No Action To Be Taken on Act 537 Plan Thursday
Newtown Township has announced they will not vote on the Act 537 Plan at a special public meeting on Thursday, Dec. 27.
According to the website, the announcement was posted on Dec. 21 and further stated: "The Board will take additional public comment only at that time."
Supervisors had initially scheduled to vote on the Act 537 Plan at Thursday's meeting. However, after the urging of several residents to reconsider the vote at a Dec. 12th meeting, a confirmation was not given on whether the vote would actually happen at Thursday's meeting.
A couple of the reasons why the township had hoped for a decision at the Dec. 27th meeting included a $250/day fine if not met by PennDOT's timeline and taking advantage of the low interest rates.
At the last meeting on Dec. 12th, Supervisors Chairman Joe Catania said the township will look into having meetings by neighborhood with MacCombie or David Porter, a project engineer at Herbert E. MacCombie, Jr., PE, Consulting Engineers and Surveyors, Inc., who has also worked on the plan.
MacCombie was hired by the township last August as a third-party engineer to review the final draft of the Act 537 Plan. A new plan of study for the Act 537 Plan was submitted by MacCombie in early January.
According to MacCombie, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) gave approval for the township to move ahead with developing a new sewer plan for the township in February.
In August, MacCombie shared the status of the plan as well as some key details and potential costs to neighbors in the Echo Valley and Florida Park sections of the neighborhood, in which Echo Valley would have a low-pressure sewer system and Florida Park would have a gravity system.