The agenda meeting of the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors was held at 6:30 pm.
Dr. Kimberly Rose
Agenda items were reviewed and discussed.
The regular business meeting of the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 7:30 p.m.
Members of the Board present were:
Dr. Kimberly Rose
Others present were:
Robert Pellegrino, Township Manager
Amanda Fuller, 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.
CHANGE TO AGENDA ANNOUNCEMENT
Mr. Moore stated the proposed Conditional Use Application and Preliminary/Final Land Development Plans for the Council Rock School District, STAR/Sloan School on 98 Upper Holland Road, and the Turf Field at Rock Way/Holland Road has been continued to December 18, 2019.
Chairman Moore called forward Mr. Pete Palestina. Mr. Palestina stated we are here to recognize United States Army First Lieutenant Jacob Sweed. First Lieutenant Sweed has deployed. Tonight his mom Margo and dad Bob Sweed will be placing Jacob’s personalized Army flag in the display where it will stay until he returns from his deployment to exchange it. Also in attendance to recognize First Lieutenant Jacob Sweed was Kyle Melander from Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s, State Senator Tommy Tomlinson’s representative Mike Diasio and Kevin Bongarzone from State Representative Wendi Thomas’s office.
Chairman Moore called forward Mrs. Eileen Silver. Mrs. Silver called forward Mr. Steve Bryer, Chairman of Northampton Days Committee, along with Committee Members. Mrs. Silver introduced Paul Muller III from Team Toyota. Mr. Bryer called forward Bob House, President of the Miracle League where Mr. Bryer on behalf of the Northampton Days Committee presented Mr. House with a check for $7,500 that came from the Northampton Days proceeds. Mr. Muller presented a check to the Miracle League for $2,500. Mr. House thanked everyone for their continued support of this project.
Ray O’Brien, 36 Mohawk Drive, asked for a brief background on the proposal for the Sloan School. Mr. Moore explained the process to Mr. O’Brien and suggested he attend the Council Rock School Board meeting to present his questions and concerns.
Mr. Selisker stated the dates and times for the meetings about this project can be found on the Council Rock School District website. Mr. Selisker listed the dates the Sloan School will be discussed. Joint Facilities/Finance Committee Meeting, November 7, at 7:00 pm and the Board of School Directors Meeting, November 14, at 7:00 pm. All interested residents are invited to attend.
Chairman Moore noted this item will come before the Zoning Hearing Board on November 11 at 7:00 pm and the Planning Commission on November 12 at 7:30 pm.
The Board meeting minutes of September 25, 2019, was approved by unanimous consent.
The accounts payable for October 9, 2019, in the amount of $1,663,877.32 and September 25, 2019, in the amount of $937,750.30, was approved by unanimous consent.
Council Rock School District Conditional Use Applications and Preliminary/Final Land Development Plans for STAR/Sloan School on 98 Upper Holland Road and Turf Field, Rock Way/Holland Road
A motion was made and seconded (O'Donnell-Silver) to table items (D), (E), (F), and (G) on the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors' agenda regarding the Council Rock School District to the Board Meeting of December 18, 2019.
Motion Passed 5-0.
Consider Planning Module Resolution-Strobinski Subdivision, 48 E. Holland Road
Mr. Selisker stated the Strobinski Subdivision was recently approved on East Holland Road. As they progress forward to ultimately begin construction, a planning module is required to be submitted to DEP. As part of that process, a resolution must be passed by the Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Selisker noted, the Municipal Authority has no objection to this moving forward.
A motion was made and seconded (Selisker-Rose) to approve DEP resolution R-19-2A for Plan Revision for New Land Development to be approved for the Strobinski Subdivision on East Holland Road.
Chairman Moore called for Board and public comment. None was heard.
Motion Passed 5-0.
Dr. Rose made the following announcements:
- The Senior Center has many amazing events going on including, various classes to meet anyone’s interest, Boscov’s shopping discount, free flu shots, Bags & Bingo and so much more. If you are 55 years of age or older come out and join the Senior Center located at 165 Township Road. Center is open Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, and Tuesday, and Thursdays until 8:30 pm.
- Parks and Recreation have many great programs for all ages check out the Park and Recreation website at www.northamptonrec.com for more information.
- Parks and Recreation are hosting a Charities showcase website link, during November, see the website at www.northamptonrec.com for more information.
- Tickets for various trips are available now, check the Parks and Recreation website for more information.
- The 43rd Halloween Happenings will take place on October 26, 2019, at the Northampton Township Recreation Center from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Awards for the best costumes.
- The Township in conjunction with the Miracle League will be making playground improvements, this project is expected to start in the fall of 2020. The Miracle League will be holding a fundraiser on November 2nd at the Fuge from 7 pm until 11 pm. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.
- The Civic Center construction project is almost complete.
- The Wall of Honor deadline for nominations is November 30, 2019.
Mr. O’Donnell made the following announcement:
- The Municipal Authority will vote on its 2020 budget at their November 20, 2019 meeting. The Municipal Authority's fiscal year is November 1 through October 30. No rate increase is anticipated this year.
- The Municipal Authority holds its meetings on the first Wednesday of every month. This Board has an executive director, that runs the day to day operations. The Board for the Municipal Authority is appointed by the Board of Supervisors but is considered a separate entity.
- The Veterans Day Ceremony will be on Sunday, November 10, at 3:00 pm. Purchased bricks for resident veterans and township employee veterans will be unveiled.
- Check the Library’s website for information on their various programs.
- The Library is still fundraising and if you would like to donate please contact the Library for more information.
- The Library’s Fall fundraiser titled Rock & Read took place on Friday, October 18th from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm, a lot of fun was had by all that attended.
- The Library holds a drug awareness program and through a grant for Narcan was able to give out about 30 doses to people who attended. District Attorney Matt Weintraub was in attendance for this great program.
- In November the Library in conjunction with the YMCA will hold a class to help people who are job searching and need help writing their resumes.
Mr. Selisker made the following announcements:
- The annual Fire Prevention open house on Friday, October 11, had a strong turnout.
- November 3rd daylight savings ends, remember when you change your clocks back, also change your batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- The Police Chief sends a reminder with Halloween just around the corner to make sure to watch out for pedestrians as they celebrate this national holiday.
Eileen Silver made the following announcements:
- The Council Rock School Board is having discussions regarding changing the start time of school. To stay informed check out the Council Rock School District website at www.crsd.org.
- Paving is taking place on Newtown Richboro Road from Walgreens to the Fire House. This work will take place at night and should not interfere with traffic.
- Maureen Welsh held its annual Truck or Treat on Saturday, October 19. The Northampton Volunteer Fire Company and the Township Public Works Department were in attendance with their vehicles and handing out candy.
Mr. Moore made the following announcements:
- The development of 175 Townhomes at the Spring Mill Country Club is moving forward.
- Bacco is now open in the Addisville Commons.
- November 11th is Veterans Day, dine locally as many restaurants are offering special discounts to recognize Veterans.
- The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on November 20, 2019.
James Rothenburg, 6 Brianna Road, stated he is the Chairman of Friends of the Library. Mr. Rothenburg spoke on the limited funds the Friends of the Library have at this time and the importance of fundraising. Mr. Rothenburg also requested the Board look into expanding the hours on Friday and Sunday.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Frank O’Donnell, Secretary