Board of Supervisor Minutes
April 13, 2005
MINUTES WERE APPROVED at the regular meeting April 27, 2005. MINUTES OF 4/13/05 REGULAR MEETING: Mrs. Goren moved to approve the minutes of the 4/13/05 regular meeting with one correction. Under the discussion of the Pennoni Associates review of the preliminary plan for the Yamamoto Tract, the comment about Section III D 12 should read, “Mr. Goodnoe said he does not favor…” The motion was seconded by Mr. Harp and passed unanimously.
The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday, April 13, 2005, in the Township meeting room at 8:00 PM. In attendance were Supervisors: Chairman Richard Weaver, Vice-Chairman Scott R. Harp, Secretary/Treasurer Anne Goren, Member Tom Jirele, and Member Raymond Goodnoe. Also present were: Chairman of the Telecommunications Advisory Board John Manahan, Chairman of the Sycamore Street Committee Vince Lombardi, Chairman of the Planning Commission Shawn Ward, Township Solicitor Stephen Harris, Township Engineer Gerald Smith, and Township Manager Robert M. Pellegrino.
CALL TO ORDER: Chairman Richard Weaver called the regular meeting to order at 8:00 PM with a moment of silence.
INVOCATION: Given by Reverend David Ridder of the First Baptist Church of Newtown. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
ADDITIONS AND CHANGES TO THE AGENDA: Mr. Pellegrino asked that the report from the Park and Recreation Board be removed from the agenda; that a discussion of the Fleming application to the Zoning Hearing Board and a JMZO amendment on accessory contractor or trade use be added to the Solicitor’s report; and that the signing of mylars for the Hicks building at the Bucks County Community College be added to the Engineer’s report.
PRESENTATION BY VERIZON: Dan Reevey, Director of External Affairs for Verizon, gave a brief overview of the work being done by Verizon in the Township. He apologized to residents for any inconvenience caused by the work and said that the company will correct any problems. Mr. Reevey said the work will result in better access, speed, and quality of service for residents. He expects the work will be finished by the end of June and estimated that 75% is already done.
Mr. Pellegrino said most of the problems have been with the subcontractors and Verizon has been very responsive in addressing them.
MINUTES, BILLS LIST, AND REPORTS
MINUTES OF 2/16/05 WORK SESSION: Mr. Jirele moved to approve the minutes of the 2/16/05 work session; the motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously, with Mr. Goodnoe abstaining.
MINUTES OF 3/1/05 SPECIAL MEETING: Mr. Harp moved to approve the minutes of the 3/1/05 special meeting; the motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously, with Mrs. Goren abstaining.
MINUTES OF 3/23/05 REGULAR MEETING: Mrs. Goren moved to approve the minutes of the 3/23/05 regular meeting; the motion was seconded by Mr. Goodnoe and passed unanimously, with Mr. Harp and Mr. Jirele abstaining.
BILLS LIST: Mrs. Goren moved to approve bills totaling $411,085.69; the motion was seconded by Mr. Harp and passed unanimously, with Mr. Goodnoe abstaining.
Mrs. Goren moved to approve interfund transfers totaling $315,264.29; the motion was seconded by Mr. Harp and passed unanimously.
TREASURER’S REPORT: None.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES, BOARDS, AND COMMISSIONS
TELECOMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY BOARD: Chairman James Manahan reported on the Board’s most recent meeting, much of which was devoted to problems with the Verizon installations. Board members have been working with Verizon and Township staff to resolve the problems. He noted that Comcast will begin offering telephone service to Township residents later this year.
SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE: Chairman Vince Lombardi reported on their 4/12/05 meeting, at which the Committee discussed several problem areas where the project design conflicted with the interests of property owners or where a small mistake had unfortunate consequences. He apologized to residents for traffic delays caused by a contractor’s daytime work, but the work has made much progress possible. Mr. Lombardi said he expects the bulk of the project to be finished by the end of May.
PLANNING COMMISSION: Chairman Shawn Ward reported on their 4/5/05 meeting, at which they heard a report from the Traffic Engineer and discussed the “no right turn on red” at Richboro Road and the Bypass. The Commission voted unanimously to recommend that this sign be eliminated.
Mr. Smith said the sign was installed for safety reasons, but he can discuss it with PennDOT again. Mr. Ward suggested that it be replaced with a signal that allows right turns on red when they are safe.
The Commission also reviewed PRD variance requests from Sharon Krimm and Mr. and Mrs. Sarponis, and recommended approval for both; members asked to have the Solicitor clarify what kind of relief Ms. Krimm requires. They also discussed a Zoning Hearing Board application from Emily Ann Riddell and Michael Sneed and recommended that the Board not oppose the application. Members agreed to make no comments on applications from Craig Small and Gregory Manning.
The Commission asked that the Board of Supervisors ratify their appointment of Jay Sensibaugh as liaison from the Commission to the Environmental Advisory Council.
Mrs. Goren moved to ratify the appointment of Jay Sensibaugh as Planning Commission liaison to the Environmental Advisory Council. The motion was seconded by Mr. Harp.
Discussion of motion: Mr. Goodnoe asked why this action is being requested. Mr. Jirele said he attended the first meeting of the Council and the statement was made that there were no official liaisons to this group, but that members of the Planning Commission are welcome to attend.
Mr. Goodnoe said this action is not appropriate to the Board’s role and he will oppose it. Mr. Weaver noted that the enacting ordinance mentioned a representative from the Planning Commission.
Mr. Ward asked if there is any objection to Mr. Sensibaugh acting as a liaison by conveying information between the two groups; none was raised.
Mrs. Goren and Mr. Harp withdrew their motion.
Mr. Ward continued with his report on the Commission’s 4/5/05 meeting. The Commission reviewed a JMZO amendment regarding the preservation of agricultural soils. Bill Sterling, a land owner in the CM District, participated in the discussion. The Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the Board of Supervisors not support this ordinance until further review and recommendations from the Commission regarding its actual impact on CM District properties. Mr. Jirele asked if the Mr. Ward had seen a 4/8/05 memo from the Engineer regarding this issue; Mr. Ward said he had not.
The Commission also reviewed an ordinance that would establish an accessory contractor or trade use and recommended that the Board of Supervisors not support this ordinance unless several changes are made.
LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
PRD VARIANCE – SHARON AND JAMES KRIMM – 343 WEXLEY DRIVE – TMP# 29-13-161: Sharon Krimm was present to discuss her request for relief from side and rear yard setback requirements in order to construct a two-story addition to her home in the Country Bend development in the R-1 District. Ms. Krimm said she was initially told by the Codes Department that she did not need an additional variance for enlarging her home upwards, but received word from the Codes Department later that she did need one.
Mr. Harris noted that the Planning Commission asked that the Solicitor clarify if the applicant needs a variance for the setbacks since she obtained one earlier for the existing footprint of the house. He said that the reason Ms. Krimm needs a variance is that Section 803, Use B-15, Subsection 9.A.1 requires an applicant to obtain a variance when there is a modification of the use, the bulk, or the location.
Ms. Krimm stated that the neighbors have not objected to her plans. Mr. Harris suggested that she check to see if she needs an approval from the Homeowners Association before starting the project.
Mr. Harp moved to grant a variance to allow a two-story addition as shown on the plan submitted by Ms. Krimm with the following conditions:
- A revised final plan will be submitted
- All costs of review will be paid
The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele.
Discussion of motion: Frank Mendicino, a member of the Planning Commission, said that the applicant received conflicting advice from Codes Department staff members and should not have to pay any fees that were mistakenly assessed. He also commented that the application was improperly advertised as a request for relief from setback requirements.
Mr. Harp’s motion passed unanimously.
REVISED PRELIMINARY PLAN – YAMAMOTO TRACT (FOXHALL ESTATES)- ORLEANS HOMEBUILDERS – 551 WASHINGTON CROSSING ROAD – TMP# 29-16-2-1, 29-16-5-2, 29-16-5: Bill Briegel of Orleans Homebuilders and Kevin Doherty of Pickering, Corts, and Summerson were present to discuss their plan to build18 homes under B-12 Use, Single Family Detached Cluster, on a 27.71 acre site in the CM District. Mr. Briegel asked that the conditional use application be considered after the plan because attorney Ed Murphy had not arrived.
Mr. Briegel said the preliminary plan for this development was first filed in 2003. In the interim Orleans has obtained variances, met with the Planning Commission, the Park and Recreation Board, and the neighbors, and has made several revisions in response to these discussions. Mr. Briegel reviewed the 4/5/05 Pennoni Associates letter and stated the applicant will comply with all points. The following items were discussed:
- Section III A 3 – Mr. Briegel said the Planning Commission and the Park and Recreation Board had no objections to how the open space was laid out.
- Section III D 12 – The proposed emergency access, added at the request of the Planning Commission, runs between lot 6 and lot 7 and connects with Gaucks Lane. Mr. Goodnoe said he does favor this design because the access connects with a private street. Tom Ames, a resident of Gaucks Lane, was present and said he and his neighbors would prefer not to have the access there.
- Section II – Waivers – Mr. Briegel noted that the eight waivers recommended in the 10/19/05 Planning Commission letter are listed in this section. Mr. Goodnoe asked why the applicant is proposing 30’ corner radii where 55’ is required (Section 507.5 of the ordinance). Mr. Briegel said PennDOT requires 30’. He agreed to change the radii to 55’ and withdraw the waiver request.
Mr. Pellegrino asked if the applicant will donate to the Township the cost of the curbs and sidewalks to be waived (Sections 516.2 and 517 of the ordinance). Mr. Briegel agreed to do so.
Mr. Goodnoe asked if the applicant will provide a snow removal easement on the cul-de-sacs. Mr. Pellegrino said the easements should be posted so that nothing is placed in them. Mr. Briegel agreed to these conditions.
Mr. Goodnoe asked about streetlights, and suggested that all lights be wired to a single tap. Mr. Briegel showed the locations of the seven streetlights on the plan as requested by the Planning Commission. Mr. Smith said the Township lighting consultant will be making some recommendations regarding the location of the lights, and he proposed that the locations be determined at final plan approval.
Attorney Ed Murphy arrived and asked the Supervisors’ opinion on the proposed emergency access discussed earlier. Mr. Jirele suggested that the access be eliminated and the main access road from Washington Crossing Road be widened up to the first bend in the road so that it can accommodate emergency vehicles. Mr. Briegel agreed to this condition.
Mr. Harris suggested that the Board make a motion listing the conditions agreed upon and vote on it after addressing the application for conditional use approval.
Mr. Goodnoe moved to grant preliminary plan approval for the Yamamoto Tract (Foxhall Estates) with the following conditions:
- Compliance with the 4/5/05 Pennoni Associates letter, the 3/3/05 Boucher and James letter, and the 9/17/04 Bucks County Conservation District letter
- All necessary permits and approvals will be obtained
- Financial securities will be posted
- The appropriate water and sewer service agreements will be obtained
- The applicant will provide Homeowners Association documents, including provision for maintenance of the open space
- The applicant will make a contribution to the Township in lieu of installing curbs and sidewalks
- Snow easements will be provided at the end of each cul-de-sac, with curb depressions and posted to prohibit obstructions
- The location and number of streetlights will be determined at final plan approval
- A fee in lieu of park and recreation land will be paid at the rate prevailing when the building permit is issued
- Traffic impact fees will be paid at the prevailing rate
- Compliance with the Zoning Hearing Board decision
- There will be no emergency access to Gaucks Lane
- The main access road will be widened to the first bend in a boulevard design
- The applicant will minimize disruption of electrical service to residents of Gaucks Lane by using temporary utility poles and eventually place the lines underground
- The buffering will be enhanced on the east side of the site, along the basin, and along the entrance drive
- The applicant will cooperate with the neighboring residents regarding the location of the sewer system and the manholes. Sewer service will be extended from the longer cul-de-sac to the property line
- All costs of review will be paid by the applicant
- All waivers listed in the 4/5/05 Pennoni Associates letter are granted with the exception of the waiver of Section 507.5
The motion was seconded by Mr. Harp.
Mr. Goodnoe moved to table his motion until after the public hearing on the applicant’s conditional use application. The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously.
CONDITIONAL USE – YAMAMOTO TRACT (FOXHALL ESTATES) – ORLEANS HOMEBUILDERS – 551 WASHINGTON CROSSING ROAD – TMP# 29-16-2-1, 29-16-5-2, 29-16-5: Mr. Weaver opened the hearing and Mr. Doherty was sworn in.
Mr. Murphy said the applicant proposes to build 18 homes under Use B-12, Single Family Detached Cluster, on a 27.71 acre site in the CM District. Over 15 acres of the site will be open space or easements. There will be two cul-de-sacs and all cartways will be 30’ wide. Variances regarding steep slopes and soils were obtained on 1/6/05. Mr. Murphy said that all conditional use requirements have been met and all points in the Boucher and James letter have been addressed.
Mr. Doherty said he agreed with Mr. Murphy’s statements.
Mr. Jirele moved to grant conditional use approval for the Yamamoto Tract (Foxhall Estates) with the following conditions:
- The applicant will comply with the 6/25/04 Boucher and James letter
- All costs of review will be paid in full
The motion was seconded by Mr. Harp.
Discussion of motion: Nancy Crescenzo, a resident, asked if the stormwater management system replenishes the aquifer. Mr. Doherty said the stormwater system complies with the ordinance in effect at the time of the plan submission. He said the basin will be kept in meadow and not mowed, and the stormwater system will maximize the infiltration of water on site.
Mr. Jirele’s motion passed unanimously.
REVISED PRELIMINARY PLAN – YAMAMOTO TRACT (TABLED): Mrs. Goren moved to put Mr. Goodnoe’s earlier motion back on the table. The motion was seconded by Mr. Harp and passed unanimously.
Mr. Goodnoe’s earlier motion to grant preliminary plan approval to the Yamamoto Tract passed unanimously.
FIRST FOURTH: Mr. Harp announced that the 2005 First Fourth celebration will take place on 7/9/05.
POP WARNER FOOTBALL: Mr. Harp reported that plans for a Pop Warner football league are proceeding. Six volunteer coaches are needed.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Mr. Harp announced that the Exchange Club and the American Legion will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast on 4/17/05.
COMMUNITY COMMENTS (FIRST SESSION)
Nancy Crescenzo asked the public to contribute to a relief fund for flood victims, stated that Brandywine Realty has been a good citizen in the Newtown community, said that Mr. Harp was listed as having attended two committee meetings on one evening, and asked for a report on the Financial Planning Committee’s discussion of the Municipal Complex expansion.
Tony McBrian, a resident of Newtown Gate, thanked the Board for helping with the residents’ dispute with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) about lighting. Mr. Pellegrino said he will soon have an agreement in writing about the type of lights to be used, but the hours of operation have not been determined yet. He expects that the LSAC will submit a revised lighting plan soon. Mr. Harris noted that Chief Duffy has recommended that lights stay on all night for security.
Paul Zotter, a Township resident, thanked the Board for responding to his comments at an earlier meeting about damage from Verizon’s installation work. He also called for better enforcement of traffic laws as the best way to improve safety.
Jennifer Dix, a resident of Wiltshire Walk, asked the Board to work with Mike Vesey of Orleans regarding traffic calming measures on Penns Trail North. She asked if Brandywine had agreed to make the exit onto Upper Silver Lake Road for emergency access only; Mr. Weaver said the Township has not heard back from the developer.
Sue Herman, a resident of Lower Makefield and president of Residents for Regional Traffic Solutions, said the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) should not be doing a regional traffic study because they have a bias towards creating a northern bypass. She displayed a map from a 1988 DVRPC report which showed a proposed route for a bypass.
Jim Bowe, a Township resident and member of the Telecommunications Advisory Board, expressed appreciation that Verizon is offering better service to residents and will provide competition in the Township. He said Verizon has invested at least $10 million in the Township. He has the new Verizon service in his home and is very pleased with it.
Paul Salvatore, a Township resident, announced that the Rotary will hold its annual golf outing on 5/23/05, and the Business and Professional Association will meet 5/29/05. He also asked residents not to pick on the local business community, which is different from outside developers.
REPORTS OF OFFICIALS
OTHER BOARD MEMBERS
NEWTOWN BOROUGH: Mr. Goodnoe, liaison to Newtown Borough, congratulated the Borough for winning a Historic Preservation award from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs and the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission.
PLAN EXPIRATIONS: Mr. Pellegrino said there are no expirations requiring Board action.
EXTENSION OF CONDITIONAL USE: Mr. Pellegrino referred to a 4/6/05 letter from Saladworks requesting a six-month extension of their conditional use approval due to the recent sewer moratorium.
Mrs. Goren moved to extend the conditional use approval for Saladworks to 11/7/05. The motion was seconded by Mr. Goodnoe and passed unanimously.
PAYMENT #14 – SYCAMORE STREET PROJECT: Mr. Harp moved to approve payment #14 in the amount of $269,524.30 to Haines and Kibblehouse for work performed through 4/4/05. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously.
PUBLIC HEARING – JMZO 2004-17 – MID-RISE APARTMENTS: Mrs. Goren moved to enact JMZO 2004-17 eliminating Use B-11, Mid-rise Apartments. The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously.
PUBLIC HEARING – JMZO 2005-01 REVISION B – PRESERVATION OF AGRICULTURAL SOILS: Mr. Jirele moved to adopt JMZO 2005-1 Revision B. The motion was seconded for purposes of discussion by Mr. Weaver.
Discussion of motion: Mr. Jirele said Bill Sterling had questions about the impact of this ordinance on the value of his land, but Mr. Walker’s 4/8/05 memo, which the Supervisors received in their packets, reports there will be no impact.
Bill Sterling was present and said the ordinance will impact him by taking away an option for developing his property.
Mr. Harris said Use B-1 Single Family detached dwelling is now subject to soil preservation requirements. A developer would be able to build fewer houses on three acre lots under the proposed ordinance. Mr. Walker’s memo addresses only the acreage affected by the ordinance. Mr. Harris said it is difficult to calculate the impact on a property without a specific development proposal to analyze. He noted that the ordinance does not impact Uses B-12 or B-14.
Frank Mendicino, a Township resident and member of the Planning Commission, asked that the Board refer the matter back to the Commission as Mr. Ward requested.
Paul Beckert, a Township resident and neighbor of Mr. Sterling, asked the Board to take the time to study the impact of this ordinance on Township planning in general. He said the ordinance discourages development of larger lots when they should be encouraged.
Mr. Harris said the purpose of the ordinance is to bring the JMZO into compliance with the Municipalities Planning Code and to encourage open space preservation of viable farmland.
Mr. Beckert said the Township has a lot of open space, which cannot be farmed.
Nancy Crescenzo asked how Mr. Sterling’s farm could be saved. She suggested that the Board consult with the Environmental Councils in Upper Makefield and Wrightstown. She also questioned why the Township Engineer was asked to do research for the benefit of one Township resident.
John D’Aprile, a Township resident, asked if an exception for Mr. Sterling’s property can be added to the ordinance. Mr. Harris said that would be spot zoning.
Mr. D’Aprile said other Jointure municipalities have opposed ordinances that Newtown supported.
Mrs. Goren said she now accepts that farming is no longer a viable industry in the Township, and she sees no benefit to the Township in this ordinance. She expressed concern that agricultural preservation regulations are encouraging cluster development and eventually Homeowners Associations will seek to sell off their open space to developers. She said open space is costly to maintain, and larger homes generate more tax revenue.
Mr. Jirele said he agrees with Mrs. Goren’s comments about the farming industry, but he feels that open space has intrinsic value and will never be sold for development because the Board has the authority to protect it.
Mr. Goodnoe reminded the Board that the ordinance concerns a minor difference in how the preservation of agricultural soils is calculated. He said farming is not a viable occupation in Newtown Township but it may be in the rest of the Jointure. He will support giving the Planning Commission and the Engineer an opportunity to further review the impact of the ordinance, but the Board should work for the common public good.
Mr. Goodnoe moved to table the motion to enact JMZO 2005-01 until the next Board meeting. The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously.
PUBLIC HEARING ORDINANCE 2005-O-7 BUILDING CODE AMENDMENT: Mr. Harp moved to enact Ordinance 2005-O-7 the Building Code amendment regarding accessory and utility structures; Mr. Weaver seconded the motion for purposes of discussion.
Discussion of motion: Mrs. Goren asked why she had to pay fees for erecting a small shed recently. Mr. Pellegrino said a zoning permit is required under the existing ordinance but not a construction inspection.
Mr. Harp’s motion passed unanimously.
PUBLIC HEARING – SALDO AMENDMENT - PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANTS’ FEES: Mr. Harris said he recommended adding the phrase “which time period may be extended by the Board of Supervisors for good cause shown” regarding the appeal period, in accordance with the Board’s previous discussion of this amendment. He noted that language is not in the amendment before the Board.
Mrs. Goren moved to adopt the amendment as proposed; the motion was seconded by Mr. Harp.
Discussion of motion: Mr. Goodnoe said he would like to include the additional language recommended by Mr. Harris. Mr. Weaver said the existing amendment is supported by the Business Development Council.
Mr. Harris said he felt the Township wants to know about a problem earlier rather than later. The additional phrase he recommended would allow the Board to extend the appeal period if a particular situation warrants it.
Mrs. Goren said she sees no advantage to the additional phrase.
Mrs. Goren’s motion passed 3-2, with Mr. Goodnoe and Mr. Weaver voting “nay.”
JMZO 2004-15 – ACCESSORY CONTRACTOR OR TRADE USE: Mr. Harris explained that this ordinance adds a new Use H-15 to residential districts that would allow the limited use of a residence for business activities. He said the Planning Commission recommended that the ordinance not be enacted unless the R-1 and R-2 Districts are exempted and the use be made a conditional use rather than by right.
Mrs. Goren said she supports the Commission’s recommendations. Mr. Harris suggested the Board could make it a use by special exception, which would mean a request would be heard by the Zoning Hearing Board instead of the Board of Supervisors. Mrs. Goren said she prefers that such requests be heard by the Board of Supervisors; Mr. Jirele said he prefers that they be heard by the Zoning Hearing Board.
Mr. Goodnoe said it might not be necessary to exclude R-1 and R-2 since there are dimensional requirements in the ordinance and there are some properties in these districts where the use would be appropriate. Mr. Harris suggested the Board could refer this ordinance back to the Planning Commission for a recommendation regarding whether the requirements should be made more restrictive or they should be excluded.
Mr. Harp moved to refer this ordinance back to the Planning Commission; the motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously.
FLEMING ZONING HEARING BOARD DECISION: Mr. Harris said the Township has 30 days from the date of the Zoning Hearing Board’s decision (3/15/05) to file an appeal in the Court of Common Pleas. He reviewed the decision, noting that there is no limitation on the number of events that can be held.
Mr. Jirele asked what the grounds for an appeal would be. Mr. Harris said the applicant did not establish a hardship.
Mr. Jirele moved to direct the Solicitor to file an appeal of the Zoning Hearing Board decision on the Fleming application. The motion was seconded by Mr. Goodnoe.
Discussion of motion: Mr. Goodnoe said he is concerned about such factors as the intensity of the use and the lack of oversight regarding stormwater management, safe and adequate access, and inspection of public facilities.
Jim McCrane, a Township resident, said the decision acknowledges that the events are not an agricultural use and the tent is not an agricultural building. He asked that Mr. Harp abstain because he held a political fundraising event recently at this facility.
Nancy Crescenzo also asked Mr. Harp to abstain.
Mrs. Goren said this is not a Township issue now and residents opposed to the decision can file an appeal themselves.
Mr. Jirele’s motion passed 3-2, with Mr. Harp and Mrs. Goren voting “nay.”
MONTHLY REPORT ON CURRENT PROJECTS Supervisors received a copy of the Engineer’s monthly report in their packets.
REVISED MYLARS – VILLAGE AT NEWTOWN SOUTH – TMP# 29-10-85 AND 29-10-85-5: Mrs. Goren moved to sign the revised mylars for the Village at Newtown South amended final plan, as recommended by a 4/8/05 Pennoni Associates letter. The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously.
MYLAR – PRD VARIANCE – OVERLOOK: Mrs. Goren moved to sign the mylars for the PRD Variance for the Overlook development, as recommended by a 3/28/05 Pennoni Associates letter. The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously.
TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT FRIENDS LANE AND NEWTOWN-YARDLEY ROAD: Mr. Goodnoe moved to authorize the Manager to sign the permit application for a traffic signal at Friends Lane and Newtown-Yardley Road, as recommended by Pennoni Associates. The motion was seconded by Mr. Harp and passed unanimously.
AWARD FOR TRAFFIC SIGNAL BATTERY BACK-UP AND L.E.D. INSTALLATIONS: Mr. Harp moved to award the contract for this work to Armour and Sons Electric for their low bid of $81,025.00, as recommended in the 4/6/05 memo from Pennoni Associates. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren for purposes of discussion.
Discussion of motion: Mrs. Goren said she understood the Township was going to buy traffic lights with built in back-ups. Mr. Smith responded that the work in question will be a conversion of existing signals. Mr. Pellegrino said there is only $70,000 in the budget for this work, so the video detection system will not be installed.
Mr. Goodnoe asked how the Township will address the embedded wires that are failing. Mr. Pellegrino responded that they will be replaced gradually as a long term project.
Mr. Harp’s motion passed unanimously.
MYLARS –ADDITION TO HICKS BUILDING – BUCKS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (BCCC): Mr Goodnoe moved to sign the mylars for the final plan for the addition to the Hicks building on the BCCC campus. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously.
OLD BUSINESS: None.
NEW BUSINESS: None.
COMMUNITY COMMENTS (SECOND SESSION)
Steve Goodman, a Township resident, said the Verizon project is a boon to the community. He also expressed support for the Pop Warner football program.
Paul Beckert said it is possible that Homeowners Associations will find a way to sell off their open space. He also said that Brandywine Realty referred to a northern bypass during the Zoning Hearing Board hearing, and many references to “regional traffic cooperation” are intended to refer to a northern bypass. He asked the Board of Supervisors to pass a resolution to give back any rights-of-way acquired by the Township along the route proposed by the DVRPC in 1988 for a northern bypass.
Mrs. Goren moved to adopt the resolution proposed by Mr. Beckert; the motion was seconded by Mr. Harp.
Mr. Jirele moved to table Mrs. Goren’s motion to allow time for researching the issue. The motion was seconded by Mr. Goodnoe and passed 3-2, with Mrs. Goren and Mr. Harp voting “nay.”
Mrs. Goren said she will bring the resolution to the next meeting.
Mr. Beckert commented that Mr. Goodnoe always seems to be present when a northern bypass is discussed. Mr. Goodnoe responded that this statement is not true.
John D’Aprile protested comments implying that there is a conspiracy. He also said people should not praise Verizon until the job is completed. He stated he feels Chief Duffy is right about the need for lights all night in the Newtown Business Commons, and asked that the Chairman enforce the rule that Township residents speak first during Community Comments.
Sue Herman asked the Board to reject the Stoopville Road rehabilitation project because it is part of the DVRPC’s 1988 plan for a northern bypass.
Frank Mendicino said the improvements to Stoopville Road are safety improvements and not intended as part of the creation of a northern bypass.
Brandon Wind, a Township resident, asked the Board to look into a flooding problem on Stoopville Road near the Rosefield development. He also advocated increased speed limit enforcement.
Paul Salvatore thanked the Board for taking action to make Mill Pond Road safer, but he called for increased enforcement of the speed limit and stop sign. He suggested the creation of a Traffic Advisory Committee, and thanked the Board for supporting the Brandywine Realty bridge plan because it will keep traffic away from residential neighborhoods.
Nancy Crescenzo asked the Board to address traffic problems on South Eagle Road. She also said that a bridge on Wrights Road has been knocked out, and asked that Carl Sedia Park be made more useful to residents.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: Mr. Weaver said the Board will meet in executive session for matters of personnel and litigation following the adjournment of the public meeting.
ADJOURNMENT: With no objections the meeting was adjourned at 12:15 AM.
Respectfully Submitted: ____________________________________
Gretta Stone, Recording Secretary
Minutes Approved as submitted __________ as corrected___________
Robert M. Pellegrino, Manager Richard Weaver, Chairman
Scott R. Harp, Vice-Chairman
Anne Goren, Secretary/Treasurer
Thomas Jirele, Member
Raymond Goodnoe, Member