Newtown Township

Board of Supervisors Work Session

Minutes of April 19, 2010

 

The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors met on April 19, 2010 in the Township meeting room at 6:30 PM. In attendance and voting were Supervisors: Chairman Robert Ciervo, Vice Chairman Matthew Benchener, Philip Calabro and Michael Gallagher, members. Not present was Secretary/Treasurer Jerry Schenkman. Also present were John Boyle, Assistant Township Manager, Jeff Garton, Township Solicitor and Michele Fountain, Township Engineer.

Members of the audience included: Jim Worthington, NAC; Ted Christian, GSP Consulting; Dennis Fisher and Moe Sood, Swamp Road Residents Group (SRRG); Jeff Warner, The Advance of Bucks County.

Call to Order: Chairman Ciervo called the meeting to order at 6:42 P.M.

Community Comments

None.

Discussion

County of Bucks – Radio Transmission Tower

This was tabled until the next Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 when the financial terms will be better defined.

Newtown Athletic Club, Jim Worthington and Ted Christian – Expansion Plans

Jim Worthington and Ted Christian introduced themselves to the Supervisors and passed out to each Supervisor, a copy of the expansion plan. They discussed the past history of the NAC and the intersection at Penns Trail and the Newtown Bypass.

Mr. Worthington and Mr. Christian discussed the existing entrance to the facility from Penns Trail and the Master Plan for the entire site, which includes a 10,000 sf expansion of the existing facility, a new daycare building, a new larger building that will have access from Pheasant Run, and a new access road from Pheasant run to the existing facility, which would cost approximately $500,000.

Mr. Worthington said that if there is no benefit to the Township, then he would let it remain status quo. He stated that he does not want to build the road if he doesn’t have to. If he does, he would like assistance from the Township in the form of some relief from associated fees.

Supervisor Benchener stated that he doesn’t think the Township should compel the NAC to put in the new back entrance.

Chairman Ciervo agreed with Supervisor Benchener and emphasized that the big thing with any expansion is parking.

Supervisor Calabro asked Mr. Worthington what it was that he wanted from the Township.

Mr. Worthington replied that if the expansion takes place, the Township would have a new road and, therefore, would like the Township to help him out with fees such as the traffic impact fee.

Supervisor Calabro agreed that this would benefit both the Township and the NAC for the road to be built and the fees waived and referred to it as a win-win.

Supervisor Gallagher agreed with Supervisor Calabro.

Mr. Worthington did mention again that he was happy to keep as it is.

Everyone agreed that if a field house was built, the need for the new road would have to be built. The Supervisors agreed that more analysis would need to be done regarding the numbers, before waiving any fees and requested that the NAC’s Engineer meet with the Township’s Engineer to discuss the traffic impact fee.

The Supervisors thanked Mr. Worthington and Mr. Christian for their time.

(Mr. Garton left the meeting.)

Mr. Sood advised that he was a member of the NAC and that any improvements that could be made would be helpful.

Swamp Road Residents Group (SRRG) – Twining Bridge Intersection discussion

Dennis Fisher and Moe Sood introduced themselves to the Supervisors. The Supervisors were provided information in their packet. Mr. Fisher reported that SRRG is requesting the Board to request PennDOT to reclassify Swamp Road from a Minor Arterial to a Major Collector.

The Supervisors discussed the Resolution passed in October of 2007. Chairman Ciervo advised that at the last Board meeting the Township Manager was instructed to send correspondence to PennDOT requesting the reclassification of the road.

Mr. Sood advised on discussions with Representative Santarsiero regarding the request to reclassify the road.

Chairman Ciervo reported that he would follow up with Mr. Czajkowski.

Mr. Fisher commented on correspondence received from PennDOT on May 5, 2009 requesting the Township to review the PennDOT Bureau of Planning and Research website ( http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Internet/Bureaus/pdPlanRes.nsf/
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And ResearchHomePage?OpenFrameset ). He provided copies of the correspondence to Chairman Ciervo and Mrs. Fountain.

Mr. Sood and Mr. Fisher thanked the Supervisors for their support.

The Supervisors thanked Mr. Fisher and Mr. Sood for their time.

Community Comments

Mr. Sood advised that he is very pleased to see a representative from the Township running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Old Business

Chairman Ciervo commented on the fields at Veterans Park being named after the different branches of the service and suggested having a drawing for the choice.

New Business

None.

Other Business

Mr. Boyle apologized on behalf of the administration on the mix-up regarding the meeting’s start time.

Adjournment

Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 7:29 P.M.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted:
Christy Holley, Recording Secretary

 

Attest:

Joseph S. Czajkowski, Township Manager


Mike Gallagher, Chairman

Robert Ciervo, Vice-Chairman

Matt Benchener, Secretary/Treasurer

Philip Calabro, Member

Jerry Schenkman, Member