Seeming to be all in favor of more electric and hybrid vehicles, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors decided to put that sentiment into action at their meeting earlier this week.
Board members voted to send a letter to the township zoning hearing board indicating the supervisors’ support for two proposed dual electric vehicle charging stations at a business complex at 100 Brandywine Boulevard. The Newtown Township Zoning Hearing Board will consider a variance needed for the stations at its March 2 meeting.
While the stations will be for use by the building’s tenants only and not for the general public, the supervisors said they feel their support sounds a good note for the environment.
“There’s a need for more charging stations in the community, both for residents and businesses,” Supervisor Elen Snyder said.
In other actions from the meeting, the board approved a five-year contract with Freepoint Energy Solutions, effective March 1, to provide electricity to all township-owned facilities, including street lights. The move should mean considerable savings for the township over the course of the deal because Freepoint’s rate of .05916 cents per kilowatt hour is quite a bit lower than the PECO rate of .09557 cents per kilowatt hour, Township Manager Micah Lewis said.
Also approved was the purchase of an asphalt roller and trailer for a combined total of $60,076 through the state’s COSTARS cooperative bidding process. The money is coming from the township’s Highway Aid fund.
Lewis said the purchase should further improve the public works department’s ability to permanently patch potholes throughout the township.