A meeting of the Disabled Persons Advisory Board of the Township of Lower Makefield was held in the Municipal Building on Tuesday, March 27, 2007.  Chairman Rogers opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.


Those present:


BOARD  MEMBERS:                                 David Rogers, Vice-Chairman

Lisa Huchler-Smith, Chairman

Ann Piccinotti, member

Liz Harbison, member (absent)

Megan Dorko, Secretary


OTHERS:                                                      Pete Stainthorpe, Supervisor Liaison (absent)

                                                                        Art Cohen, Citizens Traffic Committee

                                                                        Chief Kenneth Coluzzi, LMT Police Department


Approval of February 2007 Meeting Minutes


Mr. Rogers moved, Ms. Dorko seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the February 2007 minutes as written.


Meeting with Chief Coluzzi


Ms. Huchler-Smith asked Chief Coluzzi what the department’s policy is on enforcement of handicap parking.  Chief Coluzzi stated that handicap parking enforcement is a priority of parking enforcement.  He stated that enforcement of violations in the fire lane is most common.  Ms. Huchler-Smith asked how many handicap parking tickets were issue last year.  Chief Coluzzi stated he could not give an exact number, but he recalls that a lot of handicap parking violation tickets were given.  Ms. Huchler-Smith asked if the Police can enforce parking in a handicap spot without the fines posted.  Chief Coluzzi stated the Police will still issue a ticket but it is not enforceable if contested.


Mr. Rogers mentioned the ongoing parking problem in the fire lane at Villa Rosa.  Chief Coluzzi stated that is his biggest complaint.


Ms. Huchler-Smith suggested educating the public about the ramifications of parking in the fire lane in the Township newsletter.  Chief Coluzzi also suggested putting educational information about handicap issues in the newsletter.  He stated on the LMT Police web-site it has Neighborhood Watch Association information and he could also include handicap parking information.




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Ms. Huchler-Smith asked if the Township officers are trained to deal with people with disabilities.  Chief Coluzzi stated the officers are given basic training to handle people with certain disabilities.


Mr. Rogers asked Chief Coluzzi if he would be interested in the officers being taught basic sign language.  Chief Coluzzi replied yes and thought it would be a good idea to educate the officers.  Mr. Rogers stated that he would pass on the information of the sign language training to him.


Ms. Huchler-Smith asked Chief Coluzzi if he has a database listing people with disabilities.  Chief Coluzzi stated they use two databases, one with the county and the Township and they are constantly cross-references the two databases.


Mr. Rogers stated the Emergency Squad has a stack of cards with vital information about the residents that need to be inputted into the Township database.  Chief Coluzzi stated he would call the Emergency squad and ask for an update.  Chief Coluzzi presented the form they use for their database for people with special needs.  Mr. Stainthorpe asked if the Emergency Squad could access the Police database.  Chief Coluzzi replied yes and noted the special needs form comes up if the address calls in. Chief Coluzzi distributed the form for the Board members to copy and distribute.  He also stated they have a Senior Police Program.  He stated the program involves his officers visiting seniors who don’t have people to check in on them and help with banking, medical issues or just to talk with them.


Chief Coluzzi excused himself from the meeting.


Fabric Panels


Ms. Huchler-Smith stated she received a quote of $3,000 for 19 fabric panels for the Board of Supervisors room without installation.  She asked Mr. Stainthorpe what the next step would be.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated this Board should vote on the matter and give its recommendation to Mr. Fedorchak and the Board of Supervisors.


Building Permits


Mr. Rogers stated the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems Practice of the Future submitted plans for an office space on Township Line Road.  Mr. Rogers stated he reviewed the plans and they are done right.  He stated he received a telephone call from Nancy Frick but did not know what it was about.


Meeting with Steve Santarsiero


Ms. Huchler-Smith stated she and Mr. Rogers met with Mr. Santarsiero to prepare for the Southeastern Bucks League of Municipalities meeting this Thursday.  She stated the purpose of their presence at the meeting is to assist the other member municipalities interested in forming a Disabled Persons Advisory Board.

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Spring Fling


Ms. Huchler-Smith stated the Township has planned another Community Day called “Spring Fling” on Sunday, May 6th at Elm Lowne.  She asked if the bathrooms and facilities are sufficiently accessible to the public. 


Ms. Huchler-Smith stated that she would also speak with Ron Smith about Community Day improvements.


Bucks County TMA


Mr. Stainthorpe stated that he attended the last meeting.  He stated the TMA is working with Bucks County Transit to improve transportation in Bucks County because they received a grant.  He stated if it is successful, there is a good chance of renewal of the grant funding to improve handicap transportation.  Mr. Stainthorpe stated that he would try to attend the next meeting.


Ms. Piccinotti suggested BCCT, which is part of SEPTA use the Bucks County unit.  If the TMA could get the contract for Bucks County there would be better transportation including buses.


The date of the next meeting will be April 24th at 7:30 p.m.


There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.




                                                                        Respectfully Submitted,





                                                                        Megan Dorko, Secretary