A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township




8:00 PM

Approval of Minutes: Mr. Merjeski made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 14, 2004 meeting as presented. Mr. Wilson seconded; the motion carried unanimously.

Members Present: Chairman Vince Lombardi; Members Joe Merjeski, Shannon Wilson, Frank Tyrol; HARB representative Terry McLean; Planning Commission Liaison Shawn Ward, Esq. and Michael Piazza.

Members Not Present: Members David Burns, Jr., John Nejman, Melva Vittoriano; Rand Jaslow, Borough Liaison; Barry Dinneen, Borough Representative; Supervisor Tom Jirele; Planning Commission Liaison Beth Sanderlin.

Also present: Nelson Shaffer representing Pennoni Associates Inc.; Tom McLearnon representing Chandler Hall; John Hunter representing Pennoni Associates; business owner Robert Thomas; Sycamore Street residents Mike Wolbert and Jerry DeYoung.

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

Approval of Minutes

Mr. Ward made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 9, 2004 meeting, with the following correction: under Construction Site, second line, after “He said” – insert “ between Cambridge Lane and the 7-11 driveway”. Mr. McLean seconded; the motion carried unanimously.

Special Announcements

Mr. Lombardi announced that committee members would be adjourning to Il Sol for a Christmas celebration. He noted that an annual report would be developed in January to reiterate the committee’s activities and project progress in 2004.

Chairman Lombardi suspended the agenda and opened the meeting to public comment.


Sycamore Street resident Mike Wolbert asked about consideration for residents during construction, saying that he had not slept all night due to the noise of trucks backing up and construction lights shining in his windows.

Resident Jerry DeYoung said he is concerned about damage to his house, such as rocks and debris and plaster that has shaken loose in his home; he asked who would be responsible for damage to his home. Mr. DeYoung noted that construction equipment has been dropped off at the Acme site and driven the length of Sycamore Street to the construction sites, and said that the tremendous amount of vibration from this has caused cracks in the walls of his house. Mr. DeYoung expressed concern for the future use of a vibrator in the paving process and the effect on his home; he said he would like to have someone at his house during the day to observe the effects of construction. He asked if someone could request that the lights be re-directed away from the homes, and if the beeping of the trucks backing up could be reduced; Mr. Lombardi said he would speak to the project manager after the meeting to address these issues.

Mr. Thomas asked about street parking near his business; it was clarified that there would be parking across the street, in front of the Acme site.

Next Meetings: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 11, 2005.


On motion by Mr. Ward, and without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary