The Newtown Township Park and Recreation Board met on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, in the Newtown Township Building. In attendance and voting were: Andrew Levine, Chairman; Joel Grosso, Vice-Chairman; Kathy Kelly and Buck O’Neill, members. Also in attendance: Bill Wert, Park and Recreation Director.

Call to Order

Mr. Levine called the meeting to order at 7:00PM

Approval of Minutes

Mrs. Kelly moved to accept the minutes of September 11, 2007. Mr. O’Neill seconded and the motion passed 4-0.

New Business

Preliminary/Final Plan for Land Development – Penns Trail Storage

Mr. Levine moved to recommend that the Board accept a fee in lieu of open space for this land development project. Mrs. Kelly seconded and the motion passed 4-0.

Park Development

Woll Tract

Mr. Levine reported that he and Township Solicitor Paul Beckert gave a presentation of the plans for the park to the Wrightstown Planning Commission as part of its review of the proposed JMZO amendment changing portions of the Woll tract from POS to EIR. The members of the Planning Commission expressed interest in the plans, but commented that they would prefer to see no access through Route 413; they have required a number of developers to take access from other roadways in order to keep traffic moving along Rte 413. Mr. Levine received a letter from the Planning Commission thanking him for attending the meeting. The Wrightstown Planning Commission recommended that the Wrightstown Board of Supervisors adopt the ordinance.

Mr. Levine said that the Newtown Township Planning Commission had reviewed the Woll Plans, and made a number of suggestions, including widening of the internal roadways. Mr. Levine had asked Gilmore & Associates to revise the plans to comply with the Planning Commission recommendations and the Township consultants’ review letters. He had also asked for budgets for the park, the full build out, and some estimated budgets to complete the park in stages. There is a tight timeline for submission of the revised plans to the Township to get onto the Planning Commission’s agenda, and then onto the Board of Supervisors’ agenda to be reviewed as preliminary/final plan. Mr. Levine said that he has concerns that if the revised plans are not submitted very soon, the review by the Board of Supervisors could be postponed, possibly preventing the plans from being included in next year’s budget.

Clark Nature Center

Mr. Wert reported that the Natural Resource Management study has discussed some erosion that the Woll stormwater management system could help alleviate. Currently a great deal of run-off seems to be coming from the detention basin at Wrights Road and 413; this has yet to be confirmed. A full draft report should be available for the next Park and Recreation meeting.

Open Space

Mr. Wert reported that the Open Space Task Force held a press conference to show support for the Bucks County Open Space program. The task force is asking municipalities to adopt resolutions supporting the referendum for the Bucks County bond issue for open space preservation. In 1997, Newtown was a recipient of $457,000, used to help purchase and preserve the Clark Nature Center. The task force would allow grant money to be used for updating of open space plans. More developed municipalities could apply for grants for park preservation and historic preservation.

Mr. Levine moved to recommend that the Board of Supervisors adopt the resolution supporting the open space bond issue. Mr. Grosso seconded and the motion passed 4-0.

Park and Recreation Director’s Report

Mr. Wert reported that there has been a 3% increase in Park and Recreation revenue compared to last year. He is concerned that participation could decrease because of the use of an e-Friday folder by Council Rock School District. While the brochures produce registrations for programs that will be starting shortly, flyers were sent home weekly with school children about programs throughout the school year. The use of the e-Friday folder might cut down on spontaneous registrations. Mr. Wert said that he will be meeting with the Superintendent to discuss other ways to contact the parents in the district. The department continues to add to its own e-mail list for e-flyers. There are now 860 active e-mail members, who have received 13,835 e-flyers.

The Board of Supervisors awarded a contract to Superior Turf for rebuilding of Helen Randle Field #4. Work on Chandler’s front field will be performed in conjunction with the Helen Randle work. Split rail fencing is to be installed at the field behind Staples. There could be temporary lights on the field again this year.

Mr. Wert reported that Rock Girls’ Softball is attempting to put together a proposal for lighting at Helen Randle Park and there has been a request for the use of Silver Lake Park for a soccer field.

Mrs. Kelly moved to adjourn at 8:15PM. Mr. O’Neill seconded and the motion passed 4-0.


Respectfully Submitted:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary