Meeting held on June 24, 2013

The Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Council met on Monday, June 24, 2013 at the Newtown Township Building. In attendance and voting were Autumn Thomas, Chairman, Eric Korn, Vice Chairman, member Steven Jenks and alternate Amy Easterly. Also in attendance was Planning Commission Liaison Dennis Fisher.

Call to Order: Ms. Thomas called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. Ms. Thomas noted that Perry Katz has moved from Newtown and is no longer a member of the EAC. She asked the recording secretary to alert the Supervisors and ask that Ms. Easterly be appointed as a voting member.

Approval of Minutes: As this meeting lacked a quorum, no votes were taken.

Old Business

Mr. Jenks reported that he would speak to Township Manager Kurt Ferguson about ways the EAC could help the Township promote recycling.

Mr. Korn said that he would like to review the Clark Nature Center stewardship plan and possibly target certain projects in that park. He would contact Park and Recreation Director Kathy Pawlenko to discuss this. He thought there could be volunteer opportunities for high school students and scout troops.

The recording secretary noted that Mrs. Pawlenko has relationships with the scouts and with the High School and has worked with both on a number of projects. She urged Mr. Korn to look to her first for guidance in recruiting volunteers.

May Meeting Report

Ms. Thomas reported that on May 21, 2013, the EAC held an informal meeting at the Corner Bakery Café. The group planned for the Hydraulic Fracturing forum at that meeting.

Discussion of Projects

Quarterly Forums: Ms. Thomas reported that there were about 25 people in attendance for the June quarterly forum to hear State Representative Santarsiero and Engineer Jason Hanna speak on Hydraulic Fracturing. All who attended felt they learned a lot about natural gas and the extraction procedure.

The members briefly discussed possible topics for the next quarterly forum, including green energy, recycling and stormwater management.

Bird Town: Ms. Thomas reported that she had a number of families sign up for the backyard conservation review at the Welcome Day table. She also has sold a few Bird Town gardening books. She is thinking of organizing a seed swap event in the fall to promote native species.

Green Corner: Mr. Jenks volunteered to write something for the next Township newsletter. He would speak to Ms. Escalante to see if she has any topics in mind.

Liaison Report

Planning Commission: Mr. Fisher reported that the Commission had reviewed a sketch plan for a subdivision of a 13 acre parcel on Linton Hill Road into three lots. The applicant proposes to create two new, 3-acre lots for 6,000 square foot homes, taking access through the neighboring parcel by means of a shared driveway. The existing lot has a house, barn and pond. The property has a number of areas which are environmentally sensitive and include woodlands, wetlands, riparian buffers, agricultural soils and steep slopes. A number of zoning variances would be needed for the plan to proceed and large portions of the property are already protected from development. It was suggested that the applicant may want input from the EAC about the proposed subdivision.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.


Respectfully submitted by:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary