A meeting of the Disabled Persons Advisory Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on Tuesday,      March 28, 2006.  Chairman Rogers opened the meeting at 7:35 p.m.


Those present:


COMMITTEE MEMBERS:                        Lisa Huchler-Smith, Secretary

David Rogers, Chairman 

Ann Piccinotti, Vice-Chairman

Liz Harbison, member


OTHERS:                                                       Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor Liaison

                                                                        Megan Dorko, resident




Ms. Harbison moved and Mrs. Piccinotti seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the February 2006 minutes as written.




Ms. Huchler-Smith stated that she contacted State Representative Steil to obtain the state citation for the proper handicap parking space signage.  Representative Steil’s office forwarded the Pennsylvania law citation, which cites that signs must have the fines and handicap symbol on the sign to enforce a violation.  She stated she found out that two main companies own most of the parking lots in Lower Makefield and contacted them to inform them of the proper signage requirements and the companies stated they would comply.


Ms. Huchler-Smith and Mr. Rogers stated they met with Mr. Fedorchak about the Township owned properties not being in compliance with the requirements for proper handicap signage and the number of handicap parking spaces.  Mr. Fedorchak stated the Township would order the proper signs and the Disabled Board would identify the areas that need proper signs.  Ms. Huchler-Smith noted that if there is only one handicap parking space at any business it must be labeled “Van Accessible” with fines posted and the signs at a special height.  She stated she is also going to rewrite the letter to the businesses because the original letter was difficult to understand and the new letter will include a picture of what is needed to comply.


Mr. Rogers stated he would be meeting with Ms. Donna Linney and Ms. Donna Reardon regarding Macclesfield Park and the number and placement of the handicap parking spaces.  He noted there are only three handicap parking spaces at the park.  Mr. Rogers mentioned there is a problem with access to the girl’s softball field on Oxford Valley Road.  He stated heplans to make  made suggestions to



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Ms. Linney and Ms. Reardon of what could be done to achieve better access at other Township facilities such as the pool and the tennis courts on Schuyler Road.


The Board discussed how to address this issue in the future to make sure signage and ground markings are correct.  Mr. Rogers stated it would be difficult to determine the total number of parking spaces at the Township Building because he is not sure if the entire parking lot including the Police Station, the library, Public Works and the Tax Office are all considered on continuous parking lot.




Ms. Dorko and Ms. Harbison stated they worked on a three-panel informational brochure about the Board and noted they left some blank areas for additional information to be added.  Ms. Harbison and Ms. Dorko thought a logo for the Board would be a good idea to help people remember the Board.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated that a logo would be a good idea and asked if they had any ideas.  Ms. Dorko stated that she thought of the wheelchair symbol with a more stylized look and text.  The Board discussed including the pamphlet goals they are working such as proper handicap signage and an increase in community networking.


Ms. Harbison suggested having shirts made for the Board members to wear to events.  Ms. Huchler-Smith asked when the next newsletter would be sent out.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated a “card style” newsletter would be sent out in the next few weeks, but the following four-page newsletter would be sent out in early summer.  He stated the Board should write an article for the next newsletter.


Mr. Rogers stated the County Commissioners have discussed creating a countywide Disabled Board.  He suggested having a member from each existing municipal board be on the county board and Mr. Shanburg suggested also including disabled residents.


Ms. Harbison suggested the Board possibly partnering with Special Olympics.  She stated she knows a woman who is very involved in a local Special Olympics and she would contact her.  Ms. Huchler-Smith asked Ms. Harbison to obtain a schedule of local Special Olympic events.


The Board discussed finding out the date for the Senior Expo and suggested having the pamphlet ready for the Expo.




Mr. Stainthorpe stated he went to the TMA Committee meeting for the handicap.  He stated that Bucks County applied for a pilot program grant for better handicap transportation.  He stated the state only allocates $400,000 for the program per year for the entire state and the amount to implement the program in Bucks County alone is $300,000.  Mr. Stainthorpe asked the Board members what they want to see in handicap transportation.


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Ms. Huchler-Smith stated she would like to see portable on-call transportation and asked if that is included in the objectives of the TMA.  Mr. Stainthorpe replied yes in addition to other goals.  Mrs. Piccinotti stated with her disabled membership she could use disabled transportation for twenty days per year in each participating state.  She stated if Pennsylvania could get Federal money for transportation, the disabled could use the system with a disabled card.  Mr. Stainthorpe asked if Pennsylvania received Federal funds and Mrs. Piccinotti replied no.


Mr. Stainthorpe stated the TMA might suggest that the pilot program go somewhere other than Lower Makefield, but the TMA and he will do what they can.  Ms. Harbison asked if there is grant money available for a feasibility study to determine if the disabled would use transportation in a pilot program in Lower Makefield.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated he would find out.  Ms. Huchler-Smith suggested putting transportation information on the Board’s website.  Mrs. Piccinotti suggested having a representative from the BCCT attend a Senior’s meeting to give them information about transportation.




Mr. Rogers stated there are no new permits.


The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2006.


There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.




                                                                                    Respectfully Submitted,





                                                                                    Lisa Huchler-Smith, Secretary