Newtown Township

Board of Supervisors 

Work Session Minutes

November 14, 2005


MINUTES WERE APPROVED at the regular meeting December 14, 2005. Minutes of work session meeting of November 14, 2005:Mr. Harp moved to approve the minutes of the work session of November 14, 2005. Mrs. Goren seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


Members Present: Richard Weaver, Chairman; Scott R. Harp, Vice Chairman; Anne Goren, Secretary/Treasurer; Raymond “Skip” Goodnoe, Member; Tom Jirele, Member; Robert M. Pellegrino, Township Manager.

Also Present: Various Township employees including John Boyle, Elaine Gibbs, Don Harris, Ron Weaver, Gary Crossland, Tom Harwood, Bill Wert, Chief Duffy, Captain Moorhead and Jean Tanner; Various Newtown Township residents including Ethel Hibbs and Walt Iwaskiw.

Call to Order: Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 8:00 P.M.

Proposed 2006 Budget

Mr. Pellegrino advised the Supervisors with regards to the presentation of the proposed 2006 Budget. He advised that the total appropriations for the 2006 Budget are $9,703,800.00 and it was a balanced budget proposal. He commented with regards to the proposed Fire Safety Inspection Program and advised the Supervisors that he is in favor of the program. He advised that he is looking for direction from the Supervisors.

Mr. Weaver commented with regards to the proposed Fire Safety Inspection Program. He questioned the other Supervisors as to whether they would like to leave the proposed program in the 2006 Budget or remove the program from the 2006 Budget. Ms. Goren advised that she is for the proposed Fire Safety Inspection Program and explained why. Mr. Jirele advised that he feels that the Township does not need such a program and explained why. He proposed that the Township increase the Fire Emergency Services Tax by $5.00. Mr. Goodnoe advised that he is opposed to the proposed Fire Safety Inspection Program and explained why. Mr. Harp commented with regards to the Supervisor’s last meeting and the discussion that had taken place. He advised that he is for the proposed Fire Safety Inspection Program. He also commented with regards to public safety. Mr. Weaver advised that he is for the proposed Fire Safety Inspection Program. He also discussed safety issues.

Mr. Pellegrino questioned the Supervisors with regards to any other concerns with regards to the proposed 2006 Budget.

Mr. Jirele commented with regards to the payment for restroom facilities at the Roberts Ridge Park not being included in the proposed 2006 Budget. Mr. Pellegrino advised with regards to the past budgets and as to why he has not included the cost in the proposed 2006 Budget. Mr. Jirele discussed the need for the restroom facilities at this location and advised on prior discussions with the Park & Recreation Committee.

The Supervisors discussed the funds received from the Recreation Impact Fees.

The Supervisors discussed establishing a reserve fund for some of the Township major projects.

The Supervisors discussed the need for restroom facilities at the Roberts Ridge Park. Ms. Goren advised that she feels that the restroom facilities are definitely needed. Mr. Harp advised that he also feels that the restroom facilities are needed. Mr. Pellegrino recommended that the Supervisors set aside the funds to build the restroom facilities. The Supervisors agreed to have Mr. Pellegrino designate funds to build the restroom facilities at the Roberts Ridge Park.

Mr. Pellegrino questioned the Supervisors as to whether they would like the Township to set-up a reserve fund for the Township’s major projects. He commented with regards to the funds received from the Recreation Impact Fees and the Township’s Capital Improvement Program.

Mr. Harp recommended that the Financial Planning Committee begin research with regards to setting up a reserve fund.

Mr. Goodnoe commented with regards to the Recreation Impact Fund being its own reserve fund. Mr. Pellegrino agreed and commented with regards to designating some of the revenue to a specific project.

The Supervisors discussed the development of the Woll Tract and setting up a reserve fund for the project. They also discussed private donations received for the project. The Supervisors agreed to have Mr. Pellegrino set-up a reserve fund for the Woll Tract. Mr. Pellegrino advised that he would research the matter and make a recommendation to the Supervisors as to the amount of money to be put into the reserve fund.

Community Comments

Mr. Iwaskiw commented with regards to the Fire Safety Inspection Program, he questioned if part of that revenue is being set aside for legal expenses. Mr. Pellegrino advised on the Township’s position. Mr. Iwaskiw questioned if there is an arbitration process for the inspections. Mr. Pellegrino advised that there are no arbitration provisions with regards to the inspections. Mr. Iwaskiw commented with regards to the inspection being limited and the Township’s liability. Mr. Pellegrino advised that he could not answer that question. Mr. Harp suggested that Mr. Pellegrino contact local municipalities to research how they handle any situations that may arise. Mr. Pellegrino advised that he would do that and also discuss the matter further with Mr. Harris and the Township’s Insurance Company.

Mr. Weaver thanked the public for their input.

Other Business

Adjournment

Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 P.M.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

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Christy Holley, Recording Secretary