Minutes for the meeting held on June 12, 2007


The Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Council met on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 in the Township Building. In attendance and voting were: Donald McEachron, Chairman; Susan Sciarratta, Vice Chairman; and William Heil, member. Also in attendance was Dennis Fisher, Planning Commission Liaison.

Call to Order

Dr. McEachron called the meeting to order at 7:30PM.

Approval of Minutes

Mr. Heil moved to approve the minutes of May 16, 2007. Ms. Sciarratta seconded and the motion passed 3-0.

Open Space

Ms. Sciarratta reported that she had not yet received additional maps. The Members discussed creating overlay maps. Commercial printers or Staples might be able to create a clear plastic overlay of the tax map parcels to be superimposed over the various topographic maps once all have been collected.

The members agreed that once the maps are available, they would hold informal meetings to review them before beginning their evaluation.


The members discussed extending Ecostar to organizations. Scout troops and school clubs might qualify. Dr. McEachron noted that a portion of the middle school curriculum involves ecology and environmental issues. He suggested contacting science teachers and leaders of school based science clubs in September to make them aware of the Award program. The recording secretary agreed to make the applications available to members of the Newtown Business Commons Association.

Newtown Creek

Dr. McEachron reported that a letter from the Borough supporting the grant application has been received.

Liaison Reports

Newtown Creek Coalition

Ms. Sciarratta reported that at the May 19, 2007 meeting the members reviewed GIS maps provided by the Bucks County Planning Commission. Main Streets Manager Chris Ortwein presented a PowerPoint on the history of the creek and goals of the Coalition. The next meeting is scheduled for June 16, 2007 at LaSalle University.

Mr. Heil moved to adjourn at 8:30 PM. Ms. Sciarratta seconded and the motion passed 3-0.


Respectfully submitted by:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary