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Board of Supervisors
1/24/2018 7:30 PM

The regular business meeting of the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 7:40 p.m.

 
Members of the Board present were:

Barry Moore

Eileen Silver

Dr. Kimberly Rose

Frank O’Donnell

Larry Weinstein

Others present were:

Robert M. Pellegrino, Township Manager

Kurt Schroeder, Township Engineer

Joseph Pizzo, Township Solicitor

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Chairman Moore led the Pledge of Allegiance and held a moment of silence in support of military and emergency services personnel. 

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Police Service Awards

Chairman Moore called Chief Clark forward to present awards to three township police officers for their outstanding work in 2017.

Chief Clark recognized the following:

  • Officer Dovidio – Bravery
  • Corporal Decher & Officer Friel – Life Saving
  • Officer Kenney & Officer Stroup – Life Saving
  • Detective Gross – Commendatory Citation
  • Detective Sargent Pinkerton, Detective Stark, Detective Martin, Officer Jumper, Officer Wyant and Officer Gensler – Letter of Commendation
  • Officer Devaney  & Officer Raza – Commendatory Citation
  • Officer Freas – Letter of Commendation
  • Officer Dovidio – Letter of Commendation
  • Officer Dovidio with the 2017 Officer of the Year Award, which recognizes an officer who displays the core values of the police department – honesty, integrity, courage, service, dedication and loyalty.
  • Chaplin Fulford and Officer Ludovici – Veterans Service Award

 

Chief Clark thanked the Board and the community for their continued support.

 

Employee Service Awards

 

Chairman Moore and Ms. Lynne Tomlinson presented the following 2017 service awards as follows:

 Employee Name                  Department                                Years of Service

Linda Jones

Parks & Rec

35

Damon Andreoli

Parks & Rec

30

Karen Cesarone

Police

25

Richard Dobson

Crossing Guard

20

Paul Dukes

Public Works

20

Elizabeth Satterley

Parks & Rec

20

Richard Mahoney

Police

15

Mindy Blackman

Parks & Rec

15

Robert Wehrmann III

Police

10

Maureen Connell

Crossing Guard

10

Lisa Russo

Administration

10

Robert Pellegrino

Administration

10

Karen Fean

Parks & Rec

10

Michael Long

Police

10

Kathleen Adamczyk

Crossing Guard

5

Marisa Ristow

Fire

5

Edward Orr

Public Works

5

Ryan Pfleger

Public Works

5

Raymond Gill

Public Works

5

Cynthia Mateer

Public Works

5

 

Chairman Moore congratulated the employees and thanked them for their service.

 

Certificate of Recognition – Northampton Indian’s Football

 

Mr. Weinstein called forward and presented a certificate of recognition to congratulate the Northampton Indians Mitey-Mites and their coaches for winning the Bux-Mont Mitey-Mites Bowl 2017 Series Championship in Disney World.

 

Mr. Weinstein also presented a certificate of recognition to Northampton Indians Division 1 Junior Pee Wee Football Team for a successful regular season, continuing a tradition of excellence in Northampton Indians Football and applauded them for their outstanding athletic achievements.

Mr. Weinstein read aloud all of the names and players associated with both teams and congratulated them on their achievements on behalf of the Board.

 

Presentation on Legislative Redistricting

 

Chairman Moore called forward Rick Sorensen, 52 Manor Drive and Christian Nielson, 132 Mallard Road. Ms. Nielson stated herself and Mr. Sorensen are speakers from Fair Districts PA, a coalition of advocacy groups, discusses gerrymandering.  Fair Districts PA is pushing local municipalities to express their support for two pieces of legislation, House Bill 722 and Senate Bill 22, that would establish an independent commission after the 2020 census that would be tasked with drawing new district lines, with the goal of keeping as many smaller municipalities, such as townships, boroughs or school districts, as intact as possible.

 

Mr. Sorensen and Ms. Nielson asked the Board of Supervisors when the resolution is proposed in Northampton, they would like the consideration in supporting it, so it can be sent, as a township, a message to our state legislature that we are serious about this needing to be changed.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

None was heard.

CONSENT ITEMS

The Board meeting minutes of December 20, 2017 and the reorganization meeting of January 2, 2018 was approved by unanimous consent.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

The accounts payable for January 10, 2018, in the amount of $773,235.48, and January 24, 2018 in the amount of $304,186.70, was approved by unanimous consent.

NEW BUSINESS

Consider Authorization to Advertise Zoning Ordinance Amendment to Sketch Plan Review Process

Dr. Rose outlined the proposed ordinance amendment eliminating the mandatory requirement that sketch plans be submitted for flag lots. As with any development project, sketch plans are encouraged to facilitate discussion and address issues prior to detailed plans being prepared. To make this requirement mandatory, however, conflicts with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Code from a procedural standpoint. As a result, it has been recommended by Mr. Solomon, the Director of Planning and Zoning that this requirement be eliminated.  Mr. Pizzo the Township Solicitor has also reviewed and is in agreement with Mr. Solomon.

Dr. Rose noted upon authorization for advertisement, this ordinance will be forwarded to the Township and County Planning Commissions as required by the Municipalities Planning Code. Due to the 30 day review period; this ordinance will have to be placed on the March agenda.

A motion was made and seconded (Rose-Silver) to authorize a public hearing on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Township Building for the consideration of an ordinance amending the Northampton Township Zoning Ordinance, specifically Chapter 27, for the purpose of amending sections related to flag lots and sketch plan requirements.

Chairman Moore called for Board and public comment. None was heard.

Motion Passed 5-0.

Consider Bid Award for Traffic Signal Improvements at Holland Road, Upper Holland Road, and Middle Holland Road

Mr. O’Donnell stated bids were opened on January 15, 2018 for traffic signal improvements at the Holland Road and Upper Holland Road intersection. The project consists of installing video detection on all four legs of the intersection to replace magnetic “loops” in the street, and a new pedestrian countdown signals, and pushbuttons.

 

Mr. O’Donnell noted the Township received four bids ranging from the low bid of $32,880 to $48,180. The low bid is from Armour & Sons, Inc., Langhorne, PA. The company currently serves as our traffic signal maintenance contractor.

 

The Township received a grant from the PennDOT “Green Light Go” program for 50% of the project cost and the Administration recommends a bid award to Armour & Sons, Inc., for $32,880.

 

A motion was made and seconded (O’Donnell-Weinstein) to award a bid for traffic signal improvements at Holland Road and Upper Holland Road to Armour & Sons, Inc. for $32,880, and authorize the Township Manager to execute any documents required to complete the project.

 

Chairman Moore called for Board and public comment. None was heard.

 

Motion Passed 5-0.

 

Consider Approval of the Northampton Bucks County Municipal Authority and Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority Supplement Agreement with Northampton Township Regarding the Neshaminy Interceptor

 

Mr. O’Donnell explained the supplemental agreement is an amendment to the Wastewater Service Agreement originally entered into in the 1960’s. Northampton was a signer of the original contract. This agreement is needed to satisfy the projected hydraulic overload condition in the Neshaminy Interceptor owned and operated by the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority. All communities that contribute to the sanitary sewer flows of that interceptor are required to ratify the Supplemental Agreement and amend their Act 537 plan to incorporate the amendments that are noted in the agreement.

 

Mr. O’Donnell stated the amendment requires the endorsement of Northampton Township. The Township will hold a public hearing to amend its ACT 537 Plan with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP). This supplemental agreement will be an exhibit in the Northampton Township’s amended Act 537 Plan once the public hearings are complete and the Board has approved the agreement.   The Board’s approval is a condition of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection if Northampton wants to obtain future connection permits.

 

Mr. O’Donnell noted, this agreement would be available for thirty days for review and comment at the Township Building and online.

 

Chairman Moore called Mr. Zeuner, Executive Director of the Northampton Bucks County Municipal Authority forward to explain in further detail the supplemental agreement and answer questions from the Board. Mr. Zeuner explained the lengthy process and the need for the Board’s approval.

 

A motion was made and seconded (O’Donnell-Silver) to authorize the Township Manager to execute the supplemental agreement between Northampton Bucks County Municipal Authority and the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority amending an existing wastewater agreement between those two agencies governing Act 537 Planning Neshaminy Interceptor Improvements and EDU releases.

 

Motion Passed 5-0.

 

LIAISON REPORTS

 

Dr. Rose made the following announcements:

  • The Historical Commission welcomes new member Susan Mahoney.
  • The annual Senior Center St. Patrick’s Day Event will be held on March 16, 2018 from 12 pm until 2 pm. Tickets go on sale in February. You do not need to be a member to partake in this great event.
  • The Spring Fling Shopping event will be held at the Senior Center On April 20, 2018 from 5 pm until 9 pm. Over 50 vendors will attend.
  • The Senior Center has already had ten new members join since the beginning of the year.

Mr. O’Donnell made the following announcement:

  • The Northampton Bucks County Municipal Authority held their reorganization meeting and appointed Vincent Deon as the chairperson.
  • The annual audit of the Northampton Bucks County Municipal Authority was held and no issues were found.
  • Northampton Township Library is changing their policy on Library cards, after January 31, 2018; everyone must have and show their Library card. Fines are also increasing from $.20 cents to $.25 cents a day.
  • The Library will be holding a fundraiser on Saturday, March 24 from 2:00 until 4:00 pm. Tickets are $35 with 50% of the fee going directly to the Library. Contact the Library or visit their website for more information.
  • The Northampton Free Library is a PA Forward Library, and therefore must meet the following literacy core values: Basic, Information, Civil, Social, Health, and Financial. Over the course of the year, they will be holding specialized seminars that meet one or more of these core values, i.e., In March a voting rights seminar will be held to meet the Civil core value. For more information and a listing of upcoming core value workshops, visit the library's website.

Mr. Weinstein made the following announcements:

Volunteer Fire Company:

 

  • The Fire Department battled a fire in the Township recently and wanted to remind residents to make sure the ashes in their fire places are fully extinguished and properly disposed of. Also, as an additional reminder to keep your fire hydrants free from snow to allow the Fire Department access in case of an emergency.

Police Department:

 

  • Congratulated the Police Department for the outstanding work they do in the community.

 

  • The Police Department wanted to remind residents to watch out for their elderly neighbors and residents of the community during these winter months, to make sure they are warm and safe.

 

  • On Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am, the Coffee with Cops program will be held at the Dunkin Donuts in Richboro.

 

 

  • The Police have announced a significant drop in overtime since implementing the 12-hour shift.

 

  • The bid is in the process of going forward on the new Police Station in February with an award in March. Completion of this project is expected in 2019.

 

  • The School Board met on November 16, 2017 and approved grandfathering grades 7th through 11th grades. These grades will not be affected by the redistricting that is taking place.  On January 11, 2018, a meeting was held to present a plan on the redistricting.  It is proposed redistricting will take place for current 6th graders for the 2019-2020 school years and for Kindergarten through 5th grade for the 2019-2020 school years.

 

  • The major concern brought forward, were from parents stating that by their children being redistricted out of Northampton Schools into the Newtown and Wrightstown Schools will ultimately affect their children’s friendships and participation in outside activities, such as sports, scouting, etc. The children they will be attending school with will not transfer over into outside activities since its different Townships; this will put a divide between school friendships and interacting socially.

 

  • The explanation was provided on the maps from the Redistricting Committee and insight given on a process that determined the redistricting.

 

  • The Council Rock School Board will review the redistricting map at one of their upcoming meetings; their January 25 meeting has been cancelled. Their next meeting is scheduled for February 15. Reach out to your School Board members with any thoughts or concerns on the redistricting.

 

  • January 25 Policy meeting has been cancelled.
  • February 1 Facilities meeting followed by Finance meeting starting at 6:30pm
  • February 8 Academic Standards Meeting at 7:00 pm
  • February  15 Council Rock School Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
  • Council Rock School District held their 12th annual Martin Luther King Day Service. Students packed food and hygiene products for area Homeless Shelters, food pantries, veterans, and military members serving overseas. Students also wrote letters and mailed blankets and scarves to go with the packages. Thanked students and parents for their contributions.
  • Council Rock School Board recently hired Mark Fitzgerald, Attorney of Fox Rothschild, LLP. He is to lead the Board’s negotiating team for teacher contract negotiations that will be expiring on June 30, 2018. Mr. Fitzgerald’s payment is approximately $250 an hour. The Union, Council Rock Education Foundation (CREF), and the School Board are on positive terms and anticipate a solid contract.

 

  • Congratulations to the Council Rock Wrestling Team on their recent win at the 16th annual North vs. South meet. Big congratulations to Kyle Waterman on ranking third in the state. Council Rock is still undefeated in the Suburban One National League standings.

 

  • The Council Rock School District recently hired a consulting group by the name of Living Strong. They started conducting diversity training for all 44 Administrators and will continue to the end of the school year. Costs for this training are not to exceed $15,750.

 

  • The Council Rock Education Foundation (CREF) is hosting a fundraiser titled the Duel, to be held on March 10 at the Fuge in Warminster. This Duel will consist of Dueling pianos. The Fundraiser will generate money for educational programs and it greatly benefits students and programs. Go to the CREF website for more information.

 

Mrs. Silver made the following announcements:

  • The Veterans Advisory Commission met and welcomed David Reese as a newly appointed member. Reorganization took place, with Tom Yaegel voted as Chairman, Wendell Rich, Vice-Chairman, and Tim O’Donnell, as Secretary.
  • The Veterans Advisory Commission will have a table at the Northampton Day being held on May 6. They also announced the upcoming events, Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, Flag Day, June 14, and Wreath Laying at the Union Cemetery on December 1.
  • The Veterans Advisory Commission discussed the Nike Base Memorial and the process moving forward. All agreed that Northampton’s history is important and how the Cold War is part of Northampton’s history.
  • On February 28 a flag ceremony will be held for returning United States Air Force First Lieutenant Kelsey Glover
  • Parks and Recreation Department‘s next meeting will be February 1.  

Mr. Moore made the following announcements:

  • The Township has just received a grant award for $500,000 for sidewalk improvements in Richboro. In addition, the Township is waiting to hear if we are also the recipient of a grant for $894,000. This grant will be for sidewalks and improvements near the Ironworks Creek Park and across the street at the site of the old Wawa store.
  • The following construction projects are in process at the Davis Pontiac Site:
    • Irish Pub
    • Urgent Care Center – should be completed in about six months
    • Italian Restaurant – BYOB
    • Liquor Store
  • The Wawa is now open.  
  • A concept plan is being developed for the repair or replacement of sidewalks in Downtown Richboro. Once this plan is developed, a meeting will be held with Business owners to discuss the concept, vision, and how to proceed with the improvements. This meeting should be taking place within the next few weeks.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None was heard.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

______________________

Frank O’Donnell, Secretary

Government

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