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Newtown News
Update
Download the Anti-Discrimination
Ordinance
Welcome to the March 25, 2019, issue of
Newtown News Update
. Back
issues and subscribing information can be foundhere. The opinions
expressed here are solely the those of John Mack and do not reflect the
opinions of any other person or entity.
Meet the Human Relations
Commission
The Newtown Township Human RelationsCommission (NTHRC), which was
established by the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance passed by the Board of
Supervisors on November 28, 2018, met for the first time at a public
meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The purpose of this meeting was
to elect a chair, vice chair, secretary, and appoint non-voting members (see
below) as well as to get input from the public, and prepare for the next
steps, which includes training by the Pennsylvania Human Rights
Commission (PHRC).
The Ordinance defines discrimination as "any discriminatory act(s) taken by
any person, employer, employment agency, labor organization or public
accommodation on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, gender,
religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, familial status, marital status, age, mental or
physical disability, use of guide or support animals and/or mechanical aids."
The ordinance specifically prohibitsdiscrimination based on sexual
orientation or gender identity - something that the PA state anti-
discrimination law does NOT do.
The Newtown HRC will handle discrimination complaints in housing and
employment in Newtown Township through a fact-finding conference with
the parties of the dispute in order to reach a resolution without the need to
hire lawyers or go to court.
See "Filing a Complaint" below.
Newtown News
Update
Download the Anti-Discrimination
Ordinance
Welcome to the March 25, 2019, issue of
Newtown News Update
. Back
issues and subscribing information can be foundhere. The opinions
expressed here are solely the those of John Mack and do not reflect the
opinions of any other person or entity.
Meet the Human Relations
Commission
The Newtown Township Human RelationsCommission (NTHRC), which was
established by the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance passed by the Board of
Supervisors on November 28, 2018, met for the first time at a public
meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The purpose of this meeting was
to elect a chair, vice chair, secretary, and appoint non-voting members (see
below) as well as to get input from the public, and prepare for the next
steps, which includes training by the Pennsylvania Human Rights
Commission (PHRC).
The Ordinance defines discrimination as "any discriminatory act(s) taken by
any person, employer, employment agency, labor organization or public
accommodation on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, gender,
religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, familial status, marital status, age, mental or
physical disability, use of guide or support animals and/or mechanical aids."
The ordinance specifically prohibitsdiscrimination based on sexual
orientation or gender identity - something that the PA state anti-
discrimination law does NOT do.
The Newtown HRC will handle discrimination complaints in housing and
employment in Newtown Township through a fact-finding conference with
the parties of the dispute in order to reach a resolution without the need to
hire lawyers or go to court.
See "Filing a Complaint" below.
NTHRC: Standing, l. to r., is Aamir Nayeem, Samantha Gross Dorf (non-voting member),
Mercy Ingraham, and Amber Ray. Sitting, l. to r. is Joe O’Neill and Angelic Acevedo.
Voting Members
Angelic Acevedo:A physician by training and originally from Puerto Rico,
Angelic is a member of the Newtown Elementary Diversity Committee. She
also leads the Princeton Pike chapter of the Organization for Latino
Achievement, an employee resource group that her employer, BMS,
sponsors. The group champions events that help reinforce an environment
of inclusion. Angelic was elected Secretary.
Mercy Ingraham:“Fair treatment under the law is a life-long interest of
mine. I have worked with the poor and the disadvantaged all of my
professional career.” Mercy's volunteer activities have included being a
team leader in an inter-faith coalition to assist local refugee resettlement
since 2016. Mercy was elected Vice Chair.
Aamir Nayeem:“Being the son of Muslim immigrant parents, I'm
unfortunately aware of the discrimination that ethnic and religious groups
face regularly,” said Aamir. While a student at the University of Pittsburgh,
Aamir was a member of the Muslim Students Association's executive board,
which hosted events and discussions helping educate others about Islam
and helping students deal with the rise of Islamophobia.
Read More About the HRC in Newtown Patch
Joe O'Neill:Over the course of his career, Joe has served in many volunteer
capacities and has experience with diversity and inclusion policies within
companies both for-profit and non-profit.
Amber Ray:Amber recently moved to Newtown from Bristol Borough,
where she was on that municipality's Human Relations Commission for two
years. Amber thus has critical experience in the activities of such
Commissions. Amber was elected Chair.
Non-Voting Members
Non-voting members of the Commission are
ex officio
members whose
background and expertise broaden the diversity of the Commission.
Samantha Gross Dorf: Currently working as the Associate Dean for
Academic Initiatives in the Office of the Provost. Samantha is co-chair of the
Race, Ethnicity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Group to the President and
helps to lead the student food insecurity group. These two additional roles
at the college allow Samantha to serve the college in the areas of equity,
diversity and inclusion.
John R. Gyllenhammer: John is Deputy General Counsel and Chief Counsel
for Health Sciences at Drexel University in Philadelphia.During his 25 years
in legal positions at Drexel University and George Mason University, John
hashad extensive involvement with anti-discrimination laws and regulations
applicable to employees, students, patients and members of the general
public.
Next Step
The next step is for the Commission to acquaint themselves with the
functioning of the Commission under this Anti-Discrimination Ordinance, as
well as the terms, conditions and provisions of the Pennsylvania Human
Relations Act, and the operation of the PHRC. This will be done through
training and education sessions performed in conjunction with the PHRC.
Filing a Complaint
The Ordinance specifies that complaints may be filed in person at the
Newtown Township Building or by mailing such complaints to the Newtown
Township Building (100 Municipal Dr, Newtown, PA 18940). All complaints
must be received by the Township Managerwithin 180 days of the alleged
act of discrimination to be considered timely.
The complaint should include the following information:
1. The name and address of the aggrieved person(s);
2. The name and address of the person(s) alleged to have committed the
prohibited practice;
3. A concise statement of the facts, including pertinent dates,
constituting the alleged discriminatory practice;
4. If applicable, the address and a description of the dwelling unit which
is involved.
Wawa Submits a Traffic Impact Study
An rendering presented by the developer at a BOS Work Session showing a
somewhat idealized view of traffic volume at the proposed Wawa site.
Details of the application for a Wawa at the southwestern corner of
Newtown Bypass and Lower Silver Lake Road were presented at a Work
Session meeting of the Newtown Board of Supervisors on Monday, May 14,
2018. For more on that,read "Developer and Attorney Present Their Case
for a WaWa Superstore on the Newtown Bypass".
At that session, attorney John VanLuvanne, representing the Wawa
developer claimed “This site is never going to be a corporate headquarters
or office building.” He proposed to amend the JMZO OR District Definition
ordinance to allow as a special condition the use of the site for a Super
WaWa type convenience store with fuel pumps and explained the process of
amending the ordinance. He also promised to submit a traffic study in the
"interim" (listen to his remarks here).
That traffic study - "WAWA - NEWTOWN BYPASS (SR 0332) & LOWER SILVER
LAKE ROAD TRANSPORTATION IMPACT STUDY" - was paid for and submitted
by the developer to the Township in August, 2018.
Executive Summary
Based on this evaluation, the following conclusions were reached:
The project site is located on the southwestern corner of the
intersection of Newtown Bypass (S.R. 0332) and Newtown-Yardley
Road/ Lower Silver Lake Road. The Proposed Site will consist of a
5,585 s.f. WAWA Convenience Market with 16 fueling positions.
The site will be served by two (2) driveway locations as follows:
1. One (1) Full -Access Driveway to Lower Silver Lake Road,
opposite the existing Crossing Community Church Driveway
(Southern);
2. One (1 ) Right-In Only Driveway from Lower Silver Lake Road,
just south of Newtown Bypass.
With the removal of on-site embankments, the measured sight
distances at the Proposed Full -Access Site Driveway will exceed
PennDOT Safe Stopping Sight Distance (SSSD) Criteria, and in
most cases will exceed PennDOT Desirable Sight Distance
Standards.
The proposed Site will generate 121 new trips during the weekday
A.M. peak hour, 93 new trips during the weekday P.M. peak hour, and
129 new trips during each of the Saturday Midday and Sunday Church
peak hours.
Under all projected (build) conditions with the development of the
proposed site and with site-related recommendations outlined in Table
17, all study area intersections will satisfy PennDOT ILOS Standards,
with the exception
of
the ILOS at the intersection
of
Newtown Bypass
(S.R. 0332) and Lower Silver Lake Road/Newtown-Yardley Road, which
will degrade from ILOS
C
to ILOS D,during the weekday A.M. peak
hour. It is TPD's (the engineering firm that was paid by the developer
to do the study) opinion that ILOS D is acceptable in
urbanareas and further improvements would be infeasible
at the intersection.
Intersection Level of Service (ILOS)
Traffic engineers grade the operation of an intersection - the Intersection
Level of Service (ILOS) - as A, B, C, D, E, or F based on the amount of time
each vehicle has to wait to go through the intersection during a particular
hour.
Access the FULL Study - Not Including Appendices - Here
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County Board of Elections to be
on the Primary ballot running for
a 6-year term as Newtown
Supervisor! With the help of
friends, I collected about 90
signatures of Democrats.
Primary Election day is May 21, 2019.
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john@johnmacknewtown.info
215-808-0859
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