Newtown Township

Board of Supervisors Work Session

October 16, 2006

 

 

Members Present: Philip Calabro, Vice Chairman; Jerry Schenkman, Secretary/Treasurer; Richard Weaver, Member; Tom Jirele, Member; Paul Beckert, Solicitor; Robert M. Pellegrino, Township Manager.  Not present was Anne Goren, Chairman and Chris Fazio, Engineer. 

 

Also Present: Bucks County Courier Times reporter.

 

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

 

2007 Budget

 

Mr. Pellegrino updated the Supervisors with regards to the 2007 Budget.

 

Mr. Jirele advised the Supervisors on what items he would like to see in the 2007 Budget.

 

Mr. Pellegrino advised the Supervisors on how the budget is put together.

 

Mr. Pellegrino requested the Board of Supervisors to advise him on what items they would like to see in the 2007 Budget.

 

Mr. Pellegrino advised the Supervisors on his philosophy with regards to the budget.

 

Mr. Jirele questioned the excess revenue and excess expenditures for 2006.  Mr. Pellegrino advised that the Township would have excess in revenue this year.  He discussed the Sycamore Street project and Township building permits.

 

The Supervisors discussed purchasing the land from the Archdiocese.

 

The Supervisors discussed the proposed Municipal Complex expansion and the development of the Woll Tract.

 

Mr. Pellegrino advised the Supervisors that he is going to include the soft cost for the proposed Municipal Complex expansion and the development of the Woll Tract in the 2007 Budget.

 

The Supervisors discussed the projects that would be starting in 2008.

 

The Supervisors discussed the possibility of starting the Woll Tract project in the fall of 2007.

 

Mr. Pellegrino discussed the possibility of a Bond Issue in early 2008 and advised that he did not see the need to raise taxes in 2007.

 

Mr. Beckert advised the Supervisors with regards to the purchase of land from the Archdiocese.

 

The Supervisors discussed ways to finance the Municipal Complex expansion and the development of the Woll Tract.

 

Mr. Jirele questioned the payoff of the loans for Silver Lake and the Wiggins Tract.  Mr. Pellegrino advised that the loan for Silver Lake will be paid off in 2007 and the loan for the Wiggins Tract will be paid off in December of 2008.

 

Mr. Pellegrino suggested that the land cost and architectural fees come out of debt.  He also discussed the engineering cost. 

 

Mr. Schenkman commented on seeing the numbers on a spreadsheet before making a decision and advised that he would like the Township to leave the Reserve Funds alone.

 

Mr. Jirele advised that he would like to see both projects the Municipal Complex expansion and the development of the Woll Tract get into the planning process and hopes for a 2008 ground breaking.

 

Mr. Pellegrino advised that the Woll Tract construction will take at least one year and the Municipal Complex construction will take at least three years.  He discussed the construction of the Municipal Complex being done in phases.

 

Mr. Pellegrino discussed the possibility of the Township hiring a construction manager to oversee the Municipal Complex expansion and advised that he has done it previously in other Townships. 

 

The Supervisors discussed Mr. Pellegrino suggestion to hire a construction manager to oversee the Municipal Complex expansion.

 

Mr. Pellegrino advised on discussions with Public Financial Management and their suggestion to have at least two separate Bonds.

 

Mr. Calabro commented on the effects to the residents.

 

The Supervisors discussed raising taxes and millage.

 

The Supervisors discussed the commitment from the local sports organizations with regards to contributing to the Woll Tract.

 

Mr. Schenkman suggested financing the whole amount and to be repaid at a later date by the sports organizations for their contributions to the Woll Tract.

 

The Supervisors discussed having a written agreement with the sports organizations regarding their contribution to the Woll Tract.

 

Mr. Schenkman advised on discussions regarding the development of an educational video piece to inform the public on the current Municipal Complex.

 

Mr. Pellegrino advised the Supervisors on discussions with Video Gold and the development of an educational video for the Municipal Complex.

 

Mr. Jirele advised that he would like to begin serious discussions regarding the Municipal Complex expansion in January of 2007.

 

Mr. Schenkman questioned how far along the Municipal Complex expansion plans were.  Mr. Pellegrino advised that the plans for the Municipal Complex expansion are at the concept stage.

 

The Supervisors discussed having the Planning Commission review the Municipal Complex expansion plan.

 

Mr. Pellegrino advised on how the Municipal Complex plans where devised.

 

Mr. Pellegrino advised that he is currently budgeting for the following in the 2007 Budget:

·         Newtown-Yardley Road and Terry Drive intersection – TIP project.

·         Traffic calming projects.

·         Installing crosswalks at select locations.

·         Roadway maintenance.

·         Maintenance to the current Municipal Complex.

·         Update the Act 209 study.

·         Install restrooms at Roberts Ridge Park.

·         Maintenance to the Clark property.

·         Maintenance to Silver Lake Park – pave the parking lot and extend the trail system.

·         Change the span wires located at the intersection of Newtown Bypass and Newtown-Yardley Road to poles.

·         Trail extensions.

·         Install fencing around the Staples field.

·         Field improvements at Chandler Field.

·         Field improvements at Helen Randle Park.

 

The Supervisors discussed Toll’s Overlook development and the extension of the walking path.

 

Mr. Calabro commented on the roadway improvements and the dip on Rt. 532.  Mr. Pellegrino advised the Supervisors on discussions with Penn Dot regarding Rt. 532.

 

The Supervisors discussed soliciting bids for a new Traffic Engineer.

 

The Supervisors discussed various intersections within the Township that need repair work done.

 

Appointments to Comprehensive Plan Review Committee

 

Mr. Calabro commented with regards to the wording of the above topic and advised that it was his intent to discuss ideas for what the Committee would focus on.

 

Mr. Schenkman advised that he has a problem with the proposed name, he suggested that it not be a committee but a focus group.

 

Mr. Jirele advised that he would like to remove the phrase comprehensive plan.

 

The Supervisors discussed the future vision for Newtown.

 

The Supervisors discussed Mr. Calabro’s email.

 

The Supervisors discussed what the group’s purpose should be.

 

The Supervisors discussed using members from existing Committees for the group.

 

The Supervisors agreed to discuss the matter further at an upcoming meeting.

 

 

Community Comments

 

Other Business

 

The Supervisors discussed parking within the Township.

 

The Supervisors discussed the Elliot Building Group property.

 

The Supervisors discussed the plant maintenance for Sycamore Street.

 

Adjournment

 

Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 9:35 P.M.

 

Once the meeting adjourned the Supervisors met in Executive Session.

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

 

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Christy Holley, Recording Secretary