NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2003


Approval of the Minutes: Mr. Byelich moved to approve the minutes of the October 2, 2003 meeting as presented.  Mr. Roberts seconded; the motion carried unanimously.


Present: Chairman Richard Weaver, Tom Harwood, Hal Roberts, Denise Walsh, Doug Terry, Don Harris, Barbara Anne Fowkes, Lisa Kruse, Marge Frederick, Evan Lambros, Mary Lou Shaffer, Steven Shreiber, Robert M. Pellegrino, Mark Byelich.

Call to Order: Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 12:05 PM. 

Announcements

Marge Frederick announced that the Feasterville Business Association and five other associations are sponsoring their 2nd annual expo at the Radisson on November 5, 2003 from 3:00-7:00 pm.  Lots of vendors will be present; there are booth openings.   

Codes Department Business Development Report

Mr. Harwood distributed and reviewed the report for September 2003.  He reported that the township had just received notice that the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority is under a moratorium due to limited capacity by Philadelphia to accept sewage; more information will be forthcoming. 

Approval of the Minutes

Ms. Frederick moved to approve the minutes of the September 4, 2003 meeting as presented.  Mr. Roberts seconded; the motion carried unanimously. 

Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Kruse announced upcoming events:

      Percolator Program & General Membership Meetings   8:00 - 9:00 AM   2nd Thursday

            November 13     @ Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, Langhorne

      Business Card Exchange   4:30 – 6:30 PM

            Thursday, October 30    @ Stonehouse Bistro & Catering, Newtown

      Sharpen Your Edge Business Technology Seminars   8:00-9:00 AM   First Tuesdays

      October 7    Increase Your Sales: “A Fresh Look at Direct Marketing”

          Presented by Stephanie Spade (SHS Marketing Group, Inc.)

      November 4    Don’t Pay a Penalty for Success

         Presented by Carol White (Carol White, P.C. Certified Public Accountant) and Anthony J. Pettola, Jr.,

         CLU (Advanced Financial Strategies)

      Economic Forum 2003      Thursday, October 28 @ St. Mary Medical Center

            “Will We Hit the Jackpot?:  The Impact of Slots in Bucks County”

            Registration and light refreshments start at 4:30 pm.           

Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation

Ms. Dunleavy, recording secretary for JDNC, reported that the grant application is near completion.  Ms. Kruse said that an RFP had been posted for website redesign and maintenance; they are awaiting responses.  She also said that Newtown postcards are being designed for sale as a fundraiser.  There will be five or six difference designs; photographs are being collected. 

Newtown Business and Professional Association

No report. 

Economic Development Task Force

Mr. Weaver reported that there was a subcommittee meeting to discuss the increase of use by right in the Business Commons; they will address this and other issues with the Planning Commission at their next meeting.   The next Task Force meeting is scheduled for October 15, 2003, 8:30 - 9:30 am at the township building; the township planner will attend.  Mr. Weaver said that the Task Force wants to take a number of issues, including parking, impervious surface and use by right, through the process to adjust zoning at the same time. 

Mr. Weaver said they had met with the owners of two vacant properties already.  He said that the Liberty property is being updated and should be filed soon.  He reported that someone is also interested in the Saur Sandstrom building, across from the post office.  He said that they Task Force is working to streamline the process for incoming businesses. 

Mr. Lambros inquired about signage.  Mr. Weaver said that signs are planned at the Newtown Yardley Road entrance, which would be the signature entrance, and at Penns Trail.  He noted that Newtown Yardley Road is on the PennDOT TIP list to be widened.  Mr. Weaver said that details of the sign locations had not been decided yet.  He added that new signs for the bypass related to the Business Commons have been ordered. 

Community Map

Mr. Worthington said that Ms. Mitchell is continuing her work on the map. 

New Business

None. 

Speaker: Anita Novia - United States Postal Service

Ms. Novia said her specialty was mailpiece design, and spoke about how mail is handled.  She said that they are looking for mailpieces to be designed for handling by automated sorting, utilizing flat sorters, barcode readers and small parcel/bundle sorters.  She said that the Southeast Center processes 2-3 million pieces each night, and that 36,000 - 46,000 pieces per hour are sorted without a bar code.  Ms. Novia said that optical readers read handwritten addresses, take a picture of the writing and send it for deciphering if necessary, to sort.  The mail is sorted as carrier routes go, and carriers sort their routes. 

Ms. Novia said that the Postal Business Center could answer any questions one might have; the phone number is 610-964-6441.  Ms. Novia said that Mickey, Jimmy or Leslie should be available to answer questions.  She said that the Bulk Mail acceptance unit could be reached at 610-964-6262.  

Ms. Novia presented a number of materials for Council members to take:

This booklet contains a great deal of information relevant to mailing, including the most appropriate fonts to use, sizing, assembling, etc.

Ms. Novia noted that postage is paid for by any business sending reply mail; some discounts may be available.

Mr. Terry noted that there are no longer any mailboxes outside the Post Office for Local Delivery.  Ms. Novia said that all mail, including local Newtown mail, goes to the Southeast Center, where it is sorted and sent out.  She said this is actually faster because of the automated sorting equipment at the Center.

Next Meeting

The next luncheon meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 6, 2003 at the Goodnoe Farm Dairy Bar at 12:00PM. The cost is $10.00; please RSVP by November 1, 2003 to the recording secretary (contact information is included on the attached agenda)

Adjournment

Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

_______________________________
Leslie P. Dunleavy,
Recording Secretary