NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
100 MUNICIPAL DRIVE, NEWTOWN, BUCKS COUNTY, PA 18940
Meeting held on August 27, 2012
The Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Council met on Monday, August 27, 2012 at the Newtown Township Building. In attendance and voting were members Sanford Bender, Shannon Escalante, Pam Fitzpatrick and Eric Korn. Also in attendance was Planning Commission Liaison Dennis Fisher.
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM.
Approval of Minutes: Ms. Fitzpatrick moved to accept the minutes of June 25, 2012. Ms. Escalante seconded and the motion passed 4-0.
Mr. Korn said that a program called Energy Rider, sponsored by the DVRPC, is seeking volunteers to help conduct energy audits. The deadline is August 31, 2012. Mr. Korn said that although it is too late to become involved this year, he would like to research this further as a possible project for next year.
Quarterly Forum: Ms. Escalante reviewed the June 2, 2012 quarterly forum. She noted attendance of about a dozen residents. The topics included Bird Town, organic gardening and landscaping.
Ms. Escalante said she would begin planning the next forum shortly with a goal of having a fall or winter topic.
Mr. Fisher said that Township Engineer Michele Fountain would be interested in attending a future forum. He suggested that stormwater management could be a topic of interest to residents with Ms. Fountain as a speaker.
Newtown Creek Coalition: Ms. Fitzpatrick provided members with copies of the Creek Coalition minutes, noting that the Coalition is attempting to recruit new members with specific skills. The Coalition would have a table at Market Day.
Planning Commission: Mr. Fisher reported that the Commission has reviewed some changes to the Goodnoe Elementary School renovation plan.
Mr. Fisher said that a resident has expressed interest in a community garden and has been put in touch with the Park and Recreation Department to discuss the fenced area at Clark Nature Center.
Stormwater Management Pamphlet: Mr. Korn said that he had reviewed and revised the draft pamphlet Ms. Thomas had designed. He provided copies of the revisions to the members. Mr. Bender commented on a few grammatical changes, which Mr. Korn agreed to incorporate into the draft before forwarding it to Township Engineer Michele Fountain for approval.
Bird Town: Ms. Fitzpatrick reported that she and Chairman Autumn Thomas are attempting to complete their Bird Town training so that they can begin to conduct property reviews.
The Recording Secretary reported that Ms. Thomas, on behalf of the EAC, co-sponsored a grant application with the Park and Recreation Board and Director Kathy Pawlenko and were awarded $550 by Bucks Beautiful for plantings at Carl Sedia Park on Sycamore Street. Ms. Thomas and Mrs. Pawlenko were able to purchase plants and were also given additional plants and supplies by Shady Brook Farms.
Quarterly Forums: Ms. Escalante said that she hoped to have Bird Town training as the next quarterly forum. In January, Mr. Korn has agreed to coordinate a forum on green businesses.
Resident Vera Kaminski said that she has been interested in environmental issues and wanted to learn more about Newtown Township’s efforts to save energy, protect open space and protect water and other natural resources. She also asked about efforts at wildlife management to control deer tick populations.
Mr. Korn said that the EAC has been involved in a number of efforts, including the stormwater management pamphlet, which protects the community from floods and excessive run-off while recharging aquifers. The EAC also hosts quarterly environmental forums and contributes to the Township Newsletter to help educate residents on things they can do to protect the environment.
Regarding deer ticks, Mr. Bender said that although it can be controversial, the EAC has been involved in promoting a program of wildlife management to help control the deer herd.
Mr. Korn encouraged Ms. Kaminski to ask to be appointed to the EAC by writing a letter of interest to the Supervisors. Appointments are made in January of each year.
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.
Respectfully submitted by:
Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary