TOWNSHIP OF LOWER MAKEFIELD
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MINUTES - OCTOBER 6, 1999
A special meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on October 6, 1999. Vice Chairman Hackman called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Board of Supervisors:
Wesley Hackman, Vice Chairman
Frank Fazzalore, Secretary Treasurer
Scott Fegley, Supervisor
Grace Godshalk, Supervisor
Mr. Hackman stated the purpose of the meeting is to interview persons who have expressed an interest in assuming the office which was held by Dr. Strahle. He added that while the public is invited to the meeting, there will be no public comment taken. Eight interviews are scheduled this evening and eight more will be held on Monday, October 11.
Mr. Hackman stated the term to be filled runs until 1/2002 which was the balance of Dr. Strahle’s term. He noted the Board of Supervisors meets the first and third Monday night of each month beginning at 7:30 p.m. Normally there is also an Executive Session during which the Board discusses legal and personnel matters which begins at 6:30 p.m. prior to the public meeting. He added there are special meetings as required for Budget review, Road Tours, etc. Each Board member is assigned certain Committees where they serve as liaison so there could be three to four additional meetings per month depending on the Committees assigned. These assignments are made at the beginning of the year.
Mr. Hackman agreed to look into the exact compensation which will be either $4,000 or $4375 per year. The Township also carries a $10,000 life insurance policy on each Supervisor. Each Friday a packet is delivered to the Supervisors which includes all information the Township has received during the week which would be relevant to the Supervisors.
Mr. Hackman stated they have received resumes from sixteen individuals and the Board has thirty days from the time of the vacancy to fill the position. If a majority of the Board cannot agree on an appointment, the Chairman of the Vacancy Board would be called in. If the matter still cannot be resolved, it will go to the Courts.
INTERVIEW WITH ART FLORACK
Mr. Art Florack was present and stated he has lived in Lower Makefield Township for thirteen years. He stated his education was in Chemistry and Psychology. He reviewed his military and work experience. He noted he has been responsible for marketing and engineering. He has been able to deal with all types of personalities. He reviewed various positions which he has held. He noted he has led the Lower Makefield Township Seniors to its position of being a tax-exempt organization with over five hundred members.
Mr. Hackman asked what he feels is good about the Township and what can be improved upon. Mr. Florack stated the residents of the Township are good people and anybody would be happy to live here. He stated people keep up their properties and are interested in the community and are willing to spend money to make it better. Mr. Florack stated he does feel there is a need for a Community Center but feels there should be another Referendum if they are going to proceed with the project.
Mr. Florack stated he is interested in a new challenge in his life and feels this is an opportunity for him to help people.
Mrs. Godshalk stated Mr. Florack is active in the community and asked what he feels people in the community feel is the most important issue facing the Township.
Mr. Florack stated he feels people would like a place to meet.
Mrs. Godshalk asked his opinion on another Referendum for purchasing land.
Mr. Florack stated he would be in favor of this if the Township residents are in favor of it.
Mrs. Godshalk stated there are many times when the Board must vote when they do not have the benefit of a Referendum. She noted one item they may have to consider is re-zoning of the Historic Village which would permit small residential homes and expansion of the commercial zone. Mr. Florack stated he would need to review all the ramifications of this. He stated it seems from what he has read in the paper it may be a good idea. He noted many seniors may be interested in purchasing these smaller homes. Mrs. Godshalk stated a Committee has been formed to study the re-zoning of the O/R land to some other zone and this is something the Board may have to consider in the future.
Mr. Fegley stated the Board must consider in the near future the appointment of a new Police Chief. He asked if Mr. Florack would be inclined to look within the Department or outside of Lower Makefield for someone who may not be connected to the Township. He also asked Mr. Florack’s view on the Public Safety Director position. Mr. Florack stated he feels the Public Safety Director position is something that needs to be considered. He feels the Board should hire the best person they can as Police Chief regardless of whether they come from within or outside the Department. He stated they must have someone they can trust.
Mr. Fegley stated the Township has $7.5 million to spend on open space acquisition. He stated he understands Mr. Florack looked at the Moon Nursery property and asked if he feels this is the kind of property that open space funds should be spent on. Mr. Florack stated possibly this tract could be considered as two parcels, one parcel could be considered as open space and the other which has the buildings could be used by people. Mr. Fegley asked if Mr. Florack considers the grassy lawn and gravel area as open space. Mr. Florack stated he feels the stone area could be considered a temporary area which could be taken out. He stated if the Township does not purchase it, it will be sold to a developer. He added if open space can be used for recreation area, he feels Moon Nursery could be considered since they could use the open areas for fields and the buildings could be used as a place where people could meet and use the restroom facilities. He stated he would like to keep an open mind about this parcel. Mr. Florack stated he feels it would be less expensive to convert this property to a Community Center than it would to construct a new facility on another parcel of land.
Mr. Hackman stated the Township does have the right to condemn land and he asked Mr. Florack’s his position on condemnation. Mr. Florack stated he feels condemnation is part of the law and if the Township feels there is a need for a piece of property and can show justification, he does not have a problem with condemnation.
Mr. Florack was thanked for his interest and for the work he is already doing in the Township.
INTERVIEW WITH PAUL GUNKEL
Mr. Hackman asked what Mr. Gunkel feels the Township is doing well and what they are doing poorly. Mr. Gunkel stated he feels what they have done with open space is very good. He also feels the Township is well run. He is concerned with the "face" that is sometimes put forth by the Supervisors at public meetings because of in-fighting among the Supervisors. He stated he feels they eventually do come together and make good decisions.
Mr. Gunkel was asked why he would like to be a Supervisor. Mr. Gunkel stated because of his background with the Township, he feels he has a good understanding of the Township. He noted he has served on the Planning Commission for ten years and would like to have the opportunity to make final decisions rather than only be part of a recommending body. He feels more emphasis should be put on road improvements in the Township. He stated he sees very little attention paid to the Twelve Year PennDOT plan and he would like to work on road improvement issues if he were to become a Supervisor.
Mrs. Godshalk asked Mr. Gunkel’s opinion on the Edgewood Village plan. Mr. Gunkel stated he feels what was presented was a good plan but he is not sure they will be able to obtain all of their goals. He stated if they are going to increase the density he feels they should restrict it to Senior housing so that it does not increase the school population.
Mrs. Godshalk asked Mr. Gunkel’s opinion on the Community Center. Mr. Gunkel stated he would be in favor of a modest Community Center adding they should take into account the maintenance and future upkeep of the facility. He does not feel it should have gone to a Referendum initially but since the Board did put it out for a Referendum once, he feels they will now have to put it out again before they proceed.
Mr. Fegley asked how he would handle the issue of the Police Chief. Mr. Gunkel stated he is not sure what the problems are with the Police Department. He stated they should identify what they are looking for in a Police Chief and choose the best person whether they come from inside the Department or out.
Mr. Fegley asked about the position of Safety Director. Mr. Gunkel stated he does not see where there is a need for another layer of management.
Mr. Hackman asked his feelings about condemnation. Mr. Gunkel stated he was not in favor of condemning the land for the Golf Course since it will not be used solely by Lower Makefield residents. He stated 90% of the people using the Golf Course will be coming from outside the Township in order for it to be successful. He stated with regard to the parcel opposite the Township building due to the problems they had with the owner of the
property, he feels condemnation was appropriate. He stated he also feels condemnation is in order when it concerns matters of safety.
Mr. Gunkel was thanked for showing interest in the position.
INTERVIEW WITH MR. NORMAN (PETE) STAINTHORPE
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he has been a resident of the Township since 1987. His work experience has been in sales and marketing for twenty-five years. He has been active in Township politics and is Chairman of the Lower Makefield Republican Club and has served as District Coordinator on the County Committee. He is active in his church and has been involved in a variety of community activities. He stated he has probably had something to do with each of the elections of the current Supervisors. He feels the Township is a great place to live and the Supervisors have done a good job in terms of zoning and in terms of growth, recreation, and in preserving open space. Mr. Stainthorpe
stated he feels they should look into the Police Department since it appears the Department is being run as it was when this was a rural community which is no longer the case. He does not feel there is a crime problem and the Police do a good job but he feels they should have the best Police Department in the State and they need to get the Department under control. He also feels the Township could do a better job relating with adjoining municipalities. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he feels he could help in this matter. He feels his background in sales and marketing can help in this effort.
Mr. Fazzalore asked if he is a regionalist. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he is not and feels the government closest to the people is best; however, problems they are not able to solve among themselves are the ones that result in the need for a regional or County type government.
Mr. Fazzalore asked if Mr. Stainthorpe had any experience in budgeting, and
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he has and he is able to read a Balance Sheet.
Mrs. Godshalk asked if he felt it would be necessary to have another Referendum before they would proceed on a Community Center. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he supports the concept of a Community Center because of the growth in the Township. He has a problem overturning the results of an election this soon after the vote was taken. He feels there are compromises that could be looked into. He stated possibly there could be a Senior Citizen Center built that could be expanded at a later time. He stated the past Referendum could have been marketed better and he could bring this expertise to the Township.
Mrs. Godshalk stated a number of people blamed the failure of the Community Center Referendum on the fact that the Open Space Referendum was on at the same time.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated the Community Center Referendum did not fail by much.
Mr. Fazzalore stated he feels 10% is a lot. Mr. Hackman asked if Mr. Stainthorpe felt they would still need to have a Referendum if they scaled the project back to only a Senior Citizen Center, and Mr. Stainthorpe stated this would depend on the cost. He stated he is concerned about proceeding with something so quickly when the Referendum just recently failed. Mr. Fazzalore stated he feels they could build a Senior Citizen Center for $1 million and Mr. Stainthorpe stated he would be willing to look at this.
Mrs. Godshalk asked Mr. Stainthorpe’s opinion on preservation of historic structures.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he feels the historic structures in Bucks County mean a great deal to what makes Bucks County special and unique. He does feel they must consider whether the Township really wants to own buildings as opposed to passing Ordinances which encourage historic preservation. He stated they must consider the impact on the taxpayers.
Mr. Fegley asked about the position of Police Chief and whether they should look within or outside of the Department and Mr. Stainthorpe’s opinion on the position of Public Safety Director. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he feels they should look both within and outside of the Department since looking within is good for morale and the position should be made available to those interested. He stated standards should be established for the Department. He does not feel a Public Safety Director is needed at this time.
Mr. Fegley stated they have also in the past dealt with long-term financial planning and there have been forecasts that indicate that in six to eight years when the development revenue dries up, the Township will be in a position where they will have to increase taxes substantially or engage in deficit spending. He asked what Mr. Stainthorpe sees as ways the Township can balance its budget and reduce expenditures to avoid this scenario.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he does not feel the Township is supplying unneeded services. He stated he feels Zoning and Land Planning should come into consideration and maybe there should be areas for additional commercial or O/R Development. They might also look at certain types of business taxes. He stated rather than wait until the Township faces these problems, they should begin some gradual increases in taxes to provide some set asides.
He stated he feels the Board of Supervisors can be proud of their records of not having increased taxes in fourteen years. Mr. Fazzalore stated he feels they have had ratables increased and they would have had to raise taxes if this were not the case.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated they could look at similar Townships of comparable size to see if Lower Makefield is providing the same services for the same amount of tax dollars.
Mr. Stainthorpe was asked if he would be in favor of an income tax, and Mr. Stainthorpe stated he would not.
Mr. Fegley asked his position on a Referendum for a Community Center assuming there had been no prior vote. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he is sensitive to the dollar amount. He feels the Board of Supervisors does have the responsibility to lead and make decisions since this is what they have been elected to do; but over a certain amount of money, a Referendum should be brought to the voters. He stated the Referendum has a way of legitimizing the expense and he is not opposed to involving the voters.
Mrs. Godshalk asked if he would be in favor of another Open Space Referendum.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he would want to look at the land that was left to see if this would be a good move.
Mr. Hackman noted the largest expenditure the Board ever made was $7.2 million for the Patterson Farm and this was done without a Referendum. He asked Mr. Stainthorpe if the Board should have proceeded in that fashion. Mr. Stainthorpe stated it appears that this was a favorable decision which was made and has the support of the Township residents.
Mr. Hackman asked his opinion of condemnation. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he is not against condemnation, but feels it is a power that should be used judiciously. For the right use, he would be in favor of it.
Mr. Hackman asked Mr. Stainthorpe’s opinion of the Township recreation program and whether or not there are sufficient fields and recreation facilities. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he feels they have done a good job with the pool and active recreation fields. He stated if there are people who are unable to participate because of lack of fields, he feels they do not have sufficient fields. He feels the facilities should be spread throughout the Township and should be provided on an as-needed basis. He stated the Supervisors should keep in mind that they need to balance the needs of all Township residents.
Mr. Stainthorpe was thanked for his interest.
INTERVIEW WITH RONALD SMITH
Mr. Smith stated he was raised in Philadelphia and has lived in Lower Makefield Township since 1984. He has three children who attend the Pennsbury School District. He has been an attorney for twenty-six years with diverse experience. He has had his own business for almost twenty years. He is also involved in various activities associated with the law and has been called upon as an arbitrator/mediator and sits on legal committees. He feels he has a broad knowledge of the law. He has been a member of the Park & Recreation Board for four years. He worked extensively on the Community Center Committee. He also served on the Year Round School Task Force. He has been involved in mentoring. He is currently the Vice President of Yardley-Makefield Soccer and has been a coach for soccer and baseball. He feels he is very involved and very Civic minded.
Mr. Hackman asked what he feels they could do to improve the Township. Mr. Smith stated he feels the Township is moving in the right direction. He feels purchasing additional open space with or without a Referendum is a good idea. He stated he feels the Township has tried to be fiscally responsible as well. He feels a Community Center is a necessity in the Township. He is also in favor of Farmland Preservation and was in favor of the purchase of the North Park tract to provide open space/recreation in the north end of the Township.
Mr. Smith was asked why he would like to be a Supervisor, and he stated he is a team player and has good managerial ideas. He is also Civic minded. He is willing to listen to what people have to say and come up with a consensus view. He stated his background as an attorney will help him understand legal issues. He stated he can bring groups together to find solutions to problems that may arise in the Township.
Mr. Fazzalore asked is he would defer to the Township Solicitor with regard to legal matters, and Mr. Smith stated he recognizes that the Township Solicitor is the expert in this area and he would defer to his expertise.
Mr. Fazzalore noted a number of parcels in the Township are zoned O/R and there are movements afoot to change them to some other zone. He asked his opinion on this matter.
Mr. Smith stated he would not want to lose O/R parcels since they could provide a tax base and bring tax money into the community without bringing in additional homes. He noted particularly the Hampton Inn which is on a highway and not adjacent to homes. Using the tract in that fashion did not bring in additional homes.
Mrs. Godshalk asked if Mr. Smith would be in favor of another Referendum for the purchase of Open Space once the $7.5 million is spent. Ms. Smith stated they must see if there is anything left in the Township that would be worth purchasing and how much this would increase the taxes. He stated he feels possibly this is why the Community Center did not pass since the voters were hit with two Referenda at the same time. He is concerned that once the open space is gone it is gone. He noted sometimes the Supervisors must do the right thing whether or not it is the popular decision. Mr. Smith stated he feels the Patterson Farm was a great move made by the Board of Supervisors and they did this without benefit of a Referendum and were not sure that this would be a popular decision even though it was the right decision. He added it turned out that this was also a popular decision.
Mr. Fegley asked his opinion on another Referendum for the Community Center.
Mr. Smith stated he feels the Referendum failed because there were too many things on the table at one time and there was lack of education about the Community Center. He stated there were groups involved in this project which instead of working together, pulled away from each other. He stated there is a need for places for teens to go as well as a place for Seniors. Mr. Smith stated if the cost of the Community Center were lower, he feels a Referendum would pass if the people were properly educated.
Mr. Fegley stated three Supervisors could vote a Community Center into existence without another Referendum. He asked if Mr. Smith were appointed would he vote to build a Community Center without going back to the public for a Referendum, and Mr. Smith stated if he were on the Board he would vote to build the Community Center although he would have hearings on it in order to educate the public. He stated this may not be the popular decision but he feels it would be the right decision.
Mr. Fegley stated there may be occasions when his position as a Supervisors may conflict with the interests of YMS and he asked if he feels he should step down from YMS if he becomes a Supervisor. Mr. Smith stated sitting on the Park & Recreation Board he has been open-minded and tried to balance the interests of the Township and not just YMS.
He stated if he were on the Board and felt there was an issue which would cause a conflict, he would disqualify himself or he would step down from the YMS position.
Mr. Hackman asked his feelings about condemnation. Mr. Smith stated he feels condemnation should be used as a last resort and when it will serve the overwhelming public good and there are no other avenues.
Mr. Smith was thanked for his interest.
INTERVIEW WITH FRED ALLEN
Mr. Allen stated he taught school for eleven years, has his Principal’s Certificate, and served as an Assistant Principal. He moved to Bucks County and started working in real estate in 1984. He has taught real estate at the Bucks County Community College and served on the Board of Directors of Bucks County Realtors for nine years. He has served as President of the Multiple Listing Service. He has been involved in athletics for many years particularly in girls’ athletics with PAA. He has worked for some time on the new Roelofs facility and organized a number of tournaments held in the Township. He stated he is very involved in negotiation and organization. He is a broker/appraiser and knows the value of land. He feels this would help him be a good Supervisor. He is very involved in dealing with the people in the community.
Mr. Hackman asked what he feels the Township is doing good and where they could do better. Mr. Allen stated the Township has so much to offer because of the acquisition of open space and facilities they offer. He feels the addition to the Yardley-Makefield Fire Department was a good move and the Patterson Farm purchase was a tremendous acquisition. He would like to make sure that the future development is done to enhance the Township.
Mr. Allen was asked why he wants to be a Supervisor, and Mr. Allen stated he would like to give something back to the community since the Township has provided a lot to him through the facilities they have to offer. He would like to continue to help others.
Mrs. Godshalk asked the location of his real estate office, and Mr. Allen stated it is in Bristol.
Mrs. Godshalk asked him if people have discussed with him their concerns about the Township. Mr. Allen stated he feels the number one concern is with growth.
Mrs. Godshalk asked if he would be in favor of another Referendum for land acquisition if the Open Space money were to be used up. Mr. Allen stated as much open space they can get now will be an asset later on. He stated the Board of Supervisors must be the keepers of the land. He stated the infrastructure costs associated with development are enormous. He would like to see the Township kept as open as possible.
Mr. Fegley asked if he had any suggestions as to what they could do to curtail development apart from purchase of the land, and Mr. Allen stated he would like to make owners of large parcels aware of the Township’s interest.
Mr. Fegley asked his position on another Referendum for the Community Center.
Mr. Allen stated he feels the Community Center is a necessary item and they need a place were people can go. He stated he would have to look at the cost and whether it will work within long-term goals. He stated he does feel the people should have a vote. Mr. Fegley stated a majority of the Board could legally vote to build the Community Center without any input from the community. He asked if, in light of the results of the last Referendum,
Mr. Allen would be in favor of simply building a Community Center or should it go back to the people for another vote. Mr. Allen stated he does feel the people should be educated about the project and should get to vote on it.
Mr. Fegley asked his current position with PAA, and Mr. Allen stated he is Vice Chairman of PAA. Mr. Fegley stated there may be times when the interests of the Township may conflict with the interests of PAA as an organization. Mr. Allen stated his loyalties would be to both organizations; however, his job would be as a Supervisor and PAA would have to take a step back. He would be a team player and work with the other Supervisors to make sure there are effective decisions made for the Township. He would look at the whole picture noting that PAA is a small part of this.
Mr. Fazzalore asked if he were chosen would he plan to run for election in the year 2001, and Mr. Allen stated he would. Mr. Fegley asked why he chose not to run this year.
Mr. Allen stated he felt the current Board was doing a good job. He stated real estate does give him the freedom to adjust his time to be part of whatever is necessary as a Supervisor.
Mr. Allen was thanked for his interest.
INTERVIEW WITH BRYAN MCNAMARA
Mr. McNamara stated he moved to Lower Makefield in 1979 and moved back to the area with his wife from Philadelphia. He is a trader at the Stock Exchange in Philadelphia.
Mr. Hackman asked what he feels is good about the Township and what they can improve on. Mr. McNamara stated he feels the Golf Course will be an asset to the Township and can generate revenue. He feels the purchase of the Patterson Farm was also an asset to the Township as well as looking for additional open space. He stated he was disappointed when the Open Space Referendum lost in 1987. He stated he is concerned about the additional development but recognizes that the laws favor the developers. He feels the current Board has the best interests of the Township at heart.
Mr. McNamara was asked why he wants to be a Supervisor. Mr. McNamara stated he plans to start a family and would like to insure that this will be a good place to raise his children. He would like to try to make a difference.
Mr. Fazzalore asked how he feels about a campaign to advise people that they live in Lower Makefield and not Yardley. Mr. McNamara stated he does feel this is necessary because people do say they live in Yardley.
Mr. Fazzalore asked his feelings about an income tax. Mr. McNamara stated he would be in favor of this.
Mrs. Godshalk asked if he sees any one issue that could be corrected, and Mr. McNamara stated he would be in favor of additional purchases of open space and would be in favor of another Referendum once the current Bond money runs out since this will save money in the long run.
Mr. Fegley asked his position on the Community Center. Mr. McNamara stated he does not feel they should force this down people’s throats and it should go back to the people. He feels it would be an asset to the Community.
Mr. Fegley asked about his hours of work. Mr. McNamara stated the market is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Mr. Fegley stated he commuted from Center City until recently and it can put a strain on your relationship. Mr. McNamara stated when the closing bell sounds there is really not much more work he needs to do.
Mr. Fegley asked if he is currently on the Golf Committee, and Mr. McNamara stated he is not on the Committee but has attended meetings since his return to the Township.
Mr. Fegley asked if he was aware it was an election Year and he had the ability to run for election. Mr. McNamara stated he has recently married and at the beginning of the year he did not feel it was appropriate to run at that time.
Mr. McNamara was thanked for his interest.
INTERVIEW WITH LEN FRANCKOWIAK
Mr. Franckowiak stated he has been married for forty-two years and has two children who each have two children. He has been retired for five years. He was a chemist and has been a Vice President of Human Resources which he feels is a significant part of his experience.
He has managed budgets up to $100 million. He stated he has been President of organizations and worked with various volunteer organizations.
Mr. Hackman asked what he feels the Board is doing good and what can be improved upon. Mr. Franckowiak stated he feels the Board has done a lot of good but he would like to see the Township work harder on traffic safety throughout the Township. He stated the residents are very concerned about this. He stated he would also like to see the Golf Course built. He stated he feels this will be able to pay for many activities taking place in the Township.
Mr. Hackman asked why he would like to be a Supervisor. Mr. Franckowiak stated he feels he is at a point in his life with his experience in negotiation and human resources, and since he is retired he has the time to serve. He stated since at this point this is only a two-year commitment, he feels he should "hit the ground running." Since he has attended a lot of meetings in Lower Makefield and Newtown Townships and is a member of the Sewer Authority he is already familiar with the important items in the community.
Mr. Fazzalore stated Mr. Franckowiak has been outspoken on behalf of the Lindenhurst Road area and at times there may be items to vote on that could conflict with this.
Mr. Franckowiak stated he has already told people he has worked with on the Lindenhurst issue that if he were to be appointed, he would have to back away from that since he recognizes he would have to represent everybody in the Township.
Mrs. Godshalk asked his opinion about an additional Referendum for open space, and
Mr. Franckowiak stated he would be in favor of this.
Mrs. Godshalk asked if he is in favor of fundraising for historic preservation, and he stated he is interested in the preservation of Elm Lowne. He stated he feels the Patterson Farm purchase was the best purchase the Board made. He stated he is in favor of spending money to save the structures on the Patterson Farm.
Mrs. Godshalk asked his opinion of the Edgewood Village plan. Mr. Franckowiak stated he is in favor of the idea but does feel there are a lot of hurdles. He noted particularly the parking problems. He stated he would like to see them move some historic homes to this area and make it into something that is an attraction.
Mr. Fegley asked if he would be able to sit across the table from the Newtown Township Supervisors and mediate traffic issues and make concessions. Mr. Franckowiak stated surprisingly he feels he does have a good relationship with the Newtown Board of Supervisors despite their differences. He stated he has been advised by Mr. Goodnoe that he has always conducted himself professionally. Mr. Fegley stated at earlier meetings,
Mr. Franckowiak did not feel meetings with Newtown Township would be fruitful in terms of any resolution of the Lindenhurst Road traffic or other regional issues.
Mr. Fegley asked if he would be willing to make concessions to achieve an overall resolution. Mr. Franckowiak stated he would not give ground just to reach a resolution but he would give ground if it would lead to a positive solution. He stated he would be willing to meet with Newtown Township since he feels this is a regional problem that is larger than just Lower Makefield and Newtown Township. He stated he has offered his services to
Mr. Goodnoe and offered to work between the Townships.
Mr. Fegley asked his thoughts on a Community Center, and Mr. Franckowiak stated he feels the Community Center would be an asset. He stated he does not feel they should proceed on it without a Referendum but they should provide much more detailed information . He stated he feels they have three options - have a Referendum, three Supervisors could agree to build it without a Referendum, or what he would prefer would be that the Seniors and Performing Arts group raise money on their own and present it to the Township to complete the project.
Mr. Franckowiak was thanked for his interest.
INTERVIEW WITH VICTOR FIORI
Mr. Fiori stated he came to Lower Makefield when he was three years old. He has served in the National Guard and worked in his father’s real estate business. He is also maintaining a twenty-four acre property in Lower Makefield and working toward his broker’s license. He has a private pilot’s license. He has been a member of the Fire Company in the past but is no longer active.
Mr. Hackman asked why he would like to be a Supervisor, and Mr. Fiori stated he would like to give his input to help Lower Makefield Township stay the good place it is to live now. He has attended meetings for many years and knows the hard decisions the Board needs to make. If Lower Makefield is going to change, he would like to see it change in the right direction. He would like to make sure public safety is provided for noting particularly road conditions. He would like to serve the community and help Lower Makefield Township. He stated it would be an honor to learn and to serve as a Supervisor.
Mr. Fazzalore asked how he feels about taxes, particularly the earned income tax.
Mr. Fiori stated he feels taxes should be controlled and he is against an earned income tax.
Mrs. Godshalk asked if the School Board decided to put one into effect, the Township must agree to it or they would lose their portion. She stated the Township would not take the lead in this.
Mrs. Godshalk asked how Mr. Fiori felt about another Referendum if the Township runs out of funds to purchase additional land. Mr. Fiori stated he would be in favor of another Referendum since the more open space they can get, the better.
Mrs. Godshalk asked about spending funds for historic preservation, and Mr. Fiori stated he would be in favor of this as well since he feels historic homes should be saved for future generations.
Mr. Fegley asked what he feels is the most important issue facing the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Fiori stated he feels maintaining the qualify of life and to acquire as much open space as they can so that there are not additional children in the School District or additional traffic. He would feel they should acquire open space through any means necessary.
Mr. Fegley asked his thoughts on the Community Center. Mr. Fiori stated he feels there should be a Community Center. He stated the population is getting older and they need a place to meet their needs. He stated he would be in favor of another Referendum to gauge the feelings of the community.
Mr. Fiori was thanked for his interest.
Mrs. Godshalk stated she was very impressed with the quality of those expressing interest in the position and this will make it a difficult decision.
There being no further business, Mr. Fazzalore moved, Mr. Fegley seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 9:45 p.m.
Frank Fazzalore, Secretary