Newtown Township

Board of Supervisors

Minutes of January 5, 2009

 

The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors held an organization meeting on January 5, 2009 in the Township meeting room at 7:30 PM. In attendance were Supervisors: Philip Calabro, Robert Ciervo, Michael Gallagher, Thomas Jirele and Jerry Schenkman. Also present were Joseph Czajkowski, Township Manager and Jeffrey Garton, Township Solicitor.

Call to Order : The meeting was called to order with a moment of silence. The invocation was given by Pastor Eric Royer of Ascension Lutheran Church. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Announcement: Mr. Jirele announced that the Board had met in executive session to discuss personnel matters on December 22 and December 30, 2008.

Changes to the Agenda: Mr. Czajkowski said that Chairman’s comments and a resolution setting mileage reimbursement has been added to the agenda.

Community Comments: Mr. Jirele reminded those in attendance that at an organization meeting this would be the only opportunity for public comment. No comment would be permitted on the individual motions.

Resident Mick Petrucci, President of Newtown Business and Professional Association, thanked the Board for its continued support of Newtown’s First Night, paying for the fireworks display. The program was a tremendous success, with over 1400 attendees. Newtown’s is the only remaining First Night celebration in the county.

Organization of the Board of Supervisors

  1. Motion to elect Tom Jirele as Chairman

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Gallagher

    Vote: 5-0

  2. Motion to elect Robert Ciervo as Vice-Chairman

    Motion: Mr. Jirele Second: Mr. Gallagher

    Vote: 3-2, with Messrs. Schenkman and Calabro voting nay.

  3. Motion to elect Mike Gallagher as Secretary/Treasurer

    Motion: Mr.Schenkman Second: Mr. Calabro

    Vote: 5-0

Comments of the Chairman: Mr. Jirele thanked the Board for their continued confidence and support, and the administration and staff, especially Mr. Czajkowski, Mr. Garton, Ms. Fountain and Ms. Donaldson for their efforts throughout the year. He noted that the Board had set some priorities for 2008, and working together many of the goals set forth have been reached, including the start of both the Municipal Complex Expansion and the Woll tract park, the purchase of open space and the creation of a revenue stream for continued open space preservation and the completion of the draft open space comprehensive plan. He would like to set 2009’s goals at a February work session, while continuing to strive for progress on the 2008 goals, particularly on zoning, budgeting and improved inter-municipal communication. He would also like the Board to meet with each committee, board and commission to provide guidance for the future. He said that he is looking forward to working together with the Board with the united purpose of a better Newtown.

Mr. Schenkman said that he would like to thank Mr. Jirele, whose leadership has guided the Board through some very thorny issues in the past year.

Bills List: Mr. Gallagher moved to authorize payment of bills totaling $90,342.91. Mr. Schenkman seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Mr. Gallagher moved to authorize interfund transfers totaling $170,000. Mr. Schenkman seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

Set Bond Amounts for Township Officers

Resolution 2008-R-1 to set bond amounts for Township Officers for 2009

  1. Treasurer $3,000,000.00
  2. Manager $1,000,000.00
  3. Finance Director $1,000,000.00

Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

Vote: 5-0

Resolution Adopting Act 153 Exemptions

Resolution 2009-R-2 certifying properties that qualify for tax increase exemptions under PA Act 153

Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

Vote: 5-0

Re-Affirming The Administrative Conditional Use Procedure

Resolution 2009-R-3 reaffirming resolution 94-R-43 establishing an Administrative Conditional Use procedure

Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Mr. Gallagher

Vote: 5-0

Re-affirm Resolution 2003-R-5 Establishing Township's Pension Plan Investment Policy (2009-R-4)

Motion to Re-affirm 2003-R-5 establishing the Township's Pension Plan Investment Policy

Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote: 4-1, with Mr. Schenkman voting nay.

2008 Board of Supervisors Meeting Dates (Appendix A)

Motion to set meeting dates for Board of Supervisors for 2009

Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

Vote: 5-0

Mr. Jirele noted that due to conflicts with the Martin Luther King National Holiday there would not be a January work session.

Procedure Directing The Presentation of Proclamations

Motion authorizing the Chairman, after polling the Board, to have the Chairman sign and the Manager attest to proclamations honoring citizens and others for worthy deeds and activities

Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

Vote: 5-0

Tax Ordinances and Resolutions

Motion to continue all 2008 Tax Ordinances and Resolutions in force pursuant to Section 4 of the Local Tax Enabling Act for 2009

Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Mr. Gallagher

Vote: 5-0

Resolution 2009-R-5 to provide Funding for the Newtown Ambulance Corporation

Resolution that twenty-five (25%) percent of the collections in 2009 from the Local Services Tax imposed for 2009 shall be remitted to the Newtown Ambulance Corporation

Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

Discussion of motion: Dr. Ciervo said that the money collected in 2008 should be used for funding of the ambulance squad.

Mr. Gallagher amended his motion to read “collections in 2008….for 2008…”

Dr. Ciervo amended his second.

Vote: 5-0

APPOINTMENTS REPORTING DIRECTLY TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO SERVE THE TOWNSHIP WITH COMPENSATION FOR 2009

  1. Motion recognizing Joseph Czajkowski employment agreement as Township Manager
  2. Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

    Vote: 5-0

  3. Motion to appoint Jeffrey Garton of Begley, Carlin & Mandio, LLP as Township Solicitor
  4. Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Mr. Gallagher

    Vote: 4-1, with Mr. Calabro voting nay

  5. Motion to appoint Mary Donaldson as Board of Supervisors Recording Secretary
  6. Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 5-0

STANDING, NON-STATUTORY COMMITTEES AUTHORIZED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

  1. Pension Plan Committee (Appointed Yearly)

    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), and John Elhman (CWA Non-Uniformed Employees representative)

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Jirele

    Vote: 4-0-1, with Mr. Schenkman abstaining

  2. Occupational Safety Committee (Appointed Yearly)

    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 2009

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

    Vote: 5-0

 

REPORTING TO THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER TO SERVE WITH COMPENSATION FOR 2009

  1. Traffic Engineers
  2. Motion to appoint Carroll Engineering as Township Traffic Engineers with appropriate authority to attend Board, Commission and Committee meetings

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 4-1, with Mr. Calabro voting nay

  3. Civil Engineers

    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: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

    Vote: 5-0

  4. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Engineers

    Motion to appoint Carroll Engineering as Township Engineers for GIS services

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Gallagher

    Vote: 4-1, with Mr. Calabro voting nay

  5. Labor Solicitors

    Motion to appoint the law firm of Kamensky* Cohen & Associates as Township Labor Attorneys

    Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Mr. Calabro

    Vote: 5-0

  6. Building Inspectors

    Motion to appoint Keystone Municipal Services as Township Building Inspectors

    Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Mr. Gallagher

    Vote: 5-0

  7. Pension Actuary

    Motion to appoint Mockenhaupt Associates as Township Actuaries

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

    Vote: 5-0

  8. Pension Investment Advisor

    Motion to appoint the firm of Merrill Lynch as Township Pension Investment Advisor

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 3-2, with Messrs. Calabro and Schenkman voting nay

  9. Insurance Brokers or Carriers

    Motion to affirm H.A. Thompson, The Hartford, Delaware Valley Workers Compensation Trust, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, Delaware Valley Health Insurance Trust and ADP Services as brokers or carriers of the Township Insurance and employee benefits

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

    Vote: 5-0

  10. Official Depositories

    Motion to designate First National Bank of Newtown, TD Bank, Invest of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLGIT) and Wells Fargo (Wachovia) as Township Depositories

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

    Vote: 5-0

  11. Earned Income Tax Collector, Local Services Tax Collector and Tax Hearing Officer

    Motion to appoint Berkheimer Associates as EIT, LST Distribution Tax Collectors and Tax Hearing Officer

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 5-0

  12. Video Production
  13. Motion to appoint Video Gold for 2009

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

    Vote: 5-0

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

INDIVIDUALS SERVING WITH COMPENSATION

  1. Zoning Hearing Board (5 Year Terms)

    Motion to affirm the appointment of John Lenihan (2009), David Katz (2010) and William Wall (2011)and Karen Doorley (2012) and to appoint Mario Lionetti (2013)

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Jirele

    Vote: 3-2 with Messrs. Calabro and Schenkman voting nay

INDIVIDUALS SERVING WITHOUT COMPENSATION

  1. Neshaminy and Little Neshaminy Creek and the Delaware River (South) Plan Advisory Committee

    Motion to appoint John Boyle as the Township Representative

    Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Mr. Gallagher

    Vote: 5-0

  2. Vacancy Board (Appointed Yearly)

    Motion to appoint Patricia Bachtle for a term ending December 31, 2009

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 3-2, with Messrs. Calabro and Schenkman voting nay

  3. Planning Commission (4 Year Term)

    Motion to affirm the appointment of Peggy Driscoll (2011), Allen Fidler (2010), Jay Sensibaugh (2010), Dennis Fisher (2010), Jim Ott (2009) and Brandon Wind (2011), and to appoint Sue Beasley (2012), Fred Olivieri (2012) and Rob Whartenby (2012)

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 5-0

  4. Mr. Gallagher asked that the Township Administration review expiration dates for the current Planning Commission members, as it is surprising that only one term expires next year.

  5. Parks & Recreation Board (3 Year Term)

    Motion to affirm the appointment of Andrew Levine (2009), Buck O'Neill (2009) and Kathy Kelly (2009), Joel Grosso (2010) and Brian Bark (2010) and to appoint Susan Sutton (2011), Michael Clancy (2011),

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 5-0

  6. Newtown Area Joint Historic Commission (4 Year Term)

    Motion to affirm the appointment of Jeff Marshall (2009), and Jeanette Rogers (2011) and to appoint Ethel Hibbs (2012)

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 5-0

  7. Newtown Area Telecommunications Advisory Committee (3 Year Term)
  8. Mr. Jirele noted that this appointment would be postponed as the Township is making efforts to coordinate appointments with Newtown Borough.  

  9. Historic and Architectural Review Board (4 Year Term)

    Motion to affirm the appointment of Keystone Municipal Services (Building Inspector), Douglas Terry (2009) Francis Tyrol, III (2010), Harriet Beckert (2010),

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

  10. Discussion of motion: Mr. Jirele asked the Board whether to continue with an appointment for a new member to the HARB.

    Mr. Schenkman said that it is his understanding that the position requires some expertise in historic preservation and he would prefer to wait until a qualified individual has made application.

    Mr. Jirele noted that the appointee will be expected to work closely with the business community. If the right applicant has not yet come forward he would prefer to leave the position open.

    The Board agreed to postpone making a new appointment at this time.

    Vote: 5-0

  11. Traffic Impact Fee Advisory Committee (Appointed Yearly)
  12. Motion to appointMike Iapalucci, Sue Beasley, Glenn Beasley, Chuck Weiner, Brandon Wind, Neil Poppel, Wade Suthard, and Joseph Czajkowski to serve as consultants

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 5-0

  13. Newtown Joint Municipal Sewer Authority Board (5 Year Term)

    Motion to affirm the appointment of Martin Sutton (2009), Allen Fidler (2010), and Paul Lewis (2011)

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 5-0  

  14. Environmental Advisory Council (3 Year Term)

    Motion to affirm the appointment of Michael Kaner (2009), Aliya Aslam (2010), and Dennis Annarelli (2010) and to appoint Jay McGuigan (2011) and Pamela Fitzpatrick (2011)

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Gallagher

    Vote: 5-0  

  15. Financial Planning Committee (Appointed Yearly)

    Motion to appoint Treasurer Mike Gallagher, Elaine Gibbs and to appoint Jim McCrane, Glenn Beasley, Brian Wilson, Bob Dieterle, Andrew Salvucci, Ronald Kaizar and John Stranford

    Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Mr. Gallagher

    Vote: 5-0

  16. Mr. Gallagher noted that he is only a liaison to this committee. Board members assigned to committees do so only as Board representatives, not as voting members.

  17. Newtown Corporation (4 Year Term)

    Motion to appoint Mick Petrucci (2012), Tina Leck (2012), Chris Messick (2012) and Frank Tyrol (2012)

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 5-0

Mr. Jirele noted that the term expirations of some sitting members of this committee must be verified. There is some confusion as to which are appointed to a four year term and which are filling an unexpired term of a previous member. Mr. Calabro will continue as liaison to this committee.

 

LIAISON & COORDINATION ASSIGNMENTS

Bucks County Association of Township Officials - Jerry Schenkman

Bucks County Community College - Mike Gallagher

Newtown Area Telecommunications Advisory Committee - Jerry Schenkman

Community Service Organizations - Phil Calabro

Council Rock School Board - Phil Calabro

Council Rock Senior Center - Tom Jirele

Home Owners Associations - Mike Gallagher & Phil Calabro

HARB - Tom Jirele

Joint Zoning Council - ALL Supervisors

Newtown American Legion Ambulance Squad - Rob Ciervo

Newtown Borough Council - Tom Jirele

Newtown Fire Association - Rob Ciervo

Newtown Joint Historic Commission - Tom Jirele

Parks & Recreation Board - Rob Ciervo

Planning Commission Liaison - Tom Jirele & Jerry Schenkman

Regional Planning Traffic Task Force - Mike Gallagher & Jerry Schenkman

Southeast Bucks League of Municipalities - Jerry Schenkman

Traffic Impact Fee Advisory Committee - Tom Jirele

Newtown Corporation - Phil Calabro

County Tax Board - Mike Gallagher

Environmental Advisory Council - Tom Jirele

Miscellaneous

Mr. Gallagher moved to change the Township mileage reimbursement, as per IRS guidelines, to $0.55 per mile. Mr. Schenkman seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted:
Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary

 

Attest:

Joseph S. Czajkowski, Township Manager


Tom Jirele, Chairman

Robert Ciervo, Vice-Chairman

Michael Gallagher, Secretary/Treasurer

Philip Calabro, Member

Jerry Schenkman, Member