A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township




8:00 PM

Minutes of 9-11-01: Mr. Merjeski moved to approve the minutes.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Burns and passed unanimously.

The Sycamore Street Committee met on Tuesday, September 11, 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 and Robert Larason.  Not in attendance were Vice Chairman Frank Tyrol and Cathy Fink.

Also present was Board of Supervisors Member Raymond W. Goodnoe, Jr., and Mr. Bob Bebon representing the Newtown Presbyterian Church and Mr. Jim Manahan and Marilyn Faust, residents of Newtown Place. 


The meeting was called to order at 8:00 p.m.

Mr. De Young asked for a moment of silence for the events that occurred today, September 11, 2001.

MINUTES OF 8-14-01: 

Mr. Merjeski moved to approve the minutes.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Burns and passed unanimously.

Mr. Lombardi recognized the Recording Secretary on a job well done.  The committee was in agreement.


a.         Traffic & Safety: None    

b.         Planning Commission: None

c.         Grants: None

d.                  Community Relations: None   



Mr. Merjeski reported on the Newtown Artesian Water Company’s progress. Things are going well.  They are finishing up at Acme.  Mr. Lombardi reported that Bachman Construction was asked to leave the ACME property by ACME Management.  Mr. Merjeski advised that he received a telephone call from a business owner upset about equipment being stored on his property.  Mr. Merjeski is going to meet with him Wednesday, September 12, 2001, to discuss the problem.  Mr. Lombardi will join them.  The committee discussed areas of concern with Bachman Construction. 

Mr. Lombardi reported on the Philadelphia Electric Company Pre-Construction Meeting.  Mr. Burns advised that PECO is going to use a company called Mid Atlantic as the subcontractor.  The committee felt Mid Atlantic’s concern about safety was very good.  Mr. Lombardi advised that the committee did have the names and telephone numbers for the project engineer, safety officer and the foreman.         


Mr. Larason reported on the PA Department of Transportation Meeting.  He advised that some of the committee members met with Mr. Tim O’Brien.  Mr. O’Brien advised that PennDot had 56 projects approved for the year 2002.  They have funding for 11 projects.  The Sycamore Street Project is classified as number 53.  The Township has another project The Richboro Road/Buck Road Intersection on the Bypass – Double Left Turn Lane Project is classified as number 16.  The committee asked about having the two projects switched.  If Sycamore Street Project was switched to number 16, there is a possibility of getting the funding in the year 2002.  If the projects were not switched, there would likely be no funding for the Sycamore Street Project until at least 2003.  Mr. Lombardi advised that he would meet with the Board of Supervisors, to ask if projects could be switched.      


The committee discussed the progress of the Sycamore Street Project.  Residents in the community have advised the committee they feel the project is going along very well. 

The committee discussed Federal Funding.

Mr. Manahan and Ms. Faust, residents of Newtown Place, spoke to the committee with regards to a sound barrier that is being proposed to go up along the Newtown Bypass.  Mr. Manahan advised he wanted the committee to be aware of what the residents were doing.  Mr. Manahan and Ms. Faust asked the committee to approach the Board of Supervisors, giving their support.

The committee received an updated Sycamore Street address list.  The committee members will review the new address list and advise of any changes at the October 9, 2001, meeting.         


The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.




Christy Holley, Recording Secretary