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Notes from the August 11, 2021, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting: Arcadia Decision Deferred After Scathing Comments from Residents

Notes from the August 11, 2021, Newtown Board of Supervisors Meeting: Arcadia Decision Deferred After Scathing Comments from Residents | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

[Photo: The room was filled to over-capacity due to the fact that only about 25 seats were available because of COVID-related social distancing restrictions. Some residents, including vision-impaired Mr. Terry Christiansen and his guide dog had to stand. Disgraceful! Several complaints were made about the inability to hear what was being said at the meeting*.]

 

Arcadia Land Development, Planning Commission Report, Fire Services Resolution, CR School Board Report, Township Website Survey, Parks & Recreation Board Report, Engineer's Report: Lower Dolington Trail, Traffic Committee Discussion, Police Report, More...

 

These are my personal notes from this meeting of Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS). See the detailed notes embedded at the end of this post. Some of the issues that were discussed and/or voted on include:

 

  • Reports: Planning Commission, Technology & Communications Committee, Council Rock School Board, Parks & Recreation Board
  • Arcadia Land Development
  • Lower Dolington Road Multi-Use Trail Bid Recommendation
  • Fire Services Fee Schedule Amendment – Resolution
  • Intergovernmental Fire Service Agreement with Newtown Borough
  • Discussion and vote on forming a Traffic Committee)
  • Approval of payment of bills totaling $277,817.38 and $176,342.54

 

This was a marathon 4.5 hour meeting in which the Arcadia Land Development discussion/decision dominated! In the end, that decision was tabled. The BOS has until August 31, 2021, to make a final decision, which will probably happen at the August 25, 2021, BOS meeting. Meanwhile, the hope is that we can get more input from our traffic experts especially regarding the direct access option to the Bypass, which will apparently be denied by PennDOT.

 

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johnmacknewtown's insight:

*Mr. Christiansen had to leave early as he needed to arrange an Uber while there were still available drivers on the road. "Also," said this resident, "as others noted during the evening, it was difficult to hear many of the Supervisors in the middle of the room."

 

Resident Frank McCarron called upon the township to implement hybrid meetings that would allow remote/online participation of residents in Newtown Township Board of Supervisors' meetings via Zoom or some other appropriate technology.

 

Before the meeting, I sent all supervisors the results of my Hybrid Public Meeting Petition with 93 names of Newtown Twp residents. I did not, however, get a chance to discuss this at the meeting, which was dominated by the Arcadia Land Development issue. I will continue to collect signatures.

 

Please sign the petition: http://www.change.org/HybridMeetingPetition 

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