Newtown Township

Board of Supervisors

Organizational Meeting

Minutes of January 7, 2013

The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors met on January 7, 2013 in the Township meeting room at 7:30 PM. In attendance and voting were Supervisors: Matthew Benchener, Ryan Gallagher, Phillip Calabro and Michael Gallagher. Also present were: Kurt Ferguson, Township Manager and Jeffrey Garton, Township Solicitor.

Call to Order : Michael Gallagher called the organizational meeting to order at 7:30 PM with a moment of silence. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by an invocation by Deacon Phyllis Teat of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Organization of the Board of Supervisors

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

Vote: 3-1, with Mr. Calabro voting nay.

Motion: Mr. M. Gallagher Second: Mr. R. Gallagher

Vote: 3-1, with Mr. Calabro voting nay

Motion: Mr. Benchener Second: Mr. M. Gallagher

Vote: 4-0

Comments of the Chairman: Mr. Gallagher thanked the Board for its continued confidence and support. He reviewed last year’s goals of removing the eyesores of the old Acme building, the abandoned houses on Durham Board and the old house near the swim club and said he is proud that two of these three have already been demolished, with the old house soon to follow. He looks forward to the coming year with the building of Dr. Weglos’ dental office, The Birches Assisted Living and the Promenade on these sites. He commended the rest of the Board for working together to hire the Township’s excellent new manager, Kurt Ferguson and its new fire chief, Glenn Forsyth. The goals for the coming year will be to rededicate the Board toward economic development with the reorganization of Newtown Corporation to fill commercial vacancies, to stay on top of the budget and our new building projects, including proposed redevelopment of the Newtown Swim Club.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

Set Bond Amounts for Township Officers

Resolution 2012-R-1 to set bond amount for Township Officers for 2013

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

Discussion of motion: Mr. Ferguson explained that he had removed the $1,000,000 bond for Township Manager because he had been serving as both treasurer and manager. One bond would cover both positions.

Mr. Garton explained that Mr. R. Gallagher had been serving as assistant treasurer. If he is to be appointed as assistant by correcting the prior motion, no additional bond will be necessary. This vote can proceed.

Vote: 4-0

Mr. Benchener moved to modify his earlier motion to elect Mr. R. Gallagher as secretary/assistant treasurer and reconfirm Kurt Ferguson as treasurer. Mr. M. Gallagher seconded and the motion passed 4-0.

Resolution Adopting Act 153 Exemptions

Resolution 2013-R-2 certifying properties that qualify for tax increase exemptions under PA Act 153

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

Vote: 4-0

Resolution Re-Affirming The Administrative Conditional Use Procedure

Resolution 2013-R-3, reaffirming resolution 2007-R-10, establishing an administrative conditional use procedure

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

Discussion of motion: Mr. M. Gallagher reminded the Board that it has tabled this motion last year with the intention of reviewing the procedure when it became apparent the Board was unaware of changes in business tenants in the community. He asked that this be added to a work session agenda for Board review.

Mr. Garton said that the motion could still be adopted, with the procedure amended at a later time.

Vote 4-0.

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

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

Motion: R. Gallagher Second: Mr. M. Gallagher

Vote: 3-0-1, with Mr. Benchener abstaining

Resolution Adopting the 2013 Fee Schedule

Motion to Adopt Resolution 2013-R-4 Adopting the 2013 Fee Schedule

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

Vote: 4-0

Resolution 2013-R-5 to Provide Funding for the Newtown Ambulance Corporation

Resolution that twenty-five (25%) percent of the collections received in 2012 from the Local Services Tax imposed for 2013 shall be remitted to the Newtown Ambulance Corporation

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

Vote: 3-1, with Mr. Calabro voting nay

2013 Board of Supervisors Meeting Dates (Appendix A)

Motion to set meeting dates for Board of Supervisors for 2013

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

Vote: 4-0

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. R. Gallagher Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 4-0

Tax Ordinances and Resolutions

Motion to continue all 2012 Tax Ordinances and Resolutions in force pursuant to Section 4 of the Local Tax Enabling Act for 2013

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

Vote: 4-0

APPOINTMENTS REPORTING DIRECTLY TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO SERVE THE TOWNSHIP WITH COMPENSATION FOR 2013

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

Vote: 4-0

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

Vote: 3-0-1, with Mr. Calabro abstaining

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

Vote: 4-0

STANDING, NON-STATUTORY COMMITTEES AUTHORIZED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

Motion to appoint Kurt Ferguson,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. R. Gallagher Second: Mr. M. Gallagher

Vote: 3-0-1, with Mr. Benchener abstaining.

Motion to appoint Kurt Ferguson and Glenn Forsyth to affirm the PBA appointment of Jason Harris and the CWA appointments of Joseph Martindell and Timothy Shaw for 2013

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

Vote: 4-0

REPORTING TO THE TOWNSHIP MANAGER TO SERVE WITH COMPENSATION FOR 2013

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: 4-0

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: Mr. R. Gallagher Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 3-1, with Mr. Calabro voting nay

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

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

Vote: 4-0

d. Labor Solicitors

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

Motion: Mr. R. Gallagher Second: Mr. M. Gallagher

Vote: 3-1, with Mr. Benchener voting nay

Motion to appoint Boucher and James as Township Building Inspectors

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

Vote: 4-0

Motion to appoint Mockenhaupt Associates as Township Actuaries

Motion: Mr. R. Gallagher Second: Mr. M. Gallagher

Vote: 3-0-1, 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: Mr. M. Gallagher

Vote: 3-0-1, with Mr. Benchener abstaining

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: Mr. R. Gallagher Second: Mr. Benchener

Vote: 4-0

Motion to appoint Boucher & James as Township Planners

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

Vote: 4-0

Motion to designate First National Bank of Newtown, T.D. Bank, Invest of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust (PLGIT), 3 rd Fed Bank, First Federal of Bucks County, Wells Fargo, N.A. and First Priority Bank asTownship Depositories

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

Discussion of motion: Mr. M. Gallagher noted that the Board has included additional Newtown and Bucks County based banks to its official depositories.

Vote: 4-0

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

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

Vote: 4-0

Motion to appoint Video Gold for 2013

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

Discussion of motion: Mr. M. Gallagher noted that Video Gold has not raised its rates in four years.

Vote – 4-0

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

INDIVIDUALS SERVING WITHOUT COMPENSATION

Motion to appoint Kurt Ferguson as the Township Representative

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

Vote: 4-0

Motion to appoint Patricia Bachtle for a term ending December 31, 2013

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

Vote: 3-1, with Mr. Calabro voting nay

Motion to affirm the appointment of Ted Chleboski (2013), Peggy Driscoll (2015), Allen Fidler (2014), Dennis Fisher (2014), and Larry Galley (2014) and to appoint Craig Deutsch (2016), Robert Whartenby (2016) and David Domzalski (2016)

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

Vote: 4-0

Motion to affirm the appointment of Catherine Anne Porter (2013)Denis D’Arcy (2013) Joel Grosso (2013), Mark McMenamin (2014), Susan Sutton (2014) and Brendan McQuillan (2014) and to appoint Andrew Levine (2015), Buck O’Neill (2015) and Kathy Kelly (2015)

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

Vote: 4-0

Motion toaffirm the appointment of William Mahler (2013) and Jeannette Rogers (2015) and to appoint Lisa Ray (2016) and __________(2014)

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

Discussion of motion: Mr. M. Gallagher noted that there is still one vacancy and urged interested residents to consider an appointment to this Commission.

Vote: 4-0

Motion to affirm the appointment of Boucher and James (Building Inspector ,) Doug Terry (2013), Harriet Beckert (2014), Brian Miller (2014) Joseph McKernan (2015), Peggy Driscoll (2015) as Planning Commission Liaison and to appoint William Mahler (2016)

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

Vote: 4-0

Motion to appoint Brandon Wind (2013), Kurt Ferguson (2013) Robert Ciervo (2013), Matthew Benchener (2013), Michael Gallagher (2013), Ryan Gallagher (2013) Phillip Calabro (2013)

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

Vote: 4-0

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

Motion to affirm the appointment of Peter Beckschi (2014) , Allen Fidler (2015)and to appoint Louis Schiller (2017)

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

Vote: 4-0

i. Environmental Advisory Council (3 Year Term)

Motion to affirm the appointment of Perry Katz (2013), Shannon Escalante (2013), and Sanford Bender (2013) Pam Fitzpatrick (2014) Eric Korn (2014)and to appoint Autumn Thomas (2015), Steven Jenks (2014) and Amie Easterly as alternate

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

Vote: 4-0

j. Financial Planning Committee (3-Year Terms) 7 member committee

Motion to appoint Treasurer Kurt Ferguson and toreaffirm the appointment of Robert Daries (2013) Warren Dallas (2014)and to appoint Rick Fuerman (2015), Stu Kaplan (2014) ________(2013) ________(2014) ________(2015)

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

Discussion of motion: Mr. M. Gallagher noted that this committee has three vacancies.

Vote: 4-0

Mr. R. Gallagher moved to table these appointments. Mr. Benchener seconded.

Discussion of motion: Mr. M. Gallagher explained that the Township has been in discussion with Newtown Borough about the future of Newtown Corporation and about amending its bylaws. Appointments are being postponed until these discussions have concluded.

The motion passed 4-0.

Motion to affirm the appointments of Greg Kramer (2013)Timothy Szwedo (2014) and to appoint ________(2014) and ____________(2015)

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

Vote: 4-0

Motion to affirm the appointment of Greg Kramer (2013) Timothy Szwedo (2014) and to appoint _______(2015) ________(2015) ______(2014)

______(2013) and _________(2013)

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

Vote: 4-0

n. Technology Committee (3 Year Term)

Motion to affirm the appointments of Jonathan Schnell (2013), Dan Paramesh (2013), Ed Lipski (2014) Kyle Davis (2014) and Prasad Ramnath (2014) and to appoint Alex Kasyanov (2015) and Bob Penland (2015)

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

Vote: 4-0

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

Motion to affirm the appointment of Bradley Longosky (2013), and J. Eric Johnson (2013) and to appoint Michael Hutchinson (2015) and Richard Walker (2015) as alternate

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

Vote: 4-0

p. Tax Collection Management Committee

Motion to appoint Michael Gallagher as Tax Collection Committee Delegate

And Robert Ciervo as alternate

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

Vote: 4-0

INDIVIDUALS SERVING WITH COMPENSATION

Motion to affirm the appointment of Mario Lionetti (2013), and Brandon Wind (2014), and Timothy Potero (2015) and Michael Iapalucci (2016) and to appoint Karen Doorley (2017)

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

Vote: 3-1, with Mr. Calabro voting nay

LIAISON & COORDINATION ASSIGNMENTS

Bucks County Association of Township Officials Mr. Calabro

Bucks County Community College Mr. Benchener

Community Service Organizations All Supervisors

Council Rock School Board Dr. Ciervo

Council Rock Senior Center Mr. Benchener

Home Owners Associations Dr. Ciervo, Messrs. R. Gallagher and Calabro Calabro

HARB Mr. R. Gallagher

Joint Zoning Council Dr. Ciervo (all other Supervisors as alternates)

Newtown American Legion Ambulance Squad Dr. Ciervo

Newtown Borough Council Mr. M. Gallagher

Newtown Fire Association Mr. R. Gallagher

Newtown Joint Historic Commission Mr. R. Gallagher

Parks & Recreation Board Mr. Calabro

Planning Commission Liaison Messrs. Calabro and M. Gallagher

Traffic Impact Fee Advisory Committee Mr. Benchener

Newtown Corporation Mr. M. Gallagher

County Tax Board Mr. M. Gallagher

Newtown Traffic Committee Mr. Benchener

Newtown Joint Traffic Committee Mr. Benchener

Mr. M. Gallagher announced that the Board would remain for an executive session.

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted:
Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary

 

Attest:

Kurt Ferguson, Township Manager


Michael Gallagher, Chairman

Matthew Benchener, Vice-Chairman

Ryan Gallagher, Esq., Secretary/Treasurer

Philip Calabro, Member

Robert Ciervo, Member