NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE

A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township

100 MUNICIPAL DRIVE

NEWTOWN, PA

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2004

8:00 PM


Approval of Minutes

Mr. McLean made a motion to approve the minutes of May 11, 2004 with the following corrections:

Ø       Old Business, Item C, last line of the first paragraph:  change “inlet” to “outlet”

Ø       Old Business, Item D, No. 1:  in the motion by Mr. Piazza, change “Board of Supervisors” to “Tri-State Engineers”

Ø       Old Business, Item D, No. 2:  in the motion by Mr. Tyrol, change “Board of Supervisors” to “Tri-State Engineers”

Ø       New Business, Item A, second paragraph:  change “township employee” to “committee members”

Ø       New Business, Item b, first paragraph:  add bold:  “…he said he would like the meetings…”

Mr. Merjeski seconded; the motion carried unanimously.


Members Present: Chairman Vince Lombardi; Members John Nejman, Frank Tyrol, Melva Vittoriano, Shannon Wilson, Joe Merjeski; HARB representative Terry McLean; Planning Commission Liaisons Beth Sanderlin and Michael Piazza; Supervisor Tom Jirele

Members Not Present: Member David Burns, Jr.; Rand Jaslow, Borough Liaison; Barry Dinneen, Borough Representative; Planning Commission Liaison Shawn Ward, Esq.

Also present: Nelson Shaffer representing Pennoni Associates Inc.; Robert Bebon representing Newtown Presbyterian Church; George Stockburger IV; Tom McLearnon representing Chandler Hall; residents Jay Kravitz and James Kurtz.

Call to Order: Chairman Lombardi called the meeting to order at 8:04 PM.

Approval of Minutes

Mr. Merjeski made a motion to approve the minutes of April 13, 2004 with the following corrections:

Ø      Michael Piazza was present, and David Burns, Jr. was not present.

Ø      Old Business, Item B:  change “water” to “rain”

Ø      New Business, #2:   change “cold” to “could”

Ø      New Business, last paragraph:  change “from Tri-State” to “to Tri-State”; and change “Mr. Jirele suggested he” to “Mr. Jirele suggested the Committee”

Mr. Tyrol seconded; the motion carried unanimously.

Special Announcements - None

OLD BUSINESS

Status Reports

    A. Bypass Left Turn Lane Project

    Mr. Shaffer displayed photos of the construction work, and reported that PennDOT has agreed to a plan to keep Richboro and Sycamore Streets open with two lanes of traffic. Mr. Merjeski expressed his appreciation to Mr. Shaffer for his part in the resolution of the issue.

    B. Newtown Artesian Water Company Final Outcome

    Mr. Shaffer reported that the water lines are in and water tests completed. He said that Haines & Kibblehouse (H&K) has requested a time extension from the township due to the water line relocation, and noted that H&K needed to request the extension now so as to cover any possible needed work time.

    Mr. Merjeski moved to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that the township approve a time extension to Haines & Kibblehouse of 49 days, to June 18, 2005. Mr. Tyrol seconded; the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Shaffer will relay the Committee’s recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.
    C. Progress of Haines & Kibblehouse to date

    Mr. Shaffer reviewed the four-week rolling schedule, noting that inlets 6-9 are being finalized. He said that during the week of 5/17 drain work and corresponding manhole work should be completed, and that during the week of 5/24 some full depth reconstruction should begin. Mr. Shaffer clarified that the inlet to the creek would not change, but that additional inlets would be installed. Mr. Shaffer said that H&K had requested compensation for the additional costs due to the increase in steel prices, noting that the Committee had been requesting details of the ornamental traffic signal posts.

    Mr. Merjeski moved to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that the township deny the request by Haines and Kibblehouse for compensation for the increase in the price of steel. Mr. Wilson seconded; the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Shaffer will relay the Committee’s recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.
    D. Newtown Creek Restoration
  1. Plan for top of wall
  2. Mr. Wilson presented a sketch of the proposed plantings and landscape for the top of the wall. They included grassed cut-ins with benches, a Sycamore tree, compact holly bushes and flowering shrubs, dianthus, and hosta. He said he had kept the plantings simple and with plants in masses; little maintenance would be required.

    Mr. Piazza moved to accept the plantings plan presented by Mr. Wilson for the top of the wall. Mr. Merjeski seconded; the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Shaffer will relay the Committee’s recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

  3. Color and texture of block finish
  4. Mr. McLean said that any color in the concrete blocks would need to be applied on site and was concerned that this might not result in a nice blend. He recommended that the blocks be a natural concrete color with a rough textured finish.

    Mr. Tyrol moved that the color of the concrete wall be natural and the finish on the blocks be a rough texture. Mr. Piazza seconded; the motion carried unanimously. Mr. Shaffer will relay the Committee’s recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

NEW BUSINESS:

    A. Request of East Coast Concrete

    Mr. Shaffer said that East Coast Concrete has requested permission to install the sidewalks during daylight hours, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. East Coast said that the sun would enhance the drying of the concrete, resulting in a better product. Mr. Shaffer noted that the color could be better evaluated in daylight and correction made if required. Mr. Shaffer said that East Coast has stated that daylight work could be accomplished with no impact on traffic; crosswalks would be done at night. He said that the request was reasonable and that East Coast should be able to complete the work quickly. Mr. Shaffer recommended that the request be granted, contingent upon approval of traffic plans to be submitted by the contractor.

    Mr. Lombardi suggested that approval be given for Phase I only and see how the work proceeds. Supervisor Jirele suggested monitoring the work site to avoid graffiti; Mr. Shaffer said perhaps township employees could act as “curing monitors.” Mr. McLean expressed concern for crosswalk work at night; Mr. Shaffer noted that the areas would be smaller and would be of a different texture and pattern that those of the sidewalk.

    Mr. McLean moved to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that the township authorize a revised work schedule for placement of colored stamped concrete on a phase-by-phase basis for the purpose of a better product, contingent upon approval of traffic plans to be submitted by the contractor. Mr. Nejman seconded; the motion carried unanimously. It was clarified that this approval would be for Phase I only. Mr. Shaffer will relay the Committee’s recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

    B. Change of Meeting Place

    Mr. Lombardi said he would like to change the committee meeting location to Sycamore Street and Chandler Hall. Meeting space has been arranged with Chandler Hall through December 2004. Mr. Lombardi said he would like the committee to meet on Sycamore Street at 7:00 pm to walk the street and then proceed with the committee meeting at 8:00 pm at Chandler Hall. He said he would the meetings to follow this agenda for at least the next two meetings - in June and July.

    Ms. Sanderlin moved to set the meeting time for the June and July 2004 meetings for 7:00 pm to review the construction work, with the formal meeting to begin, and be held, at Chandler Hall at 8:00 pm. Mr. Merjeski seconded; the motion carried unanimously.

    Ms. Dunleavy will send a flyer detailing the times, locations, and directions for the June and July meetings with the agenda for those meetings.

Public Comment:

Mr. McLearnon said that keeping the Bypass open was a big accomplishment. It was clarified that the contractor would reinstall Mr. Kurtz’s mailbox if necessary.

Next Meeting: The next two meetings are scheduled for June 8, 2004 and July 13, 2004. The meetings will being at 7:00 pm on Sycamore Street, and would continue at 8:00 pm at Chandler Hall. Further details will be forthcoming with the meeting agendas.

Adjournment

Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 8:46 PM.


Respectfully submitted,


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Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary