13 November 2023 Meet Mack Monday Meeting
Several #NewtownPA Twp residents attended this Zoom meeting, which focused on the proposed single-use plastics ban, Steeple View bridge - is it a bridge too far going nowhere?, more work needed to finish Lower Dolington Rd trail, is Capital Grille asking for too much signage?, Borscht Belt Deli asks for variance to allow neon sign in window, the 2024 preliminary budget available for viewing - are there enough funds for pedestrian safety and road repairs? the sale of Shady Brook Farm - is Newtown involved?, more...
- Opening Presentation and Discussion
- Single-Use Plastics Ban
- Steeple View Bridge Discussion
- Shady Brook Farm Sale Discussion
- Links to Important Information
- Detailed Meeting Notes
The following is a 41-minute video of the opening presentation and discussion:
- 24 Municipalities in Pennsylvania have now passed a Single-Use Plastic Ordinance.
- Following passage of the Ordinance, education will be a priority of the EAC.
- The EAC will also be providing a vendor list to businesses for plastic alternatives and suppliers of recyclable paper bags, which we are compiling now from information supplied by other municipalities that have passed ordinances.
- Recyclable paper bags may be provided by the business for a minimum charge of ten cents.
- In case of violations, businesses will first be given a warning before any violations will be imposed.
EAC Presentation Before BOS
Elaine McCarron, Vice Chair of the #NewtownPA Environmental Advisory Council, presented details of a proposed ban of single-use plastics at the November 8, 2023, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting.
Below is a 8 minute recording of a discussion regarding the utility of this bridge to Newtown Township residents.
Newtown Environmental Advisory Board member Jan Filios also pointed out the environmental concerns, which may be insurmountable due to zoning ordinances that are in place regarding flood plains.
Two meeting participants inquired about the planned sale of 80 acres of Shady Brook Farm and what impact it would have on surrounding townships, including Newtown (read "Shady Brook Farm Selling Portion Of Property"). We also discussed other possible future developments in the area.
After the discussion, I looked up the property in the Bucks County Planning Commission Subdivision Map and discovered that the farm includes a parcel of land located in Newtown Township (see image below).
- Single-Use Plastics Ban Presentation
- More About Steeple View Bridge Proposal
- Lower Dolington Road Trail Timeline
- Preliminary 2024 Budget
See the meeting notes embedded below or download the PDF version here.