Boards & Committees

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 Council Chambers.

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Boards and Committees
Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals is a three member board with a five-year term. They meet on call.

This judicial board was established to hear and rule on appeals, requests for variances, and requests for extensions of time arising under the PA Uniform Construction Code (UCC) for matters related to the Borough's Building Code. In addition, the Board may hear and rule on appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the Borough Fire Code Official relative to the application and interpretation of the adopted Fire Code. Members shall be qualified based on training and experience in building construction, such as licensure as an architect or engineer, experience in the construction industry or training or experience as an inspector or plan reviewer, certified fire inspector or fire plans examiner. Further qualifications shall include experience and training in fire hazards, explosions, hazardous conditions or fire protection systems.

Board of Appeals members do not receive compensation. No member of Borough Council nor any code official employed by the Borough may serve on the Board of Appeals. If Borough Council is unable to find a sufficient number of qualified individuals who reside within Newtown Borough, it may appoint a qualified person(s) who resides outside of the Borough to fill a position. In accordance with the PA UCC, the Board of Appeals shall not act upon appeals, requests for variances or requests for extensions of time relating to accessibility.

Additional information regarding the Board of Appeals can be found in pertinent chapters of the Newtown Borough Code

Members:

Warren Woldorf - Chair/Secretary
Kevin Dippolito
Rob Wagner

Civil Service Commission

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

Civil Service Commission

Chairperson, Duane E. Buck

(215) 968-2044

Member George Penn

Member, Bernie Sauer

Recording Secretary: Heather Lewis


Alternate, Philip Mitchell

Alternate, Patricia Beasley

Alternate, Vacancy

Emergency Services Coordinating Committee

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

Emergency Management Committee

Director

Glenn Forsyth

(215) 968-2800 x255

Borough Coordinator

Mayor John Burke

(215) 962-2753

Newtown Fire Association

Glenn Forsyth

(215) 968-2800 x255

Newtown Borough Police Department

Chief James J. Sabath

(215) 860-7835

Newtown Township Police Department

Chief John L. Hearn

(215) 968-2800

Newtown Ambulance SquadJoseph Swerk(215) 968-3500
Environmental Advisory Council

Seven member board, three year term.  Meets on the second Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m.

Environmental Advisory Council      Liaison, Amy Lustig

Chair:  

Bill Heinemann

Members:

Katherine Borish

Patrick Foster

Gerard OMalley

Kristen Sebesky

Julia Woldorf

Vacancy

Newtown Borough EAC is a group of community residents, appointed by the elected officials, to advise them and other municipal officials about the protection, conservation, management, promotion and use of natural resources.    

Historic Architectural Review Board

Seven member board, three 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 30 days 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" at Borough Hall.

Pick up copies of all HARB booklets in Boro Offices at 23 N. State Street, Newtown or click on links below.

HARB - Guidelines for Roofing

HARB - Guidelines for Signs & Awnings

HARB - Guidelines for Wood Windows

HARB - Rehabilitation Standards

HARB application Part I and HARB application Part II complete both forms

Only after review by HARB and approval by Borough Council can a Certificate of Appropriateness be issued by HARB COA Administrator, Ana Gindhart buildingandzoning@boroughofnewtown.com.

                                                

Chairperson
Jim McAuliffe
Vice-Chair
Bob King
 
Member
Derek DeBenedetto
 
Member
Mike Hutchinson
 
Member
Marcia Lincoln-Heinz
 
Member
Warren Woldorf
 
Member, Building Inspector
Mike Italia/Ana Gindhart
Preservation Consultant
Margaret Newman

Non-Member Recording SecretaryLeslie Dunleavy 
Council LiaisonEmily Heinz
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 accommodations. If an individual feels discrimination has been involved, this commission will review their formal complaint as presented in this Human Relations Commission Discrimination Inquiry Form. Confidential contact to the HRC Chair can be made by emailing hrc@boroughofnewtown.com.


7 member board that meets as needed

Mary Gonzalez, Chairperson              

Jack Byer

Sam Chertock

Beryl Katz

Mollie Mitchell

Catherine Anne Porter

Paula Raimondo

Borough Liaison, Amy Lustig

Joint Historic Commission

Eight member board, four year term.   Meets on 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.  Meetings are held in Newtown Borough Hall, 23 North State Street.

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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Completed applications for demolition requests must be received by the Zoning Officer by the second Monday of the month in order to be placed on the Joint Historic Commission agenda for that month.

Chairperson (Township)

Bill Mahler

(215)630-6337

bill.mahler@foxroach.com

Vice-Chair (Township)

Craig Deutsch


Treasurer (Borough)

Nancy Freudenthal


Borough

John Donato


Borough

Marcia Lincoln-Heinz


Borough

Charissa Stone


Township

Annamarie Kaminski

Township

Vacancy


Non-Member Recording Secretary

Vacancy


Liaison (Borough)

Emily Heinz

(267)210-0450

Liaison (Township)Kyle Davis


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

macraig@erols.com

Vice-Chair

Marvin Cohen


Member

Member

Member

Member

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Charles Machion

Heather Lewis

Marc Waldinger

Ted Schmidt

Richard Spadaccino



Non-member Recording Secretary

Leslie Dunleavy


Borough LiaisonMaryellen Raymond
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 John Burke

(215)962-2753

Member

James Sabath

(215) 860-7835

Member

Judy S. Musto

(215) 968-2109

MemberTara Grunde-McLaughlin(215)479-0100
MemberPat Ours(215) 968-2109
Recreation Board

Nine member board. Meets quarterly

Recreation Board

Co-Chair

Co-Chair

Tracey Osecki

Jenna Ball



Treasurer

Nicole Rodowicz


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Member

Member

Member

Member

Member

Non-member Recording Secretary


Council Liaison  Emily Heinz

                          (267)210-0450

Thomas Cunningham

Colleen Curtin

Derek DeBenedetto

Michael Hurley

Ashley Kube

Sarah Ludwig

Kristina Iannucci




Shade Tree Commission

Shade Tree Commission 

Newtown Borough Resident Information


Meets:

Every other month or as needed to review permit applications or conduct pertinent STC business.


Philosophy:

Trees are a natural resource and improve air quality, lower air temperature, reduce storm water runoff, raise property values, and contribute to the aesthetics of Newtown Borough and the well-being of its residents.  The Shade Tree Commission advocates for the planting and maintenance of trees in the Borough.

         

Purpose:

The Newtown Borough Shade Tree Commission has the authority to plant, remove, maintain and protect shade trees on public rights-of-way in the Borough:

All trees in the right-of-way require an approval prior to planting, pruning, removing, injecting, fertilizing, etc. Please complete the application below and submit to the Borough Secretary at jmusto.newtown@gmail.com

Planted or removed a shade tree recently in Newtown Borough? LET US KNOW!
The Newtown Borough Shade Tree Commission (STC) responds each year to the Tree City/Arbor Day Foundation to renew our designation as a Tree City! The year 2022 marks our 38th year! The data collected through this application informs Tree City and The Arbor Day Foundation about the tree canopy in our area. The STC obtains this data from permits submitted for trees planted and removed in the rights of way and public parks but has no means to acquire data about private property, although this info is requested on the application. A shade tree is a large tree whose primary role is to provide shade in the surrounding environment due to its spreading canopy and crown. It also provides a habitat for wildlife. If a shade tree is planted on your property please help us by responding to me via private message with the type of tree planted. The address is not necessary. If a shade tree was removed from your property please let us know the type, and age or approximate diameter. Again, address is not necessary. Thanks so much, Newtown Borough STC 

Members:


Member:

 Ted Schmidt,   Chair

 tws112@verizon.net

Member:

 Sheryl Rubin-Pitel

 

Member:

 Vacancy

 

Borough Liaison

Maryellen Raymond


Links:


Shade Tree Inventory:

Shade Tree Inventory click on Plant Inventory-294


Tree Pruning; Why Tree Topping is Wrong: 

https://extension.psu.edu/dont-top-trees


Find an Arborist:

Please contact an ISA Certified Arborist® (International Society of Arboriculture

If you need an evaluation of the health of a tree. A reputable tree service will have access to a certified expert. Or use the ISA website below.

https://www.treesaregood.org/findanarborist/findanarborist


Newtown Borough Shade Tree Ordinance:

https://ecode360.com/14197392


Newtown Borough Shade Tree Right of Way Work Permit:

 Shade Tree Permit Application


Newtown Borough is pleased to have been designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation since 1984.






 


 


 
Zoning Hearing Board

Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, if needed, at 7:00 PM

Zoning Hearing Board    Liaison, Maryellen Raymond

Member - Glenn Beasley

Member - Mike Sellers

Member - Bob Abrahamson

Alternate - Paul Salvatore

Alternate - Andrew Northup

Parking & Signs Committee

The Parking & Signs Committee was set up to investigate parking and signage needs.  They are an Ad Hoc committee that meets as needed. 

Borough Liaison, Bob Szwajkos                    (267)972-4409

Members:

Walk Friendly Newtown Committee

Walk Friendly Newtown Committee

The "Walk Friendly Newtown" Committee is a standing committee, established to address concerns related to traffic and pedestrian safety within Newtown Borough. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in Newtown Borough for residents and visitors by ensuring the ability to safely walk and drive throughout the borough. 

Co-Chairs:

Courtney Lang & Don Hayden

Members:

Jean Bohr

Emily Heinz

Amy Lustig

Scott Williams

Cheryl Wood

Vacancy

Vacancy

Borough Liaison, Amy Lustig                    (267)496-9282