Newtown Township

Board of Supervisors Minutes

August 28, 2002


MINUTES WERE APPROVED at the regular meeting September 25, 2001. MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF 8/28/02:  Mr. Weaver moved to approve the minutes of the 8/28/02 regular meeting; the motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously.


The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday, August 28, 2002, in the Township meeting room at 8:00 PM. In attendance were Supervisors: Chairman Scott Harp, Vice Chairman Tom Jirele, Treasurer Richard Weaver, Secretary/Assistant Treasurer Anne Goren and Member Raymond Goodnoe. Also present were: Police Chief Martin Duffy, Cable TV Committee Chairman Jim Bowe, Township Solicitor Stephen Harris, Township Engineer Gerald Smith, Township Manager Bob Pellegrino and Township Finance Director Elaine Gibbs.

CALL TO ORDER: Chairman Harp called the regular meeting to order at 8:00 PM with a moment of silence.

INVOCATION: Given by Township Chaplain Judith C. Joseph. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA: Mr. Pellegrino announced that the item regarding Sycamore Street under the Engineer’s report is deleted, and there will be an executive session following the public meeting.

MINUTES, BILLS LIST AND REPORTS 

MINUTES 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF 8/14/02:  Mr. Weaver moved to approve the minutes of the 8/14/02 regular meeting; the motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously, with Mr. Jirele abstaining. 

MINUTES OF WORK SESSION ON 8/19/02:  Mrs. Goren moved to approve the minutes of the work session of 8/19/02; the motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously, with Mr. Jirele abstaining. 

BILLS AND INTERFUND TRANSFERS 

BILLS LIST:  Mr. Weaver moved to pay bills totaling $206,440.67; the motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously. 

INTERFUND TRANSFERS:  Mr. Weaver moved to approve interfund transfers totaling $46,028.43; the motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

TREASURER’S REPORT:  No items. 

SPECIAL ACTIONS 

POLICE DEPARTMENT RECOGNITION  

OFFICER SHANE DILLING:  Mr. Harp presented Officer Shane Dilling with a plaque in honor of his quick response in a recent incident involving juveniles who had committed an assault and were fleeing in a stolen car. 

K-9 DONATION - SARA MONCADO:  Mr. Harp invited Chief Duffy to the podium.  Chief Duffy introduced Sara Moncado, who raised $953 for the K-9 program as a service project for her Silver Girl Scout Award.  Sergeant Hartman, one of the K-9 Officers, said the funds will be used to purchase canine safety systems for two Township police vehicles.  The systems will monitor the temperature inside the cars; if it gets hot, the windows will automatically roll down, a fan will run and an alarm will sound. 

RCN REQUEST TO MODIFY CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE AGREEMENT:  Mr. Harp opened the hearing on RCN’s request.  Mr. Harp said RCN made a presentation at the 8/14/02 meeting explaining their request, and the Board of Supervisors has reviewed a Memorandum Opinion and Decision, drafted by Fred Polner, to deny the request.  

Mrs. Goren moved to deny RCN’s request to modify their franchise agreement with the Township, for the reasons stated in the Memorandum and Decision.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously. 

Mr. Harris said he provided a copy of Resolution 2002-23 in his Solicitor’s report, terminating the franchise agreement with RCN.  Mr. Harris said that RCN is in material breach of the agreement, as set forth in the Township’s adjudication of 3/14/02. 

Mr. Weaver moved to adopt Resolution 2002-23, terminating the franchise agreement with RCN.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

CONDITIONAL USE HEARINGS:  The two hearings were tabled until the applicants’ attorney could be present (see later). 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES, BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS 

PLANNING COMMISSION:  No one was present to report for the Planning Commission. 

CABLE TV COMMITTEE:  Chairman Jim Bowe reported that the Committee met on 8/21/02.  Stuart Miles, a Borough representative, has resigned. The Committee also needs a new Borough Council liaison. At the meeting a Township resident complained about an extra charge from Comcast because he has internet service but not basic cable.  Mr. Bowe said the Committee is not sure they have jurisdiction, and he asked if they can consult with Mr. Polner on the situation.  Mr. Harp said this sounded like a good idea. 

Mr. Bowe said he has received word that Comcast will be doing a service audit in the Township this week.  The subcontractor doing the work is the Millenium Corporation. 

Mr. Bowe said the Board of Supervisors recently asked if Comcast is providing state of the art service.  He suggested that the Township ask for a review of the system, perhaps by Mr. Polner.  He said he has asked Mr. Polner to give him a cost estimate for a review.  Mr. Jirele asked if Comcast could be required to pay for the review.  Mr. Bowe said that Comcast’s franchise fees are intended to pay for a review. 

Mr. Bowe distributed a case study on overbuilders done by a LaSalle MBA student, Julia Bukhareva.  He said it is well done, although he does not agree with all of the conclusions. 

Mr. Bowe invited Dr. Joe Ugras, former member and Chairman of the Cable Committee, to the podium.  He and Mr. Harp presented a plaque to Dr. Ugras in honor of his service to the Township. 

CONDITIONAL USE HEARINGS (TABLED EARLIER) 

MAPLE LEAF LEARNING CENTER - ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH - 530 WASHINGTON CROSSING ROAD - TMP# 29-3-73-7:  Mr. Harp opened the hearing.  Attorney Ed Murphy and Pat Beato, of the Maple Leaf Learning Center, were present to discuss their request for a C-10 Day Care Center Use for the Assembly of God Church, in the CM District. 

Mr. Murphy explained that the Center has been in the Newtown community for over 20 years, but will have to leave their present location at Newtown Friends Meeting because their space is needed by the meeting.  He said the Maple Leaf Center is a United Way nonprofit corporation providing day care services to families in crisis.  They are licensed by the Department of Welfare and the Department of Education to serve up to 41 children.  

Mr. Murphy said there was some confusion at the 8/6/02 Planning Commission meeting about the minimum lot size for this use, but it is five acres; this lot is about 3.5 acres.  He stated that the applicant has a request for a variance pending with the Zoning Hearing Board.  Otherwise the application conforms to the ordinance. 

Mr. Murphy said that the applicant has a temporary occupancy permit and is operating at the site now.  Ms Beato has met with neighboring property owners and they have no objections to the use.  He noted that the Planning Commission recommended approval, pending relief from the Zoning Hearing Board. 

Mr. Harp asked if the Board or the public had any questions; there were none. 

Mr. Jirele moved to approve the conditional use request for Maple Leaf Learning Center for C-10 Day Care Use at 530 Washington Crossing Road.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously. 

Mr. Harp asked the Board to decide on their position regarding the applicant’s Zoning Hearing Board request.  Members agreed that they had no opposition to the request. 

Mr. Weaver moved to close the hearing; the motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

SOIL STRIPPING - PENNS TRAIL AND NEWTOWN-YARDLEY ROAD (WILTSHIRE WALK) - ORLEANS HOMEBUILDERS - TMP# 29-10-52, 29-10-52-2, 29-10-52.1, 29-10-52.2, 29-10-52-10:  Mr. Murphy also represented Orleans Homebuilders.  Mr. Harp opened the hearing. 

Mr. Murphy said that the grading plan for Wiltshire Walk has been revised and approved by the Township Engineer, but there is still an excess of approximately 40,000 cubic yards of topsoil.  He said that the School District and Tyler State Park will take some, and Orleans is continuing to look for places in Bucks County that will take more of the topsoil.  

Mr. Jirele asked if the soil can be used to build higher berms.  Kevin Rand, an engineer for Orleans, stated that the berms can not be higher because they can not be wider.  He explained that the slope must not be too steep for mowing.  Mr. Smith added that Orleans has already raised the site levels. 

John Hitchner, a resident of Upper Silver Lake Road, said the berms have not yet been installed, and he wanted assurance that they will be built as agreed.  Mr. Harp and Mr. Jirele said the Township will make sure the berms are built as specified in the plan approval:  Six feet high, plus plantings. 

Mr. Jirele moved to approve the soil stripping requested by Orleans Homebuilders for Wiltshire Walk.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously. 

MEMBERS’  COMMENTS 

ROBERTS RIDGE PARK:  Mr. Weaver said that the Roberts Ridge Park will be opened officially with a ceremony on 9/22/02 at 4:00 PM. 

BUDGET - 2003:  Mr. Goodnoe said that the 2002 budget includes a deficit of about $600,000, of which approximately $400,000 will come out of fund balances for operating costs.   He said he voted against a deficit budget last year and has proposed a resolution which will prevent it from happening again this year. 

Mr. Goodnoe said he circulated the resolution earlier and asked that it be discussed at the 9/25/02 meeting, but he just received a memo from the administration saying his resolution is a bad idea.  He asked who requested that this memo be written. 

Mr. Harp said he worked with the administration to develop the memo.  Mr. Jirele suggested that the resolution be put on the agenda for discussion.  He said he agrees with some of the administration’s memo.  He recalled that there was some dissension during last year’s budget meetings, and said it would be good to have more discussion on this issue this year.

Mrs. Goren said she agreed with this suggestion, but she would like the Financial Planning Committee to review the resolution before the Board of Supervisors discusses it.  Mr. Harp said he agreed with Mrs. Goren. 

Mr. Goodnoe read the resolution, which defines a capital expenditure as a project which costs at least $25,000 and has a lifespan of at least five years.  The resolution also separates the capital and operating budgets, and specifies that operating expenses can not exceed anticipated income. 

Mr. Harp asked Mr. Pellegrino to explain the administration’s response.  Mr. Pellegrino said that a more comprehensive definition of capital expenditures is needed to conform with new accounting requirements.  He also said that the Township has not studied the impact of the balanced budget requirement. 

Mr. Goodnoe said that he did not expect the resolution to be approved immediately.  He would like Board members to discuss the philosophy behind it and what information would need to be gathered to make a decision. 

Mr. Pellegrino said that, although this is his first budget preparation for the Township,  he has prepared 24 municipal budgets previously.  He said that he is a fiscal conservative, and his proposal to the Board will meet the needs of the community based on established service levels.  If the budget is not balanced, the Board will have to consider whether to reduce service or raise income.  He said that the Board needs to be more involved in the preparation of the budget than in previous years. 

Mr. Jirele moved to put Mr. Goodnoe’s resolution on the agenda for discussion at the 9/25/02 meeting.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Goodnoe. 

Discussion of motion: Mr. Harp said the Financial Planning Committee will have only one meeting before 9/25/02 in which to discuss the resolution.  Mrs. Goren suggested the first budget hearing, which is scheduled for 10/7/02, could be moved back to allow the Committee more time.  Mr. Jirele said the Committee could be asked to meet twice in September if necessary. 

Frank Mendicino, a Township resident and former Supervisor, said that income figures always look low at this time of the year, since a large portion of Township income comes in during the last quarter. 

Mr. Goodnoe said that Mr. Mendicino is referring to a cash flow matter, while he is talking about the deficit that is budgeted for this year.  He stated he believes the Township should not spend reserve funds for operating expenses.  Mr. Jirele said the Board did not discuss issues like this until December last year, and he would like to have the discussion earlier this year. 

Nancy Cresenzco, a Township resident, encouraged the Board to pass Mr. Jirele’s motion. 

Mrs. Goren said she does not want to set a date for discussion of the resolution without hearing from the Financial Planning Committee first. 

Mr. Jirele’s motion failed 2-3, with Mrs. Goren, Mr. Weaver and Mr. Harp voting “nay”. 

Mrs. Goren moved to put Mr. Goodnoe’s resolution on the agenda for discussion as soon as possible.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver. 

Discussion of motion:  Mr. Jirele asked what “as soon as possible” means.  He said the Board should have the discussion before the budget process begins, and he will abstain from voting because the motion is unclear. 

Mrs. Goren’s motion passed 3-1, with Mr. Goodnoe voting “nay” and Mr. Jirele abstaining. 

Mr. Jirele moved to postpone the budget meetings until November so that the Board can discuss Mr. Goodnoe’s resolution.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Goodnoe. 

Discussion of motion:  Frank Mendicino asked Mr. Pellegrino if the budget can be developed in a timely manner with the budget meetings starting a month later.  Mr. Pellegrino said it can be done. 

Mr. Jirele’s motion passed unanimously. 

Mr. Jirele said he apologized for pushing so hard on this point, but he felt it was important.  He said he needs to know where everyone stands on the issues referred to in Mr. Goodnoe’s resolution. 

COMMUNITY COMMENTS 

Frank Mendicino asked Mr. Harris several questions about the consequences of allowing Mr. Stockburger to do what he is seeking to do with his property on the Bypass.  Mr. Harris responded that the Township would not have to “make up” the zoning, and it would not set a precedent that weakens the ordinance. 

Mike Iapalucci, a Township resident, said that Comcast has removed all vegetation between the Bypass and the site of their future building, which will make the building quite visible from the Bypass.  Mr. Harp said he thinks Comcast will be adding trees; he also asked that the Codes Department follow up on this.  Mr. Iapalucci said that cars turning left onto Route 413 in front of the shopping center are nearly colliding with other left turners, creating a dangerous situation.  Mr. Harp asked Mr. Smith to follow up on this concern.  Mr. Goodnoe said that this intersection was supposed to be overlayed, which would make it safer. 

Nancy Cresenzco said the Financial Planning Committee is aware of the issues raised by Mr. Goodnoe.  She also said that the nominees for the Acme Visioning Committee should have been discussed in a public meeting, and should have included at least one woman. 

Glenn Beasley, a Township resident, said he was astonished at the discussion about the budget.  He said Mrs. Goren has participated in the preparation of six Township budgets and should be able to discuss Mr. Goodnoe’s resolution, which involved two fundamental issues that should be discussed before creating the budget.  Mr. Beasley also said Mr. Harp interrupted some speakers during the Community Comment period but let others talk extensively. 

Walter Iwaskiw, a Township resident, said the Board should discuss the budget issue  He also asked that the Board reconsider their decision to not send a liaison to the community center committee. 

Richard Tonge, a resident of Newtown Grant, said several Newtown Grant residents spoke with the Planning Commission at their last meeting regarding their concerns about Stoopville Road.  He said they have also discussed these concerns with Ed Murphy, the attorney for Toll Brothers, who told them that Toll Brothers will do whatever road improvements the Supervisors want.  Mr. Tonge said the residents do not want to see an 80 foot right of way on Stoopville Road.  Mr. Harp said the Supervisors will discuss this issue thoroughly when the McLaughlin Tract plan is being reviewed. 

Mrs. Goren asked Mr. Jirele what width the Swamp Road Committee recommended for Swamp Road’s right of way.  Mr. Jirele said the Committee discussed the road width, but he could not recall a recommendation regarding the right of way.  He added that a right of way that is one foot wider than the road does not provide enough room for utilities.  He noted that Wrightstown Township does not have public water and sewer, and therefore needs less right of way.  Mr. Goodnoe said the Township routinely asks for the ultimate right of way when a plan is submitted. 

Mr. Tonge said residents do not want to see Stoopville Road become a four lane highway. 

Mrs. Goren suggested the Board ask the Township Engineer to study this issue.  Mr. Goodnoe asked that the Engineer inform the Board of what factors go into their recommendation for the width of a right of way.  Mr. Tonge said the Township also needs to know what is the present right of way. 

REPORTS OF OFFICIALS 

CHAIRMAN 

WORK SESSION OF 8/19/02:  Mr. Harp reported on the 8/19/02 work session.  He said the Board discussed the consortium pipe bid, the Linton Hill Road Road culvert, an intergovernmental agreement, employee performance evaluation policy, and a possible Board tour of Township roads.  

CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY:  Mr. Harp announced there will be a candlelighting ceremony on 9/11/02 in the Borough to mark the first anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. 

WORK SESSION OF 9/16/02:  Mr. Harp said the Board plans to discuss some preliminary proposals regarding the municipal complex expansion at the 9/16/02 work session. 

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS:  No items. 

MANAGER 

PLAN EXPIRATIONS:  Mr. Pellegrino said there are no plan expirations needing to be addressed. 

CONSORTIUM PIPE BID:  Mr. Pellegrino said that Mr. Harwood’s memo of 8/14/02 reports the results of the Consortium’s pipe purchasing bid process for three types of inlet tops and polyvinyl pipe.  

Mrs. Goren moved to award the bids as recommended in Mr. Harwood’s memo of 8/14/02, to Modern Concrete for the inlet tops and to Chemung for pipe.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously. 

PERFORMANCE EVALUATION POLICY:  Mr. Pellegrino provided copies of a revised version of the policy, attached to his memo of 8/21/02, as well as the current policy.  He said an amendment of the Administrative Code is required to adopt the policy. 

Mrs. Goren moved to amend the Administrative Code in accordance with the revised Performance Evaluation Policy.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver. 

Discussion of motion:  Mr. Weaver suggested that the motion refer to Part 7, Section F.  Mr. Jirele suggested requiring an informal  midyear meeting of supervisor and employee to assess progress.  Mr. Pellegrino said this can be added under “Process”.  He said that some categories may be added on some forms. 

Mrs. Goren and Mr. Weaver agreed to add a reference to Part 7, Section F, and a midyear meeting to their motion, which passed unanimously. 

LOWER MAKEFIELD INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT:  Mr. Pellegrino provided copies of a revised response to Lower Makefield regarding the proposed Intergovernmental Agreement. 

Mrs. Goren said #4 of the draft response should be changed to reflect the fact that there is a connection between Lindenhurst Road and Upper Silver Lake Road, via Roadway B in the Newtown Corporate Center.  Mr. Jirele said this is a private road, not a public connection.  Mr. Weaver suggested that the last sentence of #4 be struck; Mr. Jirele and Mrs. Goren agreed with this. 

Mr. Goodnoe said the proposed letter warrants to Lower Makefield things over which the Township has no control, such as items #3 and #5.  He also asked that the second part of #6 be struck.  

Mr. Goodnoe moved to direct Mr. Pellegrino to send the letter with only the last paragraph and the statement that the Township opposes the turnback of Lindenhurst Road.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously. 

DARE GRANT:  Mr. Pellegrino announced the Township has received a DARE grant of almost $37,000. 

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS:  Mr. Pellegrino announced that work is beginning on the traffic light at Route 413 and Wrights Road, and that bids have been advertised for the light at Washington Crossing and Linton Hill Road.  Mr. Jirele asked about progress on the light at Route 413 and North Drive.  Mr. Smith said it is in the design phase. 

SOLICITOR 

NEWTOWN RENTAL CENTER - DEDICATION OF RIGHT OF WAY OF OLD FROST LANE:  Mr. Jirele moved to accept dedication of the right of way of Old Frost Lane, and to release the balance of Shannon Wilson’s financial security upon payment of any outstanding legal, engineering or administrative costs.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously. 

ZONING HEARING BOARD:  Mr. Harris reviewed the nine cases scheduled for the 9/5/02 meeting of the Zoning Hearing Board.  The Supervisors had no comments, with the following exception: 

APPEAL 3562-02 - PICCOLO TRATORIA:  Mr. Jirele moved to request, through Mr. Harwood, that if the Zoning Hearing Board grants this request, they add a condition that the approval applies only to this specific novelty sign.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously. 

RESOLUTION 2002-22 - SWAMP ROAD CULVERT REPLACEMENTS:  Mr. Harris provided copies of a revised resolution requesting that all improvements be done at the same time the culverts are replaced. 

Mr. Weaver said that Wrightstown is discussing this issue tonight, and suggested that the Township wait to see what they decide.  Mr. Jirele agreed, but he further suggested that a joint meeting be set up for both municipalities to discuss the Swamp Road Study report and the improvements.  Mr. Harp agreed with this suggestion, and said that elected officials, the Township Engineer and others could also be invited, as well as the public.  He said he will work with Mr. Jirele and the administration to set up the meeting. 

Mr. Jirele moved to send a letter to Wrightstown Township proposing a meeting in accordance with the discussion above.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously. 

ENGINEER 

LINTON HILL BOX ROAD BOX CULVERT REPLACEMENT:  Mr. Smith recommended that the Township pay three bills submitted by Professional Construction Contractors for this project.  

CERTIFICATION #1:  Mr. Goodnoe moved to pay $69,624.00 to Professional Construction Contractors for the Linton Hill Road box culvert replacement, in accordance with Pennoni Associates’ letter of 7/24/02.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously. 

CERTIFICATION #2:  Mr. Goodnoe moved to pay $37,289.70 to Professional Construction Contractors for the Linton Hill Road box culvert replacement, in accordance with Pennoni Associates’ letter of 8/7/02.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously. 

CERTIFICATION #3:  Mr. Goodnoe moved to pay $47,422.80 to Professional Construction Contractors for the Linton Hill Road box culvert replacement, in accordance with Pennoni Associates’ letter of 8/22/02.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously. 

Mr. Smith noted that his letter of 8/22/02 recommends that the balance of $17,148.50 be retained until the site is cleaned up and the closeout documentation and maintenance bond are received. 

OLD BUSINESS:  No items. 

NEW BUSINESS:  No items. 

COMMUNITY COMMENTS (CONTINUED) 

Jim Bowe, a resident of Tyler Walk, thanked the Supervisors for their support on the Swamp Road culvert issue.  He suggested that a study similar to the one done on Swamp Road be considered for Stoopville Road, as there has been a lot of frustration among residents on or near Stoopville Road, and this would be an opportunity for discussion.  Mr. Jirele commented that there was a specific issue on Swamp Road, but there is not on Stoopville Road. 

Mr. Bowe also suggested that the barn on the Heston property be sold or given to the Rose Bank Winery, where a barn burnt down recently.  Mr. Goodnoe said the Township could not get involved with a private transaction, but Mr. Bowe could make the suggestion to the parties involved. 

Nancy Cresenzco asked about the cost of the work being done on the Clark property and on Roberts Ridge Park.  Mr. Harp said the work is included in the salaries of Township employees, which are in the budget.  Mr. Pellegrino said it will be possible to make an estimate of the cost when the work is finished.  Mr. Jirele said a related issue would be:  Did these projects take funds or staff hours away from other projects or tasks?  

Ms Cresenzco asked if the Township plans to put a woman on the Acme Visioning Committee.  Mr. Harp said he has asked Mr. Lombardi to suggest some additional names, including some women.  Mr. Jirele suggested that Supervisors can also bring some additional names to the 9/16/02 work session. 

Ms Cresenzco asked why work on the GIS technology is a frequent item on the bills list.  Mr. Pellegrino explained that upgrades and maintenance of the system are ongoing. 

Richard Tonge, a resident of Newtown Grant, said he is concerned about the Township’s desire to cooperate with Wrightstown.  He said that Newtown has different interests from Wrightstown. 

Frank Mendicino said he is the president of the Tyler Walk Homeowners Association.  He distributed copies of their 8/26/02 resolution requesting that Newtown and Wrightstown do three things:

·       have a study of the culvert on Swamp Road done by a firm based outside of Pennsylvania to assess its condition;

·       work with other elected officials to ensure that all repairs recommended by the Swamp Road study be done at the same time; and

·       restrict loaded trucks from using Swamp Road. 

Mr. Mendicino said his group’s main concern is safety.  He wondered why PennDOT has suddenly deemed the culvert replacement an emergency. 

Scott Anderson, a resident of Wrightstown, said he is very concerned that if the culvert is replaced and the other repairs are not made the road will be very dangerous.  He said that splitting the Swamp Road improvements into two projects was the result of political maneuvering.  

Sue Hermann, a resident of Lower Makefield, said she is the president of Residents for Regional Traffic Solutions.  She said that the culvert was identified as in very bad shape as long ago as 1995.  She said her group is not trying to dump truck traffic on Swamp Road. 

Phil Calabro, a resident of Newtown Grant, suggested that the Homeowners Associations of Tyler Walk and Newtown Grant meet to discuss the Swamp Road issues.  Mr. Calabro also said some of the present members of the Acme Visioning Committee seem to have conflicts of interest; several have financial interests in the area, and three are on the YMCA Steering Committee. 

John D’Aprile, a Township resident, complained about the delays in getting repairs made to Swamp Road. 

Mr. Mendicino said the Tyler Walk Homeowners Association accepts Mr. Calabro’s offer to meet with the Newtown Grant Homeowners Association, and he will make the call.  Mr. Jirele asked to be included in the meeting, and Mr. Mendicino said he will include him. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  Mr. Harp said the Board will meet in executive session following adjournment of the public meeting. 

ADJOURNMENT:  With no objections, Mr. Harp adjourned the meeting at 12:00 midnight.

 

Respectfully Submitted:

  

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Gretta Stone, Recording Secretary

 

Minutes Approved as submitted _______ as corrected _______

 

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Scott R. Harp, Chairman

 

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Thomas Jirele, Vice Chairman

 

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Anne Goren, Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

 

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Richard Weaver, Treasurer

 

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Raymond Goodnoe, Member