NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

100 MUNICIPAL DRIVE, NEWTOWN, BUCKS COUNTY, PA 18940

Internet: http://www.twp.newtown.pa.us

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Meeting held on November 24, 2008

 

The Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Council met on Monday, November 24, 2008 in the Township Building. In attendance and voting were: Donald McEachron, Chairman; Jay McGuigan, Vice Chairman; Michael Kaner, Secretary; Dennis Annarelli and Walt Leck members.

Call To Order

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

Approval of Minutes

Mr. McGuigan moved to accept the minutes of October 27, 2008. Dr. Annarelli seconded and the motion passed 4-0-1, with Dr. Kaner abstaining.

Discussion of Projects

Wildlife Management: Mr. McGuigan reported that he has begun contacting surrounding communities to review their findings on the use and effectiveness of non-lethal methods of deer management. Thus far he has learned that the only effective method has been installation of high fences to protect sensitive properties, and that has been only partially successful and very expensive. He would like to follow up with Lower Makefield on whether it followed the recommendations in the report prepared and if so, whether it has produced results.

Mr. McGuigan briefly reviewed some neighboring municipalities’ uses of sharpshooters and archers. He suggested planning to work cooperatively with Upper Makefield and Wrightstown on a controlled hunt. The Council members agreed that this should be investigated further by contact of the other municipalities’ EAC’s. Mr. McGuigan’s research indicates that the only really effective method of deer management is culling the herd. The EAC should further investigate costs associated with use of sharpshooters and bow hunters.

Mr. Leck noted that an extended deer hunting season might bring favorable results and suggested investigating ways to petition the State on this.

Dr. Kaner reported that the State is beginning this year to collect data on Lyme’s disease.

Regarding ongoing issues in the community with goose problems, Mr. Leck reported that he has purchased a fox cut-out that he places in his field. If the fox is moved every few days it is very effective in keeping the geese off of his property.

Open Space: Mr. McGuigan presented the completed evaluation form for the open space inventory. He said that Ms. Aslam prepared a weighted form to better compare parcels. Using this system, the evaluation form does not make judgments but does allow for comparison of parcels, for example to determine which parcels of equal size contain more wooded area, wetlands, agricultural soils, etc.

Liaison Reports

Open Space: The recording secretary reported that, with the completion of the evaluation form, all components of the Open Space Comprehensive Plan draft which the committee is responsible for will have been completed. The inventory, maps, goals and objectives, etc., will be submitted to the Bucks County Planning Commission for review and comment before being presented to the Board of Supervisors for approval.

Mr. Leck moved to adjourn at 8:35 PM. Mr. McGuigan seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

 

Respectfully submitted by:

 

Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary