A Reconstruction Project of Newtown Township



TUESDAY MAY 10, 2005

8:00 PM

Approval of Minutes: Ms. Vittoriano made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 10, 2005 meeting with the following correction: second paragraph from the bottom of page 1 – change “Newtown Gate” to “Newtown Place.” Mr. Lombardi seconded; the motion carried, with abstention by Mr. Merjeski and Mr. Wilson.

Members Present: Chairman Vince Lombardi; Members Melva Vittoriano, John Nejman, Frank Tyrol; HARB representative Terry McLean; Supervisor Tom Jirele

Members Not Present: Members David Burns, Jr., Joe Merjeski, Shannon Wilson; Borough Liaison Rand Jaslow (due to meeting conflict with Council meeting); Planning Commission Liaison Beth Sanderlin, Shawn Ward, Esq. and Michael Piazza.

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; resident Gerald DeYoung.

Call to Order: Chairman Lombardi called the meeting to order at 8:30 PM.

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.

Construction Site Walk Discussion

Mr. Lombardi said that someone has asked about American flag banners for the 4th of July; there are no real plans yet for baskets or banners. Mr. Nelson said that streetlights should be installed in about two weeks, and the sidewalks at the northern end of the street should be completed soon.

Stockburger site: Mr. Shaffer said that the existing inlet functions as a sump. He said that he has asked the designers to take a look at the site, particularly at the trench drain; they hope to have drainage problems resolved by the end of the week. Mr. Shaffer said that after the issue is decided, drainage measures would be put in and a brick wall would be installed along the Stockburger site. He said that the work should take about two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Mr. Tyrol asked if the stone wall would be extended near Goodnoe’s; Mr. Shaffer said that the estimate to do so was five times the original cost, so they will probably put two end treatments on the wall instead. He noted that the extra stone would be used for a dry rubble tree well to support the existing large magnolia tree above the wall.

Mr. Tyrol noted drainage problems at his property site and Mr. Thomas’s property; Mr. Shaffer said he will have Kam speak to both of them when they get to the site. The placement of streetlights along this portion of the street was discussed, particularly the placement of lights on the Tyrol property. Mr. Lombardi suggested it might be possible to remove a light in front of Tyrol Insurance, and noted that the township is looking for any extra fixtures to store in case of future damage. Mr. Tyrol said one light at the site should be sufficient. Mr. Lombardi noted that the lights had originally been placed on the plans 90’ feet apart, without consideration for utilities, driveways, etc. and were later adjusted. Mr. Shaffer said he would speak with Mr. Tyrol after the meeting, and would pursue the matter.

Mr. Shaffer said that the streetlights are not lit yet, since PECO needs to come and do some additional work; Armour Electric’s work at the southern end of the street has been completed.

Mr. Nejman said he is till working on telephone line/pole issues at Newtown Place; one pole is due to be removed. Mr. Lombardi advised him to stay on top of the matter with Verizon.

Mr. Thomas asked about having his driveway paved; Mr. Shaffer said that it was possible but the property owner had to work out the details with H&K. He thought that the Church had worked out a similar arrangement.

Mr. McLearnon said he would like to see the lights lit and the crosswalk functional.

Mr. DeYoung said that a drain had been put in his driveway, and that there has been some vibration and 1 mm of movement since the last reading of the monitors at his home; he said he would like it to be noted that he didn’t feel that any amount of movement was insignificant.

Mr. Shaffer noted that there would be a punch list at the end of the project; Mr. Lombardi said he would like to raise any issues now. Mr. Shaffer said that there should be significant work completed by the time of the next committee meeting, and that things should begin to wrap up quickly. He said that the final paving and striping would be done when everything else was completed. Mr. Lombardi said there were two paving options: start at the full depth reconstruction and go north, then add the topcoat, or 2) begin at Washington Avenue and pave north. He said that whichever option was chosen should begin next Monday. Mr. Lombardi noted that the wearing course at the south end of the street had been completed quickly.

Agenda suspended: Mr. Lombardi suspended the remainder of the agenda.



Next Meetings: Mr. Lombardi clarified that there would be a construction site walk prior to the June meeting, and said that he would like to continue the site walks monthly until the project was completed.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, 2005.


On motion by Mr. Tyrol and without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Leslie P. Dunleavy, Recording Secretary