NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE
A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township
100 MUNICIPAL DRIVE
TUESDAY APRIL 12, 2005
Approval of Minutes: Mr. Tyrol made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 12, 2005 meeting as presented. Mr. Nejman seconded; the motion carried.
Members Present: Chairman Vince Lombardi; Members Joe Merjeski, Shannon Wilson, Melva Vittoriano, John Nejman, Frank Tyrol; Planning Commission Liaisons Shawn Ward, Esq., HARB representative Terry McLean
Members Not Present: Member David Burns, Jr.; Borough Liaison Rand Jaslow; Planning Commission Liaison Beth Sanderlin and Michael Piazza; Supervisor Tom Jirele
Also present: Nelson Shaffer and John Hunter representing Pennoni Associates Inc.; Bob Bebon representing Newtown Presbyterian Church; Tom McLearnon representing Chandler Hall; business owner Robert Thomas; Gerald DeYoung, Walt Jamison
Call to Order: Chairman Lombardi called the meeting to order at 8:08 PM.
Approval of Minutes
Mr. Merjeski made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 8, 2005 meeting as presented. Mr. Tyrol seconded; the motion carried.
Mr. Lombardi apologized for the erratic movement of construction on the street over the last two weeks, explaining that last Wednesday they became aware of several issues, now that H & K has been working 20 hours a day in two 10-hour shifts. He said that H & K has been moving quite fast and reaching “hot spots” that impacted their ability to make a continuous run constructing curbs and sidewalk; they have skipped these hot spots and have been working on the sections without issues. As a result, some businesses have not been aware when work on the street would affect them; he noted that all businesses have remained open.
Mr. Lombardi suspended the agenda to discuss construction hot spots:
Mr. Lombardi said that most design issues had been dealt with rather quickly. He noted that work would last at the Stockburger site for almost three weeks; Mr. Shaffer clarified that the issues at that site had been resolved. Mr. Shaffer noted that H & K had made good progress and was now tying things together.
Mr. Lombardi asked that committee members observing and problems along the construction site to please contact him promptly.
Mr. Merjeski said he was concerned with a drainage issue on his property; a spillway had been eliminated in the driveway area and he thought it might be needed. Mr. Shaffer and Mr. Merjeski agreed to discuss the issue after the meeting.
Mr. Shaffer noted that the streetlights at the lower end of the street should be lit in about two weeks. Mr. Merjeski noted a large amount of cinder on the sidewalks; it was noted that the township would be sweeping the street and that the cinder was probably being left on the sidewalk from passing traffic.
Mr. Lombardi said that if the project continues on schedule that this committee would be ending in 3-4 months. He said there is interest in forming a civic association and bylaws would be needed. Mr. Ward, Ms. Vittoriano, Mr. McLearnon, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Tyrol volunteered to work on a draft of bylaws. Mr. Lombardi suggested that the committee may wish to discuss joint advertising and other cooperative projects.
Mr. Lombardi said that the Community Relations committee may wish to discuss a street opening celebration after the completion of the project, possibly in August or September. Mr. Merjeski asked if there was a wish list ever established for any remaining funding. Mr. Shaffer said that the budget is pretty well spent; Mr. Lombardi noted that banners, baskets and other streetscape items were on a streetscape list.
Ms. Vittoriano said she had contacted East Coast regarding continuing the patterned sidewalk onto her property. She said that East Coast suggested that it would cost less if H & K include it in the project and she could reimburse them; she has not heard back from H & K. Mr. Lombardi said they would address the matter in subcommittee.
Mr. McLean said that the bank across from Citgo had promised that they would replace a modern light fixture with a fixture that fit with the new streetlight design, and noted that they needed to be reminded of this commitment.
Next Meetings: The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 2005.
On motion by Mr. Ward and without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 9:11 p.m.
Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary