Newtown Township

Board of Supervisor Minutes

April 5, 2006


MINUTES WERE APPROVED at the regular meeting April 19, 2006. MINUTES OF APRIL 5, 2006 REGULAR MEETING:  Mr. Weaver moved to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of April 5, 2006. Mr. Calabro seconded and the motion passed 4-0.


The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 in the Township meeting room at 8:00 PM. In attendance were Supervisors: Chairman Anne Goren, Vice-Chairman Phillip Calabro, Secretary/Treasurer Jerry Schenkman and members Thomas Jirele and Richard Weaver. Also present were: Paul Beckert, Township Solicitor; Edward F. Koehler, Township Engineer; and Robert Pellegrino, Township Manager.

Call to Order: Chairman Anne Goren called the regular meeting to order at 8:00 PM with a moment of silence. She announced that prior to the meeting and executive session was held to discuss matters of litigation and personnel.

Invocation: The invocation was given by Pastor Harry Whyte of More View Bible Church. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Public Comment: Resident Ethel Hibbs reported that she had attended a seminar for senior citizens at Chandler Hall on March 30, 2006. Charles Kane of the Area Agency on Aging conducted the seminar with experts from many fields. Of particular interest to attendees was a presentation on identity theft and scams. The event was under attended. TMA has offered to provide transportation to future seminars.

Minutes, Bills List and Reports

Minutes: Mr. Weaver moved to approve the minutes of the regular meeting dated March 22, 2006. Mr. Jirele seconded.

Discussion of motion: Mrs. Goren said that the motion at the bottom of page 4 should read, “…provided additional information, or send the solicitor to represent the Township in opposition to the application”.

Mr. Weaver amended his motion to include Mrs. Goren’s correction. Mr. Jirele seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Bills List: Mr. Schenkman moved to authorize payment of bills totaling $297,574.21. Mr. Weaver seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Schenkman moved to authorize interfund transfers totaling $175,000. Mr. Jirele seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions

JDNC: Main Streets Manager Chris Ortwein reported that the goal of 2006 has been improved communication. A newsletter has been started to highlight the events in the downtown area. To subscribe, visit the Web site at www.newtownpa.us.

As a Main Streets Community, Newtown must file a quarterly report. In summary that report for the first quarter of 2006 shows four new businesses creating twelve new jobs. There have been two façade grants awarded and over one million dollars has been invested in Main Streets businesses. More than five hundred hours have been contributed by volunteers.

In response to Mr. Calabro’s question, Ms. Ortwein said that articles for the newsletter could be submitted directly to her. She said that in the future, she would report to the Board of Supervisors only quarterly.

Land Development Projects

Conditional use – Council Rock School District – C-2 Commercial School: Mr. Robert Schoch, Director of Business Administration, explained that the school district wants to lease 60% of the former LSAC building at 661 Penn Street to use for office space and for the Sloan Alternative High School. The alternative school will occupy 4155 square feet. The students are bused from the two high schools. There would be 6 to 8 staff members for a total of 65 students, although some students would only attend the “twilight” school. All activities would take place indoors, and no exterior changes to the building are planned. The Planning Commission has asked that 41 parking spaces be designated for the school, and that bus routes for pick-up and drop-off be marked on the plan. All deliveries would be by UPS style trucks.

In response to questions from the Board, Mr. Schoch said that only academic subjects would be taught at this site, all industrial arts and physical education would take place at the high schools. There are no plans yet for the current site of Sloan School on Frost Lane.

Mr. Beckert reviewed the conditions that would be set for approval and entered the following exhibits:

Mr. Calabro moved to grant conditional use approval for a C-2 commercial school as an accessory use to the principal use of the facility (Office Use) pursuant to the Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance, Article VIII, Section 803.C.2.5, at 661 Penn Street, Newtown Township with the following conditions:

Mr. Schenkman seconded the motion.

Discussion of motion: Mr. Jirele asked that any future change in use be provided to the Township as a condition of approval.

Mr. Calabro amended his motion accordingly. Mr. Schenkman seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Reports of Officials

Chairman: Mrs. Goren reported that she would be representing the Township at the upcoming PSATS convention, and asked that if anyone has any comments or recommendations for her to bring to the convention, please get in touch with her.

Mrs. Goren announced that there will be a work session of the Board on April 10, 2006. The agenda will include:

Manager: Mr. Pellegrino noted that the Homewood Suites Conditional Use will be on the April 19, 2006 agenda.

Mr. Jirele moved to authorize acceptance of a bid from Galley Enterprises of Newtown for interior repainting of the police department and the Martindell house for $15,950. Mr. Weaver seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Weaver moved to authorize advertisement of an amendment of Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance relating to calculation of park and recreation areas in non-residential subdivisions for land development matters. Mr. Schenkman seconded.

Discussion of motion: Mr. Jirele noted that on page one, the last paragraph should read,”…per four thousand square feet…”.

Mr. Weaver amended his motion to include the correction. Mr. Schenkman seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Public Comment: resident Stan Dombrowskib thanked the Board for supporting the residents in the conditional use application of K. Hovnanian for development of a parcel near his home for elderly housing. He appreciated the Board’s efforts in this matter.

The meeting adjourned at 8:40PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted: ____________________________________
                                          Mary Donaldson,  Recording Secretary

 

Minutes Approved as submitted __________ as corrected___________

 

Attest: _________________________                                                         ___________________________
           Robert M. Pellegrino, Manager                                                            Anne Goren, Chairman

 

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                                                                                                                     Phillip Calabro, Vice-Chairman

 

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                                                                                                                     Jerry Shenkman, Secretary/Treasurer

 

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                                                                                                                     Thomas Jirele, Member

 

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                                                                                                                     Richard Weaver, Member