NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR
THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2004
Approval of the Minutes: Mr. Byelich moved to approve the minutes of the January 15, 2004 meeting as presented. Mr. Roberts seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
Present: Chairman Richard Weaver, Tom Harwood, Hal Roberts, Jim Worthington, Doug Terry, Dan McCloskey, Marge Frederick, Don Harris, Steve Schreiber, Chris Nyland.
Call to Order: Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 12:05 PM.
Public Comment – None
Codes Department Business Development Report
Mr. Harwood distributed and reviewed the report for December 2003. He noted that the Japanese and Chinese Take-out was approved, and that the Karma Healing Center was one of the first to appeal an administrative decision, related to parking, to the Planning Commission. Mr. Harwood reported that Pryda has violated all the COA’s that had been issued to them, and that a stop order was issued. Mr. Harwood said that the contractor had gone beyond the scope of permits issued, and that Pryda is doing work outside the purview of approved work at his own risk. He said the issue might come to a head regarding conditional use; the Planning Commission has recommended that the Board of Supervisors not approve Pryda’s request for conditional use.
Approval of the Minutes
Mr. Roberts moved to approve the minutes of the December 4, 2003 meeting as presented. Mr. Worthington seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Frederick noted the Chamber’s upcoming Annual Expo scheduled for March 24, 2004, and said she thought it would be held at King’s Caterers.
Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation
Ms. Dunleavy reported that the Main Street grant application had been submitted and they hope to receive approval soon. She said that final decisions were being made regarding the awarding of bids for website design and maintenance. Ms. Dunleavy reported that the video being prepared by the Promotions Committee was nearly completed.
Newtown Business and Professional Association
Economic Development Commission
Mr. Weaver reported that the Board of Supervisors had voted at their last meeting to authorize the township solicitor to draft an ordinance supporting the recommendations of the Economic Development Commission. Mr. McCloskey asked how soon someone might be able to take advantage of the changes; Mr. Weaver thought that if, after approval, the ordinance could be expedited through the Jointure, the time frame would probably be 4-6 weeks.
Mr. Worthington said that some businesses are probably not aware of the recommendations being put forth, and suggested holding an economic summit to explain to current owners what the proposed ordinance changes would involve. Mr. Weaver said he would arrange another meeting to update business owners; Mr. Harris said he had a current list of businesses. Mr. Terry said there had not been a recent meeting with Newtown Business Park occupants in a while, and suggested that perhaps he could arrange a meeting at which Mr. Weaver and Mr. Harris could speak. Mr. Terry said he would make the arrangements. Mr. Weaver suggested the use of the Zaner site, which would hold a large number of people, and that the site would provide an opportunity to show what could be done to readapt a building for another use. Mr. Worthington offered the Newtown Athletic Club as another possible meeting site.
Mr. Worthington said he appreciated Mr. Weaver’s work on the Commission, and said that the proposed changes and attention to the Business Commons was the biggest thing to happen with the Business Commons in years. Mr. Terry agreed, and congratulated Mr. Weaver on his recent election as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Terry asked what was happening with the Acme site. Mr.. Weaver said that the ReDevelopment Authority is asking for proposals for development of the site, and that Bob White, from the Authority, was meeting with the site owner. He said that the township presently is in control of the lease. Mr. Weaver said he thought that Mr. White would be updating the Board of Supervisors at their next work session.
Mr. Weaver said that construction on Sycamore Street is scheduled to begin the end of February. Mr. Terry noted that someone spoke before HARB regarding a problem with water drainage at his/her home on Sycamore Street, and that Mr. Lombardi said that the problem should be resolved when construction of the storm sewers was completed.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 5, 2004. Ms. Dunleavy will contact Jerry Gorski as a possible speaker at the meeting.
On motion from Ms. Frederick and without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 12:45 pm.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary