Newtown Township

Board of Supervisors

Minutes of January 3, 2012

The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors met on January 3, 2012 in the Township meeting room at 7:30 PM. In attendance and voting were Supervisors: Robert Ciervo, Matthew Benchener, Ryan Gallagher, Philip Calabro and Michael Gallagher. Also present were: Joseph Czajkowski, Township Manager and Jeffrey Garton, Township Solicitor.

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

Philip Calabro and Ryan Gallagher were sworn in as Supervisors

Alexandra Gallagher was sworn in as Elected Auditor.

Call to Order : Chairman Robert Ciervo called the organizational meeting to order at 7:30 PM with a moment of silence. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Dr. Ciervo thanked the Board fir its support during his tenure as Chairman. He said that he is very proud of the Board’s many accomplishments during the past years, including building the skate park, Veterans Park, the new municipal building and public works building and the renovations to the Police Department. He is proud that Newtown has not limited public comment and he noted how valuable residents’ input has been when considering matters before the Board.

Organization of the Board of Supervisors

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

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

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. M. Gallagher

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

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

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

Comments of the Chairman: Mr. Gallagher thanked the Board for its continued confidence and support and the Township’s Manager, staff, and volunteer members of committees, boards and commissions for their hard work and commitment.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

Set Bond Amounts for Township Officers

Resolution 2012-R-1 to set bond amounts for Township Officers for 2012

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: dr. Ciervo

Vote: 5-0

Resolution Adopting Act 153 Exemptions

Resolution 2012-R-2 certifying properties that qualify for tax increase exemptions under PA Act 153

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

Resolution Re-Affirming The Administrative Conditional Use Procedure

Mr. Benchener moved to table consideration of this resolution. Dr. Ciervo seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Re-affirm Resolution 2011-R-7 Establishing Township's Pension Plan

Motion to Re-affirm 2011-R-7establishing the Township's Pension Plan Investment Policy

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

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

Resolution Adopting the 2012 Fee Schedule

Motion to Adopt Resolution 2012-R-4 Adopting the 2012 Fee Schedule

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

Resolution 2012-R-5 to Provide Funding for the Newtown Ambulance Corporation

Resolution that twenty-five (25%) percent of the collections received in 2011 from the Local Services Tax imposed for 2011 shall be remitted to the Newtown Ambulance Corporation

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

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

2012 Board of Supervisors Meeting Dates (Appendix A)

Motion to set meeting dates for Board of Supervisors for 2012

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

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: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

Tax Ordinances and Resolutions

Motion to continue all 2011 Tax Ordinances and Resolutions in force pursuant to Section 4 of the Local Tax Enabling Act for 2012

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

APPOINTMENTS

REPORTING DIRECTLY TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO SERVE THE TOWNSHIP WITH COMPENSATION FOR 2012

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote: 5-0

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

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

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

Vote: 5-0

STANDING, NON-STATUTORY COMMITTEES AUTHORIZED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

Motion to appoint Secretary/Treasurer Ryan 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: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

Vote: 5-0

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 2011

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

REPORTING TO THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER TO SERVE WITH COMPENSATION FOR 2011

Motion to appoint Gilmore & Associates as Township Traffic Engineers with appropriate authority to attend Board, Commission and Committee meetings

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

Vote: 5-0

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

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

Motion to appoint Gilmore & Associates as Township Engineers for GIS services

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

Vote: 5-0

d. Labor Solicitors

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

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

e. Building Inspectors

Motion to appoint Boucher and James as Township Building Inspectors, pending 60 days notification to current building inspectors

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

Vote: 5-0

f. Pension Actuary

Motion to appoint Mockenhaupt Associates as Township Actuaries

Motion: Mr. R. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

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

g. Pension Investment Advisor

Motion to appoint the firm of Dahab Associatesas Township Pension Investment Advisor

Motion: Mr. R. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

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

h.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 Township Insurance and employee benefits

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

Vote: 5-0-1 with Mr. Calabro abstaining

Township Planners

Motion to appoint Boucher & James as Township Planners

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

Vote: 5-0

i. Official Depositories

Motion to designate First National Bank of Newtown, T.D. Bank, Invest of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLGIT), and Wells Fargo, N.A. asTownship Depositories

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

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

j.Earned Income Tax Collector, Local Services Tax Collector and Tax

Hearing Officer

Motion to appoint Keystone Collections Group as EIT, LST Distribution Tax Collectors and Tax Hearing Officer

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote: 5-0

k. Video Production

Motion to appoint Video Gold for 2012

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote – 5-0

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

INDIVIDUALS SERVING WITHOUT COMPENSATION

Motion to appoint Joseph Czajkowski as the Township Representative

Motion: Mr. R. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote: 5-0

Motion to appoint Patricia Bechtle for a term ending December 31, 2011

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

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

Motion to affirm the appointment of Robert Whartenby (2012), Craig Deutsch (2012) Allen Fidler (2014), Dennis Fisher (2014), and Larry Galley (2014) and to appoint Fred de Vesa (2012), Peggy Driscoll (2015 and Paul Cohen (2015)

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

Motion to affirm the appointment of Andrew Levine (2012),

Buck O’ Neil (2012), and Kathy Kelly (2012) Catherine Anne Porter (2013)Denis D’Arcy (2013) Joel Grosso (2013) and to appoint Mark McMenamin (2014), Sue Sutton (2014) and Brendan McQuillan (2014)

Motion: Mr. R. Gallagher Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

Motion toaffirm the appointment of Lisa Ray (2012) and Paul Beckert (2014) and to appoint William Mahler (2013) and Jeannette Rogers (2015)

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

Vote: 5-0

Motion to affirm the appointment of Boucher and James (Building Inspector , William Mahler (2012), Brian Miller (2014) Doug Terry (2013), Harriet Beckert (2014) and to appoint Joseph McKernan (2015) and a Planning Commission Liaison.

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. R. Gallgher

Vote: 5-0

g. Traffic Impact Fee Advisory Committee (Appointed Yearly)

Motion to appoint Brandon Wind (2012), Robert Ciervo (2012), Matthew Benchener (2012), Michael Gallagher (2012), Ryan Gallagher (2012) Timothy Szwedo (2012) and Joseph Czajkowski to serve as consultant

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote: 5-0

h. Newtown Joint Municipal Authority Board (5 Year Term)

Motion to affirm the appointment of Paul Lewis (2012), Peter Beckschi (2014) , Allen Fidler (2015)

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote: 5-0

i Environmental Advisory Council (3 Year Term)

Motion to affirm the appointment of Autumn Thomas (2012) , Perry Katz (2013), Shannon Escalante (2013), and Sanford Bender (2013) and to appoint Pam Fitzpatrick (2014)

Motion: Mr. R. Gallagher Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote: 5-0

Vote: 5-0

j. Financial Planning Committee (3-Year Terms)

Motion to appoint Treasurer Ryan Gallagher, Elaine Gibbs, Finance Directorand toreaffirm the appointment of Joe Barkley (2012), Tom Dye (2013), Robert Daries (2013) and Scott Rosenberg (2013) and to appoint Brian Wilson (2012), Warren Dallas (2014), Arron Bornstein (2014) and Neil Poppel (2014)

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

k. Newtown Corporation (4 Year Term)

Motion to affirm the appointment of Mick Petrucci (2012), Shawn Ward (2012), Frank Tyrol (2012), Don Leidy (2012) and to appoint Richard Weaver (2015)

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

Vote: 5-0

l. Joint Traffic Committee (1 Year Term)

Motion to appoint Timothy Swedo (2012) Greg Kramer (2012) and Judith

Norkin (2012)

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote: 5-0

m.Newtown Traffic Committee (2 Year Term)

Motion to affirm the appointment of Timothy Swedo (2012) and to appoint Greg Kramer (2012) and Judith Norkin (2012)

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Dr. Ciervo

Vote: 5-0

n. Technology Committee (1 Year Term)

Motion to appoint Edward Lipski (2012), Jonathan Schnell (2012),

Kyle Davis (2012), Dan Paramesh (2012), Bob Penland (2012) and Prasad Ramnath (2012)

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

Vote: 5-0

o. Building Code Board of Appeals (3 Year Term)

Motion to affirm the appointment of Richard Walker (2012), Michael Hutchinson

(Alternate) (2012), Bradley Longosky (2013), and Eric Johnson (2013)

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

p. Tax Collection Management Committee

Motion to appoint Michael Gallagher as Tax Collection Committee Delagate

And Joseph Czajkowski as alternate

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 5-0

INDIVIDUALS SERVING WITH COMPENSATION

Motion to affirm the appointment of KarenDoorley (2012), Mario Lionetti (2013), and Brandon Wind (2014), and Timothy Potero (2015) and to appoint Michael Iapalucci (2016)

Motion: Dr. Ciervo Second: Mr. Benchener

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

LIAISON & COORDINATION ASSIGNMENTS

Bucks County Association of Township Officials Mr. R. Gallagher

Bucks County Community College Mr. Benchener

Newtown Area Telecommunications Advisory Committee

Community Service Organizations All Supervisors

Council Rock School Board Dr. Ciervo

Council Rock Senior Center Mr. Benchener

Home Owners Associations Messrs. R Gallagher and Calabro

HARB Mr. R. Gallagher

Joint Zoning Council ALL Supervisors

Newtown American Legion Ambulance Squad Dr. Ciervo

Newtown Borough Council Mr. R. Gallagher

Newtown Fire Association Dr. Ciervo

Newtown Joint Historic Commission Mr. R. Gallagher

Parks & Recreation Board Mr. Calabro

Planning Commission Liaison Messrs. Calabro and M. Gallagher

Newtown Corporation Mr. M. Gallagher

County Tax Board Mr. M. Gallagher

Newtown Traffic Committee Mr. Benchener

Newtown Joint Traffic Committee Mr. Benchener

New Business

Mr. Benchener noted that the Technology and Traffic Committees had been formed as tests and have both proven their effectiveness. He suggested that the terms be extended to two or three years.

Mr. Garton said that if the committees were established by resolution, a new resolution would be needed to adjust the terms of office. He would research this an draft a resolution if necessary.

Dr. Ciervo said that he favors a three year appointment to allow members sufficient time to establish a vision and see it through.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.

 


 

Respectfully Submitted:
Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary

 

Attest:

Joseph S. Czajkowski, Township Manager


Michael Gallagher, Chairman

Matthew Benchener, Vice-Chairman

Ryan W. Gallagher, Esq., Secretary/Treasurer

Philip Calabro, Member

Robert Ciervo, Member