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Newtown BOS Accepting Resumes

The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) is accepting resumes for consideration for Township boards, committees, and commissions. Resumes will be accepted until December 20, 2017. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Olivia Kivenko,
Newtown Township, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940, by email to oliviak@newtownpa.gov, or by fax at (215) 968-5368.

The following is a list of available openings:

  • Zoning Hearing Board
  • Planning Commission
  • Parks and Recreation Board
  • Newtown Joint Historic Commission
  • Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB)
  • Traffic Impact Advisory Committee
  • Newtown Joint Municipal Sewer Authority Board
  • Environmental Advisory Council
  • Technology Committee
  • Economic Development Committee

More information, including meeting times and committee goals, about committees, boards and commissions (also see here and here):

Economic Development Committee - The Economic Development Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM. Several positions are open.

Find more details about the mission, residency requirements, term, and the powers and duties of this committee here.

Technology Committee - To advance the Board of Supervisor’s desire to advance the use of technology in Newtown Township; it is the mission of the Technology Committee, in cooperation with the Board of Supervisors and the Township Manager, to promote employee and volunteer efficiency, maximize customer service, and reduce Township costs through the use of technology. The Committee meets the last Tuesday of each month, 7:30 PM, in the public meeting room of the township building. Its members serve a three-year term. At least 3 positions are open.

Find more details about the mission, residency requirements, term, and the powers and duties of this committee here.

Environmental Advisory Council - The Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Council was established to protect the natural resources within the Township and create community awareness. The seven EAC members work together to build an environmentally sustainable community by championing and promoting natural resource conservation, consideration of environmental impacts in decision-making, education and awareness of environmental issues in Newtown Township. The Council meets the fourth Monday of each month, 7:30 PM, in the Public Meeting Room in the township building. Its members serve a three-year term. 

Find more details about the mission, residency requirements, term, and the powers and duties of this council here.

Parks and Recreation Board - Assesses parks, open space, and recreational needs of Township residents and also reviews development plans and provides recommendations to the Board of Supervisors as to whether open space should be dedicated to the Township or if the developer should pay the Township a “Fee-In-Lieu” of open space. The Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month, 7:00 PM, in the Public Meeting Room in the township building. Its members serve a three-year term.

Find more details about the mission, residency requirements, term, and the powers and duties of this committee here.

Zoning Hearing Board - A quasi-judicial body appointed by the Board of Supervisors. It hears and decides on appeals from a decision, or determination, of any administrative official in connection with the Zoning Ordinance, and grants Special Exceptions and Variances from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance.   The Board meets the first Thursday of each month, 7:00 PM, in the Public Meeting Room of  the  township building, as required. Its members serve a five-year term.

Planning Commission - Working in conjunction with the Bucks County Planning Commission, the Township Planner, and other Township boards, commissions, committees and councils, advises the Board of Supervisors on all planning, zoning and traffic matters, reviews Conditional Use Applications and Land Development Plans, and examines traffic impact issues. The Commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 PM, in the Public Meeting Room in the new township building. Its members serve a four-year term.

Find more details about the mission, residency requirements, term, and the powers and duties of this commission here.

Joint Historic Commission - Eight member board, four year term.   Meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM. The Joint Historic Commission’s primary responsibility is the protection and preservation of historically and/or architecturally significant structures in Newtown Borough and Newtown Township.  The Commission is comprised of four residents from each of these two municipalities.  Meetings are held in Newtown Borough Hall, 23 North State Street. As an advocate for historic preservation, the Joint Historic Commission can be a resource for property owners and Borough and Township boards and committees regarding historic and/or architecturally significant structures.

Find more details about the mission, residency requirements, term, and the powers and duties of this commission here.

Traffic Impact Advisory Committee - Derives the formula used for traffic impact fees imposed by the Township under the Municipalities Planning Code and the Subdivision and Land Use Ordinance, during the land development process. The Committee meets as required. Its members serve a one-year term.

 

Posted on 24 Nov 2017, 10:50 - Category: Newtown

Iím a Newtown Man

[With apologies to Chicago ~ I'm a Man]

Well Newtown is pretty nice but it's got cracks in the streets

Our kids are addicted to drugs made right here in town

We are in debt up to our necks, can hardly pay our bills

Our open space may soon dwindle,

And our water may be tainted.

 

But I never had no problems 'cause I've always paid may taxes

And thought things were fine with “fat cats” in power

I had no time for complaining or campaigning

'Cause my time was all used up with kids & work.

 

Today, I walk outside canvassing

All the groovy kinds of residents

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so.

 

If I had my choice of matter

I'd rather be with the big “fat cats”

All engrossed in money-making chatter

Showing where their minds are at.

 

But I resist that route, ‘cause

 

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so

I've got to keep my principles

And fight to make Newtown better!

 

I’ll never drop upon my knees

And help keep the “fat cats” in power

You think that I'm not qualified or that I am afraid,

But I've never had no problems

'Cause my cause and my heart are pretty strong.

 

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so


Posted on 29 Sep 2017, 12:14 - Category: Newtown

How Well Off Are We in Newtown?

When going door-to-door canvassing, most people feel that Newtown is a very nice and prosperous place to live and it's difficult to find much to complain about. The data below confirms exactly how well off we are! But there are some issues that are on the minds of voters that should be addressed to make Newtown an even better place to live! For more on that, read "Newtown Speaks Out on the Issues".

Click on the title in the article below to see the data for the 18940 zip code. 


Posted on 25 Sep 2017, 16:11 - Category: Newtown

The Newtown Township Hatfields Versus the Borough McCoys!

Newtown Hatfields vs. McCoys

Usually, meetings of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) are sparsely attended, by which I mean no attendance by the public at all! Not so at the April 12, 2017, meeting where it was standing room only in the public meeting room at 100 Municipal Drive.

The issue that brought all these people to Town Hall was the Irish Festival hosted by the Green Parrot Pub on Sycamore Street over the Saint Paddy’s day weekend. The main points of contention were the “noise” – aka loud music – and dearth of parking spaces during the 4-day festival.

About a dozen “Pro” and “Anti” festival people lined up to speak their minds before the hapless BOS. The first speaker was a Newtown Borough resident living on the east side of Sycamore across from the Parrot, which is on the west, Township side of Sycamore.

And there lies the rub. We have a Hatfield versus McCoy situation in Newtown. The Township Parrots are the Hatfields and the Borough Residents are the McCoys! Anyway, that’s how the debate unfolded.

[For a more detailed account of the public comments, read the minutes here.]

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[For news coverage of the event, including additional comments from me,

read this Bucks Country Courier Times article.]

Cherie Peters of the Borough McCoys started off the debate accusing the Parrot Township Hatfields of “driving her crazy” with four days of “constant pounding, pounding, pounding.” And when she complained, the “pounding” just got louder.

Deacon Harold Vereen of Macedonia Baptist Church in Newtown Borough also complained about the “pounding” and, in a Christian manner, asked that it begin at 12:30 p.m. after church services on Sunday. The request seemed reasonable for a town claiming to be “A Great Place to Live, Work, and Worship.”

One “pro” speaker likened Newtown Township to a doughnut and Newtown Borough to the doughnut hole. I’m not sure if that analogy helped his argument or not, but it re-enforced in my mind the divisions between the two municipalities that go beyond noise issues.

Several Hatfields noted that Newtown is not a “one-horse” town any more and is more modern than during the days of their youth. Which brought up another division – between older residents and younger ones. The Hatfields are younger and wish Newtown had more activities like the Irish Festival that attracted a young crowd. The older McCoys cherish peace and quiet.

Then there are the business interests. Resident Gabriel Marra, owner of Newtown Pizza – a McCoy by virtue of being on the east side of Sycamore - brought up the issue of parking and rowdy behavior that negatively impacted his business. He and others suggested that the Township provide off-site parking and shuttle buses to bring people to the festival. I’ve been to plenty of other “festivals” that provide such an amenity.

Speaking of location, location, location – Lower Makefield resident Jim Dougherty, a real estate agent with a vested interest in Newtown property values, suggested that the Irish Festival did more than anything else he could think of to raise the value of property in both Newtown Township and Newtown Borough.

Although the real Hatfield and McCoys did their utmost best to kill and maim each other in their feud, the Newtown Hatfields and McCoys were relatively civil. I think the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors heard some good and reasonable suggestions for mitigating the concerns of the McCoys. Hopefully, the result will be a better Irish Festival next year.

Now that La Stalla Deli is open on Sycamore Street, let’s talk about an Italian Festival!

Posted on 22 Jul 2017, 12:34 - Category: Newtown

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