Meeting held on September 23, 2013

The Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Council met on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the Newtown Township Building. In attendance and voting were Shannon Escalante, Co-Chairman, Eric Korn, Vice Chairman, members Pam Fitzpatrick and Steven Jenks.

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

Approval of Minutes: Mr. Jenks moved to accept the minutes of July 22, 2013. Mr. Korn seconded and the motion passed 4-0.

New Business

As this committee has had a number of scheduling issues, the members discussed possibly changing its meeting time and day. It was agreed that part of the difficulty with attendance is work commitments which cannot be rescheduled. The day or time would not change members’ ability to attend regularly. The members decided that they would reduce their meeting schedule to cancel every other meeting unless a pressing agenda item needed attention, for example the group would meet the month prior to hosting an environmental forum or other activity. The recording secretary would continue to circulate a proposed agenda each month, after which members would communicate via e-mail as to their availability. They might also submit written updates on on-going projects, rather than meeting in person. This method would be tested until year’s end, after which the meeting schedule would be re-evaluated.

Discussion of Projects

Native Plant Swap: Mr. Korn reported that the Native Plant Swap had about twenty participants and raised about $85 in donations for Bird Town. This event was held in conjunction with Leck & Son’s electronic recycling event, which was very successful. Once again, Tina Leck asked EAC members to volunteer at the sign in table, but also allowed them to discuss environmental projects and concerns and distribute literature about the EAC’s ongoing efforts with Bird Town.

Clark Nature Center: Messrs. Korn reported that there were a number of plants remaining from the plant swap. He believed that EAC Chairman Autumn Thomas would be leaving them at Clark Nature Center for replanting near the new community herb garden.

Mr. Jenks volunteered to follow up with Ms. Thomas and with Park and Recreation Director Kathy Pawlenko about coordinating with volunteers from the SAIL School and from scout organizations about assisting with the plants.

Mr. Korn said that his employer might be willing to donate additional plants or use of gardening tools and equipment if a planting day were planned.

Environmental Forum Planning: Mr. Jenks said that he would like to research a possible “alternative energy” forum. He would try to gather information about speakers and products for an early spring forum.

Stormwater Pamphlet: Mr. Korn said that he would contact Township Engineer Michele Fountain to discuss the engineering and ordinance requirements that would need to be part of the pamphlet.

Green Corner: Ms. Escalante said that the next deadline is not until year’s end. She would research some ideas and report at the next EAC meeting.

Holiday Parade: Mr. Jenks reported that Tina Leck invited the EAC to participate in the Holiday Parade on December 8. If the EAC wishes to participate, it would need to have some kind of banner or sign to identify itself. The members agreed to discuss this further during October.

Member Comments

The recording secretary reported that she had spoken to the Supervisors’ Chairman, Mike Gallagher about Mr. Korn’s membership on the EAC when he moves. Mr. Gallagher indicated that EAC members should be residents, not only property or business owners.

Mr. Korn said that he expected to move soon, but was still a resident at this time.

The recording secretary announced that the Park and Recreation Board would host the grand opening of Veterans Park on October 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM. In addition to the ribbon cutting festivities, the PRB would sponsor a community yard sale for children’s items. She urged the EAC members to attend the event.

Mr. Jenks moved to adjourn at 9:00 PM. Mr. Korn seconded and the motion passed 4-0


Respectfully submitted by:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary