Newtown Township

Board of Supervisors

Minutes of January 4, 2010

 

The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors held an organization meeting on January 4, 2010 in the Township meeting room at 7:15 PM. In attendance were Supervisors: Matthew Benchener, Philip Calabro, Robert Ciervo, Michael Gallagher, and Jerry Schenkman. Also present were Joseph Czajkowski, Township Manager and Jeffrey Garton, Township Solicitor.

Administration of the Oaths of Office Judge Donald Nasshorn was in attendance to administer the oaths of office to newly elected Township Officials.

  • Tammy Sutton was sworn in as Tax Collector.
  • Richard Weaver and Warren Keyser were sworn in as Elected Auditors.
  • Michael Petrucci was sworn in as Constable.
  • Matthew Benchener was sworn in as Supervisor.


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.

Bills List: Mr. Benchener moved to authorize payment of bills totaling $602,521.85 Dr. Ciervo seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Mr. Benchener moved to authorize interfund transfers totaling $185,000. Dr. Ciervo seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Organization of the Board of Supervisors

  1. Motion to elect Michael Gallagher as Chairman

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Gallagher

    Vote: 4-0-1 with Mr. Calabro abstaining

  2. Motion to elect Robert Ciervo as Vice-Chairman

    Motion: Mr.Benchener Second: Mr. Gallagher

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

  3. Motion to elect Matthew Benchener as Secretary/Treasurer

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr.Schenkman

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

Comments of the Chairman: Mr. Schenkman congratulated Mr. Gallagher on his being elected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Gallagher thanked his fellow Board members for their confidence in him and their support. He said that he would use the lessons he learned from former Board Chairman Tom Jirele as he assumed this position. He said that 2009 was a good year for the Township, with the municipal complex expansion and the building of playing fields at the Woll tract nearing completion. He thanked the Township administration and staff for the hard work that has gone into making 2009 a successful year. He thanked the Township’s many volunteers for their efforts in the redevelopment of the Acme site, the acquisition of open space at the Rockbridge property and the Stoopville Road improvement project. He asked for the continued support of the administration, staff, volunteers and Board of Supervisors as goals are set for 2010. Looking ahead, some goals to be considered are development of a revenue and expense tracking procedure, pension fund management, redevelopment of Sycamore Street, economic development in the business/commercial districts, streamlining of the various processes for commercial and residential permits and approvals, implementing the newly adopted Joint Comprehensive Plan and improving communications with residents through such groups as Newtown’s 21 st Century Voice.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

Set Bond Amounts for Township Officers

Resolution 2010-R-1 to set bond amounts for Township Officers for 2010

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

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Schenkman

Vote: 5-0

Resolution Adopting Act 153 Exemptions

Resolution 2010-R-2 certifying properties that qualify for tax increase exemptions under PA Act 153

Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote: 5-0

Re-Affirming The Administrative Conditional Use Procedure

Resolution 2010-R-3 reaffirming resolution 94-R-43 establishing an Administrative Conditional Use procedure

Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote: 5-0

Re-affirm Resolution 2009-R-4 Establishing Township's Pension Plan Investment Policy

Motion to Re-affirm 2009-R-4 establishing the Township's Pension Plan Investment Policy

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

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

Resolution Adopting the 2010 Fee Schedule

Motion to adopt Resolution 2010-R-4 adopting the 2010 fee schedule

Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

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

Resolution that twenty-five (25%) percent of the collections in 2009 from the Local Services Tax imposed for 2010 shall be remitted to the Newtown Ambulance Company

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. Schenkman

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

2010 Board of Supervisors Meeting Dates (Appendix A)

Motion to set meeting dates for Board of Supervisors for 2010

Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

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. Schenkman Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

Tax Ordinances and Resolutions

Motion to continue all 2009 Tax Ordinances and Resolutions in force pursuant to Section 4 of the Local Tax Enabling Act for 2010

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote: 5-0

APPOINTMENTS REPORTING DIRECTLY TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO SERVE THE TOWNSHIP WITH COMPENSATION FOR 2010

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

    Vote: 5-0

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

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

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

    Vote: 5-0

STANDING, NON-STATUTORY COMMITTEES AUTHORIZED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

  1. Pension Plan Committee (Appointed Yearly)

    Motion to appoint Treasurer Matthew Benchener , Elaine Gibbs (Committee Chair), Joseph Czajkowski, and to affirm the Appointments of Joseph Martindell (CWA Firefighter representative), Frank Ambrose (PBA representative), and John Ehlman (CWA Non-Uniformed Employees representative)

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Gallagher

    Vote: 5-0

  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 2010

    Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 5-0

 REPORTING TO THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER TO SERVE WITH COMPENSATION FOR 2010

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

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

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

  3. Civil Engineers

    Motion to appoint CKS Engineers as Township Civil Engineer, General and Environmental Engineer, and Lighting Consultant with appropriate authority to attend Board, Commission and Committee meetings

    Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. Schenkman

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

  4. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Engineers

    Motion to appoint Carroll Engineering as Township Engineers for GIS services

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

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

  5. Labor Solicitors

    Motion to appoint the law firm of Susanin, Widman and Brennan as Township Labor Attorneys

    Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Mr. Benchener

    Vote: 5-0

  6. Building Inspectors

    Motion to appoint Keystone Municipal Services as Township Building Inspectors

    Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

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

  7. Pension Actuary

    Motion to appoint Mockenhaupt Associates as Township Actuaries

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Schenkman

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

  8. Pension Investment Advisor

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

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Gallagher

    Vote: 2-3, with Messrs. Benchener 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. Benchener 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. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

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

  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: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

    Vote: 5-0

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

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. Benchener Second: Mr. Schenkman

    Vote: 5-0

  2. Vacancy Board (Appointed Yearly)

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

    Motion: Mr. Benchener 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), and Sue Beasley (2012), Fred Olivieri (2012) and Rob Whartenby (2012) and to appoint Paul Cohen (2011) and Michael Iapalucci (2013)

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Calabro

    Vote: 5-0

  4. Parks & Recreation Board (3 Year Term)

    Motion to affirm the appointment of Joel Grosso (2010) Brian Bark (2010) Susan Sutton (2011), Michael Clancy (2011),and to appoint Andrew Levine (2012), Buck O'Neill (2012) and Kathy Kelly (2012)

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Schenkman

    Vote: 5-0

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

    Motion to affirm the appointment of Neil Poppel (2010), Jeanette Rogers (2011) and Ethel Hibbs (2012) and to appoint Jeffrey Marshall (2013)

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Schenkman

    Vote: 5-0

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

    Motion to affirm the appointment of Keystone Municipal Services (Building Inspector), Francis Tyrol, III (2010), Harriet Beckert (2010), Joseph McKernan (2011), William Mahler (2012) and to appoint Doug Terry (2013)

    Motion: Mr. Gallagher Second: Mr. Schenkman

  7. Vote: 5-0

  8. Traffic Impact Fee Advisory Committee (Appointed Yearly)
  9. Mr. Garton advised the Board to table these appointments, as the Board is about to embark on a new traffic impact fee schedule and committee members are required to demonstrate certain specific qualifications.

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

    Motion to affirm the appointment of Allen Fidler (2010), and Paul Lewis (2011) and to appoint Peter Beckschi (2014)

    Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. Gallagher

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

  11. Environmental Advisory Council (3 Year Term)

    Motion to affirm the appointment of Aliya Aslam (2010), and Dennis Annarelli (2010) Jay McGuigan (2011) and Pamela Fitzpatrick (2011) and to appoint Autumn Thomas ( 2012)

    Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Schenkman

    Vote: 5-0  

  12. Financial Planning Committee (Appointed Yearly)

    Motion to appoint Treasurer Matthew Benchener, Elaine Gibbs, Finance Director, to re-affirm the appointment of Bob Deiterle (2010), Andrew Salvucci (2010), Tom Grace (2010), Jim McCrane (2011) and Brian Wilson (2011) and to appoint Glen Beasley (2011), Ryan Gallagher (2012), John Stranford (2012) and Ronald Kaizar (2012)

    Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 5-0

  13. Newtown Corporation (4 Year Term)

    Motion to affirm the appointment of Tim Potero (2011), Richard Weaver (2011), Michael Petrucci (2012), Tina Marie Leck (2012) and Frank Tyrol (2012) and Don Leidy (2012)

    Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

    Vote: 5-0

  14. Joint Traffic Committee (1 Year Term)

    Motion to appoint Joanne Bintliff-Ritchie (2010), Timothy Swedo (2010) and Jeff Rockower (2010)

    Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Mr. Benchener

    Vote: 5-0

  15. Technology Committee (1 Year Term)

    Motion to appoint Ed Lipski (2010), Robert Bowers (2010), Michael Horan (2010) Jonathan Schnell (2010), Arun Chaudhary (2010), Lynne Brennan (2010) and Anand Shukla (2010)

    Motion: Mr. Schenkman Second: Mr. Benchener

    Vote: 5-0

INDIVIDUALS SERVING WITH COMPENSATION

  1. Zoning Hearing Board (5 Year Terms)

    Motion to affirm the appointment of David Katz (2010) and William Wall (2011)and Karen Doorley (2012) Mario Lionetti (2013) and to appoint Brandon Wind (2014)

    Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. Calabro

    Vote: 5-0

    On behalf of the Board, Mr. Gallagher extended his thanks to John Lenihan, who has served on the Zoning Hearing Board for many years.

LIAISON & COORDINATION ASSIGNMENTS

Bucks County Association of Township Officials - Jerry Schenkman & Mike Gallagher

Bucks County Community College - Mike Gallagher

Newtown Area Telecommunications Advisory Committee

Community Service Organizations - Phil Calabro

Council Rock School Board - Phil Calabro

Council Rock Senior Center - Matt Benchener

Home Owners Associations - Mike Gallagher & Phil Calabro

HARB - Phil Calabro

Joint Zoning Council - ALL Supervisors

Newtown American Legion Ambulance Squad - Rob Ciervo

Newtown Borough Council - All Supervisors

Mr. Gallagher noted that all of the Board would like to participate in a relationship of improved communication with the Borough Council.

Newtown Fire Association - Rob Ciervo

Newtown Joint Historic Commission - Jerry Schenkman

Parks & Recreation Board - Rob Ciervo

Planning Commission Liaison - Jerry Schenkman

Regional Planning Traffic Task Force Tabled

Southeast Bucks League of Municipalities - Jerry Schenkman

Traffic Impact Fee Advisory Committee - Matt Benchener

Newtown Corporation - Phil Calabro

County Tax Board - Mike Gallagher

Old Business

Dr. Ciervo asked what action needed to be taken to address the Pension Investment Advisor, since the motion to reappoint Merrill Lynch failed. He noted that he agreed with his fellow Board members that this matter should be reconsidered, as the Township’s investment advisor has recently passed away.

Mr. Garton advised the Board that Merrill Lynch has assigned someone to act as investment advisor and will continue in that capacity until a replacement is found.

Mr. Schenkman suggested that the Pension Committee conduct interviews for a replacement advisor. A few years ago some different firms had made some interesting presentations.

Public Comment

Resident Warren Keyser said that as a Township Auditor and investment professional, he is aware that Merrill Lynch has done an excellent job as investment advisor for the Township’s pension funds. The funds did not suffer greatly in the recent economic downturn, as so many other pensions did, due to the prudent investment strategies.

Mr. Gallagher announced that three Board members had met in executive session to discuss matters of personnel before the meeting and the Board would remain in executive session to continue its discussion.

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted:
Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary

 

Attest:

Joseph S. Czajkowski, Township Manager


Michael Gallagher, Chairman

Robert Ciervo, Vice-Chairman

Matthew Benchener, Secretary/Treasurer

Philip Calabro, Member

Jerry Schenkman, Member