Borough of Newtown

23 North State Street
Newtown, PA  18940
Phone: 215.968.2109
Fax: 215.968.6338

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM

All meetings are held
in Borough Hall
unless otherwise noted.

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We acknowledge, with special thanks and recognition, citizens of Newtown Borough whose names are listed on this web site and who serve in a voluntary capacity as members of the following boards and committees.  Their generous donation of time and effort to retain the character of Newtown Borough, preserve our heritage, and support our government are highly valued and appreciated by Borough Council.

Committees of Council regularly meet in Council Chambers, 23 North State Street, Newtown, unless otherwise advertised.

The Council meets monthly on the Wednesday prior to the second Tuesday for Work Session in Council Chambers.

The semi-monthly meetings of the Council are held on the second Tuesday and when applicable, the fourth Thursday in the auditorium at the Chancellor Center, 30 North Chancellor Street, Newtown.

Boards and Committees

Building Code Board of Appeals

Members:

Kevin Dippolito
J. Eric Johnson
Warren Woldorf

Civil Service Commission

Three member board, six year term.  Meets on call.

Civil Service Commission

Chairperson, Duane E. Buck
 (215) 968-2044
George Penn
 
J. Eric Johnson
 

Emergency Services Coordinating Committee

Six member board, four year term.  Meets on call.

Emergency Management Committee

Director
Glenn Forysth
(215) 968-2800
Borough Coordinator
Mayor Charles F. Swartz, III
(215) 968-4896
Newtown Fire Association
Carl Forsyth
(215) 968-3731
Newtown Borough Police Department
Chief Anthony Wojciechowski
(215) 860-7835
Newtown Township Police Department
Chief Rick Pasqualini
(215) 968-2800
Newtown Ambulance Squad Joseph Swerk (215) 968-3500

 

Environmental Advisory Council

Seven member board, three year term.  Meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Environmental Advisory Council      Liaison, Perry Warren - 215-497-0230


 

Historic Architectural Review Board

Seven member board, five year term.  Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM

Historic Architectural Review Board

The Borough Zoning and Historic District Ordinances require that all plans for exterior changes to buildings within the Historic District (which can be seen from any public way) be reviewed for appropriateness by HARB and the Council. 

 HARB meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, except for November and December when they meet the third Wednesday (because of the holidays); the meetings are held in Borough Hall at 7:30 PM.

 DEADLINE:  Completed applications must be submitted to the Zoning Office no later than two Wednesdays before the HARB meeting in order to be placed on the HARB agenda for that month's meeting. 

 For information on guidelines under which HARB will operate, see "Design Guidelines and Historic District Ordinance 594".

Pick up copies of all HARB booklets in Boro Offices at 23 N. State Street, Newtown,
or download them here: Roofing, Signs & Awnings, Windows, HARB Preservation.

Only after review by HARB and approval by Borough Council can a Certificate of Appropriateness be issued by Zoning Officer, Jo-Anne Brown.

 

                                               

Chairperson
James McAuliffe
 
(215) 504-2244
Vice-Chair
Mike Hutchinson
 
Member
Bernie Sauer
 
Member
Mary Dinneen
 
Member
Stephen Rinear
 
Member
C. Brian Titus
 
Member, COA Administrator
Jo-Anne Brown
(215) 860-8859
Preservation Consultant
Marilou Ehrler
(908) 295-6044
Non-Member Recording Secretary Leslie Dunleavy  
Council Liaison Robert King
 


 

Human Relations Commission

The Commission was established to ensure that all persons, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, marital status, age, mental or physical,etc. are afforded equal opportunities for employment, housing and the use of public accommdations. If an individual  feels discrimination has been involved, this commission will hear their formal complaint.

 

5 member board that meets as needed

 

Chairperson, Linda Espenshade Heinemann                       (215) 579-8896

Harry Betz

Mary Catherine Miller

Rober Szwajkos

Aryeh Weinstein

Borough Liaison, Perry Warren

Joint Historic Commission

Eight member board, four year term that meets  the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM.

Joint Historic Commission

The Joint Historic Commission's primary responsibility is the protection and preservation of historically and/or architecturally significant structures in Newtown Borough and Newtown Township.  The Commission is comprised of four residents from each of these two municipalities.

Owners of properties seeking to obtain permission to demolish all or part of a structure must initially file an application for a "Determination of Significance" with the respective municipality.  This authorizes the Joint Historic Commission to conduct a review of the structure that may include archival research, site investigation, and formal discussion.  The results of this work, and a recommendation to approve or deny the request for demolition, are submitted in a written report to Newtown Borough Council or the Township Board of Supervisors.

As an advocate for historic preservation, the Joint Historic Commission can be a resource for property owners and Borough and Township boards and committees regarding historic and/or architecturally significant structures. 

Meetings are on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM in Newtown Borough Council Chamber, located at 23 North State Street.

Chair (Borough)
Warren Woldorf
(215) 968-4879
Vice-Chair (Borough)
Lorraine Pentz
 
Treasurer
Jeanette Rogers
 
Borough
Nancy Freudenthal
 
Borough
Larry Fink
 
Township
Lisa Ray
 
Township
Bill Mahler
 
Township
Craig Deutsch
 
Non-Member Recording Secretary
Sandi McIntyre
 
Liaison (Borough)
Bob King
 
Liaison (Township) Ryan Gallagher
 

Planning Commission

Seven member board.  Meets monthly on the first Monday of each month at 7 PM.

Planning Commission


Completed applications with fees must be submitted to the Zoning Officer two weeks prior to the first Monday of each month in order to be placed on the Planning Commission Agenda. 
Chair
Mark Craig
(215) 579-2475
Vice-Chair
Paul Salvatore
 
Member
Susan Bannon
 
Member
David Bryk
 
Member
Paul Snyder
 
Member
Karen White
 
Member
Warren Woldorf
 
     
Non-member Recording Secretary
Leslie Dunleavy
 
Borough Liaison, Larry Auerweck

 (215) 579-8435

 


Police and Non-Uniform Pension Fund Committee

Five member board.  Meets on call.

Police and Non-Uniform Pension
Fund Committee


The Newtown Police and Non-Uniform Pension Fund is administered through the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System (PMRS)
Administrator
 Pennsylvania Muncipal Retirement System (PMRS)
(800) 622-7968
Member
Mayor Charles F. Swartz, III
(267) 767-9887
Member
Anthony Wojciechowski
(215) 860-7835
Member
Marcia M. Scull
(215) 968-2109
Member Robert J. Walker (215) 504-1232
Member Pat Ours (215) 968-2109

 

Recreation Board - Oversees Linton Memorial Park and Brian S. Gregg Memorial Park

Nine member board. Meets quarterly

Recreation Board

Co-Chair
Deborah Cyb
 
Co-chair
Heather Lewis
(215) 504-1536
 
Member
Ralph Ippoliti
 
Member
 
 
Member
Amy Moore
 
Member
Dana Pikul
 
Member
Laurie Tyler
 
Member Jeanine Rambo  
Member Betsy Stucker  
Non-member Recording Secy Leslie Dunleavy  
Council Liaison Tara Grunde-McLaughlin 215-504-5948

 

Shade Tree Commission

 

Since 1984 Newtown Borough has had the honor of being declared "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the first and one of the few in Bucks County Pennsylvania. The Tree City USA award is given to those communities who have a legally constituted body or Shade Tree Commission, a Community Tree Ordinance, an active and comprehensive community forestry program supported by the community and an Arbor Day Proclamation and Public Commemorative Tree Planting. Arbor Day is celebrated nationwide on the fourth Friday in April.
Chairperson
 Theodore W. Schmidt
(215) 860-6310
Secretary
 Ann Balderston
(215) 968-1834
Member
 James Waitkus
(215) 504-0382
Borough Liaison
 Perry Warren
(215) 497-0230
Traffic Management Committee

 

Traffic Committee

The Traffic Management Committee was set up to investigate Borough traffic flow and parking needs

Members:
Jonathan Guy
Jennifer Pennington
C. David Krewson
Victor Cocozza
Paul Salvatore
 
Borough Liaison, Tara Grunde-McLaughlin                    215-504-5948
 
 
 
Zoning Hearing Board

Meets the 1st Tuesday, if needed at 7 PM

Zoning Hearing Board

 

Member Susan Piette (267) 987-3304
Member  Kimberly O'Neill (215) 968-4581
Member  Thomas Dillione (215) 968-4572
Alternate  William E. Palkovics (215) 968-0935
Alternate  Harry V. Tomlinson, III (215) 860-9063