Meeting held on April 22, 2013

The Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Council met on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the Newtown Township Building. In attendance and voting were Autumn Thomas, Chairman, Eric Korn, Vice Chairman and members Steven Jenks and Perry Katz.

Call to Order: Ms. Thomas called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Approval of Minutes: Mr. Katz moved to approve the minutes of March 25, 2013. Mr. Jenks seconded and the motion passed 3-0-1, with Ms. Thomas abstaining.

Old Business

Electronic Recycling Event: Mr. Jenks reported that all of the members participated in the event, handing out literature on upcoming events and Bird Town. This provided the EAC with an opportunity to reach out to residents. The event had 385 cars drop off 34,918 pounds of electronics to be recycled. Mr. Jenks noted that the Township’s electronic road sign at the entrance alerted residents who were unaware of the event, but went home to get things to recycle.

Mr. Jenks said that he would like to contact the Township Manager to offer EAC support for future recycling events and efforts. He suggested that he could track whether efforts to educate the public would increase the Township’s recycling grants.

The recording secretary said that she believed the Township Manager is also looking into possibly holding a paper shredding day and a household hazardous waste recycling event.

Mr. Jenks said he would offer EAC help and support for these two plans as well.

Discussion of Projects

Quarterly Forums: Mr. Katz said that he has confirmed State Representative Steve Santarsiero as a speaker but has not yet had confirmation of a date in either late May or early June. He has prepared press releases, which he will forward to appropriate news outlets once the date is confirmed. He is also trying to firm up a second speaker, either a grad student who wrote an extensive research white paper on fracking or an engineer who specializes in this. He has prepared a tentative agenda for the event:


Environmental aspects

Economic aspects

Legislative aspects

Mr. Katz said that he would like to reserve the room from 9:30 AM until noon and would offer coffee and donuts as refreshments. He asked the recording secretary to reserve the room and the projector and screen once the date is confirmed.

Mr. Jenks said that once the date and time are confirmed he would contact Lower Makefield’s EAC and Mr. Katz would notify Wrightstown’s EAC.

Bird Town: Ms. Thomas reported that she would have booths at two upcoming community events, the Park and Rec Art in the Park event on May 4 and Welcome Day on May 5. She will be handing out native plants and trying to sign up residents for property landscaping evaluations to develop Bird Town landscape plans. She asked the members to sign up to help at the booths. She would circulate a timetable to the members via e-mail, as most were not in attendance.

Other Business

The recording secretary said that she had confirmed that Ms. Escalante had submitted “Green Corner” articles on composting and green cleaning products for the upcoming newsletter.

The recording secretary reminded the members that the next regular meeting date is Memorial Day and the office is closed.

Mr. Korn suggested that the members attempt an informal meeting on another date. He would circulate suggested dates and times via e-mail to the members. He suggested meeting at the Corner Bakery Café’s community room.

Mr. Katz said that he would reach out to member Sanford Bender to confirm that he wishes to remain as an active EAC member. He has been working out of town for the past six months but that assignment may end soon.

Ms. Thomas moved to adjourn at 8:30 PM. Mr. Korn seconded and the motion passed 4-0.


Respectfully submitted by:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary