Newtown Township

Board of Supervisors

Minutes of December 19, 2012

The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors met on December 19, 2012 in the Township meeting room at 7:30 PM. In attendance and voting were Supervisors: Chairman Michael Gallagher, Vice Chairman Matthew Benchener, Secretary/Assistant Treasurer Ryan W. Gallagher and Philip Calabro and Robert Ciervo, members. Also in attendance were: Kurt Ferguson, Township Manager, Jeffrey Garton, Township Solicitor and Michele Fountain, Township Engineer.

Call to Order : Chairman Gallagher called the meeting to order with a moment of silence. This was followed by an invocation by Pastor Ryan Sweet of Addisville Reformed Church and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Special Action

Proclamation in honor of Newtown Connecticut: Mr. M. Gallagher said that the Township wished to honor the community of Newtown Connecticut, which had suffered a horrific tragedy with the murders of 26 school children and teachers. He read the proclamation, which declared Friday, December 21, 2012, as Newtown Connecticut Day, and which extended the sympathy, thoughts and prayers of Newtown, Pennsylvania to the Connecticut residents.

Mr. M. Gallagher asked Police Chief Henry Pasqualini to speak to our residents about this event and Newtown’s preparedness.

Chief Pasqualini said that when the school shootings were first being reported there had been some confusion among some parents that this could have been our Newtown. He assured parents that Newtown and Council Rock have done their best to always assure the safety of the children and school personnel. There are regular lockdown drills in addition to the usual fire drills. The Elementary Schools and Middle School have a Dare officer stopping by throughout the week and the High School always has a resource officer who helps with safety. The Superintendent works closely with the Police Chief on all matters of safety and security. There are security cameras in the High School which can be activated from the patrol cars; the cars can also access the floor plans and maps of the schools. Emergency responders recently conducted a “shooter” drill and Council Rock South.

The Chief urged parents and residents with concerns to contact the Department any time.

Public Comment

Resident Jay Sensibaugh said that he has concerns about the budget being presented for adoption this evening, particularly as it would require the sale of an asset, the cell tower easement, to help preserve a 7% reserve fund balance. This asset would produce $42,000 in annual income, which will now be lost. He expressed concern that twice in 2012 the Township had to borrow money from the TSA funds to meet its bills. He was concerned that there is no money budgeted to match the County open space program, which had allocated Newtown over $500,000. Mr. Sensibaugh asked about the allocation of money annually to the Ambulance Squad when our own budget is so tight and the Squad’s income is so high.

Mr. M. Gallagher explained that the Ambulance Squad showed a high income because it had to show a million dollar asset, when the Veterans Association sold the Squad the lot for its headquarters for $1. This was not actual cash revenue.

Mr. Sensibaugh asked whether the Board had reviewed the Ambulance Squad’s most recent 990 form.

Mr. Calabro said that he also had concerns about the allocation to the Ambulance Squad, a non-governmental agency which as the ability to raise funds through donations and memberships and can bill for its services.

Dr. Ciervo asked that public comment be limited to items not on the agenda, and comments on agenda items to be discussed when they come up on the agenda.

Mr. Sensibaugh expressed some concern that his particular questions would not be addressed when the budget is reviewed by the Supervisors. He would like to Board to reconsider sale of the cell tower easement, add an open space allocation and reconsider the Ambulance Squad allocation.

Resident Warren Dallas announced that Santa would visit Newtown on Saturday, December 22, 2012, riding through the streets on a fire engine. He asked all the kids to come out and wave when Santa drives by.

Mr. R. Gallagher asked what time Santa would be coming.

Mr. Dallas said that Newtown Fire Association would accompany Santa all day, from 10:00 AM until after 8:00 PM, riding down every street in Newtown. Children should listen for the sirens.

Resident Jenn Dix said that her comments related to the budget and asked whether she would be allowed to speak at that time.

Mr. M. Gallagher assured her that the Board would hear public comment before adopting the 2013 budget.

Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions

Historic Architectural Review Board

Church of St. Andrew Cemetery, 135 S. Sycamore Street: HARB Member William Mahler explained that HARB had reviewed St. Andrew’s application for a decorative fence and recommended that the fence be black rather than the Florida Bronze color chosen by Monsignor Picard.

Attorney Ed Murphy, representing St. Andrew’s, said that he was not in attendance at the HARB meeting, but spoke to Monsignor Picard, who is unwilling to change the color.

Mr. Mahler said that the members favored black but had not denied the bronze color.

Dr. Ciervo moved to approve a certificate of appropriateness for St. Andrew’s Cemetery, 135 S. Sycamore Street, as outlined in a memo dated December 13, 2012. Mr. Benchener seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Bare Root Design Studio, 127 S. Sycamore Street: Mr. Benchener moved to approve a certificate of appropriateness for signage for Bare Root Design, 127 S. Sycamore Street, as outlined in a memo dated December 13, 2012. Dr. Ciervo seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Planning Commission: Chairman Allen Fidler reported that at its December 18, 2012 meeting, the Commission reviewed the Zoning Hearing Board application of Vecchia Osteria, 20A Richboro Road for an increase in impervious surface and parking relief for an existing patio with a tent for outdoor seating for 40 patrons and relief to provide 40 parking spaces where 70 are required. The patio already existed and the tent had been installed with a Township permit a year ago. The Commission recommended that the Board not oppose the application, as the applicant wishes to offer outdoor seating in the evenings, when all of the other businesses in the shopping center, except Dunkin Donuts, are closed. The parking lot has a total of 102 spaces. The Commission did suggest that the applicant ask employees to park off-site if parking became difficult.

The Commission reviewed the revised plans for Goodnoe Elementary School, 298 Frost Lane, for 16,924 square feet of additions to the building, increased parking, improvements to vehicular and pedestrian circulation patterns, a new play area and an underground infiltration system. This plan has been reviewed as a sketch and as a preliminary plan. The plans now show compliance with many points of the previous review letters. The Commission members recommend that the Board of Supervisors grant Preliminary as Final Plan approval subject to certain conditions, including compliance with the review letters of the Township consultants and obtaining of zoning relief. The applicant has sought to rezone the entire parcel as EIR and all site calculations are based on that zoning. Certain issues regarding ADA compliance for crosswalks are to be resolved to the satisfaction of the Township Traffic Engineer. Improvements to Frost Lane are left to the discretion of the Board of Supervisors as are waivers of traffic impact and park and recreation fees. The Commission members favored waiving traffic impact and park and recreation fees if all other issues are resolved to the Township’s satisfaction.

The Commission also reviewed a Zoning Hearing Board application for Goodnoe Elementary for setback relief and drive aisle relief for an internal driveway. The relief sought is consistent with the land development plan. The Commission voted to recommend that the Board not oppose the application.

Mr. Fidler thanked the Board for its service to the community.

Engineer’s Report

Modification of Approved Delancey Court Plans: Attorney Ed Murphy, representing Toll Brothers, explained that Toll Brothers wishes to purchase and complete 66 building lots in this development. As part of the acquisition and financing, First National Bank of Newtown, the lead lender, is requiring approval of certain modifications Toll wishes to make to the original approved plans, including:

Mr. Murphy provided Board members with copies of a letter to the Supervisors signed by the officers of the Delancey Court Homeowners association.

Regarding the wrought iron fence, Mr. Calabro said that it was his recollection that the fence was intended not only to delineate the property line, but also for safety, to prevent residents of the two developments from crossing onto each other’s properties. Of particular concern to the Society Place residents is the frequent use of its trash dumpsters by non-residents to dispose of bulk items.

Mr. Murphy indicated that he did not know whether the Newtown Grant Homeowners Association was aware of this proposed change or whether it had agreed to it.

The Board agreed to table discussion of this item.

Regarding the shuttle service, Mr. Benchener asked whether the Homeowners were in agreement that the shuttle could be eliminated.

Mr. Calabro pointed out that McGrath, the original builder of the development, is a 51% stakeholder in the Homeowners Association, so a vote does not necessarily indicate the opinion of the residents.

Mr. Murphy explained that McGrath was not a participant in Homeowners Association votes on these issues. The votes represent the current homeowners, only.

Mr. Benchener said that he did not see a reason to object to this change, if the current residents have agreed to it. Future residents will not have been offered the shuttle service.

Mr. Calabro expressed some concern that without a shuttle or some kind of shelter, residents will have to wait for SEPTA buses on Route 413 without any protection from weather or traffic.

Architect Greg LaBreca reviewed the condition requiring the renovation of the interior of the historic house. He explained that to renovate the house for use by the homeowners, it would need a handicapped accessible restroom, two handicapped entrances and other interior renovations to be ADA compliant. The house is 20’ X 17’; handicapped restrooms must be 6’ X 6’, leaving very little available space and no clear handicapped compliant pathway through to the exits. There is also a very narrow staircase inside. In addition, the interior is has large quantities of lead, which would have to be removed. The exterior has been repointed and sealed and has been well maintained as an entrance feature.

Dr. Ciervo asked whether the park and recreation fee had been reduced because of the intention to provide this house as an on-site recreational amenity.

Mr. LaBreca said that the approval letter dated October 4, 2006 indicates that the developer paid a fee of $619,800. The Homeowners Association was in agreement on this change to the original approval.

Mr. M. Gallagher asked Ms. Fountain if she was in agreement on the request for a new NPDES permit.

Ms. Fountain indicated that the stormwater management meets all current guidelines.

Mr. M. Gallagher said that he had no objections to the requested changes if the current homeowners were in agreement. He would ask that Newtown Grant’s Homeowners Association approve the change to the fence.

Mr. Murphy said that Toll Brothers was hoping for approval of the changes this evening so that it can move forward with the purchase. The sale will also benefit the current residents who are all supportive of the changes and eager to see the project completed.

Mr. Benchener said he did not object to any of the changes if the homeowners also agreed, however he would not agree to changing the fence unless Society Place Homeowners had also agreed.

Dr. Ciervo said that he was concerned about the changes coming before the Board at the last minute. The Board had not had an opportunity to review any of the conditions in advance, nor had they been able to interview the current homeowners.

Joseph Calla and Keith Vegotsky, representatives of the Delancey Court Homeowners Association, said that they agree with the proposed changes and are eager to see Toll Brothers complete the development. Mr. Calla said that the Homeowners Association met yesterday, with 39 homeowners in attendance. All voted unanimously to approve the changes. The Homeowners Association does not feel the wrought iron fence is necessary, and has some concern about the cost of maintaining it. They are in agreement that the historic house would not be used and the Association would maintain it. The association will set aside funds to reimburse residents who must use taxis to go to medical appointments. It is their understanding that the homeowners were to have provided a shuttle for medical appointments, not a shelter for public transportation. In the five years since the development opened, nobody has needed shuttle transportation. The residents all drive their own cars.

Dr. Ciervo said that he had been in attendance, although not on the Board of Supervisors, at the time this development was approved. It had involved a zoning change. Many residents of Society Place were also in attendance and had not objected to the change because the new development was to have been fenced by a tall wrought iron fence. If that had not been part of the approval, Society Place residents may have been parties in opposition to the project. He could not approve of the change to the fencing without knowing whether Society Place neighbors would approve it. He had no objection to the other requests.

Mr. Calabro had some concerns about the actions taken by the two voting members of the Homeowners Association when McGrath did not participate.

Mr. Calla said that although the builder should be a majority participant in the homeowners association until the development is completed, McGrath has not participated in any meetings. The meeting to discuss the changes had no McGrath participation and 39 current homeowners, representing the 39 completed homes, were in attendance and all voted to approve the change.

Mr. Benchener said that this seems as good as the Board can hope for if all in attendance voted to support the change.

Mr. M. Gallagher said that he would approve of the changes provide Society Place residents agreed to the fence change and lead abatement took place. He said that he has some concern that if the house is not maintained internally, it will fall into major disrepair, as has happened at the Toll House at Village at Newtown.

Mr. Calla said that the house has been sealed, has a new foundation and the stones have been repointed. The Homeowners Association will continue to maintain the exterior, but has no interest in allowing access to the interior.

Resident Mike Marren, a resident of Delancey Court, said that he had been in attendance at the homeowners meeting last night and confirmed that all of the residents were in support of all four changes to the original approval. The historic house will be safely sealed and armed with an alarm system. He asked the Board to approve the changes so that the development can be completed.

Mr. Benchener moved to approve the changes to the Delancey Court final approval except for the change of the wrought iron fence. The change to the fence must be approved by the Society Place Homeowners Association before approval is granted. Dr. Ciervo seconded.

Discussion of motion: Mr. R. Gallagher said that he has concerns that the Board is being pressured to vote on this when they had no advance notification and the letter outlining the changes was presented only this evening during the meeting. He did not have objections to the change to the fence, as the wrought iron fences can be dangerous to wildlife and can prevent children from going back and forth to friends’ homes. He had concerns about the long term maintenance of the historic house.

Mr. Calabro said that the fence is also needed to protect Society Place’s trash dumpsters from abuse. He noted that Delancey Court is an age restricted community and no children would be visiting each other from the two developments. He also felt the Board is being pressured and would like additional time to carefully read the letter and research the history of the approval.

Mr. Calabro moved to table consideration of changes to the Delancey Court approval. The motion failed for lack of a second.

Dr. Ciervo agreed with Mr. Calabro but felt that Mr. Benchener’s motion addresses the change to the fence. If Society Place does not approve of the change, then it would not be part of the new approval.

Mr. Murphy said that Mr. Garton and Ms. Fountain have been working on a new maintenance agreement and escrow is being reestablished. Toll and the residents are very eager to move forward with completion of the development.

Mr. Garton reminded the Board that this motion is limited to the four items discussed:

This agreement is limited and will only take effect if Toll Brothers buys the property.

The motion passed 4-1, with Mr. Calabro voting nay.

NAC Pool and Baseball Academy Certificate of Completion #2: Mr. R. Gallagher move to authorize escrow release in the amount of $333,002.05 to NAC. Dr. Ciervo seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Homewood Suites Certificate of Completion #2: Ms. Fountain explained that the Township had held money in escrow to build two monument signs at the entrances to the Business Commons. One sign has been installed and Homewood Suites is seeking release of $33,449.11. The Township will hold $15,000 for the second sign.

Mr. Benchener asked whether withholding the escrow will get the second sign installed more quickly.

Mr. M. Gallagher said that the Newtown Business Commons Association has been involved in choosing locations for the signs. There had been some confusion as to whether the final approval for Homewood Suites required the hotel to pay for the signs, which had delayed installation.

Mr. Ferguson said that details for the location of the second sign have to be worked out, but it should move along.

Mr. M. Gallagher moved to release escrow in the amount of $33,449.11 to Homewood Suites. Mr. Benchener seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Solicitor’s Report

Zoning Hearing Board Applications

Goodnoe Elementary School, 298 Frost Lane: Mr. Garton reminded the Board that the applicant is seeking relief for setbacks and driveway width as part of a project to build additional classrooms and reconfigure the entrances and parking. The Planning Commission had recommended the Board not oppose the application.

The Board had no comment on this application.

Vecchia Osteria by Pasquale, 20A Richboro Road: Attorney Don Marshall represented the applicant. Mr. Marshall explained that, as had been reported by the Planning Commission Chairman, both the patio and tent are already in existence. The applicant wishes to use the patio for outdoor dining in the evenings and on Sundays. Mr. Marshall reviewed the hours of operation for the other tenants of the shopping center, confirming that only Dunkin Donuts is open at night and most other businesses close between 5:00 and 7:00 PM and are closed on Sundays. The tent permit had been issued and there was some question as to the parking and impervious surface, but the Township did not follow up on this until recently. The applicant wishes to correct any possible zoning concerns by seeking the impervious surface variance. As was discussed with the Planning Commission, the applicant would agree to off-site parking for employees, should parking become a problem. There are a maximum of ten employees, five of them family members who travel together.

Dr. Ciervo suggested that the applicant show letters of support from the other shopping center tenants at the Zoning Hearing Board.

Mr. Marshall explained that when built, the shopping center was zoned highway commercial. There are 102 parking spaces, which had been allocated by use to each business. The restaurant requires 70 spaces as an individual use, and had been allocated 40 spaces in the center. There had been an agreement between the Township and the shopping center at the time of the deeding of the retention basin to the Township, which grandfathered the shopping center businesses and streamlined approvals.

Ms. Fountain noted that this shopping center has 13 parking spaces held in reserve.

Mr. Ferguson said that there had been a 1995 variance granted to the shopping center which allowed those spaces to remain in reserve.

The members agreed that parking did not seem to be a problem at this location in the evenings, and passed the application to the Zoning Hearing Board without comment.

Manager’s Report

Adoption of the 2013 Budget: Mr. Ferguson reported that the budget has been revised since first presented on November 14, 2012. The budget will end 2013 with a reserve fund balance of 7.5%. It includes income from the sale of the cell tower easement for $550,000, does not replace the finance director, changes some salary and work allocations to divide the work of the finance director among current employees, and includes the addition of the purchase of one police car. No tax increase is included in the budget.

Mr. Gallagher suggested that the public be permitted to comment before the Board discusses the budget.

Resident Jenn Dix said that she has several concerns about the budget and about the Township’s finances in general, since Moody’s has downgraded the Township’s bond rating and there has been difficulty with cash flow requiring the General Fund to borrow from the TSA funds. She questioned the wisdom of selling an asset which had provided $42,000 in annual revenue. She noted that the Township has engaged in deficit spending since 2008, and without the sale of the cell easement, the reserve fund would end 2013 at $230,000. She said that the budget does nothing to address the Township’s ongoing revenue problems and boost the reserve again.

Resident Jay Sensibaugh reiterated his earlier concerns about the reserve fund balance and the sale of the cell tower easement. He also again urged the Board to allocate some funds for the Township match for the County Municipal Open Space program.

Resident Oscar Cesetti said that he is very concerned about the sale of the cell tower easement and the loss of revenue because of the sale and balancing the budget from this one time revenue injection.

Mr. M. Gallagher said that the sale of the easement will be used not to balance the budget but to supplement the reserve fund. The Township is not selling the land but the easement to the cell tower company, losing the annual rental but gaining a one-time lump sum payment.

Mr. Cesetti asked whether the price had been carefully researched, as this is a very valuable asset to the wireless business. He questioned whether the lease may have been undervalued.

Mr. Benchener said that the sale has not taken place, but will at some point in 2013. The amount is what had been offered by American Cell Tower some time ago.

Mr. R, Gallagher said that the Board had decided a year ago to sell this asset and had begun negotiations, and feel that the lease will bring at least $550,000.

Mr. Calabro said that he had concerns as well because the sale is only to bolster a lagging reserve.

Mr. Cessetti continued to question the sale, as he was of the opinion that the continued lease payments were of more value than a one-time payment. He said that he is in the wireless business.

Responding to Mr. Calabro’s comment, Mr. Benchener said that it is a common practice in both business and government to sell assets at times when the cash is of more value. He noted that the Township has certain high fixed costs and the income from the sale would be used to bolster reserves, not to pay costs. This sale will help the Township to continue to weather the current financial crisis, while avoiding raising taxes on residents. He pointed out that Newtown has not had to use tax anticipation notes, as so many other municipalities have done.

Dr. Ciervo said that he had concerns about including the sale of the cell tower easement in the budget because there is no agreement of sale in place. This matter has only been briefly discussed; there is no firm offer in place and the matter has not been thoroughly discussed in a public forum. He would have liked to have continued to negotiate the non-uniformed employees’ contract. He also would like to review the payments to the ambulance squad.

Mr. Calabro said that these revenue issues should have been addressed years ago. Since the cell tower easement is not guaranteed it should not be included in the budget. He suggested looking at other revenue sources including shared services with neighboring municipalities.

Mr. M. Gallagher said that although there is not an agreement of sale in place, it can still be included in the budget as a projected source of revenue. All of the revenues are projected, not guaranteed. He noted that there had been a lag in revenues in 2012 because of the change in tax collectors, but that should not continue to be an issue next year. That was the reason for the borrowing from other funds.

Mr. Ferguson noted that with a 7% reserve fund balance, most municipalities do require a tax anticipation note. The borrowing from the TSA fund was a legitimate solution to a temporary lag in cash flow. By borrowing from the TSA, essentially borrowing from ourselves, interest costs are saved.

Mr. Benchener reviewed the Township’s recent revenue history, noting that there had been steady revenue growth until 2008/09, when, like the rest of the country, Newtown did see a drop in revenues. The Township reduced spending as much as possible and used reserves to meet obligations rather than raise taxes and it appears we have weathered the financial crisis.

Mr. R. Gallagher said that he hopes we are coming out of the economic downturn and that things are going to improve. At some point the Township may have to consider a tax increase, but he did not think it is necessary yet. He felt the sale of the cell tower lease is not a stop-gap, but sound financial management and something that the Board has been considering for almost a year.

Mr. Benchener moved to adopt Resolution 2012-R-17, the 2013 budget. Mr. M. Gallagher seconded.

Discussion of motion: Mr. Calabro said that he Board has not discussed the possibility of raising taxes or generating revenue in other ways such as shared services. He continued to be concerned about the cell tower easement sale.

Mr. Benchener said that if the cell tower were removed from the budget, the Township would need to raise $550,000 to maintain a 7% reserve.

Mr. Calabro pointed out that years ago the Township had been advised to include its two major construction projects in the bond issue. Instead, the Board only used the bond for the municipal expansion, using reserve funds for the other project. He questioned that poor planning and did not want to begin selling assets because of poor past planning. He would have liked to have explored possible shared services with Newtown Borough, noting that the arrangement with Wrightstown on police services has been beneficial to both municipalities.

Mr. M. Gallagher said that the Township revisits this with Borough Council and Borough Council has not been interested, and does not expect to be interested in the future. He did note that once adopted, the budget can be changed by 25% in a category or 10% overall.

The motion passed 3-2, with Mr. Calabro and Dr. Ciervo voting nay.

Mr. Benchener said that he would like to revisit the contributions to the ambulance squad in 2013.

Mr. Ferguson said that he has been working on a history of the Township’s contributions and should have it available for the January work session.

Resolution establishing pay for exempt employees: Mr. Ferguson explained that this resolution will establish the pay raises for non-union employees at 2% and will set supplemental income for CWA accountants assuming some additional duties.

Mr. R. Gallagher moved to adopt Resolution 2012-R-18, establishing pay for exempt employees and supplemental pay for CWA accountants. Mr. Benchener seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Resolution Fixing Tax Rate: Mr. R. Gallagher moved to adopt Resolution 2012-19, setting the tax rate at 2.5 mills, 0.875 mills for fire protection and 1.625 for debt service. Mr. Benchener seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Resolution Regarding Post Retirement Benefits for Exempt Employees: Mr. Garton explained that some years ago, a Township Manager established a post-retirement health care benefit for exempt employees without a public meeting or input from the Board of Supervisors. This resolution will eliminate this post-retirement health benefit for future retiring exempt employees. It will remain for current retirees.

Mr. M. Gallagher moved to adopt Resolution 2012-R-20, eliminating post-retirement health benefits for exempt employees. Mr. Benchener seconded.

Discussion of motion: Dr. Ciervo said that he objected to paying for exempt retired employees’ health benefits. This benefit was put in place by a manager, not a Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Garton explained that the Township’s labor counsel has stated that these employees have an expectation of this benefit and it cannot be removed. These employees had the right to rely on the apparent authority of the manager who offered this benefit. It should only be eliminated for future retirees.

Mr. M. Gallagher moved to amend his motion to eliminate item #2 from the resolution. Mr. Benchener amended his second.

Discussion of amendment: Mr. M. Gallagher said that removing item #2 would not impact the current retirees’ benefit.

Ms. Dix asked how many employees currently have this benefit.

Mr. Ferguson said that there are four employees who have retired in the last ten years. There is a five year cap on the collective bargaining agreement for police.

The motion passed 5-0.

Minutes, Bills Lists and Reports

Minutes: Mr. R. Gallagher moved to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of December 5, 2012. Mr. Benchener seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Bills: Mr. R. Gallagher moved to approve payment of bills totaling $217,120.60. Mr. Benchener seconded.

Discussion of motion: Mr. Calabro asked about a PECO streetlight payment on page #6.

Mr. Ferguson said that this is an electricity bill. He noted that the Township uses Northampton for streetlight repair and bulb replacement but has also begun using Armour Electric, whose hourly rate is considerably lower than Northampton’s.

The motion passed 5-0.

Mr. R. Gallagher moved to approve interfund transfers totaling $375,087.46. Mr. Benchener seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Old Business

Mr. Calabro said that we use the word “hero” too lightly and that the teachers and school personnel and first responders who risked their lives to protect innocent children in Newtown, Connecticut are our true heroes. He asked that we keep these people in our thoughts and prayers.

Public Comment

Ms. Dix asked whether the Township had an update on the sale of the Newtown Swim Club.

Mr. M. Gallagher said that the Swim Club’s Zoning Hearing Board application for townhomes had been withdrawn.

Mr. Ferguson said that based on recent telephone conversations with the developer, he expected plans to be submitted to the Codes Department for a mobile home park this week.

Mr. Sensibaugh asked the current general fund balance.

Mr. Ferguson said that he did not have today’s number, but could supply Mr. Sensibaugh with the information in the morning. He said that beginning in the new year he intended to provide both the treasurer’s report and bills list to the public on the Township’s Web site in advance of the public meetings.

Mr. M. Gallagher announced that the Board would meet in executive session the week of December 21, 2012.

The meeting adjourned at 11:10 PM.



Respectfully Submitted:
Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary



Kurt Ferguson, Township Manager

Michael Gallagher, Chairman

Matthew Benchener, Vice-Chairman

Ryan W. Gallagher, Esq., Secretary/Treasurer

Philip Calabro, Member

Robert Ciervo, Member