A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township



 TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2001

8:00 PM

Minutes of 7-10-01: Mr. Merjeski moved to approve the minutes, the motion was seconded by Mr. DeYoung.  Passed unanimously

The Sycamore Street Committee met on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, in the Newtown Township Municipal Building at 8:00 p.m.  In attendance were Chairman Vince Lombardi, Members Joe Merjeski, Jerry De Young, Dave Burns, Robert Larason and Cathy Fink.

Also present were the Vice-Chairman of the Planning Commission Tom Jirele and Mr. Bob Bebon representing the Newtown Presbyterian Church. 


The meeting was called to order at 8:05 p.m.

MINUTES OF 6-12-01:

The minutes of June 12th will be ready for approval at our next meeting August 14, 2001.


a.         Traffic & Safety:    Attended Pre-construction Meetings

b.         Planning Commission:    None

c.         Grants:   see correspondence from DCED

d.                  Community Relations:   None


Review of correspondence from DCED.  Application for Community Revitalization Program Grant was not selected for 2000-2001 fiscal year.  Applications for 2201-2002 fiscal year will be accepted starting July 1, 2001.  Mr. Lombardi reported the grant was for 1.8 million dollars for enhancements.  Mr. Larason suggested submitting a copy of letter to McMahon asking them to issue a report on the status of their grant applications.  Mr. Lombardi said that McMahon did submit grant application for enhancements.  Mr. Merjeski asked if it would be better to ask for several grants of different dollar figures.  Mr. Lombardi suggested getting more information.   


a.                   Sewer Authority:  Mr. Larason reported he sent a correspondence to the Sewer Authority, with copy to the Newtown Artesian Water Company,  
            requesting as-built plans to document what was done.  A copy can be sent to McMahon to make sure they follow the design reflecting the utility  

Mr. Lombardi suggested sending a thank-you letters to the Sewer Authority and contractors.  Mr. DeYoung so moved.  Mr. Merjeski seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Mr. Lombardi will take care of correspondence.

Mr. Burns asked about sewer related items being completed: Bill Marsh Ford, Acme property and Township House.  Mr. Lombardi said they would be completed in conjunction with the Water Company project.  As the Water Company gets to those three areas they will be working at night.  There are three laterals on  Sycamore Street.  The pipe size has been increased from below the Washington and Swamp Road area down to the creek.  All laterals on Sycamore Street were televised and three areas of concern were found: Bill Marsh Ford, Acme property and Township House Restaurant.

Mr. Jirele asked if there were any complaints.  Mr. Lombardi responded there were three, which have been resolved: a gas leak, sanitary conditions and one lost bush.  

b.                  Newtown Artesian Water Company:   Mr. Lombardi spoke about 1st Pre-construction Meeting Wednesday, June 27, 2001.  Mr. Larason spoke about 2nd Pre-construction Meeting, Monday, July 2, 2001, called because of concerns about a copy of the McMahon plans sent to the Water Company about two months ago.  The Water Company sent Mr. Larason a design plan, which he sent to McMahon.  McMahon said they had two problems with the proposal and have been in touch with the water company engineer.  Mr. Larason said he has since called Bill McCormick, who said both conflicts are resolved.  After the 1st meeting Mr. Larason found out about the unresolved matters and called the 2nd meeting.  It was apparent that the Water Company wanted to avoid the two conflicts by pushing the water main back further towards the right away line.  Although this solution would avoid the conflict of the water line being under the proposed landscaping and streetlights, it would create more damage to property owners.  The basic conclusion was to put the water line under the sidewalk. 

c.                   PECO Gas Division:   Mr. Lombardi asked what is the present status with PECO.  Mr. Larason responded he was trying to get a meeting together. PECO is pushing for an August start.  PECO has been told that McMahon was authorized to do the survey.  PECO understands they are not to begin before the Water Company is through.  Mr. Merjeski said there would be a pre-construction meeting.  Mr. Larason said he wanted to have a status meeting before the pre-construction meeting.


Mr. Larason spoke about the Newtown Trail.  The trail is almost complete except for one problem area in front of the Stockburger site.  The trail to be built in this location is a three to four foot wide bituminous trail.  The curve has been shifted out a foot.  The new curve alignment is in accordance with McMahon’s design.  This section of trail will later be replaced with concrete when sidewalks are done.  There is a problem with the McMahon plan in the Stockburger area.  The trail contractor has been stopped and there are items Mr. Larason is going to bring to the attention of the Board of Supervisors.  The trail cannot be built as designed at this location.   At the Stockburger site the landscaping and private lighting are in the right of way line and that is why temporarily  a two-foot bituminous trail is being installed,  until the Sycamore Street project comes in.  Sycamore Street Committee members had no problem with this solution, if Board of Supervisors agrees. 


Mr. Merjeski asked about final engineering on Sycamore Street, is it before PennDOT for final approval.  Mr. Larason said it is under preliminary approval.  Approval is expended back by August or September meeting.  Mr. Lombardi said he thought there is a verbal approval on step 9.   


 A motion to adjourn was brought forth by Joe Merjeski and seconded by Jerry DeYoung.    With no objections, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.




Christy Holley, Recording Secretary