A meeting of the Disabled Persons Advisory Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on Tuesday,      January 24, 2006.  Chairman Rogers opened the meeting at 7:40 p.m.


Those present:


COMMITTEE MEMBERS:                        Lisa Huchler-Smith, Secretary

David Rogers, Chairman     

Ann Piccinotti, Vice-Chairman

Liz Harbison, member (absent)


OTHERS:                                                       Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor Liaison

                                                                        Megan Dorko, resident




The Board agreed to table approval of November 2005 until the next meeting.




Mr. Rogers welcomed Mr. Stainthorpe as the new liaison to the Board.


Mr. Rogers discussed the need for a new Board member now that Mr. McConville resigned.  Mr. Rogers stated that Ms. Megan Dorko came to this meeting tonight to see if she is interested in joining the Board.  She submitted a letter of interest several months ago but a position was not available at that time.  Each Board member explained how they became involved with the Board and their goals for the Board.




Mr. Rogers stated he had a meeting with Mr. Fedorchak regarding the letter to Lower Makefield business owners addressing signage for handicap parking.  He stated he wanted the letter to make it easy for property owners to comply with the ADA sign requirements by citing all of the ADA requirements.  He stated the letter identifies the ADA law that has been in effect and how the Township would like businesses to comply.


Mr. Rogers stated that Mr. Fedorchak asked the Board to provide him with a list of businesses in Lower Makefield in violation of handicap sign/parking space requirements such as Makefield Executive Quarters, the Township Building and McCaffrey’s.  Mr. Stainthorpe noted that many of the commercial developments in Lower Makefield are new and he is surprised they are not in compliance with ADA requirements and the Board should let the Code Enforcement department aware of this situation.



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Mr. Rogers stated that Mr. Fedorchak suggested personalizing the letter to the businesses to comply then Chief Coluzzi, Mr. Fedorchak and he would meet to discuss how to implement compliance.  Mrs. Huchler-Smith stated she wanted to take the problem a step further and include information in the letter about how and where to obtain the proper handicap signage.  Mr. Rogers suggested the businesses contact the Board members for information on how to obtain signs rather than provide sign company names.  Mrs. Piccinotti suggested putting a picture example of the proper signage in the letter to the businesses.


Mrs. Piccinotti asked if there should be a certain number of handicap spaces at each business.  Mr. Rogers replied yes per ADA requirements.  He stated he would go around and look at the handicap signage at all of the Lower Makefield businesses/offices.


Mr. Rogers stated at the meeting with Mr. Fedorchak they talked about the handicap signage and parking at the Township Building.  Mr. Fedorchak stated the parking lot would be re-striped in the spring and the Board could be involved in the proper signage and number of handicap parking spaces the parking lot needs.




Mr. Rogers stated he reviewed two permits the Board would be interested in pertaining to interior renovations.  He stated the first permit was issued to Mr. Walter Kluehr on Township Line Road and DVC.  Mr. Rogers stated the architect and builder on DVC is Delaware Valley Construction and is very good.




Ms. Huchler-Smith stated she prepared a list of suggested 2006 goals and reviewed them with the Board.  The goals are as follows: continuation of current projects such as update library as needed, review construction plans, and address citizens’ concerns. Also, address the use of proper handicap signs, address Township accessibility such as doors, lighting, sidewalk cutouts and Library doors.  She suggested Community outreach through newspapers, Harvest Day booth, Senior Group meetings, schools, Library Book Fair, and Fire House Open House.


The Board also suggested working with the Emergency squad to update their database, look at emergency procedures, have the Fire Marshall give a presentation to the Board, and focus on area transportation.


Mr. Rogers updated Mr. Stainthorpe about the Emergency Squad information card not being inputted into the County emergency system.


Mr. Stainthorpe suggested the Board members attend a Board of Supervisors meeting at the end of the year to give an update on all of their accomplishments.



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Ms. Piccinotti asked Ms. Dorko as a prospective member what goals she wants to see the Board accomplish.  Ms. Dorko stated transportation is a huge issue for her since she depends on public transportation to get her to and from work.  Mr. Rogers suggested other Disabled Persons Advisory Boards get together and voice their collective opinion for better regional transportation.  Ms. Piccinotti suggested the Board contact Bucks County Transportation to ask them to contract with the state to transport disabled people.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated that he would talk with County Commissioner Jim Cawley to find some solutions to these problems.


Mr. Stainthorpe suggested looking into grant money for a pilot program for transportation in Lower Makefield.


Mr. Rogers suggested that the Board carefully monitor the Edgewood Village project and accessibility issues that may arise.  Mrs. Piccinotti asked what were the plans for Edgewood Village.  Mr. Stainthorpe updated the Ms. Piccinotti and the Board on the Edgewood Village vision.




The Board agreed to table election of officers for 2006 until the next meeting.


The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2006.


There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m.




                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,





                                                                                    Lisa Huchler-Smith, Secretary