Newtown Business Development Council

Minutes for the Meeting held on June 1, 2006

 

Present: Dick Weaver, Tom Harwood, Wayne Bishop, Mary Ann Broderick, Lud Worsham, Don Harris, Kent Lufkin

Call to Order: Mr. Weaver called the meeting to order. He noted that this was Mr. Harwood’s last meeting, as he is retiring the end of June, and thanked him for his more than 12 years of service to the Township.

Codes Department Business Development Report

Mr. Harwood presented his report, covering May 2006. He noted that the Promenade at Sycamore Street will come before the Board of Supervisors after all the reviews are received, and that Applegate Wood Floors’ request for a retail use in the LI district was continued. There was discussion of the denial of Carlucci’s Express Cafe proposed use; Mr. Harwood noted that the ordinance limits an eating place in the OR to serving only occupants of the Business Commons. Mr. Harwood also noted the proposed expansion of Oishi Japanese Restaurant, and approvals for a new Petsmart behind the new PNC Bank on S. Eagle and a new Philly Crab Express near the Farmer’s Market.

Approval of the Minutes

Ms. Broderick moved to approve the minutes of the May 4, 2006 meeting as presented. Mr. Bishop seconded; the motion carried unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS

Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Lufkin reported that the recent traffic safety program was a success. Information and further detail about all LBCCC events is available on the website: www.lbccc.org.

Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation

Ms. Dunleavy invited everyone to the next AHA! Friday on June 2 n.d. She said a Main Street Milestone 25 th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting for the Newtown Record & Book Exchange would take place at 6:00 pm, followed by a grand opening/ribbon cutting at new business Primitive Creations at 11 E. Centre Avenue. In addition, at the Court Inn at 6:30 pm the NBPA would sponsor a reception honoring the recent Townie Award for Outstanding Achievement presented to AHA! Fridays by the PA Downtown Center. The JDNC/Main Streets website is: www.newtownpa.us.

Newtown Business and Professional Association

It was noted that this year’s Welcome Day drew huge crowds and was a big success, and that the upcoming Car Show would take place on July 23. Information about the association and its events is available at the NBPA website: www.newtownbpa.org.

Economic Development Commission

Mr. Weaver reported that he was still working on bringing a pharmaceutical company into Cam Triolo’s. Council members complimented the new clock in the Business Commons.

Newtown Business Commons Association

Mr. Lufkin reported that the association had its second breakfast meeting, at which speaker Bucks County Commission James Cawley endorsed the business development in Newtown. At the meeting Doug Terry updated the efforts of the Commons in support of Carlucci’s. Mr. Lufkin said the association is working on greater membership and increased participation; Mr. Weaver said the new newsletter will help. It was clarified that membership in the association is not a requirement of property ownership in the Commons. Mr. Lufkin said they are attempting to convince Commons occupants/owners of the benefits of membership in the association.

New Business

Mr. Weaver raised the issue of summer meetings. Due to expected low attendance from summer vacation schedules, the Council decided to cancel the July and August meetings; the next meeting is scheduled for September 7, 2006. Ms. Dunleavy suggested a speaker and expanded publicity for the September meeting.

Next Meeting

The next scheduled BDC meeting will be Thursday, September 7, 2006, at Dolce Carini Restaurant on South Eagle Road.

Adjournment

Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary