The Newtown Township Park and Recreation Board met on March 4, 2009 in the Newtown Township Building. In attendance and voting were: Andrew Levine, Joel Grosso, Brian Bark, Michael Clancy, Kathy Kelly, Buck O’Neill and Susan Sutton, members. Also in attendance were Park and Recreation Director Kathy Pawlenko and Planning Commission Liaison Robert Whartenby.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM.

Approval of Minutes: Mr. Clancy moved to accept the minutes of January 7, 2009. Mrs. Sutton seconded and the motion passed 5-0-1.

Mrs. Sutton moved to accept the minutes of February 4, 2009. Mr. Grosso seconded and the motion passed 4-0-2.

(Mr. O’Neill was not present for the approval of the minutes.)

New Business

Open Space Signage: Mr. Levine reported that there has been a request that the Township consider posting open space preservation signs.

Reports of Subcommittees

Park Development

Helen Randle Park: Mr. Levine advised that in the near future he expects to start discussions with the Little League and Rock Softball to discuss field use. Mrs. Pawlenko reported on the new equipment that has been installed (windscreens, safety nets).

Skate Park: Mr. Levine reported that the Township still has not closed on the property. He advised that he had been contact by Spohn Ranch and on their request to quote a price. Their price was 50% higher than the quote received from American Ramp. He reported that he will be meeting with Mr. Iapalucci and Mr. Darcy to discuss starting a fundraising committee.

Woll Tract: Mr. Levine reported that the Board of Supervisors approved the bid for the Woll Tract and that the contract was awarded to Adams Bickel. The members discussed the items that were included in the bid price and requested to be advised of the groundbreaking date. Mrs. Pawlenko advised that she would make sure they are made aware of the date when it becomes available. The members discussed posting a notice in the summer brochure discussing the Woll Tract.

Roberts Ridge Park: The members discussed the BioSun Systems composting toilet. Mrs. Pawlenko reported on the references she has received regarding the system and human resource problems. Mrs. Sutton commented that she believes Peace Valley is using the BioSun system. Mrs. Pawlenko advised that she would contact Peace Valley to verify what type of system they are using. The members discussed the ability to use the facility year round. Members agreed that the next step would be to recommend that Mr. Crossland speak directly with a representative from BioSun. Mrs. Pawlenko advised that she would email members the reference information that she has. Mr. Levine advised that the Board would discuss this matter at the next meeting.

Liaison Reports

Planning Commission: Mr. Whartenby reported that the Planning Commission has agreed to recommend the Board of Supervisors to approve the preliminary plan for the McLaughlin minor subdivision (2-lot subdivision). Mr. Levine questioned if the applicant would appear before the Park and Recreation Board with regards to open space. Mr. Whartenby advised that he would speak with the Township Engineer regarding Mr. Levine’s question. He reported that the Planning Commission tabled discussions with regards to the JMZO 2008-10 Historic Preservation Ordinance and that the Supervisors have requested the Planning Commission to review the Acme Visioning Committee’s Report. Mr. Levine requested that the Planning Commission begin having discussions regarding the obnoxious weed ordinance.

Technology Committee: Mr. Levine reported that the Technology Committee is working on improving the Park and Rec web site.

Park and Recreation Department Report

Mrs. Pawlenko reported that she was contacted by a resident requesting permission to plant a tree in one of the Township’s parks and on the 36 trees purchased under a municipality plan for a cost of $900.00 to the Township. The members discussed developing a list of acceptable trees. A suggestion was made to contact Rus Stover to develop a list of trees. Member discussed where the 36 trees should be planted.

Mrs. Pawlenko reported on the Comprehensive Plan grant that Mr. Wert had applied for and that work on a new plan is beginning. Mr. Levine advised that any members interested in working on the plan should contact Mrs. Pawlenko. Mrs. Pawlenko advised on the various Borough and Township residents involved in working on the new plan.

Mrs. Pawlenko reported on the Township’s request to eliminate programs and changes to the fee schedule.

Mrs. Pawlenko reported on discussions with Print Masters regarding the brochure and layout.

Mrs. Pawlenko advised that the revenue collected to date for recreation programs is $181,687.00.

Mrs. Pawlenko reported on Summer Camp registration and the staff.

General Discussion

Mrs. Sutton advised the members that Arbor Day is schedule for April 22, 2009 with a rain date of April 27, 2009. She reported that she can not attending the poster judging contest scheduled for April 16, 2009 at 7 P.M. at Newtown Borough Hall. Mr. Bark advised that he would check his schedule to see if he could cover the judging. Mrs. Sutton advised that she would email him the information.

The members discussed the Eagle Scout project regarding the bluebird houses. Mr. Levine advised that topic would be included in his report to the Supervisors.

The members discussed meadowing and the obnoxious weed ordinance.

Mr. Levine advised that the Supervisors do not want to use Silver Lake Park for active recreational use. The members discussed the fields needing to be re-seeded and trucks parking in the parking lot. Mrs. Pawlenko advised that the Township is aware of construction vehicles parking there. The members commented on the fountain not running. Mrs. Pawlenko reported that it was turn off due to cost.

Mrs. Sutton reported on the Newtown Creek Coalition’s upcoming meeting on April 11, 2009 at the Newtown Theater. She suggested members try to attend and advised that she would let them know the meeting time.

Mr. Grosso commented with regards to the Newtown Creek and a possible community service project. Mrs. Sutton advised that she felt that was a great idea.

The members discussed Hidden Lake with regards to water being released into Newtown Creek.

Mrs. Sutton reported on the adopt a bridge program.

Mr. Levine advised that he would not be at the April meeting.

Mr. Bark moved to adjourn at 8:05 PM. Mr. Grosso seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


Respectfully Submitted:


Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary