.

 

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Summary of November 26, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting

Summary of November 26, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting | Newtown Government Business | Scoop.it

The following is a brief summary of the November 26, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Development

Durham Partners Group LLC, 413 Durham Road: The Planning Commission has concerns with the density issues and wetness of the area. There was discussion of other options for the area including a 24,000 square foot medical office building. The Commission opposed this application.

 

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Finances

Five-Year Financial Plan: Jack Brod reported on behalf of the Finance Committee that Newtown Township was awarded a matching grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to hire a consultant to perform financial analysis and develop a five-year plan to help improve the Township's fiscal position. An RFP was developed, advertised and sent directly to a list of recommended consultants. The response was less than anticipated due to timing factors and other RFP's in progress.

 

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Litigation

Ratification of Opt-Out of Opioid Litigation Class Settlement: Mr. Sander explained the ratification of the Township opting out of a class action litigation settlement based on the opioid epidemic.

 

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Parks and Recreation

Newtown Pedestrian Bridge and Resolution: Mike Sellers, member of the Newtown Creek Coalition (NCC) gave a slide presentation proposing the concept of building a footbridge over Newtown Creek at the location of the historic trolley bridge between Frost Lane and Durham Road.

 

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Public Safety

ESD Report: Chief Forsyth reported the department responded to 137 calls for service during October including six building fires, five dwelling fires, one vehicle fire and 76 EMS calls.

 

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Supervisor Reports

Heritage Festival: Mr. Mack reported he attended a school heritage festival at Newtown Elementary School hosted by the Newtown Elementary Equity and Inclusion Committee. He said the Newtown Human Relations Commission was present and provided cards on discrimination.

 

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Summary of October 23, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting

Summary of October 23, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting | Newtown Government Business | Scoop.it

The following is a brief summary of the October 23, 2019, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Development

Joint Comprehensive Plan Proposal: Lisa Wolff and Jeremy Stoff of the Bucks County Planning Commission (BCPC) reviewed the Joint Comprehensive Plan (JCP) Proposal.

 

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Parks and Recreation

Newtown Creek Bridge Proposal ‐ Discussion: Mr. Davis reviewed the proposal and thinks it is a great idea for both the Borough and the Township. Ms. Bobrin agreed stating it was a very impressive undertaking. Mr. Mack received comments both for and against and brought up cost concerns with the Township expected to pay for most of the project. Mr. Fisher is very interested in the concept and would like to go forward with it.

 

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Public Safety

ESD Report: Chief Forsyth reported the department responded 106 calls for service during September including four building fires, three dwelling fires and 57 EMS calls. The Township had 51 fire safety inspections and there were 33 in the Borough. September training encompassed 168 hours for the ESD and 82 hours for the Fire Association.

 

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Supervisor Reports

Tour of Police Station: Mr. Mack reported he toured the police station with Chief Hearn.

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Summary of September 25, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting

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The following is a brief summary of the September 25, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Fiscal Responsibility

RFP for 5-Year Financial Plan: [Read "Newtown Township To Develop a 5-Year Financial Plan" for background.] Mr. Lewis reported the Township received one response to the RFP. He recommended forwarding the response to the Finance Committee for review and upon review come back to the BOS with a recommendation.

 

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Public Safety

August 2019 ESD Report: Chief Forsyth reported during August the ESD responded to 91 calls for service including one building fire, two dwelling fires and two vehicle extrications.

 

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Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions

Human Relations Commission: Mr. Mack shared information from the Human Relations Commission stating two members will not be looking to be reappointed resulting in two openings at the end of the year. He said the HRC is looking into more public outreach and would like their information to be published on the Township website.

 

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Summary of Aug 14, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting

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The following is a brief summary of the August 14, 2019, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting based upon the official APPROVED minutes of that meeting.

 

Good Communications/Good Government

Savvy Citizen Presentation: Mr. Mack confirmed that the Savvy Citizen representative will be attending the September 16 work session.

 

[Read "Keeping Residents Better Informed Via Smartphones"]

 

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Development

Villas of Newtown: Resident and president of the Villas of Newtown (VON) HOA, William Posner, addressed the Board on behalf of the VON community. He expressed concern that the motion to draw down financial security being held by the Township for completion of community improvements was removed from the agenda.

 

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Environment

Native Plant Resolution: George Skladany from the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) presented a resolution to support the increased use of native plants in the Township in order to benefit the community as a whole and improve the quality of life. He thanked the BOS for their support of EAC activities including this one and the pop-up garden in conjunction with the Audubon Society.

 

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Public Safety

July 2019 Police Report: Lieutenant Jason Harris reported the department responded to 1,600 calls for service during July including 12 arrests and 33 traffic accidents. Additionally, 286 traffic citations were issued. The aggressive driving campaign continued on Swamp and Eagle Roads with focus on commercial vehicles on Swamp and Stoopville Roads.

 

June & July 2019 EMS Report: Chief Forsyth reported the Fire Department had 113 calls for service during June and 130 in July. During June 82 fire safety inspections were conducted in the Township and there were 31 in July.

 

Mr. Mack inquired if the safety inspections were both residential and business and Chief Forsyth said inspections are for commercial buildings only.

 

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Summary of June 12, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors Public Meeting: Anti-Pollution, Steak House, Arcadia, Airbnb, Comprehensive Plan, Finances

Summary of June 12, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors Public Meeting: Anti-Pollution, Steak House, Arcadia, Airbnb, Comprehensive Plan, Finances | Newtown Government Business | Scoop.it

The following is a brief summary of the June 12, 2019, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

Environment
Pollution Reduction Plan – Public Comment Period and Responses: Mr. Lewis reported the Township has received public comment and provided engineer responses on the Pollution Reduction Plan as required by the PA DEP. 

 

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Development
Conditional Use – Solstice: Attorney Joseph Blackburn explained Solstice was a full service, sit down dining establishment which is affiliated with Shula’s Steak House. This location brings the restaurant allocation in the shopping center to approximately 26.78% which is still within the 45% limit and the sewer capacity is adequate.

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Arcadia Appeal: Resident Dennis Schoener provided an update on the Arcadia appeal [for background on this case, read "Newtown Township Supervisors Say 'No Means No' When It Comes to Arcadia Green III Planned Residential Development"] and expressed his concerns on the direction it is going. 

 

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Public Safety
May 2019 Police Report: Chief Hearn reported there were 1,633 calls for service during May including 16 arrests, 11 which were DUI related.


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Supervisor Reports
Mr. Mack: Mr. Mack reported on the Joint Zoning Council (JZC) meeting which provided updates on ordinances, including gas, oil and transient residential use which addresses Air B&B’s. Also reviewed was a proposal by the Bucks County Planning Commission on a Comprehensive Plan Update.

 

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Mr. Fisher: Mr. Fisher reported the Newtown Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) discussed a green infrastructure topics document and the Finance Committee worked on the RFP which is in final draft.

 

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Summary of May 8, 2019, BOS Public Meeting: Pollution Reduction, Lower Dolington Trail, PFAS Report, More…

Summary of May 8, 2019, BOS Public Meeting: Pollution Reduction, Lower Dolington Trail, PFAS Report, More… | Newtown Government Business | Scoop.it

Environment

Pollution Reduction Plan: Mr. Lewis said that the plan is on the Township’s Web site, outlining measures to reduce sediment. A number of residents have e-mailed comments, which will be reviewed by the Township Engineer before being forwarded to the DEP.

 

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Parks and Recreation

Lower Dolington Trail: Ms. Colubriale reported that the grant which the Township sought last year and was denied [read "Newtown Township Trail Plan Struggles to Get Off the Ground"] is again available for the Lower Dolington Road trail. The Board agreed that Ms. Colubriale should prepare a new application for the Lower Dolington trail.

 

Public Safety

Newtown Artesian Water Company Presentation: Dan Angove, General Manager of Newtown Artesian, followed up with the Board on Newtown Artesian’s February letter advising residents of the presence of Polyflouroalkyls Definition (PFC’s) in our water.

 

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Police Report: Police Chief John Hearn presented the Calls Report for April 2019. In April, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,686 total calls, 300 (18%) of which were in Wrightstown Township. Mr. Mack asked about recent anti-Semitic graffiti in Tyler Park. Chief Hearn said that this incident was in the Northampton portion of the park and is being investigated by the State Police. Newtown has 13 places of worship; the Department has a presence at all major holiday worship services but otherwise does circulate among these churches and synagogues. He has reviewed the files and found no incidents of hate crimes in our township in the last three years.

 

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Compliant vs. NonCompliant Outdoor Dining

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Newtown Township recently passed Resolution 2020-R-13 to allow Outdoor Sales and Dining during COVID-19 state-mandated restrictions (read "Newtown Supervisors Approve #COVID19 Outdoor Sales & Dining Resolution").

 

While driving through town, I noticed two different restaurants with outdoor dining spaces located in parking spaces in front of their establishments. One - Playa Bowls, located in the Village of Newtown Shopping Center - was compliant with the resolution, and one - which I won't name - was not compliant with the resolution (see here).

 

When passing this resolution unanimously, Newtown Supervisors were mainly concerned that such outdoor seating be safe. The barriers that Playa Bowls uses ensure the safety of their patrons, whereas the non-compliant business merely uses cones and yellow tape that puts their patrons in harms way, IMHO.

 

While I am supportive of helping local businesses thrive during this period - I argued for relaxing Township zoning regulations to help local business beginning in early May (see here) - I believe "we are all in this together," which I take to mean that there must be a level playing field; i.e., every business should comply with the same rules. 

 

See here for simple rules for complying with Resolution 2020-R-13.

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E30 "Curative Amendment" Timeline Discussion at 8 July 2020 BOS Meeting

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At the July 8, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting, Township Solicitor Dave Sander attempted to answer John Mack's request to clarify the timeline and next steps for approval of the final version of the E-30 amendment to the Newtown Area Zoning Ordinance that would allow a combination gas station/convenience store use. Mr. Sander argued that the draft amendment first be shown to Provco, which represents Wawa, for their review/approval before sending the finalized document to the Bucks County Planning Commission and then to the Boards of each of the Jointure's member townships. Recall that Provco is suing Newtown because it lacked such a use in any of its zones.

Mr. Sander argued that this "curative amendment" would have no bearing on the court case, which Provco can still proceed with. 

 

Listen to his comments and opinions of Newtown Supervisors Mack and Calabro here: https://bit.ly/E30vProvco 

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Newtown Township Finance Committee Discusses Ideas For Launching a Business Reopening Initiative

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Approximately 25-30 people - including many local business leaders - attended the June 9, 2020 Zoom meeting of the Newtown Township Finance Committee.

 

On the agenda was an Update on the ECONSULT Project (read "Newtown Township To Develop a 5-Year Financial Plan" for background) and the Newtown Township Business Reopening Initiative, which was the main topic of discussion.

 

A summary of the meeting presented to Board of Supervisors at its June 10, 2020, Zoom meeting. View that summary here…

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Summary of April 22, 2020, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting: Revised 2020 Road Program, Helping Local Businesses, More...

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The following is a brief summary of the April 22, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting via Zoom based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Development

Toll Twining Bridge Road Project: There was one unrelated email received from resident Ron Keiser of Twining Bridge Road stating he has heard nothing further about the Toll project on Twining Bridge Road.

 

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Infrastructure

2020 Liquid Fuels Program: Ms. Colubriale said bids were opened on March 4, 2020 and 3 bids were received. She said as a result of funding and loans needed to support the project, it was recommended the bids be rejected and rebid with a revised and reduced scope of work.

 

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Supervisor Reports

Helping Businesses During COVID-19: Mr. Mack said he received a suggestion that the Township consider relaxing signage rules temporarily to help businesses promote to residents as many still must pay expenses while not bringing in any money.

 

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Zoning

E30 Curative Amendment: Mr. Mack reported the Planning Commission (PC) met yesterday and discussed the Curative Amendment stating Newtown is quite ahead of the other Townships having had several meetings on the subject already.

 

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Included in this post are my personal meeting notes that I prepared before the meeting. I may not have brought all these items up for discussion at the meeting. It does, however, given you some idea of my concerns and references to further information concerning the matters discussed at the meeting.

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Summary of February 26, 2020, Newtown Supervisors Meeting: Toll Bros Hearing, Bomba & Parking, Love is Love Day Resolution Shot Down, More...

Summary of February 26, 2020, Newtown Supervisors Meeting: Toll Bros Hearing, Bomba & Parking, Love is Love Day Resolution Shot Down, More... | Newtown Government Business | Scoop.it

The following is a brief summary of the February 26, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Community

Love is Love Day Resolution: Mr. Mack explained the Love is Love Resolution which Senator Santarsiero brought to the floor of the Senate to recognize February 15 as Love is Love day for LGBTQ youth. The motion failed 3-2 with Messrs. Calabro, Davis and Oxley voting nay. View the video to hear comments from several residents who spoke in favor of the resolution. [UPDATE: A revised version was passed at the March 11, 2020, meeting.]

 

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Development

Supervisors approved Bomba the conditional use application of Tacos and Rum, an approximate 3,990 square foot tenant space at 2930 S. Eagle Road in the Village of Newtown Shopping Center.

 

Supervisors failed to vote on a Toll Bros conditional use application to a 45-house development in the Conservation District located at 435 Durham and 107 Twining Bridge Roads.

 

Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions

Planning Commission: JMZO Amendment – Mary Stover from CKS engineering attended the meeting to provide updates and answer questions. She reported Wrightstown and Upper Makefield received the ordinance however they have not officially reviewed it.

 

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Public Safety

Mr. Lewis stated the SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Grant was coming up and both he and Chief Forsyth recommend the Township move forward and apply for the grant which will provide the Township with additional funds for hiring more staff. He said the Township is looking to expand the department to 7 days/12 hours this grant would greatly help that effort.

 

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Summary of January 8, 2020, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting

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The following is a brief summary of the January 8, 2020, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Public Safety

Police Report: Chief Hearn reported the department responded to 1,398 calls for service during December which is a 13% increase over 2018. He said 76 citations were issued which is up by 20% from last year however traffic accidents have decreased by 10%

 

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Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions

Planning Commission: (1) Toll Bros - Mr. Fidler shared that there was a discussion on the Toll Brothers site and the proposed sewage treatment plant. He said the Commission agreed it would be wise for the PC and the BOS to have someone from the sewer authority present to discuss related issues when Toll Brothers is scheduled on the agenda. (2) JMZO Amendment – Mr. Fidler said there are some items in question including eat in dining, 24-hour operation and the size of the building.

 

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Zoning

Resolution for Municipal Curative Amendment: Mr. Calabro asked if the time depends on the other two Jointure members. Mr. Sander said the time runs from the declaration and since Newtown was last to declare on December 11, 2019, there is nine months from that date to enact if appropriate. Mr. Calabro asked if either township can hold this process up and Mr. Sander said they could and added if the three do not agree and enact, there will be no cure and it will stay as is.

 

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Excerpts from 2019 BOS Meeting Minutes

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This document is a collection of selected excerpts of minutes from the official 2019 public meetings of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS). The excerpts are arranged by category in chronological order. 

CONTENTS

Development .............................................................. Page 1

Environment ............................................................... Page 6

Finances ..................................................................... Page 8

Good Government ...................................................... Page 10

Parks & Recreation .................................................... Page 11

Public Health .............................................................. Page 12

Public Safety .............................................................. Page 13

Public Works .............................................................. Page 16

 

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Summary of November 13, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting

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The following is a brief summary of the November 13, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Communications

Savvy Citizen: Mr. Mack inquired about adding Savvy Citizen to the budget as he believes it is a useful tool that would not require much maintenance. Mr. Sander confirmed Board consensus is required at this time to add or subtract from the budget. Mr. Lewis said there is no staff to maintain it. Mr. Mack believes there is not much maintenance required.

 

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Development

413 Durham Road ZHB Appeal: Nate Fox presented the application on behalf of Durham Road Partners Group, LLC. He stated they filed a use variance to be heard by ZHB on 12/5/19 and the Planning Commission next week for 27 townhouses on a cul‐de‐sac on the property at 413 Durham Road.

 

Mr. Mack moved to authorize Mr. Sander to attend the Zoning Hearing Board meeting and oppose the application of Durham Road Partners Group, LLC. Mr. Fisher seconded and the motion passed 4‐1 with Mr. Davis voting nay.

 

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Finances

2020 Budget: Mr. Lewis updated the Board on changes to the Budget since it was presented.

 

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Public Safety

Newtown Ambulance Squad: Chief Evan Resnikoff of the Newtown Ambulance Squad (NAS) presented citations to several members of the NAS, St. Mary’s EMS and Newtown Fire Association.

 

Police Report: Chief Hearn reported the department responded to 1,803 calls for service during October including 14 arrests, 83 traffic collisions and 215 traffic citations and the department continues to focus on aggressive driving.

 

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Summary of October 10, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting

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The following is a brief summary of the October 10, 2019, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting.

 

Fiscal Responsibility

2018 Audit Presentation: [Read " 2018 Audit Presentation" for details.] Ed Furman of Maillie, LLP, the Township’s independent auditor, presented an overall summary of the final 2018 audit. He discussed revenue and expenses, taxes and government funds. He closed by saying the Township finished 2018 above recommended numbers with the fund balance being 22% of general fund revenue

 

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Public Safety

September 2019 Police Report: Chief Hearn reported for the month of September the Police Department responded to 1,794 calls for service.

 

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Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions

Newtown Fire Association: Mr. Mack reported the Newtown Fire Association is applying for a $200K firefighters grant, the apparatus committee continues to meet, and he summarized results of the beer fest.

 

Veterans Committee: Chuck Resch, member and chaplain of Newtown American Legion Post 440 reported that their general meeting is held the third Tuesday of every month and they are always looking for new members.

 

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Summary of Sep 11, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting: Villas of Newtown, Trees in Roberts Ridge Park, More...

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The following is a brief summary of the September 11, 2019, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors meeting based upon the official minutes of that meeting. 

 

Development

Villas of Newtown – Motion to Draw Down Financial Security: Bill Posner, President of the Villas of Newtown (VON) HOA thanked Mr. Mack for reaching out and meeting with VON board members and touring the areas of concern. Since Mr. Mack encouraged the VON board to try to come to an agreement with the builder, they met with John McGrath and Dennis Work from the Township engineer’s office to go over punch list items. Some items can be completed in short order, but the detention basin continues to be the main area of concern. Mr. McGrath indicated he could have the punch list finished by November 26. Mr. Mack suggested we hear from Mr. McGrath.

 

Conversation ensued on how the basin should operate, the As-Built plans and whether or not Mr. McGrath will complete work by November 26. The consensus was due to Mr. McGrath’s history of noncompliance over the years most do not feel confident he will live up to his word this time.

 

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Environment

Friends of Roberts Ridge Park Presentation: Resident Elen Snyder, founder of Friends of Roberts Ridge Park stated she formed the group in response to the meadow plan put out by the Township. In order to regain shade in the park, the community has come together with a plan to add trees back into the park via donations. Over 100 families joined the group and the proposal is to plant 32 trees.

 

[Read “Newtown Township Approves Residents’ Plan to Plant Native Trees”]

 

Environmental Advisory Council Meeting: Mr. Fisher reported the Environmental Advisory Council is working on a revision of the SALDO Definition focusing on native plants.

 

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Public Safety

August 2019 Police Report: Chief Hearn reported the department responded to 1,617 calls for service, 60 traffic accidents, made 8 arrests and issued 190 traffic citations. There was one incident of an officer administering Narcan successfully and one suspected death related to narcotics. Focus continues on truck enforcement and aggressive driving throughout the township. Two officers received a letter of commendation for outstanding police work while off duty. [Read "August 2019 Newtown Township Police Report: Traffic Citations Down, One Life Saved By Narcan" for more details.]

 

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Summary of July 10, 2019, Newtown Township BOS Public Meeting

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The following is a brief summary of the July 10, 2019, 2019, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition) meeting based upon the official APPROVED minutes of that meeting.

 

Budget

Savvy Citizen: In relation to the 2020 budget, Mr. Mack proposed the Township consider the Savvy Citizen app [a text/social media based resident notification system recommended by the Newtown Technology Committee] to provide information to residents at a cost of $300 per month. After some conversation it was determined a Savvy Citizen representative could be invited to attend a future work session to review details.

 

[Read Keeping Residents Better Informed Via Smartphones ]

 

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Community

HOA Meetings: Mr. Calabro suggested the Administration contact HOA’s to schedule meetings to discuss community issues and concerns. He also said it would be a good time to obtain their input for the Comprehensive Plan Definition. Mr. Mack added that the Pollution Reduction Plan could also be addressed.

 

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Development

Conditional Use – The Smile Company: Attorney Joseph Blackburn represented the applicant and presented the application for use D-2 medical office, abutting Harvest in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center. The space is 2,018 square feet and will house an orthodontics office in an existing building.

 

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Environment

Lower Dolington Road Multi-Use Trail Project "Rain Gardens": Mr. Mack inquired about the rain gardens and how far they extend on Dolington Road.

 

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Planning Commission

Comprehensive Plan: discussed the Jointure’s Comprehensive Plan which is up for review and modification every ten years. According to the written statement by Mr. Fidler, “the Commission members discussed the Jointure’s Comprehensive Plan... Sharing information with residents and Township committees before the Plan is due would enable productive planning. The Township will ask the Bucks County Planning Commission to come to future Planning Commission and Board meetings to review details.

 

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Public Safety

June 2019 Police Report: Chief Hearn reported there were 1,603 calls for service during June. [Read "June 2019 Newtown Township Police Report: Traffic Citations Drop, But Don’t Get Complacent!" for more details.]

 

Chief Hearn then informed all that in addition to Facebook and Twitter, the Police Department is now participating in the Next Door app which gives residents another social media outlet to obtain information from the Department. Mr. Mack said he was pleased to see the PD posting on Next Door since many residents use the app.

 

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June 2019 Emergency Services Report: Chief Forsyth reported the Fire Department had 117 calls for service during May. The department conducted 40 fire safety inspections in the township as well as a successful fire drill at the high school while students were still in attendance.

 

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Summary of May 22, 2019, BOS Public Meeting: Environment, MOD Pizza, Emergency Services, More…

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Environment

Pollution Reduction Plan: Mr. Mack asked Mr. Lewis for an update on the Pollution Reduction Plan specifically regarding Roberts Ridge [Park]. Mr. Lewis said there has been no official revision of the plan yet as the engineers are still reviewing it. CKS is still responding to comments received and then a final decision will be made [read "Newtown Revises Pollution Reduction Plan After Hearing Resident Comments"].

 

Development

Conditional Use - MOD Super Fast Pizza: Mr. Blackburn presented the application for E-5 and E-6 eating place at 2938 S. Eagle Road in the eastern most portion of proposed building eight at the Village of Newtown Shopping Center.

 

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Public Safety

Emergency Services Report: Chief Forsyth reported the Fire Department had 101 calls for service during April; there were 44 fire calls, 57 calls for emergency medical responses, NESD responded to 74 calls and 27 calls to the Fire Association.

 

Mr. Mack asked Chief Forsyth if it was possible in future reports to have a breakdown of the types of fire calls such as commercial building fires vs private building fires, car fires, etc. Chief Forsyth responded that he could give a breakdown every month

 

Supervisor Reports

Mr. Mack: Mr. Mack was given a tour of the Tyler Park covered bridge trail restoration site. He also reported the Human Relations Commission will be receiving training on 5/28/19.

 

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Mr. Fisher: Mr. Fisher reported the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED Definition) grant was fully executed and sent back to the Commonwealth. The Finance Committee is working on the request for proposal. The Committee is also working on a survey to gather data on economic development for the township.

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