NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR
THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2004
Approval of the Minutes: Mr. Roberts moved to approve the minutes of the June 3, 2004 meeting as presented. Ms. Britsch seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
Present: Chairman Richard Weaver, Tom Harwood, Hal Roberts, Marge Frederick, Sue Britsch, Linda Mitchell, Doug Terry, Miguel Sison, Jim Worthington, Dan McCloskey.
Call to Order: Chairman Weaver called the meeting to order at 12:05 PM.
Public Comment Ms. Mitchell announced that the United Way would be sponsoring the Second Annual Von Hebron Celebrity Golf Outing, to be held on September 14, 2004, at the Middletown Country Club. She said there would be celebrity participants and guests such as Big Bird and, hopefully, Governor Rendell, who will serve as honorary chairman of the event. Ms. Mitchell said they would be looking for business sponsorships.
Ms. Frederick announced the Feasterville Business Association’s Golf outing, to be held on June 23, 2004 in Bensalem.
Codes Department Business Development Report
Mr. Harwood distributed and reviewed the report for May 2004.
Approval of the Minutes
Ms. Mitchell moved to approve the minutes of the May 6, 2004 meeting as presented. Ms. Britsch seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Frederick noted the Chamber’s upcoming PERC meeting, on June 10, 2004 at 8:00 am at Christian Life in Bensalem. She said that information about Chamber activities is always available on the website: www.lbccc.org.
Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation
Ms. Dunleavy reported that JDNC is negotiating a contract with the candidate chosen for the Main Street Manager; they hope to have the Manager on board in August. The Council was enthusiastic about the hiring of the Main Street Manager.
Newtown Business and Professional Association
Ms. Mitchell said they had not met since Welcome Day on May 15th. She reported that Welcome Day had been “wildly successful,” with 76 artisans participating, over half the organization manning display tables, and well over 3,000 attendees. Ms. Mitchell noted that the event was self-supporting, and had resulted in thirty new membership leads.
Ms. Mitchell said the next NBPA sponsored event would be the Antique Car Show, chaired by Charlene Lewis of Newtown Book & Record and Dave Callahan of Newtown Hardware House, to be held on Saturday, June 12 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event should generate about 1000 attendees.
Ms. Mitchell announced the next Business Card Exchange, to be held from 5:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, June 16th at the offices of The Advance, on State Street. She said the NBPA Membership Breakfast was scheduled for 7:30am, June 22 at the Brick Hotel; the meeting will begin with a brief networking time, then a short meeting and presentation beginning at 8:30 am. Ms. Mitchell said more information relevant to all the association’s events could be found at their website: www.newtownbpa.org.
Economic Development Commission
Mr. Weaver reported that the paperwork for the revised ordinance is on its way back to the township and will be on the agenda for the second Board of Supervisors meeting in June. He said that Cam Triolo is proceeding with his plans for a conference center and executive suites in the old Frantz Building; there will be at least 100 rooms, based on demographics of the area, and dining facilities. Mr. Terry said everyone in the Business Commons seems very excited about the facility.
Mr. Weaver said there has been discussion regarding the formation of an association in the Business Commons.
Mr. Weaver said that the township has received two RFP’s for the old Acme site. He said he has been meeting with Borough Councilor Marge Torongo to keep communication open with the borough, and said the borough liked the possibility of additional parking at the site; it has been suggested that the Brick Hotel or Temperance House could use parking space for valet parking. Mr. Weaver said the Acme site would be discussed in Executive Session at the next Board of Supervisors meeting. It was clarified that the site is under lease by the township.
Ms. Mitchell asked about the Sycamore Street Project. Ms. Dunleavy, also Sycamore Street Committee recording secretary, said things were progressing well, and that the township had worked with contractors of the intersection/left turn lane construction project to keep traffic upon along the Bypass.
Ms. Mitchell distributed a draft of a letter/form for the sale of advertisements and said that an 8 ½” x 11” mock up of the map would be attached to the form. She said she would like to add a letter from Mr. Weaver as BDC Chair, and have the packet together in the next two weeks. Ms. Mitchell said ad payments could be handled through the Newtown Athletic Club; there would be 34 available ad blocks. She said the map would include the township and a blow out of the Borough.
Ms. Mitchell said she would like to have a subcommittee meeting on June 17, 2004, at Noon at the NAC to review details of the map and sales strategy. She asked Ms. Dunleavy to send an email regarding the meeting to BDC members. Ms. Mitchell said she would speak to the borough and township regarding the inclusion of map information on the municipality websites.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 1, 2004.
On motion by Mr. Roberts and without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 12:55 pm.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary