NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP >> Two township police officers were promoted to higher ranks at the beginning of the April 11 board of supervisors meeting.
Surrounded by family, friends and fellow officers, Sgt. Jason Harris took the oath of office for police lieutenant and Cpl. Daniel Bartle advanced to sergeant. District Judge Mick Petrucci officiated the ceremony.
The newly-promoted Lt. Harris began his law enforcement career in 1991 with Newtown Borough and was hired by the township as a patrol officer in 2003. During his tenure, he was been involved with field training and SWAT before being transferred to detectives in 2004 with the rank of corporeal and placed in charge of criminal investigations.
In 2017, he was promoted to detective sergeant.
In February, Lt. Harris had successfully completed a 10-week course at the Northwestern University School of Police and Command.
The newly-promoted Sgt. Bartle graduated from the Montgomery County Police Academy and also began his career with Newtown Borough.
In 2003, he was hired by the township and had specialized in DUI enforcement and drug investigations.
Two years ago, Bartle was assigned to the detective division. Currently he is also a department firearms and field training officer.
In promoting both officers, Chief Pasquilini described them as having reputations of being “go-to guys” within the department.
The township police department now has two lieutenants, instead of one in the command structure.
At the urging of the police chief, last month the supervisors had approved the second lieutenant’s position with the intention of promoting from within the department.
The township police department has 34 officers, commanders and civilian staffers.
In other action, the supervisors unanimously approved conditional use applications for a luncheonette and a medical spa at the Village of Newtown East Shopping Center.
The restaurant, The Turning Point, will be located at 2841 South Eagle Road and occupy 3,700 square-feet with 125 seats inside, and another 30 outdoors, weather permitting.
The eatery will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. seven days a week serving breakfast, brunch and lunch. There will be no take-out service.
It’s part of a New Jersey-based chain with several operations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Warrington, North Wales and Blue Bell.
As part of the conditional use agreement, no more than 12 employees can work there and deliveries must be made in the back of the building.
The Turning Point will be located between the Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar and three other restaurants in the strip.
Several supervisors had questioned if the number of parking spaces in the area would be adequate for so many eating places.
However, a 2016 agreement with the shopping center’s owner, the Brixmor Property Group, had already assigned the number of spaces based on an occupant’s square footage.
The other business that the board gave conditional use approval to is Light RX Face and Body, a medical spa at 2843 South Eagle Road, which will be next to The Turning Point.
According to the conditional use approval, the business will provide medical spa treatment such as skin tightening, laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation. Laser liposuction, body contouring and skin resurfacing will also be offered.
According to the agreement, there will be no biohazardous waste or hazardous equipment used on the site.
A maximum of three employees, two per shift, are permitted.
The spa’s hours of operations are: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be closed Sundays.
There is a manufacturers’ certification to use the laser equipment, but no state or FDA licensing is required for the employees, according to the business’s attorney Joseph Blackburn.
Also at the meeting, the supervisors approved several equipment purchases for the township public works department, as outlined in the 2018 budget.
A 2019 International six-wheel dump truck for $147,742 will be purchased, as well as a Bobcat skid steer for $49,126.
Also, the township will buy two snowplows at a total cost of $18,199.
In addition, the township will spend $12,134 to install a new fence for Field #3 at Helen Randle Park.
The board also unanimously approved a motion to advertise for bids to replace the police department’s leaking roof.