NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR

THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2001


MINUTES WERE APPROVED at the regular meeting June 7, 2001:  The May minutes were approved, on motion by Ms. Buras and second by Mr. Roberts.


In attendance: Steve Sanderlin, Tom Harwood, Belinda Buras, Patricia Bachi, Hal Roberts, Lou Levine, Sean Holloway, Tom Giglio – Welcome Day.

CALL TO ORDER: Chairman Sanderlin called the meeting to order.

PUBLIC COMMENT: None.

CODES DEPARTMENT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPORT: Mr. Harwood distributed and reviewed the report for April 2001 (attached).

PUBLIC COMMENT: Tom Giglio, co-chair of the Welcome Day Committee distributed information about the upcoming Welcome Day, to be held on Saturday, May 19, 2001 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, along State Street. Welcome Day is sponsored by the Newtown Business and Professional Association. Mr. Giglio described the various events and activities and their locations. They are hopeful for a 3000-5000 turnout. Three radio stations will broadcast from downtown. Mr. Giglio said that Stockburger’s has been helpful to the event. Any business in the borough or township can participate; if anyone knows of an artist or performer who might wish to participate, please contact Mr. Giglio. Local police, fire and other municipal departments will be present as well. The official welcoming ceremony will take place at 11:00 am.

APPROVAL OF THE MARCH MINUTES: The April minutes were approved, on motion by Ms. Buras and second by Mr. Harwood.

LOWER BUCKS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Lisa Kruse was absent; there was no report.

SIGN ORDINANCE: The draft of the sign ordinance was distributed, and council members were asked to review the document for discussion at the June meeting.

NEW RESIDENT PACKETS: The cover letter from Chairman Sanderlin was distributed. Mr. Roberts said that the committee now has all the pieces to be included in the packet; Ms. Dunleavy will arrange with the township for additional stuffing dates.

JOINT DOWNTOWN NEWTOWN CORPORATION: The last public visioning meeting will take place on May 17, at Goodnoe School at 8 pm. The vision statement will be presented and committee reports given. Everyone is welcome to attend.

SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE: Mr. Sanderlin reported that the utilities work is being scheduled for the summer, and should be finished by fall.

INVITATION TO NEWTOWN BUSINESSES: Ms. Dunleavy reported that Ms. Kruse had made the revisions suggested by the council. It was decided to mail the invitation to all businesses in the township and borough in September.

TRENTON AIRPORT STUDIES: A group from Lower Makefield concerned with the proposed expansion of the Trenton Mercer Airport and its effect on the surrounding communities spoke to the Board of Supervisors at a recent work session. The group wants an environmental impact study to be done. A board member asked for feedback from the Business Development Council. Mr. Sanderlin said he had personally not heard any complaints from township residents concerning the airport. Mr. Levine thought it would be good for business to have a small airport nearby. Mr. Roberts said that he thought that the airport should have to go through the process according to federal regulations. Mr. Sanderlin said that several area municipalities have signed resolutions supporting an environmental study, but was unsure of what else exactly the resolutions involved.

The consensus of those present was that the proper procedures should be followed, but that the council would take no official position on the issue. Ms. Dunleavy will draft a letter to be sent to the Board of Supervisors reporting this decision.

ADJOURNMENT: Without objection, the meeting adjourned at 1:10.

The next luncheon meeting was confirmed for June 7, 2001 at the Goodnoe Farm Dairy Bar at 12:00 PM.

 

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED:______________________________________
                                                            Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary