Meeting held on January 28, 2013

The Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Council met on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Newtown Township Building. In attendance and voting were Autumn Thomas, Perry Katz, Shannon Escalante, Eric Korn, Steven Jenks and Amy Easterly (alternate). Also in attendance was Dennis Fisher, Planning Commission liaison.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM.

Reorganization of Council: The members introduced themselves to new members Steven Jenks and Amy Easterly. Ms. Thomas said that she has had a work commitment that frequently takes her out of town. Although she would like to continue to serve a chairman, she suggested that the Council consider nominating co-chairmen.

Ms. Escalante moved to nominate Ms. Thomas and herself as co-chairmen. Ms. Thomas seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Ms. Thomas nominated Mr. Korn to serve as vice-chairman. Mr. Katz seconded and the motion passed 5-0.

Approval of Minutes: Ms. Thomas moved to accept the minutes of November 26, 2012. Mr. Katz seconded and the motion passed 4-0-1, with Mr. Jenks abstaining.

New Business

Mr. Korn reported that the members held an informal meeting in December at the Corner Bakery Café. Most of the members were able to attend and two residents, Vera Kaminsky and Judith Norkin also participated. The attendees discussed issues of concern including fracking and consumer issues.

Mr. Korn reported that he has started a LinkedIn page for the EAC and is trying to make it connect directly to the EAC Facebook page.

Liaison Reports

Planning Commission: Mr. Fisher reported that the Planning Commission reviewed plans for zoning applications. The review scheduled for the Newtown Swim Club trailer park has been postponed.

Discussion of Projects

Bird Town: Ms. Thomas reported that there are six people already signed up for the March 2, 2013 Audubon Backyard Stewardship training. She has been in contact with the Bucks County Courier Times and the Patch and hopes that this publicity will generate more interest. She is also forwarding information to the EAC’s in surrounding communities.

The Audubon Society has assigned an employee to work with Bird Town members on fundraising. They are also sponsoring a student art contest.

Quarterly Forums: Ms. Escalante reviewed the past quarterly forums for the benefit of the new members.

Mr. Katz said that he would circulate the outline he prepared for a June forum on fracking. His aim is to provide an informative panel covering the environmental issues of the fracking procedure, the environmental impact of natural gas as an energy source and the economic aspects, pro and con.

Mr. Fisher said that State Representative Steve Santarsiero speaks on these issues frequently and might be a good panelist.

Mr. Jenks said that one of his recently retired colleagues might be able to speak on some of the economic issues.

The members were in agreement that they would like to confirm a panel of speakers and a date so that the event could be promoted during the March event.

Green Corner: Ms. Escalante said that the deadline for submissions to the Green Corner of the Township newsletter is late March. She would like to include information on composting and on environmentally friendly household products.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.


Respectfully submitted by:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary