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Does Newtown Need a Mobile-Enabled Emergency Notification System? Take This Short Survey.

Does Newtown Need a Mobile-Enabled Emergency Notification System? Take This Short Survey. | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

Recently, there have been several emergency or near emergency situations in Newtown Township. On March 7, 2018, during a snow emergency power failure, the Township Building was open as a “warming center,” but before any township residents were made aware of this, power was restored; on October 5, 2018, the Bucks County Community College was locked down due to a supposed terrorist threat, but residents did not get immediate alerts sent to their cell phones; on October 24, 2018, Swamp Road and Route 413 experienced significant traffic delays due to an accident, but many residents were unaware of the problem.

 

The list goes on. 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 homeowner association management companies, these notices reached a limited number of residents, reached them too late, or never reached them at all.

 

Would you opt-in to receive Emergency Alerts, Advisories (less urgent need-to-know information), Community Information (day-to-day neighborhood to community-level information), Traffic (very localized traffic information), etc., via mobile phone, email or hard line phone?

 

TAKE THIS SHORT SURVEY!

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The Bucks County Association of Township Officials Will Study What Works & What Does Not Work to Encourage Emergency Services Volunteerism

The Bucks County Association of Township Officials Will Study What Works & What Does Not Work to Encourage Emergency Services Volunteerism | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

The Bucks County Association of Township Officials is organizing a database of available and proposed resources to push emergency services volunteerism in the county.

 

Volunteerism rates for fire departments especially show an “alarming” downward trend, and the association hopes the database will help bolster volunteer rates by educating municipalities and departments about past, present and possible future state programs and laws to help bolster volunteer numbers.

 

“Options are available to decision-makers to help encourage residents to volunteer for emergency services duty in our communities,” association President and Lower Southampton Supervisor Vice President Joe McFadden said in a letter to municipal managers and officials.

 

As examples of past and present laws, McFadden in his letter cited Act 172 of 2016, a municipal tax-credit program for emergency volunteers (read “Some Bucks Towns Opt for Volunteer Stipends”), and Senate Resolution 60 of 2004, which established a legislative commission for laws to provide direct and indirect volunteer assistance.

 

“The problem is, how do you get your arms around it all to decide what is the best option for your township or department,” McFadden added.

 

McFadden also referred to a current senate resolution, SR-6, introduced by state Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-38, Allegheny County. Also known as the SR-60 Reboot, the bill is a follow-up study to the 2004 resolution.

 

The database is not ready yet, but the project did take its first steps with the association’s Municipal Cooperative Survey, an initial information-gathering effort to shape the next steps of the overall project.

 

The association’s goal is to develop not only a list of volunteer retention programs, but also collect information on how those programs did or did not work.

 

Only elected officials and certain township staff are asked to participate in the survey.

johnmacknewtown's insight:

Consider these sobering facts (abstracted from a PSATS OpEd):

 

  • Volunteers at fire companies across Pennsylvania have dropped from 300,000 strong in the 1960s and ’70s to below 50,000 today.
  • At least 75 percent of fire companies are struggling with manpower at a time when the state’s population is aging. The average age of a firefighter is 50-something, and people are busier today than they were decades ago.
  • Communities would have to raise taxes almost $10 billion a year to switch to a paid model for fire service, according to the office of the state fire commissioner. Who can afford that kind of property tax increase in their community?
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To Frack or Not to Frack? That is the Question. 

To Frack or Not to Frack? That is the Question.  | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

At the March 19, 2018, Working Session of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting, a proposed "Oil & Gas Drilling" (i.e., fracking) amendment to the Joint Municipality Zoning Ordinance (JMZO) of Newtown Township, Upper Makefield, and Wrightstown (the "Jointure") was discussed. This amendment would allow fracking in the RI Rural Industrial District and QA-A Quarry/Agriculture-A District of Wrightstown.

This action is being considered because it is feared that the temporary ban on facking by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) - a federal/interstate government agency responsible for managing the water resources within the Delaware River Basin – will not be renewed in 2018.

The Board discussed alternative courses of action (listen to the discussion here), which will be discussed further at a future Board of Supervisors public meeting.

Please take this short 2-question survey that asks your opinion of various courses of action that Newtown-Upper Makefield-Wrightstown Jointure should take regarding fracking. No identifying information is collected via this survey unless you provide such information within your comments. After taking the survey you will be able to see the results to date. De-identified results also will be submitted as comments to the DRBC.

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