Meeting held on June 23, 2014

This meeting lacked a quorum

The Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Council met on Monday, June 23, 2014 in the Newtown Township Building. In attendance and voting were: Chairman Steven Jenks, Vice Chairman Shannon Escalante and member Pam Fitzpatrick.

Call to Order: Mr. Jenks called the meeting to order at 7:50PM.

Liaison Reports
Planning Commission: Ms. Escalante reported that she has been appointed to the Planning Commission so would take on the duty of EAC liaison. At its last meeting the Commission reviewed two zoning applications for the NAC and one for a pediatric office in the old Newtown Veterinary Hospital on Newtown Yardley Road. The Commission also discussed Township signage ordinances with members of the business community.
Newtown Creek Coalition: Mrs. Fitzpatrick reported that the Coalition has moved its regular meeting date to the second Thursday of each month. She has a conflict with that time and asked for another member to act as liaison. The May creek clean-up date was canceled due to inclement weather.

Ongoing Projects
Mr. Jenks said that he has learned from the Park and Recreation Director that the Public Works Department has had some difficulty in maintaining rain gardens. After the meeting he will look at the rain garden next to the administration building and perhaps consider using it for a class rather than Clark Nature Center.
The members agreed to use Mr. Bacher’s slide show presentation of climate change for its fall environmental forum
Ms. Escalante said that she would prepare some articles for the Township Newsletter. The recording secretary has already submitted an article and pictures from Earth Day. She would post Mr. Bacher’s presentation once a date has been chosen and review her notes for other possible submissions.
Mr. Jenks said that he had not yet completed his review of Lower Makefield’s impervious surface ordinance, which does not include porous pavers in impervious calculations for residential use. He hoped to have a report for the next meeting.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick reported that Whitemarsh Township had been given a Bird Town award for its plantings along Germantown Pike, which are sponsored by businesses in the area.


The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.


Respectfully submitted by:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary