NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR
THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2001
MINUTES WERE APPROVED at the regular meeting of May 3, 2001: The April minutes were approved, on motion by Ms. Buras and second by Mr. Harwood.
In attendance: Scott Harp, Tom Harwood, Belinda Buras, Walter Leck, Doug Terry, Ron Weaver, Lisa Kruse, Kathy Lee Forrester-Lydon.
CALL TO ORDER: In the absence of the Chairman, Scott Harp called the meeting to order.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Kathy Lee Forrester-Lydon introduced herself, saying that she is starting a new magazine called PACT Magazine (Protect a Child Today) which will be distributed through the area schools, including Council Rock and Central Bucks. Ms. Forrester-Lydon has worked extensively with children, particularly on the issues of self-esteem and safety, and was instrumental in the passing of Megan's Law. She said it is important for the community to be involved in keeping children safe. Mr. Leck said distribution of the new magazine at doctor’s offices could be key.
CODES DEPARTMENT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPORT: Mr. Harwood distributed and reviewed the report for March 2001. He said that the most activity is again at 12 Penns Trail. He reported that the conditional use was approved for Stockburger, for automotive use north of the alley that separates the offices from the car lot.
Mr. Harwood said that sketch plans have submitted from the 413 Office Center and Durham Road Office Center.
Mr. Leck asked about the reason a permit was required for removal of topsoil. Mr. Terry said it was to prevent developers from skimming off all the topsoil. Mr. Harwood said he thought that the ordinance was passed in the mid-1980’s to prevent the diminishing of agricultural resources, retain aesthetics of the area, and retain any valuable minerals or other elements in the soil.
Mr. Harp said that Mr. Harwood has been extremely helpful with issues concerning the utilities, and commended him for his assistance.
APPROVAL OF THE MARCH MINUTES: The March minutes were approved, on motion by Mr. Terry and second by Ms. Buras.
LOWER BUCKS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
Percolator Program & General Membership Meetings 8:00 AM 4th Wednesday
Wednesday, April 12 @ Wood River Village
Wednesday, May 10 @ Sesame Place
Business Card Exchange 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 26 @ Premier Bank, Yardley
Sharpen Your Edge Business Technology Seminars 8:00-9:00 AM or 7:30 – 8:30 PM 4th Wednesday (charge $20, $10 members)
Wednesday, April 25 “Small Business Web Sites: Marketing in the New Economy”
A 30-minute question & answer period will follow the hour presentation.
Getting Acquainted With Your Chamber 4:30 PM
Monday, April 30 @ 12:00 noon
Presented by the Member Recruitment & Retention Committee
Chamber Painting Party
Saturdays, April 21, 28 and May 5 (Raindate)
Presented by the Building & Grounds Committee
Trip to Harrisburg
Tuesday, May 1
Presented by the Legislative Action Committee
SIGN ORDINANCE: The board is still waiting for the final draft.
NEW RESIDENT PACKETS: Ms. Buras reported that all the folders are filled with inserts and labeled. She said that they realized that an additional page with a heading for the business directory was required, and that additional sheet is being printed. A cover letter from Steve Sanderlin, to be copied by Parcel Place at a cost of $.02 a page, will also be added. These two new pieces, as well at the business directory, need to be added to the folders, and then the folders can be stuffed into the envelopes. Ms. Dunleavy will check the calendar to schedule space for stuffing, and will inform the committee of the dates.
JOINT DOWNTOWN NEWTOWN CORPORATION: Ms. Kruse said that there is a visioning meeting tonight at 8PM at Goodnoe Elementary School; all business people and residents are welcome. Participants will map out the business district. A vision statement will be developed from the outcome of this meeting. The final visioning workshop will be on May 17th.
SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE: Mr. Harp suggested that it might be a good idea to ask Vince Lombardi to come and speak to the BDC about the Sycamore Street construction.
Mr. Harwood noted that only utilities would be completed this year; the road will be fully serviceable throughout the day. Sewer will be done first, and then the water company, electric and cable will complete their work. Actually, the addition of trees, landscape, pavement and curbs will cause more disruption. Mr. Leck asked about the effect of the construction on the Borough noise ordinance. Mr. Harwood said that any complaints would be followed up. Restrictions include no work before 7 AM or after 5 PM, as per agreement with the developers.
INVITATION TO NEWTOWN BUSINESSES: Ms. Kruse presented the final draft copy, incorporating the suggested changes from the last meeting. Mr. Terry moved, with a second from Mr. Leck, to approve the printing and mailing of the finished invitation.
Mr. Harp said that contributors and sponsors are being sought for the First Fourth, and commended Mr. Leck for his extensive work gathering sponsors.
BDC BUSINESS LIST: Mr. Terry moved to distribute the list of township & borough businesses after it is distributed with the resident packets. Mr. Leck seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
ADJOURNMENT: Without objection, the meeting adjourned at 1:15.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary