NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2005


Approval of the Minutes: Ms. Britsch moved to approve the minutes of the May 5, 2005 meeting as presented. Ms. Frederick seconded; the motion carried unanimously.


Present: Dick Weaver, Hal Roberts, Thomas Harwood, Sue Britsch, Patrice Martin, Mary Ann Broderick, Doug Terry, Marge Frederick, Dan McCloskey, Jim Worthington, Mike Leone, Brandon Wind, James Auchinleck.

Call to Order: Mr. Weaver called the meeting to order.

Codes Department Business Development Report

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

Approval of the Minutes

Mr. Worthington moved to approve the minutes of the April 7, 2005 meeting as presented. Ms. Britsch 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 Assistant Leslie Dunleavy reported that the Board discussed assisting with information analysis and possibly informational meetings about the Stockburger issue, considering both the impact of a move to the Bypass and Stockburger remaining on Sycamore Street on the downtown commercial district.

Newtown Business and Professional Association

Ms. Britsch noted that the NBPA Welcome Day was on Saturday, May 14th; 32 members will be participating, along with a variety of food vendors and local restaurants. She said there will be more booth spaces and less clutter this year. Information is available on their website: www.newtownbpa.org.

Economic Development Commission

Mr. Weaver reported that Cam Troilo would be hosting a celebration on May 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to highlight his building. He said that the Newtown Business Commons Association has been officially formed, and that Doug Terry would be serving as President. Mr. Weaver said they would be addressing a number of issues, including parking and entrance signs. Mr. Terry said that Kent Lufkin was working on a new logo for the association, adapted from the old logo, and that they would be compiling a mailing list. Mr. Terry said the biggest problem they faced was the apathy of business owners in the Commons. Mr. Weaver said that the Commission was discussing directory signs and larger, more uniform numbers on buildings for greater visibility. He said that an appreciation event was being considered.

Mr. Weaver said that they met Tuesday morning with the people developing the Stockburger survey; a draft would be coming back today. He noted that the survey would be sent to approximately 7200 households at the end of the month.

Mr. Weaver noted that the Courier Times had reported that Newtown Borough has endorsed the bridge at Brandywine.

Mr. Weaver reported that the township had secured an extension on the Acme site sales agreement until June 6th; three developers have the financial paperwork.

Community Map

Mr. Worthington reported that the map project was proceeding well.

Miscellaneous

Council members complimented the work on Sycamore Street, especially the stone facing on the wall near Goodnoe’s.

Mr. Weaver reminded Council members to vote in the primary election on May 17th.

Next Meeting

The next scheduled BDC meeting will be Thursday, June 2nd, 2005.

Adjournment

Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

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Leslie Dunleavy, Recording Secretary