PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD
MINUTES OF MEETING OF JULY 1, 2009
The Newtown Township Park and Recreation Board met on July 1, 2009 in the Newtown Township Building. In attendance and voting were: Chairman Andrew Levine, Vice Chairman Joel Grosso and Buck O’Neill, members. Also in attendance was Robert Whartenby, Planning Commission Liaison.
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.
Mark Craig of Newtown Borough announced that Newtown’s First Fourth celebration would be held on Saturday, July 4, 2009 with events scheduled at various locations throughout the day, ending at 9:15 PM with a fireworks display at Newtown Middle School.
Attorney Don Marshall was in attendance to review two plans for land development.
Mr. Levine said that the meeting lacked a quorum, but member Brian Bark had agreed to participate in the two reviews by speaker phone if Mr. Marshall agreed. Mr. Marshall had no objection.
Mr. Levine moved to adopt a policy of allowing members to participate in discussions and votes on recommendations via speaker telephone if a quorum is needed. Mr. O’Neill seconded and the motion passed 3-0.
Mr. Bark was contacted by telephone at this point.
Rosebank Winery: Attorney Don Marshall and applicant Dave Fleming were in attendance to review a preliminary plan for a two story 5400 square foot addition to the existing barn and a 1400 square foot deck to the existing wine producing building on a 10.675 acre parcel in the CM Conservation Management Zoning District. The applicant plans to move his wine business to the new building and move his events to the existing building. There will no longer be a tent for events. Some of the parking will also be removed. The applicant is seeking to pay a fee in lieu of open space.
Mr. Grosso moved to accept a fee in lieu of open space for Rosebank Winery. Mr. O’Neill seconded and the motion passed 4-0
Lockheed Martin: Attorney Don Marshall was in attendance to review this two phase plan for expansion of the Lockheed Martin site on 52.25 acres in the OR Office Research Zoning District. The applicant is seeking preliminary as final plan approval for Phase I, which includes construction of a 16,616 square foot conference center with stormwater basin, an 800 square foot chiller expansion and a 19,045 square foot High Bay PIM with modification to existing stormwater basin. The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval for Phase II, which will include a three-story, 40,974 square foot office building and a two story, 40,974 square foot office building with revisions to the existing parking lot. Mr. Marshall explained that at the original land development the applicant had dedicated four acres to the Township for Silver Lake Park for the original Phase I and Phase II. The Planning Commission has already reviewed this plan and recommended that the Board of Supervisors accept a fee in lieu of open space for the new Phase I.
Mr. Marshall noted that the applicant is reluctant to install sidewalks along Campus Drive to the facility. The Planning Commission had suggested that in lieu of sidewalks on Campus Drive the applicant pay a fee to be used for continuation of the Silver Lake Park trail from its current terminus to the gravel parking lot.
Mr. Levine moved to recommend that the Board of Supervisors accept a fee in lieu of open space for this project. Mr. Grosso seconded and the motion passed 4-0.
(At this point Mr. Bark disconnected from the meeting.)
Helen Randle Park: Mr. Grosso reported that he and Park and Recreation Director Kathy Pawlenko have discussed using Helen Randle Park fields exclusively for girls softball and using the Woll tract exclusively for boys baseball.
Resident Ann Porter said that she is representing Rock Softball. She has some concerns about an existing shed at Helen Randle Park.
Mr. Grosso said that Mrs. Pawlenko and the Public Works Department were attempting to divide this shed for shared use with the Softball League.
Mr. Levine said that as the two leagues continue to discuss the exclusive use of the two parks, it is important that the Softball League understands that the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will not permit lights at Helen Randle Park. While they may be permitted at the Woll tract, installation would be at the various sports leagues’ expense.
Mr. Grosso said that Mrs. Pawlenko will send a letter outlining every aspect of any agreement for girls to have exclusive use of Helen Randle Park.
Mr. Levine said that Mrs. Pawlenko is working on updating fees and use agreements for Helen Randle Park for tournament use. It is very important that there is an accurate count for the number of participants and cars to be at the site.
Skate Park: Mr. Levine said that he has reviewed the proposed American Ramp design with a number of children who would be using the park. The next phase will be fundraising to demonstrate to the Board of Supervisors the residents’ support for the park. The Township has still not closed on the land parcel.
Mr. Levine provided copies of the Township’s current Ordinance prohibiting the use of skateboards. He asked the members to review it; as currently written, skateboards are not permitted in any Township parks, which would include the skate park.
Woll Tract: Mr. Levine said that he would ask Mrs. Pawlenko and Public Works Director Gary Crossland to provide an update on construction at the next meeting.
Mr. Grosso asked whether irrigation would be part of the park. If it is not included, the leagues using the fields might want to raise funds to provide an irrigation system. He would check with Ms. Dotts of Gilmore & Associates.
Roberts Ridge Park: Mr. Levine reported that it is his understanding that Health Department permits are still to be received before the compost restrooms can be installed.
Technology: The recording secretary reported that the Technology Committee and Park and Rec Department are reviewing proposals for third party hosts of recreation Web sites. The site would allow for on-line registration for programs.
Mr. Levine mentioned that the School District is planning an adult school. The Park and Recreation Department will need to monitor this. The Department might look into a joint venture with the School District.
Planning Commission: Mr. Whartenby reported that the Planning Commission had already reviewed and recommended approval of the Lockheed Martin expansion. It had been the Commission’s assumption that the Park and Recreation Board would recommend a fee in lieu. The members had discussed the installation of a trail extension at Silver Lake Park in lien of installation of sidewalks.
he meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary