NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR

THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2005


Approval of the Minutes: Mr. Schreiber moved to approve the minutes of the March 3, 2005 meeting as presented. Ms. Britsch seconded; the motion carried unanimously.


Present: Dick Weaver, Hal Roberts, Thomas Harwood, Don Harris, Sue Britsch, Wayne Bishop, Brandon Wind, Christina Ortwein, Cindy Cortes, Regina Klein, Patrice Martin, Robert Michaud, Robert M. Pellegrino, Tangelo Randolph, and speaker Dawn Knisley from PennDOT.

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

Codes Department Business Development Report

Mr. Harwood distributed and reviewed the report for February 2005.

Approval of the Minutes

Mr. Bishop moved to approve the minutes of the February 3, 2005 meeting as presented. Mr. Roberts seconded; the motion carried unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS

Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce

No report. Information and further detail about all LBCCC events is available on the website: www.lbccc.org.

Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation

Main Streets Manager Christina Ortwein reported that aha! Fridays was launched in February and will continue March 3rd with “Cool Winds.” She said this month for aha!, as listed in The Advance, Glen to Glen will raffle off a trip to Ireland, the Brick Hotel will raffle a gourmet dinner cooked at the winner’s home by Chef Joe Garvey, and Kathleens’ will raffle artwork. Ms. Ortwein distributed a Newtown Shopping/Dining brochure. Ms. Ortwein said that the Economic Structuring Committee was working on a market statement, and that she had met with PennDOT regarding tying in State Street with the traffic signal synchronization in the township. She said they are also working on possible funding sources for the State Street improvement project.

Newtown Business and Professional Association

No report. Information is available on their website: www.newtownbpa.org.

Economic Development Commission

Mr. Weaver reported that things are moving ahead with the organization of the Business Commons Association; there are now eight key leaders and owners in the Commons that have agreed to serve on the Board. It is hoped that the Board will track various issues affecting the Commons, such as possible coordination between businesses for services such as trash collection or landscaping. It has been suggested that some kind of food court would be advantageous for employees of businesses in the Commons, since parking is limited in the Borough and lunch time is short. Mr. Weaver said that the possibility of a café-like establishment in one end of the old France building has been suggested, but there are no specifics yet. Mr. Weaver said he and Mr. Pellegrino would serve as liaisons to the Association.

Community Map

No report.

SPEAKER: Dawn Knisley, PennDOT District 6 Maintenance Manager

Ms. Knisley said she has been with PennDOT for 25 years, and was a highway maintenance supervisor before taking the Maintenance Manager position in November of 2004. Ms. Knisley distributed an informational handout about the Maintenance Department. She clarified that her department is not a traffic or construction unit, but fixes and maintains roadways, and described what the department is responsible, and not responsible, for. Ms. Knisley said she had spoken in Harrisburg regarding the many bridges in Bucks County that need work. She said that the department meets weekly to discuss project priorities and any complaints and/or questions received. Ms. Knisley said that for the first time in a while the department is fully staffed. She reviewed the resurfacing list; Mr. Pellegrino noted that there is a large roadway bump that needed to be fixed during resurfacing on Durham Road at the intersection into Acme. Ms. Knisley explained that the road widening projects involved increases of 6” to 1’, usually to alleviate small shoulders, and reviewed current construction projects. She noted that they are still concentrating on snow removal. Ms. Knisley clarified that on state roads Boroughs are not responsible for maintenance of any pipes underground, only for inlets, and townships are responsible for pipes underground under pavement. Ms. Knisley told the Council members to feel free to contact her with any questions or for any additional information.

Next Meeting

The next scheduled BDC meeting will be Thursday, April 7, 2005.

Adjournment

Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

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Leslie Dunleavy, Recording Secretary