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Meet Your Candidates: Mark Joseph

Mark Joseph is an insurance agency owner who is involved with Council Rock softball and Saint Andrew's Church.

Name: Mark Joseph

Occupation: Insurance agency owner

Length of time living in Newtown Township: 10 years; Newtown Borough resident for 10 years

What organizations and activities are you involved with locally?

I have been an active member of the community coaching Council Rock softball for 16 years, Newtown Little League for five years, and also as a member of St. Andrew's Church.

Taxes are always of interest to residents, especially in these tough economic times. What suggestions do you have to improve the efficiency of the township to save tax dollars?

I will hold the line on taxes. To create savings for the township, I will streamline fire and emergency services, while maintaining the highest level of protection for our citizens.  Additionally, our current Supervisors' majority has incited unnecessary litigation that wastes taxpayers' money.  I will stop the township from entering into such wasteful litigation.

Sycamore Street is the focus of Newtown Township’s downtown shopping district. However, the Acme site remains an eyesore and some residents say the street is not as pedestrian friendly as it should be. What suggestions do you have for improving this key shopping and business district in Newtown Township?

The Acme site is a privately-owned property and is in the development phase.  I would like to see that property developed wisely with consideration for pedestrians and traffic flow.  As Supervisor, I would make Sycamore Street more pedestrian friendly by adding additional signs at crosswalks and through better enforcement of posted speed limits.   

What other issues would you like to see come to the forefront if you are elected to the Board of Supervisors?

As a Supervisor, I would force a decision to be made with regards to Veterans Park.  The taxpayers of the Township have already spent over $3 million on this project and there is still a no trespassing sign at the park entrance which keeps people from using the park they paid for.  This park was to be opened already, yet it may not be ready for next year.  Our current supervisors' majority has mismanaged this project and refuses to make decisions about how to move forward.  I will make sure that the taxpayers' money is not wasted on this project and that it is opened for the residents to use.

In 50 words or less, why should residents vote for you?

I would be the only business owner on the board.  I understand the needs of our community and I am passionate about improving the quality of life in Newtown. I see the need for both fiscal prudence and the need for community services.  I have the experience to provide both.

Dori McCrane October 19, 2011 at 01:00 PM
I feel that if the Township would abide by the Zoned Districts, there wouldn't be a need for some litigation. When home owners pay a premium price to live in the CM District, then homes should be built accordingly. Minimum acre lot, for instance shouldn't mean put the homes in a development on 2/3 acre lots and bottle up the rest of the space onto one lot to be dedicated to the Twp in exchange for some type of relief to the Developers. Now you have Taxpayers paying for Public Works to mow it, tree maintenance, snow clearing, etc. We also need more support for children interested in the Arts and not just sports.
Jen Ross Dix October 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM
Mark, You are in this race for all the right reasons - to put residents' best interests first. You are not in this to please party bosses as so many from the other side are, wanting to move up the political ladder. The last thing Newtown needs is all five supervisors from the same club - we will all then be on the outside looking in. A scary thought for transparency and accountability.
Jen Ross Dix October 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM
PS - "Joey" is obviously one from the other side I just mentioned. I rest my case. Not afraid to sign my name....
Jen Ross Dix October 25, 2011 at 01:13 PM
With all due respect, Mrs. McCrane's neighborhood basin being the responsibility of the Township to mow and maintain is the exception and she probably is not aware. All other HOA's pay for their basins to be maintained. In some sort of sweetheart deal, the Township took dedication of her neighborhood basin.
Karen October 25, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Exactly how will you streamline the fire and emergency services? Our Police protection??
Jen Ross Dix October 25, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Karen, it is my understanding from meeting minutes that a consulting firm was hired to do a study but the final report is not out yet (overdue I believe). The efficiencies that the study would likely point out would come from combining admin of the two departments, reviewing schedules to reduce over-time, etc. The goal is to save taxpayers money without any affect on the level of service. Does that make sense?
R U guessing ? October 27, 2011 at 11:30 PM
NEWTOWN HAS RUN WITH ALL 5 SUPERVISORS BEING FROM THE SAME PARTY FOR YEARS BEFORE U CAME TO THE TOWNSHIP TO RAKE MUD.
R U guessing ? October 27, 2011 at 11:35 PM
MR. JOSEPH IS IN FOR ONE THING; THE PARKS. MOST NEWTOWN RESIDENTS HAVE NEVER HEARD OF HIM BEFORE THE DEMO-RATS TALKED HIM INTO RUNNING. IT'S A SHAME CAUSE' HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A CLUE !
Karen October 28, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Jen, Thank you for the information, I was aware of all you stated. I watch the supervisor meetings, and have attended a few. Why is it everyone is ok with the township paying crazy amounts of money to do studies? But everyone grips over a $42.00 raise in taxes. That's a few days without Starbucks, its a few days of not eatting out.... over a period of time, it's not that much money. REALLY it's stupid to spend thousands of dollars on studies to "study" something that there is a simple cure for. How can anyone live in this century and not expect to have expense raises here and there... really???? Just my opinion.

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