NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2001


MINUTES WERE APPROVED at the regular meeting March 1, 2001: Approved minutes of the February 1, as submitted, on motion by Ms. Buras and second by Mr. Roberts.


In attendance: Tom Harwood, Lisa Kruse, Sean Holloway, Belinda Buras, Hal Roberts, Lou Levine, Doug Terry, Barbara Fowkes, Dr. Mlkvy, Miguel Sison, Patricia A. Bachi, Ed Rodler.

CALL TO ORDER: In the absence of the chairman, Mr. Harwood called the meeting to order.

CODES DEPARTMENT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPORT: Mr. Harwood distributed and reviewed the report for January 2000. He said that there is an attempt to join the Durham Road Office Center and 413 Office Center projects, to plan one ingress and one egress from Route 413.

APPROVAL OF THE DECEMBER MINUTES: Mr. Roberts moved for approval of the January minutes at the next meeting. Ms. Kruse seconded; the motion carried.

LOWER BUCKS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Lisa Kruse reported on upcoming Chamber events:

Percolator Program & General Membership Meetings 8:00 AM

Thursday, February 8 @ Frankford Hospital, Bucks County

Business Card Exchange 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Wednesday, February 28 @ Jillian’s, Franklin Mills

EXPO 2001 – A Business Odyssey 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 29, 2001 @ King’s Caterers (Expo)

A Business to Business Expo, Presented by the Exhibits Committee

Sharpen Your Edge Seminars 8:00-9:00 AM 4th Wednesday (charge $20, $10 members)

Wednesday, February 27

“Market Yourself First, Your Business Second”

Presented by Dan Bates (Business and Marketing Alliance)

Sharpen Your Edge Business Technology Seminars 8:00-9:00 AM or 7:00 – 8:00 PM 4th Wednesday (charge $20, $10 members)

Wednesday, March 28 “E-Mail Newsletters: Marketing in the New Economy”

Presented by the Small Business Resources and Technology Committees

Getting Acquainted With Your Chamber 4:30 PM

Wednesdays, March 7 and June 6

Presented by the Member Recruitment & Retention Committee

Chamber Painting Party

Saturdays, April 21, 28 and May 5 (Raindate)

Presented by the Building & Grounds Committee

Call the Chamber if you plan to attend any events. Members of the Business Development Council may attend free of charge – write “guest” when filling out the registration.

SIGN ORDINANCE: Mr. Roberts reported no news. He said he thought that it needed to be done soon, to help eliminate the variance requests being requested. Dr. Mlkvy asked about the recommendation concerning the distance of signs from the Bypass; Mr. Roberts said he thought it might be 1000 feet, but was unsure.

NEW RESIDENT PACKETS: There was discussion of the status of the packets. Ms. Dunleavy said she had spoken with Robyn Wood about the printing of the mailing envelopes and the mailing. School Windows will mail them under their bulk mailing permit; their mailing list is 10,504.

Mr. Roberts moved to have an additional 1000 resident packet inserts printed. Ms. Buras seconded; the motion carried. Ms. Dunleavy will get final approval from Chairman Sanderlin before the resident packet committee has the additional inserts printed.

Ms. Buras asked Ms. Dunleavy to check on additional dates that the lower level meeting room in the township building might be available for stuffing, envelopes are ordered.

Mr. Roberts asked Ms. Dunleavy to ask Kay Hayes of School Windows why some addresses might not be receiving the Newtown News.

Council members should contact Ms. Kruse if they wish to stuff some packets at home.

JOINT DOWNTOWN NEWTOWN CORPORATION: Ms. Kruse, a board member, reported that the JDNC held its first Visioning Meeting on January 18th, at 8:00 PM at Goodnoe Elementary School. About 50 civic leaders and residents of both the borough and the township attended to discuss their visions of the future of the Newtowns. It was a wonderful brainstorming session. One issue discussed was the desire for more cooperative projects between the borough and the township.

The next three Visioning Meetings will be held on Thursdays, March 1, April 5, and May 17, 2001, all at 8:00 PM at Goodnoe Elementary School. At the next meeting, issues will be identified and committees formed.

Four public meetings are planned, as required by the requirements for the grant application. The board of supervisors has authorized funding for the meetings.

SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE: Mr. Harwood noted that physical improvements to Sycamore Street, including construction and utilities, are scheduled to begin this spring, to be completed hopefully by August. After that, the smaller work such as streetscape will begin. Sycamore Street will be kept open throughout the construction process.

INVITATION TO NEWTOWN BUSINESSES: Ms. Kruse and Ms. Dunleavy will bring a draft copy to the next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS: Ms. Buras moved to appoint Lou Levine from Bill Marsh Ford and Sean Holloway from Sovereign Bank to the Council. Ms. Kruse seconded; the motion carried. The council welcomed them.

ADJOURNMENT: Without objection, the meeting adjourned at 1:15.

The next luncheon meeting was confirmed for March 1, 2001 at the Goodnoe Farm Dairy Bar at 12:00 PM.

 

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED:___________________________________
                                                        Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary