A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township




8:00 PM

Approval of Minutes

Mr. Merjeski moved to approve the minutes of December 12, 2002, with the following change: add a comma after “Hadco”, indicating that there were three separate companies being considered.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Ott and passed unanimously.

The Sycamore Street Committee met on Tuesday, December 10, 2002, in the Newtown Township Municipal Building at 8:00 p.m. In attendance were Chairman Vince Lombardi, Vice Chairman Frank Tyrol, Members Joe Merjeski, Shannon Wilson and David Burns. Planning Commission Members Karen Doorley, James Bowe and James Ott. Terry McLean representing HARB and Newtown Borough Liaison Barry Dinneen. Not in attendance was Member Jerry DeYoung.

Also present were Nelson Shaffer representing Pennoni Associates Inc., Tom McLearnon representing Chandler Hall, Bob Bebon representing Newtown Presbyterian Church, Del Purscell representing The Bucks County Courier Times and Debra Granet a resident of Newtown.


The Meeting was opened at 8:00 PM.


Mr. Lombardi thanked the committee members for all of their efforts: Mr. DeYoung and Mr. Burns for their help in getting the temporary construction easements signed; Mr. Wilson for his help designing the street plantings; Ms. Doorley for her support with zoning changes; Mr. Tyrol for his support as Vice Chairman; Mr. Merjeski for his work on the safety committee; Mr. Bowe, Mr. Ott and Mr. McLearnon for their help with the enhancements; Mr. McLean for his help with street lighting.

The committee thanked Mr. Lombardi for all his effort.

Minutes of 6/11/02: Mr. Merjeski moved to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Burns and passed unanimously.

Minutes of 7/25/02: Mr. Merjeski moved to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Burns and passed unanimously, with 2 members abstaining.


A. Traffic & Safety: None

B. Planning: None

C. Grants/Enhancements:

Mr. Lombardi advised the committee that three different companies are being considered as potential providers for street lighting - Hadco-Sternberg, Hallopheign and Cooper Electric. Mr. McLean explained how the lantern works and that the type of lantern being considered is maintenance friendly. An Exhibit was available for viewing. Mr. McLean also discussed the street light poles. He had a brochure and advised he was trying to get more samples for viewing.

Mr. Shaffer explained that PennDot regulations require a choice of three fixtures. Mr. Shaffer explained that Pennoni Associates Inc. would push for the maintenance-free lantern.

Mr. Lombardi requested the committee to allow Mr. McLean to make choices in reference to the street lighting. Ms. Doorley made a motion to allow Mr. McLean, representing the Sycamore Street Committee, to make the final decision in selecting the street lighting. Mr. Merjeski seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. McLean asked the committee members if they were comfortable with the direction he was moving. Members agreed they were comfortable.

Mr. McLean asked about the traffic lights. Mr. Shaffer advised that the style of the street lighting would match the traffic lights and stop signs.

D. Community Relations:

Mr. Lombardi discussed the last temporary construction easement needing to be signed. He advised the committee on the status and what steps may need to be taken.





Ms. Doorley asked Mr. Lombardi if the Joint Downtown Newtown Project would affect the Sycamore Street Project. Mr. Lombardi advised there would be no effect to the Sycamore Street Project.

Mr. Del Purscell asked the committee to back the Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation with the BOS. He proposed two ideas. The committee members agreed it was not their place to get involved.


Mr. Lombardi moved to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Doorley seconded the Motion. The meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

The next meeting is scheduled for January 14, 2003.


Respectfully submitted:


Christy Holley, Recording Secretary