A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township




8:00 PM

Minutes of 11-13-01: Mr. Merjeski moved to approve the minutes.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Burns and passed unanimously.

The Sycamore Street Committee met on Tuesday, November 13, 2001, in the Newtown Township Municipal Building at 8:00 p.m.  In attendance were Chairman Vince Lombardi, Vice Chairman Frank Tyrol, Members Joe Merjeski, Jerry De Young, Dave Burns, Robert Larason and Karen Doorley.

Also present were Supervisor Tom Jirele, Mr. Bob Bebon representing the Newtown Presbyterian Church and Mr. Stuart K. Zumpfe a representative for Concrete Effects, Inc. 


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


Mr. Lombardi discussed correspondence received from Mr. Larason in reference to the Sycamore Street Project.  Enclosed was a copy of Mr. Larry King’s letter to Mr. David Steil, State Representative in reference to the Sycamore Street Project.  Mr. King referenced that both the Sycamore Street Enhancement Project and the Newtown Bypass Enhancement Project are expected to be added to one of the future 2002 quarterly updates to let the schedule and will be let in 2002. 

 MINUTES OF 10-09-01:

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


a.         Traffic & Safety: The committee discussed current roadway condition with possible solutions discussed later in the meeting.

b.         Planning Commission: Ms. Doorley advised Kathy Lesser approached her.  Ms. Lesser owns property on Sycamore Street and wants to pave and do the road improvements.  Ms. Doorley advised Ms. Lesser to hold off until spring with the improvements.  

c.         Grants: No report

d.                   Community Relations: The committee discussed getting the plats and setting up meetings with the residents in reference to the construction easements.  



a.                   The committee discussed problems remaining from the Newtown Artesian Water Company Project.  Mr. Larason advised he would schedule another inspection of the street with the Newtown Artesian Water Company. 

b.                   The committee discussed the current problems with the PECO Project.  Mr. Lombardi advised he has spoken with Mr. Eric Wilkins, the Project Director.  Mr. Wilkins advised Mr. Lombardi he was trying to get the finished paving done on the section of roadway between Silo Drive and Washington and the Sycamore Intersection.  He would have an answer by Thursday, November 15, 2001.  Mr. Lombardi advised he would follow up with Mr. Wilkins.  Mr. Larason advised he would schedule a meeting with PECO re: site visit/status report.  Mr. Larason suggested the committee approach the Township to see if they would pave the roadway for the winter.  The committee felt the contractors should have to repair the roadway. 


Mr. Lombardi advised the committee that he has a proposal to relocate the St. Andrew’s Rectory to his property at 125 North Sycamore Street.  He advised the committee that Mr. Wolfe would relocate the building. 


Mr. Larason discussed approaching McMahon to proceed with the final design.  Then submitting the final design to PennDot for approval.  The committee wants to be prepared by the spring of 2001. 

Mr. Stuart Zumpfe from Concrete Effects, Inc. asked the committee what the sidewalk specifications are.  The committee advised him to take a look at the sidewalks at Chandler Hall.  The committee advised that the sidewalk improvements would be funded by the project.  If the property owner makes the improvements prior to the project they are responsible for the cost. 

Mr. Zumpfe advised the committee on the products his company supplies.  The committee recommended he approach the HARB committee.

Mr. Merjeski discussed the ACME property.  He felt the property was becoming an eyesore.  He questioned how the property would be left after the PECO Project was complete.  Mr. Lombardi advised that the Township has an agreement with Mid Atlantic Contractors as to the condition the property is to be left.  Mr. Merjeski asked who is responsible for the clean up of the property.  Mr. Jirele advised that the property is on the agenda to come to a resolution. 

Mr. Lombardi advised that the Safety Committee met with the Newtown Borough Parking Committee.  The ACME property was discussed as a possible parking area. 


A motion to adjourn was brought forth by Mr. DeYoung and seconded by Ms. Doorley.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:02 p.m.





Christy Holley, Recording Secretary