NEWTOWN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
LUNCHEON MEETING AT GOODNOE FARM DAIRY BAR
THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2006
Approval of the Minutes: Mr. Roberts moved to approve the minutes of the February 2, 2006 meeting as presented. Ms. Broderick seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
Present: Richard Weaver, Tom Harwood, Hal Roberts, Wayne Bishop, Marge Frederick, Don Harris, Kent Lufkin, Patrice Martin, Steve Schreiber
Call to Order: Mr. Weaver called the meeting to order.
After self introductions, Mr. Weaver introduced Environmental Advisory Council member Susan Sciarratta who explained the councilís EcoStar Award and distributed a packet of information. She said that the council wanted to do something positive and to work with business and so developed the EcoStar Awards Incentive Program, which is open to all township and borough businesses and whose goal it is to encourage environmental stewardship. Ms. Sciarratta said that the application for this non-competitive award would be made available on the townshipís website; the deadline for submission is February 17, 2006. They hope to present the awards on Earth Day in April. Ms. Sciarratta noted that the EAC is also working with the Delaware Riverkeepers to study the Newtown Creek.
Codes Department Business Development Report
Mr. Harwood presented his report, covering December. He noted that the Supervisors denied Hovnanianís Four Seasons elderly housing proposal, that Brandywineís Final Plan was approved at the December 14, 2005 meeting, and that a variance was granted with multiple conditions to permit theatrical training, rehearsal and programs at Brookside Community Center.
Approval of the Minutes
Mr. Lufkin moved to approve the minutes of the December 1, 2005 meeting as presented. Mr. Roberts seconded; the motion carried unanimously.
Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Lufkin noted that there would be a PERC meeting next Thursday and that there was a traffic safety event upcoming. Information and further detail about all LBCCC events is available on the website:www.lbccc.org.
Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation
Ms. Dunleavy reported that the December Aha! had gone well, with presentation of the posters by 11 local artists for the upcoming year presented at Stockburgerís that evening. The next Aha! Friday will be on January 6th, 2006. www.newtownpa.us
Newtown Business and Professional Association
Mr. Lufkin said there would be a breakfast held at Chandler Hall on January 24, 2006 at 7:30 am. More information about the association and its events is available at the NBPA website: www.newtownbpa.org.
Economic Development Commission
Mr. Weaver reported there was little new to report. He said there had been some site clean up at the Acme, but no other work; a preliminary plan has not been submitted yet. Mr. Weaver said he had toured the Teletronics building and that the project was quite impressive.
Newtown Business Commons Association
Mr. Weaver said there would be a breakfast meeting at the end of January for Business Commons members; this would be the first annual association meeting. Mr. Lufkin said some businesses outside the Commons had been invited to join the association, such as ICT, La Salle and Holy College, as they had common concerns and bordered the Business Commons. The purpose, common goals and signage would be discussed at the meeting. Mr. Weaver said that Mary Donaldson is the association recording secretary and that there was a link to the NBCA on the township website.
It was clarified that the entrances from Newtown Yardley Road to the three new buildings were not open yet, as construction is not yet completed and the entrances were considered unsafe.
Mr. Weaver presented a sample map he had received from a map company.
Mr. Bishop noted that he had read that the county was getting an emergency simulator to use for training as part of the Homeland Security program.
The next scheduled BDC meeting will be Thursday, February 2, 2006.
Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:10 p.m.
Leslie Dunleavy, Recording Secretary