BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
APRIL 5, 2006
A special meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the
Board of Supervisors: Steve Santarsiero, Chairman
Ron Smith, Vice Chairman
Greg Caiola, Secretary/Treasurer
Grace Godshalk, Supervisor
Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor
Others: Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager
Mr. Santarsiero stated Ms. Kastrenakes is interested in
serving on the Park & Recreation Board.
He asked if she had anything to add apart from what was presented in her
resume and cover letter. Ms. Kastrenakes
stated she feels Park & Recreation is what gives the Township a sense of
place and what makes
Ms. Kastrenakes stated there are issues with the fields including use of fields, shortage of fields, etc. Mrs. Godshalk asked if she is involved in any of the organizations, and
Ms. Kastrenakes stated her children are in soccer and have also participated in baseball. Mr. Caiola asked if she felt there was anything lacking in the Recreation Program, and Ms. Kastrenakes stated when her children were younger, she had wished they had a larger summer program. She noted the Northampton Summer Program which offered a large, daily program; and while a fee was charged, it was less than that charged by private camps. Mr. Stainthorpe asked what she felt was the best way to fund the recreation programs. Ms. Kastrenakes stated the taxes are already high because of the School taxes. She stated she does feel there should be user fees as those using the facilities should also have to pay, but the preservation of open space and availability of the park land to the residents are a benefit to everyone and everyone should bear the burden. Mr. Caiola stated they also have openings on other Boards such as the Planning Commission and the Zoning Hearing Board. He noted her degree and experience in Planning and asked if she would consider something other than Park & Recreation. Ms. Kastrenakes stated she would consider this and she might also be interested in the Economic Development
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Board. Ms. Kastrenakes stated she did serve for a short period of time on the Planning Commission in another Township before moving.
Mr. Santarsiero stated Ms. Dorko is interested in serving on the Disabled Persons Advisory Board. He asked if she had anything additional she would like to add aside from the cover letter and resume she submitted. Ms. Dorko stated she applied after attending a meeting of the Board and has been attending meetings on a regular basis and enjoys working with the Board. She stated currently they are working on a brochure to hand out at community events such as Harvest Day to give the Board more visibility in the community. She stated as a graphic designer she was in charge of this and worked with another member on this project which is almost complete. She stated at their last meeting they also discussed implementing a logo, and she is designing this for the Board.
She stated she has been able to bring her experience as a person with a disability to the Board as well. Mr. Santarsiero asked what other goals she sees for the Board going forward. Ms. Dorko stated they would like to make sure that community/commercial properties in the Township continue to be or are made accessible to the disabled. She stated she would also like to see them bring a sense of understanding to the community to help them feel more comfortable with people with disabilities and help break down barriers. Mr. Santarsiero asked if the Township should be doing more outreach in this respect, and Ms. Dorko stated this could be incorporated into the Disabled Persons Advisory Board’s goals. Mr. Smith asked what could be done in the short term to make it better for people with a disability. Ms. Dorko stated she has never felt that anyone in the Township has treated her badly; but as a society, education and outreach could help people better understand each other and work toward acceptance. Mr. Smith asked if there was anything in the Township that needed to be done structurally. Ms. Dorko stated at the Disabled Persons Advisory Board’s meeting they have discussed the Kohl’s Shopping Center and the fact that the curb cuts around the shopping center are inconvenient the way the crosswalks are set up and where the curb cuts are located.
Mrs. Godshalk stated the road through the shopping center is very difficult for anyone to cross over from the parking lot. Ms. Dorko stated everyone she has met on the Board is very committed and she was very happy that there was such a Committee in the Township. Mr. Stainthorpe stated he is the Liaison to the Board and Megan came to a meeting in January as a resident and is already doing projects. He stated when Kohl’s was built, they did not have a Disabled Persons’ Advisory Board, and if they had there probably would not have been the problem she is noting because they would have reviewed the Plans and known the curb cuts were not well placed. Mr. Smith stated the
Township is considering the
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Mr. Santarsiero stated Mr. Cylinder is interested in serving on the Planning Commission.
He asked if there was anything additional he would like to
add besides what he included in his resume and cover letter. Mr. Cylinder stated he has been in the
planning profession for fifty years. He
stated his most recent work was for the Newark Board of Education as a consultant
and the East Orange Library doing a comprehensive plan for the library
system. He has also done work with
public housing. In
Mr. Cylinder what challenges he see from a planning
perspective going forward, since the Township is almost completely built out. Mr. Cylinder stated he feels they should keep
the transportation working by improving the road system and feels this should
be part of an ongoing process. He stated
he understands there are problems with widening the roads and the impact on
houses and driveways facing the roads.
He also noted the Matrix project.
He stated he feels they need to look at the regulations for the Township
including the Subdivision and Land Development requirements and they need
better control and better review. He stated
the original Matrix project was very poorly laid out in his opinion, and he was
disappointed that such a plan could go through.
He stated there has been a history of this kind of thing happening in
the Township and adjacent Townships as well.
He stated he taught with Bob Moore at the Community College and they
used the Goodnoe’s Plan as an example of poor design. He also noted the Edgewood Village Plan which
he feels is a very difficult situation. He
stated a close friend of his owned land in
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Mr. Santarsiero stated Mr. Smith is interested in serving on
the Economic Development Committee. He
asked if he had anything additional to add aside from the cover letter and
resume which he submitted. Mr. Smith
stated he has been a resident for two years, and he feels it is time to give
back to the community besides the activities he is involved in with his
family. He stated he was advised about
the Economic Development Committee by a colleague who had attended a Township
meeting. He stated he has lived in other
areas in the Country and served on other Boards such as an Arts Center Board
and Environmental Committee Board but always focused on the economic
development portion. He stated he was
interested in the
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noted there have only been liquor stores in the Township in
the last year and a half and this is a special exception to the Pennsylvania
Law that allows a Supermarket to have these.
He stated none of the restaurants have a liquor license and there are no
beer distributors. Mr. Smith stated he
does not find it inconvenient to have to leave
Mr. Santarsiero stated Mr. Jasiewicz is interested in serving on the Economic Development Committee, Traffic, or whatever else the Board feels he may be suited to. Mr. Santarsiero asked if he has anything he would like to add aside from what was in his cover letter and resume. Mr. Jasiewicz stated he has lived in the Township for thirteen years and feels it is time to give something back to the community. Mr. Santarsiero asked the challenges that face the Township with respect to economic development.
Mr. Jasiewicz stated they will need to find out what the
Supervisors’ short term and long term goals are for the Township and try to
have the Economic Development Committee focus on those issues as opposed to
going off into a direction the Supervisors may not be interested in. He stated he also feels it is important to
build a coalition among the Township to try to avoid problems in the
future. He stated it is important to
give people an opportunity to speak on their concerns. He stated he has done this in his consulting
JEFF SHANKS – Mr. Shanks was not present this evening to discuss his interest in serving on the Sewer Authority.
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Mr. Morrison apologized for his absence last month as he was unable to attend his scheduled interview since he was on an airplane and unable to contact the Township.
Mr. Santarsiero stated Mr. Morrison is interested in serving on the Park & Recreation Board. He asked if Mr. Morrison had anything to add aside from what he included in his resume. Mr. Morrison stated he has been working with the Park & Recreation Board for approximately six years primarily as the head of PAA. He stated he attends most of the Park & Recreation meetings and has had great relationships with the people and enjoyed working with them. He stated he likes their approach in trying to find win/win situations for everyone. He stated recreation is one of the major topics in the community and he feels it is great that they are moving forward and he would like to be part of that process.
Mr. Santarsiero asked him what he sees as the major challenges over the next few years.
Mr. Morrison stated he feels the major challenge is the need for fields. He stated the Township has grown significantly. He stated he feels the fields they have are for the most part adequate and the Township and the user groups have done a great job in trying to maintain the fields but he feels there is a dire need for additional recreation facilities in the Township due to the increase in population. He stated the Township is a young group and a transient community and most of the residents have young children who are playing sports and using the facilities. Mr. Stainthorpe asked how they should pay for these additional fields. Mr. Morrison stated he would have a meeting with all the user groups present to find out their needs and work with Ms. Liney and her staff and build all the fields at one time. He stated if this involves an additional tax increase, he feels most of the residents would accept this if it was explained properly. Mr. Caiola asked about maintenance of those facilities going forward and if there would be a need for a user fee. Mr. Morrison stated he does feel there should be a user fee although he does not necessarily agree with the amount. He stated he feels the various organizations should pay something for the upkeep. He stated he also feels the organizations may want to work with various corporations to fund some projects to offset costs to the Township.
Mr. Stainthorpe stated he would assume that Mr. Morrison has
traveled to other communities in his role with PAA, and he asked if there are
other Townships which have particularly good recreation programs. Mr. Morrison noted
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additional 90’ field.
He thanked the Board of Supervisors for the lights that have been
Mr. Smith asked if the lack of an additional 90’ field is preventing PAA from doing certain things, and Mr. Morrison stated it does impact Tournaments and practices. He stated they do not have enough time to go through the repetition needed in baseball.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.
Greg Caiola, Secretary