Board of Supervisors
Minutes of January 7, 2008
The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors held an organization meeting on January 7, 2008 in the Township meeting room at 7:30 PM. In attendance were Supervisors: Thomas Jirele, Philip Calabro and Jerry Schenkman and Supervisors Elect Robert Ciervo and Michael Gallagher. Also present was Joseph Czajkowski, Township Manager.
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order with a moment of silence. The invocation was given by Reverend Paul Chreiman of Newtown United Methodist Church. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Oath of Office of Elected Officials: Judge Donald Nasshorn administered the oath of office to Supervisors Robert Ciervo and Michael Gallagher and Auditor Brian Zavodnick.
Community Comments: Mr. Jirele reminded those in attendance that at an organization meeting there would be no other opportunity for public comment. No comment would be permitted on the individual motions.
Resident Pam Fitzpatrick of 331 Stoopville Road congratulated the new Board members and said that she is hopeful that this Board will listen to the residents on the environmental impact of continued development. She asked that the Township adopt a “woodlands ordinance”, support open space efforts and check development. She asked that the Board adhere to existing zoning, and support the Conservation Management zoning. She expressed concern about plans for development of the Melsky tract.
Ms. Fitzpatrick referred to Planning Commission minutes from 2001, in which there had been discussion about whether equitable owners could submit plans for development of property, and questioned why Toll Brothers was permitted to submit plans for Melsky. She asked about Board authorization of Solicitor Paul Beckert’s participation in County Court on Council Rock School District’s sale of the Melsky tract. She also pointed out that in the minutes on November 20, 2001, reference is made to exclusion of detention basins from calculations of open space.
Mr. Jirele said that records would be checked to ascertain whether the full Board participated in a vote to send Mr. Beckert to represent Newtown Township in the Council Rock School District matter before the court. Regarding equitable owners submitting plans for properties, Mr. Jirele noted that a number of years ago the Ordinance was changed to allow equitable owners to submit plans to the municipalities in the Jointure for review.
Resident Karen D’Aprile welcomed the new Board members and said that she is very happy that all of the Board members will be listening to the residents and giving their concerns careful consideration.
Organization of the Board of Supervisors
Vote: 3-2, with Messrs. Schenkman and Calabro voting nay
Comments of the Chairman: Mr. Jirele thanked the Board for their confidence and support. He thanked the Township Administration and Staff for their efforts in preparing for this evening’s meeting. The appointments planned this evening for services of professional consultants should result in a 30% savings over past years, without cutting back on services. All residents who have expressed interest in serving on committees, boards and commissions have been offered positions, and all of these committees, boards and commissions will be given specific tasks to focus on in the coming year. He thanked all of the residents who have come forward to give generously of their time.
Mr. Jirele said that all of the Board look forward to serving the community in the coming year, and will, early in the year, set goals and priorities.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
Resolution Adopting Act 153 Exemptions
Re-Affirming The Administrative Conditional Use Procedure
Real Estate Tax Levy for 2008
Re-affirm Resolution 2003-R-5 Establishing Township’s Pension Plan Investment Policy
2008 Board of Supervisors Meeting Dates (Appendix A)
Procedure Directing The Presentation Of Proclamations
Tax Ordinances and Resolutions
STANDING, NON-STATUTORY COMMITTEES AUTHORIZED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE
Motion to appoint Chairman Tom Jirele, Treasurer Mike Gallagher, Elaine Gibbs (Committee Chair), Joseph Czajkowski, and to affirm the Appointments of Joseph Martindell (CWA Firefighter representative), Frank Ambrose (PBA representative), John Elhman (CWA Non-Uniformed Employees representative)
Motion to appoint Elaine Gibbs, Glenn Forsyth and Donald Harris (Chairman) and to affirm the PBA appointment of Jason Harris and the CWA appointments of Joseph Martindell and Timothy Shaw for 2008
REPORTING TO THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER TO SERVE WITH COMPENSATION FOR 2008
Motion to appoint Carroll Engineering as Township TraffiEngineers with appropriate authority to attend Board, Commission and Committee meetings
Motion to appoint CKS Engineers as Township Civil Engineer, General and Environmental Engineer, Community Planner, and Lighting Consultant with appropriate authority to attend Board, Commission and Committee meetings
Motion to appoint Carroll Engineering as Township Engineers for GIS services
Motion to appoint the law firm of Kamensky * Cohen & Associates as Township Labor Attorneys
Vote: 4-1, with Dr. Ciervo voting nay
Motion to appoint Keystone Municipal Services as Township Building Inspectors and Zoning Officer.
Motion to appoint Mockenhaupt Associates as Township Actuaries
Motion to appoint the firm of Merrill Lynch as Township Pension Investment Advisor
Vote: 4-1, with Mr. Schenkman voting nay
Motion to affirm H.A. Thompson, Model Consulting Inc., Delaware Valley Workers Compensation Trust, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, Delaware Valley Health Insurance Trust and ADP Services as brokers or carriers of Township Insurance and employee benefits
Motion to designate First National Bank of Newtown, Commerce Bank, Invest of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLGIT) as Township Depositories
Motion to appoint Berkheimer Associates as EIT, EMS Distribution Tax Collectors and Tax Hearing Officer
INDIVIDUALS SERVING WITH COMPENSATION
INDIVIDUALS SERVING WITHOUT COMPENSATION
Motion to appoint John Boyle as the Township Representative
Motion to appoint Patricia Bachtle for a term ending December 31, 2008
Motion to affirm the appointment of Jim Bowe (2008), Peggy Driscoll (2007), Vince Lombardi (2008), Shannon Wilson (2008), Allen Fidler (2010), Jay Sensibaugh (2010), Dennis Fisher (2010), and to appoint Jim Ott (2009), Peggy Driscoll (2011) and Brandon Wind (2011)
Vote: 4-1, with Mr. Calabro voting nay
Motion to affirm the appointment of Susan Sutton (2008), Michael Clancy (2008), Andrew Levine (2009), Buck O'Neill (2009) and Kathy Kelly (2009), and to appoint Joel Grosso (2010) and Brian Bark (2010)
Motion to affirm the appointment of Roberta Taylor (2008), Jeff Marshall (2009), and to appoint Jeanette Rogers (2011)
Motion to affirm the appointment of Harry Stevens (2008), James Manahan (2009), Robert Hafner (2009), Barbara Jankowski (2009), and to appoint Sharon Hortman (2010)
Motion to affirm the appointment of Keystone Municipal Services (Building Inspector), Melva Vitoriano (2008), Douglas Terry (2009) Francis Tyrol, III (2010), Harriet Beckert (2010), and to appoint Alfred Trevino of Marziani Associates, Registered Architect (2011)
Motion to appointMike Iapalucci, Sue Beasley, Glenn Beasley, Chuck Weiner, Brandon Wind, Neil Poppel, Wade Suthard, and Joseph Czajkowski to serve as consultants
Motion to affirm the appointment of Martin Sutton (2009), Allen Fidler (2010), and to appoint Paul Lewis (2011)
Motion to affirm the appointment of Jay McGuigan (2008), Michael Kaner (2009), William Heil (2009) and to appoint Walter Leck (2010), Allya Aslam (2010), Donald McEachron (2010), and Dennis Annarelli (2010)
Mr. Gallagher suggested changing the term for one of the new appointees, so that not all terms would expire in the same year. The Board agreed to appoint Donald McEachron to a one year term, expiring in 2008.
Motion to appoint Treasurer Mike Gallagher, Elaine Gibbs and to appoint Philip Newmius, John Stanford, John Nejman, Michele Goldberg, Brian Wilson, Glenn Beasley, Jim McCrane and Bob Deiterle
LIAISON & COORDINATION ASSIGNMENTS
In closing, Mr. Jirele announced that the Board would address the appointment of video consultants at the regular meeting of Wednesday, January 9, 2008. He also announced that due to a recent resignation, there is an opening on the Joint Historic Commission. He urged any interested residents to send letters of interest to Township Administrative Assistant Toni Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown PA 18940.
There would be no need for an executive session after this evening’s meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.