Board of Supervisors
Minutes of December 18, 2013
The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in the Township meeting room at 7:30 PM. In attendance and voting were Supervisors: Chairman Michael Gallagher, Vice Chairman Matthew Benchener, Secretary 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 followed by an invocation by Andrew Warren of Newtown Presbyterian Church and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Changes to the Agenda: Mr. Ferguson said that a JMZO Wireless Amendment authorization to advertise has been added to the Solicitor’s Report.
Wrightstown Resident Le Sheppard thanked Dr. Ciervo for his years of service on the Board of Supervisors. As this is Dr. Ciervo’s last public meeting as a Supervisor, he wanted to note how important public discourse is and how appreciative he is of Dr. Ciervo’s willingness to discuss issues of importance to Jointure and Council Rock School District residents. Although he and Dr. Ciervo have not agreed on some issues, Dr. Ciervo has always openly and honestly engaged in debate and been open to others’ points of view. He will be missed.
Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions
Planning Commission: Chairman Allen Fidler added his sincere thanks to Dr. Ciervo for his time on the Board. He also thanked all who volunteer to serve the Township on its committees, boards and commissions.
Mr. Fidler reported that at its December 17, 2013 meeting, the Commission reviewed five Zoning Hearing Board applications. DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies, 671 Newtown Yardley Road is seeking variances for an E-5 use in the OLI zoning district within 300 feet of Newtown Yardley Road, a number of parking and buffering variances and a variance to allow two signs where only one is permitted. The Commission had concerns about allowing this use on Newtown Yardley Road, where it would be in close proximity to residential communities and would impact traffic. The members agreed that this use would change the complexion of the area and recommended that the Board of Supervisors participate at the Zoning Hearing Board if they are in agreement that the use should be permitted at all, so that any variances granted would reflect the Supervisors’ vision for the OLI zoning district. There was some concern among the members that once a variance is granted, other office space could seek to convert to restaurant uses. The Commission did not object to the variances for the parking lot, as the plan does show adequate parking for the proposed use.
The applicant for Stonehaven Homes, 162 Durham Road, wishes to subdivide a 108,900 square foot lot into two non-conforming lots, each with variances needed for impervious surface and the rear lot to have a 39 foot frontage on Durham Road where 100 feet is required. The Commission recommended that the Supervisors not oppose this application at the Zoning Hearing Board.
The Birches, 70 Durham Road is seeking variances for two 24 square foot signs at a height of 8 feet and increased impervious surface to add sidewalk and a gazebo to an interior courtyard. The members were in agreement that the signage is necessary for visibility from the road and the increased impervious surface is de minimis, and recommended that the Supervisors support this application.
Wong Properties, LLC, 94 Richboro Road,is seeking a variance for use D-1 office in the R-2 residential zoning district and a number of parking and buffering variances. The applicant wishes to convert the house to law offices with two attorneys and two staff. No exterior changes to the building are anticipated. In 1986 this property had been granted use variances for a beauty salon. The property is located next to the Bypass and seems to be an unattractive property for residential use. The proposed law practice is not an intense use and the parking and buffering variances are in keeping with the low intensity of the use. The Commission members were supportive of the variances subject to conditions including that the entrance be wide enough to prevent possible stacking of cars on Richboro Road, that deliveries be limited to box trucks and that the use be limited to low impact office use. It is the Commission members’ understanding that the residential rental apartment is already a permitted accessory use.
Univest Bank & Trust, 15 Swamp Road, is seeking variances to build a branch bank at this location. The list of variances includes increased impervious surface, a number of buffering and parking design variances and sign variances. The applicant has gained an easement for the Lukoil portion of Howard Avenue and access to the signalized intersection at Swamp Road through the adjacent shopping center. The Commission recommended that the Supervisors not oppose this application. The members did not object to the directional signs proposed but recommend that the large identification signs be reduced in size, as this location has very slow traffic patterns and the bank will be recognizable to passing motorists.
The Commission reviewed an application for Applebee’s, 3 West Road, to amend the 2001 stipulation agreement to allow a sign on the east side of the building. The applicant would remove a sign from the rear of the building, which faces the internal parking lot. Applebee’s was the first pad site developed in this shopping center; since it was built, many other businesses have been given permission to have signs which face the Bypass. The members agreed to recommend that the Tyler Walk Homeowners Association be made aware of this request, but otherwise did not object to the amendment, as it is reasonable to seek the same visibility as other businesses in the shopping center.
Dr. Ciervo asked whether the Commission has reviewed the JMZO Wireless Amendment.
Mr. Fidler said that this amendment had not been on the agenda for December 17.
Dr. Ciervo asked whether the staff has notified the Tyler Walk residents of the Applebee’s application.
Mr. Ferguson said that as a courtesy, staff would notify the Tyler Walk Homeowners Association when a date has been set for review of the Stipulation Agreement.
Board Member Reports: Dr. Ciervo reported that the Joint Zoning Council has spent considerable time on the Wireless amendment and is full support of its adoption.
Brookshire Estates, Phase II, Request to use well water: Attorney Ed Murphy reminded the Board that only one lot in this development is in Newtown Township, with the remaining lots in Lower Makefield. The developer had intended to connect this lot, #29, to Newtown Artesian Water, and had also agreed to help two homes on Gaucks Lane make the connection to public water. Many months have been spent trying to work out territorial issues between Newtown Artesian and Lower Makefield’s PA American Water Company to accomplish this. It has become apparent that the size of the meter needed to bring public water to this lot would cause the public water bills to be about ten times the typical water bill for homes of similar size. The developer is now requesting that lot #29 be serviced by an on-lot well and that a fire hydrant be moved to service this lot plus the two Gaucks Lane homes. The hydrant would be serviced by PA American Water Company. The developer will assist the Gaucks Lane residents in providing clean well water.
Dr. Ciervo asked whether the additional well will impact the surrounding community’s well water.
Mr. Murphy said that the surrounding homeowners have been notified. The new well will be a single well on the lot and will meet the Bucks County Department of Health standards for building inspection.
Mr. Benchener moved to approve an amendment to the final plan for Brookshire Estates, Phase II, lot #29, to permit on-lot well water instead of public water. Mr. R. Gallagher seconded and the motion passed 5-0.
2013 Roadway Improvement Program, Final Pay Estimate: Ms. Fountain said that this will be the second and final payment, subject to a refund of $5000 from Kehoe Construction for some pavement markers and joint seals to be completed in the spring. The work is guaranteed for one year and a maintenance bond has been posted. Once all work is completed the $5000 will be returned to Kehoe.
Mr. Calabro moved to authorize payment #2, final payment to Kehoe Construction in the amount of $43,954.89. Mr. Benchener seconded and the motion passed 5-0.
Rosebank Winery, 258 Durham Road, Certificate of Completion #2 – final: Ms. Fountain reported that $14,225 is being held in cash for maintenance security.
Mr. Calabro moved to authorize final escrow release in the amount of $38,056.69 to Rosebank Winery. Mr. R. Gallagher seconded and the motion passed 5-0.
Rosebank Winery, 258 Durham Road – Maintenance Agreement: Mr. R. Gallagher moved to approve a maintenance agreement for Rosebank Winery, 258 Durham Road with cash in lieu of maintenance bond. Mr. Calabro seconded and the motion passed 5-0.
DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies of Newtown, LLC, 671 Newtown Yardley Road – Zoning Hearing Board Application: Attorney Don Marshall represented the applicant Sam Amico. Mr. Marshall explained that Mr. Amico has had his restaurants in New Jersey for over 80 years and is hoping to more to the former Newtown Veterinary Hospital property. The use is E-5, eating place, which is permitted in the OLI zoning district by conditional use, but is not permitted within 300 feet of Newtown Yardley Road or the Newtown Bypass. The provision prohibiting E-5 was in effect when the OLI zoning district was part of the LI zoning district and was not removed when the OLI district was created. He showed a map of the OLI district with the areas within 300 feet of Newtown Yardley Road outlined and noted that there are no properties where use E-5 would be permitted, as all fall within the 300 foot perimeter.
Mr. Marshall noted that in addition to the use variance, the property will require a number of additional variances for parking, buffering and signage. He showed a copy of the plan, which removes the existing veterinary hospital building and build a smaller, 4500 square foot restaurant. He pointed out that Newtown Yardley Road has a 120 foot setback and that the lot is an odd triangular shape, making it impossible to meet setback and parking requirements. The applicant would like relief from the loading berth requirement, instead providing a delivery area at the rear of the building; all deliveries will occur when the restaurant is closed for business. The Ordinance requires four foot buffering; the applicant proposes 36 inch hedges to block headlights. Mr. Marshall showed a draft elevation of the proposed building and said that the applicant is seeking two signs, one on the front and one on the side facing west on Newtown Yardley Road.
Dr. Ciervo noted that the Ordinance while permitting eating places, does require that they be on local streets inside the Business Commons. It had been the intent to keep restaurants off of the Bypass and Newtown Yardley Road. Restaurants are permitted so that they can cater to the employees of the Business Commons. The Ordinance was designed to keep restaurants in our CC and Planned Commercial zoning districts. Granting this variance would put some of Newtown’s other restaurants at a disadvantage; they are leasing space in the PC and CC districts because they are not permitted elsewhere. He would favor sending the solicitor to oppose this application.
Mr. M. Gallagher said that he works inside the Business Commons and believes the restaurant would solve a number of traffic problems, especially at lunchtime, when many of the 13,000 employees are leaving the Commons to go to lunch. He believed the Zoning Hearing Board might have other concerns because of the proximity to residential areas and might want to add conditions on trash and signage, but he did not want to send the Solicitor to oppose the application.
Mr. R. Gallagher asked whether the restaurant building could be moved closer to the road and farther from the residential development to the rear.
Mr. Amico said that the plans are not finalized and he would work with the Township.
Mr. Marshall said that the initial plan had been designed to reduce the relief needed. This is a two-acre lot with a 120 foot right of way.
Mr. R. Gallagher said that he was not sure about a restaurant at this location and had favored some kind of office use, but the property has been vacant a number of years. He did not feel strongly enough against the use to send the solicitor. He noted that moving the building closer to the road, with parking at the rear, might look nicer.
Mr. Benchener said that while he understands Dr. Ciervo’s concerns, he does not think that zoning is “set in stone” and the Ordinance does provide for variances. He would like the Township to work to try to attract new business and this proposed business will serve the employees in the Business Commons. While he understands Board members’ concerns about the precedent of restaurants on Newtown Yardley Road, he did not support sending the Solicitor to oppose the application.
Mr. Calabro said that he grew up in Trenton and is very fond of Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies and would welcome them to Newtown, but has concerns about this location. He does not oppose parking in the front or concentrated buffering in the rear, facing the residential area. His concern is bringing what would become a destination restaurant to the OLI zoning district. The intent of the Ordinance was to provide lunch for workers in the Business Commons, not to serve the entire community. He urged the applicant to look for another location in one of the commercial districts.
Mr. Calabro moved to send the Solicitor to the Zoning Hearing Board to oppose the application of DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies. Dr. Ciervo seconded.
Discussion of motion: Mr. Calabro said that has heard the argument that the land has been sitting vacant for years, but suspects that it is the price being sought, not the zoning, which has prevented a sale to a permitted business. He is very concerned about the precedent of allowing a restaurant in the OLI zoning district, especially a restaurant that will be a destination. Other property owners will look to bring other restaurants to available space in the office buildings along this corridor.
Mr. R. Gallagher noted that the use, E-5, is permitted in the LI and OLI zoning districts.
Dr. Ciervo said that while the use is permitted, this particular restaurant’s plan does not meet the criteria set forth in the Ordinance. Other businesses have been turned down for not meeting the criteria. This puts Newtown’s other restaurants, whose owners might have considered purchasing land and building rather than leasing in shopping centers, at a disadvantage.
Mr. Marshall said that it is impossible to meet the criteria, as no parcel exists in the OLI that is not within 300 feet of Newtown Yardley Road. The business that was turned down, the cafeteria in the Waste Management building, was not in the OLI district, but the Office Research district, where the use is not permitted at all.
Mr. Benchener said that he did not think this put other businesses at a disadvantage as the land has been available and any other restaurant could have done what DeLorenzo’s is doing, seeking a variance.
Tara Marie McCafferty, no address given, spoke at length about the history of Newtown’s zoning and urged the Board to support the application. (She refused to yield the floor to a resident or to the Board, and was asked by the Township Manager to leave the meeting when her comments were no longer relevant to the topic under consideration.)
Resident John D’Aprile urged the Board not to oppose the application, as times change and zoning should adapt to new conditions in the Township.
The motion failed 2-3, with Messrs. Benchener, M. Gallagher and R. Gallagher voting nay.
Wong Properties, LLC, 94 Richboro Road – Zoning Hearing Board application: Attorney Tim Duffy represented the applicant, Jeff Wong, who wishes to move his small law practice from rented space in Newtown Borough to this residential property, converting it to offices for four employees. No exterior changes are contemplated. Variances were granted in 1986 for a beauty shop on this property. The Zoning Hearing Board recognized the hardship at that time of residential use of the property which was directly adjacent to the Newtown Bypass. This is a very low impact use, as the two litigation attorneys spend most of their time in court and very few clients ever visit the offices. Variances are needed for use, parking and buffering.
Mr. M. Gallagher explained to the Board that he would like to consider not only this property but the other four residential parcels on that side of Richboro Road for possible rezoning, as the properties are difficult to market as residential.
Dr. Ciervo said that it is not a bad idea to consider some modifications to the zoning for those parcels, but he would not want to discuss this without input from the property owners and the neighbors on the other side of the street. He would not want to extend the convenience commercial district further up the street, because that would involve more intense uses. He would favor some variances for low impact office uses. He suggested asking the Planning Commission to review the permitted uses and make recommendations.
Mr. R. Gallagher agreed with Dr. Ciervo. He asked Mr. Duffy whether the law offices would be limited to the main house.
Mr. Duffy said that only the house would be converted for office use; the garage, barn and residential apartment are to remain as is.
JMZO Wireless Ordinance, Authorization to Advertise: Dr. Ciervo moved to authorize advertisement of a Wireless Ordinance. Mr. M. Gallagher seconded.
Discussion of motion: Dr. Ciervo explained that this ordinance establishes which parcels can have primary cell towers; most of these already exist. It also limits locations for secondary towers in the rights of way, forbidding them on local streets and scenic roadways. It also limits where they can be placed on existing structures.
Mr. R. Gallagher said that he is pleased that the Jointure is acting in advance of any difficulties instead of in reaction to a problem.
The motion passed 5-0.
Mr. Garton thanked Dr. Ciervo for his time on the Board and said that he has very much enjoyed their many debates and discussions. He will be missed.
Mr. Garton and Ms. Fountain left the meeting at this point.
Mr. Ferguson said that the Board will need to pass a resolution adopting a budget this evening. He presented an updated budget which includes a reduction of $201,000 for non-resident earned income tax, as Middletown Township has enacted an EIT and Newtown had been collecting from 1098 Middletown residents. He has added the purchase of police cameras, financed over three years at a cost in 2014 of $8,100. There are a few other small changes. The 2014 year end reserve will be $1,332,468. This budget has an operational deficit of $596,252; with capital spending the deficit is $731,000. At this time the Board must also pass a resolution establishing the millage rate and establishing pay for exempt employees and supplemental pay for accountants within the CWA Bargaining Unit.
Mr. Benchener asked what the revenues for 2014 would be compared with 2013.
Mr. Ferguson said that the 2014 revenues will be $10.7 million, a $1.7 million decrease from 2013. He reminded the Board that in 2013 there was a $500,000 sale of an easement, $208,000 collected in 2012 EIT and a $110,000 transfer of a pension benefit into the budget. These one-time collections total over $800,000. This budget has reduced EIT from Lockheed Martin by $330,000 and by $201,000 from Middletown residents.
The budget shows expenditures for 2014 at $11,410,000 compared to 2013 at $10,826,000. He noted that there is a 10% carry over from the Act 537 plan expenses, an increase in workers compensation, a 14% increase in health insurance and a 3% increase in employee wages. Capital spending is $135,000.
Mr. Benchener said that while he understands that some of the revenues for 2013 are unique and that some of the 2014 expenditures were unpredictable and difficult to control, he feels the financial picture has changed dramatically from what it was just a few months ago and current spending is unsustainable. The Township reserve will be completely depleted in two years. He suggested the following changes:
Mr. R. Gallagher said that we are in a very difficult position with the loss of Lockheed Martin’s and Middletown’s EIT contributions, but he feels we have already compromised significantly on capital spending. The departments have been supportive of the reductions in spending made so far. He favored supporting this current budget and monitoring the situation closely. We can use the reserves to cover expenses and plan for future reductions. He does not support reduction of the LST to the ambulance squad without prior discussion with the squad.
Mr. Calabro said that he agrees with Mr. Benchener’s suggestions except for the elimination of the Park and Rec Department, which is an essential part of our government and community. He would support the reduction to the rescue squad, since it can raise its own funds. This organization has never offered any concessions during the difficult times as others have.
Dr. Ciervo noted that the Township has already cut back significantly on its contributions to the rescue squad, which used to fill up its vehicles for free at the Township pump. The rescue squad will also see a drop in its collection of LST when Lockheed Martin employees are no longer paying it. Upper Makefield has just entered an agreement with St. Mary Hospital for transports, also reducing the rescue squad’s revenues. The Township’s largest expenses are for the contracts with bargaining units and this is where we must look for savings. The Township needs to work for future contracts to include contributions toward health insurance and pensions. For now, he said that he supports the budget, using the reserve, rather than hording taxpayer money. Regarding elimination of the Park and Recreation Department, the total saved would be $29,000, as only the director’s position would be eliminated and we would lose the revenue from the programs. The other employees are contracted and cannot be laid off. We would have the Park and Rec clerks on salary with no work to do.
Mr. Calabro asked whether the budget anticipates filling the position of finance director this year.
Mr. M. Gallagher said that an individual finance director salary is not in this budget and no plans have been made to hire one.
Mr. Calabro said that he is concerned that not having a dedicated finance director is impacting the Township’s Moody’s Bond Rating.
Mr. Ferguson said that he has spoken to Moody’s about this; they do not see it as a negative and have not downgraded the Township.
Mr. Calabro said that as a matter of checks and balances, he favors having a separate finance director.
Mr. M. Gallagher said that perhaps this should be a discussion for 2014. Mr. Calabro has made some valid points.
Dr. Ciervo moved to adopt Resolution 2013-R-11, the 2014 budget with revenues of $12,743,267, expenditures of $11,410,799 and a year-end general fund balance of $1,332,468. Mr. M. Gallagher seconded.
Discussion of motion: Mr. Benchener stressed that this continues an unsustainable path.
Mr. M. Gallagher said that Mr. Benchener is assuming that Lockheed Martin will remain vacant and that the Township will see no new revenues. He suggested that the Manager confer with the Board before making any capital purchases, however he is unwilling to eliminate capital purchases and sacrifice our police, ambulance and park and recreation departments.
Mr. R. Gallagher agreed with Mr. M. Gallagher, noting that the proposed year-end reserve is well above that recommended by the State. The money is there to cover the unexpected. While he agreed that there is uncertainty, especially with Lockheed Martin, he feels confident that the property will not sit vacant indefinitely. While we do not know what will happen, he is unwilling to sacrifice police, rescue squad and park and rec.
Mr. Benchener said that he understands that the budget is our best guess of what will happen, but he is uncomfortable with a $700,000 deficit. He feels that his proposed cuts would not impact service to residents. He did not consider how insignificant the impact of eliminating Park and Recreation would be, so would be willing to leave that in the budget, only eliminating capital spending and reducing the rescue squad contribution.
Mr. R. Gallagher said that the Manager has worked hard to try to project revenues and expenses and we cannot know fully the impact of losing Lockheed Martin. He feels that the Township can weather this with close monitoring through the year.
Mr. M. Gallagher noted that Mr. Benchener’s recommended cuts will not fill the deficit, but only save about $200,000.
Dr. Ciervo urged the Board to look for changes when negotiating union contracts, seeking contributions to health insurance and pension funds.
Mr. Benchener said that regardless of the vote the Township should discuss its contributions with the rescue squad.
The motion passed 3-2, with Messrs. Benchener and Calabro voting nay.
Mr. M. Gallagher moved to adopt Resolution 2013-R-12, establishing pay for exempt employees and supplemental pay for accountants within the CWA bargaining unit. Dr. Ciervo seconded.
Discussion of motion: Mr. Calabro asked whether this includes an increase for the Township Manager.
Mr. Ferguson said it includes a 3% increase.
The motion passed 4-1, with Dr. Ciervo voting nay.
Mr. Benchener moved to adopt Resolution 2013-R-13, fixing the tax rate at 2.5 mills. Mr. R. Gallagher seconded.
Discussion of motion: Mr. Ferguson explained that the 2.5 mill property tax is based on assessed value of properties, with 1.625 mills for debt service and 0.875 for fire protection. Each mill generates $315,000. There is no general fund millage.
Dr. Ciervo reminded residents that this equals an average of about $90 per household, while the county tax is about $900 and Council Rock School District is about $4500.
The motion passed 5-0.
Minutes, Bills Lists and Reports
Minutes: Mr. Benchener moved to accept the minutes of December 4, 2013. Mr. M. Gallagher seconded and the motion passed 5-0.
Bills: Mr. R. Gallagher moved to approve payment of bills totaling $241,521.11. Mr. M. Gallagher seconded.
Discussion of motion: Mr. Calabro asked about a payment to TD Bank.
Mr. Ferguson said this is a credit card used by the Township for incidental purchases from Home Depot, Staples, etc.
The motion passed 4-1, with Mr. Calabro voting nay.
Mr. R. Gallagher moved to approve interfund transfers totaling $275,000. Mr. M. Gallagher seconded and the motion passed 5-0.
Mr. M. Gallagher said that he would like to thank Dr. Ciervo for his years of service to the Township. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Dr. Ciervo, first campaigning for office and then on the Board. This is the seventh budget Dr. Ciervo has approved with no tax increase. During his time on the Board he has worked to see the new Municipal Complex completed, Veterans Park opened and a skate park constructed and opened with no taxpayer money spent. Dr. Ciervo was able to negotiate a donation of land for the skate park, which has been one of our most popular parks. Dr. Ciervo has worked tirelessly with the Jointure to preserve our ordinances and to control development.
Mr. Benchener added his thanks to Dr. Ciervo, especially for his advocacy for our zoning, preservation of open space and his work on some very difficult labor contracts.
Mr. Calabro thanked Dr. Ciervo for his work on the Board. He has always been very well prepared for discussion of every issue and has always been sincere in his questions and comments. He has always shown compassion for the concerns of our residents.
Mr. R. Gallagher commended Dr. Ciervo for his work, always wanting to do good for our residents, always putting the community first. He has done all he can to make the Township a better place.
Dr. Ciervo thanked his fellow Board members for their sincere and kind comments. He became involved in the Township primarily because of his concern for upholding our zoning; he grew up in Newtown and has seen it rapidly grow and wanted to help preserve as much of the small town as he could. He is proud of the Jointure and that Newtown Township has not withdrawn, although at different times there was some talk of dissatisfaction. This is the only jointure in the state and it has been effective in preserving some of our rural areas while developing strong business as well. He thanked the wonderful employees who work hard to make this a great place to live and he thanked the many volunteers who support the Township and the Board of Supervisors, especially our volunteer fire department. He especially thanked Mr. Ferguson and Chief Pasqualini and Chief Forsyth for their work. He remembered past Board members that he has served with and who taught him so much. He learned from Tom Jirele and Jerry Schenkman. And he is very proud of what has been accomplished during his time on the Board, although it sometimes involved a great deal of compromise. The Board has prevented some high-density housing, seen some successful commercial development, stopped a water pumping station in the conservation management district, helped to keep a sewage treatment plant from a residential area and removed the eyesore of the abandoned Acme building. He thanked those who drafted the original JMZO and urged the Board to seek their wisdom and guidance going forward.
Mark Byelich of Northampton Township said that he wanted to thank Dr. Ciervo for all he has done for Newtown and to wish him luck going forward. He will be missed.
Julie Mueller, a professor at Bucks County Community College, thanked Mr. M. Gallagher for his participation in her class, speaking to her students about local government and helping to judge a competition on writing policy statements.
Mr. M. Gallagher announced that the Board would remain for an executive session.The meeting adjourned at 10:50 PM.
Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary