Middletown Township  
   July 2019
Seeking Community Input
Have you ever wanted a chance to share your ideas and hopes for the community while guiding Middletown into the future? Do you want a chance to win exciting prizes? If so, then read on to learn about the Comprehensive Plan Open House and Photo Competition!

Middletown Township is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan. A Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint for the community that details its objectives for the future. Some of the key areas of focus include sustainability, transportation, recreation, housing, and redevelopment. The finished Plan will serve as a guide to the community, Township staff, and elected officials when making decisions about potential projects and development throughout Middletown.

One of the most important elements of the Comprehensive Plan process is to get community feedback. Your input will drive the planners' decisions on what to include and help determine both the best areas of the community as well as those with opportunities for improvement.
On July 9th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Township will host an Open House at the Municipal Center. Middletown residents are strongly encouraged to come by and share their thoughts with the staff and planners. This highly interactive event will allow attendees to provide input on each of the main categories listed above as well as any other areas of interest. Your feedback will guide the planning process as the Comprehensive Plan is completed. More information about the event and the plan in general will be regularly posted on the Township website.

Additionally, the Township is launching a photo competition. Not all community input has to be verbal - you can SHOW us some of your thoughts by sending in photos of your favorite parts of the community or areas that you think can be improved. The winner will receive a prize bundle that includes Six Flags and Sesame Place passes, gift certificates to local restaurants, and movie tickets. Some photos might even make it into the Comprehensive Plan. You can email your photos to CompPlan@middletownbucks.org, and you can track the entries on a live map. Voting will take place in the fall.

"Updating the Comprehensive Plan is an exciting opportunity to prepare Middletown for the future and start working toward the community we want to become," said Board of Supervisors Secretary Amy Strouse. "I can't wait to hear what our residents have in mind, and hope we get a big group of folks to join us at the Open House."

We hope to see you on the 9th to help plan the future of Middletown!

Community News
4th of July

Middletown Township would like to wish everyone in the community a happy 4th of July. We would also like to highlight exciting events and important reminders for this holiday season.

Please join us on Thursday, July 4th, for the 8th Annual 4th of July Parade. The Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 700 Veterans Highway, and continues along to Twin Oaks Park on Trenton Road. This year's parade features many local organizations, businesses, and local bands and musicians. "The 4th of July Parade is one of the most popular and exciting events we hold each year," said Board of Supervisors Chairperson Tom Tosti. "Township staff have been hard at work to make a great event for the community as we honor Independence Day." We hope you can join us in honoring Independence Day with your friends, family, and neighbors!

Please also note that there will be no trash pickup on July 4th. Trash will be picked up throughout the entire Township on Friday, July 5th, so please remember to place your trash out on the evening of the 4th.

Lastly, while many of us enjoy seeing fireworks on Independence Day, it is very important that the community follow all local and state laws to ensure their safety. Even though Pennsylvania has made the purchase of fireworks easier, please remember the following laws:
  • Fireworks cannot be discharged within 150 feet of any structure that can hold people (buildings, houses, etc.), even if no one is currently inside
  • Discharging fireworks is prohibited on all public property, including streets, parks, schools, and open spaces
  • Fireworks cannot be discharged within or toward any building or motor vehicle
  • Fireworks may only be discharged on private property, if it is more than yards feet from a structure, with the express permission of the property owner
Thank you for following these rules, and we wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July.
Introducing the New Finance Director

Middletown Township is excited to introduce Mega Bhandary as the new Director of Finance.

Mega comes to the Township with 12 years of finance experience. Currently a Township resident living in Langhorne, Mega was born in San Diego, and her family later moved to Wisconsin. She would go on to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin. After moving to the east coast ten years ago, Mega got her Master's in Business Administration from LaSalle University.

Mega brings to the Township her strong experience in financial operations, strategy, and project management. She has worked for multiple branches of General Electric, and she also worked for Aramark in Philadelphia.

Mega has made her home in Langhorne for the last four years. She and her family greatly enjoy the Middletown community, and one of their favorite activities is trying new foods from different cultures.

"We are very excited to welcome Mega to the Township staff," said Township Manager Stephanie Teoli Kuhls. "She brings a strong financial background and a fresh perspective that will greatly benefit Middletown's financial management going forward."

Mural Arts Workshop

The Philadelphia Foundation is celebrating 100 years of service to Southeast Pennsylvania, and they are seeking community involvement.

To commemorate both its history and future goals in the community, the Philadelphia Foundation is partnering with Mural Arts to create a new mural to be unveiled in the fall. Throughout the summer, the Foundation is seeking to engage the community of the whole Greater Philadelphia Region through a series of "paint day" workshops. Attendees of all ages, even those with no art experience, are welcome and encouraged to share their creativity and ideas.

Middletown has been selected as one of the paint day locations. The event is scheduled for Sunday, August 4th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome.

For more information, please visit the event's Facebook page.

Police Department
Training Leaders

The Middletown Township Police Department proudly recognizes two of its command staff for attending very renowned command schools.

Captain Pete Feeney completed the FBI National Academy, a feat only accomplished by one percent of police commanding officers. Captain Feeney joined 250 police leaders from around the world and spent ten weeks living at the FBI academy in Quantico. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Ken Mellus completed an academically intensive program through the West Point Institute. The once-a-week program culminated after 14 weeks with an exam, and Lieutenant Mellus scored among the top of his class.

"Training is an investment in the department that gives the Township a great return," said Police Chief Joe Bartorilla. "I want to congratulate Lieutenant Mellus and Captain Feeney for their tremendous accomplishments."
National Night Out

National Night Out is just around the corner.

National Night Out is an event that promotes positive relationships between police departments and communities across the country. The Middletown Township Police Department will host a block party at the Municipal Center on Tuesday, August 6th. Families and community members will have the opportunity to meet Township Police and staff, view demonstrations, participate in activities, and interact with local businesses.

Any businesses interested in participating should contact Officer Melissa Robison at mrobison@mtpd.org.
Other News and Segments
From the Permit Corner

Welcome to the Permit Corner, where you can find out about all the major construction projects throughout the community.
  • The proposed development of the Stone Meadows Farm is currently scheduled to appear before the Planning Commission on July 17th, subject to change
  • The proposed Wawa on Lincoln Highway near the ramps to I-95 and has received conditional preliminary approval from the Board of Supervisors, and they are expected to seek final approval later this summer or fall
Committee Spotlight

This month's spotlight is shined on the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.

This group was appointed earlier this year by the Board of Supervisors to service as a voice for the community during the planning process. Their role is to guide the Township employees and planning consultants to ensure that the completed Comprehensive Plan reflects the will of the community.

The members of the Steering Committee were carefully selected to represent different sectors of the community, each coming from different professions, service organizations, and neighborhoods within the Township. Members of the Committee are as follows.
  • Bill Appleton, Middletown Township Financial Advisory Committee
  • Cyndy Diegel, Langhorne Rotary
  • Donna Fiedler, Middletown Township Environmental Advisory Council
  • Jonathan Lippy, Langhorne Athletic Association
  • Robin Kemmerer, Bucks County Community Foundation
  • Jim Merrill, Inspire Credit Union, Middletown Community Foundation
  • Rich Nuttall, Middletown Township Planning Commission
  • Lil Shonewolf, St. Mary Medical Center
These volunteers lend their unique perspectives and knowledge of the community while representing the public throughout the planning process. Many members of the Steering Committee will be available at the July 9th Open House.
Upcoming Events

July 4  - 4th of July Parade, 9 a.m., Veterans' Memorial Park
July 4 - Township offices closed for Independence Day
July 9  - Comprehensive Plan Open House, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

July 10 - Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

July 15 -  Board of Supervisors meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

July 17 -  Planning Commission meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

July 24 - Zoning Hearing Board meeting, 7 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

August 4 -  Philadelphia Foundation Mural Arts Paint Day, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Public Hall of the Municipal Center

August 6 - National Night Out, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Municipal Center

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